Written by Jo Hales
The United Kingdom is full of beauty and romance: ancient castles, dramatic coastlines, sexy accents, David Beckham, and the list goes on. So while you're wrapped up in this love affair, take your better half by the hand and go experience live music in one of these cozy, intimate settings.
Gorgeous, cozy and convenient: The Lexington is a great 2-for-1 located in north-central London. The main level is an easy-on-the-eyes lounge, and the upstairs is the venue. Described as American-themed, due to the selection of American microbrews and whiskies, the décor is classic English pub.
2. Studio 2 @ Parr Street
Small, lush and cozy, Studio 2 is located in Liverpool. Part hotel, restaurant, recording studio, and lounge, it's a venue is unlike any other. While other tourists are packed into the infamous Cavern Club, you'll have a much more genuine experience here, surrounded by local acts.
3. Newcastle City Hall
This venue has ample capacity, but to me, experiencing live music in a theater-style setting creates a romantic ambiance. Good location to see more prominent acts.
4. Voodoo Rooms
The Voodoo Rooms is one of those gorgeous bar/restaurants you have to see to believe. Located in one of my favorite cities in the world, Edinburgh, Scotland, this place oozes style and glamour. Reasonable menu and ticket prices lend to a laid-back atmosphere.
5. The Arches
Located in the city center under Glasgow Central station, shows take place in one of 7 rooms, all of which feature dramatic brick archways. This is a not-for-profit organization which also houses a restaurant and art exhibitions.
6. Sandy Bell's Pub
Authentic folk music and traditional Scottish music fill the air in this tiny, corner pub in Edinburgh. You are guaranteed to get swept up in the passion of the music here, where spontaneous jam sessions have been known to happen on more than one occasion. There is no food here and music starts late, usually around 9 p.m.
7. Bassoon Bar
Tucked away in the 5-star Corinthia Hotel in London's West End, the Bassoon Bar is sheer luxury. Enjoy the decadent, 1920's décor while musical acts effortlessly tap out jazz and pop tunes on the piano. Drinks are unique, expensive and worth a try.
8. 606 Club
A membership jazz club, this venue is intimate, dark and hard to find in the Chelsea area of London. Non-members attending a show Sunday -Thursday cannot drink alcohol, reservations are advised for Friday or Saturday shows, and due to a "supper license" you must eat dinner there if you want to consume alcohol. Pricey, but worth it.
9.National Centre of Early Music
Your chance to see a concert in a medieval church. Situated in the lovely city of York, England, this venue features folk, jazz and contemporary acts, catering to a more sophisticated crowd. Regardless of your musical preferences, the setting can't get more romantic.
10. Union Chapel
A wonderful example of Victorian gothic architecture, the intricate surroundings of this venue in north London are extraordinary. Bring cash if you want to experience the great acoustics in this working church.
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