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February 9, 2010
It may be known as the second city but you'll be sure to find an array of first class dating spots in and around the city of Birmingham.
There are many places to choose from when dining out in Birmingham, each offering something different, catering to all your dating needs.
Brindley Place - Here you can enjoy the atmospheric canal side dining that Birmingham is known for. You'll find many of your favourite chains such as Casa, All Bar One, Pitcher and Piano and Café Rouge as well as a selection of Birmingham's lesser known hidden gems. Don't miss out on the authentic Italian dining found at Piccolino's or the modern British cuisine found at Bank restaurant. At Brindley Place you'll be sure to find a picturesque setting to let love blossom whilst enjoying one of the most romantic locations in the city.
Mailbox - The Mailbox is known for its air of sophistication and fine dining. Impress your date here with haut cuisine and fine wines in abundance. If you and your date have a taste for Champagne then Bar Epernay - Birmingham's premier Champagne and Piano bar, is a fine choice. For contemporary East Asian dining, the Mailbox is home to Lazeez Signature, serving an array of traditional classics with a modern twist. For a throw back to the 20th Century, Penny Blacks is a rare treat serving wines and ales reminiscent of those found in the area 100 years ago. The Mailbox is also home to some of your favourite chains such as Bar Estilo, Bar Room Bar, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Ha Ha Bar and Grill, Strada and Zizzi, all bringing you food, drink and familiarity.
Arcadian - The perfect place to spend the day! Set in Birmingham's China Town you'll find an eclectic range of bars and restaurants such as Poppy Red, Sobar, Las Iguanas, Milano, and The Green Room to name but a few. Once the evening sets in this is a popular place for the cities young party goers with many of the bars becoming nightclubs such as Arca, Indi and Loaf. The iconic, funky house club Hidden is also located a short walk away. So why not conclude your date with a dance or two?
Broad Street - Where the city comes alive! From beginning to end, Broad Street is lined up with a feast of bars, restaurants and clubs for you and your date to choose from. If you like to party, this is the place to be. With so many to name, here's a little run down of some of the many venues you have to choose from: The O Bar and O Below, The sports Café, Lloyds, Walkabout, The Brasshouse, Dragon Eye, Slug and Lettuce, O'Neils, Oh Velvet, Bar Pravda, The Living Room, Rococo Lounge, Risa, Jongleurs Comedy Club, Tiger Tiger, Flares, Revolution Vodka Bar... the list goes on and on! Take a stroll along the walk of stars and find your slice of the Broad Street night life.
Custard Factory - This is definitely the ideal location for the artistic daters. Here you can enjoy arts, culture and live events as well as some of the cities funkiest bars and pubs such as The Rainbow Pub are just a short walk away.
Hurst Street - A stones throw away from the Arcadian, you'll find the city's Gay Village. With an exciting mix of bars like Missing, Angels, The Village Inn and clubs such as DV8, Route 2 and The Nightingale, you'll find this an electrifying place for all daters to visit.
As multicultural and diverse city, one thing that Birmingham is not shy of is culture. Home of the Birmingham Royal Ballet you may want to treat your date to one of their many spellbinding and innovative performances. Located within the Birmingham Hippodrome at the heart of the city, you will be spoilt for choice if considering post-show dinner or drinks.
The Ikon gallery within Brindley Place would be a perfect diversion for you and your date when dining out in the area. Whether you are a seasoned lover of art or a novice looking to expand your horizons, this contemporary gallery has something to offer for all.
The Jewellery Quarter, situated on the outskirts of the centre, is one of the city's hidden treasures. Not only can you visit here to admire the artistry of the Jewellery making trade, you can also enjoy the many cafes, bars and restaurants that the area has to offer. A gem of a date guaranteed to put the twinkle in your eye.
If you are looking for pure fun and entertainment be sure not to miss out on Star City. Home to one of Birmingham's largest casinos as well as an exciting variety of restaurants and bars, Warner Village is the perfect place for the fun seeking daters among you.
Around the Area of Birmingham
There are a number of local areas within the city that host many wonderful places ideal for dates. Be sure not miss out on the trendy night life of Moseley Village, the fine dining along Hagley Rd and the many splendours of the Botanical Gardens, to name but a few.
If you plan to venture slightly further a field, the beautiful town of Stratford, birthplace of William Shakespeare, is a short journey away. Not to mention the Black Country Living Museum and the Ironbrigde Gorge that also just a quick walk away.
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