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2125 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA
For bespoke cocktails mixed in a lively atmosphere, head to the Collins Bar in downtown Birmingham. Just tell the bartenders what you like, and they’ll whip up a custom-crafted drink for just $8 to $10. Take your cocktail to the street-side patio,...
2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA
You might not think of most museums as dining destinations, but Oscar’s at the Birmingham Museum of Art certainly is. The restaurant serves lunch during the week, but its musical brunch—offered only on select Sundays—is worth a trip, whether or...
Morris Ave, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA
With more than 50 venues participating, and dozens of artists and performers, the Birmingham Art Crawl makes the first Thursday of every month an exciting event. The crawl, which is centered around the historic Morris Avenue neighborhood between...
2304 10th Terrace S, Birmingham, AL 35205, USA
Housed behind a small unassuming frontage in a residential area of Southside, the Garage opens up to a huge patio that is surrounded by roll-front doors that house an eclectic mix of random findings. It is filled with concrete tables, benches, and...
17 Dexter Ave, Birmingham, AL 35213, USA
The Pantry by Stone Hollow Farmstead is located in little house just off the Crestline Village shopping area. It’s where the foodies of Birmingham go to get their favorite artisanal goat cheeses and various sundries, and they stay for a light...
2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA
Birmingham has a great art museum that boasts a truly impressive permanent collection, including pieces from the Italian Renaissance, Native American tribes, African art, Asian art, and it also houses the one of the largest and most impressive...
2922, 2240 Highland Ave, Birmingham, AL 35205, USA
Rounding out renowned Chef Frank Stitt's trio of Birmingham's most beloved restaurants is Bottega Restaurant and Cafe. The stately building sits in the historic Highlands neighborhood and has long been a favorite place to meet for after-work...
4685 Hwy 17, Helena, AL 35080, USA
I love this little place so much. It's our favorite Saturday morning spot, and it's the only place in tiny Helena to get an espresso-based drink! The cinnamon toast is my personal favorite; my daughter has no preference at all, but they'll usually...
2320 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA
Urban Standard opened in 2007 and has become a catalyst for the downtown revitalization that has blossomed around it. It’s the perfect place for anyone to congregate: creatives, business folks, locals who live in the surrounding lofts, students...
233 Finley Ave W, Birmingham, AL 35204, USA
If you are looking for an authentic Southern food experience, Niki's West should be the first place you go. The cafeteria-style eatery shuffles its patrons through the line pretty quickly, so make sure you know what you want! Granted, with a huge...
1600 1st Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233, USA
One of the cornerstones of Birmingham’s revitalization, Railroad Park used to be two run-down city blocks adjacent to major railroad lines. It is now a gorgeous greenspace that boasts a walking trail, a small lake, a skate park, two playgrounds,...
520 16th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA
2013 marked the 50th anniversary of some of Birmingham’s darkest moments: the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church that took the lives of four little girls, fire hoses set loose by its police chief on civil rights activists, and the...
2323 1st Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA
What's On 2nd is an eclectic mix of anything and everything antique and/or vintage ranging in items from cameras to dolls to medicine bottles. There are household items from the 1940s and '50s to video games and gaming systems from the 1980s and...
1401 1st Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233, USA
Any local you talk to will tell you that Alabama is a diehard college football state, but with the additon of Regions Park, the brand new home of minor league baseball team the Birmingham Barons, residents are finding a new team to root for...
114 14th St S, Birmingham, AL 35233, USA
Founded by a couple of guys who love beer so much that they wanted to make it, the name says it all. Good beer for the good, honest, hard-working people of Alabama. What began as small start-up in 2008 has grown to one of the coolest places to...
2021 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA
Independent bookstores are an increasingly rare breed, but Reed Books in Birmingham has continued to defy the downward trend. Owned by Jim Reed, an author and columnist, the store features a rare book loft and shelves that overflow with paperbacks...
2101 5th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA
For your sweet-tooth fix, make your way to Edgar’s Bakery & Café. Started in 1998 by Terry and Dottie Smith, it’s been named best bakery several years in a row by Birmingham News readers. Treat yourself to a red velvet cheesecake bar, a mini...
2430 Morris Ave, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA
Carrigan’s Public House certainly lives up to the “gastronomy” part of its status as a gastropub. In addition to craft cocktails that highlight fresh ingredients, you’ll find a menu of haute comfort food, with dishes like oxtail chili, Panko fried...
2221 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA
Uptown is a new entertainment center that has opened virtually in the Westin Birmingham's back yard and is super-convenient for the concerts, exhibitions, and other events at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. Uptown is home to numerous...
2612 Lane Park Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223, USA
The Birmingham Botanical Gardens is, without a doubt, one of the most loved and visited places in the entire city. Most locals consider the Japanese Garden and its bright red bridge spanning the koi-filled pond to be the highlight. In addition the...
Five Points South, Birmingham, AL, USA
5 Points South is one of Birmingham's epicenters of food, drink, and entertainment, but the local favorites are the two record stores, Charlemagne and Renaissance. They have been there for years and are permanent fixtures in the Southside...
1701 Valley View Dr, Birmingham, AL 35209, USA
Built by Italian artist Giuseppe Moretti, Vulcan (the Roman god of fire) is the world’s largest cast iron statue. It is made of local iron, which is appropriate since Birmingham got its nickname, the Magic City, from the incredible iron industry...
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