By Sophie Hack from Bread Birmingham
Five things to do in Digbeth: Digbeth is no longer just a weekend destination.
No longer must we wait for the weekend to enjoy the newest local music, incredible food and drink and the one of a kind culture that inhabits Digbeth in Central Birmingham. Every day is the weekend here and expect something new and exciting around every corner.
Here’s five things to do in Digbeth:
Digbeth Dining Club (DDC) Lower Trinity St, Birmingham B9 4AG
Nestled inside DDC is a one-of-a-kind venue serving signature cocktails in an exciting and new setting, Digbeth’s newest and eccentric destination Café Colette is ready and waiting to start the weekend early. Open the doors to find yourself transported to the 1920s as Café Colette combines the sophistication of the era with modern tastes and music. Every Thursday enjoy an eclectic mix of music from local, established DJs and handmade cocktails at Colette’s Sundown Club. Café Colette combines signature drinks with-one-of-a-kind street food in the heart of Digbeth.
DDC has been a weekend staple since its opening six years ago. As part of Digbeth’s rejuvenation, DDC is now open Thursday through to Saturday night to bring you the best in street food, taking over Lower Trinity St with a family friendly (and dog friendly) atmosphere. Low ‘n’ slow BBQ, Indian delicacies, Buffalo style wings to crepes, waffles and delicious cheesecakes is just the tip of the iceberg as to what this famous street food venture offers weekly.
The Night Owl 17-18 Lower Trinity St, Birmingham B9 4AG
For live music with a twist, look no further than The Night Owl on Lower Trinity Street. This retro music club has been bringing Digbeth original live performances, tributes, themed club nights and soul all-nighters for almost three years. On the first Thursday of the month, The Night Owl looks down the Kaleidoscope – bringing you live music from local talent alongside Birmingham band Brain Food.
As well as high octane performances from bands such as Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam and Nonsuch – the mezzanine overlooking the dancefloor is a space for local artists to exhibit and sell their work. Kaleidoscope is a free event where everyone is welcome, it’s all about bringing people together. The Night Owl is also home to Neighbourhd, a monthly night where local musicians can come to an improvised jam session. Neighbourhd is all about creating a community of musicians, who join forces to make something progressive and vibrant each time.
The Mockingbird Cinema and Kitchen Custard Factory, Gibb St, Birmingham B9 4AA
Culture is also a big part of Digbeth’s weekday scene, and Digbeth is lucky enough to hold its very own independent cinema. The Mockingbird Cinema and Kitchen is open every day, showing the latest box office hits and indie films for everyone’s taste. With an addition of their own kitchen serving hot food and drinks, as well as regular discussions, quizzes and events – The Mockingbird has it all.
Ghetto Golf The Custard Factory, Gibb St, Birmingham B9 4AA
Another venue that knows no bounds is Ghetto Golf. Fairly new on the Digbeth scene, they put a whole new spin on your typical crazy golf course. Take a swing at this berserk course, inspired by some of Birmingham’s icons including Digbeth’s own The Old Crown pub – as well as a skate ramp, graffiti covered bathroom, 1980s style video store and even a repurposed Birmingham bus! Open every day, Ghetto Golf also serves cocktails inspired by R&B and rap icons as well as moreish street food from Slims BBQ Express.
The Old Crown 188 High St, Deritend, Birmingham B12 0LD
After a round of Ghetto Golf on an Old Crown inspired hole, why not visit the real deal? The Old Crown is a true staple of Digbeth, serving hot food and cold pints on the High Street since 1368. Their events are notorious – with Oktoberfest and St Patrick’s Day taking Digbeth by storm. Live music, quizzes and DJ takeovers are not a strange sight here – and The Old Crown make sure to keep their 649-year-old pub alive and kicking.
There’s never a dull moment in Digbeth and these venues are just some of the few that are keeping it alive with vibrant and entertaining events every day of the week.
This isn’t a sponsored post.
Sophie Hack is a journalist and blogger from Birmingham who graduated from Birmingham City University in July 2017 and has been working as a Communications Assistant for Bread Birmingham since January 2018.
Bread Birmingham is a fresh and honest PR, social media, events and creative agency in Birmingham based out of Digbeth’s Zellig.