Birmingham’s iconic The Rainbow Pub, Courtyard and Cellar announces it’s closure

Birmingham’s notorious The Rainbow Pub, Courtyard and Cellar have announced its closing and the lease is now available to a new landlord. Lee McDonald, founder of The Rainbow Venues, is inviting someone to take on the building and give it a new identity. The last weekend of the pub as The Rainbow pub will be May 28th – they’re having a celebratory weekend with Birmingham’s biggest brands taking over.

The pub is also home to the Courtyard and Cellar and is where The Rainbow Venues began 13 years ago. What started off as a small Victorian boozer, hosting parties for 200 people, has grown into a multi-venue music tourist hotspot, with 11 venues (including an arena) and producing over 5 festivals a year.

A statement has been released from Lee McDonald, founder of The Rainbow Venues:

I have realised after celebrating 13 years of The Rainbow Venues with Chapter Festival (took place April 15th), 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. There’s even a new project in Unit 5 where we introduce Cafe Collette.

The Rainbow Pub, Courtyard, Cellar was my university, my course, my education. It became a way of life that I lived, breathed and worshipped every inch of. It’s time to give somebody else the opportunity that I was given 13 years ago from Joe Ward and Fuzz Townsend.

I want somebody to take on the building and give it a new identity, a new lease of life, a new beginning. I want to see enthusiasm and the same level of commitment and love it has had through the years from me and my team. It’s time to take it to the next chapter.

All interested parties please contact lee@therainbowvenues.co.uk


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