A lot like your birthday, but every Tom, Dick & Harry can play along, Christmas comes but once a year. And it's pretty much entirely obligatory to organise a do, attend a do and crash a do. Them's the rules. Ever sensitive to your needs, The Cube's got a parade of options for you to ruminate over. Do, do, do, do, do, do do.
New kid on the cuboid, Canalside's got christmas dinner covered at £35pp. On various dates across November and December, there'll be music of the completely live kind, as well as a DJ to take on the critical role of move maker until 1am. Also dealing in lunches (from £25 pp) an event at Canalside has the advantage of putting you within the first groups of people to have an opinion on this wide-eyed new venue. More
Go big on meat, all cooked over a large Brazilian Churrascaria, and limited only by the amount you can fit in. When making that decision, be sure to bear in mind the dessert trolley that will follow the fruition of your carnivoric feast. Rodizio Rico's hand carved prime cuts (plus sides and pud) cost from £25.90 (Monday to Saturday), while the slightly slimmer lunch menu starts at £15.80. More
Nothing says merry Christmas like pizza. Okay, maybe there are things that do, but there aren't that many places offering their regular, and regularly priced, menu across the festive period. Mains are from £7.50, while bottles of wine start at an incredibly post, mid or pre-shopping expedition friendly £14.95. Possibly the place to hit with your chums, while your employer picks up the tab elsewhere. More
Another spot guaranteed to differ from the dishes you'll be getting down with come December 25 is Shogun Teppan-Yaki. Based on our previous experiences of the team's most excellent relationship with seafood, we're recommending the Christmas seafood selection. At £39 per person, it's the priciest option but includes prawns, crab and scallops, which makes it entirely worth it in our shellfish-selfish brains. More
Marco Pierre White
Sirloin and sea bass both feature on the festive food flurry written much in the form of a menu at Marco Pierre White's penthouse premises. Lunch is from £25 each, while dinner starts at £45, and there's a range of drinks packages to pick from. For all the super secret salacious stuff, MPW's private dining room (pictured) with one helluva view is available for consumption of the chrimbo menus (though note room hire is additionally payable). More
For something altogether more cakey, go for afternoon tea at Madeleine. Including the team's freshly made coconut cake and macaroons, it's £31 for two people, with bubbles available if the mood takes you. Which it always, always should. More
If it's late, lively and spirited that you have in mind, it's probably worth making sure you and your crew have a table booked at Geisha. There are two distinct VIP areas, as well as booths for more conservatively numbered bookings. Because, face facts, Christmas celebrations don't tend to grind to a hault at 11.30pm. More
And wherever you're aiming to begin, Hotel Indigo may be a sensible place to call it a night. Across the 23rd and 24th floors of The Cube with 360 degrees of Brum to survey, you'll be no further than a lift away from the happiness that is a bed for the night. More
Club & Spa
If you're in the market for recovery take a look at the Club & Spa/Hotel Indigo overnight packages. Get an executive room, breakfast a spa treatment from a selection of six, plus use of the spa and fitness facilities. Prices start at £200 for two people. More
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