Independent pubs and bars proliferate throughout the city.

Nightlife hubs in Birmingham include Broad St (aka the 'golden mile' – some say for the prevalence of fake tan here) and Chinatown's Arcadian Centre.

Postindustrial Digbeth has alternative clubs and club events in and around the Custard Factory.

Gay & Lesbian Birmingham

Birmingham's loud and lively gay scene is centred on the Gay Village south of the Bullring around Hurst St. The area throngs with the bold, bright and beautiful on weekend nights and peaks during May's Birmingham Pride festivities.