Eat, Drink, Play and Party in Birmingham

When it comes to food you can literally take your pick from a whole host of different flavors.  From traditional British food to a taste of the Mediterranean you can sample a different theme every day.

The brilliant Balti Triangle contains a number of restaurants condensed around Sparkbrook, Balsall Heath and Moseley so if you fancy an Asian meal you know where to head.

When it comes to quality you can opt for Michelin star restaurants or somewhere to enjoy a quick bite and with over 200 restaurants representing 27 different nationalities you will never be stuck for choice.

The 2009 Michelin Guide for Great Britain and Ireland includes three Birmingham restaurants, the Harbourne restaurant, Purnell’s and Edgbaston’s Simpsons so if top quality is what you’re after then you can certainly find it in Birmingham. 

No other city or town outside London boasts so many top ranking restaurants and Birmingham is fast becoming known as England’s second culinary capital.

Birmingham’s countless restaurants are perfectly offset by an equally varied array of pubs where you can take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city streets and enjoy a refreshing drink.

There are pre-clubbing hot spots, student nights and chic cocktail bars to choose from so whether you’re a rock diva or champagne fan you can party into the small hours in surroundings to suit your mood.
Eating and drinking aside there is plenty more to do and see in Birmingham.  The heritage of the city dates back to the Middle Ages so if you fancy taking in some history and culture then you could head to Aston Hall, one of England’s great country houses that was built by Sir Thomas Holte in 1618.

Blakesley Hall is another place of historical interest.  Built in 1590 for Birmingham business man Richard Smallbroke, the house is furnished to reflect the lifestyle of a wealthy family of the late Tudor and Stuart period of English history and is one of the few places in the city where you can catch an accurate glimpse of what life used to be like here.

If you fancy resting your feet and feasting your eyes then Birmingham’s huge selection of cinemas won’t disappoint whether you want to see an independent piece of film or mainstream movie.

Birmingham’s Electric Cinema is the oldest working cinema in the United Kingdom and is still going strong since first opening its doors in 1909. The building is now home to luxury sofa seating, waiter service and a full bar so you really can rest yourself before enjoying a flick.

This vibrant metropolis has so much to see you might want to stay for a few days.  There are a wide range of Birmingham hotels to choose from whether you are looking for cheap and cheerful or luxurious chic.

Booking your hotel online can save you time and means when you arrive in the city all you need to do is check-in before heading off to explore the sights.