Nights out ….
There are countless bars and clubs in Birmingham. There are plenty of places to discover in Selly Oak, and of course the university Guild is also popular. However if you fancy going further afield then you might want to investigate the delights of Harborne. It is not too far from the university campus but on the opposite side to Selly Oak. It is famous for the amount of pubs it has so you can attempt the Harborne Mile and see how many pubs you can visit. You can start at either end of the High Street and work along. There is a lovely old pub called the Bell by St Peter’s church which is great in the summer as you can spill (and chill!) outside. Then roughly making your way toward Birmingham you will find the Vine, the New Inn and The Junction. Walking passed Waitrose is the Slug & Lettuce, and crossing over further down for the Harborne Stores. Just slightly off the high street is the White Horse then back on to the high street for the Plough and the Green Man and round past M & S carpark to the Hop Garden and if you want to keep going into town you could stop at the Swan on the way! Enjoy!
Broad Street has quite a reputation for a good night out. It is only a couple of miles away from Selly Oak. It is packed with bars, clubs and takeaways, including Walkabout, Rosies, Velvet Music Room, Sugar suite, the O Bar, Revolution and Pryzm. There are loads of reviews online so check out the right venue for you.
The Gay Village is near to the Chinese Quarter mainly on Hurst Street and the nearby roads. Visit some of the long established venues such as Bar Jester, Eden, Nightingale Club as well as many others. It is also close to the Hippodrome if you want to take in a show, a wealth of Chinese restaurants, casino and the Glee Club.
There are so many restaurants in Birmingham from Michelin stars to greasy spoons, and everything in between. It really just depends on what you want to eat and how much you want to spend. There are many of the usual chain restaurants but also some lovely independent places. Check out TripAdvisor to see some of the most popular here.
There are several cinemas in Birmingham if you’re a bit of a film buff. There are the multi screens – there’s an Odeon on New Street in the heart of the shopping centre, Cineworld at the end of Broad Street, and another Odeon at the Broadway Plaza by Fiveways just before Broad Street, which has all reclining luxurious seats. The Everyman cinema in the Mailbox is a lovely experience with settees and a more intimate setting. Meanwhile the Electric Cinema is said to be the oldest working cinema in England. The MockingBird Cinema is part of the Custard Factory and mixes food, drink and fabulous films.
If you want to see a show, play or the ballet then there are numerous theatres to choose from. The Hippodrome puts on large shows and is home to the Birmingham Royal Ballet. The Birmingham Repertory Theatre known as the Rep is in Centenary Square and puts on a variety of performance. While the New Alexandra Theatre or The Alex provides musicals, comedies and dramas. The old Rep is the first purpose built repertory theatre and has great character. The Blue Orange Theatre in the Jewellery Quarter showcases new drama and The Crescent Theatre just off Broad Street has a mix of professional and amateur production.
If you fancy something a bit different there are lots of ideas for things to do in Birmingham. You can take a Peaky Blinders Tour or a number of other historical trails. There are escape rooms, rock climbing venues, indoor golf, trampoline centres, canal trips and zorbing, skiing go karting, comedy clubs, museums and galleries, there’s a chocolate factory and an old coffin factory! Again you can find lots of ideas online and reviews to give you an idea of whether it’s for you or not.