A huge range of exciting, cultured, and fun nights out to suit all kinds of people… what more would you expect from the UK’s second city? Birmingham is the home of many things, from Aston Villa FC to Cadbury World. However, it’s also famous for hosting a fabulous night out to remember. And this list will take you through thirteen of the best places to go next time you find yourself in the city of Brum at night!
From theatres and crazy golf to clubs and parks, this list has a broad range of activities that will appeal to all kinds of creatures of the night. So grab your heels, your trainers or even your bowling shoes, and join us on an exploration of some of the best things to do in Birmingham at night.
This article is written by Faraway Lucy writer, Hannah Ludlow.
1. The REP
Address: Broad St, Birmingham B1 2EP
Phone number: 0121 236 4455
If you’re feeling cultured and up for a night of high-quality theatre, there’s no better place than the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, situated between the Symphony Hall and Birmingham Library in Centenary Square. Although Birmingham is brimming with theatres, including The Crescent and The Hippodrome, The REP has a unique charm that sets it apart from other venues!
In addition to productions by the REP’s Company, this exciting theatre also hosts hundreds of external theatre companies throughout the year. From large productions by renowned companies from the West End to smaller up-and-coming companies, there’s something for everyone.
The REP has played host to some brilliant performers such as Maggie Smith and Sarah Hadland. Similarly, productions range in genre from comedy to tragedy to horror. So whatever you’re looking for, you’ll probably find it! There’s no classier night out than to the theatre, so grab a glass of wine at the bar, or even a meal at the REP’s own restaurant, Marmalade, then sit back and enjoy some exceptional theatre.
Address: 18 Kent St, Birmingham B5 6RD
Phone number: 0121 622 1718
Known to the locals as ‘Gales’, The Nightingale is one of Birmingham’s oldest and largest LGBT club venues, located in the Gay Village along with lots of other gay bars and nightlife! Gales is on a different level to other clubs in Birmingham. This is largely due to its lively, welcoming atmosphere and its £1 vodka mixers on a Thursday.
With three floors and floor rooms of amazing music, cheerful bar staff and psychedelic wall art, Gales is one of the best club nights out in Brum. Arguably the best part of the Gales experience is the huge stage on the bottom floor. Here performers dance and entertain the crowds every night in colourful costumes and incredible makeup. What’s not to love about great music, a great atmosphere and generally great entertainment?
3. Custard Factory
Address: Gibb St, Deritend, Birmingham B9 4AA
Phone number: 0121 224 7777
Situated in the heart of Digbeth in central Birmingham, the Custard Factory is a jewel to explore if you’re ever in the city and fancy an escape from the bustling Bullring! While there’s plenty to do in the fifteen acres of restored Victorian buildings during the day, the Custard Factory comes to life in the evening, with restaurants, bars and game cafés to explore and enjoy.
Why not treat your tastebuds to a trip to Birdies Bar, an outdoor eatery which serves signature cocktails and delicious street food with a tropical hideaway theme? From there, you can go along to NQ64, a hub of retro gaming, including the likes of Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and Space Invaders. NQ64 serves up some childhood nostalgia, alongside drinks to keep you going throughout the night.
4. Ghetto Golf
Address: The Custard Factory, Gibb St, Deritend, Birmingham B9 4AA
If you’re looking for an opportunity to get competitive with your friends and family, then Ghetto Golf is the place to go! This indoor crazy golf experience is set apart from the crowd due to its incredible graffiti artwork on the walls, its exciting and challenging eighteen-hole course, and the amazing street food and cocktails on offer at its famous bar.
No hole is the same at Ghetto Golf, making this experience different to all others, and definitely a memorable one! With well-priced packages that include food and drink, the Ghetto Golf experience is not one to miss.
5. The Sunflower Lounge
Address: 76 Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham B5 4EG
Phone number: 0121 632 6756
Birmingham is renowned for producing some of the most amazing performers and bands. Think Duran Duran, Dexys Midnight Runners and Jamelia. But these musicians had to start out somewhere, and it was on Birmingham’s renowned music scene that they first rose to fame!
Music venues litter the streets of central Birmingham, but it is venues like The Sunflower Lounge that really stand out. If you’re looking for a chilled venue, with performances from up-and-coming artists, then this venue is for you. With good vibes, a great bar and a wide range of genres on offer, there’s no better venue than The Sunflower Lounge for a night of discovering new music.
Address: The Cube, Lane7 Level 6, Wharfside St, Birmingham B1 1RN
Phone number: 0121 289 5395
‘It’s bowling like you’ve never seen it’ are words taken straight from Lane7’s website, and I’ve got to agree! Located in Birmingham’s impressive building, The Cube, Lane7 is a bowling alley that will give you a night out to remember. This boutique venue comprises nine lanes, a bar that serves cocktails and loads of other forms of entertainment once you’ve finished getting those strikes. Think a UV-lit karaoke booth, arcades, shuffleboard tables and more!
Within this space, there are loads of activities that will entertain you through the night. Lane 7 offers everything you could want from a night out with friends. You’ll never be bored as you move from activity to activity, and you’ll always leave wanting more. You can even exclusively hire lanes or choose one of their package deals, perfect for hen parties or nights out with colleagues.
7. The Mill
Address: 29 Lower Trinity St, Deritend, Birmingham B9 4AG
Phone number: 0117 925 9273
One of the best rooftop bars in Birmingham, The Mill has got to be one of Birmingham’s best nights out. With its huge range of events and open-air venue which hosts loads of festivals, DJs and performers throughout the summer months, you can’t ask for much more. The Mill has something for all party-goers meaning no event is ever the same! Past events include ‘DnB Brunch’, ‘Back To The 90s’ and ‘An Orchestral Rendition of Dr Dre’s 2001’.
Perhaps the most famous event at The Mill is the MADE Festival After-Party which hosts hundreds of people after one of Birmingham’s biggest festivals. Following the unfortunate closure of The Rainbow Venues, the opening of The Mill marked a new and exciting time for Birmingham’s outdoor clubbing scene. It’s definitely not one to miss!
8. DropShot Digbeth
Address: 60 Heath Mill Ln, Deritend, Birmingham B9 4AR
Phone number: 0121 771 0772
DropShot in Digbeth is one of my favourite things to do in Birmingham at night. A few drinks and games of ping pong with your mates. Could you ask for much more? This fun and exciting multi-use activity bar has everything you need for a great night out, including six Olympic grade tennis tables and wood-fired pizzas which – from experience – are delicious!
Not only will you be playing competitive games of table tennis while sipping on a tasty cocktail, but you’ll also be dancing to some amazing tunes provided by the huge sound system which makes you feel like you’re in a club. (Except you’re less sweaty and playing table tennis rather than moshing!) If you’re looking for one of Brum’s most fun nights out then DropShot is definitely your best bet!
9. Botanical Gardens
Address: Westbourne Rd, Birmingham B15 3TR
Phone number: 0121 454 1860
If you’re on the hunt for a more laid-back night out then why not head to Birmingham’s beautiful Botanical Gardens, one of the more slightly different things to do in Birmingham at night? Located near the city centre in Edgbaston, you can enjoy night-time light displays and an open-air cinema here in the summer months!
The bandstand hosts plenty of live music events, and the renowned Magical Lantern Festival takes place at night during winter. Visitors can marvel at the beautiful and magnificent lanterns which light up the ponds, gardens and woodlands of the venue. This is a great night-time activity for all the family, and will leave you wanting to return every year!
10. Flight Club
Address: 13 Temple St, Birmingham B2 5BN
Phone number: 13 Temple St, Birmingham B2 5BN
Birmingham’s Flight Club is a fairground-themed bar in the centre of the city, which provides visitors with cocktails, pizza and thirteen darts oches which combine to make a fantastic night out. The interior of the Flight Club is so impressive that you’ll never want to leave. It’s safe to say you’ll end up recommending this venue to all your friends!
11. The Jekyll & Hyde
Address: 28 Steelhouse Lane, City Centre, Birmingham B4 6BJ
Phone number: 0121 236 0345
Birmingham is well-known for its extensive mixology scene, and there’s no better place to start exploring the realm of exotic cocktails than The Jekyll & Hyde. This Victorian-themed bar in the heart of the city is a great night out for cocktail fanatics. And especially those who are interested in learning more about the art of mixology! Outside there’s an Alice in Wonderland-themed beer garden and the top floor hosts a historic cocktail lounge that promises a fun and exotic night.
12. Escape Hunt
Address: The Square Shopping Centre, 120-122 Corporation St, Birmingham B4 6SX
Phone number: 0121 233 3023
If you’re a family or a group of friends looking for an exciting night-time activity to get your brain whirring and your heart beating then look no further than Escape Hunt. This escape room gives you sixty minutes to escape, via a series of challenges and puzzles. With different levels of difficulty, Escape Hunt is easily one of the best things to do in Birmingham at night!
13. Moonlight Cinema at Luna Springs
Address: Digbeth Arena, Lower Trinity St, Deritend, Birmingham B9 4AG
Phone number: 0121 663 6293
A great spot for a relax and some good food is the Moonlight Cinema at Luna Springs in Digbeth, which hosts outdoor movie nights for all the family! With deck chairs to relax on, food stalls to explore, and amazing films from Mamma Mia to Magic Mike, this is one of the best things to do in Birmingham at night. So bring your friends or family, grab some popcorn and get ready for the best movie night of your life!
I hope this list has provided you with some inspiration for places to go at night-time in Birmingham. Many of these places are weather dependent and provide the best experiences during the summer. But you can also make the most of the winter evenings by exploring Birmingham’s quirky bars, restaurants, clubs and theatres. Whether it’s a family trip out, a hen party or a romantic evening for two, I hope you love these fun things to do in Birmingham at night.
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