We all love it – date night. Picture a glossy restaurant with leather-bound menus or a darkened cinema, and you’ll be about right. Dinner and a movie is the go-to for all would-be romantics and long-term couples, but it can get boring pretty quickly. Birmingham is full of exciting events and trips that make for an exciting date night, whether it is your first or fiftieth date.
Go Ghetto Golfing
If you’d rather get up and do something than sit in a restaurant, Ghetto Golf is the answer to all of your dating struggles. With an 18-hole mini-golf course, it is great for if you prefer something more active. It is undercover, with great snacks and a bar for liquid refreshment and they sometimes even have live music. Located in the heart of Digbeth, it is great for either an afternoon date or part of a day out together exploring one of the most exciting parts of the city, full of thrift stores and cool bars.
Dine out in Digbeth
The Digbeth Dining Club is another excellent option for a twist on the classic dinner date, where you can try foods from all over the world, along with local ales and juices in an extremely social and intimate venue.
A few tipples?
‘Drinks’ is another classic date idea, so here are a few places that you can go to experience the bar culture of Birmingham and support local businesses. The Gin Vault is my absolute favourite place to go for a drink in Birmingham (although I would recommend something else from our list if gin isn’t your thing) – with over 350 types of gin on their menu; there is something to suit every taste, whether that be sweet, dry, bitter or sour. Try different mixers, different gins or even different garnishes and make your date into a mini tasting, just for you. Or, head to one of their official tastings where a certified gin expert will run through tasting notes and the history of gin making. If gin isn’t your thing, why not try Revolucion de Cuba, a specialist rum bar just minutes from New Street Station, with delicious drinks and great music, it is chilled and friendly. Or, The Jekyll and Hyde is a must-try for cocktail lovers, with a well-curated menu of sweet and bitter cocktails of a vast variety of flavours. In a Victorian-themed bar, guests can enjoy their drinks in the style and comfort of a Victorian salon.
Chocolate is a way to the heart!
If you’d prefer somewhere a bit further out of town, Cadbury World is a fantastic day out, fun and interactive, for everyone. Although it is a near-permanent attraction for school groups, it is a fun place to spend a few hours, where you can learn about the history of chocolate and the Cadbury’s factory, as well as trying some lovely melted chocolate. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, this might just be the perfect place for a date for you!
Love is a walk in the park. Literally.
If you’re trying to stick to a budget (we have more tips for you!), or you don’t have much time, then a simple walk in the park is just the trick. Cannon Hill Park is reasonably near to the town centre, with bus links and excellent parking facilities, with vast areas of green space, as well as a lake with a footpath. Activities there include mini-golf, swan-shaped boats on the lake, touring the park by train and a wildlife conservation park. It is a beautiful space and perfect for a date, especially if you want to get out of the city centre for a few hours.
All this being said, if dinner and a movie is working for you, then don’t be afraid to stick with it. To mix it up, though, why not try Everyman Cinema in the Mailbox? Perfect for date night, the screens are furnished with plush sofa-like seats with plenty of cushions. They show a mixture of classic films and newer releases (some of this week’s shows include Inception and The Shawshank Redemption, but also Trolls: World Tour), which makes it the perfect ‘dinner and a movie’ location for film lovers. If you want to follow that with a meal, why not try one of the hundreds of fabulous independent restaurants that Birmingham has to offer, like Jojolapa, a Nepalese restaurant with a classic street food menu. Or why not try Sushi Passion, an independent sushi place in the Great Western Arcade that serves delicious, freshly made sushi at affordable prices? Or, if Mediterranean food is more your thing, 4023 on Stephenson St serves lovely food in a sociable, bubbly environment, great for a lunch date.
Wherever you decide to go on your date, Birmingham has something unique and fun that will make the day extra special. Whether it’s active or sedate, eating, drinking, watching or listening, there is something for everyone to enjoy in the centre of Birmingham, easily accessible by bus, train and tram.