Set inside the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter the bar will have a unique selection of roughly 300 whiskies and other fine drinks.
Where possible the other drinks will underpin the story of the whisky i.e. barrel-aged gins and gins made by whisky distilleries. Ports, sherries, other fortifieds, cognacs and armagnacs, the casks of which are often used in the whisky maturing process. Bourbon and whisky finished beers.
There will also be a small selection of interesting wines and soft drinks for those not partial to a wee dram.
Speaking about the concept Amy said: “I set up the whisky club six years ago and have helped to build up a thriving community of whisky lovers. Opening a bar was the logical next step, giving our members a home and creating a space to introduce more people to the exciting world of whisky.
“Birmingham has shown a real love for a dram or two since I set up the club. Our annual festival sells out 600 plus tickets year-on-year and we attract high profile brands and whisky drinkers from as far as Cornwall to our events.
“We welcome everyone to our new bar from whisky aficionados to complete beginners who are looking to start their whisky journey.”
As well as all of the previously mentioned drinks sold by the measure or glass, Amy is creating some ‘Whisky Stories’. These are the team’s own tasting flights that will be available with each ’story’ telling a different tale through the whisky served. i.e ‘Amateur Dramatics’ will be a beginners guide to whisky with four whiskies that are good to start your whisky journey. Under the Cherry Blossom Trees will be a journey through Japan with four whiskies. These ’stories’ are presented at your table with a written guide so you can taste through at your leisure.
The unique partnership between Birmingham Museums Trust has been spearheaded by commercial director Alex Nicholson-Evans, commenting on the partnership Alex said: “I’ve worked with The Birmingham Whisky Club on a series of successful events over the last few years and when Amy and I were discussing the idea of a whisky bar we had lightbulb moment.
“Birmingham Museums Trust is an educational charity so we are always looking for interesting collaborations with local businesses and for creative ways to raise vital funds, so this seemed like a perfect partnership. The Birmingham Whisky Club bar will transform a currently empty space within the museum building and is a very welcome addition to the Jewellery Quarter.”
The bar will be open to everyone who wants to get a preview before the refurb is fully complete. A free dram for whisky lovers on arrival and there will be a good selection of beers, wines and spirits for non-whisky drinkers.
The Birmingham Whisky Club bar will open to the public on February 14th opening times are Wednesday to Sunday midday to midnight.
Although not exclusively a member’s bar memberships are available which give access to special events and discounts.