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Written by Luke Bull - 09 October 2023

Birmingham's 6 best small venues to hire

Ask any insecure man, and they will tell you: bigger is not necessarily better.

This logic applies to the world of small venues, too. Sometimes a vast cavernous space is not best suited. Intimate events require smaller venues, and Birmingham has some of the best smallest venues in the country.

Take a look below at spaces that do more with less – from pokey bars to snug cinemas. It's some of Birmingham's best small venues to hire.

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1. A small venue in Birmingham to hire for an outdoor party: Rainbow Venues, Roof Terrace


You may have heard of the Rainbow venues before. Infamous for their raves and club nights, they certainly stand out in Birmingham’s crowded market. However, did you know about their roof terrace?

With access available via The Warehouse and The Blackbox, this small venue should definitely not be overlooked. Nestled on Lower Trinity Street, the rooftop provides an amazing view of Digbeth’s infamous arches as well as Birmingham’s ever-developing skyline.

The Roof Terrace can hold up to 300 people and is perfect to hire for the daytime or the evening.

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2. A small Birmingham venue to hire for endless laughs: The Glee Club


They say that laughter is the best form of therapy. Well, this small venue certainly agrees with that. Located in the Arcadian, the Glee Club has managed to bag some of the biggest names in comedy.

But why not try taking to the stage yourself? This Birmingham venue offers two auditoriums which are available to hire. The main room can fit 400 seated and 600 standing. According to the Glee Club, it’s perfect for comedy shows due to its low ceiling and amazing acoustics.

If your event is more intimate, then check out the studio room. With space for 140 people seated, the room is still fully equipped.

The stage (and stardom) is calling you.

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3. A small Birmingham venue to hire for intimate dinner and drinks: Craft Pod, About Dining


Have you ever walked through Centenary Square and wondered about the cool-looking pods there? Well, we can tell you all about them. Able to host between 2-8 people, About Dining aims to take you on a nostalgic journey.

Open from 12 until 12, and fully equipped with both central heating and air-con, these pods are great to visit all year round. Moreover, you have the choice of listening to a resident DJ or taking control of the sound yourself.

Onto the important part now — the food. If you hire one of these small Birmingham venues then prepare to be wowed by the menu. Choose from options such as beef sirloin steak or haddock with triple-cooked chips. Delicious. Alternatively, a set menu is available for those wanting to try a little bit of everything.

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4. A small Birmingham venue to hire for its retro vibes: Mockingbird Cinema


If you get fed up of listening to other people eating their popcorn loudly then this might be the cinema for you.

The Custard Factory’s Mockingbird Cinema offers the opportunity to watch multiple different films across its 2 screens. However, you can also hire out this Birmingham small venue especially for you and your friends.

Screen 1 can hold up to 95 people and screen 2 up to 30. Moreover, you can also hire out the bar (yes you heard us right). Able to fit 30 people seated and 50 standing, you’re sure to have a great time.

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5. A Birmingham venue to transport you to another world (literally): Otherworld VR


Fresh off the success of their London branch, Otherworld VR has spread its wings to Birmingham. This 4D VR Island retreat has 18 immersion pods and will transport you to another dimension (with the help of their heat and wind effects).

Moreover, you can help yourself to one of their 16 self-serve drinks as well as 2 soda guns. Boasting a variety of beers and cocktails, whatever you are craving, this venue will have.

Up to 80 guests can mingle in the futuristic bar if you decide to hire this small venue out. Sitting on Bennetts Hill, it’s a short walk from Birmingham New Street Station.

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6. A small Victorian Birmingham venue to hire for sheer luxury: Lost and Found


Now, we’ve already talked about Lost and Found and its decadent Victorian vibe. However, we would like to focus a little more on hiring this small venue.

Each room is ideal for a lavish celebration. For starters, their boardroom can host between 20-30 people. With a private server, this room is ideal for intimate events where you can all chat around the table.

The gallery is for those aiming for the wow factor. Overlooking the main bar, and able to host up to 40 people, the stunning mezzanine is sure to impress your guests.

Lastly, for up to 40 guests, you can hire the secret room (you didn’t hear about it from us). With a private drinks service, this room is the venue’s biggest (and best) secret. 007 mode activated.

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How to hire a small venue in Birmingham

We know that finding a venue the old-fashioned way (where you trawl the internet, contact 10 venues or set your heart on one, only to find that they're out of your price range and not even available on your dates) is a pain, and there are a few pitfalls between you and booking your perfect small venue. Getting the venue finding process down to a professional art is what we’ve made our mission ever since we took on the events industry. We often get asked the same questions, so here's what we recommend to quickly and easily hire a space in Birmingham.

Frequently asked questions

For small venues in Birmingham, you're spoilt for choice. Here are a few extra special ones that we vouch for:

The Roof Terrace, The Rainbow Venues – Located next to Digbeth’s famous Victorian railway arch, this small venue is a must-visit.

Marco Pierre White at The Cube – Boasting a 360-degree panoramic view of Birmingham, the city’s skyline has never appeared more breathtaking.

There really is no one answer to this question: so many variables come into play when understanding the cost of hiring a venue. We understand that when you're looking for a small venue, you might be trying to keep the cost down. Some venues can be very cheap. A small meeting room, for example, will start around the £50 mark. Others won't charge you anything for the space as long as you spend a certain amount on food and drink (a 'minimum spend').

Other times, you'll be looking for a luxe, intimate space and prices could start in the hundreds, depending on the venue you're in, its location, how many people you're booking for, how long you need the space for and what extras you'll need, like catering.

Instead of letting the venue dictate the price, our advice is to be proactive and set a budget that you feel comfortable with – this way the right venues can reach out to you through HeadBox.

There are lots of ways to book a Birmingham small 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 small venues in Birmingham and let you enjoy your free time. Easy.

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