3 socially distant dates you can enjoy in Birmingham right now

Cheers to staying safe and having fun in our Magic City. Photo via @taylor_grote on Unsplash

Who doesn’t love a good date night? Whether you’re single, in a relationship, married, etc—we’ve all been cooped up for a while now. Here are a few ways you can hit the town in Birmingham, responsibly.

1. For the Fresh Air Folks

Kick your Saturday morning off by wandering around The Market at Pepper Place. It’s open every Saturday from 7AM-12PM rain or shine. With safety measures like required face coverings and one-way foot traffic, it’s a great way to get some fresh air and gather your spoils, from fresh produce to treats from Bandit Pâtisserie.

While you’re in Pepper Place, swing by Red Cat for a snack and a caffeine boost. Pro tip: you can’t go wrong with the Greek Salad, but if you’re in the mood for something heartier, I highly recommend the Breakfast Sandwich.

Next up: time to enjoy the Great Outdoors! Earlier this year, I wrote about some of my favorite hiking trails around Bham. The list sports options from Red Mountain Park to Moss Rock and more. Pick your favorite and get to steppin’!

2. For the Sunset Strollers

Head out after work one evening and enjoy golden hour at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. With 67.5 acres to explore, there’s plenty of room to spread out. Bonus: admission and parking are free.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head across the street to Lane Parke for dinner. There’s several great options, but I have to recommend the Blackened Shrimp Tacos at CharBar No. 7 and the Chicken Chilaquiles at Sol Y Luna. Both spots are offering curbside + socially distant or patio seating.

Wine down with a view after dinner. Head up to the rooftop of the Grand Bohemian Hotel to check out Habitat Feed and Social Lounge. Try out one of their signature cocktails or order from the expansive wine list.

3. For the Leisure Lovers

I’m all for a good active date, but if you’re looking to kick back and relax, this is the plan for you. Start your night off with an OG on Birmingham’s craft beer scene: Good People Brewing Co. They’ve got plenty of outdoor seating and, of course, require masks inside.

After that, head over to Regions Field for a movie night. Yup, you read that right. The Babe Ruff Cinema Nights series is an experience you won’t get every day. You can check out details + a full schedule here, but here’s your insider info: they’re showing The Sandlot on September 5, which you’re obviously not going to want to miss.

End your night on a sweet note—Michael’s Restaurant is now open. Head up to the rooftop for some glittering skyline views and delicious dessert. Don’t leave without ordering their award-winning White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Bread Pudding.

Grab your mask and grab a date! How are you getting out and about safely right now, Bham? Let us know on social @BhamNow.


  • A Birmingham transplant who can usually be found hitting a new hiking trail or restaurant opening when she's not writing stories and snapping photos for Bham Now.