'Digbeth Dozen' mural-style map launched
New Birmingham bar The Ruin has unveiled a new mural-style map featuring twelve independent and unique neighbours - aka ‘The Digbeth Dozen’ - to highlight the area’s diverse food and drink offering.
The 16ft by 10ft realism meets traditional graffiti style graphic artwork, created by Birmingham graffiti artist Andy Mills aka ‘Title’ and commissioned by The Ruin owner Richard Hughes, is located on the Little Ann Street side of the building and features: The Anchor Digbeth, Clink, Baked in Brick, Digbeth Dining Club, Dig Brew Co, Ghetto Golf, Kanteen, Rico Libre, The Mockingbird Cinema and Kitchen, The Old Crown, The Ruin, Digbeth and The Spotted Dog.
With a constantly developing landscape that features a diverse selection of bars, cafes, restaurants, pubs, clubs, street food and entertainment venues, Digbeth has become one of the city’s best-known destinations for daytime explorers and night-time revellers
Richard Hughes, The Ruin, Digbeth says:
“Since opening The Ruin, Digbeth in September 2017, its been exciting to get to know our neighbours in the area and to check out each unique spot to eat, drink or socialise in. From Spanish tapas with a Brummie twist to delicious vegetarian brunches, 18 holes of crazy golf to blockbuster and arthouse film screenings, and new craft beer spaces as well as traditional city boozers, the Digbeth Dozen offering really is as varied as it gets in this exciting and creative quarter. We wanted to mark the exciting new period in the area’s history - and what better way than with an exclusive mural-style map to help people find their way!?”
The Ruin, Digbeth, located in Floodgate Street, offers local ales, fresh coffee roasted in Shropshire and a hearty European menu using regional ingredients alongside an eclectic live music and events programme featuring DJ sets, open mic sessions and one-off live music events.
Situated in a handsome Grade II listed building on the corner of Floodgate Street and Little Ann Street in the historic Digbeth quarter of Birmingham, The Ruin was formerly known as The Eagle, Horan’s Tavern and The Floodgate Tavern. A public house has been on the site since 18.
The historic area of Digbeth and its streets and buildings has, in recent years, become a vibrant and colourful gallery for graffiti and street art, thanks in part to events like Secret Walls Birmingham (Digbeth Dining Club) and festivals like City of Colours (2014 and 2016).
Street artist ‘Title’ has been creating bespoke work across the UK for over 30 years, including regular and much-admired portraits of headliners at the city’s Lunar, Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul and Moseley Folk festivals and private commisions.
THE DIGBETH DOZEN
The Anchor, Digbeth, Bradford Street
One of Digbeth’s beautiful, old pub buildings dating back to 1803. The Anchor was taken over in 2016 by Julian Rose-Gibbs, formerly general manager of The Victoria and The Botanist. Grade II listed, it has many interesting features including three bars, meeting room, beer garden and pool and table football.
Best for: modern drinks and friendly service set against original, ornate features.
Clink, Gibb Street
Clink opened in 2016 and offers over 200 craft bottles and cans from around the world, along with a constantly rotating selection of eight beers on tap, situated in the middle of the Custard Factory complex. With seating upstairs and out front, its the perfect spot to watch the comings and goings in Birmingham’s creative quarter from.
Best for: a huge selection of craft bottles and cans
Baked in Brick, The Custard Factory Gibb Street (opening in May 2018)
Another restaurant launched on the back of success at Digbeth Dining Club (Original Patty Men being the first), Baked in Brick are set to open a permanent dining spot this Spring in the Custard Factory. Based on consumption rates of their amazing wood-fired BBQ tikka wraps and Neapolitan-style pizzas at street food events across the UK - cooked on a signature grill made out of a converted Mini car - this will be a much welcome addition to the area.
Digbeth Dining Club, Lower Trinity Street
The street food behemoth now runs from Thursday to Saturday and has an increasing number of satellite events at (Longbridge, Coventry, Shrewsbury?) If you’ve never been, it’s basically a foodie paradise with a roster of gourmet food stalls. Add to that the collection of varied spaces which house it on Lower Trinity Street and entertainment from local bands and DJs and it’s easy to see why this place is so popular.
Best for: mouth-watering selection of gourmet food traders
Dig Brew Co - Brewery and Taproom, River Street
Another new kid on the block, opening in October last year, Dig Brew Co is a craft brewery, taproom and kitchen situated in an old gun factory on River Street, that is quickly making its name through a series of live music and visual art events, alongside a late licence and expansive space. Foodwise, it’s artisan pizza..
Best for: Beers brewed on site, live music and chill vibes.
Ghetto Golf, Gibb Street
To describe Ghetto Golf as ‘crazy’ golf is a massive understatement. It’s really more ‘insanely messed up’ golf. With a hip-hop soundtrack. And cocktails. If we tell you it’s over 18’s only you might start to get the idea, although it’s probably not somewhere to take your granny either!
Best for: taking in the sheer, creative craziness
Kanteen, The Custard Factory Gibb Street
Kanteen opened in September last year, mainly to serve the offices of The Custard Factory and surrounding areas. As such they offer some great value and delicious food, including vegetarian and vegan dishes and are open six days a week. Occasional events, such as their Valentine’s day ‘First Dates’ night, are well worth looking out for.
Best for: healthy brunches and views out into the Gibb Street complex
Rico Libre, Barn Street
A true hidden gem, it would be easy to pass by this unassuming building without realising it is one of Birmingham’s best rated restaurants. Reservations for this contemporary take on Spanish tapas get snapped up quickly thanks to it’s exceptional food offer - its also unlicensed bring your own alcohol, making it excellent value.
Best for: great food in a relaxed setting
The Mockingbird Cinema and Kitchen, The Custard Factory Gibb Street
Tucked inside the Custard Factory, this independent venue delivers a year-round programme of mainstream film screenings, premieres, weekenders and special one-off showings of cult movies. Add to that a superb menu of Deep South inspired fried chicken, burgers, waffles as well as a huge range of drinks and there's a tasty and entertaining afternoon or evening out promised all in one great Digbeth spot.
The Old Crown, Deritend High Street
Probably the most well-known and visible of the dozen, this timber-framed building is arguably Birmingham’s oldest inn, dating back to 1368. A great pub at any time, this sprawling boozer really comes into its own for events in their extensive outdoor space. Last December they converted their beer garden into an apres Ski lodge and for St Patrick's festivities created a ‘Guinness Village’.
Best for: great pub menu, Peaky Blinders tours
The Ruin, Digbeth, Floodgate Street/Little Ann Street
A quirky take on an old pub building, citing the DIY approach of bars in Budapest and Berlin, the Grade II-listed corner venue offers a well-thought-out selection of cask and keg beer, cocktails, locally roasted coffee and a European-inspired food menu. Popular with the students and staff of neighbouring music college’s BIMM Birmingham and South & City College, DJ sets, the bar has a rolling programme of open mic nights and DJ sets along with an outdoor seating area complete with stunning murals by street artist ‘Title’.
Best for: quirky décor, playlists and goulash
The Spotted Dog, Alcester Street
The epicentre of the Birmingham Irish community, the Spotted Dog is a magnet for Irish culture vultures, jazz musicians and academics, electronic, classical and traditional folk music fans, local residents, and beer aficionados. A year-round programme of indoor and outdoor events, along with a fine selection of pork pies and scotch eggs complete with delicious condiments, completes the offer. A Digbeth institution.
Best for: Guinness, eccentricity and live music
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