The last decade or so has transformed Birmingham into one of the most active cities in the entire U.K. Though the 1.1 million residents are a fraction of London's population, our city doesn’t lack for nightlife and fun-seeking singles. The scene for Birmingham hookups is immense, both in terms of bars and digital avenues. These days, getting laid is as easy as pushing a button.
Or at least, it should be. In reality, the Birmingham hookup apps and sites are mostly garbage. A few are worth your time (and money), but most are frustratingly crap. Likewise, for every decent hookup bar in Birmingham, there are at least a half dozen dead zones. Sometimes it feels like we're living in Gnosall - not an evolving metropolis.
If you share our frustrations, you'll want to read on. Fed up with rubbish nights in neighbourhoods from Digbeth to Druid Hills, we did something about it. We teamed up with local experts to find the best Birmingham hookup apps, bars and sites for every taste. Now you can stop wasting good nights and get lucky whenever you want.
Peruse our list and let us know if we've missed your favourite bar or hookup app in the comments.
You’ve lost enough time in bars and on websites that have nothing to offer. Check out these Birmingham hookup sites, apps and bars.
Birmingham is a city with bountiful green spaces, so it’s fitting that one of its best bars is The Botanist. This is a cocktail bar that takes its job very seriously. They call themselves “masters of their craft”, which would be pretentious if their concoctions didn’t back up the claim. Their flower-inspired cocktails are truly one-of-a-kind.
That’s all well and good if you’re looking for a drink, but what about hooking up? Don’t worry, The Botanist has the atmosphere to match. This Temple Street bar offers great vibes with cozy seating and a food menu as intricately designed as their cocktails. The daily live music is one more touch that makes this one of our favourite Birmingham hookup bars.
For quite a few years now, we’ve been assembling a yearly ranking of the best hookup apps and sites. We pride ourselves on our thoroughness and dedication to finding sites and apps for every taste. There are lots of options out there these days, which we love. Yet, year after year, our list is dominated by one of the oldest sites in the industry: Adult FriendFinder.
AFF began in the 90s, though it really came into its own in the mid-00s. Ever since then, it has consistently been the most established, most popular hookup site around the globe. It’s genuinely a worldwide success and puts to shame all other Birmingham hookup sites. A big reason for that is it doesn’t try to be anything but a hookup site. You won’t come across anyone seeking a relationship on AFF.
With over 90 million users, you’ll discover every type and sexual preference on AFF. That means that all age groups and fetishes are represented. In fact, you can search by kink, as well as by distance and even bra size. That large user base also means that you don’t have to be a model to get laid. People of all looks and ages are represented, with an especially high number of 30-something users.
Most guys are going to get the best results on AFF, especially if they've been struggling elsewhere.
For most users, Adult FriendFinder is the only hookup site they ever want to use. It isn’t an app but that doesn’t hurt its usability. Even on your mobile, this browser-based hookup site works better than most apps. Give it a look and we bet you’ll be hooked in no time.
Nothing brings out a crowd like kegs full of beer. That was true in uni and it remains the case in your 30s. That’s why beer gardens and breweries are having such a moment right now. They provide the ideal environment to down an assortment of flavourful beers in a fun social setting. That’s a recipe for memorable times.
Though Birmingham is overrun with beer halls, our personal favourite is The Gosta Green on Holt Street. This is the quintessential hangout hall, with plenty of room for spreading out and a large menu of great food. Come with friends, bring a date or simply fly solo and see who you meet. It’s safe to say, more than a few Birmingham hookups begin here every day of the week.
Have you taken notice of how hot the cougars in this city are? It would be hard not to. Women in Birmingham age like fine wine, and they never seem to lose their sexual appetite. That's why so many lads are getting down with women over 35.
Most of those connections are happening thanks to Cougar Life. For any younger guy who's too intimidated to approach a cougar at the bar, this app is a godsend. The app takes all the uncertainty and game-playing out of the equation. You’ll be having the best sex of your life in no time. (If you're still unsure about approaching a cougar, even online, try our online course for getting with women over 30.)
Women love this app too. It makes it easy to meet men of all ages who appreciate a woman of experience. There's no wasting valuable hours in the bar or risking awkward rejection. They also won’t face any social stigma for trying to bag a younger guy. Every one of Cougar Life's seven million users knows what's up.
There's a reason Cougar Life regularly tops our annual rankings of the best cougar hookup apps and sites. It's the easiest, highest-quality app of its kind in cities across Canada. You can find someone wanting to hook up tonight. Plus, it lets you know when someone checks out your profile. Quit the guessing game and meet a sexy, mature partner now.
Across from the New Street station, you’ll find Be At One, Birmingham’s most energetic party bar. This bar is split over two rooms and has DJs both Friday and Saturday night. They also go until 3 in the morning on Thursdays through Saturdays, so the party stays strong all night. Don’t plan on going home early or you’ll miss all the fun. There are a lot of options when you're looking for hookups around the city but few that are this good.
Don’t fret if you’re not looking to hit the dance floor when out searching for a local girl to hookup with. The plush booths provide plenty of room to get comfortable with a date or casual acquaintance. Order some beers or a pair of well-crafted cocktails. Then enjoy the high-octane backdrop until you’re ready to make the party more intimate. You won’t find a livelier spot to find Birmingham hookups.
There’s no such thing as too many good options for Birmingham hookups. Here are a few more fun drinking spots and digital choices for finding a sexy match.
Birmingham hookup bars come in many forms: cocktail lounges, pubs and dive bars, to name a few. We enjoy them all but it’s good to change up the routine a little and pull out the sticks. Of course, we’re talking about billiards, and in Birmingham, that means Felson’s. There is no better pool hall in the city and it just happens to serve an excellent cocktail.
One of the reasons we’re including Felson’s on this list is because it’s a great meeting place. If you’ve connected with someone online, the cliché is to suggest a drink at the bar. It can come off as completely unoriginal. Felson’s, on the other hand, is a fresh idea for a first date or casual meet-up. Also, if you don’t click with the person you came with, not a problem. There are always plenty of other patrons around.
How do you feel about Tinder? The answer to that question will largely depend on your age. Most Millennials have spent time on this app, at least for a little while. Though they may have loved the app originally, things soured quickly.
The fact is, Tinder is an app for the young (and the good-looking). The most successful users are between the ages of 18 and 28. Undergraduates at the University of Birmingham and City U are squarely in the target market. Anyone much older than that is going to be less impressed. Even if you are in the sweet spot as far as age is concerned, Tinder may still fail you.
That's because the app is geared towards the best-looking people. There's a reason profile pictures are so prominent and the bios are so flimsy. As a guy, you'd better be in the top 15% in looks or you'll swipe until your fingers hurt. Plus, if you're hoping to hook a real stunner, be prepared to strike out. While there's an abundance of beautiful women on Tinder, you'll be lucky to get their attention. The fittest women get so many matches, they don't even bother to respond to messages.
With all those caveats, we still have to call Tinder one of the best Birmingham hookup apps. Even as it retools as a relationship app, the hottest people in Birmingham are still getting laid with it. If you’re good looking, you won’t need to bother with any other hookup app.
Of all the music venues in the Midlands, nothing brings the funk, brings the noise like The Night Owl. Located in Digbeth, this is the place to hear great soul and R&B while getting close with a fit dance partner. Designed to look like something out of a 70s fever dream, there’s no question this spot has style.
The Night Owl is new, but it’s already established its reputation as the place to be on the weekends. It doesn’t matter if you lived through the 70s or just wish you did; you’ll love this venue. There’s no better place to meet someone who likes to dance vertically and horizontally. There’s only one thing holding The Night Owl back from being a great hookup bar. The music is so good, you may not want to leave.
So, you’ve hit up every pub and lounge in town (even Yardley Arms) and you’re getting bored. Maybe you need a challenge. If that’s the case, we would like to seriously suggest hitting up the aisles of your local grocer. Between the peaches and aubergine, you may just find some non-emoji-related fun.
It could be any place, but we’re partial to the great selection at Pars Supermarket on Hagley Road. The trick to picking up at a grocery store is walking the fine line between being sociable and being creepy. Luckily, you’re in a place full of conversation starters. Ask a sexy stranger for an ingredient suggestion or trade recipes. Once you conquer the food aisles, you can truly call yourself a master of the hookup.
As an alternative to the bar scene, Coffee houses and cafés are fantastic locations for meeting a stranger. You can stay all day and relax in a casual lounge where people are always coming and going. It’s also refreshingly simple to start a conversation, especially since you aren’t competing with noisy crowds.
Birmingham’s abundance of coffee houses includes a socially and globally conscious café, 3 Three’s Coffee Lounge. Yes, it’s a vegan establishment, but even if you aren’t meat-averse, it’s still a chill place to hang. Bring a book, grab a good spot and wait. It won’t take long for someone to appear who you can start a friendly chat with; after that, anything goes.
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