I'm planning to go to Birmingham for a night out in march...I don't like Dance and trance music etc, I like chart music and R&B stuff, what nightclubs play that kind of music, and are reasonably cheap?Thanks :D<3
I have lived in Birmingham all my life, I started clubbing at the age of 18. In Birmingham, there are two main areas for clubbers:
This is the best known place when you arrive in Birmingham, the most talked about and certainly the most busiest road in Birmingham on a weekend. If you fancy the cheesy style and cheap drinks, this would be your street. Music varies from 80s to RnB and to Dance towards the end of the road. On the same road, there are some quite stylish pubs too. There are: The Works, Draon eye, Figure of Eight, Lloyds Bar, Sports Cafe and Revolutions just to name a few. The only downside to this is that at 3am, there are some trouble around due to the heavy drinking, but it is very well controlled by the local police, nowhere as near as worse in places like Manchester.
Another section of birmingham about 1.5 miles from Broad street. Down there, you will find the posh people, people who likes the attention and into more dance and house music, hardly any RnB or Pop music. So for the hard clubbers who are into house, this is the palce for you! The clubs are slightly less, only 3 clubs: Hidden, Bambu and Moonlounge. Also the area is based in China Town. However, at 3am here, it is a different thing - that's when the serious clubbing beings, yes! Afterparty clubs, such as Radius which is just round the corner, open on a friday with funky dirty house playing from 3am - 7am.
Broad street is Birmingham's nightlife capital. Recently a club chain called the "Works" expanded to Broad Street, offering a three-room venue of 3,500 capacity, dance orientated music and a huge Faze 3 installation. This review focuses on the two clubs in Birmingham that I have visited more than once. Code – Birmingham After two years in the Sanctuary, Code as of autumn 2000 is the home place for the famous Godskitchen. This redbrick warehouse isn’t glamorous but it is clean, friendly and well laid out. The music policy has a rotation of house and trance depending on which big-name DJs are playing. The 100-kilowatt sound system is set beneath the floor with overhead speakers to spread the sound throughout the room. The bottom floor bar is fronted by a railing with two flights of parallel stairs leading to the first floor. On the other side of the railing is a huge stepped dance floor. 1st floor viewers can chill out and observe the frenzy below. The lighting system is one of the best I’ve seen with ceiling-set strobes, plenty of scanners and twin green lasers on either side of the DJ booth. The downside to Code is its geography. Expect a 15 minutes walk from New Street or Broad Street. DNA – Birmingham City centre This £4 million project saw an old cinema converted into a state of the art nightclub, the doors opening in late 1999. The sound system is an array of speakers embedded neatly inside the surrounding walls of the dance floor and also hanging off the ceiling of the three-storey main room. Directly above the dancing space is a suspended ‘Sky Bar’ where observers can watch the shenanigans in bird’s eye view. The lighting system is in full kick from 11pm onwards and it is a pretty impressive sight – It has bettered any club I know so far including Godskitchen in Code. The laser is a rarity because of it being multicoloured. Some b
ad news was pressed in May 2002: The management of DNA has decided to sell the venue so that it is converted into a lap dancing club. Two main promoters, Pop Ya Cherry and Sundissential were resident in DNA on Fridays and Saturday respectively. Sundissential’s web site has been very informative on their plans to relocate to the Birmingham Academy in July 2002 however, Pop Ya Cherry’s web site have given no information on their next move. I am deeply dismayed as DNA had an unmatched lighting system, fireworks, a full-coloured laser, and a great degree of comfort and interiors. I show no interest in the future strip club, but any information on what the DNA management plans to do next is much appreciated.
If you like your clubbing, you will love Birmingham. I grew up in Birmingham so I know all about where to go! For choice in clubs I don't think you can beat Birmingham. London may have more clubs, but they are more expensive and further apart. The majority of clubs in Birmingham are in the city centre and close together. A lot of people have been put off going out because of the car bomb and I just want to say that this should not put people off visiting Birmingham! In my opinion, many people think badly of Birmingham, often when they have never even been there! They think of Birmingham and think of brummy accents (what aboue Essex, Liverpool and Welsh accents?)and the Bull Ring (which has been knocked down). Give it a chance! There has been a lot of development in and around Birmingham in recent years and you may be surprised at it! There are two main clubbing areas in town-Broad Street and China Town. Broad Street has a huge number of clubs and late opening bars. The clubs range from Bakers, a serious dance music venue, to Surfer's Paradise, a more poppy venue. In the week many of the clubs do student nights and special promotions but at the weekend they can be quite expensive. The cheapest entry fee is around £4-5 going up to £10. Many of the bars charge less, or nothing. The Sports Cafe, Bar 260 and the Figure of Eight are all free before 9 pm. Broad Street gets very busy on Thursday-Sunday nights, and has a great atmosphere. There is a venue to suit everyone, from quieter bars like Edward's to full on dance fests such as Stoodi Bakers (very trendy). Stoodi Bakers gets very crowded but it has a great atmosphere, with dancers and laser shows. Most places have a dress code of smart/casual at weekends and sometimes the bouncers can be fussy about who they let in, eg. no big groups. Just around the corner from Broad Street is Brindley Place, a more upmarket area by the the canal with restaurants and bars. If you don
't like mainstream music (dance/pop), you probably won't like Broad Street though. If you like 70's music and styles, Flares (many towns such as Cardiff and Liverpool also have Flares) is the place for you. It's on Broad Street, situated in an old church. I like the Rat and Parrot, which plays RnB/garage on Friday and Saturday nights. It has big sqaushy sofas and a nice interior with plants. The drinks aren't too expensive wither (for Broad street anyway!) Luckily there are alternative nightclubs too. If you like Indie music, try Snobs, on the corner of Paradise Place, or The Academy, opposite Toys R Us on Dale End, which sometimes has bands playing. On Saturday nights they have Ramshackle, a full on indie fest with a casual dress code. If you like rock and metal, then Edwards is the place for you. This is next to the Alexandra Theatre, opposite the new Mailbox complex. Round the corner from Edwards is the "superclub" DNA, a huge club which is quite cheap compared to Broad Street and tends to attract Kevins and Sharons. It's ok if you like that kind of thing.. In China town is Hurst Street, which is the gay quarter. I have been into a few of the bars down there with friends. One was Route, which had a great atmosphere and cheap drinks, and I pulled (which is quite strange really as I am straight and it's a gay bar, but there you go..)! It's not all gay bars in that area though. There's McCluskys, which used to be favourite club as an underage-er, Exile. McCluskys is aimed at the older person and is styled like an American diner. There is Zanzibar, which used to be Pulse (that got closed down due to drugs). The staff wear leapord (how do you spell that word?) skin clothes and it has fake palm trees! It's quite a laugh though to go with your mates and get merrily drunk! If you are a serious clubber, there is God's Kitchen at CODE in Digbeth, it's supposed to be gre
at. There is also the Hush, an after hours club, and the Steering Wheel, both of which I recommend from when I used to go there. Well, I could go on as there are more clubs! Those are the main ones though. There's a great atmosphere when you go out in Birmingham, the people are friendly and I think you will have a great night! For after clubbing munchies, there are plenty of chippies around the centre (mostly on Smallbrook Queensway, near New Street station), and of course balti houses, which Birmingham is famous for! Many balti houses are open late into the night. The best and cheapest ones are in Balsall Heath, balti town. This is only a few minutes drive from the city centre. You could also try Shimla Pinks on Broad Street which is lovely but expensive so probably best for a treat. My fave chippie is 2000 Fish Bar but last time I went home it had closed down and was boarded up, boo hoo! Birmingham also has a great night bus service for those of us who are too skint to pay for taxis. It costs £1.50, and you usually end up having very random conversations! If you want to get a taxi, there are many dodgy minicabs around that I wouldn't recommend, although I admit to having used them myself on occasion. (tut tut tut)
I do not live in Birmingham, but my sister does. Everytime I go to stay with her, she has to take me to work with her- to Snobs. There is no dress code to snobs, so you can go in your scruffy comfy garb! The music they play is wonderful! From Chemical Brothers to Frank Sinatra. This club doesn't play too much of the modern stuff, and is more of a retro place to go. It doesnt cost a great deal to go in, and if you join their internet mailing list, you can sometimes get in free! I think it is £3.50 but I never had to pay to go so I'm not entirely sure. There is a friendly atmosphere and all the staff are nice and chummy! Ive even been there with my mother! I will say that I have had my bottom touched a lot more there than in any other club, but then maybe thats more to do with being in a different area. You do get some strange people in there, but nothing ever gets out of hand. There are three rooms, all with different music. The circle bar, and I think bars 1 and 2. THere are also podiums for you to strut your stuff on, if you should wish to! There is no shortage in range of alcoholic beveriges, and there is also a burger bar! SO if you forgot to eat dinner, or you feel you need a but of sobering...... I like snobs a lot, I think it is a fun night out, and a safe one. Try it!!
Living in Birmingham I know the good night spots!! The main street in Birmingham for bars and clubs is called Broad Street. There is quite a variety of bars on this road. For example, if you like good cheesy music, pop songs and a good dance, visit The Sports Cafe!!! Also if there are any sporting events on this is the place to be, as there are loads of screens, and I mean loads. The place is scatterd with sports membrobilia, there are pool tables, food availiable and playstations and televisions which you can choose the channel you like. There is also a little conered off section if you like to play basketball!!! It is open to 2.00am on Fridays and Saturdays Other popular bars include Key Largo and Stoodi Bakers. Both attract the same type of crowd. Quite a lot of posers!!! Both are extremely expensive too!!! The music is more dance in them two!! There are a lot of good pub/bars on Broad street. I'd recomend SomePlaceElse, The Merchant Stores, and The Figure of Eight. If you want to just go out for a chat then go to The Figure of Eight, as they don't have music in there because it's a Weatherspoons pub!!! Clubs... Try the Dome, it's very big and the music is varied, you could also try Bakers, it's very poser! but the music is just pure dance. Don't bother trying Snobs!! If you like 80's music, soul, R n B, you should try to find New Orleans, it is not on Broad Street though!! and nearby is DNA, which I have not yet been too. but I've heard good things about!! Anyway I hope thats all helped!!! *******UPDATE************** The Dome as now closed down and so as the Radio cafe. There will be a latin bar in place of the Radio Cafe. There is also a new club called Zanzibar opened, but I haven't been there yet.
If you are in Birmingham and want go out clubbing on the Friday or Saturday night.. then there is only one place to go where you will be gauranteed to find something to suit your taste. If one club is no good, then you wont have to go far to get into another one, since the whole street is made of clubs and bars. The street is Broad Street. It's on the outskirts of the city centre. It's usually more alive during Friday/Saturday nights, other times it aint so hot. Go there and party all night..!!
For those of you who don't know, this is a club in Birmingham... which is pretty good. It's only problem being that it is a bit far from the very centre of town. It is on Broad street, which is kind of off towards the NIA, but not on the route you'd expect. It's easy enough to find if you have been told how, but it is unlikely to attract the passer by, because it is not where a passer-by would be inclined to walk towards if they were in the centre and looking for a club. Go there though... it's really cool.