Hannah Drake

The Year of Alphabet Dates: B

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Find out more about the idea for alphabet dating on the first post, for the letter A.

I asked my Instagram followers to give us some suggestions for our B date night and they truly gave us some spectacular ideas! (I’ve included them in the lists below.) Bowling was far and away the most suggested activity and we were pretty sure that’s what we were going to do already. In the end, we decided on brunch then bowling, but we had no idea it would turn into a weekend long date!

After going to the cinema in the morning with a friend, I met Luke in town to visit our favourite brunch spot in the city: York’s. We ate there after we gave notice for our marriage, so it’s kind of a special place for us, but also they have the world’s best chicken and waffles. (It’s true, don’t @ me!)

The plan was to check out a new bowling spot nearby called Lane 7, suggested to us by Oli and Emily who did burgers and bowling for their B date. On our way, we stopped by The Body Shop so I could ask a few questions about their new skin care line. But when we got there, we found out that we should have booked in advance because, at 14:00, they didn’t have any openings until midnight.

We were a bit sad, but went home and booked a lane for two games the next afternoon. Instead, we stayed home on Saturday night and watched the latest episode of The Bachelor.

Lane 7 Birmingham

On Sunday afternoon, we went back to Lane 7 for our reservation and had the best time. It’s definitely the coolest bowling alley I’ve ever been to! I even told Luke I want to have my birthday party there!

We got a couple of drinks and then went head-to-head in two games. I had originally suggested we do three games in case we each win one, but what a joke that was. Luke out bowled me 141-80, then 116-87. And that was with a broken hip!

It was a really fun way to spend the afternoon and a great hang out spot. I loved all the little touches they had everywhere, like the balls looking like billiards balls, cool murals, and trendy decor. We even did the photo booth on the way out, which made them realise it hadn’t even been plugged in yet. Whoops! The only thing I would do differently at Lane 7 is book for a bit longer. Two games can go quickly when just two people are bowling, but we weren’t in any real rush. However, that meant at the end of our allotted time, there was another couple hovering by our lane waiting for us to finish.

And I’m serious about my birthday party, even though I’d be turning 29, not 9.


  • go bowling

  • go to brunch or breakfast - Visit your favourite spot or try somewhere new.

  • do a bar crawl - Choose your favourite bars, plan a route, and maybe even pick a signature drink to have at each place.

  • go boating

  • visit a beach

  • take a bike ride

  • play bingo - Maybe you live in a place like my hometown that has a bingo alley. Maybe you live in the UK and can try Bongo’s Bingo because that is a freaking blast.

  • play billiards

  • have a bake off - Choose an ingredient and/or choose a type of bake. After our first bake off, we found that it works best if you make the same type of bake. Invite friends or family over to do a blind taste test and choose the winner.

  • do a beer tasting - Go to a bar, pub, or brewery that offers beer flights. Or make your own at home with your favourite beers.

  • go to a ballet

  • have breakfast in bed

  • play board games

  • go hot air ballooning - Or go to a hot air balloon festival. I’ve always wanted to go to one!

  • drive bumper cars - We did this at the arcade and it was a blast. I highly recommend it, but it was short for us since it wasn’t the main event.

  • have a James Bond movie marathon - You could start from the beginning and make a weekend out of it. You could just watch your favourite Bond actor.

  • take a bread making class

  • try base jumping

  • visit a botanical garden

  • visit a book store - Browse together or separately. Choose a book for each other. Sit and read in one of the comfy chairs around the store.

  • go to a baseball game

  • go to a basketball game

  • have a Batman movie marathon - There have been a lot of Batmans (Batmen?) over the last few decades. You could watch them all or you could just watch your favourite actor. (Always Christian Bale, right?)

  • try bungee jumping

  • break stuff - There was a date on The Bachelorette last season where they went to a warehouse and smashed a bunch of stuff with sledge hammers. Apparently that’s a thing now. You can pay to go break TVs and hit cars with sledge hammers. I mean, who wouldn’t want to do that?

  • take ballroom dance lessons

  • visit a butterfly farm/pavilion

  • go on a brewery tour - Colorado is known for it’s microbreweries and some of them even offer tours (and tastings). Or maybe because you’re a Coloradan, you just know someone who works for a brewery who can give you a private tour.

  • play at a bounce house

  • warm up around a bonfire - bring s’mores, hot chocolate, and a cozy blanket

  • hit the batting cages

  • go bouldering

  • recreate a date from The Bachelor - The show is known for its wild and extravagant dates and maybe it’s within your budget. Recreate one of the best, like taking a helicopter ride, bungee jumping, take a dip in a secluded hot tub, or even just a candlelit dinner for two. (Just make sure you actually eat the food.) Don’t forget the red roses!


  • brunch

  • BBQ

  • burgers

  • B restaurants/bars - Does your favourite restaurant or bar start with a B? Or what about a spot you’ve been dying to try, but just haven’t found the time yet?


  • Birmingham, England

  • Bristol, England

  • Bath, England

  • Brighton, England

  • Boulder, Colorado

  • Beaver Creek, Colorado

  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (Colorado)

  • Black Hawk, Colorado

  • Breckenridge, Colorado

  • The Broadmoor Hotel (Colorado Springs, Colorado)

  • Hotel Boulderado (Boulder, Colorado)

  • The Brown Palace Hotel (Denver, Colorado)


Header Photo by Brianne Haagenson Photography.

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