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Welcome to Birmingham!

            We’re so excited you decided on Birmingham for your new home. This city we love has so much to offer from food to the great outdoors. We know it’s not easy being in a new city so we’ve pulled together a guide of our favorite local spots. Enjoy!

Food

Highlands Bar & Grill

Recently named “Most Outstanding Restaurant in America,” this is an iconic Birmingham spot. Don’t forget to try the award winning coconut cake while you’re there!

Chez FonFon

Another charming Frank Stitt spot. Slightly more relaxed atmosphere and excellent French inspired cuisine.

Hot and Hot Fish Club

Classic Birmingham. We recommend sitting at the chef’s table for the full experience.

Jack Browns

Although Birmingham has some outstanding burgers, Jack Browns is arguably one of the best. The extensive beer offering, secret sauce and outrageous burger selections (try one with mac and cheese or peanut butter) make this spot unlike any other.

Fancy’s on 5th

Another great spot to grab an out-of-the-ordinary burger, or oysters. Fancy’s often has live music on the patio and a creative cocktail menu that never disappoints.

El Barrio

The best Mexican food in town. Try their seasonal guacamole and margarita for a real taste of something different!

Bamboo on 2nd

Right across the street from El Barrio, downtown. You won’t find more delicious sushi!

The Essential

This charming new spot on Morris Ave is known for their homemade pop tarts but don’t miss out on their lunch and dinner menus!

Bottega

Dine on the casual side, formal side or al fresco. Bottega is a classic Highland Park spot with a little something for everyone.

Hotbox

A unique dinning experience – don’t let the airstream and low key atmosphere fool you, this food is no joke

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Drinks

Breweries

The Bham beer scene is pretty strong. Head to Good People before a Barons game, take your dog to Avondale or try out the new Back Forty. Did we mention Trim Tab, Cahaba, Ghost Train and Red Hills? Explore multiple stops in one afternoon when you book a Pedal Tour.

The Collins Bar

Let these mixologists create the cocktail you never knew existed and play a few board games while you wait. This is a great spot to grab a drink after work.

The Atomic

Take a time machine back to the 1960’s at this downtown bar. You can even choose a costume off the costume menu. It’s a unique cocktail experience to say the least.

Brat Brot

Birmingham’s first German biergarten. The indoor/outdoor space is uniquely charming and offers bocce and fire pits. Enjoy both German and local beers as well as German food selections.

Lou’s

It might not look like much but you’ll feel right at home with the friendly and knowledgeable staff. Don’t forget to play a round of Yahtzi for a chance to win some cash!

Marble Ring/Zeldas

Birmingham’s 1920’s speakeasy experience. Enter through a phone booth in Hot Diggity Dog’s and enjoy a throwback to the flapper era. Now you can enjoy a glitter themed dance floor out on the patio at Zeldas!

Moon shine

This rooftop bar can be found at the top of The Elyton Hotel. Comfortable seating and great view make this is laid back spot to catch up with friends.

Pilcrow

Coming soon to Morris Ave, we can’t wait to try out this Mezcal speakeasy! A first for Birmingham!

Music & Entertainment

Iron City

This restaurant and event space doubles as a concert venue and when they’re not hosting live music, they’re offering family friendly events, sports viewing parties and more.

Saturn

Coffee shop, bar, concert venue and all around entertainment center thanks to their selection of board and video games. There’s constantly something fun going on here.

Alabama Theatre

This Birmingham landmark offers plays, concerts, and even movie nights! Catch a different Christmas movie every night of the week during December!

Lyric Theatre

The oldest theatre in Birmingham has been restored and is used for concerts, ballets and entertainment of all kinds!

Outdoors

Rufner Mountain

Get some fresh air and hike the beautiful trails of this nature preserve. You can also enjoy family and community events a couple times a month at the nature center.

Railroad Park

This 8-block green space in the heart of the city is a great place to spend time outdoors. Enjoy free exercise classes, summer concerts and ice skating in the winter.

Vulcan Trail

This two mile trail has been recently expanded and leads straight to The Vulcan and Vulcan museum.

Zyp Bikes

The easiest and most affordable way to get around the downtown area. You can rent a Zyp bike at one location and return it to another.

Rotary Trail

A nod to Birmingham’s history, this is a great place in the city to take a stroll!

Bham Spotlight: The Travel Channel's Birmingham

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Birmingham’s place on the Travel Channel’s “Next 11 Great Destinations” list isn’t exactly news these days. It’s made the rounds on social media, earned a mention on AL.com, and could easily pass along as another accolade for our emerging city. But we can’t help thinking about what the Travel Channel left out of its Birmingham mention. Baseball, craft beer, Highlands, and the Lyric are worthy mentions, all, but we’re not sure that’s a true distillation of the new Birmingham spirit. So we’ve crafted our own mini travel guide to our fair city, partly to help us convince more far-flung friends to visit but also as a meditation on the things we’re doing right as we start a new year.

 

Affordable Food Adventures

Admittedly, the Travel Channel got it partly right. We maintain that the single greatest reason to visit (or live in) Birmingham is the food. But name checking only Frank Stitt’s Highlands Bar & Grill would be roughly akin to collapsing New Orleans cuisine into John Besh’s August. Everyone should go to Highlands at some point, because it really is that good, and the service that spectacular. But what makes Birmingham food magical is the sheer volume of affordable quality. You don’t have to choose between fine dining and a hole-in-the-wall. There’s a tremendous richness in between.

It would be hard to underestimate Stitt’s impact on local food culture, but John Hall’s story of earning New York culinary bona fires only to return home to Avondale is a more of-the-moment story. Or Hotbox, Avondale’s airstream trailer restaurant that’s earned a mention on Gear Patrol’s list of “The 25 Best New Restaurants in America.” The problem with traveling for Birmingham food, after all, is mostly one of narrowing down your choices. Vague “culinary scene” references simply don’t do Birmingham food justice.

 

Enduring History

Birmingham’s ability to bookend the spectrum of baseball facilities is impressive, but when it comes to historic resources, Rickwood Field barely scratches the surface. And you can’t talk Birmingham history — or Rickwood field, for that matter — without addressing the city’s more lasting legacy of civil rights struggle. While visitors check out Regions Field, they really shouldn’t miss the area’s new Negro Southern League Museum.

A visit downtown would hardly be complete without a stop at the Civil Rights Institute and the chilling police dog sculptures of Kelly Ingram Park. But one of our favorite historical resources is the series of Civil Rights Heritage Trails downtown, a literal (and free) walking tour of the places history happened.

 

Revitalization culture

We’ve heard it said that Birmingham’s secret blessing was the lack of an Atlanta- or Charlotte-style late-twentieth century boom. A lack of big investment money meant fewer historic buildings razed for sharp designs in 80s glass, and the result is an enviable number of intact historic buildings. But what makes Birmingham interesting right now are the things happening in those old buildings — the marriage of modern design ideas and historic spaces, the transition of downtown from a purely commercial space to a thriving live/work loft district.

There’s a very real combination of the past and the present clustered in downtown that makes for a remarkably visitor-friendly experience. Even the exciting neighborhoods outside downtown proper — Avondale, for instance — are an easy Zyp ride away or a cheap Uber fare. Then there’s Parkside, the whole new neighborhood spawned from almost nothing, until a forgotten space became an award-winning urban park, and a swanky new ballpark brought baseball back to Birmingham. And it’s no accident that some of Birmingham’s biggest cultural events worth traveling for — Sidewalk Film Festival and Sloss Fest — are both housed in some of the city’s greatest building icons.