As lockdown is coming to an end, Brummies are keen to get back to the local nightlife.
In the lead up to the big day of July 4, the bars in the city’s famous Gay Village prepare to welcome the community back.
Some of the venues have already started taking bookings – so here’s how to get your seat for the big opening.
Eden Bar in Sherlock Street was the first Gay Village venue to confirm it will be reopening on July 4.
It will require advanced table bookings for a 2-hour time slot and drinks will need to be ordered on an app. There will be a 30 minute gap between bookings for cleaning.
Customers will be required to enter and exit the bar with the one way system. To book a table, visit Eden Bar on Facebook.
The Village Inn will open their doors from 1pm until late on July 4 and July 5.
The advice is to get there earlier than usual as seating will be limited. The bar will be cleaned constantly and hand sanitiser will be placed around the venue.
Drinks will not be available to order at the bar, they must be ordered for table service. Staff will be required to wear PPE and guests are required to provide their contact information on arrival.
Loft, Bromsgrove Street, is also taking table bookings for a maximum of six people ahead of reopening.
The bar and kitchen has been running a contactless food delivery service through the lockdown via Deliveroo.
Other bars in Gay Village have also announced their return on July 4 on Facebook including Missing and The Fox although they have not posted any rules on pre-booking or ordering.
It did post a statement about safety concerns upon reopening which said: “As pub/bar companies rush to finalise plans before reopening, please remember that not a single member of staff is suddenly an expert in disease control, politics or even the policies of their own bar/pub.
“So, when 20 of you show up to finally go out on the lash after three months of lockdown, it’s not the minimum wage barmaid’s decision to tell you no but she HAS to anyway.
“When six of you try to book a meal because you’ve not seen your grandkids for three months, it’s not the managers fault group sizes are limited so don’t ask to see them or tell them they’re wrong.
“BoJo is relying on the commonsense of the British people (don’t get me started) so, PLEASE remember that when pubs/bars aren’t exactly how you remember them, or hoped they would be, we’ve all been in lockdown too.
“No, we can’t just move some tables together. No, we can’t just turn a blind eye (you know, just this once) and no, a bad TripAdvisor review won’t help.
“Things will get back to normal, just not straight away. Please be patient with us. And show some common sense.”
Other well known bars such as the Nightingale Club and the Village Inn are yet to announce whether they plan to reopen on July 4.