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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!

Why Egg Whites Are the New Icons of Loft District Living

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Once upon a time in the magic city, a vodka soda passed for a cocktail. But no longer. Now there’s The Collins Bar, Paramount, and Carrigan’s Public House, soon to be joined by Tavern on 1st, all in our neighborhood. Birmingham’s Loft District is making a name for itself as the home of the craft cocktail, and we’re not-so-secretly thrilled. To celebrate, we’ve put together our Cocktail District FAQ, below:

What makes a cocktail special?

The sense of occasion. The care that goes into it. As much as we appreciate the old-world tradition of a well-poured pint, egg whites and bitters hold a special place in our cocktail-loving hearts.

What makes it a craft cocktail?

The details. There’s a charming range of flavors you can coax from a strong alcohol and the right additions. Craft drink menus are taken as seriously as any food offerings, and, ideally, are rotated as regularly. Bartenders with quirky mustaches mark a craft establishment, especially if they twist lemon rind garnishes with a flourish, but neither is required.

Why the loft district?

There’s something fundamentally urban about the cocktail these days, and the Loft District is home to Birmingham’s strongest city vibe. It has the highest concentration of exposed brick, after all, with the lowest concentration of single family dwellings. And situated adjacent to Birmingham’s financial core, there’s a traditionalist notion of the after work drink.

 

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What’s the cocktail atmosphere?

It’s unfailingly urban and a touch hipster, but friendly for all ages. We’ve also noticed an emphasis on design among the cocktail set. If you’re looking for spaces that stand out, they tend to coincide with cocktail offerings.

What does it add to the bar scene?

Options, mostly. In the way that our craft brew scene expanded the possibilities for beer, the craft cocktail offers choices beyond neat, rocks, and coca cola mixers.

Who makes the best cocktail?

It’s an impossible kind of decision, and you can’t make us choose. Besides, one of the options isn’t even open yet, so a judgement would be shockingly premature. However, as we hinted above, a good cocktail menu should include drinks made with egg whites — trust us, it’s a delicious addition — and minimal levels of sweetness. If you’re not traditionally a cocktail kind of person and aren’t entirely sure what you’d like, The Collins Bar is an excellent place to start.