Venues across Southside are celebrating following the announcement of the shortlist for this year’s Independent Birmingham Awards, with nine nominations for businesses in the district.

Building on Southside’s growing reputation for offering memorable entertainment experiences, The Electric cinema is up for two awards, whilst Birmingham Hippodrome, The Sunflower Lounge and Snobs are also in line to scoop awards this September.

Highlighting the diverse food and beverage offering throughout the area, the drinks experts at 18/81 could be crowned the city’s Best Cocktail Bar and Quarter Horse Coffee leads the nominations for Best Coffee Shop. The great food available is also represented in the awards, with The Meat Shack making the list for Best Street Food Trader, whilst Asia Asia Food Hall is earmarked for the One To Watch prize.

Commenting on the success of the area in the nominations, Julia Robinson, manager at Southside BID, said: “Independent traders make up most of our district and it’s great to see them recognised by Independent Birmingham. The panel has a very tough job as the indie offering is brilliant in Birmingham, but we’re proud to have nine chances of winning.

“Southside is home to some the country’s best entertainment venues – Birmingham Hippodrome has the highest theatre footfall in the UK, The Electric is the oldest working cinema and Snobs is an institution known to students and revellers across the country – they all thoroughly deserve their nominations.”

To see all of the nominations and categories for Independent Birmingham Awards, click here.