Pre-Gig Bars in Birmingham
If you've got a couple of hours to spare before what you hope will be the best gig of your life, you better make sure that you're heading to the best pre-gig bars in Birmingham. Found near some of Birmingham's best music arena's and well within walking distance, these bars are a great place to settle those pre-gig nerves; you might even be surprised to find that the gig you're heading to, is right downstairs! Check out our recommendations for some of the best pre-gig bars in Birmingham.
But a stones throw away from the O2 Academy, fans of cocktails and unique bevvies alike would be a miss to avoid cool cocktail bar, Island Bar. Head to the Island Bar before the gig for masses of tailor made cocktails and cool tiki themed vibes thanks the bar's exotic decor that have secured it a place as one of the best cocktail bars in town.
One of Digbeth's coolest bars, Spotlight bar is a great spot for an urban tipple or three before you make your way to one of Birmingham's biggest music venues, Institute. Brimming with vintage quirks and underground vibes, you'll more than likely pick up on a few other pre-giggers settling in for a drink at this bar before the show begins just around the corner.
If you're heading to a gig at indie music bar The Sunflower Lounge, then you're more than likely to be heading for a drink at The Sunflower Lounge. Just a pitter patter away from Birmingham's New Street Station, The Sunflower Lounge boasts an upstairs downstairs split. This means that while you wait for the gig to start downstairs, you can have a cheeky tipple at the bar upstairs.
Fancy going for a drink before the gig but don't fancy going all that far to find it? Well then, how about a drink in the gig venue itself? Perfectly poised by the Birmingham canal, The Flapper is a renowned Birmingham pub and home to Brum's alternative crowd. Grab a drink upstairs and peruse the canal's sights before heading downstairs for raucous amps and grand acoustics.
We don't know if anyone has told you yet, but Moseley happens to be one cool hubbub of indie music and live antics. With The Bull's Head all of fiv doors down the roadd, The Prince of Wales is a buzzing venue to kick off gigging proceedings. Join them in their secret garden tiki bar and let them whip you up a cocktail storm as treasure trunk cocktail sharers go down a treat before the first band starts.
Heading to a live show at the Genting Arena any time soon? The World Bar is where you need to warm up beforehand, promising an excellent range of drinks and worldly street food snacks inside the Resorts World complex. There’s over 40 craft beers if that’s your kind of thing, live music is part of the very fabric of the venue and the stunning lakeside terrace is ideal if the weather is playing ball.
Another bar practically en route to heaving gig space and venue to the stars, O2 Academy, The Victoria is one of Birmingham's most unique boozers. Clad with whimsical pieces, a grand whisky selection and some of the coolest locally commissioned art in town, The Victoria is awash with gig friendly punters nearly every night of the week.
What goes well with a gig in Birmingham? Craft beer in Birmingham! But a walk away from both Institute and O2 Academy, Brewdog is a popular craft beer bar in Birmingham known for its cool urban vibes and plethora of quirky beer options.
All of ten minutes away from infamous music venue The Hare and Hounds, Cherry Reds is a charming little venue for drinks before the riffs and bass go wild. For fans of the kitsch , cosy and comfortable, Cherry Reds promise a chipper selection of craft beers, cask ales and international wines that simmer you down before you go barmy when the band come on.