A historic gay venue in the heart of Hurst Street that's a favoured meeting place by day, and a great place to party by night
Originally a 1930s car showroom, Sidewalk was officially ‘turned’ in 1996 under the name ‘Laurie's International Club’, in time for Birmingham’s first ever gay pride.
Little do people know, this venue is somewhat of a historical cornerstone; with glass panels from floor to ceiling, the bar was the first in the gay village to be opened up to street views, protesting people’s attitudes during a time where gay people were seen as deviants and perverts.
Now called Sidewalk, the floor-to-ceiling glass panels still stand pride of place at the heart of Hurst Street. It's become a favourite weekday meet-up spot, as well as party destination for Birmingham’s gay community and their friends. If you’re planning a visit on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night, Sidewalk boasts the most reasonably priced alcoholic beverages on the block, so you can be sure that the place will be packed out.
Recently under new management, Sidewalk has been completely refurbished with a San Francisco-esque, industrial warehouse feel. Exposed brickwork, wooden high tables and stools, plush brown leather sofas and flashing neon rainbow lights are Sidewalk’s staple features; each coming together in a seamless blend of urban meets FABULOUS.
If it’s a catch up with friends over a pub lunch that you’re after, you’ll struggle to find anyone that would turn away two main meals for a tenner, and the grub is more than decent too.
125-127 Hurst Street
|Opening hours:||Sun-Wed noon-midnight; Thu noon-2am; Fri-Sat noon-4am|