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2311 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N #200, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA
Bottle & Bone is a carnivore’s dream. This butcher/pub specializes in local meats, housemade charcuterie, and grilled steaks. Try the sausage or bacon flight to start. Then pick a ribeye or filet mignon or a Berkshire pork chop from the butcher’s...
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,...
200 20th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA
For some old-school entertainment, plan an evening at Paramount. You’ll find skeeball, Pop-A-Shot, pinball machines, and other games that will take you back to your childhood at this downtown Birmingham bar. In between shooting challenges and...
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...
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...
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...
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...
100 Broadway St, Birmingham, AL 35209, USA
Escape Day Spa has all the usual treatments (massages, facials, body wraps, manicures and pedicures, and hair removal), but they also offer packages for singles, couples, or friends, and they have a treatment made especially for men. The BFF...
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...
2829 2nd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233, USA
Located in and around the nostalgic Dr. Pepper and Martin Biscuit buildings on Birmingham's Southside, Pepper Place is home to an outstanding collection of locally-owned shops. Charlie Thigpen's Garden Gallery is Birmingham's favorite nursery,...
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...
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...
1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA
One of the city’s oldest and most thriving landmarks, the Alabama Theatre is a step back in time. It opened in 1927 and the interior is still filled with the Golden Age splendor of nearly 100 years ago. Along the sidewalk leading into the entrance...
281 Lyon Ln, Birmingham, AL 35211, USA
A newer attraction in Birmingham, Red Mountain Park sits on and around the city’s most famous mountain and honors the coal and limestone fields that comprised iron-making and put the “Magic City” on the map. There are plenty of activities for...
2007 11th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205, USA
Located in the beautiful 5 Points South district on the Southside of Birmingham, when you step through the door of the legendary Chef Frank Stitt's Chez Fonfon, you are instantly transported to your favorite bistro in France. The menu features...
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...
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...
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...
1720 7th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233, USA
One of Birmingham’s first food trucks, Mac and Chad of Shindigs will do lunch right for you. Track them down via Twitter, Facebook, or their website and then take your time deciding which of their “vittles” to chow down on. All of their...
358 Hollywood Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35209, USA
OverEasy is the place to visit in Birmingham if you are passionate about breakfast food and all of the comfort it brings. The menu offers something for everyone, from healthy options to a full-on Southern breakfast. The ingredients are from local...
2824 18th St S, Birmingham, AL 35209, USA
Soca first opened its doors in 2000 and has grown to become one of the preferred boutiques in the city. Quality clothes, unique accessories, and the best customer service around create a perfect shopping experience. For those who love local...
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...
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...
2821 Central Ave #101, Homewood, AL 35209, USA
I love this place. It meshes authentic Mexican food (NOT Tex-Mex) with just enough New South to keep it bright, beautiful, and original. Every time we go, despite our best efforts to try something new, we order the same thing: a couple of tacos...
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