The Best Pubs And Bars In UK Cities, According To You

A Birmingham bar has been named 'best of the best' on the strength of its five-star reviews.

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The nation’s favourite pubs and bars have been revealed – and it’s essential reading if you’re looking to try somewhere new this weekend.

It seems the public favours a fancy bar with food over your traditional boozer, as the top three was dominated by venues that double up as restaurants.

Bistrot Pierre in Birmingham came out on top as the best loved bar in the UK, with a total of 712 five star reviews on TripAdvisor. The restaurant and bar is situated on the canalside, with a gorgeous outdoor seating area overlooking the water. Expect a bit of class, with French-inspired food and a large wine list.

Scarlett Green in London’s Soho came in second place thanks to its chic interior, cocktails and craft beer, and live music. The bar also hosts a lively bottomless brunch – and in a separate study, was named one of the UK’s best brunch spots.

Oh, and did we mention there’s a pornstar martini fountain on the menu?

Leeds’ avant-garde cocktail bar and restaurant, Lost and Found, came in third place. The Greek Street hotspot is themed around Victorian professor Virginia Stevenson, who it describes as a “forward thinking and free-spirited individual,” which is reflected in the eccentric interiors. The drinks menu boasts a selection of unique cocktails, including a “Mythical Garden Martini” and a “Tangled Teapot”.

The list was complied by Liberty Games, who supply pool tables, arcade machines and jukeboxes to pubs and bars. The team trawled through TripAdvisor to find the number one pub or bar in every city, then ranked them overall by the number of five star reviews they’d gained.

Here are the UK’s top 30 bars and pubs

  1. Bistrot Pierre, Birmingham - 712 five star reviews

  2. Scarlett Green, London – 669 five star reviews

  3. Lost and Found, Leeds – 665 five star reviews

  4. Turtle Bay, Bristol – 543 five star reviews

  5. Pippin’s Corner, Liverpool – 467 five star reviews

  6. Revolution, Glasgow – 443 five star reviews

  7. Revolution, Stoke-on-Trent – 426 five star reviews

  8. Bonne Sante, Plymouth – five star reviews

  9. Brewhouse & Kitchen, Chester – 384 five star reviews

  10. Revolution Hockley, Nottingham – 371 five star reviews

  11. Revolucion de Cuba Aberdeen, Aberdeen – 302 five star reviews

  12. Revolucion de Cuba Southampton, Southampton – 265 five star reviews

  13. The Alchemist Oxford, Oxford - 259 five star reviews

  14. Revolution Durham, Durham – 238 five star reviews

  15. The Walrus, Brighton & Hove – 237 five star reviews

  16. Dyls, York – 236 five star reviews

  17. Brewhouse & Kitchen - Southsea, Portsmouth – 231 five star reviews

  18. Blacksticks Restaurant & Bar, Salford – 225 five star reviews

  19. Brewhouse & Kitchen Lichfield, Lichfield – 218 five star reviews

  20. Woolpack Inn, Norwich – 209 five star reviews

  21. The Wallace, Coventry – 202 five star reviews

  22. Poetic License Bar, Sunderland – 179 five star reviews

  23. Knight & Garter, Leicester – 174 five star reviews

  24. The Cardinal’s Hat, Lincoln – 168 five star reviews

  25. The Piper’s Rest Public House, Edinburgh – 166 five star reviews

  26. Juno Bar & Kitchen, Bath – 164 five star reviews

  27. Kelly’s Cellars, Belfast – 141 five star reviews

  28. Blackbird Derry, Derry – 131 five star reviews

  29. Potters Pub, Newport – 128 five star reviews

  30. Queen’s Head, Peterborough – 118 five star reviews

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