The undoubted capital of the West Midlands (not to be confused with its namesake in Alabama) and probably the Midlands of England as a whole, Birmingham take part in New Years Eve in great style, with a huge range of parties and festivities from small bars to large restaurants and the massive public party with midnight countdown and fireworks display in Centenary Square.
I've spent quite a bit of time in Birmingham over the years thanks to having family in the area and have alweays been impressed by the range of nightlife in the city centre in particular, and you always seem to be assured of a firnedly welcome from the locals so I can only imagine it would be a great place to see in the new year - will definitely have to get there one time!
The big New Years event in Birmingham is without doubt the midnight firework display in Centenary Square right in the heart of the city, which attracts families and party-goers alike to the city centre to take part in the countdown and enjoy the spectacle together - this is set to return for NYE 2017, so you just need to hope for good weather! This show has been confirmed by the local council as returning again for new year 2017, set to start a few minutes before midnight.
The Centenary Square party includes a big wheel, ice rink and of course the fireworks at midnight. There are plenty of bars in the area, many offering decent fireworks views, so you sbouldn't have too many problems getting a drink and watching the show.
In the wider city area, Birmingham has a pretty wide range of nightclubs these days, and with bars with late licenses competing for business there really is a huge range of options to choose from. Top NYE parties for 2016-2017 include Bar Risa, Bliss Clubrooms and Flares Nightclub
Similar for restaurants, this really is a cosmopolitan city so you'll be able to find a meal out whatever your preference, although on a personal note I have to recommend the local curries as some of the best in the country, especially at the well known Asha's Contemporary Indian on Newhall Street and Spicemenu, which offers fusion Asian cuisine. For all the top Birmingham restaurants, with online booking and customer reviews click here.
Away from the main events, families in the area tend to spend the evening in their local bars, which avoids the trouble and expense of commuting to the city centre, which is more the preserve of the younger crowd at this time of year so nearby towns such as Halesowen, Solihull, Dudley, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton are all worth a look if they're easier for you to get to.
Places to watch live online, including a live stream from the Bullring:
Birmingham boasts a remarkable range of accommodation, from humble guest houses and serviced apartments to family run bed and breakfasts right up to major international chains and 4 and 5 star luxury establishments. Booking early is recommended. Check availability and book local hotels here.
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