From art spaces and unique shopping experiences, to extraordinary nights out and awe inspiring street art. Here’s our take on how to spend 24 hrs in Digbeth, Birmingham’s Creative Quarter – home to Joe Lycett, Peaky Blinders and Masterchef!
Digbeth is an ever developing bohemian district of Birmingham with an industrial past, it’s known locally as the cities Creative Quarter and Irish quarter. It is home to converted warehouses and factories that are now the home to independent businesses, studio spaces, music venues, and bars. The area is also renowned for its award winning street food, which is readily available throughout the district in bars and clubs.
How to get here?
Digbeth is home to the National Express Coach station, with coaches arriving from all over the country, at the fraction of the cost of a train. It is also only a stone’s throw away from both New Street and Moor Street train stations.
Start your day off at independent café Kanteen located within the famous Custard Factory site. Kanteen started off as a pop up in 2014, it has since become a permanent fixture in Digbeth and is the perfect place to grab a coffee and a croissant, a light bite or a lunch.
Digbeth is filled with unique art and graffiti, pop in to the Zellig building, (a creative hub for independent businesses) to view it’s permanent sculptures and temporary installations brought to you by Digbeth Arts Space, then go out for a wander along the streets of Digbeth to see breathtaking graffiti by world renowned artists such as Dan Kitchner, Philth Blake, Annatomix, Newso and Foka Wolf.
Once you have filled your phone with the best of Digbeths street art, why not head down to the Redbrick Market? It’s a treasure trove of art, antiques, homeware, and crafts all brought to you by some of Birmingham’s most talented artists and small business owners. Board game and wargame enthusiasts will love a trip to Wayland’s Forge located in the Zellig Building, it’s packed to the rafters with card games, miniatures wargames and board games
Grab yourself a bite to eat at Birmingham’s oldest pub The Old Crown, the pub is brimming with history, it has a modern and vibrant interior while maintaining its period features. If the sun is shining, it’s huge beer garden is an absolute must! The pub is a popular location for locals and hosts live music and events throughout the year.
If a pub lunch is not for you why not check out 670grams for a fine dining experience, or if you fancy something a bit more relaxed try Chance & Counters, a cafe with delicious food that also allows you to rent from their selection of over 500 board games.
After you have refuelled with some delicious grub, it’s time to experience something a little bit different! Birmingham is home to Golf Fang, an 18+ hip hop themed mini golf course filled to the brim with street art, cocktails and delicious street food, it’s perfect for a special occasion (booking in advance is essential!) Want something a little different? Head down to NQ64 a retro themed arcade bar, unleash your inner child at adults only ball pit Ball Park Birmingham, or get competitive at Roxy Ballroom with a game of pool, shuffleboard, beer pong, basketball or 10 pin bowling over a delicious Roxy cocktail or mocktail.
Fancy something a little more low key? Why not check out Brum’s fully independent cinema The Mockingbird, you get to watch hollywood movies while supporting an independent business for only £5.95 (Monday – Thursday) what’s not to love!
There is an amazing music scene in Birmingham, and because we are an incredibly diverse city we have something for everyone. Why not check out a soul band at The Night Owl a fantastic retro venue complete with vintage furnishings and a traditional sprung wooden dancefloor? Fans of metal will love Digbeths latest independent venue Devils Dog, the self proclaimed ‘most brutal music venue in Birmingham. If you prefer big named artists, you can catch a touring band at The Mill a warehouse venue with rooftop garden situated against the Victorian railway arches, or catch an indie band and grab a craft beer at Dead Wax or The Rainbow.
If clubs are your thing, buckle up because Digbeth is a real nightlife hotspot! Pick from Lab11 for your fix of house and Drum & Bass, Zumhof Biergarten for house party vibes, Mama Roux’s for an evening of weird and wonderful cabaret or Luna Springs for immersive/themed events, guilty pleasures nights and much more.