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Written by Luke Bull
September 29, 2022
Birmingham's top venues to hire
Birmingham is no stranger to wonderful places you can hire out. The city of canals, maligned accents and the Balti has had a space renaissance, with many of its old industrial buildings being injected with the city's characteristic ingenuity.
We've taken a hard look at the midland's true capital, and collected some of the most original venues Birmingham has to offer. What's more, you can hire many of them for your own private event.
So take a look below and let us know if anything catches your eye.
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1. A delicious Birmingham venue situated in the clouds: Marco Pierre White at The Cube
Perched on The Cube’s 25th floor is this refined restaurant. As you can probably imagine, the panoramic views of Birmingham’s skyline look absolutely amazing. Open every day, and in the Mailbox district, this Birmingham venue allows you to enjoy Brum from a whole new angle.
Although they offer delicious mains such as gnocchi in fresh tomato sauce and fish and chips, we recommend one of their mouth-watering steaks. It’s what they’re known for after all.
If you fancy a quieter atmosphere to bask in the views then you can hire a variety of private spaces. Moreover, you can even use their function room for your work event — there are few better ways to liven up a boring day.
2. A Birmingham venue to wave your magic wand at: Aluna Bar
Missed out on your Hogwarts acceptance letter? Well, at this Birmingham venue you can enjoy your first taste of magic. Sitting Canalside, Aluna Bar promises a night of unmatched molecular enchantment.
The venue offers a huge drinks list, including their vaccines and shots section (drink at your own risk). With plenty of natural light and ethereal angel murals covering the walls, the interior is stunning.
For those who really want the full magical experience, don’t miss out on a cocktail masterclass. Under expert guidance you can produce (and drink) your very own Lava Lamp, Bush Fire and Bubblegumtini.
3. A multi-functional Birmingham venue for filming absolutely anything: The Compound
This former textile factory has now been transformed into an amazing creative space. Its industrial yet modern furnishings ensure that it can be moulded into many different styles.
As well as having mezzanine floors, balconies and a 25-seat cinema, this Birmingham venue has loads of natural light. Moreover, its internal garden provides stunning greenery. Sitting in Water Street, The Compound is ideal for shooting lots of diverse footage.
Also, it’s open from very early until late to suit your event's needs. With the capacity to hold 120 theatre style and 140 standing, there’s sure to be plenty of room for all of your cast and crew.
4. A competitive Birmingham venue to challenge your friends: Drop Shot Birmingham
Looking to let off some steam after a busy week? This Birmingham venue allows you to play sports whilst drinking at their fully licensed cocktail bar.
Drop Shot has 6 Olympic-grade table tennis tables, 2 shuffleboards and 2 pool tables. Fans of oches, keep your eyes peeled — electronic darts are coming soon.
The whole room has a relaxed atmosphere; the fun and vibrant colours make it the perfect place to catch up with friends. We even recommend it for a first date (surely there’re few better ways to break the ice). Wood-fired pizzas are available for when you become peckish.
Available for private hire.
5. A Birmingham venue to visit for an authentic taste of Bavaria: Bierkeller
Who would’ve thought that in the middle of Essex Street sits a venue with a window into Bavaria? This German-themed bar will have you stomping your feet and shouting oompah by the end of your visit.
Located over 2 floors, and with 2 bars, you definitely won’t be going thirsty. Although they serve the likes of cocktails and wines, this Birmingham venue specialises in pints or steins of ice-cold beer.
Moreover, if you’re a sports fan then keep on reading. Their Shooters Sports bar contains huge HD TVs playing the likes of football, NFL, cricket and more. With a sprawling food menu and authentic beers, it's a solid spot for those wanting a large amount of consumption with their sport. The venue is also available for private hire if you’re after a more intimate event.
6. An independent Birmingham venue for movie heaven: the Mockingbird Cinema
Introducing a gem in Digbeth’s Custard Factory, the Mockingbird Cinema. This Birmingham venue is warm and welcoming and always has a huge list of movies to choose from.
Their focus on the community makes them particularly endearing. As well as playing films by local filmmakers, the Mockingbird Cinema also provides a space for the disadvantaged. Therefore, you can be assured that your proceeds are going to a reputable cause.
In terms of private hire, you’re spoilt for choice. Screen one has a capacity of up to 95, whereas screen 2 can hold up to 30 people. As well as this, the bar can host up to 50 people standing. There’s sure to be space for everyone.
We will let you into a sneaky secret — cinema tickets are a fiver Monday-Thursday.
7. An urban Birmingham venue ideal for visitors to the city: Selina
This former Victorian factory is ideal for those visiting Brum and wanting to get straight into the action. Located in the historic Jewellery Quarter, it’s only a short walk from the city centre.
There are several room options to choose from including private, private plus, micro or shared (you’re spoilt for choice). Each of these are decorated with beautifully painted murals and local, hand-selected art.
Moreover, if you’re looking for more than just a place to stay then this Birmingham venue might interest you. With yoga workshops, a wellness area and a spa, you’re guaranteed to be treated. Also, did we mention that Selina is pet friendly? After all, your pooches definitely shouldn’t miss out on the fun.
8. A Birmingham venue to visit for a retreat from the city: Nailcote Hall
Nailcote Hall offers a scenic escape from the bustling daily life of the UK’s second city. Situated in Berkswell, Coventry, this Birmingham adjacent venue offers a leisure and country club, golf facilities and more. Don’t worry though, it’s still only a 30-minute drive into the city centre, and has direct trains from nearby stations.
This venue offers a wide range of entertainment in the form of tribute acts, charity events and party nights (prepare to let your hair down). For those wanting a quieter stay, why not check out Nailcote Hall’s spa.
In terms of food, this venue has a few private hire options. From Oak Room Restaurant (fine dining) to afternoon tea and Sunday lunch, one thing’s for sure — you certainly won’t be going hungry.
9. A Birmingham venue to visit for an escape from reality (literally): Escape Live
When you ask people what they associate with Birmingham, Peaky Blinders is sure to come up pretty quickly. But can you truly say you’re a Brummie if you haven’t helped them defeat Campbell? In this Birmingham venue, you can team up with a maximum of 6 friends to help out Tommy Shelby and co.
If you’re looking for something a little more out of this world, Escape Live have multiple rooms. In particular, their multiplayer VR escape rooms will get your heart pumping and adrenaline flowing. From Alice in Wonderland to the Prison, there’s something for everyone.
This venue is also available for private hire for up to 80 people.
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Looking for the best venue hire in Birmingham? You've come to the right place. We've rounded up all the top venues near you, so whatever sort of event you're planning, these spaces have what you're looking for. Big, small, outdoor, indoor - whatever you can imagine, we can make it happen. Have a look at these Birmingham venues and get some ideas for where to have your next event.
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Birmingham has an incredible variety of venues to hire for a full range of events you may want to plan. In all honesty, the sheer volume of venues can often feel overwhelming and the last thing we want is the hiring process to be a drag – planning a party should be easy and enjoyable. At HeadBox we are committed to helping you choose not just the best Birmingham venue, but the best Birmingham venue for you. So put the kettle on, breathe a sigh of relief and let us guide you through planning an event like an expert.
Decide on an event type
Let’s start with the simple stuff. Searching for ‘Birmingham Event’ is a good start but you’ll give yourself a head start if you can establish what kind of event or venue you are looking for. Maybe an important boardroom meeting isn’t best suited to the local pub. Similarly, your best friend’s birthday party might need that extra-special venue to make it one to remember.
Knowing the sort of vibe you are going after is key: intimate and cosy or a big event space fit for a full-on party? Birmingham offers everything from exclusive room hire to sweeping outdoor spaces. You can of course add your own personal touch to any venue, but make sure you have a list of characteristics that will prove the foundation of your event in Birmingham.
Birmingham’s many districts each have their own unique vibe and culture. Are you after the renovated industrial spaces of Digbeth or a gourmet city centre restaurant? How about the beautiful Georgian pubs and bars of the Jewellery District? Where you place your event is crucial to the planning process.
Top tip: When it comes to locating your event, remember to check for the transport connections: a city-centre bar might not have much parking, whereas you’ll want to pre-book a taxi for the out of the way venues.
Okay, so there are certain unavoidable truths about the British climate that can (literally) dampen any event. Luckily, the seasoned venues of Birmingham have adjusted to this rainy island in the best possible ways. Cosy up and watch the rain from the warmth of a canalside Pub or make use of the many covered outdoor areas - come sun or shine, don’t compromise on your event.
Remember: You are in control
This is the most important event planning advice we can give. Don’t settle for second best or be told what is and isn’t possible. Always start your planning process by establishing what your event needs, if you set these out only the right venues will reach out.
At HeadBox we’ve come up with our brief builder to help you set out exactly what you want for your event. Let us know the specifics of your ideal party or meeting and we’ll make sure that only the right venues reach out. No more endless scrolling or fruitless email chains: Let the right venue find you.
For venues in Birmingham, you're spoilt for choice. Here are a few extra special ones that we vouch for:
Custard Factory – The aptly named Custard Factory is a converted factory that now swells with shops and workspaces that cater to Birmingham’s creative population.
Mama Roux's – If you’re looking for something truly different it has to be Mama Roux’s – combining a New Orlean’s exuberance within the exposed brickwork of Digbeth’s underbelly.
There really is no one answer to this question: so many variables come into play when understanding the cost of hiring a venue in Birmingham. How many guests are you planning for? Is the venue for the day, the night or a weekend? The good news is that you can find a venue for pretty much any budget (okay, almost any budget). Instead of letting the venue take the initiative, our advice is to be proactive and set a budget that you feel comfortable with – this way the right venues will reach out to you.
Being a city Birmingham has fantastic transport links to the rest of the UK. We recommend keeping it green and making use of the excellent public transport links. For speed and comfort catch a train into Birmingham New Street Station which has regular services to every other UK hub. If you’re travelling on a budget then the bus might just be for you - It might take a little longer but your bank account will thank you. Birmingham Airport is only 7 miles from the city centre, meaning the international party-goers are also catered to.
There are lots of ways to book a Birmingham venue. You can do the old-fashioned thing and pick up the phone, or email the venue directly. Unfortunately, lots of venues are busy and may not get back to you in time. That's where we come in. Give us your enquiry and we'll reach out to the best venues in Birmingham and let you enjoy your free time. Easy.