Excellent venue, 3 dance floors. They do 1940's Jive every Wednesday, upstairs, taught by Strictly Jitterbug. Great fun and just a fiver!
My best friend from school hired the function room above the Irish Centre for her 30th birthday party. It's a pretty large space, and we struggled to fill it with the people that turned up to the party - considering it was early January and the weather was horrid!
That said, it felt very glamorous going up the steps into the suite, and the bar was well stocked - more than able to cope with our alcohol-guzzling. At one point I vaguely (blurrily!) remember wandering into the downstairs section by accident and getting a few funny looks, but quickly reorientating myself back upstairs to the party fun. The party ended fairly early (I say early, it was probably midnight at the earliest!) so we just continued the party at Snobs (obviously!) which was a brief taxi ride back into town. We would've walked, but the girls were all wearing silly shoes.
I'd definitely consider using the Irish Centre as a party venue for myself!
The Irish Centre is a bustling hub of endeavours caught under one roof. When attending a friends gig in one of the upper function rooms I found a teenagers' Irish folk group practising on the stairs,complete with tin whistles and fiddles, and jolly impressive they were too.
The Irish Centre's commitment to the local Irish community is to be commended. New music and tribute acts are booked alongside acts featuring traditional Irish music, as well as sporting events and screens showing sports events. There's also a small shop selling traditional instruments and sheet music during the day.
The bar is as good a place as any in Digbeth to enjoy a Guiness with a relaxed atmosphere. Definitely worth a visit if any of the above appeals to you.
I'm very fond of the Irish Centre and have had a number of memorable evenings there - actually in hindsight maybe 'blurry' is a better way of describing them.
When you first enter you'll see a music shop to the right which sells albums, musical instruments and the like - carry on through and you will be presented with the Connaught Bar which has been given a bit of a face-lift in recent years and now resembles a slightly posh hotel reception. You can buy cheap beer and decent food here and they tend to have entertainment at weekends including a late night disco.
Go through the bar and on the left you will come to their amazing smoking area - ever wondered what it feels like to be in captivity - then this is your chance as the smoking area is set behind bars. However the heaters are ferocious and you can console yourself with nice views of the Custard Factory opposite.
The Irish Centre also houses a number of function rooms, holds regular boxing and sporting nights and is well worth a visit.
A very nice venue for weddings and parties. I was at a wedding there last night - Honestly hand on heart, it was the perfect venue for this occasion. The tables were candlelit by a beautiful holder decorated with diamond effect decoration. There was ample space on the dance floor in front of the stage where the DJ can be found. They really did a good job. The service was very good...very impressed. We had a 3 course meal which the waiters brought to your desk and placed food onto you warm plate/bowl. The full bar is reasonably priced. There is a smoking patio. They provided a buffet also which was excellent. A big salmon decorated on a seafood platter with salad and big selection of hot and cold finger buffet food with the waiters serving you the buffet as you pick what you want. I would have given 5 stars, however the groom got a bit drunk and dropped his pants...for this they threw the groom out, which i wasn't too pleased about as he was the friend who invited me. So good overall, however i wouldn't recommend any indecent exposure lol!
Good lively irish pub plays all irish sings and has live acts also. Has live sky footie as well . Do a good carvery on a sunday 3 courses for a tenner. Good value. Parking is ok on near.by side streets. Bet it gets livleyer weekend nights
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