The Vanguard is no more….. Long Live The Pineapple Club

Much loved Jewellery Quarter bar and meadery The Vanguard, have confirmed they will not be reopening after lockdown…………. However, they have also announced they will be reemerging from their forced metamorphosis period into a brand new and even more exciting venture – The Pineapple Club Cocktail Bar & Beer Boutique!

It’s not just a new name either, Sam and the team will be relocating to shiny new two floor premises in the City Centre. Located in the ever popular Great Western Arcade, their new home will be taking over what was previously the Victorian Cafe

The Pineapple Club will be a new offering from the company, promising a very different experience. Samuel Boulton, Managing Director has stated “We really love what we have put together at The Vanguard. We’ve won so many awards and reignited a forgotten drink (mead) but for some time we realised our dreams have outgrown our existing space so much that an upgrade was in order”. The focus of The Pineapple Club will be pushing boundaries and challenging norms, using their team of experts to make every aspect as good as it can be. “There are a number of great venues in the city but all too often even the best have not offered everything consumers want under one roof. We have brought these attributes together in our own way, alongside some unique offerings that cannot be found elsewhere in the city” said Samuel. 

OiB Santis Kitchen

Upstairs will be home to a bold, contemporary art deco inspired bar and restaurant, the brainchild of award-winning interior designer Maisie Violet Ree’s. Serving up to 80 guests, the offerings will include an exciting range of carefully crafted cocktails along with a brunch and small plate menu delivered by Santi Plazas (ex sous chef of El Boracho Tapas). Don’t be expecting just your classic tapas dishes though! Santi promises a curated mixture of Colombian dishes from his home country, alongside Spanish tapas, some Italian offerings from Santi’s roots there, and British flavours to ensure they are not limited in their joint creative visions.

The bar will also serve 200 Degree’s Coffee along with locally sourced pastries, perfect for early mornings or work meetings.  

The ground floor will be home to a shop that focuses on an extensive bespoke range of the very best craft beers, real ale, spirits, liqueurs and (of course) mead , which you’ll be able to see some of Sam’s favourite mead ageing in it’s in-house barrel. The shop will be open from 10am Monday – Saturday, staffed by the amazing team who will be on hand to answer all of your questions.

OiB Pineapple Shop

Every six months the drinks menu will be updated, offering unique drink servings based around a specific concept. The current menu promises to transport you straight to Miami Beach, with flavours which will leave you feeling nostalgic for moments you may have never experienced. Keep your eye out for “The Biscayne Blue” a blend of Bombay Sapphire Gin, Original English Mead, Elderflower and botanical cordial in a glass garnished with a beautiful, vibrant blue edible paint.

To celebrate the exciting news, Sam kindly provided us with a kit to have a go at creating our own OutInBrum interpretation of this which we felt needed accessorising with a “beach” and parasol

OiB Attempt at Biscayne Blue

The Pineapple Club is poised to open in the next few months (lockdown permitting) as Birmingham’s newest and most Instagram-able venue to date! It will be open from 10am ‘til late Monday – Saturday.

You can learn more by following The Pineapple Club on

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