Goodbye to The Rainbow pub, courtyard & cellar - The Rainbow Venues


Goodbye to The Rainbow pub, courtyard & cellar

The Rainbow pub is the birthplace of The Rainbow’s legacy and is due to close on the last weekend of May 2017.

The Victorian pub, featuring a courtyard and cellar space,  is a well established part of the Digbeth night-time scene, hosting an eclectic selection of music acts and spawning the hugely successful The Rainbow Venues.

The pub was taken over by Rainbow Venues owner Lee McDonald 13 years ago. Before that it was run by Joe Ward and former Pop Will Eat Itself drummer Fuzz Townshend.

From hosting parties for 200 people, The Rainbow has grown into a multi-venue music tourist hotspot, with 11 venues.

Lee said:

I have realised after celebrating 13 years of The Rainbow Venues with Chapter Festival, The Rainbow brand really has moved on and I want to concentrate all of my efforts on the growing Lower Trinity Street and really focus on developing The Rainbow Arena, The Rainbow Warehouse, Blackbox, Roof Garden and of course Spotlight, Mama Roux.

The pub, which for many years was a incredibly popular clubbing haunt in Digbeth, boasts raw brickwork, vintage furnishings and stained glass windows.

It is due to close on the last weekend of May, with a weekend of parties that will involve key Birmingham brands.

The lease for the premises is for sale. However, it will no longer be called ‘The Rainbow’ if a new landlord takes on the lease.

The Rainbow Pub, Courtyard and Cellar have hosted a huge number of brands over the last 13 years, including Below, FACE, Bigger Than Barry, Chicks Dig Jerks, Bam Bam, Naked Lunch, Gutter Skank, 7inch Cinema, Secret Walls and more

La Roux; Ocean Colour Scene; Joss Stone; Solange; Peace; Swim Deep; Bastille; Example; Mr Hudson; Tinie Tempah; Gabrielle Aplin are only a few of the huge names who have played on the premises.

If you are interested in leasing the pub, get in touch with Lee McDonald at




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