Something A Little Different In Birmingham

Bored of your local boozer? Let the city be your evening pick-me-up with one of the country's best selection of cool and quirky places and events. From social darts to boozy bowling and the kookiest cocktails, explore our guide to these unique venues and mind-boggling bars, all offering something a little different in Birmingham.

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Last updated on 26th March 2024

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Situated in Digbeth is one of the best things to do in Birmingham at night for couples, complete with a truckload of video games to play. Featuring craft beer and creative concoctions, it makes for an adventurous evening of all your childhood favourites - think Tekken and Space Invaders. What's more, it also offers a boozy laser quest experience in its downstairs basement. For £20 per person, you can bag two games alongside a welcome drink. There are also alien-themed cocktails such as tequila-based The Ripely and The Martian, made with gin and yuzu, to sip on once you've saved the world. 

Paint a Pic Birmingham

Ever wanted to make your own piece of art? Check out Paint A Pic Birmingham and, under the guidance of an expert, create your very own masterpiece that you can then take home. Feeling thirsty? There's even a bar where you can have a drink post-sesh. 

The Old Crown

Looking for quirky things to do in Digbeth? Head on over to The Old Crown where you'll discover a unique roster of events. Not only will you find Fleetwood Mac tribute nights and St Patrick's Day celebrations, but also unique talks and discussions.

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Fancy watching some of the best plays around at the premier fringe theatre venue in the Midlands? Birmingham's Old Joint Stock Pub & Theatre hosts cool and quirky performances on a regular basis, as well as their hilarious Big Deal Comedy Night, cabaret shows, drag bingo events and much more, many of which cost less than £15 to attend.


YO! are hosting some seriously fun sushi-making classes, complete with a guided lesson and fish-cutting tips. Create your very own salmon nigiris, crunchy Cali rolls and plenty more all while nibbling on edamame and gyozas. One of the most fun things to do in Birmingham for couples? Yup.

TeamSport Go Karting Birmingham

Burn some rubber at Birmingham's ultimate go-karting experience this summer. You'll whiz around like a bona fide F1 professional across 1000 metres of multilevel track, all in effort to win a place at the top of the podium and lifelong bragging rights. 

The Reggae Brunch

Searching for a unique event to head to? The Reggae Brunch are bringing you epic carnival-themed nights, complete with booze and dance-offs as well as delicious Caribbean dishes. Enjoy the best hits from DJs, and get the chance to win amazing cash prizes.

Vagabond Cheese + Wine

After unusual things to do in Birmingham for young adults? Vagabond's cheese and wine masterclasses see you expertly guided through tastings, sampling five of each in order to find your perfect pairing. Bon Appetit.

Luna Springs

One of the coolest bars in Birmingham, Luna Springs is the ideal hangout bringing you craft beers, cocktails, street food and a packed schedule of live entertainment. Join for a fun bottomless brunch, or pitch up later on for DJs and dancing until late.

The Park VR Birmingham

Found along the canals of Brindleyplace, The Park VR Birmingham is a top choice for interactive days out. Their cutting-edge technology brings you amazing virtual experiences through headsets, from fighting off swarms of zombies to braving their chilling escape room or being the star of your very own action film. After all that fun? Be sure to unwind with a refreshing drink from the bar.

Mooncat Beats & Bites

Utilita Arena bar Mooncat is an entertainment den for live shows themed around Queen, ABBA, Disney and more, all complete with Japanese street food and cocktails. Not only that, but there are sake and sushi tastings plus music quiz nights.