The Flapper Set to Reopen

When news that the iconic pub and music venue The Flapper was due to be demolished to make way for housing there was a pouring of outrage across Brum. The Flapper had been such a big part of peoples lives that the loss of it was felt personally by many, but now the news has…

All Things 0121!

It’s 2021 and I’m sure we’d all like to leave 2020 as far behind as possible. With this January having the fortune of being 01/21 I thought I’d use this month to celebrate all that is 0121! Here at Lockthelocks we’ve been Championing Brum since before the blog existed. It was born out of frustration…

Indepubdence Day

Pubs will be able to open again this weekend, but they will look a whole lot different to how they looked before, it won’t be the mad joyous piss up I think many people are envisaging and many pubs have also made the decision not to re-open just yet in the interest of keeping customers…

Pubs to Reopen on 4th July

So it came, the news we’ve all been waiting for, the return of the Pub! It’s unprecedented times, I’m sure pubs weren’t even ordered to shut during the war so it’s a first for the industry and the industry has suffered as a result. The news was met with joyous scenes in gardens across the…

Lockdown Beer Delivery! Beer52.com

So I’ve been twiddling my thumbs so much the past few weeks, my creative outlets of writing and cutting hair have been taken away so I’ve literally sat playing Xbox and drinking beer and had no muse for a while. I’d been thinking about writing something but didn’t get the urge to review a bottle…

The Distillery

After popping over to Tividale the one Friday to help sort out my long time client Jamie, I got dropped into town and began to walk down Broad Street. The many bars here haven’t really tickled my fancy for a good few years now, so as you can imagine I couldn’t wait to get off…

The Patrick Kavanagh

After a great boozy Saturday night knocking about around Digbeth at Digbeth Dining Club, The Floodgate and Dead wax, I wasn’t thinking too far ahead towards more beer. After a McDonald’s breakfast and a good nap though I remembered my beloved United were on TV against Everton. So I decided to head down into Moseley…

The Craven Arms

After a long week and a bit of bad news for myself, 3:30 pm on the Saturday couldn’t come quick enough. As I packed my tools away after a busy day I could already taste the first pint of my weekend and it couldn’t come quick enough. The Gore had mentioned to me about a…

The Head Of Steam

So after last weeks tragic trip to the bar we shalt not name, I decided to try again. This time it was for Temple Street and The Head Of Steam. Temple street has had somewhat of a facelift over the past few years and now boasting Flight Club, Las Iguanas and The Head Of Steam,…

The Yardley Arms.

So on a tragic afternoon I woke up with a crazy hangover and needed a cure. Knowing Manchester United were on TV and even though Oles wheels had been falling off I decided to put myself through the torture and headed just down the road to my local The Yardley Arms aka The Millhouse. I…

The Giffard Arms Wolverhampton

The Gifford Arms Wolverhampton So after a weekend celebrating Lockthelocks head honcho James Gaughran’s birthday I started a week off work, by booking in to go and cut a few heads and catch up with the guys at Everyday Loans in Wolverhampton. Always a good laugh and I knew there was a few boozers for…

Flight Club Darts Bar.

Flight club. So I wasn’t quite sure how to go about this one, I’ve been hearing a good bit of hype surrounding this place now, from the online shares the excitement in write ups for the Birmingham mail the people talking about it in the barbershop. This place was one I was excited for. Having…

The Billy Wright

So situated on this here corner just up from the train station in Wolverhampton is the Billy Wright. The first player to get 100 international caps and spent his whole career at Wolverhampton Wanderers. So a nice touch naming the pub after him in the centre. Walking into the the corner door entrance I’m immediately…

The Railway (City Centre)

The Railway. The railway is situated just underneath the Genting casino on the road at the side of Grand Central Station. Located near former FSBM features, The Stable and Brewdog, you’d expect a quirky little bar, but the railway is far from that. A generic pub, smack bang in the midst of the rush of…

The Lord Clifden

The Lord Clifden. So this one was pretty cool. I got to catch up with my mate Sean and link it with having a beer with one of the boys from work too, me and Matt had been banging on about going to the clifden for a while so decided to pop down on a…

The Shakespeare, Summer Row, Birmingham.

The Shakespeare. Recently I was lucky enough to start working back in Birmingham with the award winning Barberology so alot of people will now be expecting some more local boozers to review. So after one Thursday late night on my stroll into town I stopped off at the Shakespeare, Summer Row. A simple pub, very…

70 Pubs a Month Close on Average

It’s Monday and we’ve got a special Flip Some Beer Mats lined up for later but until then I thought I’d first look at an alarming statistic. In Britain our identity is being stripped away and the heart of our communities has been under attack for some time now as its reputation has been tarnished…

The Jewellers Arms. Jewellery Quarter

So after spending a few weeks training with the team at Barberology I decided to get myself into a pub around the famous Jewellery Quarter and see what the locals had to offer. With many to choose from I went for the Jewellers Arms (As recommended by the good pub guide.) As you enter the…

The Garrison, Waterfront Brierley Hill

A blazing hot Wednesday during the recent heat wave and I’m back out on the hunt again. Having heard about a new Peaky blinders inspired bar at Dudley waterfront I thought to myself I may aswell head on down. After awkwardly navigating to the bar which is set in a unit below offices at the…

The Anchor (Digbeth)

Joseph Hardiman Sunday evenings are a rarity for me these days heading off into Birmingham, but this Sunday the Bearded Brummies we’re getting together to talk all things charity based in the clubs favourite little spot, The Anchor in Digbeth. Situated just at the back of Digbeth coach station, you would think it would be…

Flip Some Beer Mats – Yates (Solihull)

Joseph Hardiman Reliving my youth again on this review and I’ve taken a stroll around Solihull to the old Lloyd’s bar, now a Yates’s. Nothing really seems to have changed in here, the same layout as to 10 years ago, sky sports cheap food and beer you’d expect a bit more from a huge building…

The Shrewsbury Arms (Dudley)

Joseph Hardiman A few years back when I was training to be a barber, I worked doing reactive maintenance for a roofing firm. We travelled the country fixing leaks in pubs,(shame I didn’t write this blog then) and one day it led me here. So as I was waiting around in Dudley for my friend…

The Champion (Notting Hill)

Joseph Hardiman So a week or so back now I headed down to London with the bearded brummies to sort a few beards put to get ready for some TV work. Obviously boys being boys we were always going to sample the local pubs. I couldn’t really remember the pubs we went to in Walthamstow…

The Stable – Birmingham

Joseph Hardiman So it’s a Sunday and I’m in the city centre, I’m taking a stroll out of new street station and remember my brother mentioning he had played a DJ set at a cool bar when it first opened so I thought I would check it out. Get myself into the bar be it…