The Heart of Dixie is alive with love and inspiration for future, budget-friendly dates. There are tons of creative activities, traditional and cultural spots, and exciting dive bars for you and your loved one to enjoy. Try these date ideas next time you’re in Birmingham.
While playing online can be more convenient, once in a while it’s fun to dress up and go to a brick and mortar casino together with your partner. The Genting Casino in Chinatown Birmingham includes blackjack, American roulette and baccarat.
Baccarat not your fancy? Try out the Grosvenor Casino at Hill Street. They have a 150-seat card room and a private gaming area. Rainbow Casino is another interesting option, as the casino is set in an old Tutor mansion. If you decide to stay home, an online casino with hundreds of games is an excellent option for a night in.
Museums and Theatre District
If your date is an artsy type, bring out their creative side by taking them to Birmingham’s state of the art museums. The Birmingham Museum of Art has a monthly rotation of all the best UK art has to offer. Visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute for a taste of history, while the McWane Science Center has awesome sci-fi and educational films playing on the giant IMAX screen.
Want more history? Take a stroll to the Theatre District and book tickets at one of Birmingham’s famous Red Mountain Theatre Company, Alabama Theatre and the Lyric Theatre. If you’re hungry before the show, visit the Pizitz Food Hall located in inside the historic Pizitz. You won’t just find food inside; there are plenty of shops that might suit your fancy.
Brewery Tours, Dive Bars and Restaurants
If a more traditional date suits your fancy, try a brewery tour and dabble through the local craft scene. Get yourselves and IPA at Good People, a fruity drink at Trim Tab, and then go for a bite to eat at Cahaba Brewing. They frequently feature live bands. The Avondale has that Belgian ale, while the Red Hills has anything you can think of. Finally, the Sour Room will leave you wanting more of their tasty sour beers.
The Marble Ring is a glamorous 1920’s decor speakeasy that will wow your date. Fancy’s on 5th is dark, fancy and romantic. Don’t forget about Saturn, which offers live concerts in a fun, lively setting. If you’re looking for dessert after your meal, go to Post Office Pies or Saw’s for quality goodies.
Fancy not your thing? Dive bars are exactly what you need! Upside Down Plaza, The Red Lion Lounge, and The Nick Rocks are colourful and full to the brim with interesting people. The atmosphere of these places can’t be beat. Their atmosphere is just the tip of the iceberg; their food and arcade games are nothing to sneeze at, either!
Go and Explore
Exploring a new district is always more fun when you have someone to take with you. There are so many shops, boutiques and eateries opening every week and trying these new places out could become a tradition. Take a walk through Railroad Park while holding hands with your date. Maybe rent a bike to explore more of the city in record time.
Pepper Place has some of the most eclectic shops out there, with an array of food vendors if you happen to catch the pop-up farmers market. Check out Charlie Thigpen’s Garden Gallery if you’re an expert gardener (another thing you both can do together).
There are also dozens of food trucks in various pockets around the city. If a sit-down restaurant isn’t your thing, grab some pizza and take a walk around town. Snapper Grabbers Coastal Kitchen has some of the best tacos around; you won’t even think they were made in a truck!