Bar Opus is usually a Mecca for Birmingham’s business district, welcoming hordes of people looking to enjoy a cocktail or two during the happiest hour of the day. But all that has changed as stylish bar unveiled Start With Art, a new collaboration with Disorder’s Mark Howard and EQ Recordings. The collaboration marks a new beginning for this chic and sleek bar located two minutes from the bustle of Colmore Row at Snow Hill Queensway.

Bar Opus has made a promise to celebrate creative, local and independent talent through its new venture and this could be seen in ever facet of the unveiling of Mark’s Long Live Legends collection, which paid tribute to the dearly departed icons’ of pop culture through vibrant colour and painted emotion.

But along with the artwork, it was certainly the live music that stood front and centre in my mind. The voice of KLOW had the emotional depth of Amy Winehouse and the pitch perfect stylings of Adele as she hit note after note with the precision of an arrow fired from point black range; Ryan Lee had the talent of a young Jimi Hendrix and filled the silence with classic funk and jazz vibes playing his guitar with a passion I haven’t seen in a while. Of two things, I’m sure; I will be going back to sit and drink while gazing at the artwork, and I will be waiting patiently for the drop of KLOW’s EP in summer.

Bar opus will continue its collaboration with Birmingham’s creative scene by hosting live music every first and third Saturday of the month. For more information about Bar Opus visit or if it’s Mark Howard’s work you’re after, visit

About The Author

Rico Johnson-Sinclair has studied Production for Live Events and Television at University of the Arts London and is passionate about all aspects of performance and live events. He can be seen dancing at the local watering hole regularly.