Birmingham’s oldest pub The Old Crown celebrates 650 years in the making, with six days of live music, tours, quizzes and birthday parties.
Situated on Digbeth High Street, the six and half century old public house and hotel dates all the way back to 1368, being the oldest surviving secular building as well as Birmingham’s oldest pub. It was the only building left standing after the Battle of Camp Hill took place in Birmingham in 1643, and had Queen Elizabeth I sleep overnight in 1575 after a party at Kenilworth Castle.
Today, the pub continues to thrive, being highly recognised as Digbeth’s World Cup Fanzone, reintroducing the Cafe 1368 by popular demand and hosting eleven weeks of summer events from free Pina Coladas to full outdoor garden takeovers.
To celebrate this momentous birthday, The Old Crown will be hosting six events throughout August and September in its newly renovated botanical gin garden, complete with kitsch and colourful decor, vintage piano, bicycle and even a bathtub.
Paying tribute to popular Birmingham band UB40, Rats in the Kitchen will be opening the celebrations on August 31st. Brooklyn Brewery will be doing a full garden takeover alongside VICE for a very special event on Saturday September 1st. The Old Crown Quiz and ‘Barryoke’ hosted by Eastenders actor Shaun Williams who played Barry, a Blur vs Oasis Britpop night with tribute bands and a Wray and Nephews Birthday Party featuring Toddla T are just part of the festivities. Tickets to all events are available at www.designmynight.com
See the full line up of The Old Crown’s 650th birthday events below:
- Friday 31st August – UB40 Tribute – Rats In The Kitchen – £7.50 ADV
- Saturday 1st September – Brooklyn Brewery full garden takeover – FREE ENTRY
- Sunday 2nd September – The Old Crown Quiz with Barryoke. Hosted by Barry from Eastenders – £5 ADV
- Friday 7th September – Blur Vs Oasis (two tribute bands) – £10 ADV
- Saturday 8th September – The Old Crown’s 650th Birthday Wray & Nephews Birthday Party with Toddla T – £5 ADV
- Sunday September 9th – Enjoy brunch and a bus tour explroing the history of Birmingham – £15ADV