Date Idea: Best live music bars around the UK

With its extensive collection of pubs, bars and clubs, the UK is certainly an impressive hub for live music and best of all, there’s something to suit all music-lovers.

So if you and your date fancy listening to the smooth tunes of the London blues, or if Cuban beats are more up your street, take a look at our top live music venues that will guarantee you and your date a good time.

London

Ain’t Nothing But – London’s Original Blues Bar


This saloon-style back room is home to some of the best blues music in London. Acts from all walks of life take to the stage most nights of the week from bands to soulful duos.

There’s a few tables and seats inside this cosy venue but you can also stand at the cabin-like bar with a tipple as you both swing to the blues.

Liverpool

Alma de Cuba

Named as one of the UK’s most spectacular bars, Alma de Cuba is set in the magnificent surroundings of a converted Catholic Church, complete with the traditional fittings of a marble altar and beautiful stained glass windows.

As the name suggests, this place is most famous for its distinctive Cuban beats which come in the form of live bongo shows and 12-piece Latin bands.

If you’re going on a first-date and want to spend time chatting as well as dancing, then we would recommend the Sunday Service Gospel Brunch which runs from 12-6pm every Sunday.

Manchester

Trof Northern Quarter

Located in Manchester’s bohemian Northern Quarter, Trof is a relaxed and trendy hang-out for music lovers with an eclectic taste.

By day, it’s a hipster hideaway where you can chat to your date over delicious coffee and cake. By night, it turns in to a vibrant bar which features a range of entertainment from open mic nights to pop, soul, funk and disco DJ’s.

Birmingham

The Flapper

The Flapper is one of the leading independent live music venues in Birmingham.

Situated in the city centre, the venue attracts touring and local bands every night of the week. Why not take advantage of their pool table and arcade too? You’ll get to see how competitive your date is as well as having a lot of fun!