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Food & Drink News

Digbeth Dining Club and Craft Beer Rising to launch three day festival this Autumn

Digbeth Dining Club and Craft Beer Rising to launch three day festival this Autumn

The UK’s largest craft beer festival is to team up with one of the UK’s most popular street food destinations for a three day celebration of beer,… Read more »

Independent Birmingham Festival at Aston Hall on 21-22 July

Independent Birmingham Festival at Aston Hall on 21-22 July

The full food and drink line-up for the Independent Birmingham Festival at Aston Hall on 21-22 July has been announced, and it’s unbelievably good!  Full food/drink line-up: The… Read more »

Brand New Cocktail Bar 18/81 to open on Thorp Street!

Brand New Cocktail Bar 18/81 to open on Thorp Street!

A brand new cocktail bar is coming to Birmingham, in a secret location on Thorp Street. 18/81 is the new bar concept from Robert Wood (former head… Read more »

The Old Crown to reopen gin garden – and this year it’s even bigger!

The Old Crown to reopen gin garden – and this year it’s even bigger!

The Old Crown in Digbeth is reopening it’s botanical gin haven as part of its 11 weeks of summer celebrations. As part of this transformation a new… Read more »

Peaky Blinders Immersive Festival To Launch

Peaky Blinders Immersive Festival To Launch

An historic corner of Birmingham’s celebrated Digbeth quarter is to be transformed into a major two day Peaky Blinders themed experience on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September… Read more »

Summer Market Veggie and Vegan Festival 2nd June!

Summer Market Veggie and Vegan Festival 2nd June!

Following on the success of the Spring Market Cheese Festival which saw 2000 people descend on Digbeth, Birmingham Seasonal Markets are welcoming in the British Summertime with… Read more »

New independent Irish bar D.J. Quinns to open on 1st June

New independent Irish bar D.J. Quinns to open on 1st June

Formerly known as Behan’s Bar, the large public house in Yardley Wood is being transformed by new owners and is currently undergoing an extensive renovation. Owned by… Read more »

Rebel Chicken – a bangin new chicken restaurant!

Rebel Chicken – a bangin new chicken restaurant!

Rebel Chicken is a bangin’ new chicken restaurant, cocktail bar and beer garden opening June 1st, in the Jewellery Quarter. This is where you come for THE… Read more »

Birmingham Craft Beer: The Growing World of the Traditional, Original and Small Batch in the City.

Birmingham Craft Beer: The Growing World of the Traditional, Original and Small Batch in the City.

Is the haze craze getting you in a daze? Can’t decode the blackboard of beers at your local bar? What is the craic with untapped? Want to… Read more »

Rum Night with Ian Burrell Global Rum Ambassador – MAC 26th May

Rum Night with Ian Burrell Global Rum Ambassador – MAC 26th May

Rum Night with Ian Burrell, Global Rum Ambassador, this Saturday 26 May. It starts at 8pm, in the theatre at Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) and tickets cost… Read more »

What’s on News

BE FESTIVAL – The soul of Europe in the heart of Birmingham

BE FESTIVAL – The soul of Europe in the heart of Birmingham

BE FESTIVAL, Birmingham’s annual summer festival of international performing arts, returns to Birmingham Repertory Theatre from 3 – 7 July. Serving up Europe’s frontline artists to Birmingham… Read more »

Digbeth Dining Club and Craft Beer Rising to launch three day festival this Autumn

Digbeth Dining Club and Craft Beer Rising to launch three day festival this Autumn

The UK’s largest craft beer festival is to team up with one of the UK’s most popular street food destinations for a three day celebration of beer,… Read more »

House of Jealous Lovers Day Rave at The Old Crown Saturday 23rd June

House of Jealous Lovers Day Rave at The Old Crown Saturday 23rd June

After a fab set at HottDate Birmingham we’ve decided to treat you to a FREE DAY RAVE at the oldest pub in Birmingham, The Old Crown in… Read more »

Osman Yousefzada at Ikon by Sophie Bremner

Osman Yousefzada at Ikon by Sophie Bremner

“One dreams to the extent they can” Osman Yousefzada’s exhibition is humbling, diverse, and beautiful. The Birmingham-born fashion designer takes a look at the migrant experience in… Read more »

Beware The Moon Returns to Dudley Castle this August

Beware The Moon Returns to Dudley Castle this August

Dudley Zoological Gardens are again teaming up with Flatpack Projects and Film Hub Midlands to present the cinema spectacular BEWARE THE MOON. Dudley Castle will be transformed… Read more »

Independent Birmingham Festival at Aston Hall on 21-22 July

Independent Birmingham Festival at Aston Hall on 21-22 July

The full food and drink line-up for the Independent Birmingham Festival at Aston Hall on 21-22 July has been announced, and it’s unbelievably good!  Full food/drink line-up: The… Read more »

Brand New Cocktail Bar 18/81 to open on Thorp Street!

Brand New Cocktail Bar 18/81 to open on Thorp Street!

A brand new cocktail bar is coming to Birmingham, in a secret location on Thorp Street. 18/81 is the new bar concept from Robert Wood (former head… Read more »

Neighbourhood Shorts returns with eclectic short films from across USA

Neighbourhood Shorts returns with eclectic short films from across USA

American Shorts Neighbourhood Shorts returns with another eclectic selection of short films, this time from across the USA. As ever there’ll be drama, comedy, documentary, dance, music,… Read more »

The Old Crown to reopen gin garden – and this year it’s even bigger!

The Old Crown to reopen gin garden – and this year it’s even bigger!

The Old Crown in Digbeth is reopening it’s botanical gin haven as part of its 11 weeks of summer celebrations. As part of this transformation a new… Read more »

The Migrant Festival at Ikon 14th – 17th June 2018

The Migrant Festival at Ikon 14th – 17th June 2018

Ikon hosts The Migrant Festival, a four day festival curated by Birmingham-born fashion designer Osman Yousefzada, fusing themes of migration, fashion, art and music. Events include a… Read more »

Live Music in Birmingham

Brum Live Music & DJ Guide June 2018

Brum Live Music & DJ Guide June 2018

Our Brumbeat live music & DJ guide for Birmingham offers original and alternative nightlife, gigs, parties and music listings. We work with local promoters and venues each month to ensure you won’t be missing out on the very best this city has offer. For our pick of the best gigs in Brum June 2018, check out our playlist below (auto-play or skip through). Scroll down for full recommended [Read More...]

Grapevine Features

BE FESTIVAL – The soul of Europe in the heart of Birmingham

BE FESTIVAL – The soul of Europe in the heart of Birmingham

BE FESTIVAL, Birmingham’s annual summer festival of international performing arts, returns to Birmingham Repertory Theatre from 3 – 7 July. Serving up Europe’s frontline artists to Birmingham… Read more »

Osman Yousefzada at Ikon by Sophie Bremner

Osman Yousefzada at Ikon by Sophie Bremner

“One dreams to the extent they can” Osman Yousefzada’s exhibition is humbling, diverse, and beautiful. The Birmingham-born fashion designer takes a look at the migrant experience in… Read more »

The Night Owl brings Northern Soul and Disco to International Dance Festival

The Night Owl brings Northern Soul and Disco to International Dance Festival

The soul and retro nightclub on Lower Trinity Street, Digbeth, is known to host all night parties of eclectic dancing and is now proud to bring some… Read more »

YMCA Birmingham to tackle huge rise in mental health problems

YMCA Birmingham to tackle huge rise in mental health problems

As Mental Health trended on Social Media for #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, shocking reports are showing a huge rise in mental health problems. Research from the CIPD in association with… Read more »

Food & Drink Reviews

Plough Boca Grande Taqueria Summer Pop Up review

Plough Boca Grande Taqueria Summer Pop Up review

The Plough in Harborne has always been inventive with their food and drink offerings, and last summer saw the launch of their Boca Grande Tacos summer pop-up… Read more »

Cocktail evening inspired by Studio Ghibli review

Cocktail evening inspired by Studio Ghibli review

What I love about this job, is quite simply it continues to expand my mind and knowledge of food, drink and culture, whilst meeting some fascinating people… Read more »

Digbeth Dining and Cafe Colette’s Sundown Club

Digbeth Dining and Cafe Colette’s Sundown Club

Situated within Birmingham’s creative quarter, it’s no wonder that Digbeth Dining Club offers a unique experience- perfect for the foodies amongst you. Arguably one of the coolest… Read more »

The Indian Streatery review by Lou Woodley

The Indian Streatery review by Lou Woodley

Myself and a friend were recently invited to review The Indian Streatery on Bennett’s Hill in Birmingham city centre. It was a busy Wednesday evening. We were… Read more »

Indico Indian street kitchen review

Indico Indian street kitchen review

I’ve passed Parkgate Shopping Centre, Stratford Rd, Shirley many times and until now, I’ve only seen it as an inconvenience, as I always end up in the lane… Read more »

Natural Healthy Foods review by Kristin Guzder

Natural Healthy Foods review by Kristin Guzder

With a 360% increase in British people adopting plant-based eating in the last decade it is undeniable that the life style choice is becoming increasingly mainstream. While… Read more »

Best of Brum

Birmingham Craft Beer: The Growing World of the Traditional, Original and Small Batch in the City.

Birmingham Craft Beer: The Growing World of the Traditional, Original and Small Batch in the City.

Is the haze craze getting you in a daze? Can’t decode the blackboard of beers at your local bar? What is the craic with untapped? Want to… Read more »

Top 5 Birmingham Bakeries by Rhiannon Simpson

Top 5 Birmingham Bakeries by Rhiannon Simpson

I have tried going carb free before, generally due to bikini times approaching but my down fall is always bread! The light fluffy delight that can be… Read more »

Free Things To Do In Birmingham by Imogen Burgoyne 

Free Things To Do In Birmingham by Imogen Burgoyne 

Whether it’s stepping away from the city centre to the peace of the countryside that you’re looking for, or immersing yourself in fascinating history and culture, Birmingham… Read more »

5 Sizzling Steak outs in Birmingham by Rhiannon Simpson

5 Sizzling Steak outs in Birmingham by Rhiannon Simpson

Carnivores rejoice here it is our top 5, independent sizzling steak spots in Brum town. The Red Lion This proper boozer set in the hub that is… Read more »

The Best Vintage Shops in Birmingham by Katie Ambler

The Best Vintage Shops in Birmingham by Katie Ambler

With vintage and retro garments becoming increasingly popular, it’s no surprise that Birmingham offers an array of vintage shops to accomplish that perfect look. If you are… Read more »

The Incredible Women of Digbeth’s Independents

The Incredible Women of Digbeth’s Independents

Guest post by Bread Birmingham Ltd Yesterday was International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate the triumphs and highlight the struggles of women and female presenting people… Read more »