So, you have made it through your first follies into speed dating and hit it off with your special beau.... where next?
You can't beat a cheeky candlelit wine and dine while gazing into each others eyes, popcorn and a smooch at the movies and whispering sweet nothings into each others ears (oooo I do love a bit of romance!).
Fortunately, Birmingham has a raft of options when it comes to romantic date night ideas from bars and restaurants, romantic meals or anniversaries - Birmingham has it all. Here are our top recommendations for a fun and memorable romantic date night in Birmingham.
First launched in London, Dirty Martini is now taking its brand of cool bars and amazing cocktails further afield, with Birmingham the choice for the 11th site. The new bar will be taking over the former spot of Viva Brazil and giving it the iconic Dirty Martini treatment; expect angel wings, neon signs and lots of cool design features.
No prizes for guessing that the bar specialises in martinis, with a choice of classics and plenty of exotic takes, from strawberry and pink peppercorn through to mango and chilli variations. There will also be a selection of wine, beer and prosecco, while food comes in the form of Asian-inspired bar snacks and sharing boards. The brand is widely known for their very generous happy hour, a perfect start to a romantic evening.
Marco Pierre White, The Cube, Birmingham
Want a stunning panoramic view of Birmingham to woo your date? Opening up his very own steak and Champagne bar at the top of Birmingham's iconic Cube, Marco Pierre White has created a romantic atmosphere in the heart of the city with plenty of premium bottles of bubbly to boot and amazing food to tempt your taste buds. Right in the heart of the bust Mailbox part of town, Marco Pierre Whites is sure to set a romantic mood.
Digbeth Dining Club
Founded in 2012, Digbeth Dining Club is a multi award-winning street food event that has transformed the city's food landscape by turning some of the Midlands most unique venues, into vibrant, street food destinations.
Within just a year of starting, Digbeth Dining Club had been voted Britain’s Best Street Food Event, and since has gone on to host events all around the Midlands, establishing itself in the region as pioneers of street food.
Digbeth Dining Club works with the best food traders around the UK. Every trader is vetted and trialled to ensure that customers not only get a wide range of cuisines to choose from, but at an affordable price, too. Whether it’s Michelin-star chefs, former Masterchef finalists or even just enthusiasts with a genuine passion for food, quality will always be at the forefront of our events.
Digbeth Dining Club isn’t your usual dining experience. We strip back the frills and fanciness of fine-dining and offer an authentic, unique experience where we let the food do the talking.
Ghetto Golf, Birmingham
Are you looking for things to do in Birmingham? Well, Ghetto golf is the venue that offers a combination of a seriously twisted 18 hole mini golf experience, with an exceptional cocktail bar in Birmingham and DJs in The Custard Factory and is perfect for a stag do or hen do. Graffiti and incredible artwork everywhere makes us a must do experience in the Birmingham scene, come join the party!
Flight Club, the team behind Social Darts, have reinvented darts for the 21st century with fast-paced, multi-player games that bring people together for moments of unexpected, ridiculous, joy.
Amongst the bustle of Temple Street, Flight Club Birmingham’s décor impressively combines the heritage of darts; the warmth of the pub and the thrill of the fairground, with a unique twist and a nod to Birmingham’s heritage.
From lights that dance in time to the music, fairground horses to stained glass windows; you’ll know exactly when you’ve walked into a Flight Club!
With 13 oches (darts playing areas) to choose from, there’s plenty of room whether you’re stepping up to the throw line or just want to kick back and enjoy the buzz of the bar area.
And, with a mouth-watering menu of seasonally inspired sharing plates, pizza paddles and delicious cocktails (no trip is complete without a signature slushie), it’s a winning venue for lunch, brunch and every cocktail-fuelled catch up in between.
The Distillery, 4, Sheepcote Street, B16 8AE
The Distillery, home to Birmingham’s newest gin distillery, is a stone’s throw away from Brindley Place and The Arena, perfectly situated on the canal.
Split over two floors, The Distillery can entertain day to night with a gin bar and private event space on the first floor leading down to the pub and open kitchen dining area on the lower floor. The expansive terrace is the ideal space for warm summer days.
Quality ingredients in their purest form inspire the menu. From their rotisserie and robata grill to their wood-fired pizza, each dish has been carefully chosen to provide an array of succulent dishes for all occasions.
The Jekyll & Hyde
With Retro Quiz Nights, Film Clubs and a Gin Parlour to boot, jump down the rabbit hole and visit the ever-so-tempting Jekyll and Hyde in Steelhouse Lane.
From the Alice in Wonderland themed courtyard out back to their sophisticated Victorian Parlour upstairs, the bar is cool and quirky, primed for gin-guzzlers and cocktail-lovers alike. Importantly it is probably one of the best spots for a relaxed weekday drink in Birmingham . This unique bar is the place for those looking to push the boat out a bit on their next night out in Birmingham, thanks to their inventive cocktails and unique, period style.
If it's even quirkier cocktails you're looking for, head upstairs to the Parlour after 5pm on a Friday and Saturday night for your fill of Victorian themed decor, antiquarian charm and delectable cocktails. Inspired by none other than the bar's name itself, Saturday nights in Birmingham are home to Dr.Jekyll's Potion, a feisty evening of Jazz Soul and Motown tracks from the best of Birmingham's soulful DJs.
The Karczma, Digbeth
Just five minutes away from Birmingham's Bull Ring Centre and a stone's throw away from trendy Digbeth sits the quirky and traditional Polish restaurant bar, The Karczma.
Drinkers and diners looking something a little different in Birmingham will be pleasantly surprised by this traditionally decorated bar found in the Polish Millenium House. Fur throws, rustic wooden benches, stuffed animals and a thatched straw adorned ceiling make for an almighty interesting affair over drinks and a traditional Polish meal.
The Karczma meaning 'the inn', has a wholesome family feel about it that works for families dining, relaxed evening drinkers or live music shindigs alike. Pair this enviroment with warming bread bowls of soup and a shot of vodka, The Karczma certainly makes for a toasty Sunday evening affair in Brum come rain or shine.
Step up into the hidden gem that is The Alchemist Brindleyplace.
This venue certainly has the wow factor in its design, the perfect environment for after work drinks and celebratory weekends. The venue boats it’s late night offering with 3.00am closes on Friday and Saturday nights.
Enjoy views of the Water’s Edge as you taste their renowned scientific and unconventional cocktail menu. Try the favourite ‘The Legal One’ – a concoction of cardamom gin, citrus and fruit flavours served in a smoking bong.
Enter their world of ‘theatre served’ with an all-day dining menu that promises Alchemist twists on classic dishes. From breakfast burritos to evening steak, this place has it all. A great option for vegetarians and vegans too.