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Equator Bar is one of Birmingham's most popular gay bars. Here you can relax in stylish and simplistic surroundings while enjoying good bar food and a super array of drinks.

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Opening Hours
Sun-Thu 12:00-23:00
Fri-Sat 12:00-02.00

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Equator Bar reviews

By Martin S.

Being a straight male i did have some reservations about going to equator but i was pleasantly suprised how nice this bar is and how friendly the crowds are. I have since come back here many times and always have a good time.

By Marcia D.

How can I top all those reviews? Well I'll try, as a newcomer to Birmingham I found Equator and the folks all made me so welcome, that I now feel totally at home. No trouble, nice surroundings, great pleasant service and the "Meet and Greet" is beyond compare. Thanks Debbie, Tex, Josh, from being a lonely stranger you all make me so glad to be here

By Keith P.

I have been a customer for just as long as Debbie has been a landlady :) I find this venue to be a rather friendly place to come and unwind after a hard day at the office and I am always made to feel welcome not just by Debbie but everyone that works there as well as the loyal customers that pop in to pass the time of day xI had my 40th Birthday party in Equator at the end of 2011 and a good time was had by all my friends that came and the food was superb. Thanks Debbie for all your support and look forward to Equators Birthday in April.KP xxx

By Scott W.

I came across equator bar almost 10 years ago, I was a little lost didn't really know a lot of people in Birmingham, because of this wonderful bar I have met some of the best friends I have ever met. The bar is always welcoming, pleasant and warm, the people there have helped other community members with problems and shared everything with all. I don't know what I would have done sometimes if it hadn't been for that bar, I have to give it to Debbie Pardoe you are some peoples life line and such a caring sharing woman you should be proud of the bar you created

By Debbie P.

WOW thankyou for your revue.We are so pleased that you enjoy being there as much as we do!!!!It really is a pleasure working and being around nice people,it makes going to work enjoyable!Thankyou x

By C C.

Equator quite clearly is a place to be visited when you’re on Hurst Street. It’s stylish, always carries a friendly, cool , relaxed and fun vibe rolled into one. If you want a place where you can chat to others (friends or strangers!) or just sit and enjoy your own company then get yourself here! The food is second to none, the beer is excellent, they serve fine reds and on top you get excellent service from the staff in a clean and stylish environment. Whether you go to an organised party, to dance to the DJ’s tunes on a weekend or for a chilled afternoon beer / coffee, you’re pretty much guaranteed that if you pop into Equator for one… you’ll be staying for another! And then you’ll be back again…..

By Dan S.

I love Equator Bar we always start our evening here and will pop in during the day at the weekends for a nice breakfast and a catch up! We are having our engagement party here next week and are really looking forward to this as we know that they will make it an unmistakeable evening!!

By Debbie P.

Thankyou "D" for your wonderful comments!I really do love my job and take great pride in making sure the bar is always at its best.We have a fantastic fan base and would not change anything we do,even it was to mean we were busier!!!I think we have the ambiance just right.....I really appreciate your time in posting this.THANKYOUDebbie x

By Debbie P.

Thankyou so much Richard for taking the time to write a revue for us!!It really is GREAT to hear such positive comments on here about what we do at Equator.We really do appreciate our customers and perhaps it is one of the reasons people do keep coming back.........THANKYOU Debbie

By Debbie P.

Thankyou for your comments!!!We really love what we do and strive to make everyones visit to Equator an enjoyable one!!!THANKYOU AGAINDebbie

By Paul M.

Lovely bar with a great atmosphere, perfect for a laid-back catch-up with friends. Always looks stunning too. Had a brilliant birthday party in there last year. It was a perfect venue... great staff, music and food. Recommended.


I have been A custmer here for many many years and have ever once been let down by staff, service, Atmosphere or food. Unlike many bars N hurst street whos management and Atmosphere change every year, the team here have been amzing and constant for years. Very often pop down on my lunch for an all day breakfast or fish finger Sandwhich but Whatever ive ordered has always been perfect. Also A great place to pop after Work with mates , both straight and gay. Totally attitude and judgement free. Hope Equator is here for many years to come richard

By Daniel W.

Whenever entertaining friends in Birmingham Equator bar is top of the list for a visit. A warm venue in respect of great staff, quality service, gorgeous interior & a landlady that understands and cares for the needs of her customers. With those atributes firmly in place noone can dispute its popularity and place in Birminghams nightlife. D

By Debbie P.

Thankyou for your comments!!!!I will pass these on to dad ~ Tex too!!!We truly believe that we have the best customers any bar could wish for so it is always a pleasure spending time with you guys!!Debbie xx

By Debbie P.

Thankyou David!!!! Your comments are very kind.We really do try hard to keep Equator welcoming to everyone and strive to make it as enjoyable as possible ..........Debbie x

By Debbie P.

Thankyou David!!!! Your comments are very kind.We really do try hard to keep Equator welcoming to everyone and strive to make it as enjoyable as possible ..........Debbie x

By David E.

Excellent atmosphere and always a warm welcome by Debbie Pardoe and her staff, nothing is too much trouble. This is a bar where I feel comfortable being on my own, and love taking my friends, straight/ gay as they feel that Debbie, all the staff and all regulars make them feel at home and ensure they are treated with respect and have an enjoyable time. The bar is clean, has tasteful , stylish and classic decor, is hassle free, serves freshly made food and although music is playing its not intrusive, you can always have a conversation without having to yell at each other. Speaking from experience it's a brilliant place for a party/ meeting or gathering, Debbie and her team will sort your every need. Have had a few personal birthday do's and had a stunning Theatre School reunion in Equator last year. Special mention to Tex who greets everyone with such warmth. This bar is attitude free! David

By Andrew F.

i have been to Equator Bar many times with my partner and have always been made to feel welcome the Debbie and her bar staff always make you feel very welcome and nothing is too much trouble for them the always have time for a chat and now after refurbishing the bar its very plush and comfortable and chic at the same time. and how can i right a review about this bar with out mentioning the lovely Tex who is always there to greet people and enjoys chatting with everyone a real ambassador for the bar

By Debbie P.

Thankyou Andy!!!!We very much love what we do and where we are!!What makes us stand out is partly down to the customers that we have who like you say make everyone feel welcome.You may enter not knowing anyone but leave like you have known everyone for years.......We greatly appreciate your comments and say hi next time you are visiting so i can put a face to your kind words xx

By Andy M.

I have been visiting Equator Bar for many many years now, I can honestly say when i go back to visit Birmingham I always pop in as you always get a good pint and fantastic food in this attitude free environment. The staff are so friendly and always smiling and the place has a fantastic captain at the helm. The toilets are immaculate. The customers are so relaxed and friendly that you can go in on your own and leave having made many new friends.This place is most certainly the Jewel in the crown of Hurst Street and well worth a visit as it puts many bars in the CITY let alone the area to shame.Highly recommended. A & V

By Debbie P.

Thankyou very much for your comments Colin. We work very hard to keep our customers coming back,even after 9 years!I am very pleased that you feel" at home"because that is exactly how we want you to feel.... Say hi next time you visit~ be good to put a face to your review. Debbie x

By Colin S.

Well, of all the 'gay' bars / pubs / clubs in Birminghams so called gay 'village' the Equator comes out tops every time as far as I am concerned. The staff are the friendliest and most helpful you could wish for. The food is excellent and freshly prepared to order. Range of drinks is comprehensive enough for all but the most demanding of people. What I love most about it is its overall atmosphere. there are few places where one feels instantly comfortable and 'at home' - this is one of them ! ! A huge thankyou to all at Equator for making me feel so welcome EVERY time I visit. Keep up the good work guys ( and gals )

By Karen E.

I have been visiting Equator Bar for years now, they are by far the Best Bar on the gay scene. Their staff are always helpful and happy to please. If your in need of a good breakfast on a Saturday pop into Equator after 12 noon - their breakfast is by far the best tummy filler I have ever had and the rest of the menu is excellent. Another good thing to report here is that the toilets are always clean, smelling fresh and well stocked with loo roll ! Well Done Equator Team... keep up the Good Work !!

By G.

With its slightly 70s throwback feel Equator is so cool it's hot.

The Venue
Equator is a medium sized, modern style gay bar which is all metals, beiges, off-whites and colourful swooshes. The walls are a white canvas, apart from sections covered in grey and lime green funkily patterned wallpaper.

Four glossy, dark leather settees are dotted with lime green cushions which face low tables. Sink into these and it's likely you'll be there for the day. Further into the room a very high-backed banquette sits opposite the small bar, which is on the right and has beige and brown panels on the wall behind it, as well as small coloured spotlights shining down from overhead.

There are small cocktail tables and bucket armchairs with stub metal legs, as well as exposed tubing in the high dark ceiling and modern art on the walls alongside illuminated panels and lamps.

The People
A fairly smart set comes here to sip cocktails and catch up. It’s more of a laidback bunch so if you want loud house music and flashing lights there are plenty of other places to go. Equator is more a place to spend a few hours over lunch, drink a few beers and plan your night ahead, or talk about the one before. It also has good deals so although you're drinking in style you don't feel like you're paying for it.

The Food and Drink
You’ve got Carling, Guinness, Strongbow, Beck’s, Stella, Staropramen and Boddington’s (which costs £2.50 a pint till 7pm in the week) all on draught. In bottles you’ve got Peroni, Magner’s, Budweiser, Beck’s and Corona. A bottle of house wine is a tenner and on the food menu there are baguettes, jacket potatoes, breakfasts and paninis. And giant Yorkshire puddings filled with bangers and gravy for £4.50.

The Last Word
Equator is modestly modern with retro touches and has a chilled atmosphere that's perfect for a lazy Sunday.