Dawn of the new Snobs

Birmingham’s oldest nightclub reopened last Wednesday in a new location, but has it been reborn or lost forever?


When it was revealed that Snobs would be moving, many Brummies were left heart broken.

Despite first impressions of Birmingham’s oldest night club being far from positive, given the somewhat dilapidated exterior, the scaffolding and the sticky floors, Snobs nonetheless always held a certain charm.

Considerably less amateur pole dancing outside now unfortunately

Considerably less amateur pole dancing outside now unfortunately

Scepticism was rife about the new nightclub- would it ever be able to live up to the original ramshackle as it was?

Snobs veterans were even more alarmed on hearing that it is set to be the new host of Vodbull on Thursdays, fearing that this marked the transition phase of Birmingham’s favourite alternative night out into a run of the mill club that would be better placed on Broad Street.

DJ and promoter, David Southam, promised that patrons need not fear, as every effort would be made to maintain the original and much loved Snobs atmosphere, and it seems he was right.

Although the new Snobs in Smallbrook Queensway is much bigger and the floors considerably less sticky (for now), it still retains some of its original features, most importantly the face wall and the sunken dance floor.

You'll still see the same old faces

You’ll still see the same old faces

The music is the same. You’d still be challenged to avoid hearing The Smiths, so rest assured there is no threat to the legendary Big Wednesdays.

A sneak preview of the new nightclub hinted at a Doctor Who inspired theme but those without an ear to the ground would probably never have guessed and those who considered dressing as Daleks for the opening night would have been bitterly disappointed as there wasn’t the faintest whiff of the Doctor really.

Okay, so no tardis but there is an enormous disco ball in the upstairs room

Okay, so no tardis but there is an enormous disco ball in the upstairs room

The new venue is much bigger than Paradise Circus was, which effectively means that finding a friend via one sweep of the two rooms is regrettably a thing of the past.

If they’re gone now, they’re probably gone until closing.

Overall my impressions of this new, flashy Snobs left me with little doubt that it had made the right decision to move. My reservations quickly dashed, once I had headed onto the dance floor.

It’s definitely managed to retain the same time-old features and the beloved atmosphere, only it nows comes alongside an excellent new club to rival the best of those on Broad Street.

 

The sunken dance floor lives on!

The sunken dance floor lives on!

All-in-all I came out of the new venue feeling pretty happy, knowing full well that my Big Wednesdays would be the same, if not better, than last year.