Although not as well know as Manchester or Brighton for its gay lifestyle Birmingham has more than its fair share of venues chasing the pink pound and euro.
The gay “village” firmly centres around Hurst Street.
Hurst Street is less than 10 minutes walk from the city centre (Victoria Square) or New Street station.
To ask any local for directions to Hurst Street avoiding any embarrassment simple ask for the Hippodrome Theatre.
The Hippodrome at the northern end of Hurst Street marks the approximate start of the “gay stretch” which runs for approximately 500m in a straight line passing more than 50% of the city’s gay venues.
With the exception of Subwaycity and Skyline Sauna (both in Livery Street) all the important city centre venues are a few minutes walk from Hurst Street, to the west.
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Birmingham has, compared with many English cities, a very relaxed attitude to the liquor licensing laws. Some venues now have licences enabling them to serve drinks until almost sunrise in summer.
Admission charges are common for many venues with late licences. Charges frequently do not apply before 10.00pm. The opening times for venues vary from venue to venue and night to night. If you intend a continental style late start it is best to check the times in advance. Most venues will have a list posted on a window or notice board outside indicting opening hours for that week and prices for admission.
All the important gay bars, clubs and pubs are listed on the gaybrum site some have individual pages with detailed information others have links to their own websites.
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Within the city boundary there are three gay saunas and two more within half hour by car.
Parking for Hurst Street is generally good compared with many English cities. A well-lit secure car park is in the Arcadian centre the entrance is in Bromsgrove Street 25m form Missing Bar. Other less secure car parks are close by.
Generally parking on single and even double yellow lines is tolerated by the police but from time to time there is a blitz on illegal parking with some cars being towed away.
Parking meters operate 7 days per week but only from 8.00am to 6.00pm
New Street Station
Leave by the main front entrance and cross over the Smallbrook Queensway (at present building work obstructs the traffic). Hurst Street is about 250m to the right as you leave the station entrance.
Snow Hill Station
From the main entrance cross through the Cathedral grounds to Temple Row, walk down Temple Street and cross over the main pedestrian area of New Street to the rear entrance to New Street station, and along for about 100m until you reach Hill Street. Walk down past the Holiday Inn, cross the Smallbrook ringway into Hurst street at the pedestrian crossing.
Digbeth Coach Station
Digbeth Bus Station is the arrival and departure point for long distance coaches and about a 15-minute walk from Hurst Street. Follow the directions to “markets” and “China Town” then ask directions for the Hippodrome Theatre.
Birmingham International Airport
The airport is less than 10 miles to the south of the city centre. There is an excellent rail link from Birmingham International Rail Station, which is a short journey by courtesy bus from the airport. During the day there are very frequent services for the 10-minute journey to Birmingham New Street. Taxi fare is £15-£20
The gaybrum.com website hopes to have pages and links covering all the information you may need together with helpful links to useful sites.
Please use the message board if you wish to attempt to make contact with companions in advance of your arrival or need specific information
LocalGuyz & LocalGalz Directory
This directory list locals profiles for contact and the "companion" badge indicates their willingness to befriend visitors and show them around the scene and city.
If you contact a “companion” for anything more than a drink (theatre, meal etc) be sure to agree in advance who will be expected to pick up the bills.
This is NOT AN ESCORT SERVICE but students for example may appreciate being treated for a meal in return for acting as your guide.