Area: Gay Village / Hurst St

Spread over just a few streets in the “Southside” of Birmingham, just a few minutes walk from the Bullring, and New Street Train Station, the Gay Village has venues for everyone’s tastes – twink to leather lover!

The main drag (excuse the pun) of the gay village is Hurst Street, and the Birmingham Gay Village is often referred to as Hurst Street.

Birmingham offers a wonderful Pride event each year, on the early Summer bank holiday Sataurday and Sunday (the weekend the end of May).  Our write-ups of a few of them are here with some wonderful pictures:

Here’s an almost exhaustive list of the pink places to go to:

  • Tricia’s Show Bar – now closed.  Formerly: XLs, Glamorous, Windmill, Partners, Enigma.
  • Glamorous – this basement bar has been open/closed/open/closed more often than Charlotte the Harlot’s legs.  Usually it emerges as a late night menu.  Formerly: XLs, Windmill, Partners, Enigma, Tricia’s Show Bar.
  • The Jester – reopened and remodelled a few years ago, this is a very late night venue, for when you need that one (drink, trick…) for the road.
  • Clone Zone – a gay sex shop selling everything from undies to toys, pup hoods, harnesses, etc. etc.
  • Missing Bar – a bit of a Star Wars Bar, but very welcoming.
  • The Loft Lounge – come and ogle the pretty, with a glass of wine, or a pint.
  • Equator Bar – a bit of a local’s pub. You can be assured of a warm welcome here, despite the very modern decor.  It’s also home to OutSkirts, a social and support group for the trans community.
  • Sidewalk Bar – a bit soulless maybe? But they do food, and the music is good. The outside seating is lovely on a warm summers evening.  Formerly Angels.
  • RSVP – Events only bar available for hire.  Formerly: Queer Street; Purple.
  • Route – now closed.
  • Nightingales Nightclub – stalwart of the Birmingham gay scene, and central to the dramatics. Three large floors of music, drinking, and general antics.
  • DV8 – it’s just an events place now.
  • The Village Bar, with regular cabaret acts like Topping and Butch, Sandra, etc., this is a fun place full of kids and extremely loud music.
  • Eden Bar – The boys (Gary and Cal) at Eden often arrange live music in the large tented area at the back. Otherwise, you can be assured of great music from various popular scene DJs, karaoke weekly, and lots of different cabaret acts and specialist nights like BFM (Birmingham Fetish Men).
  • The Core Nightclub – stunning boutique nightclub. Holds events such as XXL.
  • The Fox Lesbian Bar (NOT The Old Fox, a couple of streets away) – the only Lesbian bar in Birmingham.
  • Unit 2 Sauna – ahem.  LINK NOT SUITABLE FOR WORK!
  • Boltz Cruise Club – ahem, ahem.  Formally Boots. LINK NOT SUITABLE FOR WORK!
  • The Fountain Inn – a men’s bar, complete with outdoor seating, and dark room. How rude.
  • Priva – now closed.  Formerly: The Queens; The Queens Arms; 23 Essex Street.
  • Chic – dance club, not a gay bar but very gay nonetheless.
  • Prowler – Prowler was a gay gift shop, but is now closed.

There’s quite a bit more info about Birmingham’s “gaybourhood” here on wikipedia:

Where to find it?

3 Responses to Area: Gay Village / Hurst St

  1. Thomas says:

    I love Hurst Street. I went to pride though last year and did think that it had gone a little down hill =/ Will see if its picked up a little this year. The Gale is a pretty good night out though! 🙂

  2. dregj says:

    we need more quiet boozers

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