With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, these Southside date night ideas will give you all the inspiration you need…


Well known as one of the city’s most-loved independent bars, Bourne & Co is the place to go to enjoy a couple of drinks in cosy surroundings. From classic cocktails to modern creations, you’re sure to find a tipple or two to suit your fancy. Visit bourneandcompany.com to find out more.

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Sit back, relax and enjoy the magic of film at the UK’s oldest working cinema, The Electric, situated on Station Street. The cinema, which dates back to the early 1900’s, captures an Art Deco feel with luxury sofas and convenient waiter service – meaning you won’t even have to leave the comfort of your seat. Visit theelectric.co.uk to find out more.


Make the most of world-class theatre right on your doorstep with a trip to Birmingham Hippodrome this season. Matthew Bourne’s double Olivier award-winning production, The Red Shoes, returns to the stage from 11th – 15th February, whilst ballet’s greatest love story, Swan Lake, will be back in Birmingham Royal Ballet’s lavish production from 18th – 29th February. The romantic fable of ill-fated passion, powerfully illuminated by Tchaikovsky’s legendary score, has bewitched audiences for generations. Visit birminghamhippodrome.com to find out more.


If you’re celebrating a special anniversary, why not pull out all the stops at the Radisson Blu Birmingham, complete with contemporary style suites, top-class service and a central location in the heart of the city. Just a short walk from plenty of bars, restaurants and entertainment venues, the 39 storey building offers an unbeatable view of the city’s landscape. Visit radissonhotels.com to find out more.

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Served between 11:30 am – 5 pm every day of the week, head to The Lobby on Hill Street to enjoy afternoon tea with a cocktail, for £40 for two people. You’ll both be able to tuck into a delicious selection of freshly prepared finger sandwiches, warm scones and delicate cakes, all accompanied by a classic tipple of your choice. Visit lobbyonhillstreet.co.uk to find out more.

1881 birmingham

Tucked away in a hidden location, 18/81 is surrounded by mystery. Once you find the venue, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by a laid-back atmosphere, accompanied by staff with a wealth of cocktail knowledge. If you’re planning ahead, pre-book a ‘discovery’ tasting menu, where you’ll experience a four-course showcase of cocktails, combining the very best seasonal flavours and celebrating the art of cocktail making. Email hello@1881birmingham.co.uk to book.

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For mouth-watering burgers, look no further than The Meat Shack on Thorp Street. With a jam-packed menu of juicy aged beef patties, alongside chicken burgers, an array of tasty sides and a halloumi option for vegetarians, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Visit themeatshack.co.uk to find out more.


For a stylish date night in elegant surroundings, why not try the Arcadian’s latest addition, Rozu. The recently opened Pan Asian restaurant and cocktail late lounge offers delicious Japanese cuisine and boasts a luxe decor, making it the ideal place if you’re looking for something extra special. Visit rozurestaurant.com to find out more.

James dahl indian birmingham

Offering a selection of speciality dishes prepared with healthy cooking techniques and the finest seasonal produce, James Dahl Indian is the place to go for an authentic feast. Whether you’re opting for a pre-theatre meal or enjoying a romantic meal for two, choose from a variety of traditional dishes including; biryani, rogan josh, tandoori chicken, satkora and seafood specials. Visit jamesdahl.uk to find out more.

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Looking for something casual? Why not take a trip to Southside’s live music hotspot, The Sunflower Lounge, which plays host to a variety of bands and DJ’s most nights of the week – you never know, you might discover a new favourite artist. Visit thesunflowerlounge.com to find out more.