Thursday, May 30, 2024

Venue guide: The Flapper, Birmingham

Once dubbed as “the epicentre of Birmingham’s Indie scene” by NME, The Flapper is home to one of the most iconic venues and pubs in the city.  Located on the banks of Birmingham’s infamous Cambrian Wharf canal, The Flapper is a stone’s throw away from the Barclaycard Arena and is often used as a pre-gig venue for those heading to the arena.

Visitors can expect loud music, fantastic views across the city’s canals and one of the largest beer gardens in Brum.

Venue information

The first floor of The Flapper boasts a fully stocked bar with an array of well-priced draught and bottled beers and ciders, wines, spirits, seasonal ales and soft drinks.  The bar also serves a selection of pizzas and bar snacks.  The pub also features a large balcony area, pool tables and arcade games.

There is no disabled access on site, but the team will try and accommodate any requests to the best of their ability.  Please call 0121 236 2421 for further information.

What’s on

The Flapper hosts live performances throughout the week in their dedicated, ground floor gig room which holds around 180 people, as well as weekly events including a pub quiz every Thursday and in-house DJs.

For more information about upcoming gigs and events, please visit

Getting to The Flapper

By car

The Flapper is easily accessible from the M6, M5, M40 and M1. Follow signs for the Barclaycard Arena and The Flapper is just over the road on Kingston Row.


Limited street parking is available.

By public transport

The Flapper is accessible via any of Birmingham’s three city centre train stations; New Street, Moor Street and Snow Hill. Snow Hill is the nearest station to the venue. From Snow Hill, walk along Colmore Row in the direction of Victoria Square, cut across the old Paradise Forum complex and head towards the ICC. Before reaching the ICC, turn right and then turn left when you get to the end of the street. The Flapper is a few minutes walk from there in the direction of the Barclaycard Arena and is sign posted once you pass the Prince of Wales pub. Please note: from Sunday November 1st 2016, pedestrian access to Paradise Forum will be closed. Please use Fletcher’s Walk instead. For more information regarding the Paradise Forum redevelopment, please click here.

A number of buses also head in the direction of the venue. For more information on public transport in the West Midlands, please visit

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