Things to Do in Birmingham at Night

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Looking for the perfect Birmingham night out on a student budget? You’ll be spoiled for choice with the city’s seemingly endless list of venues! Birmingham after dark has earned a reputation as party central among students and the area has something for everyone, from big late-night clubs to traditional pubs.

Did you know? With 40% of the population under the age of 25, Birmingham is the youngest city in Europe. No wonder it’s known for its vibrancy and verve!

Birmingham night out ideas

Here are some top nightlife attractions and ideas for nights out around Birmingham:


Despite the name, this alternative music spot is welcoming and affordable. Big Wednesday at Snobs is Birmingham’s longest-running student night – it’s been a fixture of local uni nightlife since 1993! Enjoy great deals on drinks while you dance to your favourite Indie and alt pop anthems.

Lab 11

An all-night industrial-themed club and performance venue in Digbeth. Lab 11 is located between the grand railway arches, offering a unique aesthetic that’s a cut above the average warehouse party vibe. The venue is famous for cutting-edge techno and house showcases, as well as their wildly popular TRMNL events.

Missing Bar

Missing is billed as Birmingham’s top LGBTQ+ party bars. With a host of resident entertainers and DJs, there’s a party every night of the week at Missing, from cabaret to karaoke. Students in particular will love Missing Mondays, where drinks are available from just £2. 


Don’t wrap up your Birmingham studies without checking out the city’s biggest nightclub at least once. The great prices and vibrant atmosphere pull in the crowds, while local and international DJs play a selection of hip hop and R&B hits.  

Rainbow Venues

A collection of unique venues on Birmingham’s Lower Trinity Street, each one with its own distinctive character and style. Rainbow Venues have a party experience for every preference. Enjoy a live show at the Rainbow Warehouse, be engulfed by music in the Blackbox, enjoy dinner under a Victorian railway arch at Spotlight, or soak up the New Orleans-inspired ambience at Mama Roux’s.

Rainbow Venues are planning to expand into Adderley Street and Bromley Street, bringing even more variety to Birmingham’s nightlife.

Free things to do in Birmingham at night

If you’re on a tight budget, never fear: there are lots of free nights out to keep you entertained. 

Subside Bar holds a range of free entry nights out where you can see live bands, play pool and dance until the early hours. As a student, you can have a great time while saving your pennies at their Wednesday student night, where pints cost as little as £2.30.

If you’re looking for something even heavier, The Night Owl regularly holds its psych and proto metal night, ‘Lectric Funeral, where both entry and headbanging is free of charge.

Birmingham festivals

Birmingham has a year-long festival line-up including several events that have become highlights of local student calendars. Festivals range from music and art to food and wine – there’s always something exciting going on in Birmingham, and you can enjoy an unforgettable night out any time of the year.

Birmingham student apartments

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