Eastside ready to welcome two new bars

on July 25, 2015

Birmingham Eastside’s nightlife is to get a shot in the arm with the opening of two new bars.

Situated on either side of the Birmingham City University’s Parkside campus will be a student bar in their new Curzon Street building, with a Budapest-style ‘ruin’ bar on the other side.

So-named for their minimalist refurbishment, the ‘ruin’ bar will be part of a new £15million development named The Emporium, also featuring new student accommodation and offices. The work is being undertaken by C-zero, a firm specialising in heritage development.

Simon Linford of C-zero said

“More venues make the area a destination.

“Each will have its niche market as well as a share of the overall footfall of the area. The development of The Emporium as a whole should be positive for the city, not least because it shows the power of regeneration.”

The ruin bar will be decorated with memorabilia of the late Christopher Wray, the previous owner of some of the buildings, situated on Digbeth’s Bartholomew Row. Set up while he was pursuing acting work, Wray famously turned down a full-time role in Emmerdale to focus on his lighting business, which was plagued with troubles in the years leading up to his death.

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