Thursday, July 18, 2024

Save money at these music venues with an Independent Birmingham card

The Independent Birmingham card is a thing of beauty. By purchasing an Independent Birmingham card and supporting your independents, be it anywhere from coffee shops to the barbers and music venues to record stores, you can save money and help them out in the process.

Did you know that the Independent Birmingham card can save you money at some of your favourite independent music venues in the city? Whether you’re looking to head down for a mid-afternoon snack, or to soak up the pre-gig atmosphere with a few drinks, you know it makes sense to join more than 11,000 IB cardholders and Believe in Birmingham.

Don’t have a card yet? You can pick up an IB card, along with a wealth of other Brummie merchandise over at

Check out the music venues and their offers for Independent Birmingham cardholders below.

Hare & Hounds

Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath, Birmingham

  • Selected bottles of wine for £10
  • Selected beers for £3 (Sunday-Thursday)
  • Exclusive monthly IB ticket offer for those on the mailing list

The Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath offers one of the most eclectic musical programmes in the city. Set in a leafy south Birmingham suburb, the venue is easy to find as it sits on the corner of York rd and the High Street.

More information on the Hare & Hounds can be found here.

The Dark Horse

The Dark Horse pub and venue in Moseley, Birmingham

  • Free ‘beer of the week’ or soft drink with main meal purchase
  • Free glass of wine with any Sunday roast

Situated in the bustling metropolis that is Moseley, The Dark Horse is a swanky pub which hosts regular gigs and boasts amazing food.

More information on The Dark Horse can be found here.

The Sunflower Lounge

Black Honey at the Sunflower Lounge in Birmingham

  • 10% off food and drink (except Monday and Wednesday)
  • 10% off drinks (Monday and Wednesday)

Quite simply put – The Sunflower Lounge is the hotspot for new music in Birmingham. Playing their part in the birth of the likes of Peace and Superfood, the Sunny should be right at the top of your list if you want to discover new bands.

More information on The Sunflower Lounge can be found here.

mac Birmingham

mac Birmingham, in Cannon Hill Park

  • 2 for 1 tickets on selected performances and events

Formerly the Midlands Art Centre, you can find mac Birmingham in the heart of Cannon Hill Park. Although live music isn’t always on the menu, the venue houses an outdoor ampitheatre as well as several rooms used for music and performance.

More information on mac Birmingham can be found here.

The Victoria

The Victoria Pub in Birmingham City Centre

  • 20% off all food

The Victoria is a 19th century Victorian theatre pub based in the heart of the city centre, right behind the Alexandra Theatre. With an intimate gig room upstairs and a plethora of ever-changing cocktails, you’ll definitely want to head here.

More information on The Victoria can be found here.

Island Bar

Island Bar, Birmingham

  • Happy Hour Every Hour: Selected cocktails at £4.50 (Sunday – Thursday)

Well known for their range of spirits, the Island Bar is a Tiki-themed cocktail bar. Set over two floors, immerse yourself in happy hour, which, incidentally is every hour with your Independent Birmingham card.

More information on Island Bar can be found here.

Cuban Embassy at the Bull’s Head

The Cuban Embassy, formerly the Bull's Head, in Moseley, Birmingham

  • 25% off food
  • 2 for 1 on all coffees

Okay so although Cuban Embassy is no longer a fully-fledged music venue, the restaurant and cocktail bar regularly hosts resident South American musicians to complement their Latin American menu.

More information on Cuban Embassy can be found here.

Don’t have a card yet? You can pick up an IB card, along with a wealth of other Brummie merchandise over at


Richard Franks

Founding editor of Counteract. Freelance travel and music journalist.