The Digbeth Challenge is back for 2024 with 45 venues - the ultimate Birmingham pub crawl & more

The Digbeth Challenge is back - with 45 venues to visit and a thousand pounds worth of prizes to be won
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A whopping 46 of Birmingham’s ‘Creative Quarter’ hospitality venues are coming together this year to see who’s got what it takes to win the Digbeth Challenge! 

You are invited to make your way around The Ruin, Autobrew, Roxy Ballroom and many more to win a share of £1000 in prizes from local venues - as well as exciting rewards throughout the year from the businesses taking part. 

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The first person to visit each venue this year for food & drink (with photo proof) will win the grand prize, including a £300 voucher to spend at The Ruin! 

The challenge originally started with a mural on the wall of The Ruin pub on Floodgate Street, which features an ever-growing list of the nightlife venues in Digbeth. The Ruin’s owner, Rich Hughes, wanted a way to celebrate the diverse number of venues in the area: “There’s such a range of venues in Digbeth, from house and techno clubs to fine dining restaurants and all sorts in between. That’s why we love throwing down this challenge each year because anyone who can get around them all deserves a prize!”. 

Last year’s event was a “winner takes all” challenge, and it took until August for the mammoth task to be completed. However, the second-place challenger was only a week behind, and so this year’s event has shifted to support the runners-up, and ensure that everyone taking part will be rewarded for the effort! 

Digbeth Challenge 2024 Mural by The Ruin on Floodgate StreetDigbeth Challenge 2024 Mural by The Ruin on Floodgate Street
Digbeth Challenge 2024 Mural by The Ruin on Floodgate Street

Get a bespoke headline round-up, as well as breaking updates, when you sign up to BirminghamWorld’s free emails To keep excitement going for the challenge, prize draws will be taking place on certain weekends, where you will be entered to win free drinks, vouchers and more from local businesses, just by taking part! Here’s a few of this year’s prizes: 

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● The Ruin - £600 voucher (split between the top three challengers) 

● The Floodgate - a night out for six 

● The Crossing - any two tickets & two drinks 

● Autobrew - £15 voucher 

● Subside - a drinks hamper 

● Mockingbird Cinema - free tickets & drinks 

● Kilo Ziro - 15% off first round for participants 

● The Night Owl - two drinks and two tickets to any event (excluding brunches) 

To tick off venues on the list, challengers will have to take a photo of themselves eating or drinking at the venue, posting it on Instagram and tagging both the venue & The Ruin. In order to make sure everything is from this year’s challenge, photos will need to be timestamped (this is done automatically on your phone), and each venue must be clearly identifiable. Once you’ve beaten the challenge, submit all your evidence to [email protected] to claim your prize.  Do you think you can take on the Digbeth Challenge this year? Pick up a leaflet from The Ruin and get started! 

The Old Crown, Digbeth, BirminghamThe Old Crown, Digbeth, Birmingham
The Old Crown, Digbeth, Birmingham

Here’s a list of the 45 venues taking part in the Digbeth Challenge 2024

The Ruin - pub

The Engine Room - venue for hire

Pan Pan - bar & shop

Hanbao - restaurant 

Roxy Ballroom - gaming venue

Birdies - bar

Zumhof - bar

Luna Springs - bar

Mama Roux’s - live music and nightclub

The Night Owl - nightclub

The Devil’s Dog - bar

Dead Wax - bar

XOYO - nightclub

The Rainbow - pub

Kilo Ziro - restaurant

The Spotted Dog - pub

The Old Crown - pub

Baked in Brick - restaurant

670 Grams - restaurant

Kanteen - cafe

Rico Libre - restaurant

AutoBrew - bar

Chance & Counters - gaming venue

NQ64 - gaming venue

The Mockingbird - cinema

Sobremesa - cocktail bar

Passing Fancies - cocktail bar

Rmbl - live music

The Crossing - live music

Channel 7 Bar - bar

The Big Bulls Head - pub

The Anchor - pub

The Big B’ham Bake - restaurant

O2 Institute - live music

Subside - bar

Manzils - restaurant

Hennessey’s - bar

Kilder - bar

O.P.M. - restaurant 

Lab 11 - nightclub

Suki10c - nightclub

Norton’s - bar and live music

The Floodgate - competitive gaming

Golf Fang - competitive gaming

Cafe Lovelife - restaurant

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