Reviews & Features

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

The Best Indian Restaurants and Balti Houses in Birmingham

Birmingham has its fair share of Indian Restaurants, Desi Pubs and Baltis. In fact, it’s claimed the humble Balti was invented here, or at least made popular… Read more »

The Indian Streatery Express Bullring and Grand Central

The Indian Streatery Express Bullring and Grand Central

August 2017 saw the launch of The Indian Streatery- a successful translation of a street food vendor to a restaurant concept bringing Indian street food and traditional… Read more »

Everything You Need To Know About Starting Your Company In Birmingham

Birmingham is one of England’s largest cities. It is filled with historic buildings, culture, and a lot of activities that can keep you busy at all hours… Read more »

Mohammad Labban Hotel General Manager at Hyatt Regency Birmingham

Hyatt Regency Birmingham is delighted to announce the appointment of its new General Manager, Mohammad Labban. Inspired from a young age by the dazzling glamour of the… Read more »

Laura Mvula heartfelt acceptance speech after receiving honorary doctorate from BCU

The acclaimed British singer and composer Laura Mvula has paid tribute to her family in a heartfelt acceptance speech after receiving an honorary doctorate from Birmingham City… Read more »

Beer Central Festival Review

Beer Central Festival Review

The first weekend in July saw the Beer Central Festival roll into Digbeth and I was invited to attend and check out the show, and what a… Read more »

The Old Crown Shortlisted in the Great British Pub Awards

The Old Crown Shortlisted in the Great British Pub Awards

Birmingham’s ancient pub has been nominated for ‘Best Beer Garden’ in the 2019 Great British Pub Awards. The Old Crown in Deritend, Digbeth, has been standing proud… Read more »

Over 100 apartments sold at new Digbeth development

LH1 London has sold over 100 apartments at landmark Digbeth development ‘The Forge’ in the heart of Birmingham’s creative quarter as works continue on-schedule. The luxury five… Read more »

Stable Vegan Night review by Lou Woodley

Stable Vegan Night review by Lou Woodley

I was very excited to learn that The Stable, already a prime favourite vegan hotspot, were launching a brand new Vegan night every first Monday of the… Read more »

The Best Places to Stay in Birmingham

The Best Places to Stay in Birmingham

If you’re planning a visit to Birmingham whether its a business trip, a city break or just a night out there are so many cool and innovative… Read more »

Introducing The Great British Design of Digbeth

Designed in the Heart of England, carried Worldwide, Digbeth Official is a brand lovingly created and expertly crafted. Fast becoming Birmingham’s coolest and most creative neighbourhood, Digbeth… Read more »

25 fascinating facts about Birmingham

The UK’s second biggest city certainly has a lot to offer residents and visitors alike with its huge retail centres, eclectic nightlife and plentiful green spaces. If… Read more »

The BBC Good Food Show Summer 2019 review

The BBC Good Food Show Summer 2019 review

The BBC Good Food Show Summer returned to the NEC in Birmingham Thursday 13 – Sunday 16 June for four days, packed with the latest products and trends,… Read more »

Beer Central & Dig Brew launch new drink for Beer Central Festival 5th & 6th July!

Beer Central & Dig Brew launch new drink for Beer Central Festival 5th & 6th July!

Grapevine was recently invited to the launch of Beer Central Festivals new beer brewed by Purity, Burning Soul, Twisted Barrel and Dig Brew brewers at Dig Brew’s… Read more »

The Stable Pizza Making review!

The Stable Pizza Making review!

The Stable Birmingham opened its doors in 2015, serving delicious pizza and cider in the heart of the city. What started out as a small scale pizza… Read more »

Brum’s creative quarter reveals its new brand…

Brum’s creative quarter reveals its new brand…

Birmingham’s creative quarter and one of the city’s most distinctive neighbourhoods has revealed its new brand, which celebrates the rich character of Digbeth, an area that has been… Read more »

The Ruin Review by Daisy Andrews

The Ruin Review by Daisy Andrews

Two years ago I went on holiday to Budapest and visited Szimpla Kert, the most popular Ruin Bar in Budapest. I absolutely adored it and therefore, I… Read more »

The Best Hire Venues & Event Spaces in Birmingham

Being the second biggest city in the UK, Birmingham has both a large business demographic and bustling nightlife, making it a hot-spot for throwing big occasions, conferences… Read more »

Free Co-Working Day at Alpha Works!

It’s a FREE Co-Working Day on Tuesday 11th June at Alpha Works, so come along and try out the collaborative Co-Work space in the heart of Birmingham… Read more »

NOT NORMAL NOT OK campaign challenging sexual assault in city’s music venues.

Working directly with live music venues, promoters, West Midlands Police, and the Birmingham based Rape & Sexual Violence Project (RSVP), NOT NORMAL NOT OK has launched a… Read more »

Rebel Chicken 1st Birthday Review

Rebel Chicken 1st Birthday Review

I cannot believe a year has passed since the Rebel Chicken first opened its doors. Last Saturday was a great opportunity to head down, check out the… Read more »

Consultation launched for the regeneration of Martineau Galleries

Hammerson, which owns and manages Bullring & Grand Central, has invited Birmingham residents to a public exhibition to present its plans for Martineau Galleries. The regeneration of… Read more »

Birmingham Design Festival launches Digbeth!

Birmingham’s creative quarter and one of the city’s most distinctive neighbourhoods has revealed its new brand. The brand will be presented at the Birmingham Design Festival this… Read more »

Le Freak at The Night Owl Wins Best Club Night

Le Freak at The Night Owl Wins Best Club Night

Birmingham’s premier disco, funk, soul and boogie night Le Freak at Digbeth’s The Night Owl has been officially awarded Birmingham’s best club night in the Birmingham Music… Read more »

A Beer Central Special Brummie Brew for Festival!

A Beer Central Special Brummie Brew for Festival!

Grapevine was recently invited a very special open day at Dig Brew Co. where the guys at Beer Central Festival had gathered together some of the region’s… Read more »

LoveBrum announces New £15,000 Funding Grant for Impact Week 2019

Birmingham charity LoveBrum is celebrating their second annual ‘Impact Week’ with the announcement of a brand new community fund. Taking place from 29 April – 3 May,… Read more »

Let’s all have a ‘Black Country’ Disco!

True Reverie, a new lifestyle and fashion brand from Wolverhampton, return with their second t-shirt design Black Country Disco. The design is the first from a new… Read more »

Birmingham band return with contemplative single ‘Chasing Ghosts’

Ever since forming in 2016, Paper Buoys have had a simple ethos – to make music with an agenda, distilling the vitriol of the everyman. You may… Read more »

Summer in the Midlands: 6 of the Best Places to Visit

Summer in the Midlands: 6 of the Best Places to Visit

As the second most populous city in the UK, it’s little wonder that Birmingham has plenty to keep both residents and visitors entertained. A former manufacturing powerhouse, it… Read more »

Lights, Camera, Action!: Birmingham’s History as a Filming Location

Lights, Camera, Action!: Birmingham’s History as a Filming Location

Hollywood. Bombay. Birmingham? The Midlands is a hub of activity and excitement, so much so that it has attracted the eyes of many large-scale film productions and… Read more »

Lasan Review by Ollie Lloyd

It’s been a few years since my first visit to Lasan, tucked down James Street, a stones throw from St Paul’s Square. Upon entering the restaurant I… Read more »

Birmingham Gaming Scene 2019

Birmingham Gaming Scene 2019

Birmingham has a lot going for it as a city to visit and a place to live. There’s plenty of green space, shopping, and nightlife that includes… Read more »

When Aston Villa won the European Cup

English teams may dominate the Champions League this season, with Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool all vying for a place in the semi-finals, but… Read more »

TAPS Beer Festival Review

TAPS Beer Festival Review

The afternoon of Saturday 30th March, I decided to take a trip to TAPS Beer Festival which was taking shape at the recently refurbished Custard Factory Hall… Read more »

Hyatt Regency – Aria Restaurant Review

Hyatt Regency – Aria Restaurant Review

A recent invitation to sample the Hyatt Regency’s Aria restaurant new Spring menu, was greeted with intrigue, particularly as I had enjoyed my last visit to their… Read more »

Flexible Office Packages at Alpha Works

Flexible Office Packages at Alpha Works

There are a variety of flexible packages at Alpha Works, a diverse work community located in the Alpha Tower, in the heart of the city. Alpha Works… Read more »

Edmond De Bergerac REP Review

Edmond De Bergerac REP Review

The 36-year-old, Paris born and multitalented playwright, Alexis Michalik, surprises Birmingham with his celebrated play of Edmond de Bergerac which has been successfully running in France since… Read more »

The Modern Mead Co – Original English Mead

Opening the UK’s first cocktail bar & Meadery The Vanguard @ 1000 Trades, Birmingham in February 2018, the team has turned their sights to bringing mead to… Read more »

Birmingham is the Second Most-Stressed City in the UK – Here’s How to Cope

Birmingham is the Second Most-Stressed City in the UK – Here’s How to Cope

Birmingham may have an awful lot going for it, but there’s clearly still a long way to go. A nationwide survey in 2017 of the biggest cities in the… Read more »

Wing Wah review by Zoe Hornby-Walsh

Wing Wah review by Zoe Hornby-Walsh

Having relocated its restaurant to the Chinese Quarter in Birmingham’s City Centre, you wouldn’t have known what you were about to walk into. Walking down a very… Read more »

Laghi’s deli review by Rhiannon Simpson

I’ve had the joy of dog sitting this last week, an absolute gem of a Labrador. Not wanting my new 4 legged side kick Juno to get… Read more »

New Independent Birmingham Membership Card Design

Introducing the brand new Independent Birmingham Membership Card design – and oh wow, isn’t it a beauty! Every year Independent Birmingham commissions an incredible local artist to… Read more »

Birmingham’s Coolest & Best Bars

Birmingham’s Coolest & Best Bars

Birmingham has a growing selection of cool hang outs and bars. But what makes a bar “cool” and stand out above the rest. It’s subjective of course,… Read more »

A Night of Food & Drink in the Jewellery Quarter by Ollie ‘Yardbird’ Lloyd.

A Night of Food & Drink in the Jewellery Quarter by Ollie ‘Yardbird’ Lloyd.

Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter may be known for its gold, silver and stones, yet since the licensed renaissance of the area a few years ago, there are many… Read more »

Bodega Cantina review by Rhiannon Simpson

Bodega Cantina review by Rhiannon Simpson

A cold January night made all the more bright with a colourful trip to Bodega. Bodega has stood the test of time and still delights. Its fine… Read more »

Arch 13 Toastie & Wine review by Zoe Walsh

Arch 13 Toastie & Wine review by Zoe Walsh

Arch 13 will have you melting for more. Their latest toastie offer, paired with one of their finest wines, will have you counting the clock until your… Read more »

A movement that can’t be ignored – The Best Vegan Cuisine in Birmingham

Christmas over indulgence true to you? Vegetarian but considering vegan? Embarking on Veganuary for a challenge? As the fastest growing food movement in the world, restaurants are… Read more »

Top 5 Reasons Birmingham Is A Great Place To Live

As Britain’s second largest city, Birmingham is famous for many things – The Bull Ring, Spaghetti Junction, Cadburys chocolate, playing a major part in the Industrial Revolution,… Read more »

Birmingham’s Oldest Recording Studios Rock On

Built in 1872, the ornately Victorian No. 16 Grosvenor Road, today, sits unassumingly in the middle of a Perry Barr street. However, sat amid the fascinating mish mash… Read more »

New Kids on the Culinary Streets of Brum

Our city is paired in Michelin goodness with Edinburgh to have the most accoladed dining spots outside of the big smoke. Our homegrown talent continues to grow… Read more »