The best entertainment venues in Birmingham are based in Southside, including Birmingham Hippodrome, Glee Club, O2 Academy, Old Rep Theatre and the Electric Cinema. Seven days a week visitors can choose from opera to ballet, cabaret to comedy, live music to musicals, Southside has so much to offer.

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Eating Out

You won’t find a better choice of eating out than in Southside, from long standing restaurants resident for over 30 years, Chung Ying and Koh I Noor, to new additions like Jacky’s Kitchen and Loft Lounge, there are over 80 restaurants to choose from. Come and let your taste buds explore Southside’s many eateries, offering a range of cuisines from around the globe, plus offers and special pre theatre menus. Click for a closer look.

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Bars And Clubbing

Southside is the liveliest night out in Birmingham and with good reason too, as it has over 30 bars and clubs, many with 24 hour licenses and offering live entertainment. With the Arcadian and the Gay Village offering distinct but equally exciting options, you can really enjoy a night out with friends in Southside. Many of our bars specialise in delicious cocktails but there are traditional pubs too, offering a nice pint and a Sunday Roast. Click on to find out more.

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With some of the best niche retail and independents in Birmingham, Southside has some very exciting shopping options.  With the two best Audio/Visual stores in Birmingham, Richer Sounds and Superfi, Smallbrook Queensway is also home to a number of niche fashion stores such as Go Bridal and HIgh & MIghty plus beauty and grooming with Juliets Hair & Beauty and Kings Salon.  There’s more in Chinatown too with some fantastic Asian supermarkets such as Day Inn and cute bakeries like Wah Kee or Caffe Chino,  Southside is also the home possibly Birmingham’s most loved music store – with a history dating back well over half a century, The Diskery on Bromsgrove St.  Forget the chain stores and buy something in Southside that will wow your friends and if the shopping has taken its toil, why not visit some of our traditional chinese medicine stores
for a massage or some traditional tea?

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Health And Beauty

The Southside scene is all about being healthy, wealthy and well groomed and we have more than our fair share of hairdressers, beauty salons and traditional chinese herbalists who cater for our residents, workers and visitors.  Some salons such as the Looking Glass also sell fashion and accessories and all of them are guaranteed to offer you a warm welcome. Southside tip, try some Chinese herbal tea in one of our many Chinese traditional herbalist stores in Chinatown and on Smallbrook Queensway.

Coming soon –  new LGBT Health Centre in Southside

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Stay Over

Stay in the heart of it all in Southside.  We have accommodation options both in hotel rooms and serviced apartments ranging from budget to luxury.  From the the ultra stylish Radisson Blu in Beetham Tower to the great value rooms in the Premier Inn in Arcadian, Southside is the place to stay for conferences, business trips, holidays and weekends away.  Book your break now by clicking on the links below, follow the directions and remember to quote SOUTHSIDE when you book your room.

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That moment when the kitchen doors open and your food is delivered to your table sizzling hot. There’s plenty to wet your appetite in Southside’s Chinatown. Conveniently located close to New Street Station, Theatreland and Arcadian nightclubs and bars, local Oriental cuisine provides memorable moments and more than just good food. Whether you opt for an exquisite, piping-hot sit-down meal at the Chung Ying Cantonese restaurant, or fresh pork buns from the Wah Kee Bakery, all your appetite desires will be catered for in this vibrant part of the city. For budgets there are tasty buffets in many various outlets, or part take in some after meal karaoke at the grand Ming Moon restaurant. Visit one of many delightfully delicious restaurants, cafés or bakeries for mouth watering moments you’ll never forget.

Gay Village

Situated along Hurst Street next to Chinatown and down the road from the city’s famous Hippodrome Theatre, the Gay Village boasts plenty of great night time venues to enjoy, no matter what you’re after! Whether you’re looking for a relaxing drink with friends, a high-energy all-night party, an evening of fun cabaret or you just fancy grabbing a bite to eat, you’re sure to find something – or should that be someone? – that takes your fancy!

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Southside is fortunate to be supplied with both on street and off street parking for our residents, businesses and visitors.  Many of which allow you to book online, see below and make sure you quote Southside when you book.

Information about Blue Badge parking in Southside is provided by the City Council’s Transportation Department – 0121 303 6644 or email parking@birmingham.gov.uk

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Charity & Non-Profit

Southside has a thriving sector of charities and non for profit social enterprises.  Click the links below to see what we do and how we help communities locally and all over the UK.


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With possibly the most diverse selection of fast food and takeaway establishments in the whole of Birmingham, Southside has a mouth watering array of tempting take away options for you to enjoy.  For Caribbean food fans, the jerk chicken in Caribana is a MUST, Skippers does a fantastic fish and chip supper and the Chinatown Noodle Bar is a fantastic healthy take away option for those with more Eastern appetites.  Feeling hungry?  You will be when you click…

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