A good place to see bands as although it's quite small compared to the carling academy there is still loads of room to stand. It does feel really chilly though if there is only a small crowd in there, had to get dancing to the support acts to try and warm up!
Bear in mind that there are no cash points close to the venue. (nearest is back in the bullring) There is a small cash machine in there but that will charge you about 2.50. There is also a cloak room which is very handy.
The club nights (Panic, Indiscretion which are on alternate saturdays) are pretty awesome especially when all the rooms are open. (There is about five I think) Unfortunately they are all on different levels accessed by stairs so you'll probably spend alot of time going up and down if you want to change rooms. However this didn't really bother me although be careful if it's been raining as it can get really slippery and I saw a few people nearly fall down the stairs a couple of times! Scary in heels!
There are bars in the different rooms with a place to smoke at the top. Its not the cleanest of places (horrible toilets!) but the atmosphere was amazing and the drinks prices were good.
You'll often find a lot of 'big bands to be' playing here, as Barfly seem to have some fairly incredible scouting selection policy when it comes to picking them out. Whats best about Barfly (once you've found it!), is that on a Saturday night, you only pay £5 in usually, and get your free entry into the Santuary nightclub afterwards for that...they have to pay a fiver as well, and you avoid the massive queue! Brilliant!
It's at the back of the Sanctuary, so turn left off Digbeth High Street, you'll see a big sign down the side road just after Salt and Pepper chip shop.
Also, especially on club nights, you can get the promos available for Panic later on in the evening, so cheap drinks all night!
I've been here a few times to see local bands and my experience was quite average each time. The venue isn't the best - tucked behind the Sanctuary in Digbeth, Birmingham. The first time I went, I wasn't quite sure if I was going into the right place. It seems like the back entrance to a venue - not the front!
The door staff were okay - friendly but not overly fussed about doing their job.
Drinks prices weren't too bad - £2.00 for a single vodka and coke, but it was the cheap stuff and the coke was watered down!
The venue itself has quite a nice layout to see bands, with a balcony at the top. It certainly has an intimate feel to it.
The toilets - quite an important thing to mention for any female - were a bit gross. They very much needed a good clean!
The Bar, great venue for up and coming bands & established. accoustics are great and the beer is good and reasonably priced. £2.50 a pint Grolsch (I don't do suckin from bottles, gave that up as a baby).
Best venue for any type of gig, whether it be underground, hardcore, a little acoustic or even some good old folk. Not too far from the Custard Factory itself, another great place to visit.
They've had some amazing shows this year, in the past I've been lucky enough to see The Kooks, Primal Scream and The Raconteurs. The toilets aren't the best but for atmosphere and music its wicked."
You must visit this venue at least once in your life!
I've seen a few bands in here and always enjoyed had a good night out. It can be a bit of a squeeze though when it is busy and can also get quite stuffy.
It has a good lay out and set up, and the acosuitcs and sound quality are ok for a venue of its size. It is a relatively small venue for gigs and it's a good place for seeing new up and coming bands and musicians. Also it sometimes plays host to more established artists.
It has a good bar too which has an OK choice and is not too expensive compared to other similar establishments.
This is a great venue for a gig. Not too big, but still big enough to get good sound and make a good atmosphere. Tickets are normally not overpriced being around te £7/£8 mark as well! Drinks are average priced and staff are friendly. The club nights they put on are generally busy and fun as well.
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