While the ubiquitous tiki bar can be found almost anywhere, it’s rare that it’s actually cool and not just kitsch. However, the team at Island Bar in central Birmingham certainly have the secret as it was voted one of the top 50 bars in the UK by the Independent. As you’d expect, rum is the poison of choice here, with over 50 varieties from all around the world. Island Bar calls itself a ‘tropical cocktail paradise’ and after one sip of their signature Mai Tai, you’ll feel like you’re in Caribbean heaven. It’s always busy, but if you can’t grab a seat, you can always head over to the sister venues The Victoria or Bodega.