Nightlife in Birmingham...

Nightlife in Birmingham is thriving, and the club scene is recognized as one of Britain's best, spanning everything from word-of-mouth underground parties to meat-market mainstream clubs. There's a particular emphasis on special/specialist nights with leading DJs turning up at different venues on different nights. Live music is strong in the city, too, with big-name concerts at several major venues and other, often local bands appearing at some clubs and pubs. Birmingham's showpiece Symphony Orchestra and Royal Ballet are the spearheads of the city's resurgent high-cultural scene. The social calendar also gets an added boost from a wide range of up-market festivals , including the Jazz Festival in the first two weeks in July, and the Film and TV Festival in November.

There are so many places to go, and so much to do that you will always be spoilt for choice... Spend an evening in a canalside café, pub or restaurant, take a trip to the cinema, theatre or ballet or laugh the night away at the Glee and Jongleurs Comedy Clubs.

For the thirsty, there are numerous cafés, pubs and bars in and around the city centre. The Broad Street, Brindley Place/Mailbox area is popular with students and has lots of places to eat and drink beside the canals, for example Zinc Bar, Living Room, Bank, The Works, Flares, Hard Rock Café, Bar Epernay and Walkabout (amongst many others). Rumour has it that there are 100 pubs within a one-mile radius of the Aston University Campus. Numerous pre-club bars like Poppy Red, Ipanema, Hidden, and SoBar are also open late, as you would expect from a top-class entertainment city like Birmingham. The bars, cafés and clubs at The Arcadian Centre (near the Chinese Quarter) are also popular with students.

Birmingham is bursting with clubs playing anything from dance, house, drum and bass and jungle, to hard rock, 70s, 80s, lounge, soul, jazz and garage. Clubs like Apt, The Medicine Bar, Air (home to GodsKitchen), The Works, Indi, Rococo Lounge and Gas Street play host to top DJs and attract clubbing aficionados from across the UK.

A city with so many choices, Birmingham confidently embraces its status as Europe’s meeting place.