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 common hookups options 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 neighborhoods from Digbeth to Druid Hills, we did something about it. We teamed up with local experts to find the best hookup hotspots 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 favorite bar or hookup platform in the comments.
You’ve lost enough time in bad bars and online options that have nothing to offer. Check out these ones; they're options that actually work.
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.
For quite a few years now, we’ve been assembling a yearly ranking of the best hookup apps online. We pride ourselves on our thoroughness and dedication to finding hookups platforms for every taste. There are lots of options out there these days, which we love. Lately, Adult FriendFinder has been pulling ahead as the best option (even better than Tinder).
What makes AFF so good is that it has a ton of local users in Birmingham and it's actually been working for single men. If you've struggled to get much attention on Tinder or other apps AFF will be another story. They do a great job of filtering out all the women that are just looking for attention or compliments. No more time wasters.
Most guys are going to get the best results on AFF, especially if they've been struggling elsewhere.
If you haven't checked out their free trial you need to. Way too many hookups start off online for you to ignore it any longer. You don't want to miss out on half of your opportunities do you?
Some of the best hookups in Birmingham start at pubs. So here are a few options we think you should try out.
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.
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 bars to find hookups in Birmingham.
The club scene is full of hot girls just looking to have a good time. So if you want to get laid in Birmingham, here's where you need to go.
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 hook ups in Birmingham.
Never judge a book by its cover. In the case of Tunnel, never judge a club by its entrance. This unassuming club under a literal railway is one of the hottest clubs in all of Birmingham. With a huge dance floor that actually fills up with lots of girls looking to get laid, you can't go wrong with a night out here! Keep in mind that it's all industrial themed. So if you're looking for fancy lights, plush couches and upscale decor, this is NOT the place for you. But if you just want a good time in the company of sexy single girls, you'll love Tunnel.
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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.
There’s no such thing as too many good options for Birmingham hook ups. Here are a few more fun spots and digital choices for finding a sexy match.
How do you feel about Tinder? The answer to that question will largely depend on your age. Most Millennials have spent time here, at least for a little while. Though they may have loved it originally, things soured quickly.
The fact is, Tinder is an option 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 it 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 girls on Tinder, you'll be lucky to get their attention. The fittest ones 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 ways to get laid in Birmingham. Even as it retools as a platform for finding relationships, 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 platform.
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. Come with friends, bring a date or simply fly solo and see who you meet. It’s safe to say, more than a few people get laid in Birmingham just by being here.
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