Best Bars For A First Date in Birmingham
Sweaty palms, butterflies and oodles of deodorant? We think you're just about ready to go on that first date! Whether you're after quiet drinks in one of Birmingham's cool and quirky bars or hoping for a little plate of something something and some of Brum's best restaurant bars, these bars will make sure you impress first time round. Check out our recommendations for the best first date bars in Birmingham.
Last updated on 6th June 2017
Why not mix it up a little and try a little tiki fun for your first date in Birmingham? Renowned for their award winning cocktails, sprightly attitudes and fun time vibes, Island Bar is a cocktail bar in Birmingham with awesome written all over it. From its exotic theme to its dapper drinks, Island Bar is a sure fire winner for that romantic yet fun evening out.
Stuck for a bit of conversation? Maybe grease the wheels a little bit with that famous American talking point, bourbon! Buffalo & Rye has this and tonnes of lively character in oodles, thanks to its interior of low-hanging fixtures and raw woodworks. And if your bellies start rumbling, lose all the nervous pretence with some gluttonous dishes of burgers, gourmet hot dogs and more American comfort food.
First date jitters are something that’s hard to shake, so get yourself some New York-brand confidence at the Button Factory. The sleek interiors will make you feel right at home, while they serve you up a selection of delicious food from their Robata grill, or you can sit back and enjoy a cocktail in their sun-trap balcony.
If there was ever a venue to sweep that person you’ve always fancied off their feet, Harvey Nichols is it. Found in the heart of the Mailbox complex, this is a classic and stylish venue that would suit dinner and drinks or just a few beautiful cocktails in their high-end apothecary bar upstairs.
One of the weirdest bars in Birmingham could really act as a conversation piece next time you’re on a first date. The city’s first and only dedicated steampunk bar, expect a crazy Victorian design and wonderfully luxurious drinks to boot. If you arrive on a Friday and Saturday, expect the DJs to play a range of electric swing, house, soft rock and more.
Now we know that some may consider music as the food of love, but how does the food itself fare? Take that first date for an adventure in all things steak as Anderson's Bar and Grill in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter promise a selection of some of the best award-winning meats sourced from award-winning butchers in the city, with their very own bespoke ale to boot!
If you're after fun and food for your first date then this South American themed restaurant bar in Birmingham city centre could become a regular dating haunt. From tailor made mexican cocktails to cool and quirky surroundings, this bar will give you plenty to talk about and plenty to eat too. And if things go that well? Head downstairs to Sugarloaf for a fun DJ night out.
One of Birmingham's most romantic bars, The Vaults in the iconic Jewellery Quarter is awash with broody vibes, Great British grub and rich indulgent decor. From its exposed brickwork, charming alcoves and low-mood lighting, The Vaults is a smashing place to take that smashing so and so on your first date.
Need somewhere to completely sweep your crush off their feet? It’s gotta be The Sky Bar - Brum’s stunning rooftop bar where sophisticated cocktails and views of the Pendigo Lake are the norm. Head along for an evening featuring theatrical Wu Xing cocktails and pan-Asian bites in a sleek and contemporary venue - the only problem? How to top this when that second date rolls around.
You're no show off but you want to take that date somewhere that shows off your local knowledge? A charming pub in the heart of Harborne, The New Inn is a kitsch affair and well known for being part of the Bitters 'N' Twisted chain. Grab a craft beer or glass of wine and head outside to their charming beer garden brimming with bunting and picnic baskets galore.
Like to show that special someone the highest of highs on your very first date? If you're out to impress, you'd be hard pushed to ignore rooftop Birmingham bar Marco Pierre White Champagne Lounge at The Mailbox. Found in the iconic Cube Building, MPW Champagne Bar has 360 views of Birmingham city centre and lavish amounts of champagne to spoil that first date with.
Venture to the outskirts or Birmingham city centre and you'll find a charming and whimsical little restaurant bar in Birmingham that oozes Parisian charm. If you want a comfortable first date in the confines of great cocktails and bistro style grub then Arco Lounge is a great place for your very first date, hopefully the first of many!
This little restaurant bar in Birmingham's Harborne is just as charming as we hope your first date will be! From its own little tuck shop to one of the best beer gardens in town, The Plough is a merry and relaxed treat for fans of informal dates and lovely banter.
One of our favourite spaces in the city where you can find a delicious dinner and drinks scenario as well as an array of entertainment perfect for your first date night in Birmingham. From comedy nights, to film screenings and live music, The Mockingbird Theatre is a beau for a buzzing atmosphere.