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Biggest Birmingham Bar Trends 2024


A First Step Into Web3 For Hospitality


Want To Buy A Beer With Crypto?

Feb 08, 2024

Focus on experience: Bars are increasingly moving away from simply being places to drink and towards offering unique and immersive experiences. This could include anything from themed bars and pop-ups to live music and entertainment. Locally-sourced ingredients: Birmingham is home to a thriving food and drink scene, and bars are starting to reflect this by using locally-sourced ingredients in their cocktails and food menus. This not only supports local businesses but also gives customers a taste of the city. Non-alcoholic options: The demand for non-alcoholic drinks is on the rise, and bars are responding by offering a wider selection of mocktails and other alcohol-free options. This caters to people who are cutting back on alcohol or who simply prefer non-alcoholic alternatives. Outdoor spaces: With the increasing popularity of outdoor dining and drinking, bars are making the most of their outdoor spaces by creating inviting and comfortable areas for customers to enjoy. This is especially important in the summer months. Sustainability: Bars are becoming more aware of their environmental impact and are taking steps to be more sustainable. This could include things like using recycled materials, reducing waste, and sourcing energy from renewable sources.

Feb 02, 2024

In 2022 we took the initial step of registering our Web3 domain, TheFloodgate.eth to be exact. This was more of a first step on a long road. At The Floodgate we fully embrace new technology even if some use cases are 2-5 years away. We publish alot of content on Web2 that (in its current format) gives us limited control over our data, from ISP's to social media platforms ownership and control is quickly removed from the original owner. We wanted to share our thoughts on the pros and cons of Web3 as it stands in 2024 and document our progress in the years to come. Using a Web3 .eth website comes with several potential benefits over traditional .com websites, but it's important to weigh both sides before diving in. Here's a breakdown of the pros and cons:

Feb 02, 2024

At The Floodgate we are always trying to bring you the latest technology to enjoy your time with us and interact with our offerings. Thats why we have brought you smart QR ordering for food and drink, reloadable contactless gaming cards etc. With the dawn of a new financial era upon us we are now looking to the future and one thing that we are focused on is Cryptocurrency, more specifically stable coins. Now using crypto to buy food or drink is not new, you will recall on the 22nd May 2010 Laszlo Hanyecz paid Jeremy Sturdivant 10,000 bitcoins (BTC) for two Papa John's pizzas which were delivered to Hanyecz's home. This exchange is widely celebrated because it is viewed as the first use of bitcoin in a commercial transaction with bitcoin as the medium of exchange. So is it now time to go main stream?

Jan 29, 2024

February in Birmingham offers a vibrant mix of cultural events, delicious eats, and unique experiences. Here are some ideas to spark your planning: Festive Celebrations: Lunar New Year: The Chinese Quarter comes alive on February 11th with traditional lion dances, vibrant decorations, and delectable street food. (Image of Lunar New Year celebrations in Birmingham) Valentine's Day: Treat your loved one to a romantic getaway at Hoar Cross Hall, complete with a "phone detox" experience for a truly intimate connection. (Image of Hoar Cross Hall in Birmingham)

Jan 29, 2024

If you are looking for something unique to do on the 14th of February with that someone special then your cupids arrow has landed on the right page. Why not treat the special person in your life to a good old game of baseball? It could just be the best night out in Birmingham. Digbeth is your ticket to some edgy fun. While baseball games don't directly relate to the traditional aspects of Valentine's Day like romance and candlelit dinners, they can still be a pretty cool way to celebrate for certain couples! Here are some reasons why playing baseball on Valentine's Day could be great:

Jan 14, 2024

Cryptocurrency has taken the world by storm, and its influence is now being felt in the retail and hospitality industries. While still in its early stages, cryptocurrency has the potential to revolutionize the way we shop, dine, and travel. From everyday payments to loyalty programs using NFT's the possibilities are endless and we are excited to see where it goes.

Dec 19, 2023

Deck the Halls with Pints and Cheers Hey there, barkeep heroes! Christmas is nearly upon us, and while the rest of the world is decking their halls with holly and mistletoe, you're likely gearing up for a season of festive frenzy in the merry pandemonium known as the pub. Fear not, my beer-slinging brethren! While Christmas in the pub may be a whirlwind of orders, singalongs, and questionable dance moves, it can also be a magical time filled with heartwarming moments, epic stories, and enough merriment to rival Santa's workshop. So, grab your apron, polish the Guinness glasses, and let's navigate this holly-Jolly pub crawl together.

Dec 12, 2023

OK, so its mid December and you have just receieved a Whatsapp from your friend asking you 'what time everyone is meeting next week'? You scratch your head and think, and it all comes rushing back. You agreed to organise a Christmas catch up for some old friends on a night out a few weeks ago! Should you panic? NO! (well, maybe a little bit). Dont fret, Floodgate is here to help. Planning a last-minute Christmas party can be a challenge, but with a little organization and creativity, you can pull off a festive and memorable event. Here are some tips to help you get started:

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