16 reviews of The Rainbow in English
Without a doubt one of the, if not THE most popular alternative venues in town, The Rainbow is an absolute Mecca for fun-loving, eclectic folk who are in search of a trouble-free good time in the centre of Birmingham.
The drinks aren't really cheap, and the furniture is pretty basic, but the whole place just gives off a chilled, comfortable vibe that is as much about the clientele inside as it is about the venue itself.
There is a medium-sized 'warehouse' venue out the back of the place, which regularly plays host to live acts and DJs. Given that the Rainbow is located a fair trek outside of the centre proper, it's a testament to just how much people enjoy the place that they are willing to make the journey to have a good time.
Had a great night here on Friday. It's random place indeed, with the bar at first glance appearing to be nothing out of the ordinary. Soon realised the place is as eclectic as it's clientèle. The bar opens up at one end to a larger area with a DJ stand and space to dance, but through the narrow passage is the venue for the bands. Dark and low ceiling-ed, the gig was great. Cool atmosphere throughout meant we had a great night.
Service at the bar was friendly and reasonably quick, and a round of two glasses of Rosé and a Guiness came to about £9 so pretty decent too. Just don't expect a place a colourful as it's name.
The Rainbow is simply THE place to go for no attitutde and a good time. Been a few times on different nights and found it fun and friendly. Check whats on as it varies greatly - no stupid dress code just wear a smile and enjoy!
Worth the 20 minute trek from city centre for this unique little pub, always packed with the right kind of people, don’t come here expecting trouble, everyone is friendly and looking for a good night!
It seems a million miles from the city centre (especially when its cold, wet and miserable) but once you’re here, you don’t feel like going anywhere else!
Funky - Fab!. Good atmosphere…Takes me back to my uni days…Its nothing special decor wise but you really don’t even notice…Have spent several Friday nights here with friends enjoying the vibe and dancing to some super cool tunes.
I travelled all the way from London to come here and visit the warehouse just slightly down the road. It housed a massive street wars, graffiti night and was the perfect place to do such a thing. They had two graffiti artists battle it out with black marker pans on 2 separate white boards.
The room has street art written all over it, literally and there were live acts throughout the night with DJ’s playing and MC’s.
There is one large room, a huge bar, a smaller room with sofa’s and outside they pitched a massive marquee attached to an ice cream van, get that for creative thinking. It was a great night and I’d implore anyone to look up street wars events and go to at least one wherever they may be.
I did pop in the pub for a pint earlier and it had the same street vibe about it with deep red walls and paintings, but with chilled out, jazzy music playing. If I hadn’t gone especially for street wars, i would have stayed for a few more pints indefinitely.
By far the best small music venue in the midlands.On a friday night you get four great bands, great dj's and a great atmosphere all for £4.It has a cool courtyard at the back which is where the stage.It has a retractable roof for warm evenings and patio heaters for the more chilling ones.Overall a must go for any live music fan.
The Rainbow is always an "experience". From the outside it looks like any other pub, albeit a bright red one. Once you get inside it gets kinda dark and atmospheric and there's generally a DJ playing bangin choonz at the back. Get there late(ish) and you'll have to pay a cover fee of £5 or so. Beer isn't cheap, but they do stock some interesting bottled beers.
This place is quite fun, pre-club. There are loads of dodgy rasters who seem to be in league with the door staff, but the clientelle are ok and the tunes are good. Can't remember exactly how much it is but remember feeling ripped off having to pay to get in and the drinks not being that cheap either.
The Rainbow is another venue that in time will enjoy a massive rejuvenation of its area. Digbeth will soon have vast amounts of money pumped into it and i can see the rainbow just getting more popular and more appealing. With a very bohemium but cool vibe about it , the rainbow boasts great live music/dj nights (with bbq facilities) and will be shortly opening up a larger wharehouse out back with huge potential. watch this space! all in all good night out , cheapish alcohol and cool tunes.
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