10 hidden gems in Digbeth

8th February 2017

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As we’re opening our next college in Digbeth – Birmingham’s creative quarter – we thought we’d let you in to a few secret hotspots that are hidden in and around Digbeth.

So whether you’re new to the area, planning a visit or want to swat up on Digbeth, read on and look forward to checking these highly rated places out…

The Night Owl

The Night Owl is the Midlands premier soul & retro club. Not only can you attend gigs and themed club nights here; The Night Owl also offers northern soul dance classes!

Rico Libre

Rico Libre is an independent eatery situated on Barn Street, just a short walk from the O2 Institute. Specialising in a wealth of tapas, Rico Libre is one of Digbeth’s more unique restaurants. They don’t serve alcohol but you’re welcome to bring your own!

Original Patty Men

Proudly serving up a range of filthy burgers and delightful craft beers, Original Patty Men is one of Digbeth’s standout restaurants. Whether it’s a pimped up beef burger with all the trimmings or a veggie mushroom burger with a creamy kale slaw; OPM will have you dreaming of burgers for days.

Mockingbird Cinema & Kitchen

The newest independent cinema in the city, Mockingbird Cinema & Kitchen has found their home in the Custard Factory. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for the latest films & events – like their recent Trainspotting themed party.

The Anchor

One of Birmingham’s most traditional boozers, The Anchor sits next to the coach station and is a staple in the bustling metropolis that is Digbeth. The Anchor is proudly independent with no pretence; and its four walls house a lot of history. If only walls could talk…

Clink Beer

Another independent retailer in the Custard Factory; Clink is a large bottle shop and taproom offering a range of craft beers. Clink offers tasting sessions and workshops – but if you’re in a rush they also offer takeaway.

Centrala Art Gallery

Centrala is an arts space in Digbeth that operates as a gallery, music venue, workshop and café. Now firmly established as a community hub, Centrala proudly showcases art from the UK, as well as Central and Eastern Europe.

Warehouse Cafe

Proudly Birmingham’s original vegetarian restaurant – and one of the Sunday Times’ best 25 vegetarian restaurants in the UK – Warehouse Cafe is a Digbeth stalwart.  Warehouse Cafe offers the best in vegan and vegetarian food, as well as a range of vegan wines and local beers.

Eastside Projects

Situated a short walk from the city centre is Eastside Projects; an artist-run gallery on Heath Mill Lane.  The gallery aims to showcase the work of the best artists – locally, nationally  and internationally – in exhibitions and demonstrations which are often free-entry.

If you want to see more of Digbeth and find out all about BIMM Birmingham come and join us at our next Open Day on 25th Feb. You can book your place here.


Richard Franks

Richard Franks - Editor of Counteract Magazine. Counteract Magazine is an online magazine dedicated to local music for Birmingham and the West Midlands.