Shops, cafes and games galore make Digbeth a must-visit.
Birmingham’s former industrial heartland known as Digbeth has become a growing and creative neighbourhood. From markets to bizarre bars, a day visit to Digbeth is packed with things to see, do and eat.
1. Wander around the Custard Factory
Did you know Bird’s Custard was made in Digbeth? Well, you can thank this Brummy area for helping to make that fruit crumble or pie taste a lot better. The Custard Factory is said to have employed up to 12,000 people before it closed in 1967 and is now a redeveloped space with plenty of bars, restaurants, shops and flea markets to explore and enjoy. See more here.
2. Hit up a rather gorgeous pub
Grab a pint and some delicious food at The Old Crown, a pub that dates all the way back to 1368. Inside you’ll find its charming beams keeping the old pub in tact as well as cosy fireplaces and industrial brick walls. There is a large bar garden to sink a pint at when the weather is warm, plus you can also stay here for around £50 per night.
3. Have a ball at Roxy Ballroom
No, you don’t necessarily need to get down on the dancefloor here, but be our guest. From ping pong to pool, Roxy Ballroom has an array of games to play with your mates. Plus, this place doesn’t do things in half measures. We’re talking full size pool tables, Olympic sized ping pong tables and generous portions of food and drink on the side. See more here.
4. Get lost in the world of arcade games
Relive your childhood at this epic arcade bar at the Custard Factory. NQ64 features retro favourites such as Mortal Kombat, Pac Man, Street Fighter II, Tekken and newer classics such as Guitar Hero. If that’s not enough, there are even arcade game-themed cocktails to sip on such as Princess Peach, the Mad Max and the Root Beer Tapper. See more here.
5. Get your geek on at this board game café
Inside the Custard Factory you’ll find Chance & Counters where you can choose from a selection of board games to play. Chance & Counters makes for the perfect alternative night out and you most definitely won’t get bored here. Find out more here.
6. Get a proper eyeful of colour
Even if you’ve never been to Digbeth before, you’ll have probably seen it on Instagram. The crazy colourful pieces of street art is like catnip to Instagrammers. For more art, you can also view exhibitions at Centrala Space, which exhibits work by Central and Eastern European artists, as well as hosting other events.
7. Devour a drool-worthy burger
Self-titled “Purveyors of Filth”, the Original Patty Men are a force to be reckoned with. Chow down on a burger like the Alabama Slammer with a deep fried boneless chicken thigh, lime and ginger slaw, and either Alabama sauce or Frank’s hot sauce. You’ll be lucky to fit both hands around these monster burgers. See more here.
8. Get a trim, a coffee and a pint all in one place
Stag Digbeth has to be one of the most unique uses of space in Birmingham. Not only is it a bar but it’s also a coffee house and a functioning barber shop. Need a haircut before your night out? Well, Digbeth can do both at once. It also serves delicious plant-based junk food by BA-HA Vegan.
9. Munch down on an epic brunch at Kanteen
A super healthy, super tasty hangout. Combine bottomless coffee with brunch items like chorizo, poached egg, spinach and cheddar-filled croissants to hit the Sunday morning spot. That’s what Lionel Richie was on about, I guess. Elsewhere on the menu, there’s polenta with greens and hummus, as well as the divine tofu with grilled artichokes and black bean. See more here.
10. Head to this amazing street food market
Who doesn’t love a good street food market? Digbeth has a hidden gem, tucked away at and open all year round. Digbeth Dining Club boasts cuisines from all over the world, and a delicious dish is only a fair reward for a wander through the crowds. You can find amazing food from Urban Cheesecake and Patty Freaks here.
11. Settle in for a film at this cinema
For a unique cinema experience, head to the Mockingbird. They’ve got bottomless movie brunches (e.g. Dirty Dancers and Grease sing-alongs with unlimited prosecco), film all-nighters (e.g. Arnold Schwarzenegger marathons), various cult cinema showings (Lost Boys, anyone?) and even CAGEFest (yes, that’s a whole weekend dedicated to Nick Cage movies).
12. Or party all weekend at The Night Owl
The Night Owl is probably one of the coolest soul and retro clubs in Birmingham let alone Digbeth. The club varies its DJs and offers a selection of food and drink to enjoy to the funky beat. In usual times, you can take to the dancefloor but even tapping your feet to the music still serves for a great time. You can even join one of their soul and funk brunches on a weekend. Music and bottomless prosecco- what’s not to love?
13. Seriously, need we give you any more reasons?
Pack your bag and get yourself down to Digbeth for a damn good time.