The Vanguard @ 1000 Trades

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We've teamed up with the UK's leading mead retailer, The Mead Boutique to bring you all our meads to take away! Check out the retail tab to see what we have in store!

Best Cocktail Bar in Birmingham!

In May 2019 we won “Best Cocktail Bar” in the inaugural Birmingham Prestige Awards !

About US

Based in the historical JQ, customers and locals can enjoy 1000 Trades on the ground floor, and the newly added cocktail bar upstairs on level three. The bar was set up by local bartender and entrepreneur Samuel Boulton and is a shabby chic environment, set within a beautiful old Victorian workshop. Expect rustic/industrial charm with opulent service. The Vanguard’s menu features an array of artisan spirits and creative cocktails, focusing on offering the consumer a relaxed and enjoyable cocktail experience. As well as offering a broad range of cocktails to suit all tastes, the bar specialises in a little forgotten beverage, Mead. For those who don’t know, Mead is an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey with water, sometimes with various fruits, spices, grains, or hops.

  • In our first 18 months we racked up 12 award including "Best Cocktail Bar" in Birmingham and 2018 winners of the Tales and The Cocktails Bassano Challenge in Edinburgh

  • Currently stocking over 20 differently meads all available by the glass

  • We served over 4000 servings of mead in 2018 along

  • 3000 people learnt what mead was in 2018 all thanks to the hard work of the Vanguard


Samuel Boulton and Luke Morgan

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