From kayaking in the Cahaba river to Barber Motorsports Park, it’s our comprehensive top ten dating guide for the famous Southern city, Birmingham, Alabama!
Sweet home Alabama—Birmingham, that is. This sophisticated Southern city features plenty of nightlife, culture and rustic outings to entertain even the most seasoned daters.
1) Where to live
Party animals should consider living near Five Points South and the Lakeview Entertainment District. Rent a condo on Highland or Clairmont Avenue, just a few blocks away from all the action. For those seeking a little less commotion, Vestavia Hills, Hoover, Homewood, and Mountain Brook all offer a more peaceful setting still this side of the 459 corridor, where you can hit the suburban scene or cruise into the city for some excitement. Tennis and golf buffs will be right at home in Pelham, and when the courses close, you can check out the local nightlife.
2) Musically Inclined
Everybody loves music, so take advantage of Alabama’s diverse scene. Larger venues include the historic Alabama Theater, WorkPlay, and the Concert Hall at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, where you’ll find the biggest names and stars. For a more intimate venue, try Scruffy Murphy’s in Dale End, or for great bands with a dive bar feel, go to the Nick. Popular local bands can be found at the Carling Academy. The Moonlight Café hosts a variety of bluesy bands, and even jazz snobs can’t deny the allure of the historic Carver Theater.
When the typical date spots start to feel mundane, ditch your favorite restaurant and head to one of Birmingham’s many festivals. City Stages is the premier music festival in the region, a three-day extravaganza held the third weekend in June. Jazz lovers will dig the Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival in September, where you and your date can eat, listen, and even kick up your heels with some free dance lessons, while pet lovers should check out May’s Do Dah Day Festival. Other favorites include the Southern Heritage Festival, Birmingham Festival of the Arts, the enormous Greek Festival, and the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival.
Does your date crave more highbrow pursuits? Then the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex is just the ticket, with its numerous offerings in theater, music, and ballet. Or check out the Alys Stephens Center for Performing Arts, home to Opera Birmingham and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Consider becoming a member of the Birmingham Museum of Art, so you can take your date to special member-only tours and have drinks and mingle during summer’s Art on the Rocks. The Museum’s fabulous jazz brunch also makes for a perfect weekend outing.
5) College Sports
Birmingham may not be home to any pro sports teams, but who cares when you’ve got the Crimson Tide, the Auburn Tigers, and UAB Blazers basketball to root for? Catch a game with your date at your favorite sports bar, or as a special treat, head down to Tuscaloosa or Auburn and get up close and personal. Just make sure you’re not chanting “Roll Tide Roll” while your date’s screaming “Go Tigers,” lest you enjoy being on the receiving end of the cold shoulder.
6) Need for Speed
Rev your date’s engine without getting a ticket by watching the pros. The eastern suburb of Leeds hosts sports car, vintage car and Superbike races at Barber Motorsports Park. Motorcycle enthusiasts will also enjoy browsing the Motorsports Museum on the premises. A short drive to Talladega will make Nascar lovers swoon, with its high-powered races and International Motorsports Hall of Fame.
7) Great Outdoors
If your date loves the outdoors, then Birmingham has a lot to offer. Go kayaking or canoeing down the scenic Cahaba River, or take a ten minute drive down I-65 to Oak Mountain State Park, which features almost every nature activity possible, including swimming, boating, horseback riding and hiking. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, where you can grab a picnic lunch at the Gardens Café, then take a romantic stroll through the lush grounds. Or try one of the Arts Alfresco Events at the Aldridge Gardens in Hoover, where you and your date can listen to live music in an idyllic setting.
8) Where to find it
Stumped when it comes to the locale for your next date? Then pick up the Black and White weekly. This free publication lists all the best places to go in Birmingham for the coming week. Or let your fingers do the walking to the current local happenings at www.activeculture.info.
Rejoice The South is known for its amazing cooking, and Birmingham is no exception. Here are just a few of Birmingham’s many great date restaurants:
Highland’s Bar and Grille—French cuisine and Southern food unite to wow your taste buds in Frank Stitt’s flagship restaurant. Get dressed up and prepare to splurge!
Dreamland BBQ—When it comes to ribs, this Alabama tradition located in UAB Highlands can’t be beat.
Irondale Café—For down home cooking and mouthwatering fried chicken, just like your mama used to make–only better.
Ocean—Pricey but worth it for the best seafood dishes in town in an upscale setting in Five Points South.
The Superior Grill—Kick back on the patio and listen to live music while feasting on awesome traditional Mexican food.
GianMarco’s—This Homewood Italian eatery is perfect for mouthwatering pasta, wine, and romance. Rojo–Enjoy a shrimp salad and a pitcher of sangria outside on the patio.
10) Miss Manners
In this Deep South enclave, manners are a must. Make sure you dress with care and follow social niceties, like holding doors and saying “please” and “thank you”—especially on a first date. It may sound like a no-brainer, but in Birmingham, proper manners could make the difference between getting that second date and spending Saturday evening alone.
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