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 eatery’s in Birmingham, the multi-award-winning dining experience offers an array of independent street food stalls involving food from all over the world.
The building itself comprises a rustic warehouse feel, complete with long dining tables to encourage informal conversing with like-minded people. After hearing about a new event combining Digbeth Dining club and a swanky new cocktail bar next-door, my friends and I decided that we had to check it out.
I decided to treat myself to the vegan Thai curry, whilst my friends indulged in the chicken satay burger and spicy chicken Penang curry from Buddha Belly
Upon arrival, there were three food stalls available- Buddha Belly, Dim Sum Su and Platinum Pancakes. These food stalls vary from week to week, often with something new each time. After some deliberation, I decided to treat myself to the vegan Thai curry, whilst my friends indulged in the chicken satay burger and spicy chicken Penang curry from Buddha Belly. Generously brimming with vegetables and authentic flavour, it was genuinely one of the tastiest curry’s that I have ever had the pleasure to consume. With smiles all round and a very satisfied pallet, we decided to begin our weekend early and headed next door to Café Collette’s Sundown Club for post dinner drinks.
Operating every Thursday, this brand-new art deco bar is a truly stylish venue. Feeling like we had just stepped into a time-warp, the bar’s aesthetic embraces the era of the ‘roaring twenties.’ On entry, resident DJ Ollie Lloyd (The Yardbird) greets you with his impressive record collection of rare funk, jazz, and Latin beats. Watch him spin his records on the turntables and get down for a boogie across the monochrome dance floor after a few drinks from the bar. With an extensive list of beverages, ‘The Wildness’ are taking over the bar this month.
With the drinks flowing and the jazzy vibes playing, we quickly made our way through the delicious cocktail menu and were kindly given a complementary shot of vodka mixed with honey and chamomile.
The cocktails are curated by the award-winning James Bowker, which offer an exciting ecological twist. Adhering to their ‘wilderness’ theme, the cocktails included flavours such as Rose, Hay, Wheatgrass, Pepper Dulse and Smoke (mixtures that I had never tried before). With the drinks flowing and the jazzy vibes playing, we quickly made our way through the delicious cocktail menu and were kindly given a complementary shot of vodka mixed with honey and chamomile. However, we were told that the cocktail menu is soon to be changed, so it seems that I will be visiting again very soon…
This buzzing venue is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the quirky ibes with your friends. If you love great food, great alcohol and great music, why not treat yourself and head down to Digbeth Dining Club and Collette’s Sundown Club on a Thursday.
Colette’s Sundown Club with Ollie Lloyd runs every Thursday 4pm-midnight (Free entry until 5:30, £1 thereafter)
Digbeth Dining Club runs every Friday-Saturday at Spotlight, and every Thursday at Café Colette. www.digbethdiningclub.co.uk
Article by Katie Ambler for Grapevine Birmingham