Digbeth is a real Birmingham gem. It’s home to some of the best food and drink establishments in Birmingham, but it’s an area often overlooked. Yes, it’s a bit of a walk from the city centre, but it’s really rather wonderful. Here are the five best reasons why you should visit Digbeth right now.

The Ruin

The Ruin is classic Digbeth. It’s a weird maze of little rooms, rammed with furniture that doesn’t match, and has that TARDIS tech of being bigger than it appears from the outside. The food menu is an eclectic mix of euro-trash food, with options including goulash, flatbread pizza and Hungarian meatballs.

The best part though, is the bar. You’ll find a well-stocked list of spirits, ales, draft beers and a neat cocktail list. Their Happy Hour runs Tuesday to Friday, between 5 and 7, and means you can grab a lager, wine, cider or ale at just £6 for two. Thursdays is 2-4-1 on cocktails. Bargain.

Rico Libre

Want delicious tapas at a bargain price? Head to Rico Libre, which you’ll find down a back street in an old greasy spoon cafe. Only in Digbeth.

Take your own booze, befriend the owner, order everything off the specials board. You’ll find incredible prices on delicious dishes written in chalk. Their regular menu is a treat too, with every tapas classic you could want, served in somewhat unconventional surroundings.

Digbeth Dining Club

You can’t call yourself a food fan if you haven’t been to Digbeth Dining Club. You’ll find the very best of Birmingham street food scattered through a network of venues, each with a unique feel. Settle in the mad Nana’s parlour of the top floor of Mama Roux’s, enjoy thumping beats in Spotlight, or grab yourself a seat outside and take in the many delicious aromas of food cooking.

What you’ll find depends on the day. It might be Low ‘n’ Slow slinging incredible barbecue. It might be Buddha Belly’s amazing curry or it could be Yo Dough with their famous deep-fried cookie dough. Whatever you find, you’ll find incredible food.

Street Art

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Digbeth is home to some truly stunning street art. Some of the best-known names in graffiti art have added their tags to the walls of Digbeth, and the artwork is always changing. Take your camera and go exploring. You’ll find a riot of colour and art that will amaze. Skip Gibb Street and its giant walls of advertising pretending to be art and instead, head under the railway arches or into the back streets. Here you’ll find the true street art. Colourful, meaningful and not trying to sell you something.

The Bond

The Bond is home to more than just offices. The Bond hosts regular seasonal markets that show off the best local talent in lots of industries, from food to crafts. Yet to come in 2019, you can check out an alternative wedding fair, the Independent Birmingham Festival, and a cheese festival, to name just a few.

What are you waiting for? Get off the beaten track and take a walk on the Digbeth side.