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Make a date for a great night out; EATING OUT They say first impressions count. So where would you go in Birmingham for a first date? Sarah Probert has come with some ideas.

EATING OUT If you don't mind a bit of messy eating, try Nosh And Quaff, Colmore Row - a perfect venue to break the ice - and eat some topnotch food.

This chilled-out American-style restaurant and bar has lobster as a speciality. You can also have fun spotting lots of lobsterrelated adornments in the building. Quirky features include a cool lift that takes you down to the basement loos. There is also a pretty tasty beer menu including The Floozy beer.

GO TO THE CINEMA Not just any cinema mind, but somewhere with a bit of ambience and style is needed.

Afternoon The We love the Everyman Cinema for a great cinema experience and tasty food - the burgers are some of the best the city has.

Or book into the Electric Cinema, the oldest cinema in the UK which has a great vibe. Make sure you book your own sofa (with Champagne obviously) and table service too.

GET BACK TO NATURE If you don't want to eat or drink Get messy Nosh and but need somewhere to go, the Sealife Centre isn't a bad choice (especially if it is raining) However, pick your moments - weekends can be packed with families and young children so maybe not the most romantic of places. But everyone can fall in love with the penguins, right? Failing that, go take a look at the red pandas at Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park in Pershore Road.

HAVE A LAUGH If you don't fancy talking too much on your first date and just don't want to get too serious - how about going to a comedy night? Choose carefully - you don't want to pick something that might easily offend your newlychosen other half (that's Frankie Boyle out then).

tea at Edgbaston The Glee Club is one of our favourites and it has comedy nights every Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. There's a Valentine's Daythemed one planned for February 14 featuring Patrick Monahan, Sol Bernstein, Ria Lina and The Raymond and Mr Timpkins at Quaff Revue. Tickets cost PS17.50.

Of course, other comedy clubs are available!

AFTERNOON TEA You don't have to be over the age of 70 to enjoy an afternoon tea. It is not all about Tetley and scones. We have found some pretty sexy afternoon teas in the city. Try The Edgbaston (also great for cocktails so see below). It does a pretty stunning tea, including one with tea-based gin cocktails.

If you want an afternoon tea with a view, try Marco Pierre White at The Cube - a venue popular for proposals (but that might be thinking too far ahead at this stage!) GO FOR COCKTAILS Since 2015 Birmingham has gone mad over cocktails. Let's face it we have more cocktail venues than we ever have before. If you like a drink in a watering can, then try The Botanist. If you like a comfy sofa in a cool part of town try Aluna. If you want good cocktails and food curated by a Michelin-starred chef try Ginger's Bar at Purnell's Bistro. If you want some pretty cool decor, try The Edgbaston. Other favourites include The Jekyll and Hyde or 40 St Paul's if you love gin.

TASTE OF ADVENTURE There are active options and there are fun options. How better to spend a first date than bouncing around at a trampoline park? Or maybe you fancy a picnic in the Lickey Hills? You could always take a stroll around Sutton Park and then pop into the romantic lakeside restaurant The Boathouse.

CHEAP AND CHEERFUL Ok, so we don't always have loads of money to spend on a date (or maybe you just not sure it is worth splashing the cash yet?). But you can still have fun on a budget. For a great atmosphere and good grub try Digbeth Dining Club (Friday night street food down at Spotlight, Digbeth).

You could head for a pizza at The Stable or impress with a lunch date at a Michelin restaurant - the set lunch menus don't cost the earth.

If you are really brassic how about rustling up a romantic picnic and take your date to a park - remember Birmingham has more than any other European city - or Lickey Hills if you want an amazing view.

GO FOR A SPA You may or may not feel comfortable stripping off for a massage with a new date - but maybe a spa day is just what you need to really chill out? Try The Cube's Club and Spa, or swanky spas at Malmaison and Hotel Du Vin - where you could also go for lunch in the bistro.


Get messy at Nosh and Quaff

Afternoon tea at The Edgbaston

Cocktails at Glynn Purnell's Ginger's Bar

Sofa seats at the Everyman cinema, Mailbox
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Date:Feb 4, 2016
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