Despite many great events popping up at The Bond this year, I only managed to get down to check it out this weekend. When I heard that a Gin Festival was hitting Digbeth, there wasn't a chance I was going to miss out.
So, the Gin Festival was planned over the same weekend of City of Colours which meant that Digbeth had one buzzing weekend planned. I had hoped to get out on Saturday, but after hitting a nightclub on Friday night for a friends birthday; I was a little worse for wear in the day and didn't make it. It did mean that I had a rather special Sunday instead (which ended up being an even better choice than originally planned).
Enough with the wittering and down to business... The Bond is located off the main drag of Digbeth and the other side of Heath Mill Lane from the entrance to the Custard Factory. You can walk down Digbeth High Street to get there, but we found it significantly quicker to walk down Fazeley Street from behind the back of Hotel La Tour.
It's not that obvious when walking down from Fazeley Street, but one you get outside it there is a big iron sign which tells you that you have arrived. I imagine the building was once a warehouse used for stocking barges (as it's well positioned right next to the canal with a small area for boats to pull in), but it's now an events space.
First thing of note... it's pretty big. There is plenty of outdoor space both covered and uncovered and a couple of buildings that were being utilised for the Gin Festival. It may be even bigger than this, but we only saw what was being used on the weekend. It has a large conference style room with a toilet block towards the back, a further indoor space with a smaller room and another toilet block and a large "car park" style area and another largish covered area outside. There is a cafe onsite (which was serving hot dogs on the weekend) but I'm not sure what the permanent fixtures of the site are as I have only been for the one event.
I have to say, I really liked this venue. I liked the layout, the mix of outdoor and indoor spaces and the plentiful loos. Seeing as the event was held on a scorching Sunday afternoon, the shaded areas were very welcome and everything was laid out very sensitively. I would definitely attend another event in this space! I can't comment on drinks prices (as I was at a drinks based event), but I'll have to update this review if I get back to more events here.
I came here for the Birmingham Beer Bash on a lovely sunny day and the Bond Company was a great venue. The attractive buildings, which are largely taken up by offices, surround a fairly large courtyard with a cafe and a canal side view.
The Beer Bash used all the available space with a large room off the courtyard housing various beer stands and seating areas, several catering stalls in the courtyard and a further room to the other side which was more of a presentation room with a small meeting room to the side- for this event being used for small group tastings. A good, versatile venue located near to the well known Fazeley studios. It seems a little off the beaten track but it is in reality very easy to get to.
I attend this building for training on a weekend. Would love to experience it in the week.
Its a unique place, nice rooms for training and events. The car park tends to get busy quickly.
If I ever find that I need an office in Birmingham The Bond Company will be the first place that I consider. This place is slick, aesthetically pleasing and really well designed. The spaces are what seem to be renovated warehouses with a minimalistic décor that presents you with a blank canvas to personalise or to leave and bask in the beauty of simplicity.
The spaces range from small to large or in numbers from 1-5 people to 16-50. They also have spaces for meetings, conferences and events, which all embody and communicate a sophistication and pleasing aesthetic unlike most uninspiring corporate venues.
The setting adds to the appeal - it's situated in the part of Digbeth that has retained most of it's authentic red-brick warehouse building and it overlooks the canal too.
This is a premium and tasteful venue to be short-listed for those looking for a space to situate their interesting ventures and pursuits.
Fazeley street is well-known due to the popular Fazeley Studios and the gallery located on the street (I've forgotten the name of the gallery) but The Bond is a beautiful establishment. It's well presented and has a cafe and they have a canal which is at the back of the building.
It's one of those spectacular venues you can use if you're looking to hold a classy and stylish event which you'd like guests to remember. There's also office spaces at the top of the The Bond which can be leased from them for reasonable prices. The office spaces range from small to very large and airy spaces.
The bottom floor is used for renting out to those wanting to put on an exhibition or conference for example. They also provide catering facilities which you can add to the room hire.
It's scenery makes the venue so much more appealing to organisations wanting to out on an event.
I'd say the car parking is an issue. It's actually the biggest downfall because if you have an event on with lots of guests; be aware they'd have to find somewhere else to park. There's so much politics about external cars needing a pass etc which makes the whole process a little tedious.
The Bond is a block of offices on Fazeley Street that backs onto the Canal. It predates Fazeley Studios by quite a few years but despite being around for a while the stander hasn't dropped. The building is really tasteful, and I would personally opt for an office here over any of the neighbouring complexes.
As well as providing offices/studios of various sizes they also rent space for meetings/exhibitions/conferences and there is an on site cafe which can also provide catering for any events.
I would really recommend taking a look if you are thinking of getting an office or studio in Digbeth or if you have an artistic event that needs a home.
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