Gig Venues in Birmingham
Being the birthplace of Metal in the UK, Birmingham is no stranger to the fine art that is music. From jazz bars and rocking metal venues to Moseley Folk Festival, Birmingham has been a hubbub of music activity since the dawn of time (some would say). Check out our recommendations for the best gig venues in Birmingham and spend a night in the city listening to some of your favourite bands, and maybe even discovering brand new ones.
Last updated on 15th May 2016
One of the biggest and busiest venues in Digbeth, The Rainbow plays host to intimate gig nights, live music shows and DJ sets. Spread over a warehouse, a cellar, a pub and a rooftop mezzanine, this diverse venue makes one cracking gig venue in Birmingham. With local and global DJ's gracing their decks for club nights and local bands showcasing their talent, there is always something going on at The Rainbow.
If you like your gigs in Birmingham a little nitty, gritty and in an authentic basement bar then you shouldn't be hard pushed to make a visit to fun indie bar, The Sunflower Lounge. A bustling indie venue in the heart of the city, The Sunflower Lounge is awash with local bands looking for a great gig without the pretention of some larger venues.
If you're making your way to the cool swathes of Digbeth in Birmingham then it will be hard to miss this towering music venue. A multi-purpose gig venue in the heart of the city, The Institute boast everything from clubs nights to super gigs, having seen the likes of the Mystery Jets and Foals gracing their 600 capacity venue.
With live comedy shows and stand up tours, the gigs at Glee Comedy Club will have you chortling behind your pint glass. Having seen the likes of Jack Dee and Lee Evans grace the stage, this premier comedy venue promise a barrel of laughs. It isn't just rib tickling comedy gigs here though, Glee Comedy Club also host some gig nights, making this a popular entertainment bar in Birmingham.
A cool addition to late night DJ bars in Birmingham City Centre, TALK promise DJ sets, gig and local bands. Their student friendly drinks deals and rowdy vibes make any gig at talk a great alternative to other live music venues in Birmingham. Also home to weekly student nights showcasing the best local DJ's, TALK is set to be a raucous club space as well as gig venue.
With a basement gig venue, beer garden and sweet spot right next to the scenic canal, The Flapper is a renowned music venue in Birmingham. Popular with indie bands and local, undiscovered talent, The Flapper is a great bar in Birmingham if you're looking to discover new music and artists in the city.
If you want rock and you want it now thee's one venue that you're guaranteed it. The Asylum Venue are not only host to one of the biggest alternative nights in Birmingham, they're home to the biggest alternative bands. A mecca for metal heads and rock bods, if you want your fill of gnarly riffs then this is the venue for you.
If you fancy a gig venue in Birmingham penned by one of the biggest names in music then you've come to the right place. A jazz bar heralded and somewhat owned by none other then Jools Holland himself, The Jamhouse is a vibrant bar in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter that promise the smoothest Jazz and Motown nights in the city.
Just shy of scenic St Paul's Square, The Actress and Bishop is a traditional pub with a modern twanf=g in the Jewellery Quarter. With local live music at the heart what they do, The Actress and Bishop hold live gigs every week and music sessions every Sunday. Lively all week, this pub comes to life at the weekends when locals and out of towners all head down to hear local musicians and DJ's until the small hours of the morning.
Now here's a name you might recognise. Boasting three different venues from a main room to an intimate gig venue, O2 Academy are home to some of the biggest gigs in the city. From Lana Del Rey to local bands that you'll have to hear to be believed, the O2 Academy is a great music venue in Birmingham for those after both big and small bands in the industry.
The Bull's Head is a cool and quirky pub in Moseley where showcasing the best local DJ's, bands and solo artists is at the forefront of what they do. Busy all week long with after work drinkers and a young party crowd alike, The Bull's Head might be laid back put but it sure has attitude. A packed calendar of live events and club nights, this bar is a must for gig enthusiasts.