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30 January 2017 Insider’s Guide

A new easyHotel is opening in Birmingham on Thursday the 9th of February, and with cheap hotel rooms on offer from as little as £19.99, what better reason do you need to spend a long weekend exploring this unique and vibrant city? The hotel is located in the heart of the city, with easy access to transport links (just a few minutes’ walk from Birmingham New Street Station), shopping centers (both Grand Central and the Bullring are with in walking distance), and a wide variety of restaurants, bars and clubs, providing the ideal location from which to see the city and all it has to offer.

 If you were still looking for a reason to visit, we’ve put together a list of all of the exciting things happening around Birmingham in February guaranteed to get you buzzing and planning your trip. With comedy, music, theatre, food, parties, and most importantly cheap and comfortable accommodation, Birmingham is the ideal location for a city break this month.

Here’s what’s on:

Every night of the month

Try a Cocktail Master class at The Lobby On Hill Street

Ever day-dreamed about becoming a master mixologist? Shake things up with a Cocktail Master class given by the brilliant team at The Lobby on the Hill. Join the so-called #lobberati for a 90-minute class, with an introduction to Muddling, Stirring and Shaking; learn how to make a variety of cocktails certain to impress your friends the next time a party rolls around.

With tickets starting at £25, book your spot here.

 

Every Friday of the month

Grab dinner at Digbeth Dining Club

Fancy a visit to one of the best street food events in Birmingham? Take a walk down to Birmingham's best warehouse bars for a night of street food deliciousness, DJ sessions and live music.

Held in one of the trendiest up-and-coming areas in the UK, Digbeth Dining Club invites local foodie patrons such as Low 'N' Slow and The Meat Shack to cook some of the best street food in the city. With dishes ranging from as little as £5 and a multitude of cocktails to choose from, this is the perfect night out for those looking for something a little different to do in Birmingham.

 

Every Saturday of the month

Laugh your way through stand-up comedy at The Glee Club

The Glee Club is famous on the comedy scene in the UK, and has played host to some of the industry’s most popular comedians over the years. Head down to the venue to enjoy a night of hilarious stand-up, food, and drinks, and start your night the right way. With different acts performing every weekend, head over to the website to check out who’s up.

With doors opening at 7 pm and tickets going for as little as £14.50, be sure to check it out.

 

Saturday the 11th

Party at Cheeky Tracks Presents: Rave Against Humanity

Not an event for the faint-hearted, the Cheeky Tracks UK tour is described as a club night with no boundaries. Taking over the SUKi10C venue in Digbeth, Rage Against Humanity encourages guests to dress in the most offensive way possible under the theme ‘Dress to Distress’. Playing hard house and with an insane line-up of DJs, including well-established names such as Alf Graham, Joe Longbottom, Groove Control and Camp Collective, expect banging tunes and a few utterly outrageous outfit.

Doors open at 10 pm with tickets going for £8. Buy them here, or on the door.

 

Saturday the 18th

Watch a production of Wolf Meat at the Old Joint Stock Pub and Theatre

This outlandish production comes with the following write-up:

‘Grandma is the undisputed drugs queen of Croydon, but Detective Dawn Taylor will go to any lengths to bring her dirty dealing family to justice. Wildheart & Lyric bring their absurdist humour & compelling storytelling to an irreverent world of dirty deals & mistaken identity.

Wolf Meat subverts well known characters & turns morals on their heads in this dark, sexy, raucous hour of theatrical anarchy. The play is continually deconstructed as the actors drop in and out of character and plot, and take audience interaction to a jaw dropping new level.’

If you’re looking for a night of eccentric and hilarious entertainment, buy your ticket for £10 here.

 

Monday the 20th

Catch Kings of Leon at Genting Arena

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past 10 years, you’ll have heard Kings of Leon’s distinctive blend of Southern rock and blues influences, melded with an alternative, arena rock sound. This home-grown band achieved initial success in the UK with nine Top 40 singles and two BRIT Awards in 2008. With their third album boasting singles such as "Sex on Fire", "Use Somebody", and "Notion”, they went on to achieve international success and have toured the world a number of times.

Seize the opportunity to watch one of the best bands around and get you tickets now.

 

Saturday the 25th

Watch Kevin Rowland & the Atlantic Players jam at Hare and Hounds

Kevin Rowland (leader of the iconic Dexys Midnight Runners) will DJ a set as part of the Hare and Hounds 10th anniversary celebrations series.

An absolute legend on the music scene, Rowland has played in many clubs around the UK over the years, while also creating the ‘Made to Measure’ compilation for Motown. With a self-professed deep love of classic anthems and neglected pop gold, this is guaranteed to be an electric performance. Live support on the night comes from The Atlantic Players who’ve just released their latest single ‘Drowning on Dry Land’. Check it out below:

 

Tickets can be bought here for £12.50.

 

Monday 27th & Tuesday 28th

See Sean Lock at The Hippodrome

Sean Lock is back performing his new show ‘Keep it Light’ at the iconic Hippodrome Theatre (a casual 10-minute walk from easyHotel Birmingham). Do we really need to even try and sell this one?

Book your ticket here.

 

All of the venues listed here are extremely easy to get to from easyHotel Birmingham, making it the ideal place to get back to after a day full of exploring, and a night full of partying. With such reasonable room prices, your budget is left free to explore and make the most of all Birmingham has to offer. Open from the 9th of February, start planning your trip now.

 

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