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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...
113 20th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA
Cafe Dupont is housed in a building dating back to the 1870s, and the exposed brick and high ceilings enhance the traditional bistro atmosphere. The Dupont serves "slow food," and sources locally. The menu changes daily based on availability, so...
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...
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...
1701 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA
Learn about the jazz greats, including Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, and Duke Ellington, at the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. Located in the Civil Rights District, this art-deco museum features exhibits on legendary musicians and sponsors jazz...
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,...
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...
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...
129 Courthouse Square, Oxford, MS 38655, USA
I could listen to the Thacker Mountain Radio show from my house in Oxford, Mississippi, but when I’m in Off Square Books—shelves pushed aside, folding chairs unfolded—and the house band launches into its rockabilly theme song, something in me is...
Cleveland, MS, MS, USA
Ever since watching The Color Purple, I've always been fascinated by the juke joint. Currently attending some training in the Mississippi Delta, I had the opportunity to check out the regions oldest (so they say) juke joint. Owned and run by...
Melrose Montebello Pkwy, Natchez, MS 39120, USA
Traveling through the Southern United States has shown me how much history I've been missing out on. I had no clue Natchez, Mississippi had a good set of antebellum homes, one of which is Melrose that is run by the National Park Service. The...
1107 Washington St, Vicksburg, MS 39183, USA
Touted as the first place Coca-Cola was first bottled (1894), this small yet interesting museum is worth a visit if you just happen to be in Vicksburg, Mississippi. While not nearly the size of the museum in Atlanta, there is an old soda fountain...
453 Allied Dr, Nashville, TN 37211, USA
URP has been turning out the vinyl since 1949. Fascinating tours offered on Fridays reveal the mysterious process of manufacturing records, and include a frozen-in-the-1960s suite built for Motown clients in the days prior to desegregation. Check...
East End, Nashville, TN 37206, USA
Commercial clusters, or hives, are a growing trend in historic East Nashville, as they can provide a variety of storefronts nestled within an infill lot. In this half-block of Five Points, the shopping includes antiques, a book shop, fresh...
4104 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215, USA
See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. At the 100-seat Bluebird Cafe, hear aspiring songwriters as well as chart-topping geniuses perform their original works. Featured on the TV series Nashville, the venue first gained acclaim as a testing...
1236, 20 32nd St N, Birmingham, AL 35222, USA
The water tower that looms over downtown Birmingham, emblazoned with the word “SLOSS” and visible from all over the city, is synonymous with Birmingham and the rise and fall of the iron industry. During the turn of the 20th century, Birmingham...
1008 Oxmoor Rd, Homewood, AL 35209, USA
You won’t be too hard-pressed to find great barbecue in Birmingham, but Saw’s should be at the top of your list. With a location in Homewood and also in the revitalized Avondale neighborhood, get your ‘cue fix with a helping of pulled pork with...
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