Father’s Day: How to eat and ‘drink in’ the views across Westside

It’s Father’s Day on Sunday 16 June – and Westside will be the best place in town to be!

Westside is awash with relaxing towpath walks and delightful squares as well as a wonderful selection of bars and restaurants.

Family attractions include The National Sea Life Centre, The Lego Discovery Centre and the Rock Up climbing centre, as well as our two fabulous multiplexes at Cineworld Broad Street and Odeon Broadway Plaza.

Watch our video to see how lovely the area looks and read on for a selection of some of the top tables for those who book in advance… or arrive early to bag their spot!

You can view a gallery of our sepcially selected Father’s Day views at the end of this story, and here’s a description of where they were taken.

GAS STREET BASIN

The Botanist (off Bridge Street) has an outdoor patio next to the water. On the other side of the basin, the main towpath from Waters Edge to the Mailbox has three venues with indoor and outdoor seating areas.

The Tap & Spile feels like a narrowboat inside and its cute tables have views towards Regency Wharf like its neighbours, including The Canalside Cafe.

Ciaro is a cute Italian deli which opened just before Christmas. It has a particularly delightful indoor bay window table for new – or old – romantics, just across the water from the Rum Runner Works, named after the club where Duran Duran honed their sound and visual style.

If it’s too cold to sit out even in mid-June, try to bag a canalside table at Bistrot Pierre. If it’s hammering it down, ask for a brick-lined alcove and block out the world!

CENTRAL SQUARE BRINDLEYPLACE

Both Las Iguanas and Zizzi pizzeria have outdoor seating areas overlooking Central Square, the latter sheltered from the blazing sunshine, wind or rain in a cloistered area below No 3.

Bank Restaurant has a glass-walled, luxury outdoor area next to the more simple tables and chairs outside of Caffè Nero, with both venues having delightful views towards the unique, glass-roofed Costa Coffee cafe in the centre of the square. There’s a Pret A Manger during office hours.

If you are on a budget and want to take a picnic, bag a deckchair on the lawned areas instead.

OOZELLS SQUARE, BRINDLEYPLACE

Particularly famed for its blossom trees in March, this is a great place to be at any time of the year. In summer, it’s warm enough to make the most of the outdoor patio areas of Yorks Cafe at the Ikon Gallery as well as at Italian restaurant Piccolino (part of the group which also runs Bank), Thai specialist SiamaisRudy’s Neapolitan Pizza and Turtle Bay Caribbean Social.

WATERS EDGE, BRINDLEYPLACE

For a bird’s-eye view of the bandstand area, head to the first floor terrace at Cosy Club above the splendidly revamped Slug and Lettuce (Cosy Club’s entrance is at the back, near to the main square in Brindleyplace).

From here you can see neighbours including Box, Lulu Wild, Wagamama, Pitcher and Piano, The Alchemist (complete with open, arched windows on the first floor on a nice day) and All Bar One. On the other side of the Main Line Canal is The Malt House where US President Bill Clinton had a pint in May, 1998.

Cross the bridge to the Utilita’s overhang area for the Mooncat patio next to Ed’s Easy Diner, another Costa and Legoland. Turn right instead to cross King Edwards Road if you want to find either the Victorian  Prince of Wales pub on Cambridge Street or the 1960s’ canalside gem of The Flapper at Cambrian Wharf.

BROAD STREET

The Indian restaurant Barajee (staircase in between O Bar and Walkabout) has first floor tables which overlook either upper Broad Street, the Black Sabbath Bench next to the Brasshouse or Gas Street Basin to the rear. So many choices about which way to face!

At the top end of Broad Street the 1565 Outdoor Terrace at the Park Regis Hotel has splendid ‘aerial’ views.

Pushkar Cocktail Bar and Dining is like a Broad Street conservatory – watch the world and the West Midlands Metro trams go by as you dine.

The city’s biggest beer garden is behind the JD Wetherspoon Figure of Eight. It’s always busy there, so arrive early on warm days!

Snobs at 200 Broad Street offers food, drinks, live music and live sport on big screens.

And finally…

The Distillery at the bottom end of Sheepcote Street is another historic pub with a canalside beer garden next to the National Trust’s visitor centre The Roundhouse, where you can try kayaking on the canal network, but do book that in advance.

Pictures and video for Westside BID by Graham Young

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