5 Quirky Date Night Destinations in Birmingham

Date night doesn’t have to be the same each time. While we all love cuddling up at the movies or trying new restaurants or embracing a bit of high culture at museums, every once in a while, date night needs to be shaken up. Each city has a hidden world of strange, quirky, and delightful things to do. Try any one of these on your next date night and embrace the weird, whimsical part of life.

Steel City Pops

The best adventure for summer nights – Steel City Pops takes the classic childhood treat and livens it up. Enjoy the evening breeze while sitting at their umbrella-covered tables and try a popsicle flavor unlike any other (or try them all!). The flavors change constantly but past options have included: Pineapple Jalapeno, Amaretto Cream, Blackberry, and Jasmine Green Tea.  

Atomic Vintage Bar

The Atomic Bar & Lounge may seem like your classic cocktail lounge, and with its décor reminiscent of cocktail bars from the 60’s, you may expect to be engulfed with the smoke of cigarettes while sultry jazz plays. But that is only one part of Atomic’s charm. There are several differently themed rooms to enjoy. However, the true, quirky joy of visiting Atomic can be found when you rent a costume. Yes, rent a costume. Atomic Bar & Lounge is big on theme and playing dress-up. You may find yourself or others in a shark costume or panda costume enjoying a Sex Panther cocktail (that comes with a tattoo) while playing Connect 4.

Slide the City

For one day every summer, the city of Birmingham hosts a block party with an unusual attraction that is sure to have you and your date screaming with joy and laughing raucously. Traditionally, the block party opens at 9 a.m. with music, food, and a 1,000 foot water slide. Slide the City is a party that is excellent for a fun, summer date. You can race down the waterslide from morning to early evening if you’d like or head to the slide after an early dinner out. Rather than dinner and a movie for date night, try dinner and a large waterslide on the streets of Birmingham.

Birmingham Oddities

Also known as the Museum of Weird, a tour through Birmingham Oddities is nothing like your typical trip to an Antique Shop or Flea Market. The owner, Adam Williams, has curated a wonderful collection of quirky, locally-made art as well as salvaged antiques of all unusual flavors. You may walk away with a voodoo doll, a giraffe skull, or a locally carved bone necklace. They are also starting to offer movie nights and classes for making bone jewelry or butterfly mounts. 

Sloss Furnaces

What was once a pig iron-producing blast furnace is now a National Historic Landmark offering guided and self-guided tours. The Furnace operated from 1882 to 1971 and is the only 20th century blast furnace site preserved. If you’re bored of traditional museums, then Sloss Furnaces is the perfect change of pace. Climb through this former industrial giant, an adventure and hike in and of itself, while learning about an important piece of Birmingham’s history.

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