Tucked away in the West Midlands is Birmingham, a place made famous for the fantastic Bullring shopping centre, idyllic canal-side restaurants and bars, as well as Birmingham’s iconic Jewellery Quarter. But, while there is plenty on offer for day breaks, it is also a perfect destination for a weekend break. From canal-side restaurants, five-star hotels and many things on offer to do, Birmingham caters to all types of visitors, making it a perfect place for a romantic getaway.
One of the best things about a romantic getaway to Birmingham is there a wide range of things to do. From music lovers to restaurant dwellers, there’s often much in the way of nightlife too. Birmingham is constantly hosting concerts and pop-up events, with shopping and shows. There are even quirky bars and restaurants to visit.
It also helps that travelling to Birmingham is easy, whether by car or train, with Birmingham New Street Station being one of the hub stations for the UK.
Staying overnight has never been easier in Birmingham, from affordable city-centre hotels to those offering more luxury appeals, such as Staying Cool at Rotunda, Radisson Blu and Hotel Du Vin.
If you’re after a firm favourite date spot for your romantic getaway or even your first date, these are sure to go down a treat.
Opened in 2015 by two brothers, Tattu is a unique restaurant offering a modern Chinese experience. What makes Tattu notable is all of the decor in the restaurant is specially curated, similar to the menu. Tattu Restaurant will take you on a complete sensory journey from the traditional East to the modern West.
A popular place for comedians and fans, the Birmingham Glee Club has ongoing events and comedians with some well-known names and some who are just beginning out.
At weekends, they often host regular Friday Night comedy evenings. Just be aware not to pick something controversial if it’s the first date.
If you’re a competitive pair, then karting will be something you have to try. It’s located just outside the city centre it’s one of the most renowned tracks in the UK and number one in the midlands. Grand Prix Karting is only for those who love the fast and furious, so who can set the fastest lap?
A place offering a unique experience as The Alchemist is a bar with character. The owners describe their mixologists as well-versed in the dark arts of molecular cocktails. With drinks letting off smoke, scents to invoke memories and tastes to awaken the soul, you’ll feel forever changed by The Alchemist. If you’re hungry, their food can also be tailored to those who are vegetarians and vegans too.
Popular due to the TV show ‘Peaky Blinders’, this is still an unmissable experience for fans. Having the chance to explore the history of Birmingham’s crime-ridden streets, gangland warfare, poverty, desperation and murder. Join local historian Carl Chinn as he reveals the secrets of the infamous gang.
Roxy Ball Room is a place perfect for couples, with an array of games and fun under one roof. From beer pong to shuffleboard, bowling to ping pong, open from midday to late, offering the chance to play games and eat great American food.
If you’re a massive fan of gin and cocktails, The Jekyll and Hyde are right up your street. Bringing together both outrageous and brilliant concoctions, such as the out-there toothpaste cocktail, which comes highly recommended, as well as the staff’s charm and environment.
For fans of chocolate, Cadbury World is perfect, especially if you book onto the Chocolatier Experience. This two-hour session shows the art of chocolate making, tasting dark, and even the processes to create each variety—a unique but popular idea and something sweet to choose from.
Aiming for the unusual and memorable, here are our top ten favourite ideas that will wow your date and make your romantic getaway unforgettable.
Offering both fantastic films, with the option of a private cinema, with both new and old favourites playing regularly. But, not only that, they occasionally hold themed nights with their popular Harry Potter Quizzes getting many through the lockdown. Their kitchen is also notably famous, offering gourmet food.
If you want to dance the night away, don’t overlook Snobs Nightclub. One of Birmingham’s best-kept secrets, an indie nightclub that plays alternative music to help you make memories you’ll never want to forget.
Not just for the Vikings, this unique date idea will have hearts pumping and the competition flowing. During your time, you’ll be taught how to throw axes until you gain the confidence to do so alone, and then that’s where the date can truly begin. From there, you can aim to beat your date, and something both of you will remember.
Originally built to be used as a Gun factory and later used as stables for the canal, now a bar tucked away in Birmingham. This eclectic spot, famous for its colourful concoctions, is a must-visit for cocktail lovers. They also offer uniquely designed masterclasses so you can take a little bit of Birmingham home.
You enter to the sound of blasting music before you see the 18 holes of pure entertainment surrounded by bespoke art. Ghetto Golf brings the fun, the unknown and a chance to show off your skills at golf. It is the perfect place to best the one you love, all the while being served fabulous cocktails and musical classics that fill your ears.
Set over three floors, this fabulously stylish Indian restaurant offers a curated menu and an authentic experience. It also has three cocktail bars, and food options from all around the world, bringing you top-tier recipes from some of the world’s finest chefs.
Quickly becoming one of the hottest new places to be in Birmingham. With walls splattered in neon, a building covered in retro arcade games and classic consoles, all the while offering an expert selection of drinks. You can choose from game-themed cocktails or craft beers, all the time setting high scores and reliving your youth.
Whether you knew you wanted to experience ‘social darts’ or not, the environment which Flight Club provides is one you’ll be glad to have experienced. Having designed a range of fast and exciting multiplayer games, you can sit in your semi-private area, play games, drink alcohol, and eat their fabulous bistro food.
If you’re after a fun but low-key date, then Chance & Counters is perfect. A board game heaven, mixed with a bar full of fabulous boozy drinks filled with over 500 different table-top games for you. Their menu is constructed of creative cocktails, craft beers while offering comforts eats, which will have you there for hours.
One event that will take some planning, and definite pre-booking, is the Big Birmingham Bake. Perfect for those who are huge fans of the Great British Bake-off. When you purchase tickets, not only does it include your very own baking station, but all of the equipment and ingredients needed to create a mouth-watering treat. All you need to bring is the skill and smiles with you.
Whether you’re after something new to do with or simply want a unique and quirky date night, Birmingham has something for everyone. From cocktails lovers to sports enthusiasts, from quiet and casual to busy and loud, Birmingham has a date night up its sleeve for all couples; all you need to ask yourselves is when you’re going to visit.