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Downtown Birmingham Bars Lead the City’s Favorites

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Downtown Birmingham bars grabbed 4 spots on the Birmingham Business Journal’s 2016 list of  “Bham’s most popular bars.” Loft District hot spots The Collins Bar, Carrigan’s Public House, Paramount, and The Wine Loft all made the list. That means you can access four of the city’s crowd favorites within less than a mile–six-tenths of one, to be exact. If you want to be in the thick of things, there’s no better place to be. 

So what’s behind the downtown draw?

We’ve talked before about the neighborhood’s craft cocktail appeal, but there’s more to the neighborhood’s popularity than that. There’s an accessibility to the artistry here that really draws us in.

Consider the level of cocktail produced among Paramount’s arcade games. Or the Collins’s handful of questions to create a custom cocktail. The Wine Loft is a repeat host of the Wineology event for Birmingham Restaurant Week, and has a wine list full of everyman descriptors.

And while we love the neighborhood hotspots, those are just the beginning. Cocktails at Tavern on 1st or John’s or Cafe Dupont are equally lovely without the large crowd.

There’s plenty of fancy drinking around here–Carrigan’s has had a cocktail that featured Glenlivet–but it’s short on the fancy attitudes. It’s something we like to think of as Birmingham hospitality at its best, where grand facades give way to a warm welcome.

As the neighborhood increasingly plays host to out-of-towners–those Marriotts are coming, y’all–downtown Birmingham bars will be part of putting our best face forward. And it’s one we can all enjoy.

So much of life downtown, of loft district living, is enjoying the idea of access. When some of the best and most popular places are at your proverbial doorstep, it’s hard not to feel #blessed. Whether it’s traveling guests or simply friends from other neighborhoods, it’s easy to convince folks they should converge in yours.

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