Reviews & Features

Our reviews and ‘best of’ articles relating to music, food, art, shopping and more in and around Birmingham.

Beer Central Festival 2022 review by Wallis Brown

Beer Central Festival 2022 review by Wallis Brown

Beer Central Festival, an event filled with more types of beer than I thought possible. Along with cheerful crowds of enthusiasts and those who just want to… Read more »

Autumn Exhibitions at Ikon Gallery review by Amika

Admittedly. I was somewhat apprehensive when Grapevine asked me to do this review. But after attending this Ikon launch. I had nothing to fear but only art… Read more »

Jojolounge ‘Jojolapa’ menu review Sept 2022

Jojolounge ‘Jojolapa’ menu review Sept 2022

I’ve walked past Jojolapa in the Jewellery Quarter a few times and paused to read the menu, wondering if it was worth a try – I know… Read more »

Jungle Bird review – plant based restaurant and tropical cocktail bar

Jungle Bird review – plant based restaurant and tropical cocktail bar

With news of the Jungle Bird plant based restaurant and tropical cocktail bar opening, I was keen to check out the menu, especially when I realised it… Read more »

Yumi and the Weather review at Sunflower Lounge by Emily Birkett

Yumi and the Weather review at Sunflower Lounge by Emily Birkett

Established in 2002, the Sunflower Lounge has been on my radar for years. Friends at university would go on a Thursday night for the famous open mic… Read more »

Fisherman’s Friends at the Alexandra Theatre Birmingham by Mazzy Snape

Fisherman’s Friends at the Alexandra Theatre Birmingham by Mazzy Snape

Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical is based on the true story of the chart-topping Cornish shanty-singing sensations and their hit 2019 film. Tuesday night’s opening performance at Birmingham’s… Read more »

Moseley Folk & Arts Festival Review 2022 by Ken Byng

Having lived just a stone’s throw from Moseley for over 20 years now, I am embarrassed to say it took me a good 10 years to find… Read more »

The Big Birmingham Bake review by Ning-ning Li

The Big Birmingham Bake review by Ning-ning Li

I have a confession. Aside from seeing a segment here and there, I’ve never…ever…watched a Great British Bake Off series! I know I’m missing out on some… Read more »

Derren Brown’s Showman at The Alexandra Theatre review by Maddie Booth

Derren Brown, the ever-popular multi-award winning master of mind control and illusion, brought his SHOWMAN tour to The Alexandra Birmingham on 6 to 10 September 2022. Derren commented: “2022… Read more »

Qavali Review by Ning-ning Li

Qavali Review by Ning-ning Li

It feels quite mystical when first entering Qavali. Immersed in an interior of dark greens and golds, the room I realise, is accompanied by a distant deep… Read more »

Bakehouse Sutton Coldfield Review by Wallis Brown

Bakehouse Sutton Coldfield Review by Wallis Brown

The Bakehouse located in Sutton Coldfield is a cosy rustic cafe, that offers sweet treats and savoury dishes. We were definitely spoilt for choice, I was eyeing… Read more »

The Best View In The City? – Vinoteca Review by Maddie Booth

The Best View In The City? – Vinoteca Review by Maddie Booth

Perched opposite the well known MAG, and famous Chamberlain Memorial Fountain – home to a number of well-known bars and restaurants, Vinoteca sits in a perfect location… Read more »

Gulp Drink & Draw (Dine) with Flic Review by Wallis Brown

Gulp Drink & Draw (Dine) with Flic Review by Wallis Brown

Art comes in many forms, at varying skill levels and with sometimes extremely different points of views. The night that Gulp gave us, was definitely all of… Read more »

Fashion Spies at Old Joint Stock Theatre review by Sophie Rose Walters

Fashion Spies at Old Joint Stock Theatre review by Sophie Rose Walters

On the 21st of July we were invited to see the theatre production “Fashion Spies” at the grand old joint stock pub and theatre in Birminghams city… Read more »

Kibou Solihull review by Wallis Brown

Kibou Solihull review by Wallis Brown

Solihull Touchwood is now home to Kibou, a stunning Japanese kitchen & bar that caught my attention before it even opened it’s doors. With its leafy exterior… Read more »

Fierce’s Healing Gardens of Bab at Selfridges review

Fierce’s Healing Gardens of Bab at Selfridges review

Selfridges has partnered with Fierce’s Healing Gardens of Bab and is hosting some unique, interesting and thoroughly entertaining events and I was invited to choose one to… Read more »

Extrawurst New Street food review

Extrawurst New Street food review

An invite to try out the recently opened Extrawurst take-away on New Street in Brum city centre, was a welcome prospect, having missed a few opportunities of… Read more »

Guys and Dolls at The Alex review

Guys and Dolls at The Alex review

The gambling, smoke filled streets of New York, was brought to Birmingham’s Alexandra Theatre by the amazing tale of Guys and Dolls. And to my elation we… Read more »

Blood Red Shoes review by Wallis Brown

Blood Red Shoes are on tour celebrating their sixth album, ‘Ghosts on Tape’ and they showcased it for us in at The Rainbow in Birmingham. The sound… Read more »

Crazy Pedro’s Digbeth Launch Party review

Crazy Pedro’s Digbeth Launch Party review

A recent invite to check out the new Crazy Pedro’s pizza bar in the Custard Factory sparked my interest, as I know this venue very well but… Read more »

Other World Bar review

Other World Bar review

Myself and a mate were recently invited to try out the new Other World gaming bar on Bennett’s Hill in Birmingham city centre. It’s usually £18pp which… Read more »

Heidi’s Bier Bar Review by Wallis Brown

Broad street has welcomed the UK’s second Heidi’s Bier Bar and it can boast to be the largest of the two. We were invited to the opening… Read more »

Trombone Shorty at O2 Academy2 review by Wallis Brown

Trombone Shorty at O2 Academy2 review by Wallis Brown

The sound of New Orleans was brought to Birmingham in the form of Trombone Shorty and his phenomenal band of talent; from the breath-taking vocals of two… Read more »

Birmingham Music Awards review

Birmingham Music Awards review

The Birmingham Music Awards VIP Reception at Millennium Point was an event that had an impact on me in a way I hadn’t expected it to. Being… Read more »

Flatpack ft Joe Lycett & Shaun Keaveny at the Town Hall review

Flatpack ft Joe Lycett & Shaun Keaveny at the Town Hall review

I had been eagerly awaiting comedian Joe Lycett at the Town Hall for the opening of The Flatpack Festival and was delighted at how laid back and… Read more »

The Best Gaming & Activity Bars in Birmingham!

With so many new exciting places to eat and drink in Birmingham, it is sometimes difficult to know where to go for that alternative experience. One option… Read more »

Albert’s Schloss Summer menu and Baby Grand Slam review

Albert’s Schloss Summer menu and Baby Grand Slam review

Myself and a good mate were invited to check out the new Cook Haus Summer Menu and Baby Grand Slam Wednesdays at Albert’s Schloss in Birmingham city… Read more »

SPINN at Deadwax review by Wallis Brown

SPINN at Deadwax review by Wallis Brown

It was another trip to Dead Wax Digbeth for a good night of live music and discovering talent that I feel sad to have not known sooner…. Read more »

Balou Bullring Clothing Brand Launch review

Balou Bullring Clothing Brand Launch review

Balou has just opened it’s doors in the Bullring, located top floor next to Selfridges right by the doors leading out to the Bull and it’s a… Read more »

Lost and Found – The Lost Hours review

Lost and Found – The Lost Hours review

Lost and Found are reviving after work drinks with “The Lost Hours” and invited us to the launch to get a taste of what’s on offer. The… Read more »

Blue Violet at The Sunflower Lounge review

Blue Violet played at the Sunflower Lounge and it was definitely a performance to remember. The band are a very charismatic and talented couple (Sam and Sarah… Read more »

Curbdawgz at Deadwax review

A lot of us love going to see live music, whether it is what you enjoy as a night out or because of how it gives you… Read more »

Bonehead chicken – re-launch review

Bonehead chicken – re-launch review

Last Thursday, I attended ‘chicken shack’ legends Bonehead’s re-launch opening night. It had been a while since I’d tried some decent fried chicken. I think, it was… Read more »

Louis Dunford review at The Sunflower Lounge

Louis Dunford review at The Sunflower Lounge

Louis Dunford is a North London singer songwriter that has the talent to bring you to tears with tortured but enlightening words. I cried in the crowd,… Read more »

Rachael Sage at Symphony Hall review

Rachael Sage at Symphony Hall review

I can’t say I have every really had the pleasure of watching an artist like Rachael Sage perform before and I am elated that I have had… Read more »

Bad Nerves at Deadwax Digbeth gig review

Bad Nerves at Deadwax Digbeth gig review

When it comes to music, any type of rock bands are an essential to me. I grew up with a dad who introduced me to some of… Read more »

Albert’s Schloss new Haus Breakfast review

Albert’s Schloss opened in Birmingham’s Paradise development last year. With its Bavarian style live music bar, and large array of drinks set across two rooms. The venue… Read more »

An Ode To The Tower Ballroom by Jim Simpson

The news that The Tower Ballroom in Edgbaston is about to be demolished must have provoked many a memory of Brum’s most popular 1960s dance hall. Here… Read more »

The Ultimate Brummie Gift Guide!

Birmingham: It’s Not Shit: 50 Things That Delight About Brum In this funny, revelatory and occasionally even nostalgic collection, the team behind Paradise Circus explore the places,… Read more »

Jersey Boys Review at The Alex Theatre

I love the theatre, and a great musical really is an exhilarating and magical experience from start to finish, Jersey Boys was absolutely electric & uplifted the… Read more »

A Christmas Tale – Birmingham’s first Ska Band, Trojan Records and Walt Disney!

The story of Rudi The Red-Nosed Reindeer began 53 years ago, in Birmingham with the first ska recording to hit in the UK. The band were The… Read more »

The Oyster Club review October 2021

The Oyster Club review October 2021

I had been meaning to try out The Oyster Club in Birmingham city centre for some time. I had heard mixed reports, my brother and also a… Read more »

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage

To my shame, I never watched the mega hit movie ‘Dirty Dancing’. This is probably because I was always told the film is a chick flick. I… Read more »

Rosa’s Thai Cafe review September 2021

Rosa’s Thai Cafe review September 2021

A few months ago, I was invited to review Rosa’s Thai Cafe, however life was pretty manic with work and some big DIY projects, so I had… Read more »

Bloc Hotel Review Sept 2021

Bloc Hotel Review Sept 2021

The last 18 months has been a pretty terrible time for travel enthusiasts, with so many lockdowns world-wide, the knock-on effect to hospitality has been unprecedented, and… Read more »

Beluga Martini Matchmaker Experience at The Grand Hotel Birmingham

Team Grapevine were invited to try out Beluga Vodka Martini Matchmaker experience ‘The Golden Hour’ cocktails with a brioche toast, to accompany the cocktail, at Madeleine Bar… Read more »

The Mug House Inn & Restaurant Review

The Mug House Inn & Restaurant Review

This evening we took a stroll through Bewdley, Worcestershire’s most picturesque small town, past Georgian terraced houses and along the verdant banks of the River Severn, until… Read more »

Bodega Cantina Review 2021

Bodega Cantina Review 2021

Bodega Cantina was one of the first independent bars and restaurants to open in Birmingham city centre during the city’s cuisine renaissance. The owners, Bitters N Twisted… Read more »

MeetspaceVR Gaming Arena Review

MeetspaceVR Gaming Arena Review

As a home computer gamer of the 1980s, i’ve seen a lot of change over the years, i was an avid C64 gamer and wasted way too… Read more »

The Best Burgers in Birmingham – And a Short History of The Hamburger

Birmingham’s culinary finesse has traveled a long way since Cliff Richard’s Brumburger Duet with Debbie Watling in 1973 on Take Me High – click here to watch)…. Read more »