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Birmingham Pubs & Restaurants

Birmingham Restaurants

The Saltley section of Alum Rock Road contains the largest concentration of take-away businesses in the city.Ladypool Road, Sparkhill contains the largest concentration of balti restaurants in Britain, rivalled only by Manchester's Golden Mile

In 1945, Abdul Aziz opened a cafe shop selling curry and rice in Steelhouse Lane. This later became The Darjeeling, the first Indian restaurant in Birmingham. The Balti was invented in the city and has since received much gastronomic acclaim for the 'Balti Belt' of restaurants in the Sparkhill, Sparkbrook, Balsall Heath and Ladypool areas. The Balti Belt is also known as the Balti Triangle among locals.

One of the most popular Indian restaurants is Jyoti Vegetarian restaurant run by the Joshi Family. It won the nightlife awards in 2002 for Best Balti and Overall Winner. It has a Celebrity fan base which includes Jamie Oliver who visits every year.  The city boasts two Michelin starred restaurants: Simpson's and Jessica's, both in Edgbaston.  The BBC Good Food Show takes place at The National Exhibition Centre, and is Britain's biggest food event

Birmingham Nightlife

There is a large number of clubs and bars in the city centre, mainly along Broad Street and into Brindleyplace which has now become the city's centre for nighttime entertainment. Preclub bars are common in varying themes and music tastes as well as clubs of varying themes which are located in the area including a sports cafe, comedy club and lapdancing club. The smaller of the clubs are located in older buildings such as the former Second Church of Christ the Scientist which now is home of the 1970s themed Flares. Larger premises resulted in a large club called The Works being set up which sometimes performs a light display.

There are many stylish clubs and bars outside the Broad Street area. The Medicine Bar in the Custard Factory, The Sanctuary, Rainbow Pub and Air in Digbeth are very popular. Many bars and club nights exist in areas such as the Arcadian and Hurst Street by China Town, Summer Row, The Mailbox, and St Philips/Colmore Row and Jewellery Quarter. There are number of late night pubs in the Irish Quarter