Birmingham cocktail bar closes its doors

A cocktail bar in Birmingham has announced its closure after 14 years in the city.

Established in 2006 on Suffolk Street, Queensway, the Island Bar was dubbed ‘Birmingham’s original cocktail bar’.

The venue was operated by Bitters n’ Twisted, which runs other venues including Bodega in Birmingham and Worcester, The Victoria on John Bright Street, Birmingham, and The Jekyll & Hyde on Steelhouse Lane in Birmingham.

The venue said in a statement: “It is with great sadness and disappointment that we have decided to close the doors of Island Bar after nearly 14 years of cocktail fun and games.

“The reasons are obvious with the COVID-19 pandemic destroying most of our business but also due to the lack of landlord support we received which has meant that the situation has been exacerbated and sadly we don’t currently see any light at the end of the tunnel.

“We’d like to thank all of our loyal guests and customers over the years for all your trade and support and to all of our staff, for their hard work, endurance and great humour.

“We hope to continue to welcome you at our other Bitters N’ Twisted venues once they open in August.”