Because there’s more to Birmingham than just bars and clubs…
Birmingham’s visitor numbers are increasing year-on-year – and with this comes an influx of exciting late-night activities. From comedy clubs and smutty bingo to a late-night ping pong bar, here are some of the coolest things to do at night in Birmingham.
Peaky Blinders tour
Peaky Blinders fans can explore the back streets of Digbeth and discover what life was like in Victorian Birmingham on this authentic Peaky Blinders tour, led by local historian Carl Chinn MBE. This gritty quarter of Birmingham saw criminal gang The Peaky Blinders roam the streets during the 1880s and early 1900s, causing havoc wherever they went. Some tours also include a traditional Victorian dinner at Birmingham’s oldest pub, The Old Crown.
There’s nothing better than a good old belly laugh, and thankfully, they come in their hundreds in an evening at The Glee Club! Situated in the Arcadian, this comedy club and live music venue welcomes touring comedians, bands and solo artists while at the same time supporting some of the best in local talent. Tickets are as low as the price of a couple of pints, so you’d be mad not to get involved.
Coming from the humble beginnings of a few of their mates’ food stands back in 2014, Digbeth Dining Club is now one of the country’s biggest and best street food markets. Taking place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, thousands of people descend on Lower Trinity Street for some of the region’s best food vendors, with traders from other parts of the country regularly invited down too. Our top picks at DDC include Fat Snags, Leave It To Esmie’s, Bournville Waffle Co. and Low n Slow.
Movie buffs should look no further as this independent cinema, bar and kitchen in the Custard Factory is one of the best ways to spend a night in the city. Whether you’re here to catch the latest blockbuster, indulge in unlimited prosecco at one of their themed film afternoons or want to test your knowledge against other teams with a quiz, there’s always something to tickle your fancy at the Mockingbird. Opening times vary, so check for screenings before visiting.
Such is the theme of our suggestions – this isn’t your average game of bingo. This uncensored version of your nan’s favourite pastime features hilarious dance-offs for prizes, rave intervals, and plenty of dancing on tables. Bongo’s Bingo prizes? Anything from a box of Crunchy Nut Cornflakes to a Henry Hoover. Leave your nan at home.
Lane7 is Birmingham’s very own luxury bowling alley, following in the footsteps of other branches in the north-east and Scotland. Finding its home in The Cube, visitors can enjoy nine walnut bowling lanes, karaoke, retro arcade games, beer pong and a rather eclectic bar menu all within walking distance of city centre amenities.
Last but not least is Serve, the city’s newest late-night attraction, perfect for those of you who like to take games seriously. Paddle masters should head to Serve’s flagship venue on Temple Row for a slice of ping pong action at this late-night underground bar, which serves up a number of impressive sharer plates while resident DJs provide the funky beats. All that’s left to do is round up the squad for a bit of friendly competitiveness and bounce on down.