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Birmingham Leisure

As the industrial hub of the nation, Brummies have historically toiled in frequently adverse conditions in traditional heavy industry and leisue time has always been at a premium. From public parks and swimming baths to nioght clubs and cinemas, Birmingham has enjoyed a full spectrum of leisure activities and in this section we recall some of the Birmingham places where Brummies enjoyed their leisure time.

Edward’s Number 7 / Edward’s Number 8 Night Club – John Bright Street

Pre-Broad Street ‘Golden Mile’, John Bright Street was one of the places, if not THE place, to be for for a night out in Birmingham City Centre.  Originally opening in 1979, Edward’s Number 7 bar and Edward’s Number 8 nightclub above it were the 7th and 8th clubs/bars to be opened by Birmingham club impresario […]


Goldwyn’s Nightclub – Suffolk Place

Aimed at a slightly more upmarket crowd than Boogies and Edward’s nightclubs and bars just around the corner, with the opening of Goldwyn’s nightclub in  1989 – along with Paramount bar beneath it in 1988 – Edward Fewtrell aimed to tap-in to the theatre-going public (the Alexandra theatre being next door) and to present live […]


Paramount Bar – Suffolk Place / Beak Street

Opened by Edward Fewtrell a year before selling-up to Ansell’s Leisure, Paramount was a single-room bar around the corner from Edward’s and Boogies in the heart of the John Bright Street nightclub and bar scene of the 1980s. Subject to an intervention from Paramount Studios over the name, the bar proved quite a popular venue […]


Edward’s No.8 Night Club – The Rock Complex Remembered

As was noted elsewhere in this section, my youthful pubbing and clubbing experiences were based around the ‘Rock’ scene of the mid-1980s, such as it was in those days. This consisted of shuffling from the Costermonger at the back of the Oasis Market to Mr Bill’s on Needless Alley on a Sunday and Wednesday night […]


City Centre Nightlife in the 1980s – An Introduction

A potted history and recollections of Birmingham City Centre’s pub and night club scene during the 1980s.