10 places to go on a date in Birmingham
by Ahmed Ahmed, Editor of Dine Birmingham
If you’re casting around for that all-important date spot in the city, you need to pick somewhere that’s right for you and your companion. Take a vegetarian to Rodizio Rico Brazilian steakhouse, for example, and you might find yourself in the doghouse. Likewise, no teetotaller will thank you for arranging a meet at Island Bar, the cocktail specialist.
You’ll be pleased to hear that the UK’s ‘second city’ is second to none when it comes to pleasing all tastes. All it takes is a little research into the options on the table. Here are 12 tailored suggestions to help keep your rendezvous right on the money.
For the casual drink
Source: The Plough Harborne
You’ll find this cosy yet elegant gastropub in Harborne, a quaint Victorian suburb. Away from the bustle of the city centre, this is a place to sit by the fire (if you can nab that table), order a couple of bevvies and potentially enjoy hours of relaxed conversation.
Source: Bodega Birmingham
The city slickers love this South American ‘bar and cantina’ for its vibrant atmosphere, and its happy hour. The toe-tapping Latin music and the range of tequila- and rum-based drinks could well set the tone for a more lively evening.
For the cocktail enthusiasts
Source: Purnell’s Bistro Birmingham
Ginger’s Bar, housed within the bistro, is ideal for that discerning date you’ve been wooing. Expect a list filled with exotic ingredients like kaffir lime leaf and briottet rhubarbe. A definite point scorer on the sophistication-o-meter.
The Prince of Wales
Source: The Prince of Wales Birmingham
Head down to Moseley, refuge of middle-class bohemians and – the dreaded word – hipsters. Like it or not, ‘the village’ has more than its fair share of hotspots. The Prince of Wales’s ‘old-man pub’ exterior disguises a trendy outdoor tiki-tiki bar serving an array of tropical concoctions.
For the traditionalists
Source: Cucina Rustica Birmingham
Perhaps it was Disney’s Lady and the Tramp that cemented the Italian restaurant as the gold standard of romantic dinners. You can’t go far wrong with Cucina, on the edge of the historic Jewellery Quarter, where the authentic Italian menu and ambiance is primed for amore.
Source: Annexe Birmingham
And for the classic French feast, Annexe is the one to beat. Moules marinières, côte de boeuf and other elegant staples from our neighbours across the Channel are served up by smart and attentive waiters, all making for the quintessential dinner date.
For the vegetarians
The Warehouse Café
Source: The Warehouse Cafe Birmingham
Located in Digbeth, Birmingham’s semi-gentrified industrial heartland, the Warehouse is one for both vegetarians and those with a keen social conscience. Don’t expect Coca-Cola or commercial pop in this cafe, housed within the Friends of the Earth building. Instead, it’s about zen, falafel and – if you’re lucky – maybe even soulmates.
Source: Bistro 1847 Birmingham
1847 on the other hand, is ideal for veggies who don’t want to get stuck with the ‘hippie’ label. Suitably posh, without being prissy, it recently joined the crop of upmarket independent food and drink boutiques at the Great Western Arcade.
For the ‘Wow’ factor
Opus at Cornwall Street
Source: Opus Restaurant Birmingham
Now we’re in the Colmore Business District, where the suited-and-booted of Birmingham head for both business and pleasure. Opus is a suitably swanky venue, with a menu that ticks off all the reassuringly ‘fancy’ ingredients: oysters, quail, crab and quinoa.
Source: Lasan Birmingham
On a local scale, Lasan has done for Indian food what Noma did for Scandinavian – added a chic, fine-dining twist to a cuisine previously seen by many as homely and unsophisticated. With its sensual interior and impressive menu, this is a place to get the sparks flying.
Still not decided? For more options, visit our Great Date Guide.
Do you have a favourite spot which hasn’t been mentioned above? If so, we’d love it if you could share it with us below!
Having spent six years dining and dating in Birmingham, Ahmed Ahmed is a PR and social media professional with a special interest in food and drink. These two passions led him to launch the city’s respected online restaurant guide, Dine Birmingham.
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