Are you ready to start your evening in style? With grand pubs and bustling bars, Birmingham is the perfect place for you to party. But the night doesn’t have to finish when they’re calling ‘time’ at the bar, because the city has great-value student nights and some of the hottest nightclubs in the country. Then, when you’re ready to take off your dancing shoes and slip into your pjs, our city centre Birmingham hotels are the perfect place for you to sleep off the rigours of the night before. Check out our rundown of the best nights out in town.
Nightlife in Birmingham
If you love your pubs full of character and original features, you’ll be in heaven in Brum. This city knows how to pull a good pint (or three) and it does so in style, because plenty of Birmingham’s boozers have kept all of their cosy Victorian charm. So whether you're a craft beer fan, have a passion for a pale ale or just want a glass of something grapey, Birmingham's pubs have got you covered. Bottoms up!
In need of some refreshment after visiting the Cathedral? Directly opposite on Temple Row you’ll find a pub called the Old Joint Stock, which is a sightseeing opportunity in its own right. You can’t miss its imposing Victorian facade and inside the decor is just as impressive. Formerly a bank, the pub has kept its ornate ceilings, sweeping staircases and marble statues. With a great selection of ales, gins and some seriously good pies, it does get packed, but staff don’t keep thirsty customers waiting long. There’s also a little theatre upstairs that’s worth a look.
Birmingham does traditional boozers well, and there’s no need to miss out if you’re staying in a hotel near Aston. The Bartons Arms on the High Street is a real gem of history and heritage - a gorgeous Edwardian landmark on the outside, while inside you’ll find rooms of all shapes and sizes, full of original features, from tiled murals to stained glass. The ornate mahogany island bar serves an interesting range of speciality bottled beers and Oakham ales, plus there’s tasty Thai food to soak it all up.
Browsing for something sparkly in the Jewellery Quarter? Take a well-earned break at The Lord Clifden. Popular with locals and visitors alike, the leather banquettes and dimpled copper tables keep it feeling traditional, but there are some contemporary touches to give it a distinctly hipster edge - such as the collection of street art on display, including some of Banksy’s. Lovely in the summer thanks to its laid-back beer garden, you’ll also find guest DJs, barbecues and table tennis to keep you busy.
Pubs beside the canal
Traditional brewery taps
If your idea of going out means getting down, you’re in luck. Birmingham’s packed with places to let loose on the dancefloor, no matter what music you’re into. From sleek and chic superclubs to places with a more grungy feel, you’ll find them all in Brum.
Whether you want to hear the latest dance anthems or classic indie tunes, you’ll find the right soundtrack to your night in one of PRYZM four rooms. The big daddy of the city’s club scene, Birmingham’s super club has 51 private booths that you can book as part of a bespoke package to get your night off in true VIP style.
Built underneath one of Digbeth’s Victorian railway arches, Spotlight’s industrial feel and electric DJ sets create a unique night out. Small and dimly lit, it offers everything from quality house nights to swing and soul. But if there’s nothing that takes your fancy on the night, head next door to the aptly named Next Door for a truly unique night out. With bespoke visuals and Martin Audio sound system, it attracts many of the world’s best DJs.
If you love your clubs to be more glamorous than grungy, head to Moroccan themed Bambu to party with the beautiful people (well, reality stars and footballers). You’ll be blown away with the decor - think plush draped booths, stunning Moroccan rugs and a lush, green garden. Order a bottle of vodka to your table and it’s presented with sparklers to give it a festive feel.
Not sure what bar you fancy? Head to bustling Broad Street and take your pick. As the centre of nightlife in Birmingham, you can work your way along the street from one great bar to the next . And one of our Birmingham Broad Street hotels will be ready and waiting when you want to call it a night.
Looking for a sparkling night out? Head to the Mailbox for a number of elegant options, including Pennyblacks. This lively, contemporary bar has excellent DJs, and you'll also find cool venues nearby offering classic cocktails and a choice of fine champagne.
As well as some of the best independent bars in Birmingham, the Jewellery Quarter is home to the Jam House. Hidden away on St Paul's Square, this live music bar has Jools Holland as its musical director, so expect to see plenty of rhythm and blues, funk, jazz and, of course, boogie woogie piano.
For a luxurious night out, explore the stylish, jet-black and gold Art Deco interior of the Edgbaston Cocktail Lounge. Choose one of the three rooms and sit back and enjoy some classic cocktails made with the finest spirits by award-winning bartenders.