Arena Birmingham (previously known as Barclaycard Arena or National Indoor Arena) is an indoor sporting and entertainment venue situated in central Brum. Since its opening in 1991, it hosted numerous events such as concerts, business conferences and exhibitions with capacity of up to 15,800 seats. The Arena itself offers great restaurant and bar options before and after your gig. Otherwise, choose from one of the great locations just outside the doors.
Traditional English pub: Prince of Wales has a huge selection of draught beers. Of course with delicious pub dishes in its menu.
This one’s situated directly at the canal offering traditional pub food. In summer, the upper outside terrace is one of the loveliest spots in the area.
Burgers, burgers, burgers. Get one from handmade burger Co.. Handmade and super-delicious. Also offering veggie ones for those about to rock.
Part of the Arena Birmingham-complex, Ed’s Easy Diner is the closest as you get for having a snack just before and after the show. Also great walking distance to other venues in town.
Birmingham City Nites is definitely the best place to stay if you got tickets for the Arena Birmingham. The apartments are quite spacious, fully-equipped with kitchen, bathroom and large living room. Just do not expect overwhelming luxury or proper hotel breakfast in the morning. But its location tops everything: for your favorite band, you just need to cross the street. And there are loads of restaurant and bar options in the very neighbourhood for having a snack and drink before and after the show.
Looking forward to the concert at Arena Birmingham? Try Premier Inn Broad Street Canal Side which is in convenient walking distance to both venues. The hotel is located at Brum’s picturesque canal, close to New Street train station and shopping area. It’s a laid-back spot for exploring the city. Finish your day inn of the numerous bars and restaurants nearby or try the tasty on-site restaurant. Definitely a benefit: the super-comfy kingsize beds.
80,000 annual Rock fans cannot be wrong: Download Festival is the most popular British Rock and Heavy Metal festival. Always hosting the real big names in music scene. About 40 miles away, at Donington Park.
If you are heading for a major artist’s gig, you may probably have tickets for O2 Academy. Hosting concerts nearly every night, this one is all about live music.
Independent music scene comes alive in the The Sunflower Lounge. DJs and live bands alike will promise best entertainment for tonight.
The Glee Birmingham is mostly about comedy performances, but also hosts live music shows on a regular basis, from Indie to Rock, and Pop music.
South of the inner city is The Hare and Hounds where UB40 once played a legendary concert. Now one of the most influential music venues in town.
Fancy some live music? The Actress & Bishop is probably a good choice on virtually every night. Also strongly supporting local acts from Birmingham and around.
One of the best options in Brum for vibrant live music atmosphere: The Asylum Venue. Always on the list are Punk, Rock, Heavy Metal, Grunge, or Indie.
The Digbeth Institute was originally built as a methodist congregational chapel at the turn of the 1900s. From 1955 on, it was used as a civic hall. It later became a music venue and has become an essential part of the Birmingham live music and club scene. Over the last 30 years this legendary venue has hosted numerous renowned bands.
Arena Birmingham previously known as Barclaycard Arena or National Indoor Arena (Photo by Bachmeier / Ramsthaler)
Muse at Arena Birmingham (Photo by Bachmeier / Ramsthaler)
Enjoy the concert: the Arena also offers great restaurant and bar options before and after your gig (Photo by Bachmeier / Ramsthaler)