17 reviews of The Custard Factory in English
Although the Custard Factory is in fact a collection of smaller independent shops, cafes and musical venues, I can happily review it as a single entity due to the overwhelming sense of community that simply radiates from every part of the place. The Custard Factory simply exhudes cool, having played host to some of the more eclectic live events Birmingham has seen in the past few decades. With both indoor and outdoor stages, the total capacity of the venue when hosting large events is quite mind-blowing.
You'll hear everything from punk rock to dubstep and all points in between, yearly highlights coming in the form of Supersonic Fest (courtesy of local promoting legends Capsule), the Drop Beats Not Bombs dance extravaganza, and much more besides.
There are shops selling everything from musical instruments to art supplies, and there are a number of gallery spaces that play home to local talent. Dance classes can often be seen practising their moves even as club goers mill around outside. It's a monument to artistic diversity and expression, and you can't help but get caught up in the vibe every single time you visit.
I go to the Custard Factory every year for the brilliant Supersonic Festival, and it really is a great little venue. It doesn't look like much from the outside - just another glass fronted area of the usual vintage boutiques and bars - but inside it really is a proper little tardis. Encompassing a variety of bars and quirky little shops situated around a paved over courtyard, it's just the place for interesting music events, DJ nights and disco-tastic dance offs.
One of the things I like best about the venue is the real sense of community you get from the place. Like many other places in Birmingham, The Custard Factory appears to be a real hotspot for independent arts organisations, film makers, musicians and designers, which provides it with a brilliantly creative and inspiring atmosphere.
All in all, this is a great little place, and a venue that Birmingham has much reason to be proud of.
local to the bullring, this isnt a hard place to find.
Its unique compared to other places, and defiantly preferable to some other places in birmingham.
Theres a great variety of music, and always a great atmosphere. Prices are about average.
Theres a choice of shops to go to.
deffo a place to try out.
The Custard Factory is heaps of fun for a night out, with the courtyard being really lovely indeed, and great for shopping too. The shops are a bit pricey for Birmingham but have loads of fun bits and bobs. Deffoes worth the walk…
I saw this place on line ans decised to visit on a Sunday. Nohing was open! I understood it was a nightclub venue however I thought there would be arty shops to explore. It was very dirty when I was there, Rubbish everywhere the drained pool had remnants of the night before. Some of the shops had their opening times on the door but were still not open later when we returned. I really wanted to like this place as the way it was described on line made it seem worth a visit. I have read all the other reviews and feel I must have missed something or maybe Sunday is not a good Custard Factory day.
One of the best nightclubs in the Midlands now and you will find some of the best line-ups here. You get a trendy, knowledgeable crowd here and there is a good vibe. The venue is huge and spreads out into many rooms, there is even a courtyard with a drained pool in the middle and the outside area is ideal when you need fresh air. The sound system is excellent too. The only trouble with this venue is the fact that it is quite disjointed. It lacks that sense of togetherness that you might find in another large club that has one main room because everyone is spread out. But it is unique and interesting and the music keeps me coming back.
I recently visited here with a friend and was impressed. It is really close to the bull ring and they always have some good nights to go along too. The atmosphere was really good too! The prices are fair and defiantly worth trying out at least once.
An excellent venue a short stroll from the Bull Ring. I’ve had many memorable gigs at this place and more to come, hopefully. The drinks are a little pricey but if you catch the right gig cheap alternatives will be available i.e. coffee and cakes. The building itself is great - its been run rampant by ambitious art students adding a tag of thier own, making it a truly original venue.
we went there for 'beats not bombs’ night and had a good time. Many places to explore, with lots of different bands in small nooks and crannies all over the place. A very different venue, the atmosphere was good, almost festival like.
The custard factory and its immediate surrounding area is full of interesting, specialist, arty, shops and stalls.
It’s worth walking down from the city centre on a sunday afternoon to catch the flea market which is helping to keep people interested in this part of the city.
It’s definitely far from looking like Camden yet, with stalls packed but the actual amount of stalls sparse, and the prices are far from barganous but there’s plenty to keep to your sights and sounds assaulted.
There is a new initiative to supply stalls for ingenious and business minded arts students. Plenty of hope that it will continue to develop.
This old factory was indeed used to make custard many years ago, it has since turned into one of the premier night spots in the midlands. The custard factory itself houses businesses from a - z in the world of , fashion, design, media, film, if its to do with arts its almost guarenteed to be here. For this reason you get a sense of community and the massive courtyard with pool (drained most of the year) surrounded by shops and bars means that with the right music and atmosphere this is the preverbial dogs ! Can get very busy when big names turn up, if you've never been check the schedule and go , trust me.
If you have not already guessed this venue used to be a Custard Factory.
Its off the beaten track down Digbeth way- a 10 minute walk from town, worth jumping in a taxi.
But if you're in Birmingham for one night only, its one of a handful of places genuinely worth going to. Why? Because its unique.
Inside is an open courtyard surrounded by the building itself, a small bar to your right and to your left the main club. Glass fronted, very snazzy looking- not so big but with many funny little blalconies and floors. For bigger events a marquee is put up in the drained pool area in the middle.
It hosts all types of music. If you turn up blind, you might get anything. Hip hop and jazzy type dance music are its staple, but it also does good drum and bass events and even indie and hard dance sometimes. It also has live acts and DJ Sets.
Prepare for a unique and memorable night out.
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