The Alternative What’s On Guide
Grapevine Birmingham offers an alternative what’s on guide for Greater Birmingham. We offer visitors an insight into a cross section of culturally diverse and creative goings on in and around the city. Covering food & drink, arts, music & culture.
A window into the city, shining light onto some of the best fine dining restaurants, Indian restaurants, independent eateries, street food venues, music venues, DJ bars & nightclubs, cool cafes, tasty take-aways, stylish cocktail bars, sophisticated wine bars, craft ale bars, micro breweries, back street pubs, cinemas, theatres, independent clothes shops and.. boutique hotels for those looking for a place to stay!
Our reviewers, local business listings, marketing PR agencies, and friends provide us with regular up-to-date DJ & live music events, festivals, fashion & art exhibitions, movie guides, gig guides, food reviews, menu and new venue launches with a wide variety of local what’s on news in and around the West Midlands – including, business, community and charity events.
List Your Business or Event With Us!
Grapevine Birmingham receives many thousands of organic visitors each month, with over 20k local social media followers. There are options of business listings, features, social media shares, reviews, and event promotion across Greater Birmingham either by annual packages or one-off promotions.
Our brand collaborates with many other local organisations via their own social media and online presence. We have worked with, and had content posted and shared by official visitor guides such as Visit Birmingham, BBC Birmingham, Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Ikon Gallery, Midlands Arts Centre, Town Hall & Symphony Hall, NEC Group & many local and national charities.
We are not funded by any organisation, rather, we find a balance between paid and free listings which help us promote the best of Brum in an unbiased way – the paid content allows us to offer charities and solo arts/music listings free of charge!
If you would like to list a business, or event please get in touch by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
How It Started?
Grapevine Birmingham was created in 2012 by Birmingham DJ and musician Nicholas Byng to provide an online presence for the cooler goings on in the West Midlands.
Nick’s passion has always been in music, working as a Tape Operator with local bands Black Sabbath, The Charlatans & Pop Will Eat Itself to name but a few, at the world famous Rockfield Studios. Nick began running DJ nights around Birmingham in 2000, and making his own music, which has since been used by the likes of Fatboy Slim on his album ‘You’ve Come A Long Way Baby’, Manchester United Ball Skills DVDs and playlisted around the world from Craig Charles & Don Letts on BBC Radio to Tim Love Lee in New York. Nick still DJs (occasionally) and releases music on vinyl and digital. You can hear Nick’s DJ mixes, along with his friends on Grapevine Radio.
As early as 2007, Nick realised that many national music and press publications often overlooked Birmingham’s music scene. With this in mind, and friends running music bars such as The Yardbird and Hare & Hounds Kings Heath, Nick began writing for the BBC, creating articles such as Labour Of Love Can Break Your Heart, Height Of Fashion, Birmingham jazz scene, Birmingham dance scene & Birmingham Music Scene.
This further inspired Nick to set up Brum Beat on Myspace. With over 2000 followers, most of whom were local musicians. Nick then gained enthusiasm to set up Grapevine Birmingham as a more stable and comprehensive platform to promote the best of the city – the rest, as they say, is history!
Grapevine is run from Alpha Works in Birmingham City Centre.
The Grapevine family is growing:
Web, Print & Graphic Design
As part of a modern internet based brand, we also offer bespoke web design and graphic design solutions for small to medium sized companies.
This has been built up over a period of many years, since 2002 to be precise.
We work with WordPress designs, with some coding experience and the ability to sub-contract out where need be.
This includes flyer design, logos and general SEO.
Please contact us here for a free quote and links to existing clients.