Indie Bars in Birmingham

Home to one of the biggest music scenes in the UK, Birmingham has the upmost respect for its indie patrons and has even given them their own bars to frolic in! From independent boozers that double up as basement gig venues, to indie clubs in Birmingham that play only the very best in indie classics from The Smiths to The Maccabees, there's plenty of great places for you to go on a night out in the city. Check out our recommendations for the best indie bars in Birmingham and get your fill of some of the best NME-friendly tracks in the business. 


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The Lord Clifden

4 user reviews 4

This unique urban art bar in the Jewellery Quarter is a buzz with Birmingham's young indie crowd. A selection of art from the likes of Banksy and Army Lion adorn the walls inside and out. The Lord Clifden boasts one of the best beer gardens in Birmingham where DJ's spin the best indie, Motown and soul tracks to get the weekend started. 

The Prince of Wales

4 user reviews 5

While not strictly an indie pub in Birmingham, it's popular with Brum's indie crowd. A cool and quirky pub in Moseley, there's something oh so unique about this seemingly traditional boozer. Head out to the garden at The Prince of Wales and you'll find everything from a sand clad tiki-bar to their very own cigar shed. 

The Hare and Hounds

4 user reviews 5

Known for their lively gig nights and indie vibes, The Hare and Hounds is a cool and quirky pub in Kings Heath. With space for two gig venues and two bars, this charming bar combines tradition with indie cool. A buzz with young creatives and indie-kids alike, this is one lively pub in Birmingham; a must if you're after something a littler different where you can take in top notch live music. 

The Actress and Bishop

9 user reviews 4

If you folks know anything of the Jewellery Quarter by now, you'll know that the Actress and Bishop is one of its most heralded destinations for indie kids in the city. With their incredibly regular turnover of live music, to festivals and indie nights, it's no wonder that the city's be-boppers like to call it their home away from home.