Corporate bars have come a long way since my days of working on London’s Fleet Street. Back then, us ladies who worked in the newspaper industry were prevented from being able to buy drinks at certain bars. Indeed in the early 1990s, there were two restaurant bars that I not only couldn’t buy my own drink but I couldn’t wear trousers at the bar.
My first visit to Bar Opus reminded me of these days but only because it’s just around the corner from where the Birmingham Post & Mail building used to be, before it’s relocation to Fort Dunlop. The third sibling of the Opus restaurant group, Bar Opus will clearly attract the corporate crowd the original restaurant in Cornwall Street does although the vibe is distinctly non-grey suited on a Saturday evening.
Tucked away under the One Snowhill building, set back from Colmore Row, we receive a bold, sociable service from the minute the bf and our out-of-town friend set foot in Opus three. I imagine it’s quite different during the day, however, on this weekend evening, the place is darkly lit and if anyone figures out how the taps work in the unisex loo first time should surely be compensated with a free drink.
We decide to take advantage of the tapas style menu to try a few things although one of our choices proved unavailable, we were recommended the honey glazed baby chorizo, which went down extremely well on our table. The child in me never loses the love for baby-sized versions so I’m a sucker for the dishes like mini but amply stuffed burgers and a basket of fries. (A new menu is coming was due so check what the current offering is). Elsewhere, the crispy salt and pepper Brixham squid with lemon aioli, served in ample portion, was appreciated. These were quickly devoured - hence no photos - but go see for yourself!
Small plates are available from 12 noon at £5 each or four to share for £17.50. Regular all day menu includes breakfast also offered.
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Photos courtesy of Opus Bar.