I also used to think this place was a Wetherspoon's, never actually knowing that it is a lovely little gem situated in between the shopping and business districts.
It doesn't attract a crowd of behemoths like some would expect, it attracts the trendy/hip crowd you find with these kinds of venues in Brum, the entrepreneur, the idealist, the dreamer (and the occasional rainmaker). It has DJ's and live local bands at weekends, it has local ales on tap, it has a lovely atmosphere and what's better is that it's just had a lovely lick of nice oceanic blue paint!!
Certainly stopping by this place again. :)
It's a big pub, with plenty of room for you and your mates, from sofa spaces to big booths. The drinks are reasonably priced and with a big screen the place is often busy for football matches and generally on an evening. I haven't eaten here in a while but its standard pub food and its just across the way from Bodega if you fancy something more exciting. If you want something more relaxed than the hipster vibe of The Victoria but with a good friendly atmosphere then you can't go wrong.
The upstairs mezzanine level always feels a bit quieter than the big open downstairs seating area but the stairs can often be treacherous with drinks being carried up and down them. Even when it's busy with a bit of hustle and bustle you don't mind too much as it feels really relaxed and easy going.
When I go to a pub I want to be able to eat tasty food, or at least ogle menus in the hope that I'll come back to eat tasty food. (I like eating. It's clearly a theme!)
So The Sun on the Hill disappoints me. Yes, the beer is good, and the high ceilings are aesthetically pleasing (as are the Chesterfield sofas and vintage wallpapers) and the staff are perfectly friendly and it's all absolutely ok - but the menu is a massive letdown. As a vegetarian who doesn't eat cheese, there is NOTHING on their menu for me. I could have chips. Or possibly soup, if they have a veggie soup on. I could have their veggie burger - but as it's just a grilled mushroom covered in cheese, what I'd end up with is a mushroom between two bits of bread. Yawn.
I now only come here as a stop before heading off elsewhere - like Bodega across the street for food and cocktails.
Situated next to Trenchers on Bennett's Hill, this is a nice lovely city pub.
I ordered myself a cider and sat near the large windows - perfect place to people watch whilst waiting for some of my mates.
They have local magazines available for you to read and a loud Television blarring out all the local news, which then switched over to the footy. It does get a bit noisy though and has a mixed crowd with city people and young working professionals mixing after work.
Although I thought this isn't a bad pub, it wasn't my cup of tea. But if your after a nice hangout, drinks with mates or want to relax with a drink and watch the telly, this pub ticks all of those boxes. It's also not too far from New Street station and the public transport with a local TAXI rank close by, incase you've had a few too many, getting home isn't much of a problem.
With its high ceilings, The Sun On the Hill is a very aesthetically pleasing pub, one that I have visited on countless occasions.
Located opposite Bodega, my friends and I have often headed over to the Sun after having a bite to eat. Showing all the football games on the weekend, we have often decided to head down to the pub and chosen this particular hangout.
With beers reasonably priced and a wide selection of pub grub, The Sun on the Hill is a favourite of ours, thanks to its simplicity and general warmness. It may not be the best pub in the surrounding area but it certainly does a job, plus they do say, it's not where you are it's who you're with and The Sun On the Hill is certainly adequate enough for us!
Best atmosphere in town!
I'm going to be honest with you and admit I am slightly biased in my review here, I DJ here monthly and have done so since it first opened. It's been really rewarding to watch it grow and change from a pretty quiet rough pub into a cool destination for everyone from young hipsters, rockers, football fans, break dancers, the after work crowd, students and everyone in-between. There really is nowhere else in town where all these people can mix together happily.
Obviously I think the music is awesome as it's often me playing it (!), but all of the DJs have their own twist on a general policy of indie, soul, funk, disco, punk etc. etc. basically crowd-pleasing alternative music. You won't hear chart plop like One Direction but you also won't hear anything too abrasive like hard house, death metal or heavy drum n bass.
The drinks are reasonably priced, they do basic pub food which is decent enough although not high-end menu this place is more about the atmosphere, the beer and the music.
Big screens mean it's a favourite during football season. The attractive bar staff may also be a factor...
The Hill is one of a few proper pubs left in the city centre. Granted, its not glamourous like most bars in the city and they don't do any fancy cocktails. but its got as great atmosphere, you can always go n have a laugh on a Friday night to probably the only place in the city that does karaoke!!
Also all of the decent boxing matches and football games are always on.
Recomended a visit.
The Hill is one of my favourite pubs in Birmingham. I love the big open space inside the pub and there is always room to sit down. The food is not great so I don't recommend eating here but its a great place to have a cold beer in the heart of Birmingham.
I have seen DJ's in here before from local nightclubs so they probably know what they are doing by drinking in there. Prices are what you would expect to pay in birmingham. If you like watching sport at the pub theres quick a few screens dotted around and there is also a pool table.
The Sun On The Hill has come a long way in the six years since I used to work there. Previously known as simply 'The Hill', The Sun recently re-opened following a change in management and a £250,000 refurbishment. Gone are the days where the place was in open competition with the Wetherspoons next door. Now, the middle-of-the-road trad-pub image has been replaced with an altogether more stylish set-up. The music policy has changed along with the management, and they now seem to be reaching out for the largely uncatered-for mature indie crowd.
There is plenty of seating available, including big comfy leather armchairs in the mezzanine bar upstairs. They serve food, which consists of fairly typical pub fare although it is largely home-made. The chips, in particular, were impressively huge and tasty. I had a gigantic doorstop of a sandwich which was overflowing with filling and tasted great. The onion rings were nothing special, but you can't have everything.
I asked the lady who served me (who I took to be the manager) whether they'd be bringing back the old pub's regular karaoke evenings. She responded that it was under consideration, although they are trying to add a new spin to the format by getting a live band to perform the songs instead of a karaoke machine. Interesting concept, and one that I will be paying attention to should it come about. The Hill also has regular DJs on several nights of the week, including members of local heroes Chicks Dig Jerks.
This place has got a great atmosphere and deserves to do really well for itself. There certainly isn't anything of a similar size in the area that caters for the same kind of crowd. I will undoubtedly be going back there very soon indeed.
Came in here to watch rugby, had an amazing pulled pork topped beef burger and was generally impressed by the menu which had been revamped since my previous visit. Seating was at a premium as usual but the atmosphere was decent and the big screen means you're never struggling to see.
The Hill provides much needed change from the Wetherspoons next door. Unfortunately, given such a good opportunity to be different, it doesn't take full advantage.
Though drinks prices aren't as dirt cheap as the 'spoons next door, you do get the privilege of music to drink and chat to, as well as HD screens on which to watch the latest payperviews.
A cool feature in this pub is the mezzanine, with comfy seating all along, overlooking the rest of the pub, and the street outside. Can be hired out if you fancy a party up there with mates.
Only annoying experiences in this pub is with the food. Price is fine, but they often don't have the full compliment of dishes as stated on their menu, and if you are a veggie like me, you can sometimes be left struggling to get your first or even second choice of dish...
Not bad and always quick to serve with not very bad toilets. I like most of the music. Better than other pubs in the area.
The Hill is right in the centre of Birmingham. Located in Bennetts Hill, just off New Street, it is easy to find. It is a large room with a balcony/mezzanine floor. The drink prices are moderate and the atmosphere is friendly. Large comfortable leather seats are inviting. Friday's karaoke night is popular, well run, and great fun. The bar is open until the early hours.
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