Anyone growing up and going out in Birmingham in the 00s will have heard of the Medicine Bar in Digbeth. The multi-genre music venue – hosting everything from techno to funk, hip hop to indie rock – was vital to Birmingham and the West Midlands nightlife scene. But while the Medicine Bar closed in 2011, some might be surprised to learn that it found a new life as Medicine Bakery.
Today it is known as one of the best bakeries around Birmingham (with two locations in Brum, one in Wolverhampton and another in Codsall). While Medicine and its artisan bakers produce more croissants than clubbing memories these days. It looks like founder Simon Jones will soon return Medicine to its nightlife origins with the launching of Medicine Nights.
Hinting at the new venture on Instagram over the weekend, Medicine Nights confirmed yesterday (March 26) it would be launching soon. “We return to our origins of the 90s and 00s,” it said on Instagram. “Opening all our venues for great drinks and music. We start with the Mailbox. Watch out for launch date. It’s been too long.”
Further details are few and far between for now, but Medicine Nights has been showing off plenty of enticing cocktails over on its own Instagram page. Promising visitors to “prepare to be captivated by the art of mixology at Medicine Nights!” We can’t wait to start partying among the patisseries soon!
The Medicine brand is no stranger to interesting and unique ventures either. With the launch of its location on New Street in 2017, it also launched the Medicine Gallery in the same space. Here you’ll find regular exciting and forward-thinking exhibitions in Birmingham, with Herbert Walters’s latest exhibition, Portraits of Black Britain, on until April 23.