Cool and Quirky Events in Birmingham

The latest club nights getting you down? Going to your local for a pint becoming a weekly slog? Well then, luckily for you, we have exactly what you need. Adding some edge to your mundane week, we've compiled a list of some of the quirkiest independent events, dapper evenings and unusual nights out in the city. Check out our recommendations for the best cool and quirky events in Birmingham. Who knows, you might even find your new bizarre passion in life.

Last updated on 23rd March 2017

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The Lobby On Hill Street are mixing it up with their quirky and delicious cocktail masterclasses. The bar staff will be showing you how to mix, muddle and serve a range of luscious libations, and there will be a whole load of fun and games chucked in. 

Fun Time Partying, Hen Party, Food & Drink, Classes
House Music
Birmingham City Centre
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Cool events in Birmingham rarely get better than Brum’s Big Fat Pizza Festival. Situated in the Lab11 complex, organisers are bringing together over fifteen of the best independent pizza traders to deliver everyone’s favourite Italian food. There will also be other street-food and desert traders if you need a break, as well as local artists, top DJs, face-painting and more to keep you entertained all day.

Daytime, Festival, Food & Drink, Fun Time Partying
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Brum's summer just got a whole lot sunnier as The Rum Festival returns with another huge weekend of South American vibes. There will be more than 130 types of rum, salsa, samba and reggae music as well as exotic street food to tuck into.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Festival, Food & Drink, Live Music, Daytime
Live Music
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Is there a cooler event in Birmingham than a whole festival dedicated to Gin & Meat? Some of the best food traders in the country will be descending on the city, bringing fried chicken, BBQ ribs and more, while DJs will be playing the top tunes to get you in the gin drinking mood.

Daytime, Festival, Food & Drink, Fun Time Partying
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Birmingham’s uniqueness comes from its independent culture, and this is why the Independent Birmingham festival will be one of the coolest events in 2017. A celebration of Independent culture, it will feature the best food traders, retailers, artists, designers and bars that makes up the magical tapestry of the city. 

Festival, Food & Drink, Something A Little Different, Pop-Up
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Victor Richards is bringing his short play about African Caribbean migration, hope, identity and change is coming to The Old Joint Stock Theatre. Tackling the collective experience of Black British citizens, this thought-provoking and entertaining play is a great, quirky experience to see in Birmingham.

Birmingham City Centre
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With the hottest soundtrack come Saturday nights, Jay9, MC Dazzla and DJ Barse are hosting Reggaeoke, a mad night of reggae karaoke. Head to Cogs for non-stop tunes and the most welcoming, fun atmosphere in Birmingham.

Fun Time Partying, Karaoke, Something A Little Different, Themed Nights
Birmingham City Centre
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We heard you, you're looking for a quiz night in Birmingham. But how about some noggin testing antics with a twist? Hosted by Quizbox Entertainment at the refurbished Actress and Bishop, this is a test of your brain power unlike any other. From vintage games consoles to giant Jenga games, there's a cash pot to be won at this quirky event in Birmingham and plenty of fun ways to do it. 

Quiz Night, Pop-Up
Rock n Roll
Jewellery Quarter and Summer Row

It’s not often a festival is dedicated entirely to swing, so when it is, it’s important the festival is done right. Luckily, it’s in the Rainbow Venues’ hand, offering the best in swing across seven stages, as well as music ranging from jungle DJs to gypsy jazz. There’s also hidden speakeasies, world class cabaret, and a street food market.

Fun Time Partying, Something A Little Different, Pop-Up, Live Music
Rhythm and Blues

The best in up-and-coming or established headline comedy acts descend onto The Comedy Loft every week for their Friday Night Comedy night. Four acts take to the stage, managed by a hilarious compere, and afterwards you are invited to their premier afterparty.


This isn’t just any live performance – this is a narrative rock show. The Girl From Mars will be bringing Oasis, Pulp, Blur, Supergrass and more to life, but they won’t stop there. Each set is filled with storytelling and special effects, with props like a UFO drone, burlesque dance and a giant robot making this one of the quirkiest live music shows in Birmingham.

Live Music, Something A Little Different, Fun Time Partying
Live Music

The Hare & Hounds is bringing another Supper Club, with this time Yogiyo taking over the kitchen. They’ll be serving up a delicious mix of Korean food, from miso soup, Roast Pork BO Ssam, to Korean Fried Chicken.

Supper Clubs, Food & Drink, Something A Little Different
Moseley and Kings Heath
@ Glee Club Birmingham on Friday 5 May 2017

Rob Rouse is one of the country’s foremost storytellers, so let him bring the laughs as he unpacks all the trauma of his modern life. Married, middle-aged, two kids and too much debt – prepare to be taken on a ride in a hilarious, tour de force of modern woe.

Comedy, Something A Little Different
Arcadian and Gay Village

Soul 4 The City is flinging you back to the glory days of RnB, Rare Groove and Soulful House. With a host of talented DJs, experience all the best in classic soul from the 80s, 90s and 00s and get your groove on.

Clubbing, Fun Time Partying, Themed Nights
80's Music
Birmingham City Centre

This is clubbing with a sophisticated twist. Touche is a multi-cultured event all about those special kind of people that love cocktails, great music, and to dress dapper. The decks will be playing everything from trap to house to club classics.

Dating, Clubbing, Fun Time Partying, Something A Little Different
Hip Hop/RnB
The Mailbox and Brindleyplace

The Glee Club are hosting female duo The Unthanks as they perform the unearthed songs of a wistful 1950s mother, Molly Drake. The songs, found by her son are recorded by her husband, reflect many of the themes that ran through society at the time.

Theatre/Arts, Live Music, Something A Little Different
Arcadian and Gay Village

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