Up to 8,000 revellers expected at Birmingham's 'Golden Mile'

As many as 8,000 people from across the Midlands are expected to descend on Birmingham’s ‘Golden Mile’ on Saturday as the hospitality sector begins to emerge from lockdown.

 Broad Street in Birmingham on a typical Friday night
Broad Street in Birmingham on a typical Friday night

More than a dozen bars and restaurants are gearing up to reopen on Broad Street and the surrounding area of the city to host customers seeking their first night out in more than three months.

Westside Business Improvement District has called out a team of street wardens to support what will be the largest concentration of entertainment venues opening their doors across the region.

Mike Olley, general manager of Westside BID, explained that many venues would be staggering opening times and others were offering booked tables only.

Mr Olley said: “We’re looking forward to helping to host what for many people will be a chance to get out and meet friends and have a great time in the region’s best entertainment district.

“We’ll be excited to see the reopening of some of our bars and restaurants, and we’re pleased that all venues have implemented various social distancing measures and safety techniques to ensure staff and visitor safety remains a number one priority.

“Estimates of how many people are expected to come out on Westside have ranged from 1,700 to as many as 8,000 – the latter figure being approximately one third of the numbers we see out on an average weekend before Christmas.

“Whatever the final numbers are, as a BID we will be turning out a full team on Saturday that includes our most experienced managers and street wardens.

PRYZM nightclub on Broad Street in Birmingham

“We will be working closely both with venues and our partners at West Midlands Police who have assured us they will have the right number of officers ready to help everyone have a good time in and around Westside.”

Mr Olley added: “Wherever possible, we would advise customers to plan their night out this Saturday more carefully than usual, booking ahead at venues if they can and not arriving or socialising in too big a crowd.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to show how one of the UK’s biggest entertainment districts can offer their guests a top night out while keeping to the latest safety advice, and we’re determined to make it a success.”

Bars on Westside that have confirmed they are reopening include The Alchemist, All Bar One, Be At One, The Brasshouse, The Canal House, Figure of Eight, O’Neill’s, Pitcher & Piano, Slug and Lettuce, The Solomon Cutler and Walkabout, while The Rocket Club will also reopen its bar facilities.

Among the restaurants reopening are Bank, Siamais, Pulperia and the FAB Burrito kiosk, while the Hampton by Hilton, Jury’s Inn and Park Regis, hotels are also opening their doors. The Sea Life Centre is also reopening for daytime visitors.

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