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Written by Luke Bull - 20 June 2023

Our top 10 Digbeth bars

Birmingham's Digbeth has tread the path of many of England's post-industrial areas. From gritty, factory-strewn sprawl to creative quarter, bursting with great bars. The crowds here lean towards the artsy, with a bohemian charm separating out the great bars of Digbeth.

So, welcome to Birmingham's creative quarter – thirsty yet? Take a pew at one of these excellent Digbeth bars for board games, brunch, burgers... and of course, beer.

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NQ64 Birmingham digbeth bar
NQ64 Birmingham digbeth bar

1. Play guitar hero at this Birmingham bar: NQ64 Birmingham

Digbeth, Birmingham

Bringing the success of retro gaming bars to the ochre streets of Digbeth, NQ64 will let you summon your inner Italian plumber whilst you sip on a cocktail or sink a few beers.

The arcade games available give a good cross-section of your uncle's formative years, with Mortal Combat, Time Crisis and Street Fighter joining more modern titles like Guitar Hero. It's a token purchase system, with 15 tokens and a cocktail costing a very reasonable £12.

Speaking of which, their drinks menu reads like a zeitgeist guide to the 1990s. References to Mario, The Simpsons and Final Fantasy label garish-coloured concoctions that match their alcohol and sugar levels. For those adverse to hyperactivity, there are also beers on offer with big brands like Beaverton and Big Wave proving a perfect companion to a high score.

Mockingbird cinema bar digbeth
Mockingbird cinema bar digbeth

2. Digbeth's cinema bar: The Mockingbird Cinema And Kitchen

Digbeth, Birmingham

The Sobremesa Bar is Digbeth's much-loved Mockingbird Cinema is the kind of place you might find in a Tarantino film. Disco balls, tiki statues, hard liquor and a revolving array of characters keep the joint interesting. Thankfully the bloodletting is kept to a minimum.

You can get 50 friends in the bar, and they'll keep you all entertained with a bespoke playlist, there's also a barista-standard coffee machine and, of course, an adjoining cinema.

KIDLER digbeth bar
KIDLER digbeth bar

3. For a bar that takes beer seriously: Kilder Digbeth

Digbeth, Birimingham

Serving Digbeth an expertly curated mix of craft beer, natural wines and ciders, Kilder has brought award-winning hospitality to the arches that prop up Moor Street Train station.

A weekly rotation of drinks from across the UK and Europe ensures that no Friday post-work pint has to taste the same. If you're concerned it sounds. a bit serious, don't be. The atmosphere is decidedly relaxed, with Dj\s spinning Hip Hop, Funk, Soul, and Disco across the weekend. The aesthetic is the right side of industrial chic, with concessions thankfully being made to comfortable seating.

Kidler also feature regular film nights, big sports games and pop-up food ventures. A bit of everything, then.

Guests celebrating during an event at Luna Springs, a bar in Digbeth

4. A fun Digbeth bar to visit for a hilarious event: Luna Springs

Digbeth, Birmingham

Named after the 18th century Lunar Society, this Digbeth bar celebrates Digbeth’s rich industrial spirit. Located on Lower Trinity Street, this bar is the one to head to if you’re looking for a fun event.

The venue hosts it all: Moonlight Cinema film screenings, sing-a-long Brunchaoke events, boozy bingo games and Oktoberfest get togethers.

Whatever vibe you’re after, this Digbeth bar will answer your needs. Their Moonlight Cinema shows every movie you can think of (here’s hoping all your friends can agree on one). However, if you want a boozier visit then consider their Brunchaoke events. If you haven’t guessed already, it’s a mix of bottomless brunch and singing your heart out. No better combination, right?

There’s no time like happy hour and this Digbeth bar knows that. Its frequent 2 for 1 deals are sure to keep you smiling. Also, a sneaky secret from us — join this Digbeth bar’s mailing list and receive a free cocktail upon entry. You’re welcome.

The Night Owl in Digbeth, Birmingham

5. A Digbeth bar to visit to nostalgically celebrate the past: The Night Owl

Digbeth, Birmingham

Calling all fans of Northern Soul — you will simply love this Digbeth bar. Open every Friday and Saturday until late, a visit here is a great way to welcome the weekend.

Boasting a multitude of DJs, this venue celebrates days gone by. Although Northern Soul is at the heart of this Digbeth bar’s music, they have expanded to incorporate other vintage genres. The staging and dance area in this bar is intimate, creating a real feel-good energy. Decked in vintage decorations, and completed with a mirror ball, this venue is sure to have you dancing the night away.

Moreover, this Digbeth bar is available to hire every day except Friday and Saturday. Whether you’re hosting a corporate event or a birthday party, you’re sure to have an unforgettable time.

Bars in Digbeth Birmingham - DeadWax is all about the vinyl
DeadWax is a Digbeth bar specialising in pizza, beer and vinyl records

6. An alternative Digbeth bar to visit for its vinyl tunes: Dead Wax

This Digbeth bar’s exclusive focus on vinyl music makes it truly unique. But don’t worry, with over 4000 vinyl records to choose from alongside live DJs, there’s no way you will get bored.

Geared towards fans of metal, punk rock and alternative music, this bar encapsulates the alternative spirit of Digbeth. Located on Adderley Street, it’s easy to find due to the extensive graffiti on the front of the building.

Open daily, you can easily unwind in this Digbeth bar after a long day at work. Moreover, alongside the music, you can enjoy their delicious range of stone baked pizzas (all on a sourdough base). Wash the food down with a pint of their constantly changing selection of craft beers.

Now that sounds like a good night to us.

Dance the night away at The Mill in Digbeth, Birmingham

7. A Digbeth bar for lovers of raving: The Mill

Did we hear you say that you want to rave in an industrial warehouse? Well then we have the perfect venue for you. This Digbeth bar is infamous for its constant rotation of live music and amazing club nights.

Nestled beneath Digbeth’s famous railway arches, this bar is perfectly equipped to give you the rave of your life. With a large, mezzanine stage and flashing lights, prepare to dance your heart out. In addition to the indoor section, this Digbeth bar also contains a rooftop bar. Enjoy your drinks in the open air whilst listening to the amazing DJs.

This Digbeth bar is also available for private hire. From smaller gigs to larger scale parties or corporation events, the venue will work to suit your needs.

Interior of The Ruin, from our Digbeth bars guide
Exterior photo of The Ruin, a bar in Digbeth, Birmingham, UK

8. A Digbeth bar to visit for a taste of a European holiday: The Ruin

Digbeth, Birmingham, UK

Inspired by the ruin bars scattered around cities such as Budapest and Berlin, this Digbeth bar is certainly a feast for the eyes. Its industrial brick walls, chipped paint and narrow corridors all create a homely feel.

Located on Floodgate Street in Digbeth, the bar is housed in a 250-year-old building steeped in history.

The bar offers a great selection of beers and wines to sip on whilst catching up with friends. Moreover, their menu is fantastic. Featuring the likes of nachos and the best beef tacos in the city, you certainly won’t be leaving this Digbeth bar hungry. Also, every week they offer a delicious Sunday Roast — guaranteed to have you drooling at the sight of it.

Open every day, you can either pop in after work or spend hours there on the weekend - your choice.

A board game bar in Digbeth, Birmingham
The Digbeth bar with all the board games, Chance and Counters

9. A Digbeth Bar which will unleash your competitive side: Chance and Counters

Digbeth, Birmingham

Stuck between wanting to play a game at home or have a drink in town? If so, this Digbeth bar has solved all your problems. Inspired by the owners' shared love of board games, this bar has over 500 to offer.

That’s right, over 500. Whether you’re after a nostalgic childhood favourite or a simple classic, then there’s a high chance this bar will have it. Round up friends and family for an unforgettable night of bonding and fun.

With room for 100+ guests into their Custard Factory venue, this Digbeth bar certainly has more atmosphere than your kitchen table. Chance and Counters has a generous selection of refreshing craft beers (to help cool the competitive atmosphere) and some awesome food. Our personal favourite is their filthy fries — we are dreaming of them now. Look out on their website as they frequently have great offers and 2 for 1 deals.

mama roux digbeth bars
mama roux digbeth bars

10. A slice of the Deep South in Digbeth: Mama Roux's

Digbeth, Birmingham

Borne out of a very Brummie take on the manic parties of New Orleans, Mama Roux seeks to bring a Deep South buzz to Digbeth. What does that mean? It means places with names like 'The Voodoo Lounge' serving up drinks like their delicious Rum Runner for under a tenner.

The whole place is open to private hire, with a capacity for 250 guests, and enough themed decoration to set dress a Mississippi murder mystery..

Note: Mama Roux's will not let anyone in who is wearing Stone Island or Hoodrich, which is something we can all get behind.

More of the best bars in Digbeth

Thinking of hiring a bar for your next event? Great idea. Digbeth is known for its amazing bars. From busy tiki bars and cocktail bars with world-class mixologists to quiet and cosy garden bars, we've got every type of bar in Digbeth for you to browse and book. Why not take the team for a corporate day out at an activity bar or have a birthday bash at your own exclusive bar? Have a look at these top Digbeth bar venues 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 Digbeth venues respond to your enquiry.

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How to hire a bar in Digbeth

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 bar. 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 Digbeth.

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

Luna Springs – Catch a film screening, sing-a-long or bingo night at one of the most-loved bars in Digbeth.

Dead Wax – With over 4000 vinyl records, live DJ galore and stone-baked pizzas, music lovers know where to head.

There really is no one answer to this question: so many variables come into play when understanding the cost of exclusive hire of a bar or a private space in a bar. 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 Digbeth bar. 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 bars in Digbeth and let you enjoy your free time. Easy.

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