From UB40`s first ever gig in 1979 – commemorated recently with a PRS Music Heritage award and plaque – to establishing itself as one of the top small music venues in Birmingham, the Hare & Hounds has played a crucial part in nurturing the city’s vibrant music and creative community over the past three decades.

The Hare & Hounds, situated in the South Birmingham suburb of Kings Heath, is a Grade II listed building which dates back to 1907 in its present form. The listing is aimed at protecting some original interior features, especially the Art Nouveau tiles that line the walls of the York Road entrance and stairs. It replaces the original public house that was built by Aaron Payton between 1820 and 1824 and at one point served as a base for Worcestershire Rural Police. The pub and venue underwent a significant restoration to preserve its original features, reopening in 2006.

Two upstairs venue spaces(150/250 cap) feature regular live music nights spanning jazz, indie, funk, reggae, hip hop, soul, pop, house, D&B, comedy, burlesque, workshops for craft and music, spoken word, cabaret and vintage fairs amongst other events.

Opening times (may vary) -

Mon – Wed: 12:00 - 00:00
Thu: 12:00 - 01:00
Fri – Sat: 12:00 - 03:00
Sun: 12:00 - 00:00

Artists to graced the stages in recent years include:

  • Kate Nash
  • Marlena Shaw
  • Basement Jaxx
  • Breakestra & Chali (Jurassic 5)
  • Roy Ayers
  • Mr Scruff
  • Daddy G (Massive Attack)
  • Frank Skinner
  • Ed Sheeran
  • The Temper Trap
  • Jamie Woon
  • GZA (Wu Tang Clan)
  • Pulled Apart By Horses
  • Joyce Sims
  • I Blame Coco
  • Beth Jean Houghton
  • The Twilight Sad
  • Alice Gold
  • Ellie Goulding
  • These New Puritans
  • Wild Beasts
  • Band of Skulls
  • Beardyman
  • Johnny Foreigner
  • LTJ Bukem
  • Craig Charles
  • Casio Kids
  • The Features
  • First Aid Kit
  • Darwin Deez

Local promoters who present at the Hare & Hounds include Leftfoot, Birmingham Promoters, World Unlimited, Friendly Fire, Capsule (Supersonic Festival), The Lunar Society (Moseley Folk Festival), Jibbering (Shambala Festival), Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul (Festival) and many more…

Visit the front page for more information future events & Hare and Hounds news, or why not check out our sister venue The Bulls Head in Moseley.