With over one million people living in and around Birmingham, this bustling city has developed one of the most diverse nightlife scenes the UK has to offer. There are plenty of pubs, bars and clubs to explore, be it on party strip Broad Street, in creative hub Digbeth or cool and quirky suburb Moseley. From live entertainment bars to tiki themed cocktails and gigantic super clubs, there's never a dull moment in Birmingham. So, whether you're looking for after work drinks and a lounge bar or a fun time party club in Birmingham, have a read of our recommendations of the best venues for experiencing Birmingham nightlife.
Last updated on 15th May 2016
For this club night take a music-mad teleport mission back to the boogie-busting bygone decades of the 60s, 70s and 80s, as uplifting, live music lair The Night Owl wreaks retro in Digbeth. Focusing heavily on the old-school Motown and Northern Soul Movement, come expecting authentic, vintage vinyl on the decks, and an eclectic assortment of top tunes, from soul, disco jingles and funk to chilled-as reggae, ska and mod. A funky interior to match the buzzing vibes throughout, you'll club in groovy, retro comfort and embrace those oh so sweet, symphonic sounds of yester-decades.
Just by the way of the City Centre in creative hub Digbeth, The Rainbow Venues hold some of the most diverse club nights in Birmingham. Four venues for the price of one, Birmingham's young, hip crowd head to Rainbow on a weekend to make the most of the pub, cellar, warehouse and when it's hot, you'll find them sunning themselves on the rooftop mezzanine. FACE takes place every Saturday and has a clubbing crowd buzzing with an electic mix of house, techno and drum & bass beats.
If your idea of a great night out includes kicking back with a cocktail then you're in luck, Island Bar in Birmingham City Centre has the fine art of cocktail making down to a T. Choose your favourite tipple and settle in to this tiki themed retreat. That's right folks, a tiki themed cocktail bar right here in Birmingham, shaking and stirring classic cocktails and exotic concoctions. DJ's playing retro party tunes give Island Bar its laid back party vibe that will have you swilling your cocktail as if you're at a Hawaiian Luau.
Cheese, cheese and more cheese and we're not talking cheddar. Popworld is a fun time party bar on Broad Street with a retro party theme that will have you mover shakers dancing the night away. The ultimate party mash-up tunes, an abundance of mirror balls and bargain drinks prices give Popworld a vibrant and lively spirit that would rival any old school disco. Polish your dance routines and remember the lyrics to your favourite hairbrush hits and get ready for some D-I-S-C-O.
There's more to the basements of Birmingham than you might think. Found underneath the city's bustling New Street shopping street, Bacchus is not only underground it's an iron clad trip through time. Themed around what can only be the good old Medieval days gone by, Bacchus bar is an ode to original stone masonry, iron features and throne wielding round tables.
If you're looking for a bar with entertainment in Birmingham then pop over to Glee Comedy Club in the Arcadian Centre. With a stage that has been graced by the likes of Jack Dee and Lee Evans, let the top notch comedians tickle you funny bones. Promising you a lively and entertaining night out, this bar in the Arcadian is not only primed for comedy lovers but Glee also plays host to some great live music.
Flying the flag for live music venues in Birmingham is The Jam House, sitting pretty in the iconic Jewellery Quarter. Founded by no other than music legend Jools Holland and his designer mate Neil Tibbatt who set out to create a first class music venue with a fun and lively vibe. Live acoustic sets and rock, blues and jazz bands ensure a vibrant night will be had by all.
Just a wee ten minutes out of Birmingham City Centre is cool and quirky suburb Moseley with it's hub of pubs and clubs. Attracting a crowd of young professionals and trendy students, The Bull's Head is a go-to if you're after something a little different in Birmingham. Spreading good time vibes every day of the week this pub in Moseley is popular with the after work crowd and pre-drinkers alike. DJ's get the party started here every weekend where this pub turns into one of the coolest intimate club spaces in Birmingham.
Tucked away under the railways arches in Digbeth is one of Birmingham's hidden gems, Spotlight Bar. A lounge bar come club in Birmingham, Spotlight Bar is proud to showcase some of the best local and underground DJ talent every weekend. If you're the sort who like a burger with your pint, head here on a Friday where Digbeth Dining Club showcase the best in top quality street food. Stomach lined, you can carry on your night with the house and jazz beats until a cracking 3am.