From stylish Christmas gatherings to after-work socials, make the most of Southside’s buzzing venues, as we take a look at some of the best places to raise a glass (or two) with friends this festive period.

FOR THE FESTIVE AFTERNOON TEA

From 25th November – 6th January 2020, The Lobby on Hill Street will be offering the ultimate festive afternoon tea, all for £40 for two. You can enjoy an array of delectable handmade sandwiches, alongside warm spiced scones and an assortment of sweet cakes and delicate pastries. And if that’s not enough, it will all be accompanied by your choice of cocktail, including Hot Christmas Negroni, Red Nose Shimmer or White Christmas Mojito – all for £40 for two. And, if you like the sound of shaking your own cocktails, why not get a group together for a cocktail master class? You’ll be joined by a mixologist to help you create your very own tipples, for £25pp. To book, call 0121 624 6211 or email laura.juhas@thebcec.co.uk.

FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

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Every weekend until 22nd December, a specially curated sensory grotto will be open to the public on Hippodrome Square, where young visitors can enjoy an interactive story with one of Santa’s elves before meeting Father Christmas for an eco-friendly gift and photo opportunity. You can also find street entertainment, free kids crafts and a festive bar for the parents! All funded by Southside BID – find out more here.

FOR THE KARAOKE

What better way to spend a night with friends than singing your hearts out at karaoke? Offering a variety of different themed private rooms, including Bollywood, Gatsby and Thai, Ming Moon on Wrottesley Street has everything in one place, with options that allow you to tailor your booking exactly to the needs of your party. To book, call 0121 622 5588.

FOR THE COCKTAILS

Get the weekend started early with 2-4-1 cocktails and canapés from 5pm – 10pm every Thursday and Friday at Olivia’s Townhouse. Perfectly placed in the heart of the district, the popular bar boasts an ambient vibe, making it the ideal place to enjoy a tipple with friends in stylish surroundings. Choose from an extensive list of both classic and signature drinks, and if you’re looking for something extra special, why not book a VIP booth? To book, call 0121 622 1494 or visit oliviastownhouse.com.

FOR THE BIG NIGHT OUT

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Over the Christmas period, The Village Inn will be hosting a variety of Birmingham’s finest drag queens to keep you entertained all night long.

FOR THE CINEMA

Located just a stone’s throw from New Street Station, The Electric cinema is well known as one of the oldest working cinemas in the UK. This Christmas, enjoy special screenings and events across a variety of different film genres including Home Alone, It’s a Wonderful Life, Elf & Gremlins.

FOR THE ANNUAL GET TOGETHER

‘Tis the season for a night out at Snobs. The iconic Birmingham venue will be opening its doors most nights throughout the festive period, playing everything from Christmas classics to sing-your-heart-out anthems.