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Inside City Social with cocktails on draft, winter Pimms and roastie toasties

City Social is back in Birmingham.

The popular annual independent market which transforms the Suffolk St Queensway underpass into the ultimate Christmas hangout opened today (November 25).

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It features an array of festive food and drink options including roast dinner in a sandwich as well as cocktails on draft courtesy of the new City Social bar.

The market runs from Wednesdays to Sundays until Saturday, December 18.

Brummies can once again enjoy Christmas dinner toasties from City Social regulars Roastie Toastie as well as mulled gin, hot Pimms and award-winning ABK Bavarian beers – which should be a tempting boozy alternative to the German marke t.

New stalls for 2021 include a cocktail bar serving Espresso Martini and Pink Martinis on draft.

The Guinness and draft cocktail bar at City Social

This year acclaimed Edgbaston restaurant Laghi’s Deli also has a stall at the market serving pasta and donuts.

Other vendors include Shenaniganz serving fried chicken wings and pizza vendors The Dough Show. At the weekend, the City Social stage will be host to DJs and live music.

Unlike in previous years, there is only one retail stall – selling Christmas trees and gifts. The stall opens on Saturday.

City Social first launched in 2017 establishing itself as a little haven from the hustle and bustle of the German Market.

Mr Roastie Toastie Matt Elson at City Social
Mr Roastie Toastie Matt Elson at City Social

Emma Jones from AllinAll Hospitality Events said: ” We found that most visitors were mainly interested in the eating and drinking options. And shopping wise, they just want to pick up things to help them to get ready for the festive season.

“So this year we decided to have one retail stall and give people more choice on fabulous food and drink.

“And we’re really excited about the music we have on offer this year. There is a lot of seating space but on weekend nights there will be room for a dancefloor so people can really let their hair down”

BrumWish 2021 aims to get thousands of Christmas gifts to young children in need across our city – the homeless, the vulnerable, kids in care and kids who have little.

This year’s appeal is bigger and better than ever – because we have teamed up with our partners at #Toys4Birmingham, including Thrive Together Birmingham, the Birmingham Playcare Network, the Edgbaston Foundation and Birmingham Forward Steps.

Also involved are Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Barnardo’s, Spurgeon’s children’s charity, the Springfield project in Sparkhill, St Paul’s Community Development Trust and Your Local Pantry, which runs food hubs in 12 locations across Birmingham and the Black Country.

You can buy a gift from the #Brumwish Amazon Wishlist here.

Or you can collect and drop off donations of new and nearly new toys and gifts to special donation days at Edgbaston Stadium, B5 7QU, on Saturday November 27, Friday December 3 and Saturday December 4, from 11am to 3pm, where volunteers will be waiting to see you.

Brand new or nearly new, unwrapped gifts, books and toys for all ages will be accepted.

You can also donate cash, which will go into a fund held by a charity partner to use to plug gaps or buy specialist toys for children with additional needs. This is the link to make a donation.

Bands scheduled to pay over the next three weeks include Under the Covers, House Jammer and Soul’d Out.

City Social joins other city centre festive offerings including the Birmingham German market and Christmas in Cathedral Square market.

The market will be open Wednesday to Sunday instead of seven days a week as in previous years.

Laghi's Deli owner Luca Laghi at his Laghis Deli stall at city chef with his restaurant head chef - also called Luca
Laghi’s Deli owner Luca Laghi at his Laghis Deli stall at city chef with his restaurant head chef – also called Luca

It open 12 pm to 9pm on Friday and Saturdays and 12pm to 7pmn on Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday.

It is also running for just over three weeks instead of the usual five-week celebrations.

The West Midlands is opening up – get the latest on pubs, restaurants and attractions in our What’s On newsletter.

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