Nightlife

There's always something happening in Birmingham in the evenings, be it quiet drinks on the canalside, fine dining, live music or a trip to the theatre

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Overview

With star-filled theatres and comedy clubs, stylish bars and the hottest nightspots, there's always something happening in Birmingham.

A vibrant mix of bars hosting some of the best acts in the city, there is also a selection of traditional pubs including the Old Joint Stock, one of the grandest pubs in the city centre. The Mailbox and Southside offer champagne and cocktails bars, alongside independent pubs offering contemporary twists such as The Lord Clifden.

Key Facts

  • The Jam House was co-created by the legendary Jools Holland
  • More seats are sold at the Birmingham Hippodrome than by any other British theatre each year including the West End
  • The Jekyll and Hyde bar in the Colmore Business District has over 90 types of gin from all over the world

Bars & Pubs

Stylish nightlife venues like The Botanist, The Cosy Club and Lost & Found are perfect places to pop an umbrella in your cocktail and relax. The Vaults bar in the Jewellery Quarter offers a unique, debonair lounge in a Victorian retreat below the city – the perfect location for those seeking premier drinks and chic setting.

For some originality and a spark of character, Bitters 'n Twisted independent bars such as The Jekyll & Hyde or The Rose Villa Tavern offer some great evening beers, food and music.

The Old Joint Stock as one of the grandest pubs in Birmingham with the finest ales and wines, a must visit for a classic English pub visit.

Read more about the bars and pubs of Birmingham on the Visit Birmingham website.

Comedy

With two comedy clubs to choose from, you'll be sure to have a great laugh at some of the local and international comedy talents performing.

The Glee Club and Jongleurs are fantastic places to amuse yourself over a few drinks. Be sure to check out the line-up at the Hippodrome for stand-up comedy too.

Read more about comedy clubs and shows on the Visit Birmingham website.

Music

Like it loud and live? There are some amazing places to catch some great live music in the Birmingham area. One of the most well known is The Jam House in the Jewellery Quarter with hosts talent from every era and genre.

Both the Barclaycard Arena in Westside and the Genting Arena at the NEC have famous musicians and singers from all over the world performing.

Be sure to check the line-up and events listings for The Hare and Hounds in King's Heath for some brilliant music acts, famous bands and DJ sets.

If the indie scene is more up your street, The Rainbow Venues are a collection of quirky settings for some great themed DJ nights and live music nights out in Digbeth. 

Nights Out

With arenas, clubs and bars showcasing a talented array of global superstars and 'the next big thing', there is an array of choice when deciding where to go for an evening out.

From the newly opened Night Owl in Digbeth, the new home of northern soul, to some of the city's independent stylish cocktail bars in the Jewellery Quarter, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to evening entertainment.  

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