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 simply “Hurst Street”.
Birmingham offers a wonderful Pride event each year, on the early Summer bank holiday Saturday and Sunday (the weekend the end of May). Our write-ups of a few of them are here with some wonderful pictures:
Birmingham Pride information and tickets are usually available here: http://www.birminghampride.com.
Here’s an almost exhaustive list of the pink places to go to:
- The Meat Shack – Dripping. Filthy. Goodness. No, not what you think. Award winning burger bar, and my favourite burgers in Brum.
- Tricia’s Show Bar – now closed. Formerly: XLs, Glamorous, Windmill, Partners, Enigma.
- Glamorous – Open again, and apparently very refurbished (we’ll check it out soon). This basement bar has been open/closed/open/closed more often than Charlotte the Harlot’s legs. 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 – take a glass of wine, or a pint, and they food is good at the moment too.
- 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 – 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 and re-opened as Medusa Gentlemen’s (as in straight lap dancing) club ……. in the gay village ……. what’s that about?
- 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 Inn, with regular cabaret acts like 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. A drink in the bar and the beer garden on Pride afternoon is a must. Friendly crowd. Very very friendly… 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.
- The Wellington Hotel – Not to be confused with “The Wellington” real ale pub, this traditional pub on the outskirts of the gay village tends to cater for older gays and apparently offers a great Sunday lunch (not tried it but it has been recommended to us several times).
There’s quite a bit more info about Birmingham’s “gaybourhood” here on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birmingham_Gay_Village
If you’re after a hotel to stay in for Pride then how about:
- Easy Hotel – This pod hotel (tiny room, possibly no windows) offers cheap clean rooms which will be spot on for your late night antics. Very close to gay village.
- Nite Nite – Again a pod hotel that offers reasonable rates on small rooms. Close to gay village.
- BLOC Hotel – Another pod hotel, this time a bit further from the action, but probably only £5 in an Uber.
- Radisson Blu Hotel – right by gay village.
- Holiday Inn City Centre – right by the gay village.
- Holiday Inn Express – 10 minutes from gay village.
- Premier Inns – lots of them!
- There are loads and loads of others…….
Where to find it?