Live Music in Birmingham

Known as generating some of the best musicians in the industry, Birmingham is a mecca for music enthusiasts. No matter what genre you bop along to, some of the best bars, pubs and clubs in Birmingham offer live music nearly every weekend. Whether you're head banging along in the birthplace of rock or simmering down to a glass of champagne alongside a piano accompaniment, there's something for everyone. Check out our recommendations for the best live music in Birmingham.

Last updated on 11th October 2021

The Flapper

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These cool little digs just shy of Birmingham city centre are known for their alternative gigs and indie status. Head down to The Flapper's basement bar and you'll find an intimate live gig venue with a less than intimate sound system host to some of Birmingham finest up and coming musicians. 

The Jam House Birmingham

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What with the master of music behind this Jewellery Quarter venture, it's no surprise that nearly every night is host to some of the best musicians in the country. Jools Holland is the man behind The Jam House and it's clear to see how his influence reigns over its enthusiasm for great shows and even greater music. 

The Night Owl

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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.

Not only are Dares bar purveyors of everything hoppy, they are one of the most fun live music venues around. Get set for a whole roster of great bars every time they're open, while you can munch on some great food and sip on their wide range of beers. 

If you like your live music loud and defiantly rock 'n' roll, then Scruffy Murphey's is the place for you. The Dale End pub regularly hosts bands of the metal persuasion, alongside hearty British dinners and real ale pints.

The Sunflower Lounge

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Leading the way for independent bars in Birmingham City Centre, The Sunflower Lounge is primed for intimate gigs. Just a hope skip and a jump away from New Street Station, The Sunflower Lounge frequently showcases the best local talent in this laid back venue. Also playing host to some top DJ nights in Birmingham, The Sunflower Lounge is a must for gig goers looking to fish out the local talent.

The Institute

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If you're looking for some of the biggest names in the music business at one of the biggest gig venues in Birmingham then The Institute in Digbeth has it all. Catering to over 1500 music lovers, this super venue in Birmingham's quirky Digbeth has seen them all. Will they be seeing you too?

The Asylum Venue

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If you like your music loud, your gigs feisty your metal black then The Asylum is the venue for you. Boasting high energy antics and even host to some of Downloads most raucous post-festival parties, this rock bar in Birmingham cling on to Birmingham's rock heritage with pride by boasting some of the best live alternative gigs in the city.