Missing Bar is a jewel in Birmingham’s gay quarter and it’s also the first bar you’ll come to when entering the Birmingham Pride site’s main entrance this weekend. They have a ton of glitz and glamour lined up too – here, owner David Dindol explains all.
Hi David, how has 2019 been for Missing Bar so far?
2019 has been great so far! In March we closed for a much anticipated, major refurbishment, with an extensive redecoration throughout, including brand new bar, brand new upgraded sound system and a ton of new lighting. It seems customers new and old are loving their new Missing Bar!
Birmingham Pride returns this weekend – why is celebrating Pride still important in this day and age?
We are still unfortunately searching for equality. Sometimes it seems the world is going backwards, especially what we’ve all been seeing in the news recently, so we think that LGBT+ people need somewhere they can feel safe and be themselves.
What do you have planned at the bar over the two days?
Over the Pride weekend we’ve decided to extend out into the street with two outside bars and the Missing Cabaret Stage! DJs, promoters, The Shirtless Shot Boys and top shelf entertainment.
What is the Missing Bar Cabaret Stage? Is it directly outside the bar? And who is on the line up?
We’ve got a marquee going up right next to Missing for the weekend, which will be set up specifically for an intimate cabaret show, but with the front open up so you’ll be able to see us across the street.
Which acts do you love having return to Missing Bar and why?
We pretty much love having all our acts return, but having Lady Diamond come back in the winter every year is always a treasure.
And which acts are making their debut at Missing this weekend?
Debuting at Missing this year is Dahliah Rivers and Jenna DaVinci, absolutely fabulous talents that are both local to Birmingham and have certainly made their mark not only with us but across the Midlands this year, so we want to show them off!
What should readers know about Missing this Pride weekend? entry prices, opening times, DJ times etc.
Well we’re the first bar you see on the main entrance to the Birmingham Pride site, and we’re free entry 365 days of the year, so once you have your Pride ticket you wont need to pay any more for access to us! We’re open from midday right through until 6am on the Saturday, and midday until 5am on the Sunday. We have DJs from midday until closing time both nights too with Mike Emery, Amy LaQueefa, Wanda Why and Miss M covering the decks.
What is your favourite part of the Pride weekend and why?
Obviously watching everyone enjoying themselves and having a good old party! Also the Tuesday after catching up on sleep is definitely a highlight because it’s a pretty full on weekend.
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