Digbeth is a fascinating area of Birmingham, housing the city's oldest pub (dating back to 1368), the former headquarters of famous brands such as Bird's Custard (now The Custard Factory) and Typhoo tea (the soon to be regenerated Typhoo Wharf), as well as being the focal point for the Irish community in the city. These days it has a growing creative community which is reflected by the number of new bars, restaurants and entertainment venues that are opening in the area, as well as some amazing street art and graffiti.
Oona, one half of The PA Guide team, is a big fan of the area and has written a guide to her favourite places to hang out and some of the street art you'll see along the way.
If you haven't tried the burgers at Original Patty Men yet, you are seriously missing out! OPM started out as street food vendors at Digbeth Dining Club (more on that later...) where they grew a loyal customer base (i.e. us!) who would queue for hours for one of their burgers. Their permanent restaurant, located just a stone's throw from Selfridges and Moor Street Station, opened in late 2015 and has been a popular destination for anyone in need of a dirty burger and fries ever since!
Just around the corner from OPM on the corner of Allison Street and Coventry Street, you'll find this striking piece from internationally renowned artist Phlegm.
Painted for the City of Colours festival back in 2016, I recommend taking a look at this strange creature up close as the detail is incredible.
Baked in Brick is another Digbeth Dining Club street food success, serving tasty pizzas and 24-hour marinated chicken tikka wraps from a 1964 Mini Cooper fitted with a wood-fired pizza oven and a charcoal fire pit under the bonnet. Founder Lee has since opened a permanent restaurant in the Custard Factory serving salads, charcuterie boards and sourdough pizzas. Take a look at the back wall where you'll find a full-size mini cooper crashing into the restaurant!
You can't miss this beautiful art nouveau influenced wall from Philth - it's right next to Baked in Brick! Painted for the recent High Vis Festival, you can find two more enormous Philth pieces painted for City of Colours on one of the outer walls of Digbeth Arena on Bromley Street.
The Custard Factory car park also has lots more art painted for High Vis festival and is well worth a look.
Ghetto Golf is an 18 hole crazy golf course tucked away in the corner of The Custard Factory. The emphasis is very much on the 'crazy' here - think neon graffiti, loud music and themed golf holes. You won't go hungry or thirsty either, they have a great cocktail bar and a BBQ themed street food menu. You can either pay as you go or pre-book one of their party or corporate packages which include a round of golf and drinks.
I predict that this beautiful wall just around the corner from Ghetto Golf by N4T4 is going to become the most Instagrammed wall in Birmingham!
The Leicestershire artist and illustrator is inspired by aboriginal art and painted this incredible portrait for the recent High Vis Festival.
Take a walk around Digbeth and you'll find some of his older work too.
Award-winning street food event Digbeth Dining Club is a fantastic place for a post-work get together with colleagues or friends. Since opening in 2012, DDC has introduced some incredible food traders to the city's food scene, several of whom have gone on to open their own restaurants (Baked in Brick, Original Patty Men). An evening at DDC will usually comprise of around 6 different traders serving anything from tasty Caribbean cuisine to BBQ meats or indulgent cheesecake plus drinks and DJs. Keep an eye on their social media channels for news of regular festival collaborations and events at different locations across the Midlands.
Over the road from Digbeth Dining Club on Lower Trinity Street is this beautiful wall from international mural artist Yu-Baba.
Originally from Belarus but now based in New York, she travelled to Birmingham to paint this wall depicting pink rabbits and female characters for the City of Colours festival in 2016.
The Night Owl is a soul and retro club located on Lower Trinity Street, just up the road from Digbeth Dining Club. Decked out with vintage furniture and named after the classic Northern Soul track by Bobby Paris, The Night Owl hosts Northern Soul nights as well as regular disco, indie and ska nights and live bands.
Just outside The Night Owl on Lower Trinity Street, you can find this amazing painting of Muhammed Ali by French artist Akse.
Manchester-based Akse paints photo-realistic portraits of popular culture figures and this wall was painted as part of the City of Colours festival in 2016.
The Old Crown on Digbeth High Street is a mere 650 years old and is Birmingham's oldest pub. The timbered building offers everything from coffee and cake during the day to cask ales and burgers or classic pub grub in the evenings. One of the most notable features is the enormous beer garden to the rear of the pub which is great for soaking up the sun while enjoying a few drinks in the warmer months. The Old Crown is also the starting point for the extremely popular The Real Peaky Blinders tour from Brum Tours which is hosted by local historian Prof. Carl Chinn.
Tucked away in the corner of The Custard Factory and just over the road from The Old Crown you can find a newly painted wall from local artist Annatomix. It depicts a cat (called Rhubarb!) stalking a mouse and is painted in Annatomix's signature geometric style.
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The street art in Digbeth changes all of the time, so apologies if any of the pieces above disappear! If you want to keep up with all of the new street art in Digbeth, follow @oonamac on Instagram.