Liberty's is a nightclub, restaurant and bar in one venue. It is located a little bit away for the main city centre on Hagley Road (On the same road as the Norfolk hotel where me and Gaz stayed which was convienent).
In-house facilities include a lush Piano Bar, award-winning Catering and Restaurant Services, a Main Dancing Arena and The Lounge; our very own ‘club within a club’. Each incorporate state-of-the-art air conditioning and light & sound systems. All-in-all Liberty’s contains a total of eight bars, including individual Champagne, Cocktail and Vodka Bar’s. They also host hen night packages at a fantastic price including a sexy male stripper to start your night with a bang.... see the website for details.
It cost £20 to get in which at first i thought was expensive, then the cashier gave me and Gaz two vouchers and on the vouchers it entitled us both to have 8 drinks on the house, this included all bottled beers, alcopops, draught beers and wines but not champagne. Barmaids come around the club with shots to buy for £1 which is good too.
This was excellent, i would definetly go here again. It had a great atmosphere and there was no trouble.
Dress Code: Smart Casual, no trainers, caps or hoodies
The pub at the centre of the Jewellery quarter looks quite an ordinary midland boozer from the outside, but this 1920's pub is a masterpiece of its kind.
The tiling is of a very high standard and could be considered a work of art. Some of the tiles depict some rather nubile young ladies, which of course adds to the pleasure.
The beer and food are somewhat average, but it's a good place to rest a while whilst contemplating purchasing stuff in the jewellery quarter.
Dress Code: none
Birmingham has gained quite a reputation in recent years for being the home to a thriving trade in 'Gentleman's clubs' (or lapdancing palaces). Birmingham always used to known as somewhat 'conservative' town in the non-conformist mould. How time have changed.
The names that are picked for such establishments always amuse me. Whilst some are rather obvious in calling themselves 'legs 11', most have names that have no relationship to their business. What the hell is a 'Spearmint Rhino' ? and how does this refer to the girls who work within ? Does it mean they a gum-chewing old bruisers with thick hides ?
Another example is 'The Rocket club'. Not, as you might expect, a club for the study of space exploration but a 'Gentleman's club' on Broad street. Perhaps it implies that after a while inside you will be ready to 'go off like a rocket'. The parrots that adorn the outside of the club may be a subtle reference to the 'birds' that lie within.
Of course, the great irony is that no true 'Gentleman' would enter such an environment anyway.
P.S - Just to show that Birmingham nightlife is not just a testosterone-charged, male-bonding sexist playground, the girls also have their own strip joint. It's called Tricky Dickies. Quite.
Dress Code: Smart - ish. Depends on volume of trade.
The Arcadian is a small area in Birmingham City Centre which is jam packed full of clubs, restaurants with food from around the world, bars, comedy club, hotel, shops, hair and beauty salons, an open air evening piazza.
The complex includes: Arca, Bar Coast, Barocco, Café Soya, Milanos, Festival Balti Restaurant, Golden Pond Chinese Restaurant, The Glee Club, The Green Room Café Bar, New Sum Ye Fast Food, The Old Fox Public House, O'Neills Public House, Oriental Kitchen, Mono, Poppy Red, PJ's Moon and Sixpence Bar, Las Iguanas Latin American Café Bar/Restaurant, Missing Bar, Sobar and Teppanyaki Japanese Restaurant.
Bristol Road, Selly Oak has few Bars and Places to eat as it is a (mainly) student area because of the University of Birmingham.
There is something to do for most people if you don't want to go drinking.
You can smoke seesha at one of the few cafes, you can play pool at Lakeside (which is 5 mins down the road on Pershore Rd) have anthing you want to eat from Indian, Balti, Chineses, Southern Fried Chicken, Persian, Pizza, Kebabs, Chip Shops & much much more.
Bacchus, named after said god of wine, is a fabulous drinking and eating place on New Street in Birmingham. The bar is under the Burlington Hotel and is accessed by a staircase in the arcade leading to the hotel. Bacchus is an interesting bar, from the moment you walk in and see the gothic/medievel/ancient civilisation touches - tall backed seats and armchairs, vaulted ceiling, timberwork and panelling, coats of arms and deep reds and purples. It is a feast for the eyes before you settle in to eat and drink. They do a lovely menu and have a good range of wines and champagnes. This bar can get very busy on the weekends despite it's out of the way location. It has quite a mixed crowd - young and old love it here because it is quite different. A must try for something unusual.
Dress Code: There is no dree code but everyone dresses smart when they come here.
The DNA on Broad Street (I think) is a pretty fun place. Loads of 15 year olds, barely dressed girls, who seem to be looking around for potential dates. I had great fun in my jeans (though not allowed) and shirt.
Dress Code: If you want to fit in, wear as little as possible! No jeans on Friday and Saturday.
Victoria Square is really worth a visit by night... and I'm one who is not fond of taking pics of the famous statue of queen Victoria and I have always refused to shoot one... hope I'm not offending anybody, it's just my taste about pics... but its square in Birmingham is really gorgeous...
Around the city center are many newly refurbished pubs and bars, the new look refurbished gas street basin has attracted some trendy bars and clubs, the James Brindley being very popular. Also nearby are the Glassworks and the Flapper and Firkin and the Malt House is well situated near the National Indoor Arena.
After a tough day at the exhibition centres take a load off and check out the evening entertainment if you have the stamina.
Dress Code: This is the smart part of town.
It's been a couple of years since I've been there, but I used to like Bobby Browns, at the end of Gas Street.
2 dance floors, with a quiet chill-out area in between. Good music (old pop favourites downstairs & dance upstairs). Hamburger van used to park outside, which was irresistable as you came out!
Dress Code: Bouncers used to be quite fussy - no jeans, trainers etc
11 April 2001 The city has just held its annual 'Nightlife Awards'. I have NOT visited any of the winners but I thought VT members may well wish to know the various winners. The Overall Winner was 'Ronnie Scott's' on Broad Street (now closed - June 2002). The Best Nightclub: The city's largest gay club 'The Nightingale Club', Kent Street. The Best Café-Style Bar: 'Bank Bar & Restaurant', Brindley Place. The Best Student Night: 'Circo', Queensway. The Best Traditional Pub: 'The Red Lion', Hockley. The Best Newcomer: 'Santa Fe', Mailbox. The Best Live Entertainment Venue: 'Ronnie Scott's' on Broad Street. The Best Restaurant under £20.00: 'Xaymaca Experience', Bristol Street. The Best Restaurant over £20.00: 'Sir Edward Elgar' (part of the Marriot Hotel), Five Ways. The Best Balti: 'Al Frash', Ladypool Road, Sparkbrook.
Among Birningham students and local young people, the Harborne Run is celebrated. It's not quite running with the bulls in Pamplona. but done properly. can be quite a challenge.The rules vary depending on the objectiveie, sample a drink in each pub to getingt totally ratx@£!%. You can work up or down the High Street - I would recommend away for town as the bars get a little more tolerant, and preferably not at weekends! Start at the White Swan (proffesional route), up the hill to the Green man and the Plough, up the High st and left to the Sportsman, carry on to the White Horse, across the High St th the Harborne Stores - not student friendly - and back across to the Varsity. Carry on up to O'Neills and then up to the New Inn on the road parallel to the High St. Out of there to the Vine. For those with the (hollow)stomach for it There,s the hard to find Bell - lovely pub. A half pint and a short in each is the classic way. Some groups co it in fancy dress and/os 3-legged. Enjoy and good luck!
Dress Code: None - but there are some door staff at weekends
If you get to the Birmingham Hotel, you must walk along the strip of department stores that are up and down that street area. This is good for those who are touring and do not have access to their own vehicle.
If you like to shop, there aren't too many things that aren't being sold around that area.
Make sure you visit broad street for all the best pubs and clubs in the Birmingham area. If you are in to drinking try the harbourne mile pub crawl. This is definatley worth a try.
Dress Code: Places in the centre of town can be quite strict so stick to wearing smart clothes and shoes.
Subway City is located slightly out of town (near Jewerally Quarter) and it gives host to the club night Resurrection on alternative Fridays. The club consists of 3 rooms, the largest plays indie/rock music old and new, the upstairs room is a mixture of motown, soul and other favourites like Ska. The back room is electro so there is somethign to suit every taste. The best news about this night is it's £2 to get in with a flyer and £1 a drink, you can't go wrong!
Dress Code: Very casual, jeans, trainers and a t-shirt.
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