Birmingham is a compact city, and you can walk from most city centre locations to all the others. There are of course plenty of sign posts, and taxis, should you need them.
This section of the website tries to give you a flavour of which areas you might most likely find what you’re looking for. If you want a trashy night out then it has to be Broad Street, if you want want to pull a footballer The Mailbox, or if you want to Go Gay then Hurst Street…
You can delve in to understanding what’s in each area by perusing this list or browsing through the submenu above.
- Bullring – shopper’s delight, with some food and booze outlets.
- Central Shopping – more shopping outside of the sterile Bullring…
- Colmore Business District – food glorious food, and a load of complete bankers.
- East Side – Hotel La Tour, Aston Uni, The Thinktank, and The Giant [Cinema] Screen.
- Great Western Arcade – the gourmand’s choice.
- Hurst Street / The Gay Village – let’s go gay!
- Southside – The Hippodrome Theatre, The Arcadian late bar complex, Korean restaurants, and Chinatown.
- The Mailbox – high class shopping, and pricier bars and restaurants.
- The Jewellery Quarter – bling, arty middle class loveliness with fab food and drink on the side.
- Digbeth and the Custard Factory – Irish quarter, art centre, drunken clubbing, vintage shopping.
- Broad Street – bars and nightclubs for the stags, hens, and students, plus a couple of decent Indian restaurants and a comedy club.
- Brindley Place – Restaurants and bars at the middle and upper price bracket by the canal (or “the cut”, if you’re local). Mmmm, Vesper Martini at Bank anyone?