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Written by Luke Bull - 09 October 2023

Our 7 favourite unique venues in Birmingham

Sometimes you get the craving for something that deaprts from the norm. Luckily, Birmingham has difference ingrained into its very DNA. The UK's second city is a melting pot of cultures, ideas and spaces, all of which culminate in some very special unique venues.

So, whether you want to hire out an interactive museum, rent a gallery to yourself or book your own gaming paradise, there's something for you in this city of multitudes.

So, without further ado, here are some of our favourite unique Birmingham venues.

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1. An unique and educational Birmingham venue: Thinktank


If you’re desperate for a family day out to entertain the kids, then this unusual Birmingham venue is for you. Located inside the Millennium Point, the 200-plus hands-on displays are sure to keep your little ones entertained (and give you a moment's peace).

From MiniBrum to a 4k planetarium, this Birmingham venue has it all. The unique venue even contains the largest natural science collection in the West Midlands. These expeditions help children connect with their regional history and foster a sense of pride in their hometown.

If you’re reading this as a singleton with no family then don’t worry. This unusual Birmingham venue can be hired for corporate events or even parties. Moreover, a quirky date under the planetarium stars makes a unique change from your classic restaurant date.

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2. The best Birmingham venue to hire for a unique event: Ironhouse


Previously hired by the likes of ITV, this unusual Birmingham venue is definitely one to note down.

Located in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter, the exclusive 3,600-square-foot venue is a unique mix of industrial and contemporary design. This includes an amalgamation of rustic brick walls and flooring as well as a copious amount of natural light.

Whether you’re looking to host an exhibition, a party, or to conduct a series of interviews, Ironhouse has you covered. There are three sections to the unusual venue — the gallery space, the lounge bar and the basement. Each one is available to hire separately or together. The venue offers flexible lighting, controlled air conditioning, a fully stocked bar and much more.

Put it this way, this Birmingham venue will stop at nothing to make sure that all your needs are catered for. Your guests are sure to be amazed.

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3. A unique Birmingham venue to visit for an insightful guide to the city: Museum and Art Gallery


Open since 1885 and housed in a grade 2 city centre landmark, this unusual Birmingham venue is certainly steeped in history. If you’re interested in going then you need to make it the top of your priority list, as in December 2022 they are closing their doors until 2024 for essential maintenance to the beautiful site. So what are you waiting for?

In light of the Commonwealth Games, the chosen theme is ‘This is Birmingham’. Saunter through the five displays, which touch on themes of cultural identity, community and the media. With Birmingham as host city, there is no better time to reflect on ourselves and our history.

The Edwardian tea room in the unusual venue offers refreshing food and drink options. Whether you opt for a full meal or an afternoon cuppa, this venue’s food is sure to leave you talking about it for weeks.

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4. The best unique Birmingham venue for a classic wine night: Wine Freedom


Sure, we all love a refreshing glass of wine to relax. But have you ever thought about all the artificial ingredients in your favourite bottle? With Wine Freedom that’s one less thing you have to worry about.

The unusual Birmingham venue is unique as their delicious wines all contain no chemicals and the grapes are sourced responsibly. Therefore, you can be assured that your wine is the very best quality.

Situated in Digbeth, you can pop over on Fridays or Saturdays. Although you can just book a table with your partner or friends, we highly recommend their wine tastings.

Don’t worry if you want a relaxing night in though — this unusual venue offers click and collect. You really will be spoilt for choice as you choose from a sprawling list of over 400 natural wines. It’s clear how they won the 2019 Wine List of the Year award.

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5. An independent Birmingham venue to visit for a unique cinematic experience: The Mockingbird Cinema


Located in Digbeth’s The Custard Factory and adorned in retro pink and black, this unusual cinema is hard to miss. If you’re after a quirky and fun cinematic atmosphere that you won’t experience anywhere else, head to this delightful independent venue.

This premium Birmingham place is always showcasing the best mainstream movies across its 2 screens. You can happily purchase your favourite alcoholic beverage from their exclusive bar before enjoying an amazing film.

If you’re not already completely sold, wait until you hear this. This unusual Birmingham venue is actually a Registered Community Interest Company. They feature a plethora of up-and-coming artists as well as hosting charity events and hosting schools. All of this alongside viewings of your favourite Hollywood movies.

Amazing bar, the best film options and supporting the community. Does a cinema get much better than this?

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6. A unique Birmingham venue to transform your work game: Fazeley Studios


Bored of your bland office space? Look no further than Fazeley Studios. Capitalising off Digbeth’s rich industrial history, the unusual venue is a former warehouse and church. However, now you can view it as a magnificent 80,000 square foot of unique office space.

Aimed at creative and digital businesses, Fazeley Studios is determined to continue Digbeth’s community and industrious spirit. Home to over 300 businesses already, you’ll definitely be in safe hands choosing this unusual Birmingham venue. This shouldn’t even be a difficult decision — wouldn’t you rather the unique scenic views of a restored church to a dull, conventional office? The 9-5 has never been so fun.

Aside from business stuff, feel free to hire this space out for a party, prom, or a wedding. Now that’s what we call versatility.

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7. A unique Birmingham venue to unleash your competitive side in: NQ64


Remaining in Digbeth, the Custard Factory brings us the quirky NQ64. This unusual Birmingham venue is the perfect place to unleash your competitive side.

Inside the graffiti-covered walls are a plethora of nostalgic arcade games. Our personal favourite is Guitar Hero — who doesn’t love an intense music battle? Prepare to spend hours at the unusual venue (and potentially lose a few friends) playing the likes of Mario Kart.

Keeping on the retro and unique theme, the venue serves different cocktails which you are unlikely to find anywhere else in Birmingham. All arcade themed of course. Sip on the ‘Power Star martini’, or if you’re feeling brave, the ‘Bowser Breezer’.

Whether you’re a novice at arcade games or a total expert, prepare to get competitive. With old-school hip-hop music in the background, this unusual Birmingham venue brings the perfect vibes for an unforgettable night out with friends.

More of the best unique venues in Birmingham

Find the most unique venues in Birmingham to really impress your guests. From quirky party venues to cool team away days or presentation venues, these Birmingham venues are just as unique as you are. Have a look at these unusual Birmingham spaces and get some ideas for where to have your next event. Alternatively, tell us exactly what you need and we'll make sure the very best unique venues in Birmingham respond to your enquiry.

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How to hire a unique venue in Birmingham

Unique events start with a brilliant venue. You’ve got to think outside the box to find a spot that will deliver your brand messages, inspire your guests and stick in your attendees’ memories. When it comes to quirky venues, we’ve got you covered. We’ve got the best unique venue hire Birmingham has to offer. An immersive VR experience with a self-serve bar? A canalside dining pod? A themed cocktail bar with molecular mixology that’ll tantalise your tastebuds? We’ve got lots of fantastic spaces waiting to be discovered.

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 unique venue.

We often get asked the same questions, so here's what we recommend to quickly and easily hire a space in Birmingham. Here at HeadBox, we’re all about uncovering under-utilised space. You can hire some of the best unique venues in Birmingham at non-peak times which means a spectacular venue for you at a much lower cost. You can also negotiate the best price by requesting a bespoke package directly from a Host to make sure you have everything you need for your event to go off without a hitch. Or, you can give us your enquiry and we'll reach out to the best unique venues in Birmingham and let you get on with more important things, like the guest list.

Frequently asked questions

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

NQ64 – With retro arcade games and fun cocktails it's clear why this is one of the most-loved unique venues in Birmingham.

The Mockingbird Cinema – An independent cinema well worth the visit.

There really is no one answer to this question: so many variables come into play when understanding the cost of exclusive hire of a unique venue or a private space in a unique venue. How many guests are you planning for? Is the venue for the day, an afternoon, or the night? The good news is that you can find a venue for pretty much any budget (okay, almost any budget). 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 unique 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 unique venues in Birmingham and let you enjoy your free time. Easy.

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