Indi Bar - Without a doubt one of the best places to shake a tail feather in Birmingham and quite possibly the whole of the midlands. Indi Bar has great tunes, top DJ's and a fine offering of refreshing tipples for a big night out.
The Prince of Wales - Not only does the PoW have it's own motiki tiki bar, this super trendy pub even has it's own beach! In fact, if Alice in Wonderland ever opened a pub we think it would look something like this... and we love it! The cocktails are not too shabby either!
Island Bar - Say Aloha to the Island Bar's cocktail menu which really is an oasis in a sea of mediocre offerings. We love the quirky nature of this hugely popular bar. But to get the full flavour, make sure you pop upstairs to the tiki bar.
Le Truc - Bringing a little "Ooh la laa" to Brum, Le Truc is all kinds of quirky in the most wonderful way and the food is quite simply fantastic!
Church Inn - "Come and kneel at the high altar of culinary decadence." So says the website of one of the finest eateries in Birmingham. The Church really is worth making a pilgrimage.
Sights & Sounds
Two words.... "Cadbury"... "World". Yes, this is an experience dedicated entirely to chocolate. It's like our spiritual home... If it turns out to have a bar as well then we're probably going to have to move in.
Eastside City Park is a somewhat futuristic looking park that stretches from the city centre through to Eastside and is perfect on a warm day when you and the girls fancy a little downtime - or a go on the swings.
Ikon is a contemporary art gallery which showcases the very best of design of all mediums, art, photography, textiles, fashion and a wonderful place to spend a fascinating couple of hours.
If you're fans of Later with Jools Holland then The Jam House really is perfect. The venue which was designed by Jools himself to showcase great music also has a fantastic menu and superb atmosphere as well as the best live acts touring the UK right now.
"The best parties are always in the kitchen." That might well be the case, Fleet Street Kitchen certainly does know how to have a great night with some superb live gigs with a fantastic guest list. But non one leaves early, so head to The Basement where you'll find top DJ's until the wee small hours.
In the Diary
June - Holi One Get your white jeans out and take part in one of the biggest paint/colour festivals in the UK (you might want to have some washing powder handy afterwards).
June - Caribbean Festival A celebration of Birmingham's huge Caribbean community with plenty of spicy food and hot rhythms to enjoy.
July - CBD Food Festival Eat, drink and be merry at this fantastic foodie festival.
August - Fusion Festival Birmingham's biggest music festival draws music A-listers from both sides of the Atlantic.
October - B'ham Comedy Festival All the big names off the telly walk around in real life... as if they were real people!?!
Top of the Shops
Disorder Boutique - If you're a fan of all things quirky and kitsch then Disorder Boutique is a real must visit. Approved by fashion queen Mary Portas and rated by The Guardian, you can pick up their beautiful pieces of vintage design on Needles Alley.
Forgotten Vintage - This gorgeous vintage shop in Great Western Arcade is a shrine of retro design and quality vintage clothing. Ladies with a real eye for yesteryear chic will love Forgotten Vintage.
St Paul's Gallery - This stunning gallery-come-shop is a must-visit for those who love music. You never know quite what you're going to find which is why we love St Paul's all the more.
The Custard Factory - Far away from the high streets' usual suspects The Custard Factory is a haven of cool design and a celebration of everything unique and tasteful. You'll also find very tempting cafés and bars.
Girls About Town - Getting around Brum...
The cheapest way to get about the city centre is with a Swift Card that will allow you to hop off and on buses and trams around the city. Our advice is to get all the girls to order theirs' ahead of time so once you hit the city you'll be ready to shop ‘n' roll!
Birmingham is the perfect place to go completely wild on your hen activities, you can go mad on some inflatable games, get bad with some zombie hunting or get completely musical with our hugely popular recording studio sessions where you can let loose your girl power and record your own future No1.
Dance classes are another popular option in Brum, from Pole Dance and Burlesque lessons to retro funk 80's and modern Street Dance and all steps in between.
The Jewellery Quarter and Broad Street are the places to be for a big night out in Brum. You'll also find plenty of great bars and live music in and around The Custard Factory.
If you're looking for ice and a slice to help get your party started then rather than paying for expensive cocktails you can mix your own at a funky cocktail mixing session.
It's time for a hen party - Birmingham's best!
Birmingham is the UK's second city and an ideal location for a quality hen weekend away with the girls. Birmingham is currently the third most visited by overseas visitors coming to the UK, and as the heart of the Midlands, it has so much to offer your hen party, whatever you have in mind. Combining world-class nightlife with excellent activities which suit chilling out or getting active, you're all set up for an absolute belter in Birmingham!
Why: Reasons to celebrate a Birmingham hen party
We're here to help you put the fun into Brum! The amazing Bull Ring, Birmingham's multi-million pound shopping complex, lies at the very heart of this modern, cosmopolitan and buzzing city and is the main go to for tourists and locals alike. This city seriously caters for the ladies just as much as the fellas. With millions spent in redevelopment over the last 20 years it's a city that's seriously going places! As well as plenty of opportunities for amazing retail therapy, top curries and trendy cafes and bars, there's a fantastic range of Birmingham hen activities and entertainment to try out and when you go as part of a GoHen group package, you can be sure that all your girls will be well looked after. It's a city with a rich industrial and cultural past and has really come into its own in recent years and offers something for everyone - there's never a dull moment in vibrant Birmingham.
What: Birmingham hen party adventures
If you and your group are looking for a great time in a party city that never stops, then bright and lively Birmingham is just the place for you. It's a really multicultural place, so expect a wide variety of cuisines, music genres, clubs and a really warm, friendly atmosphere wherever you go. Boasting more canals than Venice, the modernised city centre is cool, contemporary and popular with hip and trendy crowds from across the country. Venture a little further out of the sparkling new centre however and find relics of an industrial past which are full of character and well-preserved, such as cosy pubs, excellent live music venues and cool art and media spots. There really is a huge amount to do here and enough to keep everyone happy. When you book with GoHen, we can organise everything from an incredible night out in Birmingham to go karting, dance lessons and craft sessions in this lively city which not only blasts out amazing music every night in clubs and bars, but also acts as one of the county's main cultural hubs.
Shop: Birmingham shopping areas & recommendations
Shopping on your Birmingham hen do is quite simply incredible! A trip to the glitzy Bullring centre is an absolute must. There's a selection of every high street store you could possibly think of, as well as one of only four Selfridges department stores, which sells everything from the most expensive designer clothes and shoes imaginable to sushi, gourmet ice-cream, reams of American candy or oysters and champagne in its totally lust-worthy food hall. Plus, its iconic outside look is an absolute must-see when in the city - shopping in Birmingham is practically a cultural exercise! The Mailbox is a really sophisticated place to shop, offering amazing designer shops and also swanky cocktail bars, so that you can grab a Pina Colada before Prada! The Pavilions on the High Street has a great selection of high class stores and when you want a bargain, the Pallasades, which backs on to New Street station will have just what you need. For a different kind of shopping experience altogether, don't miss one of Birmingham's many great markets - those at the Bullring have been taking place for a staggering 850 years! And lastly don't forget to mix in shopping with unforgettable hen activities - see our Birmingham ideas here.
How: Getting to Birmingham
Birmingham is a really big city and so getting in and out is easy, as road and transport links are excellent to serve its many residents. Hundreds of trains from all over the country fly in through Birmingham New Street station, one of the biggest in the whole of the UK. Plus, its just undergone major improvements, meaning that its once confusing platform system and crumbling shops have now made way for a whole arsenal of brand new stores and restaurants and a far better signage system. The Bullring is attached to New Street Station, so you'll never be far away from this important landmark. The coach station has recently been refurbished too, so if you're coming in by bus, expect a 5 minute walk into the centre. Getting in by car is also a viable option and parking shouldn't present too much of an issue, as the city has over 24,000 parking spaces!
Stay: Choosing your Birmingham hen do accommodation
Birmingham's best bars, shops and clubs are all around the city centre, so it's important for your base to be in a good location. Fortunately we've got a great range of city-centre accommodation, which ranges from great value options to a more luxurious nights stay. Our 3 star hotels in Birmingham offer a comfortable nights stay near the city centre, and our 4 star options are perfect for pushing the boat out! Alternatively if you're after a bit of space we've got excellent self-catering options. See our Birmingham accommodation page.
Party: Where to head after dark
As a party city there's a huge range of drinking options for your big night out - whether you're after traditional pubs, glitzy bars or pumping nightclubs. In and around the city centre there's a great selection, and it's important for your group to head to the most fun, hen-friendly ones - which is where we come in. As well as top bar and club recommendations we've got terrific evening entertainment, why not have cheeky hen hosts look after you, enjoy some lung-belting karaoke or play sleuth in a murder mystery evening - all topped off with q-jump nightclubbing! Check out our Birmingham hen night ideas.
When: The best times to visit for a hen party in Birmingham
Birmingham consistently plays host to a wide variety of great events and festivals, including the famous International Jazz Festival in July, the Moseley Folk Festival outside in the park in August and the side-splitting Comedy Festival which goes on in October. There's an International Carnival which celebrates the city's many resident cultures in a huge explosion of music, colour and sound - the Midlands' answer to the Notting Hill Carnival. Head to Broad Street at any time of year and you'll most likely see something going on, or book up tickets for the NEC and NIA where many of the country's major events and exhibitions take place, such as headline comedians, world-class bands and artists and top TV recordings. No need to write this countryside-connected city off during the colder months, over Christmas, Birmingham glitters with twinkling lights and the Frankfurt German Christmas Market sets up, attracting over 6 million visitors to try out its traditional gingerbread, beer and frankfurters. Plus, you'll be able to do some of the best Christmas shopping of your life!
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