Broad Street, Birmingham
Broad Street is a one (long- especially when you've had a drink) road jam-packed with clubs, bars, casino's, strip clubs, a cinema, hotels & places to eat.
This area is mainly aimed towards adults and most of the bars & clubs you have to be over 18 to get in (but the odd few you have to be 21).
Dress Code: Every place is different, most places say no trainers or hats, but other than that depending on where you want to go depends on the dress code.
See my other nightlife tips for a club to club guide of Broad Street (work in progress).
The Brasshouse is a pub on Broad Street and on the outskirts of Brindley Place. It over looks the canal and Symphony Hall with seats outside where you can relax with a pint (of Stella in my case) and have something to eat if you wish.
I remember coming in here when I was younger for someone's Birthday party on a Friday night, after a certain time it practically tunred into a nightclub. It has a good atmosphere about it both day and night any day of the week.
Can't comment on the food, but the beer (Stella) is of a good price and the barstaff are very friendly, I've never had no problem with any of them so far.
If you're lucky you might catch me in here on a weekday between 12-1 on my lunch break with a stella in one hand and some kind of food in the other!! If you do see me come over and say 'ello :-)
Dress Code: During the daytime, anything goes seen builders, business men/women, tourists, shoppers, skaters all sorts.
On the evenings a stricter dress code is mandatory, otherwise they won't let you.
This is a bar situated on Broad Street across the road from where I work, I went there for the first time last week.
Never had been in there before as it's a Wetherspoons pub. I don't like them. They are far to quiet for me, as they don't play any music in any of them, but this was a (special) one of as someone was leaving from work.
The prices wasn't to bad, you can buy a 'burger and drink' meal for £4.25. The price wasn't to bad as I said, but the meal was sh**e and they didn't have a pint of Stella in the 'drink' section. So was pretty gutted about that.
The place itself is quite big and the place is quite tidy (well pub 'tidy') and the staff was friendly.
Wether it's just me that doesn't like Wetherspoons I don't know, but it was quite busy.
Dress Code: The dresscode is same as most places, daytime more or less anything goes, nights a strict dress code is enforced.
O'neills is across the road from where I work so it is an easy place to get to for something to eat on the lunchbreak. The food is some fo the besta round and it is dirt cheap (compared to the rest of Broad Street) during the day.
I usually have the O'neills burger and a pint of Stella and that comes upto just under £6.
The burger is £2.95 and comes with a decent amount of chips on the side.
Of a night (especially the main clubbing nights) the place is completely different, you have loud music pumping and it get's RAMMED! It get's that full as soon as you walk in the door that's where you are until you decide to leave.
It can be a good atmosphere but not for the claustrophobic.
Be prepared to have a few drinks spilt on you, up you and down you.
Dress Code: During the day anything goes.
Of an evening standard dress code for a club/bar. There are bouncers on the door so you won't get away with wearing trainers or anything that isn't acceptable.
I think Birmingham is very under-rated... I absolutely Loved it...Especially going out in Birmingham, there are so many places to go to... For example Broad Street, if you go there you are really spoilt for Choice, as there are loads and loads of trendy bars, pubs, and nice restaurants.
Waxy O'Connors is a nice pub, but quite large on the inside, so arrange to meet your friends at a designated spot, or you will never find them amongs the crowds.
This bar rocks. Some of the latest banging dance tunes are played here and it tells as this place gets rammed. Don't visit here if your claustrophobic.
There are several rooms in this bar to suit your mood. There is a main room with the latest tunes and in house dancers on the bar. Or if you feel like a conversation you could always try one of the smaller quieter rooms.
Dress Code: Smart casual
If its nightlife your after you can't fail to find something that appeals to you in Broad Street. With over 40 Bars, Clubs & Restuarants there really is something for everyone. Rock music, Dance music, Comedy, Casinos, Lap Dancing Bars, etc etc
Dress Code: The majority of Bars and Clubs require a smart dress code - eg no trainers or blue jeans.
This has got to be one of my favourite clubs in Birmingham.
This club plays some of the best house music around. This club also attracts the UK's best DJ's.
Republica is my fave night (Saturdays). If you get in before 10:30pm it is usually cheaper entry. The Club usually closes at around 4am.
Dress Code: smart casual
This is a south african themed bar that seems rather popular with the 20's crowd. There is a bar at the front and towards the rear there is a DJ spinning some of the best tunes around and a dance floor. Beer is average price and there is plenty of choice.
Dress Code: smart casual.
Broad Street is one of, if not the main area in birmingham for drinking and dancing. There are plenty of pubs and clubs dotted about with plenty going on, the younger generation will probably end up in the works or sports cafe, where as us older people tend to end up discoing it up in flares or braningans. Theres plenty on offer for everyone and you won't be disappointed.
Dress Code: Smart casual, definately no trainers
The clubs and pubs are all accumulated close to each other..but the aussie bar or the rock cafe and ronnie scotts (live Jaz music)are the best
lots of music and cheap drinks and friendly atomsphere
Dress Code: no jeans/ T shirts casual but smart
An Australian theme bar. As you can probably guess the bar has a largely Australian theme to its decor. There are several televisions dotted around the bar so that you can watch some sport while drinking some Australian beer like XXXX or Fosters.
Walkabout's offer the same night no matter where you in the UK. You could be in London, Manchester or Birmingham and on a Saturday night you are guarenteed a band to be playing live music on one floor and 90s dance music on the other. It is a safe bet for a good evening. Drinks prices of about £3 so drink elsewhere before getting to the club and make sure its not your turn to buy the drinks when you get there!
Dress Code: Everywhere on Broad Street has a dress code of no trainers.
It's packed. it's noisy, the bars have door staff ie. bouncers, drinks are not too expensive.ID is required if the door staff think you look under 21, even though 18 is the legal age. Brindley Place - just off Broad Street - is a bit more up-market and hence more expensive The names also tend to change, which makes it hard to recommend anywhere, but there is a Wetherspoons' bar in the middle of Broad Street that is fairly cheap and civilised and has a large outdoor area to the rear. It also does a lot of food.
Dress Code: Varies, but avoid jeans and trainers at weekends.
Broad Street is the in place to spend your night on the town, with a wide variety of clubs and pubs. Recent redevlopement of the entire Canal Basin has attracted investment in this area. With the result that there is always something happening throughout the day. At night time the area comes alive.
Dress Code: Varies from place to place, but assume tidy and fashionable clothing to be the norm and expectation