The perfect night out for one person might be a nightmare itinerary for another, but as Alabama’s capital has so many great options for fun after dark, any one of these ideas can help you make it happen.
Whether you’re on a tight budget having put down a significant amount of cash on one of the Birmingham homes for a sale, a couple looking for a way to spark or reignite romance, or just want to enjoy a good time with friends, these options are sure to make for a memorable time. Keep in mind these are just suggestions for various groups – girls can always enjoy the guys’ night out idea and vice versa, of course.
Why go to the same bar or pool hall for every guys’ night out? In Birmingham, you can play Viking and learn how to throw an axe. It’s definitely unique and it can relieve a lot of stress trying to be the best axe thrower there is. You’ll get tips and be guided through the basics by your “Axepert,” and then each person gets their own lane to throw. There’s something incredibly satisfying about making that axe stick. Afterwards, you can go out for that beer or do anything else feeling a lot more relaxed.
Painting and sipping has become a very popular pursuit, especially among the female persuasion although plenty of guys have come along and found they’ve enjoyed it too. Painting with a Twist offers you and your friends the opportunity to discover your inner artists. You’ll bring your own bottle of wine (or another beverage) and work with an artist to create your own unique pieces that you can bring home at the end of the night. Instruction and all painting supplies are provided. There’s no need to have artistic talent, all you need to do is have fun.
Enjoying live music makes for a great night out with friends of all types. Of course, you might need to have similar tastes when it comes to the tunes. As Birmingham has a booming local music scene with opportunities to enjoy just about every genre, there are many places to discover the best up-and-coming artists, someone brand new at an intimate neighborhood spot, or a great local band. The city offers everything from dive bars to huge venues. If you like jazz, head to Jazzi’s On 3rd. It hosts both local and national artists along with food and drink. The Nick features everything from indie to bluegrass, punk and classic rock ‘n roll. Located in Lakeview, it’s been the go-to place for live tunes for more than three decades. The Black Keys and John Mayer were even on the stage here, before they became household names.
If you and your date like art and history, take a stroll through the Historic Theatre District and discover what remains of the 27 theaters that once anchored the neighborhood, spread over just a five-block area. Today, grand theaters like the Alabama Theatre and recently restored Lyric Theatre have helped this area flourish once again as fabulous examples of the golden age of cinema in the city. After strolling, you might catch a show followed by dinner, or vice versa.