I’ve been wanting to visit The Lost and Found since I discovered it earlier in the year, and last night I finally got to visit with my housemates for some end of term cocktails. Luckily it lived up to my high expectations and it’s become one of my new favourite places for cocktails in Birmingham! Located on the corner of Bennett’s Hill, The Lost and Found is easy to get to from New Street station…or if you’re lazy like us, by taxi too!
When we arrived, we were immediately impressed by the exterior of this Grade II building and it really is the perfect home for this Victorian inspired cocktail bar. Stepping inside, our eyes were drawn to each and every bit of the room as we tried to take in all the vintage, alternative decor. I loved the library bookshelf wallpaper that graced one wall, the vintage type writers and bird cages, the white-washed trellis roof wrapped with flowers that covered the dining area, and the various velvet sofas and stools. It was warm, inviting and beautifully decorated.
It was extremely busy when we arrived and we struggled to find seats at first, but luckily some became spare by the time our drinks were ready. The atmosphere was lively and full of conversation and laughter, and I think it’d be a great venue for birthday celebrations.
At the bar we were greeted by a friendly, helpful waitress who recommended us several cocktails off the menu. The Lost and Found have an extensive cocktail menu, which is regularly updated, consisting of “Lost” cocktails, “Found” cocktails, “Sparkling” cocktails, and some more well-known classics. And we were spoilt for choice as everything sounded so tempting! Once we’d made our choices, the waitress was quick and efficient at making the cocktails; she also asked if we liked our cocktails once we’d tried them and it was obvious that she genuinely wanted us to enjoy the drinks and the experience.
I went for a H.G Watson – Bombay Sapphire, Blackberry Puree, Cloudy Apple Juice, Lavender Syrup, Lemon Juice, topped with Soda. It came served in a tall, long glass and garnished with a wedge of lemon and a blackberry; it’s little finishing touches like this that tell you the difference between a standard cocktail bar and an amazing cocktail bar like The Lost and Found. The cocktail itself was incredible and easily the best cocktail I’ve had in a while, and it’ll definitely be one of my go-to cocktail next time I visit! They’d manage to achieve the perfect balance between alcohol and mixers so it wasn’t too strong or overpowering. The great thing about cocktails is that they’re enjoyable to drink and actually taste nice, and so many cocktail bars make the mistake of making their cocktails too strong and it ruins them, but they’d got it exactly right here.
We contemplated whether to get another cocktail or not, but the In Search of New Land cocktail had caught our eye earlier in the night and the temptation was too much so we gave in. And I’m so glad we did as again the cocktail was amazing! From the description we were hoping for something similar to a Pina Colada (I’d been dreaming about one the previous evening), and we were happy to find that it delivered on this front; it was creamy, rich in coconut and pineapple flavours, not too strong, and overall tasted delicious. Served with a wedge of pineapple and lime and in a different quirky glass, it was the perfect end to a lovely evening of fantastic cocktails!
Cocktails were priced at around £7-7.50 which is the average price at most cocktail bars, and they were 100% worth every penny. I also loved that each cocktail we ordered was served in a different glass as it made them move special and individual too.