Davenports launches new bar in Birmingham city center

The historic West Midlands brewery Davenports plans to launch yet another venue in Birmingham city center after acquiring a vacant former bar area.

The Smethwick-based company has bought the long lease of 28 Steelhouse Lane, formerly home to The Jekyll & Hyde.

The independent bar announced in August that it would not reopen after being closed during the covid lockdowns of 2021, as its parent company Bitters N ‘Twisted Venues wanted to focus on food-led venues.

The pub was known for its quirky Victorian setting with retro touches as well as the gin bar upstairs and the Alice in Wonderland theme farm, which made it popular with both office staff and weekend customers.

Davenports said they are now planning to carry out a renovation of the empty unit, including installing a roof terrace, and giving it a new name ahead of a planned opening for the summer.

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The brewery’s CFO Ian Robinson said: “Despite the test climate, Davenports has gone from strength to strength and added to its portfolio of well-considered venues in what we believe are fantastic venues.

“Jekyll & Hyde was hugely popular, and although we have our own plans for a new theme and offering, we’re happy to be able to build on the reputation it had.”

Davenports was founded in Birmingham in 1829 and fought and won in 1905 a ‘beer hawking’ case in the city’s Victoria Law Courts in Corporation Street very close to where its new bar will be after it was accused of selling drinks from a unauthorized location.

Other acquisitions over the past two years have included locations in Stourport, Stratford-upon-Avon and Hednesford with upcoming deals in Worcester, Tamworth and Stourbridge on the maps, the company said.

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