Big-up Birmingham!

One thing Birmingham definitely provides is options. Options of places to shop, options of places to go for a warm-up drink and options of places to go for your big night out. All of these options can be a little overwhelming, but luckily for you, us guys at Licklist have done all of the hard work and provided you with a three step plan to ensure that you have the best possible night out in good old Brum. Aren’t we good to you?

 Step 1) Shopping

The best thing about a night out is that it’s an excuse to go out and buy new clothes. For this, simply head to the Bullring. As one of the biggest and best shopping centres in the country, it boasts over 160 shops. Obviously you don’t want to be getting changed in the street, so I would recommend getting a hotel room somewhere. Have a little look online, there are always some awesome deals on offer.

Step 2) Where to Start

Whether you’re visiting the city for the first time or are a seasoned expert, it’s still good to try different places. No one wants to visit the same places every Friday and Saturday night, so here are a few different places for you to try.

First up, there’s Indi Bar in the Arcadian. This is a great place to go and start of your evening a little more slowly with a couple of drinks with your friends. The best bit is they have a 2-4-1 drinks deal on Fridays and Saturdays until 10 so there’ll be no problems affording it.

Like most cities, Birmingham has a Walkabout, located on Broad Street. If you love sport, this is the place for you. With continuous sports coverage, you’ll struggle to find a btter way to start your night out.

But if you’re not a sports fan, have no fear. Simply head to the Digbeth area of Birmingham. We all know the Irish love a good party, so what better venue to choose than in Irish Bar. You’ll get the perfect Guinness, the party atmosphere and the chance to listen to some of the live music acts that play there every Friday night.

Step 3) Where to end up

Birmingham has a plethora of big clubs, so here are three that each offer something a little different.

With four rooms and nine bars, Gatecrasher is one of the biggest clubs in town. Always full on the weekend, each room plays a different genre of music, ranging from dance to alternative hits to RnB to keep your ears from getting bored. Drinks aren’t the cheapest though and if you don’t want to spend £10 to get into a club on a Saturday night, I’d suggest coming on the Friday, where the door price is a much more reasonable £4.

Next up is one for the edgy crowd. Located in Digbeth the Rainbow Warehouse has played host to all of big name DJs such as Redlight, DJ Heidi and Plastician. Expect bindis, scrunchies and shuffling at Rainbow and it may even be wise to pack some flip flops as during the summer the warehouse is transformed into a tropical paradise complete with sand, palm trees and beach huts. Who said the Great British Weather will get in the way of beach parties this summer?

If you’re more Blink182 than Boddika, you may be more at home at the Asylum for Uprawr. Every Saturday, 600 rock-n-rollers head out to party to an amalgamation of rock, metal, grunge and indie all washed down with £1.50 vodka and mixers.

Wherever you decide to go, Birmingham has plenty on offer. Not matter what your style is or what sort of music you like, there’s always a place for you. So what are you waiting for?

By Paige Bromley