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'The Floodgate 'Dig It' or 'Digbeth It' blog is your one-stop-shop for all things happening in the Custard Factory, Digbeth


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Dec 23, 2021

Well Birmingham what a year? ups, downs, sideways, loop the loops, we have had the lot. We send our love to all our hospitality brothers and sisters In what has been a tricky month for the industry. We are all being told to work from home and not to socialise but the bars (like us) remain open, a recipe for empty bar stools. 

I'm sure we all have mixed emotions as we pre heat the oven for the turkey (or nut roast) and start the draw the curtain on 2021. Hopefully to spend sometime with our nearest and dearest. The amazing science and availabiliy of vaccines + lateral flow tests hopefully mean ...

Dec 17, 2021

When The Floodgate was approached by the BBC a few months ago to be involved in some top secret filming we jumped at the chance.

We always have to remind ourselves how lucky we are to have a venue so photographic that it has been used in everything from Sky News Reports, Music Videos, Dating Shows, Weddings and now Masterchef !! - WOW!

HUGE congratulations to our very own Brummie Dan Lee who did a fantastic job fending of 31 other chefs and some top quality competition to lift the 15th Masterchef trophy. Dan managed to wow Michelin-starred Marcus Wareing, renowned chef Monica Galetti and Maste...

Dec 11, 2021

Whether you you live in the heart of Digbeth, Birmingham, West Midlands, U.K, Europe, the World, Solar System or even the Galaxy (takes a breath) this article is for you.

The Floodgate are super excited to be included on the Visit Birmingham guide, since opening the doors in 2019 we have been a proud independant business providing good times and lasting memories to our customers, or as we call them, Batters, Curlers & PitPat'rs. If you want to sample one of the best experiences in Birmingham, you have landed on the right page.

Visit Birmingham is part of the The West Midlands Growth Company wh...

Dec 08, 2021

The Floodgate, also known as the best cocktail bar in Digbeth is proud to annouce we are now featured on Make it West MIdlands

As The Floodgate continues to grow from strength to strength it is fantastic to be recognised by local organisations for the impact we are having, not only around the Custard Factory but Birmingham also. So if you are looking to create some amazing memories with friends, family or colleagues youve landed on the right page. From Baseball, Curling to PitPat Table Top Golf we have experiences a plenty. Once you have used up your calories hitting home runs, it will be time...

Dec 07, 2021

As the nights draw in around the Custard Factory and the sun goes down that little bit earlier, we are all in search of some bright lights and something warm to drink.

Look no further than our Winter Warmer Festive Cocktail, a festive mix of Chocolate, Baileys & Menthe Verte topped of with cream, chocolate sauce and a classic candy cane. If you are a fan of chomping down on some After Eights this time of year you will love this drink.

So next time you are out in Digbeth over the winter months with family, friends or even work colleagues make sure you call into The Floodgate and warm the cockle...

Nov 30, 2021

Birmingham, first and foremost we hope you are all keeping well in what is becoming another uncertain time for all of us globally.

As a small independant business The Floodgate Team have really felt the brunt of the measures that have been imposed on everyones life over the past 18 months. You can be assured that our priority will always be to keep you safe without imposing on your fun night out in Digbeth. 

If you are looking for some additional information on Covid Omicron we can recommend this BBC article or this UK government update 

Please see below for the new rules inforce from today Tu...

Nov 24, 2021

We were honoured to be selected by 123 REG to be part of their Customer (success) Stories.

The Floodgate has used 123 REG since our incepetion back in 2019 and have to continiously expand our requirements as the business has grown (good problem to have). From more bandwidth, CPU to more RAM we have added it all. 


123 Reg - October 2021 Customer Story;

The Floodgate on keeping ahead of the competition with 123 Reg For some time, Chris Ross had been in search of a gap in the market in the hospitality sector, when the idea for The Floodgate first kicked off. Alongside old friends, he was up for...

Nov 15, 2021

It is indeed that time of year where you may see some bold and brave face furniture rocking the streets of The Custard Factory, Digbeth. With so many options available to adhorn your face you will be spolit for choice. We have provided a handy guide below;

  • The Connoisseur - No whisky can pass this badboy with less than 21 years aging 
  • The Business Man - The only way to increase your chances at selling double glazing
  • The Trucker - Reach for that fog horn in style, HONK HONK
  • The Rock Star - You can't play a sick guitar riff without one of these
  • The Wisp - Perfect for the aspiring butler
  • The Abr...

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Fancy yourself as the next MLB star or even the next Birmingham bobcat? Well, you have come to the right place. With 6 amazing batting cages you will be able to swing for glory.



The Floodgate are thrilled to offer the UK’s first and only PitPat. What is PitPat you may ask? Well, If billiards and mini golf had a baby it would become PitPat.



Welcome to the one and only indoor & outdoor Curling lanes in Birmingham. The UV lights, rainbow slinkys, and pumping music await you



We have a large number of indoor/outdoor seating & tables throughout the venue. These seats can be used for gamers, spectators, drinkers, diners, and everything in between. They are on a first come first serve basis. Please contact us if you require a table booking (large groups only).

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