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A map might get you around Birmingham, but it won’t lead you to its heart and soul. To find these places, you’ll need to enlist the help of some of the best tour guides of all—locals. These are the people who know Birmingham best and define its special culture every day. This guide was composed by them and represents much of the best our city has to offer. ENJOY

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GUIDE IN GUIDE STAT SHEET DINING

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COFFEE & CONFECTIONS

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NIGHTLIFE

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SHOPPING

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MARKETS

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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ATTRACTIONS

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EVENTS

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MAPS

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INDEX

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292 INSIDE THE GUIDE

A SUM OF ALL GREAT THINGS YOU'LL FIND IN BIRMINGHAM

TOTAL DESTINATIONS

THOUSANDS

NEW SPOTS

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THOUSANDS

NEW SPOTS

OF HEARTFELT RECOMMENDATIONS

112 DINING DESTINATIONS

18 MUST–SEE EVENTS

39 NIGHTLIFE DESTINATIONS

26 ICONIC ATTRACTIONS

21 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

48 SHOPPING DESTINATIONS

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DELIGHTFUL MARKETS

COFFEE & CONFECTIONS


RECOMMENDATION PERCENTAGES DINING 38.3% SHOPPING 16.4% NIGHTLIFE 13.4% ATTRACTIONS 8.9% ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 7.2% COFFEE & CONFECTIONS 5.8% EVENTS 6.2% MARKETS 3.8%

MORE IN GUIDE STATS

60 + DIFFERENT CUPCAKE FLAVORS

140K+ YARDS OF PUBLIC GOLF

1,000+ TAPS OF DRAUGHT BEER

35+ HIKING TRAILS

50+ 1,200+ MOTORCYCLES & RACECARS

STAGES FOR LIVE MUSIC


Mix is known for their fresh-baked breads and pastries as well as locally sourced meals. 8

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DINING WHEN THE STARS FELL ON ALABAMA, THEY LANDED RIGHT HERE. From five-star restaurants to meat-and-threes, Birmingham is full of delicious dining destinations. Dig into this section and find out what the locals are having.

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Al's Deli & Grill

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26 presents cuisine and atmosphere equally pleasing to the senses. A twinkling bar, a waterfall wall and garage doors that can be raised to create open-air dining are some of the elements that make up the chic and comfortable scene. They also have the coolest bathrooms in town! Add a menu featuring a mix of Asian and upscale seafood and you’ve got some of the coolest sights, sounds and tastes in Birmingham. Head to 26 on Wednesdays for complimentary wine tastings, and get bottles for half price.

If you stay out past sunset in the Magic City, Al’s is a must-try. This 24-hour grill is a local staple for folks who like to party up an appetite, but their vast assortment of American and Mediterranean dishes is good eating no matter what time of day it is.

1210 20th St S 205-918-0726

“The metropolitan atmosphere at 26 makes it the perfect venue for a night out, especially since the food is consistently a palette pleaser.” Ginger Ann C.

1629 10th Ave S 205-939-4278

“A barbeque baker from Al’s is the perfect way to end any night on the town.” Megan B.

Avo & Dram

2721 Cahaba Rd 205-871-8212 (Avo) 205-871-8055 (Dram) MOUNTAIN BROOK

This two-story building houses two of Birmingham’s finest drinking and dining establishments. Upstairs at Avo, you can enjoy “Cal-abama cuisine,” gourmet fare that combines

Alabama’s best local products with California seafood, meat and produce. Downstairs, Dram serves up specialty drinks such as bacon-infused whiskey and some of the city’s most elegant burgers. Avo’s covered outdoor terrace and Dram’s two-level courtyard provide plenty of space for dining and lounging outdoors. “The terrace outside Avo is the perfect place to relax with a great friend and a glass of wine. Oh, and the food’s great too!” Cindy A.

Bettola

2901 2nd Ave S 205-731-6499 BIRMINGHAM

Super fresh ingredients make up this Italian fare, featuring authentic Neapolitan pizza from their wood-fired oven, antipasti, pagniottelle and pastas. For lunch, try one of their specialty salad and sandwich combos. Located in Pepper Place. 9


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I get happy just thinking about it.

SHANNON H. on Mix 10


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Bottega offers beautiful Italian cuisine on both the casual café side and the upscale restaurant side. “The authentic menu reminds me of the café-style dishes I discovered while traveling in Italy.” Brittany B.

Bistro V

and-three lunch plates. Make sure to try the sweet sticky rolls. Second location on Hwy 280.

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Billy’s Bar & Grill

A lot of Bistro V’s menu items will sound familiar: shrimp and grits, po’ boys, vegetable plates, hamburgers, chicken pot pie. What is quite unexpected, however, is Bistro V’s knack for making these Southern staples seem special and new. Doing that with a culinary classic is no small feat—but it is a delicious one.

“Best breakfast, friendliest staff and terrific lunch.” Carol S.

2012 Cahaba Rd 205-879-2238 MOUNTAIN BROOK

Billy’s is a favorite neighborhood eatery for lunch and dinner, specializing in patty melts, sandwiches and salads. Be sure to try the famous chicken sandwich with signature white and mustard sauces. Featuring a separate bar, Billy’s doubles as a popular nightspot for live music. Second location at Liberty Park off Overton Rd. “A great place to watch the game, eat good food, hear great live music and dance the night away." Kammie A.

521 Montgomery Hwy 205-824-1505

“Bistro V does it right. Their dishes have a classic foundation with modern inspiration.” John W.

Bogue’s

3028 Clairmont Ave 205-254-9780 BIRMINGHAM

Open since 1938, Bogue’s offers some of the city’s best hearty breakfasts and meat-

Bottega

2240 Highland Ave 205-939-1000 BIRMINGHAM

Housed in a historic building on Highland Ave, Bottega was created by chef/owner Frank Stitt and offers upscale contemporary Italian cuisine and an extensive wine list. The menu, which changes daily, offers selections of duck, short ribs, venison, wild boar, veal, seafood, steaks and locally sourced seasonal produce. “Consistently wonderful food and good service.” J. E. L.

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Cocina Superior’s Tex-Mex and delicious cocktails are a favorite for lunch or dinner. 12


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2240 Highland Ave 205-933-2001 BIRMINGHAM

Adjacent to Bottega, you'll find Bottega Café, a more casual Italian dining experience. Outside, the café offers Birmingham’s most popular patio dining, while inside, the wood-fired brick oven turns out flatbread and pizza crisped to perfection. The menu also tempts diners with seasonal fresh gulf seafood, locally grown organic vegetables and naturally raised meats.

Carlile’s just feels like Birmingham.

“The location, ambiance, food and drinks are wonderful. It's one of my favorite places to eat.” Jennifer W.

Brick & Tin

214 20th St N 205-297-8636 BIRMINGHAM

“Upscale sandwich shop” may seem like an oxymoron—but only if you’ve never been to Brick & Tin. They bake their own bread fresh, source ingredients locally, prepare and plate it masterfully, and serve it with a smile. Located in the heart of downtown, their beautiful rustic-modern space is almost as impressive as their food. Almost. “I can’t remember the last time I had a sandwich this incredibly delicious. Other than the last time I was at Brick & Tin, that is.” James W.

RICHARD B. on Carlile’s Barbeque The Bright Star 304 19th St N 205-426-1861 BESSEMER

The Bright Star, an Alabama landmark since 1907, has been named one of the James Beard Foundation's “America’s Classics.” Located in Bessemer, a short drive from downtown Birmingham, the family-owned restaurant is known far and wide

for its comfortable atmosphere, excellent service and, of course, the specialty Greek-style snapper and steak, signature seafood gumbo, homemade pies and luncheon meat-and-threes. “The Bright Star is my very favorite restaurant ever! Please take it from me and ask for the Texas Special, a trio entrée of beef tenderloin, Greek-style snapper and lobster and crabmeat au gratin.” Karen S.

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Chez Lulu is a neighborhood bistro featuring fresh-baked breads from their Continental Bakery next door.

Café de Paris

Café Dupont

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Café de Paris is a true family affair, owned and operated by cousins Evans and Serge. Both men are from France and are classically trained in traditional French cuisine. The food is fresh and authentic, and all breads and pastries are made from scratch. Open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Be sure to try the stuffed crepes!

Chris Dupont’s pristine downtown restaurant brings exquisite seasonal dishes and artful presentation to scores of regulars. Dupont’s cuisine is created in a French style from ingredients largely from local and regional origins.

2801 7th Ave S 205-202-4024

“It’s not every day in Birmingham that you come across chefs trained in Paris who have mastered the art of preparing French cuisine. The desserts are especially divine.” Denise R.

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113 20th St N 205-322-1282

“I enjoy the fact that they incorporate locally grown products in their dishes.” Erin L.

Cajun Steamer

180 Main Street, Suite 200 205-985-7785 HOOVER

Anyone who experiences authentic Cajun cuisine is hooked

for life. And if you need a Cajun fix, here’s your solution. The Cajun Steamer’s menu features all of the traditional Louisiana staples, like alligator and about a dozen different crawfish concoctions. And with inventive dishes like Voodoo Chicken, you know you’re in for a hypnotic feast. Also located in Trussville. “I’d never dreamed of eating fried alligator. Now I can’t imagine living without it.” Beth L.

Cantina Tortilla Grill 2901 2nd Ave S 205-323-6980 BIRMINGHAM

The late Guillermo Castro, Sol y Luna founder and Birmingham culinary hero, introduced this popular tortilla grill offering


DINING less expensive fare like Cuban sandwiches and fish and steak tacos. Enjoy a killer margarita or a refreshing cold beer on their large patio. “Great place to sit outside for lunch. AMAZING fish tacos and great guacamole and cheese dip.” Meredith J.

Carlile’s Barbeque

artful, this is one of the very best deals in town. Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday–Friday. Open at 5 on Saturday for dinner. “The food, the decor, the lack of pretense, the presence of excellence. We take all our out-of-town guests here.” M. C. D.

Chez Lulu

1911 Cahaba Rd 205-870-7011

3511 6th Ave S 205-254-9266

MOUNTAIN BROOK

BIRMINGHAM

Local barbeque experts swear by this place. Loved for an unbeatable hamburger steak and vinegar-based barbeque sauce, Carlile’s has been serving family recipes for over 60 years on Birmingham’s Southside. “Unpretentious, homey, friendly service, good food, great fries. Carlile’s just feels like Birmingham.” Richard B.

A warm and cozy neighborhood bistro with a Bohemian style and atmosphere. Presenting artisan breads created next door at their Continental Bakery and a menu of cheeses, soups, salads, sandwiches, pizza and the tarte of the day with their handmade butter crust. Live entertainment most weekends includes belly dancing and Sunday night “Accordian Fury.” “Intimate, cozy atmosphere that is unique to any other restaurant in Birmingham. Also, the food is wonderfully French!” Gloria B.

Chez Fonfon

2007 11th Ave S 205-939-3221 BIRMINGHAM

An upscale and friendly French bistro, and the youngest of Frank Stitt’s restaurants, Chez Fonfon offers impeccable service, an extensive wine list and savory menu selections that change with the season. Authentic yet modern, rustic yet

INSIDER TIP

Chicago Mike’s Hot Dogs 2701 18th St S 205-868-4728 HOMEWOOD

Don’t be fooled by appearances, because this Homewood hot dog shack is home to some

of the best burgers and dogs around. When Mike starts working his artistry, you won’t be disappointed. It’s quick and convenient, making it a great place for lunch. “No question about it, it’s always the bacon cheeseburger, all the way. I hear the hot dogs are wonderful too, but I can’t stop ordering the burger.” Shawn C.

Chop Suey Inn

813 Green Springs Hwy 205-942-9782 HOMEWOOD

Offering full dinner and lunch menus, the magic at Chop Suey Inn is in the egg rolls. Believed to be the same recipe from the long-lost legendary Birmingham Chinese restaurant Joy Young, these egg rolls are unmatchable anywhere. Take out only. “Fresh and delicious egg rolls. And just as good as Joy Young’s!” Helen G.

Cocina Superior 587 Colonial Brookwood Village 205-259-1980 HOMEWOOD

Cocina Superior is a popular spot for modern Tex-Mex in a chic and vibrant atmosphere. The full bar turns out specialty cocktails and a fine selection of margaritas. An excellent choice

If you’re feeling competitive at Chez Fonfon, enjoy your cocktail in the back courtyard and play a game of boules. 15


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This iconic mural at the downtown Full Moon Bar-B-Que welcomes hungry customers who flock to feast on award-winning barbeque and famous chow chow relish. 16


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CHEF FRANK STITT Brings European Cuisine to the South

Frank Stitt’s Birmingham restaurants include Highlands Bar & Grill, Bottega Café, and Chez Fonfon. Stitt received the James Beard Award for Best Chef of the Southeast in 2001, and for three years running has been nominated for the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef nationwide. His restaurants have been featured in The New York Times, Gourmet Magazine, Southern Living, Veranda, Garden & Gun and Town & Country.

for brunch on weekends. “Cocina has great drinks–the margaritas are the best! The food is wonderful, but I also really enjoy the atmosphere. A perfect place to take your friends to have a great time or just relax.” Danielle K.

Cosmo’s Pizza

2012 Magnolia Ave 205-930-9971 BIRMINGHAM

Bright and lively, this Southside landmark is a Birmingham favorite. With fun clientele and cool, friendly service, it always feels like a celebration at Cosmo’s. Feast on delicious gourmet pizza with a variety of sauces, pasta,

specialty salads, antipasto and sandwiches. On Sundays, enjoy brunch starring the signature make-your-own Bloody Mary bar. “Cosmo’s has one of the best Sunday brunches in Birmingham. Cowboy eggs, a full Bloody Mary bar and live music–a good way to end the weekend.” Libby S.

Costa’s Famous Bar-B-Que

215 Lakeshore Parkway 205-263-0145 HOMEWOOD

Serving open-pit hickory-smoked barbeque and wood-fire grilled steaks, Costa’s lives up to its middle name. The Trussville location also features a lively

sports bar. Located in Wildwood and Centerpoint. “The best smoked chicken in town, and a great place to get family-style vegetables.” Ashley W.

Crape Myrtle’s (L. Indica) Café 2721 18th St S 205-879-7891 HOMEWOOD

Tucked inside Little Professor Bookstore in Homewood, Crape Myrtle’s Café is a unique getaway for breakfast, lunch or weekend brunch. The lunch menu offers sandwiches, salads, soups, veggies and more. “The perfect place to meet friends for lunch, breakfast or dinner.

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2837 Cahaba Rd 205-879-8603

You can't go wrong.

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The Mediterranean motif makes you think you’re in a place where pizza rules the world. The pizza makes you know you are. Also offering subs and salads and a large selection of video games for the young or young at heart. “Yummy pizza for a whole group and free suckers after! Good atmosphere.” Stephanie M.

Demetri’s BBQ 1901 28th Ave S 205-871-1581 HOMEWOOD

A landmark in Homewood since the ‘60s, Demetri’s serves up barbeque dinners, thick sandwiches, salads and homemade chili. Breakfast every day.

JOHN M. on El Barrio Excellent food (grilled salmon Caesar salad is my favorite), friendly staff, plus Crape Myrtle’s shares its location with a great independent bookstore, Little Professor.” Henry L.

Daniel George 2837 Culver Rd 205-871-3266

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Chefs Daniel Briggs and George McMillan present an elegant yet 18

“Order your barbeque sandwich chopped and outside to make it really good. And the onion rings are a must.” David N.

relaxed restaurant in the heart of Mountain Brook Village. A creative menu features meats, poultry, wild and domestic game and fresh locally grown produce. Also open for lunch during the week. “Cuisine is varied, interesting, well prepared and presented. Portions are generous. Excellent for either a business dinner or an intimate setting.” William B.

Diplomat Deli

1421 Montgomery Hwy 205-979-1515 VESTAVIA

A neighborhood favorite for over twenty years, Diplomat Deli serves classic sandwiches, subs and soups and offers a huge selection of imported beers and wines. Spacious patio dining also available. “For a great lunch, I highly recommend a cup of chili and a grilled


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Ain’t nothing like the ribs at Dreamland Bar-B-Que. Nowhere. cheese sandwich on sourdough bread. Simple sandwiches made to order, and don’t skip out on the sweet tea with that awesome crushed ice.” Brad T.

Dodiyós

1831 28th Ave S 205-453-9300 HOMEWOOD

A collaboration of several Birmingham restaurateurs, Dodiyós’ cuisine spans the Mediterranean. Enjoy Greek, Spanish, Italian, French, Turkish, North African and Middle Eastern dishes. Choose a private nook in the dining area or a seat at the tapas bar and you’ll feel like you’re dining in Istanbul. Fresh produce, seafood,

specialty meats and wine are available in the market. “Get your Greek food fix in a spot that’s perfect for a business lunch but has a bar that says “date night.” Just try to resist the feta spread and olives while you tour the vast menu. Yum!” Kate D.

Dreamland Bar-B-Que 1427 14th Ave S 205-933-2133 BIRMINGHAM

The saying goes, “Ain’t Nothing Like ‘Em Nowhere,” and you’ll be a believer when you taste Dreamland’s ribs. Locals fondly remember the original menu of ribs and white bread, but today the expanded menu features chicken and a selection of sides.

“The ribs are legendary and can’t be beat.” Ben S.

Dyron’s Lowcountry 121 Oak St 205-834-8257

MOUNTAIN BROOK

Featuring fresh seafood, local produce, a raw bar, a grits bar and an extensive wine list, Dyron’s brings the taste of the lowcountry to Birmingham. The New Orleans-born executive chef brings a Louisana touch to the menu. If you’re lucky, you’ll find his housemade boudin balls during Sunday brunch. “The relaxed atmosphere coupled with the world-class cuisine makes this one of the best places to unwind in Birmingham.” Michael B.

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The Fish Market

handful of food options rather than settling for being pretty good at several things.

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When the owners of the wildly popular downtown eatery Trattoria Centrale announced they were opening a Mexican restaurant, it not only generated a tremendous buzz—it packed the house. And with good reason: a beautiful atmosphere and an exciting menu that has something for everyone. Try any of their many great vegetarian options, or the fantastic chorizo meatloaf.

A downtown fixture for lunch and dinner, The Fish Market offers a large variety of fresh seafood prepared to order with a Greek spin. Reasonable prices for generous portions served in a casual atmosphere. Diners can also enjoy their meals at the full-service raw bar or on their large covered patio. Pick up fresh seafood, wine and more on the market side. Also located on Highway 280 and Highway 31.

“I love the menu. I’ve tried everything, and it’s all great, so I feel like an expert whenever I bring my friends.” Alex R.

2211 2nd Ave N 205-868-3737

“Every dish has a completely unexpected—and totally welcome—twist. You can’t go wrong.” John M.

Fife’s Restaurant 2321 4th Ave N 205-254-9167 BIRMINGHAM

For chicken-fried steak and mac and cheese just like Grandma’s, look no further than Fife’s, a down-home, rustic meat-andthree that whips up Southern favorites served with sweet tea made fresh every day. It's truly a taste of the South. “My last meal would be a pile of Fife’s squash croquettes. And then I would walk into heaven with a smile on my face." Wendi F.

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612 22nd St 205-322-3330

“The freshest seafood available this far inland, great service, convenient location, friendly longterm staff, what else could you ask for?” Tania A.

Five

744 29th St South 205-868-3841 BIRMINGHAM

Five presents a simpler alternative to restaurants with overwhelming options. Just look at their menu: they offer five entrées, five bar snacks, five red wines, five white wines, five specialty cocktails…you get the picture. Don’t let the limited menu fool you, though—the folks at Five have perfected a

Formaggio's Italian Bistro 1713 10th Ave S 205-933-7555 BIRMINGHAM

If you’re craving fresh Italian cuisine and cold beer by the pitcher after the sun goes down, Formaggio’s is the place for you. This charming eatery is a popular spot for hungry latenighters, and there’s often live music to enjoy out on the porch. “I used to think that late night food was always poor quality. But then I discovered Formaggio’s, and now I consider myself to be a better man.” Ben A.

Fox Valley

6745 Hwy 17 205-664-8341 HELENA

A nine-time winner of Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence, Fox Valley is a local dining legend. The crab cakes are a big favorite, but you can’t go wrong with any selection from the dailychanging menu. Open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday.

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Artful decor and excellent food make El Barrio a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds. “Fox Valley in Helena has the most incredible cuisine, and it is completely undiscovered. It is THE best restaurant in the Birmingham Metro, and it is a place that only locals know about.” Rachel O.

Full Moon Bar-B-Que 525 25th St N 205-324-1007 BIRMINGHAM

Full Moon is known for its slowcooked pork, ribs and chicken. Go for the barbeque, but don’t leave without trying the signature chow chow and “half moon” cookies. “The best in town!” Bill C.

GianMarco’s

721 Broadway St 205-871-9622 HOMEWOOD

Tucked away in a charming Homewood neighborhood is some of the finest Italian food in Birmingham. Step into GianMarco’s and you almost feel as if you’re being welcomed into someone’s home. The menu features traditional Italian fare (the biggest and best meatballs you’ve ever had!) along with perfectly prepared meat, game, pastas, fish, local vegetables

and seasonal specials. It’s a popular place, so reservations are strongly recommended. Also open for lunch Wednesday through Friday. “We made a reservation four years in advance for Valentine’s Day, and it was definitely worth the wait! You can’t go wrong with whatever’s the special.” Kristie P.

Gilchrist Drug Co. 2805 Cahaba Rd 205-871-2181 MOUNTAIN BROOK

You’ll find a blast from the past at Mountain Brook’s treasured tradition, Gilchrist Drug Co. 21


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Hot and Hot Fish Club boasts some of Birmingham's finest seafood, an elegant atmosphere, and a local celebrity chef in Chris Hastings. 22


DINING Discover an old-fashioned drug store soda fountain where you can enjoy sandwiches, salads and their famous tangy limeade. “Hot beef, limeade and the original style sour powers.” Betsy A.

Giuseppe’s Café & Espresso Bar 925 8th St S 205-324-2626 BIRMINGHAM

With a casual atmosphere, a convenient Downtown location and authentic Italian fare that locals swear by, it’s no surprise that Giuseppe’s was voted “Alabama’s Best Kept Secret” by Travelocity.com. Pizzas and pastas are their specialty, but the lunch menu is also packed with tasty options like the Italian Stallion and their highly touted Chicken Caesar Sub. “I took a girl to Giuseppe’s on a first date one time. We ended up getting married. I should send them a thank-you note.” John W.

Nothing beats their chicken.

KRISTYL C. on Green Acres Café

Golden Rule BBQ 2504 Crestwood Blvd 205-956-2678 IRONDALE

Craved by Birminghamians since 1891, Golden Rule is one of the city’s best-loved barbeque traditions. Known for old-fashioned sandwiches and homemade desserts, with many locations throughout the area. Visit www.goldenrulebbq.com for a full list of locations. “Good barbeque–down to earth and traditional.” Luke P.

Green Acres Café 1705 4th Ave N 205-251-3875 BIRMINGHAM

In 1958, Charles Gratton opened the first Green Acres Café. Now with several locations throughout Birmingham, Green Acres specializes in great Southern favorites such as fried chicken wings and waffles, catfish, collard greens and black-eyed peas. And don’t miss their biscuits if

you’re around for breakfast! “Nothing beats their chicken–it’s a Birmingham classic. The food is always fresh and you can always get it just the way you like it.” Kristyl C.

Highlands Bar & Grill 2011 11th Ave S 205-939-1400 BIRMINGHAM

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5 CAN'T-MISS DISHES OF CHRIS HASTINGS'

With an "Iron Chef" victory and a James Beard Award to his name, Chef Chris Hastings of Hot and Hot Fish Club is known for some of the hottest creations in the South. Here are some of his favorite local dishes around town.

Clam Linguine – GianMarco's

Chicken Liver Paté – Ollie Irene

Huevos Rancheros – El Barrio

Vegetable Plate – Niki's West

Cuban Sandwich – Brick & Tin

& Grill, the restaurant that put Birmingham on the culinary map. Fresh gulf seafood, locally grown organic produce, and free-range meats and game are the foundations of the delectable dishes created by James Beard Awardwinner Chef Frank Stitt. Also the home of arguably the best and coldest martinis anywhere. Enjoy dinner Tuesday through Saturday in the dining room or the lively bar. Reservations recommended. “Consistently the best restaurant in the South. Frank Stitt keeps the menu and the decor fresh and interesting, and even though Highlands can no longer claim to be new, it is still the best!” Gene P.

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Homewood Gourmet 1919 28th Ave S 205-871-1620 HOMEWOOD

Having worked for greats like Emeril LaGasse and Chris Hastings, chefs Chris and Laura Zapalowski blend fresh local ingredients with a distinctly south Louisiana flare. In addition to outstanding sandwiches and salads (don’t miss the Baby Blue), daily specials are unstoppable, like Wednesday’s fried green tomato sandwich with goat cheese and ham. Oh, and don’t forget the bread pudding. “Be adventurous! The food is so good, so fresh and so original, it’s like they packed a fine dining

restaurant into the confines of a local, chef-owned café.” Justin M.

Hot and Hot Fish Club 2180 11th Ct S 205-933-5474 BIRMINGHAM

Seafood isn’t the only thing on the menu here, where the focus is always fresh homegrown goodness and seasonal delicacies with a Southern flair. The artful décor and open kitchen at this Southside favorite add to the unforgettable dining experience. “The food is fresh, local and innovative, the wait staff knowledgeable regarding flavors and wine pairings and the atmosphere is at once intimate and lively. A winner


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A truly unique experience.

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Jinsei’s signature dish, the Kadoma Tuna, is a deep-fried ricecake topped with spicy tuna, avocado, jalapeno and eel sauce. for date night, girls’ night out or a large party!” Mia G.

Irondale Café 1906 1st Ave N 205-956-5258 IRONDALE

Originally The Whistle Stop Café made famous by the movie and book Fried Green Tomatoes, this is a truly legendary meat and three. With choices like fried chicken, country-fried steak and catfish and a slew of fresh vegetables, choosing your ideal meal takes careful consideration. When you bite into that first fried green tomato, you’ll see what all the fuss is about. “I enjoy it all at the Irondale Café. Great home cooked meals–you should try the peach cobbler.” Helen M.

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Iz Café

2514 Rocky Ridge Rd 205-979-7522 VESTAVIA

Dishes like Aunt Carolyn’s chicken salad and a fourlayer banana cake make this funky local gathering place a standout. Try their gourmet take-home dinners. Also located at the Library in the Forest on Highway 31. “I plan my life around their gourmet to-go calendar, which you can check out on their website. It’s all so good!” Stacey S.

Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q 1908 11th Ave 205-320-1060 BIRMINGHAM

Though the menu is extensive, their ribs are not to be missed.

Major bonus: the melt-in-yourmouth homemade cheese biscuits. Ask your server to keep ‘em coming, and enjoy it all with a pint of their ice-cold Reverend Mudbone ale. Other locations throughout Birmingham. “The catfish dinner! Have you seen how it hangs off the platter? Whaaaaaaaaaoooo!“ O’Ran C.

Jinsei

1830 29th Ave S 205-802-1440 HOMEWOOD

Chic ambiance, impeccable service and the best sushi in the state are what you can expect at Jinsei. Chef Nobuhito Kadoma brings 20 years of expertise from Osaka, Japan; San Francisco and NOBU. Phenomenal champagne and sake


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Definitely worth the wait.

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With a variety of flavorful dishes, Homewood's Little Donkey is one of the newest and most popular Mexican restaurants in town. 28


DINING selection as well as handcrafted cocktails. Drink and dinner specials several nights a week. “Great food, fresh sushi! Great drinks, excellent service.” Steve M.

John’s City Diner 112 21st St N 205-322-6014 BIRMINGHAM

Don't let the name fool you— John's is much more than just your average diner. John’s serves signature Southern dishes like home-style meatloaf, fresh seafood, mac and cheese, incredible greens, roasted corn grits, New Orleans-style gumbo, and gargantuan desserts. Located in the heart of the city center. “Great food, Great service, Modern and hip and in the middle of it all. This is where I take my out-of-town friends that I actually like.” Chris E.

Kelley’s Neighborhood Sports Grill 720 29th St S 205-323-9786 BIRMINGHAM

Located in OT’s old space, Kelley has kept a lot of OT’s favorites (like their incredible fried pickles) on her menu. Most importantly, she still has Mama making the delicious, Southern-style lunch specials. “Every Friday, people line up for the crawfish pie, a calzone stuffed with crawfish etouffee. And Mama’s home cooking is the best in Birmingham!” Greg H.

Klingler’s European Bakery & Café 621 Montgomery Hwy 205-823-4560 VESTAVIA

Klingler’s is a family-ownedand-operated bakery and café serving authentic German cuisine. The only place in town for schnitzel, sauerkraut, strudel and the best of the wursts. Don’t leave without trying something sweet–the Bavarian Cream or the Black Forest Cake! “Klingler’s is our favorite, so when we got married we got their Bavarian Cream wedding cake and a sticky bun grooms cake.” Livi T.

La Dolce Vita 1851 Hwy 31 205-985-2909 HOOVER

Share the sweet life with this cozy family-owned Italian restaurant where the seafood dishes come highly recommended. La Dolce Vita also features sinfully delicious bread, indulgent desserts and a full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. “Cozy, quaint and delicious. This is a great place to take a date.” Beth S.

La Paz

99 Euclid Ave 205-879-2225 MOUNTAIN BROOK

This family-friendly Mexican cantina is sure to satisfy with its choices of sizzling fajitas, burritos, enchiladas and seafood.

La Paz offers an upscale menu and generous portions in a casually comfortable atmosphere for lunch or dinner. “They have the best strawberry margaritas hands down.” Melanie D.

Leonardo’s Italian Restaurant 2520 Rocky Ridge Rd 205-979-6996 VESTAVIA

Authentic Italian dishes and a roaming accordion player make Leonardo’s a go-to spot for date night or any night. “The owner serenades the patrons with songs played on an organ, which is the centerpiece of the restaurant! A truly unique experience!” Jessica R.

Little Donkey

2821 Central Ave 205-703-7000 HOMEWOOD

If traditional Mexican food prepared with a Southern flare sounds good to you—well, welcome to the club. Because ever since Little Donkey opened, the city has fallen in love with it. As one of Birmingham’s newest culinary additions, Little Donkey offers a wide variety of entrées and spirits that truly pushes the boundaries of Mexican fare. Featuring an extensive wine list. “Little Donkey has instilled a Pavlovian response in my subconscious—when someone says ‘Mexican food,’ I instantly picture their tortas.” Drew M.

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DINING Lovoy’s

1830 29th Ave S 205-942-9866 HOMEWOOD

For decades, Lovoy’s has been an unassuming Birmingham treasure offering expertly prepared traditional ItalianAmerican fare like pizzas, cheese-smothered baked pastas and fresh seafood. For a real treat, try the baked oysters, a Lovoy’s specialty. “Family-style Italian food at its best. Their veal parmesan is the best I’ve ever had.” John R.

Maki Fresh

2800 Cahaba Village Plaza 205-970-3242 MOUNTAIN BROOK

Try the Not-Your-Mama’s Mac and Cheese at John’s City Diner.

Little Savannah

3811 Clairmont Ave S 205-591-1119

From the owner of Jinsei comes Birmingham’s first fast-service sushi joint and one of the best places to grab an inexpensive, healthy meal. Try an innovative sushi roll, a gourmet salad, sashimi bowl or rice bowl. If you’re in a big hurry, go straight to the sushi kiosk where they guarantee you’re in and out in under a minute! “The amazing steak roll!” Rob M.

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Located in Forest Park, this intimate and quaint bistro offers a menu that fuses amazing Southern ingredients and flavors from around the world. Featuring an extensive wine list. “Little Savannah is truly one of the hidden gems in Birmingham.” Anna L.

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Max’s Delicatessen 3431 Colonnade Pkwy 205-968-7600 VESTAVIA

The purveyors of Max's Delicatessen have traveled the world to find the perfect sandwich, and now they're sharing their secrets with Birmingham. Enjoy

a sandwich filled with handsliced meats, fresh veggies and homemade condiments–all stuffed between slices of bread made on site. “A traditional deli like you would find in New York, Detroit or Chicago, but it’s here in Birmingham! Get a pound of pastrami to go or sit down and have a cheeseburger!” Danielle H.

Michael’s Steaks & Seafood 1903 29th Ave S 205-871-9525 HOMEWOOD

Originally downtown in 1953, Michael’s is a household name in Birmingham. Now in the Aloft Hotel in downtown Homewood’s SoHo district, Michael’s still carries on its long-running tradition of offering top-quality beef, seafood and service in a warm and casually upscale atmosphere. “It’s one of the few locally owned restaurants that dates back to the ‘50s. The best steaks and seafood in the entire state.” Jon C.

Miss Myra’s Bar-B-Q 3278 Cahaba Heights Rd 205-967-6004 VESTAVIA

It’s in the sauce! This home-style barbeque joint is best known for its delicious vinegary white sauce, smoky ribs, sublime barbeque chicken and homemade pies made fresh every day. “The white sauce, of course. You always leave reeking of glorious barbeque sauce.” Howard G.


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Mr. P’s Butcher Shop & Deli

1820 4th Ave N 205-323-4110

813 Shades Crest Rd 205-823-6136

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For Mix owners Corey Hinkel and Chris Dupont (of Birmingham's beloved Café Dupont), “fresh” is the name of the game. Their meats, vegetables and dairy products all come from Alabama family farms, making their sandwiches, salads and soups unbelievably fresh and delicious. But where Mix really shines is the fresh breads and pastries they make every morning inhouse. Check out their Facebook page and just try to not drool over the pictures. “The pastry case at Mix is like gazing over the promised land. I get happy just thinking about it.” Shannon H.

Moe’s Original BBQ 731 29th St S 205-252-5888 BIRMINGHAM

Sample Bama-style BBQ and Southern sides in a fun atmosphere at one of several Birmingham locations. “Moe’s knows how to do it right with meat, Southern sides and desserts. Plus the Lakeview location has awesome live music.” J.J.T.

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Located in historic Bluff Park, Mr. P’s is a one-stop shop. Pick up a bottle of wine and stuffed pork chops to cook for dinner, or sit and enjoy a beer and a super-fresh deli sandwich. While you’re there, stock up on Pilleteri’s sauces, seasonings and marinades. “Any sandwich on the wheat roll with barbeque sauce or honey mustard will change your life! And if you’re going to grill some steaks, this is the place to pick them up.” Brad T.

Mudtown

3144 Green Valley Rd 205-967-3300 VESTAVIA HILLS

For fresh, tasty food and ice-cold drinks, try Mudtown, named for the moniker the Native Americans gave the Cahaba Heights area back in the 1800s. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week and for brunch on Sunday. “The fried green tomatoes were voted the best in Birmingham by The Weekly, and I couldn’t agree more.” Ella F.

Nabeel’s

1706 Oxmoor Rd 205-879-9292 HOMEWOOD

Birmingham’s answer to a true Mediterranean dining experience. The atmosphere and fare are the real deal and the reasons Nabeel’s is a longtime Birmingham favorite. Specialty items available in the market. “My wife and I would make a point of having lunch there every Saturday. Now it is the first place we hit when we return to town, sometimes JUST to eat at Nabeel’s.” George G.

New York Pizza 1010 Oxmoor Rd 205-871-4000 HOMEWOOD

This old-fashioned pizzeria in the heart of Edgewood is known for its great service and delicious specialty pizzas. “Fantastic pizza and beer. You can get a pitcher of Newcastle with your slice of pizza. Can’t beat that!” Melissa J.

Niki’s West

233 Finley Ave W 205-252-5751 BIRMINGHAM

A fast-paced cafeteria line moves you in front of dozens of steaming choices of meatand-threes, poultry, seafood,

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3236 Cahaba Heights Rd 205-967-4600 VESTAVIA

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With a James Beard nomination in its first year, Ollie Irene quickly earned a reputation for excellence.

fresh veggies, salads, breads and desserts. Prepared in styles from Greek to Creole to Southern-fried, Niki’s food has won over scores of loyal fans for decades and is considered the king of meat and three in Birmingham. Not to be missed!

“O’Carr’s feels like Birmingham. The owners June and Cameron are like family and make you feel like you’re a part of theirs.” Michael H.

“One day I’m going to go through the line slow enough to see all the choices they offer!” Helen W.

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O’Carr’s Delicatessen 2909 18th St S 205-879-2196 HOMEWOOD

Almost-too-pretty-to-eat sandwiches, praiseworthy specialty salads and life-changing cheesecake. Also located in Cahaba Heights Village.

Ocean

1218 20th St S 205-939-0009 A repeated winner of Best Restaurant, Best Chef and Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence, Ocean offers an array of fresh seafood options, a plethora of sushi that's almost too pretty eat, and an incredible raw bar all in a contemporary atmosphere. “Food is awesome, very nice bar.” Heather S.

The Olive Branch delivers Birmingham authentic Mediterranean food at its finest. Enjoy fresh seafood, kabobs, gyro, kafta, falafel and more at this small, quaint restaurant in the Cahaba Heights neighborhood. Its casual setting makes it perfect for family dining or a lunch with friends. “The hummus and the grouper kabobs are awesome!” Robin O.

Ollie Irene

2713 Culver Rd 205-769-6034 MOUNTAIN BROOK

Ollie Irene takes the concept of a traditional gastropub and elevates it to an amazing new level. A delightful destination if you like specialty cocktails, craft beer or just some seriously delicious handcrafted food, sourced from fresh, local ingredients. Before you eat, we recommend you spend a little time at the bar—carved from a beautiful 140-year-old white oak tree. “There’s a good reason the menu features the “Kitchen Appreciation” order, which buys a beer for every cook in the kitchen. You’ll understand once you’ve tasted the food.” Hayley S.

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DINING On Tap Sports Café 737 29th St S 205-320-1225 BIRMINGHAM

Finally, a sports bar that takes their sports and their food seriously. As the name might suggest, On Tap Sports Café has one of the finest draft beer selections in Birmingham, and their large collection of big-screen televisions is hard to turn down when the big game comes on. Just make sure you come hungry—they serve some of the best pub fare around. Also located in Hoover and Inverness. “I always go to On Tap whenever there’s a game I need to watch. Or whenever I’m hungry. Or thirsty. Basically, I’m at On Tap a lot.” Matt B.

Ore Bar and Grill 1115 Dunston Ave 205-555-1212 BIRMINGHAM

While the cuisine draws its inspiration from all over the South, especially southern Louisiana, everything else about Ore is strictly Birmingham. The décor is a tribute to the city’s rich history in the steel industry, and Birmingham’s own American Idol winner Taylor Hicks is part owner. Rumor has it he’s also prone to dropping in for impromptu performances. “Great Southern cuisine. Love the atmosphere.” Stephen G.

Original Green Acres Café 2724 29th Ave N 205-328-8099 BIRMINGHAM

Making mouths water since 1949, the Original Green Acres café offers simple Southern cuisine featuring staples like fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, fried okra and catfish, all served with homemade hot sauce. “The wings are delicious!” Luiu W.

The Original Pancake House 1931 11th Ave S 205-933-8837 BIRMINGHAM

Don’t let the words ‘pancake house’ fool you— this is no ordinary pancake house. Nearly twenty different pancake dishes, fluffy omelets, waffles, crepes, fresh roasted coffee and freshly-squeezed fruit juices reign supreme at this super-popular Southside café. Also offering a full lunch menu. Serving breakfast and lunch seven days a week. “The Pancake House is the perfect way to start your day. The atmosphere is fun and there are people there from all parts of town.” Brannon D.

Otey’s Tavern

224 Country Club Pk 205-871-8435

BEST SUNDAY BRUNCH Whether you feel like French crepes, German smoked sausages or Huevos with Chorizo, Birmingham has the best brunch spots. Enjoy fully stocked Bloody Mary bars, pitchers of mimosas and the best coffee in the Southeast where locals love to spend their Sundays: Bottletree Café Chez Lulu Cosmo’s Crape Myrtle’s Dyron’s Lowcountry Klingler’s Ore Bar and Grill Rojo Sol y Luna Trattoria Centrale Veranda

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With fine Mexican food and a welcoming front porch, Rojo is a pillar of the Highlands neighborhood.

You’ll feel right at home with a regular crowd while you enjoy a menu featuring everything from salads to burgers, televised sports and live music almost every night. “Great atmosphere for food and drink.” Jay W.

Over Easy

358 Hollywood Blvd 205-639-1910 MOUNTAIN BROOK

Over Easy calls itself “A place for people who love breakfast.” And while this gives you a good idea of the menu, “A place for people who love artfully prepared, 36

somewhat unexpected and completely unforgettable food” would be much more appropriate. There's talk of great sandwiches for lunch—if you can ever tear yourself away from the incredible breakfast menu. “The ‘!Arriba¡’ and the ‘Easy Does It’ are the two best omelets in the universe. This is where God would eat breakfast.” Jordan S.

Petruccelli’s

10 Meadow View Dr 205-991-7455 HOOVER

Italian fare offering pizzas, lasagna, ravioli, linguini, baked ziti, manicotti, seafood primavera,

veal marsala and more. A true heaven on earth for eggplant parmigiana lovers. “I love Italian food more than anything, and this is by far the best in Birmingham.” Christa S.

Pho Que Huong Vietnamese

430 Green Springs Hwy # 15 205-942-5400 HOMEWOOD

Hidden in a strip mall, this restaurant is home to some of the best Vietnamese food in Birmingham. Right off of Greensprings, Pho Que Huong has been a local secret for years. Traditional Vietnamese


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Bamboo Pork to Hot & Spicy Fish Head Soup.

“The best Asian food in town, reasonably priced, with an extremely knowledgeable staff who takes the time to explain the complexity of the dishes. All of the food is delicious, but the Vietnamese Iced Coffee is a standout among standouts.” Bill S.

“Try the roast duck on Thursdays, and thank me later.” John R.

Ragtime Café

2080 Valleydale Rd 205-988-5323 HOOVER

From hand-cut steaks to gourmet pizzas, this full-service bar and restaurant has a casual neighborhood atmosphere that keeps patrons coming back for more. “One of the very best independent restaurants in the city! Their homemade desserts are to die for.” Bruce A.

The Red Pearl 243 W Valley Ave 205-945-9558 HOMEWOOD

Enthusiasts will argue (with much vigor) that The Red Pearl is the most authentic Chinese joint in town. Your first clue they might be right is that The Red Pearl is located in the back of the “Super Oriental Market,” purveyors of everything from fresh squid to Kill Bill prop swords. But the delightfully quirky atmosphere is not the star here: it’s the distinctly delicious dishes, ranging in adventurousness from Fried

Rib-It-Up

830 1st Ave N 205-328-7427 BIRMINGHAM

Excellent authentic Southernstyle barbeque and soul food with a huge variety of homecooked veggies, desserts and weekly specials. “It was excellent! I loved it! There really isn’t anything better than that beautiful meat falling off the bones!” Matt A.

Roadside Bar BQ 7303 1st Ave N 205-833-9616 BIRMINGHAM

Do you want a knuckle sandwich? Or a rib sandwich, or a chicken sandwich? Called Roadside because it began outside on the corner of the current location, they’re known for their sticky, chewy ribs and smoky chicken. “They have all the key ingredients for a classic Birmingham barbeque experience: good people and savory ribs in a red brick building on the corner.” Nelson B.

Rocky’s Pizza

715 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd S 205-252-8282 BIRMINGHAM

Founded in 1982, this Birmingham tradition is owned and operated by a father and

son duo who cook up Italian favorites like pizza, lasagna, salads and subs that you can eat in or have delivered. “They have more than just great pizza! You also can’t go wrong with a traditional muffaletta or a pasta dish.” Sally B.

Rojo

2921 Highland Ave S 205-328-4733 BIRMINGHAM

Dueling Mexican and Americana menus feature dishes from fajitas and quesadillas to burgers and hot wings. Plenty of patio dining is available (making it a great dog-friendly restaurant) with a view of one of Birmingham’s most historic and lovely neighborhoods. “Oh man, how can I sum up the greatest place in Birmingham? From the fabulous staff and service to the electric atmosphere of good down-home Southern culture, Rojo is the absolute musthit spot in town. The people that gather here are people you want to know.” Kelly M.

Sam’s Super Samwiches 2812 18th St S 205-871-0046 HOMEWOOD

For 38 years, Sam Graphos has been serving his “super samwiches” from the same location. His hot dogs and special sauce made him famous, but his menu now features everything from chicken and 37


DINING tuna salads that are made fresh daily to cheeseburgers with all the fixins. “I’ve been a regular here for ten years. Sam and his staff know my name and my order as soon as I walk in the door.” Bill H.

3161 Cahaba Heights Rd 205-969-9690 BIRMINGHAM

From French-American to Asian to Italian and lots of flavors in between, Satterfield’s menu presents global fare with local ingredients served in a modern atmosphere. “The food. The staff. Haller McGee is an amazing executive chef. The beignets are fabulous.” Amye V.

Saw’s BBQ

Seafood & Chicken Box 5954 Chalkville Mountain Rd 205-655-7414

Known for some of the best fried chicken in the region, Seafood & Chicken Box is located in Trussville. Everything is cooked to order and finished with their special seasoning they call “goo,” which we promise is more delicious than it sounds. “You walk into Seafood & Chicken Box thinking your Grandma’s fried chicken is the best. A doublebreast plate later and you come to the grim realization that Grandma needs to be placed in a home.” Matt H.

Shangri La

1008 Oxmoor Rd 205-879-1937

4500 Montevallo Rd 205-951-3168

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Saw’s is fast becoming an institution in a city of barbeque institutions. Owner and former Cooking Light chef Mike Wilson named his place after his high school nickname Sorry Ass Wilson, but the food is anything but sorry. Smoky pulled pork is served with Saw’s Carolina-style sauce (also available by the bottle), and their Alabama smoked chicken with

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“When that sauce hits the pork, it’s magic.” Noel S.

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If you’re craving Chinese food, Shangri La is sure to please. Enjoy a big steaming bowl of hotand-sour soup overflowing with fresh scallops and shrimp while you peruse the expansive menu of fresh entrées and appetizers. Dine in, carry out or delivery. Open for lunch and dinner. “All dishes are fresh and the soups are to die for!” Lily R.

Silvertron Café

3813 Clairmont Ave S 205-591-3707 BIRMINGHAM

Everyone loves this bustling, family-friendly café located in the beautiful Forest Park neighborhood. Silvertron has become a Birmingham institution for its affordable American fare and its warm, relaxed atmosphere. Salads, cheeseburgers, pasta and more. Walking distance to cool retail, so park, eat and shop. Open all week for lunch and dinner. “Good food, old time Birmingham charm.” Scott C.

Slice Pizza & Brew 725 29th St S 205-715-9300 BIRMINGHAM

They may have only opened their doors in 2011, but Slice is already a can’t-miss destination for locals. The seemingly neverending number of custom pizza creations is pretty impressive, but throw in the fact that they bake with local ingredients and feature several local brews on tap, and you’ve found your new favorite pizza place. “Every time I go, I try a different build-your-own pizza. And every time it’s delicious. Maybe that’s

When you're sampling some of the 60 premium tequilas offered at Sol Y Luna, try complementing them with a "Mexican Flag," a lime juice and sangrita chaser.


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Steel City Pops come in a variety of flavors made with all-natural ingredients.

just my good taste, but I give them a lot of the credit.” Ian C.

Sol y Luna

2811 7th Ave S 205-322-1186 BIRMINGHAM

Owner Guillermo Castro’s vision of a neighborhood eatery featuring gourmet Spanish tapas came to life with Sol y Luna. Upscale and friendly, Sol y Luna offers amazing cuisine and dozens of premium tequilas, as well as a great Sunday brunch and arguably the best margari-

tas you’ve ever tasted. “There are so many IN spots in this town, but none quite like Sol y Luna. Relaxed atmosphere. Margaritas like nowhere else. Everyone who comes to visit me gets to go there and we ALWAYS have a wonderful time.” Claudine G.

Steel City Pops

2821 Central Ave, Suite 109 205-969-8770 HOMEWOOD

At Steel City Pops, it's okay to have your dessert first. These all-natural treats, inspired

by the traditional recipe for Mexican paletas, are a fresh twist on popsicles that comes in a variety of flavors like Blood Orange, Sweet Tea, and even Pineapple Jalapeño. They’re the perfect way to beat the summer heat or simply indulge in a guiltfree snack. “I had no idea popsicles could taste this way. It blows my mind. Why didn’t I think of this? Seriously, it blows my mind (in the good way, not in the brain-freeze way, of course).” Charlie T.

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Taqueria Guzman has the cheapest, fastest, freshest tacos around.

Stone’s Throw Bar and Grill

heirloom tomatoes or four courses of various wild game, it is fun to pair the unique dishes with the perfect wines.” Bob R.

include downtown, Hwy 280 and Crestline Village.

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Sweet Tea

#3 Mt Laurel Ave 205-995-0512

Contemporary Southern cuisine is the shining star of this upscale restaurant nestled in the town of Mt. Laurel. A short drive from downtown, it’s worth the trip when you discover Stone’s Throw Bar and Grill’s seasonal organic vegetables, meats and fresh gulf seafood. “The wine dinners are especially fun. Be it five courses of Alabama

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1918 11th Ave S 205-324-1928 BIRMINGHAM

On practically every Birminghamian’s list of favorite restaurants, Surin West is a Southside hot spot for upscale Thai, Pacific Rim and sushi served in a hip and casual atmosphere. Other locations

“Best Thai food in the city.” John M.

2205 3rd Ave S 205-745-3990 BIRMINGHAM

Once you’ve founded and built up the largest Greek foods manufacturer in the U.S., where do you go from there? Home to your native Birmingham to open an unstoppable meatand-three of course. Well, that’s


DINING what the owner of Sweet Tea did, anyway, and we couldn’t be happier to welcome him back, since he’s just raised the bar for homestyle cooking downtown. “Sweet Tea has just changed the game downtown. That country fried steak is so good it hurts my feelings.” Marshall S.

Taj India

2226 Highland Ave S 205-939-3805 BIRMINGHAM

A longtime Southside favorite, Taj India welcomes diners into its intimate dining room. The white tablecloths add to the casually elegant atmosphere where authentic Indian food is presented, including lamb, seafood, vegetarian choices and Tandoori specialties. Lunch and dinner are served daily. “It’s the best Indian food I have ever had. The service is wonderful. Everyone is extremely friendly. It is the perfect size, not a hole in the wall but not too mainstream.” Jessika M.

Taqueria Guzman 215 W Valley Ave HOMEWOOD

Taqueria Guzman is usually just called “The Taco Truck,” and believe us, it is THE taco truck. It doesn’t get better, fresher

or tastier than this. They serve burritos, quesadillas and tortas, but it’s really all about the tacos. Parked every day except Monday until about 8 p.m. Cash only. “Fresh, authentic, cheap. And Jaime will give you a free Spanish lesson.” Wes F.

Taziki’s Greek Fare 2737 Hwy 280 205-731-9001

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Irresistible choices of Greek salads, pastas and chicken. Also offering wines by the glass. Other locations include Downtown, Chase Circle, Colonnade Parkway, The Village at Lee Branch and Liberty Park Plaza. “Taziki’s chicken wraps are like no other.” Bee F.

stopped smiling the whole time. "My favorite meat-and-three place, forks down." Jim S.

Tip Top Grill

588 Shades Crest Rd 205-978-8677 HOOVER

Yesterday’s old gas station is today’s home of some of the tastiest hot dogs and burgers anywhere. Its name suggests a lofty position, as Tip Top’s large patio dining area overlooks the beautifully lush Oxmoor Valley. “Great view of the Oxmoor Valley, good hot dogs and other grilled food.” Curtis P.

Trattoria Centrale 207A 20th St N 205-202-5612 BIRMINGHAM

Ted’s

328 12th St S 205-324-2911 BIRMINGHAM

It seems perfectly fitting that the clock on Ted’s old-Vegasstyle sign hasn’t ticked in ages, because their outstanding food and service feel like remainders of a bygone era. This Southside favorite has been serving up some of the heartiest, most delicious meat-and-three fare around for decades—and as far as we can tell, the staff hasn’t

Formerly ZaZa’s, Trattoria Centrale is a fun local favorite that serves different gourmet homemade pizzas every day, as well as locally sourced salads, seasonal soups, pasta dishes and inventive daily specials. Centrale also has wine, beer, and a full espresso bar serving local Higher Ground coffee and Wright’s Dairy milk. “They have one of the best Sunday brunches around!” Dana O.

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Every purchase at the Tip-Top Grill comes with a free spectacular view.

Urban Cookhouse

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Veranda on Highland

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The mission of Urban Cookhouse is simple: serve delicious food sourced from local farms. And the results of that mission are simply spectacular. Urban Cookhouse’s dedication to fresh local products and healthy, creative preparation helped make it a local favorite.

A one-of-a-kind coffee and culinary spot, Urban Standard brings a European vibe to downtown. Antique furniture, home accents, locally roasted coffee, soups, sandwiches, salads and gorgeous sweets are among the assortment of must-haves offered. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner during the week.

Housed in a stunning turn-ofthe-century manor, Veranda on Highland is characterized by its elegant setting, impeccable hospitality and incomparable Southern cuisine. Whether you take your meal in one of the nine magnificent dining rooms, on the gorgeous veranda or at Papa’s Bar with Ernest Hemingway, it’s bound to be one of the finer dining experiences of your life.

2846 18th St S 205-879-0883

“As a man, I shouldn’t get this excited about salads but—whoa. Those are some killer salads.” Jeff T.

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2320 2nd Ave N 205-250-8200

“I can’t help but fall in love with a place that has funky decor, cool people and mouth-watering red velvet cupcakes. It’s candy for the eyes and mouth.” Marie S.

2220 Highland Ave S 205-939-5551

“Best. Date. Ever. This place is incredible.” Jennifer T.


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Urban Standard serves up tasty treats in a quiet, cozy setting.

Vino

VJ’s on the Runway

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When this chic Mediterranean eatery opened in its gorgeous modern space at the top of the English Village, people expected big things—and Vino delivered, with exclusive homemade recipes, a magnificent wine selection, delicious desserts and a strikingly intimate atmosphere. On the weekend, you can visit the adjacent art gallery while you wait for a table.

You could call VJ’s a local secret. Located near the Birmingham airport, the no-frills spot is slightly off the beaten path, but not too far to go for some of the best Southern cooking around. Regulars rave over the countryfried steak and homemade banana pudding.

1930 Cahaba Rd 205-870-8404

“Vino is the real deal. Excellent food, great service—and it doesn’t hurt that it’s in one of the most beautiful buildings in town.” Scott F.

5100 East Lake Blvd 205-808-0582

“One of my favorite places in Birmingham is VJ’s on the Runway. Their homestyle food reminds me of home back in Mississippi. A group of us go each week for their chicken and dumplings special...they are the best.” Will M.

Zen Yogurt & Smoothies

1801 5th Ave S Ste 115 205-701-1161 BIRMINGHAM

This is what happens when two medical professionals combine their commitment to a healthy lifestyle with their passion for delicious dessert. You get delicious, creamy low- and non- fat yogurt topped with market-fresh fruit, nuts, candies or sauces—and you get a loyal fan base that keeps coming back for more. “Not only is the yogurt delicious, but the fruit toppings are always incredibly fresh. Highly recommend.” David T.

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COFFEE & CONFECTIONS IN BIRMINGHAM, WE TAKE OUR COFFEE BREAKS PRETTY SERIOUSLY. So when you're looking for a sweet spot to satisfy your cravings, you don't want to miss these local favorites.

Big Sky Bread Company

“The coffee is wonderful and the owners know everyone by name.” Ferah W.

Continental Bakery

Church Street Coffee and Books

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2812 Cahaba Rd 800-837-3336

Big Sky bakes bread the oldfashioned way, with freshly milled, whole-wheat flour from Montana. Plus, try natural treats like lightly sweetened granola and whole-wheat cookies. “Big Sky’s Cranberry Almond Granola is divine!” Cindy L.

Books, Beans and Candles

1620 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd S 205-453-4636 BIRMINGHAM

Sip premium coffee in Birmingham’s only metaphysical market and coffee shop, where free WiFi, belly-dancing classes, tarot readings, spirit drawings and a huge herb selection combine for an experience that’s one of a kind.

81 Church Street 205-870-1117 MOUNTAIN BROOK

A local coffee shop thrives in a space where a Starbucks couldn’t—how’s that for a modern fairy tale? Church Street Coffee and Books became an immediate neighborhood favorite by offering delicious local coffee, an impeccable book selection and incredible baked goods. Don’t miss their Breakup Cookie, the chocolate chip cookie so good it’s been scientifically proven to mend broken hearts. “It’s my favorite coffee shop. It’s my favorite bakery. It’s my favorite bookstore. I guess you could say I’m a fan.” Philip A.

1909 Cahaba Rd 205-870-5584

Presenting works of art in the form of hearth-baked breads by bakers who rely on traditional European methods. The scones, croissants, cookies, tarts and fresh breads will instantly transport you to Paris. Cheeses, wine and coffee available too. “Part of my morning routine–the best Belgian chocolate croissants and perfect espresso.” Elizabeth W.

Crestwood Coffee 5512 Crestwood Blvd 205-595-0300 BIRMINGHAM

Crestwood’s gathering spot proudly serves organic fair trade coffee from local FinerGrind Roasters, specialty espresso drinks, microbrews and wine. Not content just to dominate the coffee scene, they have expanded their menu to include 47


COFFEE homemade soups, sandwiches, quiche and desserts. You can hear live music almost every weekend and attend monthly art openings to connect with the neighborhood culture. “It’s great to go into a locally owned business where you get a smile, a coffee and can hang out with great folks.” Dama N.

Culinard Café 1500 1st Ave N 205-314-3456 BIRMINGHAM

An expanded version of the Bakery at Culinard, the Café at Innovation Depot offers downtown Birmingham a new choice for breakfast or lunch. Serving a variety of artisan breads, coffee drinks, soups, salads, sandwiches, and pastries! “Great food! Great atmosphere!” Jamie L.

Dreamcakes

960 Oxmoor Rd 205-871-9377 HOMEWOOD

Seriously good cupcakes! Dreamcakes has a daily selection of unconventional flavors like maple bacon, caramel sea salt mocha and hot mama (chocolate and red pepper). Enjoy your sweet treat with a cup of French press local Primavera coffee. “Try one of owner Jan Moon’s creative combinations like Curious George (peanut butter and banana), Lemon Ice Box Pie, or Salty Caramel!” Brad K.

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Edgar’s Bakery

3407 Colonnade Pkwy 205-987-0790 BIRMINGHAM

Presenting confections as gorgeous as they are delicious, Edgar’s is a local favorite for special occasion cakes, cookies, pies, pastries and breads. Other locations in Hoover, Greystone, and Pelham. “It’s a creative, local bakery with a great café and even better cakes!” Tarra H.

Lucy’s Coffee & Tea 2007 University Blvd 205-328-2007 BIRMINGHAM

What started in 1993 as a coffee cart has become one of Birmingham’s favorite spots. Open weekdays for breakfast and lunch serving homemade soups, salads and sandwiches, as well as a full espresso menu and a variety of pastries. “I never tire of the “hello” that greets me at Lucy’s. I love the warm atmosphere and the cheerful, smiling faces of the workers. One of the employees taught me to knit! Lucy’s has become a staple in my life.” Madeline W.

Magic Muffins 3150 Overton Rd 205-969-2113 BIRMINGHAM

Bringing a variety of magical muffins into the Magic City, the true must-have is the sausage cheese biscuit. Also offering

sandwiches, pies, cakes and a variety of other tempting treats. “Trust me, you’ve never had a sausage cheese biscuit like this.” Louanne M.

Mt. Brook Creamery 2715 Cahaba Rd 205-870-0092 MOUNTAIN BROOK

Old-fashioned dessert parlor scooping up ice cream cones, fountain treats, cakes, pies and a long list of frozen confections. “The ice cream is tasty, and it’s a local shop which is cool because it’s very one of a kind.” Andrew W.

O’Henry’s Coffees 2831 18th St S 205-870-1198 HOMEWOOD

O’Henry’s pours coffees from the top 1 percent of coffee in the world, roasted locally in small batches at their sister company, Red Mountain Coffee Roasters. Also located on Lakeshore in Brookwood Village and downtown in the Regions/ Harbert Tower. “O’Henry’s is welcoming to all kinds of Birminghamians: students, families, business people.” Charles H.

Olexa’s

2838 Culver Rd 205-871-2060 MOUNTAIN BROOK

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The Continental Bakery prepares its breads and pastries daily from scratch.

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Primavera’s commitment to quality extends to their exceptional presentation.

cake by the slice with the richest buttercream you’ve ever tasted. “The caaaake!” Joy R.

Primavera Coffee 4133 White Oak Dr 205-969-1177

“The Red Cat reminds me of my hometown of Seattle. It has great ambiance, and even better croissants!” Betsy W.

Pastry Art Bake Shoppe

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Savage’s Bakery

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Roasting coffee by hand daily at their shop in Cahaba Heights, Primavera’s goal is to deliver the finest coffee available. “If you love coffee, great conversation and making new friends, this is your place.” Ford W.

Founded in 1939 and relocated to downtown Homewood in the ‘50s, Savage’s is a Birmingham landmark. Only the finest ingredients are used at this madefrom-scratch bakery and deli, resulting in the old-fashioned, homemade taste.

1927 29th Ave S 205-877-3852

There is a reason why "Art" is their middle name. Pastry Art Bake Shoppe has been serving wonderfully creative baked goods for ten years. Stop by and sample something from their fresh-baked pastry case or take home a box full and impress all your friends. Also located in Inverness. Open Tuesday through Saturday. “The best red velvet cake. Ever.” Brook H.

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The Red Cat

2901 2nd Ave S 205-616-8450 BIRMINGHAM

This cozy little spot in Pepper Place roasts its fair trade coffee on site and hosts live acoustic music at night. Specialty espresso drinks, beer and wine, and light sandwiches make The Red Cat a perfect gathering place.

2916 18th St S 205-871-4901 HOMEWOOD

“This is the foremost bakery in Birmingham. I have been going there since I was a child, and when I think of warm, happy, sweet memories, I think of Savage’s.” Erin G.


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NIGHTLIFE WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN, IT'S TIME TO GET OUT ON THE TOWN. In Birmingham, there’s a perfect place to suit your every mood. From happy hour to last call, here’s where we go for fun.

3000 Bar

1100 20th St S 205-933-3222 BIRMINGHAM

Born from a local radio host’s dream, 3000 Bar is Birmingham’s premier daiquiri bar. But this new 5 Points joint features more than just daiquiris, of course. It’s a great place to mingle with singles, down a round of craft beers, or just grab a bite to eat and watch the game. “3000 Bar has it all! I meet some interesting new person every time I show up. This place is happening, people.” Harold R.

Above 2101 5th Ave N 205-324-2101 BIRMINGHAM

Located in the former penthouse of downtown’s historic Redmont Hotel, Above is Birmingham’s only rooftop bar. Talented DJs, signature cock-

tails and ample outdoor seating make it a perfect spot for a night out with Birmingham’s skyline as your backdrop.

Aqua

“The rooftop bar at the Redmont is a great place to go and unwind with a great view of the city.” Rachel W.

If you want to find one of Birmingham’s newest, sexiest and most popular nightclubs, you don’t have to swim—er, look—very far. Aqua provides a relaxed alternative to the club scene with different theme nights and atmospheric variety, a plethora of guest and in-house deejays, and plenty of specialty cocktails like the Aquafuze and the Aquatini. Make sure you get there early to avoid the lines

Al’s on Seventh 2627 7th Ave S 205-321-2812 BIRMINGHAM

A neighborhood bar and a late night dance club, “Everybody goes to Al’s.” Known for its fun crowd, this tiki-style bar is always entertaining, especially on karaoke night. Located in the Lakeview Yacht Club’s former space, Al’s also features an outdoor patio for drinking and relaxing. “It’s a great gay club where everyone feels comfortable, no matter what their orientation. The drag shows are a blast, but you can also go and just hang out with your friends.” Rob C.

2824 5th Ave S 205-396-7238 AVONDALE

“This club is the best. Every time I go there, it’s a different experience, and it’s always been awesome.” Bjorn B.

Avondale Brewing Company 201 41st St S 251-209-9373 AVONDALE

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NIGHTLIFE Avondale Brewing Company is a shining star of Birmingham’s independent brewing scene. With legendary zoo elephant Miss Fancy as their mascot and a beautiful taproom that was once home to a bank, a fire station, a saloon, and even a bordello, these beer connoisseurs are writing a new chapter in our city’s history book. “These guys can’t miss. Every beer they come out with is better than the last. And let me tell you, they started out with pretty high marks.” Stephen S.

Bacchus

1928 11th Ave S 205-731-2582 BIRMINGHAM

Housed in the former home of Club 1120, Bacchus is one of Birmingham’s newest and most popular hang-out spots. This two-story joint features a highgear night club upstairs and a laid-back sports pub downstairs. Whether you’re in the mood for dance music or live acoustic jams, Bacchus has it all. “Every time I go to Bacchus, things get crazy. I don’t think I’m allowed to go into further detail.” Sammy H. PHOTO BY WES FRAZER

Food meets drinks meets music meets the arts at Bottletree.

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Barking Kudu 2929 7th Ave S 205-328-1748 BIRMINGHAM

With one of the largest patios in Birmingham, the Barking Kudu


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Blackwell’s Pub

Bottletree Café

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Blackwell’s serves up twelve different draft beers, lots of new high-gravity beers and a spread of gourmet pub-style food. And trust us on this: the PBJ Burger may sound weird, but the combination of smooth peanut butter, blackberry jam and that juicy, handmade patty is incredible.

Created and operated by sisterand-brother team Merrilee and Brad Challiss, the Bottletree hosts the best indie rock bands around, as well as film screenings, art openings, live comedy and performance art. This eclectic bar and café is covered with original art and serves sandwiches, soups, vegetarian fare and the best vegan chili in town. Add to that a covered patio, large beer selection, and great bartenders and you have one of the best spots in town. Kitchen open for lunch and early dinner, bar open late.

3151 Green Valley Rd 205-967-3798

“Cool place with a great atmosphere, and the beer selection is over the top.” Van S.

Black Market Bar

Blue Monkey Lounge

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1318 Cobb Ln 205-933-9222

2011 Highland Avenue 205-967-8787 When the proprietors of Speakeasy set out to bring some attitude to the Five Points district, Black Market Bar was the result. They boast delicious creative custom cocktails and a surprisingly robust late-night menu—most notably the Greek Egg Rolls. On the weekend, you can go back in the morning for brunch. Also located on Highway 280 at The Colonnade. “I dream about those egg rolls. Oh man, are they glorious.” Pete V.

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With a large patio and extensive list of martinis, the Blue Monkey is a great spot to get drinks. Their plush couches bring lounging to a new level, and the cozy patio bar is ideal for a relaxed night on the town. With so many different nooks and rooms, Blue Monkey is perfect for entertaining large groups of friends or impressing out-of-towners. “Great cocktails, great staff, great atmosphere. Never been to another club like it, in Birmingham or elsewhere!” Emily R.

3719 3rd Ave S 205-533-6288

“The only place to see the best bands in the country in an intimate setting. It’s the best sounding room I’ve heard.” Cliff S.

Bourbon Street

1568 Cooper Hill Rd 205-957-1006 IRONDALE

Big hair, strong drinks and Alabama charm! If you want to show an out-of-towner some true Southern Gothic, this is your place. A former Pizza Hut, Bourbon Street may be the closest Birmingham has to a honky

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Art. Food. Fun. Cuties.

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Avondale Brewing Company has turned a former saloon into a beautiful new taproom.

tonk. Mind-bending karaoke (Wed, Fri & Sat nights only!), pool tables, and friendly folks make this a real IN spot. “Who knew you could have so much fun singing karaoke and drinking fishbowls in an old, gutted-out Pizza Hut!?” Ashley C.

Crestwood Tavern 5500 Crestwood Blvd 205-510-0053 BIRMINGHAM

Crestwood Tavern is the neighborhood watering hole in Crestwood, just east of downtown. Never a cover for live music, pool, Wii, darts and a bartender that always remembers your drink of choice. Try your cocktail on their newly expanded patio.

“Crestwood Tavern is one of the best dog-friendly places in town. We take our dog to the park right next door, then cool off with a beer on their patio.” Charles H.

not overcrowded, so my friends and I can have a quiet drink. On weekends though, we can mix in with the huge crowd of people and really have a good time.” Linc P.

Dave’s

The Derby

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“Where friends meet.” In the center of Southside, this local neighborhood pub is known for a wide assortment of draft beers and a friendly atmosphere. Their deck looks out over a busy corner of town. Great place for meeting friends.

Everyone still calls them The Brown Derby, but not too much has changed. The Derby has all the ingredients of a good dive bar–cold beer, a well-stocked jukebox, pool, darts and good company. Serving lunch Monday through Friday.

“Dave’s is great. You can go in anytime and have a drink, and it’s just around the corner. On weeknights it is really mellow and

“I almost hate to let the secret out! It has every charm a honkytonking, hole-in-the-wall dive bar should–the horseshoe pit, karaoke

1128 20th St S 205-933-4030

3630 6th Ave S 205-595-0067

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Garage Café

2304 10th Terr S 205-322-3220 BIRMINGHAM

A once-hidden jewel in downtown Southside, The Garage has been named one of The World’s Best Places to Fly For by GQ Magazine. Vines of wisteria canopy its eclectic patio, making it one of the most relaxing spots to grab a drink downtown. Patrons sit on funky antique outdoor furniture, listen to local bands and enjoy cold beers with thick specialty sandwiches on local Big Sky bread. “It is so unique. It’s a great place to be during the summer especially. The patio is interesting to walk around and admire.” Elizabeth M.

Good People Brewing Company 114 14th St S 205-286-2337

Anyone can serve up a drink, but here in Birmingham, we like to get creative with our libations. Here's a list of ten tasty, original cocktails that you won't find anywhere else.

Orange Thing – Highlands Bar & Grill

Blue Monkey Martini – Blue Monkey Lounge

Pomegranate Margarita – Cocina Superior

Sol y Luna Margarita – Sol y Luna

Bloody Mary – Garage Café

Ginger Margarita – Bottletree Café

Good People Cask Ale – The J. Clyde

Cucumber Mint Mojito – Jinsei

Prickly Pear Margarita – Cantina

French 75 – Chez Fonfon

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They may have only opened their doors in 2007, but thanks to a long tenure of strict beer laws in Alabama, Good People Brewing Company is the oldest brewery in the state. The very first batches were brewed in the garage as a labor of love, but now ten different styles can be found in more than forty Birmingham bars. And if you’re 60

really thirsty, go straight to the source—have a drink at their taproom or take a weekend tour of the brewery.

Innisfree

“It’s hard for me to think about what Birmingham was like before Good People. I just can’t imagine a world without this beer.” Lauren M.

Large booths line one side of this Irish-style pub, flanked on either side by a dance floor and a dart wall. Polaroid photos of patrons line the walls, giving it a neighborhood feel. Try the

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Sol y Luna features more than 60 different tequilas, including their "Mexican Flag" trio.

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After hours, Good People Brewing Company's tap room becomes a lively party atmosphere.

back patio on a crowded night, where they often set up an additional bar. Live music Thursday through Saturday. “It’s a great Irish pub. My friends and I love to grab a Guinness and see a band here.” Tyler W.

The J. Clyde 1312 Cobb Ln 205-939-1312 BIRMINGHAM

Featuring a pub menu as well as a more upscale dinner menu designed to pair with what it’s really all about at J. Clyde–the beer. Without a doubt the largest selection in town, J. Clyde has over 200 beers and the staff is knowledgeable about all of them. On the weekends, enjoy live music on their large covered patio. Located on 62

historic Cobb Lane, this is one pub not to be missed. “Excellent food, great beer choices and a wonderful staff who cares about everything they create and serve.” Hilary C.

Lou’s Pub

726 29th St S 205-322-7005 BIRMINGHAM

Half liquor store and half bar, this is a unique spot to catch a drink in Lakeview. Lou’s has patio seating and indoor tables with a neighborhood bar feel. “I love Lou’s because it is a truly one-of-a-kind joint where you always see someone you know. It is just a great hang spot with lots of interesting locals and media types. A good place to meet a friend or client for sure.” John M.

Martini’s

2132 Lorna Ridge Ln 205-822-4488 HOOVER

This Hoover hot spot is dining on one side, dancing on the other. Part restaurant and part nightclub, Martini’s has a large dance floor and live music on the weekends. “Great food, great service– wonderful atmosphere.” Patti S.

Marty’s

1813 10th Ct S 205-939-0045 BIRMINGHAM

If you are in the mood for some late-night food and entertainment, Marty’s is the place. Local bands take over the scene at Marty’s. Food is served until five in the morning!


NIGHTLIFE “Marty’s is a hidden gem and classic local late-night hangout. They have everything the post 2 a.m. crowd wants: great food, great music, great atmosphere and accommodating staff.” Lee H.

Metro Bar

2125 2nd Ave N 205-323-7995 BIRMINGHAM

Local bands can be found playing or drinking at the Metro Bistro. Located in the heart of downtown, the Metro Bistro draws a crowd that stays ‘til the early morning. Local artwork hangs on every inch of wall space and there is a dart room in the back. “The ‘Bistro’ is the quintessential Birmingham downtown bar. Great live music, wonderful staff (where everybody knows your name), and a fabulous atmosphere. Great sandwiches at lunch too.��� Jerry L.

Nana Funks

and a great selection of beers... and the ringtoss will drive you crazy for hours.” Carly B.

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Ona’s Music Room

2514 10th Ave S 205-252-3831 If you are looking for live music in Birmingham, make sure to check out The Nick. “Birmingham’s dirty little secret” for over twenty years, The Nick has hosted some of today’s top alternative artists in their early days. Bands are booked almost every night, and they play late. “Because it rocks! I moved back to Alabama after 3 years. When I walked into the Nick, I breathed a sigh of relief–it felt like home. The bartenders know you by name and they’ll even keep up with your wallet when you’ve had a few too many. The Nick is the CBGB’s of the South and it will always be ‘IN.’” Jen G.

Oasis

2807 7th Ave S 205-323-5538 BIRMINGHAM

708 29th St S 205-250-8003 BIRMINGHAM

Get your groove on to the sounds of music from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s at Nana Funks, a fun dance spot in the heart of Birmingham’s trendy Lakeview Entertainment District. “Free pool on Monday night and awesome music every night make this one of the best places to hang out in Birmingham.” Melissa J.

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Ringtoss, darts, foosball and an outdoor patio make Oasis a favorite of young professionals in town. There is never a shortage of great music at Oasis, with local bands and regional acts playing nightly. From playing bar games to visiting with friends, Oasis is a fun addition to Birmingham’s nightlife. “Oasis is the best because there’s always live music, good company

2801 2nd Ave S Ste C 205-320-7006 BIRMINGHAM

Ona’s is owned and operated by Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame inductee Ona Watson and was voted to the Top 10 Jazziest Places by USA Today. If you are looking for some good local jazz, Ona’s is the place for you. “I am a lover of good music, and Ona’s is definitely the spot with the right atmosphere to enjoy an evening out! Ona is very friendly and every time I’m in B’ham I have to hit this spot!” Michele M.

Pale Eddie’s Pour House 2308 2nd Ave N 205-297-0052 BIRMINGHAM

If you’ve never heard the legend of prohibition-era folk hero Pale Eddie, you need to. And the best way to hear it is at his namesake watering hole, with a frosty pint in hand. While you’re there, enjoy the many high-gravity and craft brews they specialize in, plus live music and a rotating gallery of works from local artists.

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Ona's is one of the best places in town to hear great live jazz. “Pale Eddie would be proud. Even J. Edgar Hoover himself couldn’t deny the awesomeness of this place.” Jonathan H.

The Quest

Parkside

Enjoy live drag shows and great DJs at The Quest, the only dance club in Alabama open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Located just a few blocks from the Lakeview district, The Quest is a great last stop and the only place to dance ‘til dawn.

“My favorite spot for happy hour. Plus the recipes are passed down from generation to generation and are wonderful!” Jessica H.

“The Quest is super fun, especially on drag night.” Amelia E.

This two-story, multi-room bar is perfect for a night out dancing. A large stage and dance floor feature either live entertainment or a DJ. Not in the mood to dance? There is a separate area with booths for sitting and catching up with friends.

4036 5th Ave S 205-595-0920 BIRMINGHAM

Across the street from Avondale Park, this charming new neighborhood bar is decorated in brightly colored paper lanterns. With one of Birmingham’s best courtyards, Parkside’s full bar and great beer selection make it the perfect spot for happy hour, an art opening, a private event and the occasional acoustic act. “Their patio is one of the best outdoor spaces in town!” Lynn P.

416 24th St S 205-251-4313 BIRMINGHAM

Rag’s

728 29th St S 205-327-7247 BIRMINGHAM

This small bar and grill in Lakeview is a great place for drinks and the food is worth celebrating as well. Owned by two Italian

brothers, Bobby and Johnny Lorina, Rag’s specialties include homemade potato chips, baked feta and delicious Italian dishes.

The Rare Martini 2839 7th Ave S 205-323-0008 BIRMINGHAM

“The Rare Martini is upscale without being uptight...the atmosphere is fun and upbeat; the

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WorkPlay boasts two different-sized stages and hosts some of the best bands on the planet. crowd is one of the most beautiful in the city!” Candice W.

happy hour specials and plenty of room for big groups.” Lange R.

Rogue Tavern

Steel 1st and 23rd

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Hear local bands at Rogue Tavern, where their great sound system, big dance floor and delicious more-than-just-bar-food food make this spot a must-visit. Plus, their cool back patio is the perfect place to lounge and catch up with friends.

A modern edge on a classic space, Steel is an upscale cocktail lounge in Birmingham’s downtown loft district. Visit on Wine-down Wednesdays for half-price bottles of wine and free gourmet pizza.

2312 2nd Ave N 205-202-4151

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2300 1st Ave N 205-324-0666

“Great atmosphere. Nice and classy with great drinks. Great social spot.” Nakia B.

Stir Crazy

430 Green Springs Hwy 205-941-3343 HOMEWOOD

Shoot pool, sing karaoke and sling back cold drinks at Stir Crazy, a laid-back Birmingham bar with all-day drink specials and all the ingredients for an awesome night on the town. “Great bands, great drinks and fun people. Lots of room to move and groove!” Sally B.


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Every city has a good smoky and dirty dive, and the Upside Down Plaza is Birmingham’s best. Hidden behind Hotel Highland at Five Points South, the Plaza’s cheap draft beer, layers of graffiti, pool tables, dart boards, foosball, pinball, occasional punk band and really great jukebox make this subterranean bar a favorite of those who are in the know.

Recently voted one of Paste Magazine’s best music venues in the country, WorkPlay is one of Birmingham’s premier spots to hear live music. In addition to the high-end, three-story theatre, WorkPlay also hosts bands in its 5,200-square-foot soundstage. On nights that a band isn’t playing in the theatre, catch screenings of films from Birmingham’s Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival. Also available for private events.

2012 Magnolia Ave 205-930-0333

“I go to the Plaza when I’m homesick–it reminds me of a New York dive. It’s dirty, smoky, and there’s good punk rock on the juke box.” Candice Z.

The Wine Loft 2200 1st Ave N 205-413-8609 BIRMINGHAM

This loft-style space with tall ceilings and modern couches is a welcoming watering hole for the after-work crowd. With wine tastings and drink specials throughout the week, The Wine Loft is a favorite downtown spot. And there is more to The Wine Loft than their expansive collection of wine–they also offer a full bar, tapas menu and free Wi-Fi. “The atmosphere is cosmopolitan and the crowd is diverse. Whenever I have guests in town, The Wine Loft is typically on our agenda and they are always impressed.” Cherie F.

500 23rd St S 205-879-4773

“The design of the building is very inspiring and just pleasing to look at. I’ve enjoyed every concert I’ve attended there and have had some of my greatest musical moments within its walls.” Ylia W.

Zydeco

2001 15th Ave S 205-933-1032 BIRMINGHAM

A college crowd favorite, Zydeco has a large wraparound deck perfect for hosting happy hour. This IN spot is also known for an array of live music, drawing in both local and national acts throughout the year. The large downstairs bar rarely has a cover and is outfitted with pool tables and a jukebox.

BEST MUSIC VENUES From rockin’ world tours to the most intimate of performances, lovers of live music know that when it comes to venues, Birmingham’s got it going on. Here are a few of our favorites: WorkPlay Bottletree Café Ona’s Music Room Alabama Theatre The Nick Marty’s Oasis Zydeco Barking Kudu Sloss Furnaces BJCC Alys Stephens Center

“Great place to hang out, good music, great diversity.” Joshua A.

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SHOPPING IF THERE'S ONE THING WE CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF IN BIRMINGHAM, it’s shopping. Our specialty boutiques and charming villages offer life’s bare necessities, wonderfully frivolous luxuries and everything in between.

a.k.a. Girl Stuff 2906 18th St S 205-802-7735 HOMEWOOD

The name says it all. a.k.a. Girl Stuff is a funky boutique filled with cool and trendy clothes, shoes, accessories and quirky gifts. Shoppers have as much fun hanging with the bubbly staff as they do searching for their next favorite outfit. “Find fabulous, one-of-a-kind clothing at a.k.a. Girl Stuff. The staff is very attentive, yet not overbearing. A truly wonderful shopping experience.” Sandy G.

Alabama Booksmith 2626 19th Pl S 205-870-4242 HOMEWOOD

labama Booksmith is a delight for book lovers, collectors, and treasure hunters alike. After years of success with their Signed First Editions Club, this Homewood bookstore recently decided to expand their building

and deal exclusively in signed books. With a welcoming, homey atmosphere, a selection that emphasizes Southern and Alabama authors and a plethora of in-store book signings, Alabama Booksmith is truly a literary innovator. “The Alabama Booksmith knows books and doesn’t waste time with lattes and magazines.” Scott S.

A’Mano

2707 Culver Rd 205-871-9093 MOUNTAIN BROOK

A’Mano showcases one-of-a-kind items from artists locally and all over the world. Offering glass, pottery, furniture and everything in between, this friendly and fun shop presents a wide variety of unique and colorful gifts to please any taste. “I just love everything they have! I always get compliments on the dishes I got from A’mano. Everything in the shop is fun and bright and hip.” Alana R.

At Home

2921 18th St S 205-879-3510 HOMEWOOD

With an inventory from India, China, Indonesia and Mexico to name a few, At Home has arguably one of the most diverse furniture collections in Birmingham. Living room furniture, kitchen accessories, blown-glass drawer pulls–this shop has it all in a fun fleamarket-style layout. Nestled in downtown Homewood, At Home is a great stop for any of your home furnishing needs. “I actually got my dining room table from At Home. They always seem to have the most unique pieces.” Aaron C.

Bumpernets

2000 Galleria Circle 205-987-2222 HOOVER

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From boards to apparel, Faith is a one-stop shop for skating enthusiasts.

your way to Bumpernets. Known far and wide as America’s First Table Tennis Store, this is more than a ping pong paradise— you’ll find pool, darts, card games, arcade games, and much more. Stop by to pick up some first rate equipment or just hang around and play a few rounds.

out-of-print albums that span all genres of music. Offering a wide selection of new and used CDs, books, movies, art, posters, album covers and more.

“As somebody who takes his ping pong seriously, these guys are a Godsend. They’ve helped me improve my game in every way.” Hamilton S.

Charm

Charlemagne Record Exchange 1924 1/2 11th Ave S 205-322-5349 BIRMINGHAM

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“Charlemagne has an eclectic selection of music and video and a friendly staff who always remember returning customers with warm regards.” William C.

2329 2nd Ave N 205-322-9023 BIRMINGHAM

Visit this lovely downtown boutique for new, vintage and handmade jewelry, handbags, scarves and more. Pieces by local artists (mostly wearable) are available as well. Charm buys costume jewelry and accessories, so take a look in your jewelry box before you go!

“It is fresh, fun and it embodies downtown-girl style.” Walton C.

Colonial Brookwood Village 780 Brookwood Vlg 205-871-0406 HOMEWOOD

Traditional mall meets lifestyle center at Colonial Brookwood Village, where all the convenience and access of a large mall mingles with boutique-like features such as valet parking and specialty shops. Find plenty of covered parking and exceptional dining on site. “Something for everyone. When your gift list is long, you can knock it all out at Brookwood.” Doug C.


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Doree in Homewood is a hot spot for great denim, dresses, shoes and accessories.

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Downtown Homewood

2814 18th St S 205-879-1333

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Presenting over 80 styles of premium denim, dresses, embellished tops, shoes, jewelry, handbags and more, Doree is an inviting boutique that brings hip yet sophisticated styles to Birmingham. When you visit, make sure to get on the mailing list so you’ll be in the know about special events and fashion shows. “Doree is by far the coolest boutique in town. Sweet service, killer clothes plus great fashion shows and fun events.” Kathryn T.

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Cartographers and architects alike have been studying the Downtown Homewood region for years in an effort to determine how so many chic shopping destinations can fit into such a cozy space. Okay, not really, but with so many shops and boutiques nestled together into just a few blocks, there’s truly something for everyone in Downtown Homewood (and you don’t have to wear your feet out finding it).

Homewood’ aren’t shopping hard enough. I could spend a week there.” Meredith W.

Faith Skate Supply 2328 2nd Ave N 205-244-1102 BIRMINGHAM

For over 15 years, this 2,000-square-foot space has been the go-to place for all things skateboarding in downtown Birmingham. “The staff members are so nice, and the owner supports local skateboarding by hosting lots of fun events and contests for the kids.” Lexi K.

“People who say ‘I could spend a whole day in Downtown

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I bought my first guitar there.

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The name says it all. If you own—or you’d like to own—a fretted instrument of any kind, this is the place to start. For almost forty years now, owner Herb Trotman has been the source for buying, repairing, and learning how to play guitars, banjos, mandolins, and more. “I bought my first guitar and learned how to play it all at the same place. And, naturally, that’s where I go for any repairs I need.” Eddie B.

Garden Shop of Homewood 307 Oxmoor Rd 205-445-1010

BRITTANY F. on Fretted Instruments of Homewood Fireflies and Fairytales 611 Doug Baker Blvd 205-408-5808 HOOVER

Owned by three sisters, this sweet children’s shop has everything you need to outfit your little ones in unique clothing. “Shop for a cause! A portion of the proceeds from this children’s clothing store goes to a foundation that supports children who have lost a parent to cancer.” Kathleen B.

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One of the city’s most quaint and historic neighborhoods, Forest Park is an area where you can park and walk to some of Birmingham’s coolest art galleries, unique specialty shops and the finest dining in the region. “The alternative village where all businesses are independently owned, it has a touch of funkiness and great art.” Veronique V.

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This small urban oasis can help you with all of your landscaping needs, from mulch to hanging plants to garden accessories and gifts. For the gardening novice, the employees are happy to offer tips and suggestions. Even the most seasoned landscape architect can find something new at this wonderful store. “After I bought my first house I wanted to make my window boxes vibrant. The patient people at the Garden Shop of Homewood took me step by step on picking out just the right plants for the type of light my house gets. My plants still look great!” Katherine S.


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With tons of dresses, tops, and premium denim, SOCA is the perfect place to find that new outfit.

Gus Mayer

225 Summit Blvd #700 205-870-3300 BIRMINGHAM

A Birmingham staple for over 30 years, Gus Mayer is an upscale, family-owned department store offering women’s and men’s apparel, cosmetics, jewelry, handbags and luxury brand-name shoes in an opulent environment. Recognized by Harper’s Bazaar as a Style Leader for Excellence in fashion merchandise and outstanding service. “Gus Mayer has the best shoe department in town and a cosmetic department that has products not carried anywhere else in Birmingham.” Doree W.

Hanna Antiques Mall 2424 7th Ave S 205-323-6036 BIRMINGHAM

Voted ‘Best Antiques’ by The Birmingham News Readers

Poll, Hanna Antiques offers friendly service and 120 dealers with 35 showcases in 25,000 square feet. Treasure hunters will discover a wide variety of rugs, silver, jewelry, linens, furniture, glassware, books and so much more.

from seasoned professionals.

“They have a large inventory of very unique and unusual items that you just can’t find anywhere else.” Pam A.

3027 Central Ave 205-879-4868

Highland Music

3000 Clairmont Ave 205-254-3288 BIRMINGHAM

You may have driven through the Highlands area and wondered, “What’s in that big pink building?” The answer: one of the coolest music shops you’ll ever see. Run by a crew of guitar geeks and music enthusiasts, they’ve got a wide selection of new and used instruments and offer lessons

“It’s one thing to buy a guitar from a shop. It’s another thing entirely to buy a guitar from someone who knows about guitars. And that’s what Highland Music is.” Matt W.

Homewood Musical Instrument Company HOMEWOOD

Bob Tedrow built his first instrument—a banjo—when he was still in high school. So it’s no surprise that he’s made a living from his handiwork ever since. Homewood Musical Instrument Company is a first-rate source for purchasing and repairing anything from guitars and banjos to violins and cellos. It doesn’t hurt that Tedrow is one of the world’s preeminent concertina craftsmen. “Bob Tedrow is like a Birmingham celebrity. And his shop is a musical palace.” Alex H.

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Highland Music offers everything from new and used instruments to lessons and sheet music.

Homewood Toy & Hobby Shop 2830 18th St S 205-879-3986 HOMEWOOD

If you have a toy in mind, chances are you can find it at Homewood Toy & Hobby Shop. Offering great customer service, this nice neighborhood hobby shop is a super-fun place to browse and a sure thing for classic, imaginative, high-quality toys that are hard to find in other toy stores. Also a great source for model cars and trains for children of any age. “Homewood Hobby really lets me keep in touch with my inner child. It has a great selection of toys, games and model trains, planes and cars. I love to go in there and feel like a kid again.” Brad E.

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iii’s Eyewear Collection 1925 11th Ave S 205-930-9394 BIRMINGHAM

Trendy. Classic. Chic. No matter your style, the unique frames you’ll find at iii’s are sure to please. The kind and knowledgeable staff are a bonus. “I immediately liked the staff and the cozy environment. My husband and I have enjoyed and received many compliments on the glasses we have bought here." Ingrid K

Incubate Gallery

130 41st St S, Suite 104 205-202-4558 BIRMINGHAM

As one of the newest champions of Birmingham’s rising

art scene, Incubate Gallery in Avondale showcases new art from local talent with an emphasis on up-and-coming artists. Incubate Gallery puts on a host of rotating exhibitions, including their “theme wall” that features new art every third Friday, and a variety of art classes are available for those who are just getting their brushes wet. “Birmingham’s art scene just keeps getting better, and these guys are giving our local artists the spotlight they deserve.” Laura B.

Kingdom Comics

1425 Montgomery Hwy, Suite 119 205-978-0600 VESTAVIA

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SHOPPING something to love about this comic book megashop. From the latest page-turners to vintage copies of the classics, Kingdom Comics is your source for everything from graphic novels to role-playing games. “Every time I come here, I end up spending hours flipping through their inventory. I should really start packing sandwiches.” Russell I.

Little Professor Bookstore and Café 2717 18th St S 205-870-7461 HOMEWOOD

This gem in downtown Homewood offers a complete selection of hardcover and paperback books as well as newspapers and periodicals. Find the bestsellers alongside the more rare reads or consult with the friendly staff who are happy to make recommendations beyond the obvious bestseller list. And no need to rush off. Grab a great meal or a cup of coffee at Crape Mrytle Café, located conveniently inside the bookstore. “Great selection and friendly, bright staff. I love grabbing a book and heading to their café next door for a relaxing read and a bite to eat.” Baxter B.

Mountain High Outfitters

little house in Forest Park will be so impressed to see our local flavor as represented so gracefully by our artwork.” Lauren S.

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The Pants Store (Crestline)

127 Summit Blvd 205-967-7607

Shop brands like The North Face, Patagonia, Arc’Teryx and Icebreaker at one of four locations. Got a question? Mountain High’s friendly outdoor enthusiasts are sure to have the answer. Other locations in Cahaba Village and the Galleria. “Great products and an awesome staff who really knows their stuff. Best place in Birmingham for outdoor apparel and gear.” Michael B.

Naked Art Gallery 3831 Clairmont Ave 205-595-3553 nakedartusa.com BIRMINGHAM

No highbrow attitude here. Naked Art Gallery in Forest Park puts the funk in functional as its focus is on art that serves more than an aesthetic purpose. Two-dimensional art hangs among pottery, wearable art, one-of-a-kind furnishings and downright kooky items that defy description. “Naked Art Gallery offers a huge selection of local artists’ work at unbelievable prices! Visitors to Birmingham who stop in to the

8029 Parkway Dr 205-699-6166 MOUNTAIN BROOK

In Crestline, Leeds, Trussville and 3rd Ave W, you’ll find The Pants Store, a Birmingham original. Focusing on both style and affordability, The Pants Store carries men’s and women’s attire at reasonable prices. Whether you select Wranglers or The North Face, you are bound to walk out of The Pants Store with something new. “I shop almost exclusively at The Pants Store in Leeds. They only sell men’s clothing at this location, and it is very affordable.” Wade O.

Pepper Place 2817 2nd Ave S 205-251-0305 BIRMINGHAM

Within Pepper Place, you can find antique furniture or jewelry right next to a funky soap dish or throw pillow. Home accents and pieces by local artists fill the former bottling plant. Pick up some tile or flowers at the Pepper Place shops.

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With over 40,000 books and more, Reed Books is a must see when you visit downtown Birmingham.

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Shaia's features top-of-the-line men's suits and professional atire. “Authentic, cozy, interesting, great Italian pizza restaurant around the corner.” Ashley B.

Reed Books

2021 3rd Ave N 205-326-4460 BIRMINGHAM

An institution in Birmingham, Reed Books is well known with most locals. An eclectic mix of all things familiar. From vintage movie posters to screen prints of Birmingham, you can find more than just rare books at this “museum of fond memories.” “It’s such a unique place in Birmingham and the state! So much to look at, you never get bored.” Sarah S.

Remon’s Clothier at The Summit 123 Summit Blvd 205-977-5512 MOUNTAIN BROOK

Located in The Summit, Remon’s is a high-end men’s clothing store. The staff is exceptionably knowledgeable and specializes in creating custom suits for their clientele. “Remon is a great clothier with attention to detail like no one else, and an impeccable selection of handcrafted suits, shirts, trousers and sports clothes.” Dan M.

Renaissance Records 2020 11th Ave S #B 205-933-8000 BIRMINGHAM

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sance Records is a rare gem of a record store. For anybody that’s fueled by nostalgia, a few hours spent flipping through their bookshelves and their stacks of new and used vinyl will really take you back to the golden years. “Renaissance Records is my happy place. I daydream about it. That’s really all there is to say.” Kevin P.

Riverchase Galleria

3000 Riverchase Galleria 205-985-3020 HOOVER

Under the nine-story soaring glass ceiling, you’ll find one of America’s most unique shopping experiences and Alabama’s most popular free


SHOPPING tourist attraction. Beneath the world’s largest skylight, you can explore over 200 shops, luxurious lodging and fine dining. “It’s convenient and has lots of stores!” Robin G.

The Scribbler

“If you’re looking for the trendiest designer frames, Schaeffer isn’t your first option. It’s your only option.” Brooke S.

Shaia’s

42 Church St 205-870-9590

2818 18th St S 205-871-1312

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No matter what the occasion, The Scribbler in Crestline Village has the paper products you need to make it unforgettable. Design custom stationery, wedding invites, calling cards, baby announcements, gifts and more with the help of their friendly staff. “Whether I’m running in for a last-minute gift or planning an elaborate invitation, they are always so helpful and right on the mark. I love Ginny and the entire team at The Scribbler!” Paije S.

Schaeffer Eye Center 1598 Montgomery Hwy 205-979-2020 HOOVER

Your premier destination for designer eyewear. Shoppers can feast their eyes on more than 3000 stylish frames from brands like Cartier and L.A. Eyeworks that aren’t available anywhere else in Alabama.

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Locations can be found throughout the Birmingham area and across the state.

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Named by Esquire as Best of Class, Shaia’s is a gentleman’s clothing store open since 1922. From sportswear to formal wear, the staff can help outfit you for any occasion. Custom-made suits and alterations are also available. Located in downtown Homewood, Shaia’s also offers closet planning to help men with the layout and functionality of their closets. “Shaia’s is a unique blend of quality and customer service. As a professional and father, their ability to accommodate my schedule means the world to me.” Robert S.

Smith’s Variety 2715 Culver Rd 205-871-0841

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Reminiscent of the five-anddimes of yesteryear, Smith’s Variety in Mountain Brook is

brimming with items from necessities to luxuries to downright oddities. Sort through a delightful assortment of children’s toys, ribbon, kitchen gadgets, home goods, collectible dolls, party goods, cards and stationery, an old-fashioned candy counter and so much more. If you're looking for hidden treasures and one-of-a-kind gifts, this is the place to go. “Smith’s has EVERYTHING! I enjoy being able to go in one store and find hard-to-find arts and crafts items, toys for the kids and jewelry for myself.” Asterik R.

Soca Clothing 2820 18th St S 205-939-4955 HOMEWOOD

If you are looking for designer denim and an assortment of cute tops and dresses, Soca is the store to visit. With a “wall of denim” and knowledgeable staff, Soca is becoming the IN place to find the perfect pair of jeans. “They have a great selection of designer denim and clothes you won’t find anywhere else. Their sales staff is very knowledgeable about their products and attentive to your needs to help you pick what’s right for you.” Jessica R.

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With shelves full of vinyl and books, Renaissance Records takes shoppers back to the glory days.

Soca Girl

2815 18th St S 205-870-1285 HOMEWOOD

When you’re done finding the dream pair(s) of jeans at Soca, your daughter is likely to be insanely jealous—until she sees Soca Girl across the street. It has everything that makes Soca such a fabulous destination, but for girls 7-14 years old. “Wow, what a nice surprise! So many beautiful and classy things—unlike the nonsense you normally see marketed to young girls.” Jane W.

Sojourns

2017 3rd Ave N 205-323-5680 BIRMINGHAM

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store’s name means “travels of exploration.” Sojourns has jewelry, art and pottery from artisans around the world–all based on fair trade practices, paying artisans a fair and living wage while focusing on environmental sustainability. Baskets, sculptures, textiles, paper goods, coffees and teas, specialty foods, toys, world music and even pet accessories can be found in this IN shopping spot. “A great and affordable gift shop, right downtown and everything is fair trade, so you can feel good about where your money is going.” Brock K.

Stella Blu

2730 Cahaba Road 205-870-2006 MOUNTAIN BROOK

This posh Mountain Brook Village boutique was started by

two sisters who love fashion and is not to be missed by anyone who feels the same. From designer denim to darling dresses and everything in between, Stella Blu has you covered. “I love this place. I check their Facebook every day to see what they’ve got new!” Katie D.

The Summit

214 Summit Blvd 205-298-0257 BIRMINGHAM

An open-air shopping mall, The Summit contains over 100 stores and lots of restaurants. The wide range of shops is sure to meet your family’s needs. After shopping, there are plenty of options to enjoy a nice meal, or you can catch a movie at The Summit Carmike Cinemas. “The Summit has lots to see and it’s a great place to walk outside.” Lotonya K.


SHOPPING The Swanky Stork

Cottage in Crestwood has just the right gift for anyone on your list.

afternoon browsing...and, it’s next to Urban Standard, a cool lunch spot.” Tyler D.

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“Urban Cottage is a great place to find the perfect gift for any occasion!” Anne W.

Wrapsody

2827 18th St S 205-803-2133

Oh, baby! The Swanky Stork stocks fashionable clothes for soon-to-be mamas from lines like Citizens of Humanity, Paige, Chip and Pepper, Maternal America, Olian, Japanese Weekend, Ripe and many more. “It’s the best maternity boutique in Birmingham, and they are just as trendy as any other women’s store! Great stuff!” Danielle P.

The Trak Shak 2839 18th St S 205-870-5644 HOMEWOOD

The Trak Shak is so much more than a shoe store. With race-management services, health fairs, shoe clinics and race-training programs, they’re an invaluable resource for runners—and an anchor for the local running community. Don’t even think of buying your next pair of shoes without letting them digitally analyze your foot first. Also located in Trussville. “The Trak Shak is the best thing to ever happen for runners in Birmingham. I won’t buy my shoes anywhere else.” Cory G.

Urban Cottage

5508 Crestwood Blvd 205-595-8067 BIRMINGHAM

From unique gifts and art to jewelry and stationery, Urban

The Villages of Mountain Brook welcometomountainbrook.com MOUNTAIN BROOK

Mountain Brook is an area of Birmingham that is anchored by three villages. Crestline Village, Mountain Brook Village and English Village all have a similar small-village feel with quaint brick buildings and tree-lined sidewalks. High-end dress boutiques, antique shops and restaurants are peppered throughout the villages. “The Villages of Mt. Brook are great for shopping, and they are all connected by sidewalks, so if you were looking for a good walk, that’s a great route to take.” Margaret S.

What’s On 2nd? 2306 2nd Ave N 205-322-2688 BIRMINGHAM

This store is a feast for the eyes. Three stories filled to the brim with antique and unusual items. From rocking chairs to vintage records to 1950s toys, you can find almost anything you are looking for (and lots you aren’t!) at What’s on 2nd?

160 Main St # 112 205-989-7277 HOOVER

A unique gift and home décor store in Patton Creek, Wrapsody is the IN spot for finding the perfect present. Great spot for holiday shopping, especially since they are also known for impeccable gift wrapping. “They gift wrap beautifully! It is so nice to know they always have a great selection of gifts to choose from and you can leave with your gift ready to give.” Amanda V.

Zoe’s in Forest Park 3815 Clairmont Ave S 205-595-9049 BIRMINGHAM

Offering timeless style for the modern soul, Zoe’s is a fabulous consignment shop in historic Forest Park. Choose from men’s and women’s vintage and contemporary apparel, fashion accessories, costumes and gifts. High-end consignment is also available including designer bags, designer jeans, sunglasses and more. “A great spot for fab fashion!” Lindsey L.

“What’s on 2nd? is filled with Americana and all things Birmingham. You could spend a Saturday

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MARKETS FROM FRESH-FROM-THE-FARM VEGGIES TO INTERNATIONAL FARE, our market scene is packed with the ingredients for inspiration. Whether you’re searching for the most delicious fish or the rarest of spices, you’ll find that it’s all right here in Birmingham.

Farmer’s Market on Finley 344 Finley Ave W 205-251-8737 BIRMINGHAM

You’ll be cooking with the very freshest produce and ingredients when you stock up at the Farmer’s Market. Complete with the sights, sounds and scents of an old-fashioned market, it houses more than 500 farmers and vendors on 49 acres, making it the largest farmer’s market in the state. “It is the best place in town, year round, to find the best vegetables, plants, sod and cheese at wonderful right-off-the-farm prices. The folks are very friendly and interesting to talk to also.” Trudy P.

Freshfully Market 200 41st St S 205-383-4574 AVONDALE

It started out as website that connected Alabama farmers with shoppers eager to eat

locally. Now, Freshfully has its own store in Avondale dedicated to fresh Alabama products. In fact, everything in the store­— from fruits and vegetables to meats and sweets­is made in Alabama. Finding local foods has never been easier. “I've been waiting for something like Freshfully to happen for a long, long time. These guys help our state grow in so many ways." Taylor D.

Golden Temple 1901 11th Ave S 205-933-6333 BIRMINGHAM

For over 30 years, Golden Temple has been Birmingham’s place for natural groceries, nutritional supplements and herbs. The boutique features organic clothing, jewelry and more. After you shop, have lunch at their popular vegetarian restaurant. “At Golden Temple, not only do I find all my favorite natural products, but I also have the

satisfaction that comes with supporting some of Birmingham’s own. Love that!” Ray F.

Highland Package 2228 Highland Ave 205-558-4337 BIRMINGHAM

So much more than a package store, this friendly neighborhood shop offers wine, liquors and the best selection of previously unavailable high-gravity beers. “The best part? Draught beer is available in half-gallon jugs. And the owners are fantastically friendly.” John B.

Jones Valley Teaching Farm 701 25th St N 205-439-7213 BIRMINGHAM

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MARKETS ses or the best way to cook the lamb shanks, the shop’s friendly proprietors will have an answer—and probably a recipe!

Almost too pretty to eat!

“These guys make a mean koufta, and the feta cheese selection is reason enough to go.” Kathryn H.

Oak Street Local Market 115 Oak St 205-870-7542

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Adjacent to Oak Street Garden Shop, this Mountain Brook version of a roadside produce stand carries Alabama produce, organic honeys, corn relish, salsa, pickled veggies, jellies, gift baskets and much more. “I love the Oak Street Local Market. From fruits and veggies to beautiful foliage, everything there is top quality and almost too pretty to eat!” Regina W.

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Organic Harvest

1580 Montgomery Hwy #12 205-978-0318 BIRMINGHAM

the fruits of their labor at the after-work farm stand, Monday through Thursday. The downtown farm and second garden in Mt. Laurel are available for private events. “Their produce is delicious, and their cut flowers are gorgeous. And because it’s all organic and grown by a non-profit, every purchase is one that I can feel really good about.” Stephanie P.

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Mediterranean Food Market

430 Green Springs Hwy 205-942-1777 HOMEWOOD

Mediterranean Food Market carries a beautiful selection of imported foods, produce, halal meats, spices, sweets and several varieties of olives and fetas. And whether you ask how to use the pomegranate molas-

This family-owned natural health store focuses on providing fresh foods and organic beauty products to customers at a lower price than most national chains. Now featuring Birmingham’s only completely organic café. ‘“As I get older the idea of organic living becomes more important to me. Organic Harvest makes it easy to find good quality organic products at a reasonable price." Norma P.


MARKETS Pepper Place Saturday Market 2829 2nd Ave S 205-802-2100 BIRMINGHAM

Every Saturday morning from April through November, Pepper Place transforms to host a large farmers market. Farmers from all across Alabama peddle fresh fruit and vegetables, cheeses, organic eggs, local honey, baked goods, jams, relishes and more. Local musicians play while the city’s finest chefs hold cooking demonstrations. Rain or shine, the Pepper Place Market has become a must-attend event for Birmingham residents during the summer. “The Saturday Market is great because you can buy local food and art, hear live music and enjoy local cooking!” Lisa R.

If you're looking for authentic Alabama foods, head to Freshfully, one of Avondale's newest residents.

Snapper Grabbers Seafood Market

“I personally overheard the owner refuse a delivery that was not up to his standards. The prices are great and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable.” Anna C.

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V. Richard’s

521 Montgomery Hwy 205-824-9799

Looking for delicious crabmeat, mussels and fish? Find all that and more at Vestavia’s Snapper Grabbers Seafood Market, a shop known for its huge selection of beautiful, fresh seafood and great prices.

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3916 Clairmont Ave S 205-591-7000 BIRMINGHAM

V. Richard’s has been a Birmingham favorite for years because of their high-quality products and attentive service. At this small but impressive

market, you can dine in their café, buy prepared take-out meals or find all the ingredients you need to create your own gourmet masterpiece at home. Open seven days a week. “Every Friday night they have a wine tasting. It’s a great way to kick off the weekend! Once you’ve finished the tasting you can enjoy the gourmet foods at half the price of fancy restaurants and to me...much better!! This is a hidden treasure.” Brooke S.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT DISCOVER SOME OF THE MOST ENTERTAINING, inspiring and imaginative places in Birmingham. Here’s the inside scoop on what gets our creative juices flowing. You don’t want to miss these local favorites.

Alabama Ballet 2726 1st Ave S 205-322-4300 alabamaballet.org BIRMINGHAM

The Alabama Ballet seeks to promote and foster classical and contemporary ballet through high-quality performances, dance education and community outreach. The company consists of 20 professional dancers and 14 apprentices from across the globe. “The Alabama Ballet is a worldclass dance company and a gateway to the greatest dance pieces in history.” Kelly B.

Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame & The Carver Theatre 1631 4th Ave N 205-254-2731 jazzhall.com BIRMINGHAM

Housed in the beautifully restored, art deco Carver The-

atre, the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame is home to fascinating memorabilia from Birmingham’s rich jazz history. Exhibits are on display celebrating some of America’s greatest musicians with Alabama ties such as Nat King Cole, Erskine Hawkins and Sun Ra. Located in the Civil Rights District and within walking distance of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and Kelly Ingram Park. “I love the Jazz Hall of Fame because of the many events and educational opportunities it provides for our youth.” Rudy L.

Alabama School of Fine Arts 1800 8th Ave N 205-252-9241 asfa.k12.al.us BIRMINGHAM

Called “Public Education with Passion,” ASFA is a public school providing premier arts education

to impassioned students in grades 7-12. Specialty focuses include creative writing, dance, mathematics and science, music, theatre arts, visual arts and core academic courses. “ASFA showcases some amazing young talent. The dance, theatre, music and art departments offer quality performances several times per year.” Jennifer D.

Alabama Symphony Orchestra 1200 10th Ave S 205-251-7727 alabamasymphony.org BIRMINGHAM

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In addition to showcasing live performers, Alys Stephens Center also focuses on educational outreach for the arts.

ganizations in Birmingham such as the Alys Stephens Center, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and McWane Science Center. “The Alabama Symphony’s performances rival those of any other orchestra in the region, if not the country. The ASO is certainly one of Birmingham’s greatest cultural assets and should not be missed!” Erica H.

Alabama Theatre 1811 3rd Ave N 205-251-0418 alabamatheatre.com BIRMINGHAM

Built in the 1920s by Paramount, the Alabama Theatre is one of America’s last operating movie palaces, featuring first-

run and revival films, concerts and special events. A must-see for visitors to the city, the “Showplace of the South” is one of the most elaborate theatres in the country.

facility located on the University of Alabama at Birmingham campus. World-class entertainment is presented through the best in music, dance, theatre and family entertainment.

“When we come home (from Kansas City) we always try and go to a movie at the Alabama, especially at Christmas. It is one of Birmingham’s treasures and holds many fond memories for me.” Matthew D.

“If you are an arts lover you are able to satiate your appetite with the variety of great shows and performances at one central venue.” Kecia L.

Alys Stephens Center 1200 10th Ave S 1-877-ART-TIKS alysstephens.uab.edu BIRMINGHAM

Some of the world’s most renowned artists take the stage at this diverse, state-of-the-art

Birmingham Children’s Theatre 2130 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N 205-458-8181 bct123.org BIRMINGHAM

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Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex

“This is truly an organization that makes Birmingham special and unique. I went there several times as a kid on field trips, and now I make sure to take my own children at least once every year.” Nancy J.

Complete with a 19,000-seat Arena, 3,000-seat Concert Hall and 1,000-seat Theatre along with more than 200,000 square feet of exhibit space, the BJCC is home to the largest live concerts, entertainment events and trade shows in Alabama along with touring Broadway productions, family shows and much more.

Birmingham Festival Theatre

1901 1/2 11th Ave S 205-933-2383 bftonline.org BIRMINGHAM

Birmingham Festival Theatre is the city’s oldest theatre to produce contemporary and classic works. With a vision to present innovative works and give a voice to new plays by Southern writers, the intimate theatre has staged over 200 productions and has hosted almost 100,000 audience members since it was founded in 1972. “It’s an opportunity to celebrate Birmingham talent. It’s the kind of entertainment that separates cosmopolitan cities from very large towns.” Carl S.

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2100 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N 205-458-8400 bjcc.org BIRMINGHAM

“A lot of great concerts have come through the BJCC over the years. I have great memories there.” Suzanne J.

Birmingham Museum of Art 2000 8th Ave N 205-254-2565 artsbma.org BIRMINGHAM

The Birmingham Museum of Art has one of the finest collections in the Southeast with more than 24,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and decorative arts representing a rich panorama of cultures, including Asian, European, American,

African, Pre-Columbian and Native American. The facility encompasses 180,000 square feet, including a splendid outdoor sculpture garden. “It brings people of all ages and from all walks of life together to appreciate music, culture, art and great food.” Kelly G.

Children’s Dance Foundation

1715 27th Ct S 205-870-0073 childrensdancefoundation.org HOMEWOOD

For life and for learning, the Children’s Dance Foundation provides opportunities for students of all ages and abilities to learn through the power of dance and the arts. “Where art comes alive through small bodies dancing, through hands drumming, through young people acting, through feet moving, through families thriving.” Rachel E.

Comedy Club Stardome 1818 Data Dr 205-444-0008 stardome.com HOOVER

Head to the Stardome and enjoy a fun-filled evening of fantastic food, drinks and entertainment by the nation’s top comedians. If being in the

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ARTS audience is not your style, be sure to go on Open Mic Night and take the stage yourself. “Food and entertainment is always first class!” Tracy W.

Extemporaneous Theatre Company

205-687-5233 extemporaneoustheatre.com BIRMINGHAM

This improvisational theatre company made up of professional artists produces fun, off-the-cuff performances that involve lots of audience interaction. “It’s the most brilliant

Beautiful and lavish music productions.

and hilarious improv comedy I’ve seen since Whose Line is it Anyway?, and it’s right here in Birmingham!” Martin M.

Leeds Theatre and Arts Center

8140 Parkway Dr 205-699-1892 leedsartscouncil.org LEEDS

For family entertainment that won’t break the bank, head to the Leeds Theatre and Arts Center to enjoy concerts, community theatre, musicals, dinner theatre, poetry readings, variety shows and more. “Their plays are very family-oriented. You can bring a date, parents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and even your pastor! The theatre seats 108 and all seats are good.” Sandy N.

MEAGAN M. on Opera Birmingham Magic City Actors Theatre 205-251-1206 mcactorstheatre.com BIRMINGHAM

From classic Broadway to original, local works, Magic City Actors Theatre has something for everyone. This non-profit theatre company delivers energetic and diverse shows.

“Magic City Actors Theatre produces some of the best theatre in Birmingham! Past productions include Avita, Pippin and Parade.” Cindy H.

Opera Birmingham 3601 6th Ave S 205-322-6737 operabirmingham.org BIRMINGHAM

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nities for artists, create a forum for public understanding of contemporary art and offer arts education to area youth. “Space One Eleven is unique to Birmingham, hosting exhibitions that are avant garde, cutting edge and different from anything you’ll find at a museum or commercial gallery.” Melissa K.

Terrific New Theatre

301 19th St N 205-324-2424 redmountaintheatre.org BIRMINGHAM

RMTC has been presenting quality theatrical experiences in Birmingham since the first curtain rose in 1979. Performances are held at both the Virginia Samford Theatre and the bottom floor of the historic Kress Building downtown.

2821 2nd Ave S 205-328-0868 terrificnewtheatre.com BIRMINGHAM

For over 20 years, Birmingham’s most eclectic theatre has been known for its fun live performances with unexpected twists. Located in the Dr. Pepper Showrooms of Pepper Place.

“Great use of both local and ‘imported’ talent in creative and entertaining productions presented in an intimate performance space.” Michael M.

“TNT’s plays and musicals range from comedies and dramas to the strange and unusual—and sometimes downright twisted! I’m always surprised and always get my money’s worth at TNT.” Saxon W.

Space One Eleven

Theatre Downtown

2409 2nd Ave N 205-328-0553 spaceoneeleven.org

“The funny shows are hilarious, the edgy shows are profound and the serious shows leave me thinking.” Richard S.

Virginia Samford Theatre

1116 26th St S 205-251-1228 virginiasamfordtheatre.org BIRMINGHAM

Opening its doors in 1927, this charming Romanesque playhouse is the origin of Birmingham’s theatrical legacy. Considered one of the finest “little theatres” in the country and presenting the best in local and regional productions, it is also a popular choice for special events. “The intimacy and charm of this historic theatre is a unique experience. Something new on the stage every month!” Catherine G.

2410 5th Ave S 205-306-1470 theatredowntown.com

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ATTRACTIONS HISTORIANS, AUTO AFICIONADOS, BASEBALL FANATICS AND PEANUT LOVERS ALIKE all find the objects of their obsessions in Birmingham. Take the lead from the folks who know, and then set out on your adventure.

Alabama Sports Hall of Fame

2150 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N 205-323-6665 ashof.org BIRMINGHAM

Homegrown atheletes have been one of Alabama's cash crops for more than a century. Located on the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex campus, the ASHOF is dedicated to the celebration and preservation of Alabama’s exceptional sports heritage. The museum displays over 5,000 sports artifacts, including items from five of ESPN’s top 15 greatest athletes of the century: Jesse Owens, Hank Aaron, Joe Louis, Willie Mays and Carl Lewis.“The Alabama Sports Hall of Fame has a great atmosphere and is very educational even to us seasoned sports fans.” Michael W.

Alabama Wine Trail 173 Hwy 301 205-668-6926 alabamawinetrail.net CALERA

With three wineries near Birmingham, it’s easy to create your own wine adventure. Offering traditional and specialty wines plus Southern favorites, the wineries include Morgan Creek Vineyards (Harpersville), Ozan Vineyard & Winery (Calera) and Vizzini Farms Winery (North Calera). It's a must-do for anyone that appreciates a bit of culture and education with their drinks. Visit their website for a trail map and ideas of attractions along the way. “I was excited to learn about a wine trail in Alabama. I enjoy tasting wines from around the world, and now I can enjoy the opportunities Alabama has to offer.” Lauren U.

Aldridge Gardens 3530 Lorna Rd 205-682-8019 HOOVER

Now celebrating ten years of verdant tranquility, Aldridge Gardens is 30 acres of woodland paradise that features a six-acre lake, a walking trail, inventive sculpture and an abundance of hydrangeas. This spread of natural beauty takes its name from noted nurseryman Eddie Aldridge, who discovered and patented the Snowflake Hydrangea when the property served as his homestead. “It’s just absolutely beautiful. I take my family there as often as I can every spring.” Christy B.

American Village 3727 Hwy 119 205-665-3535 americanvillage.org MONTEVALLO

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ATTRACTIONS But don’t get us wrong, that’s just a bonus. Birmingham’s Double-A minor league team is a real crowd-pleaser any night of the week. “It’s not summer if you don’t make it out to a Barons game.” Daniel I.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens 2612 Lane Park Rd 205-414-3900 bbgardens.org Explore over 100,000 different types of plants throughout the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

south of Birmingham in Montevallo. Authentic, costumed historical interpreters help guests rediscover the 400-yearold story of America’s journey to liberty and independence at the recreated colonial village. “While my kids like talking to Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, what I love about American Village is the architecture.” Anne-Wyman B.

Barber Motorsports Park & Museum 6040 Barber Motorsports Pkwy 205-699-7275 barbermotorsports.com BIRMINGHAM

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Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum’s four floors and 144,000 square feet of space are home to more than 1,200 vintage and modern motorcycles collected from 17 nations and 125 manufacturers. The museum also houses one of the largest Lotus race car collections in North America. “An unbelievable spot for museum goers as well as diehard racing fans–it is gorgeous.” Kelly R.

The Birmingham Barons

100 Ben Chapman Drive 205-988-3200 BIRMINGHAM

There’s nothing like taking in a baseball game on a summer evening—especially on “Thirsty Thursday.” That’s when draft beers are only a buck apiece at Birmingham Barons games.

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More than 67 acres of aweinspiring, natural beauty await visitors less than five minutes from downtown at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Over 350,000 guests are welcomed annually to enjoy the thematic gardens, abundant plant life, walking paths, artwork and sculpture. A climate-controlled conservatory, the largest of its kind in the Southeast, nurtures rare and delicate plants from around the world. “An oasis, peaceful…I’ve traveled much of the world and our botanical gardens are among the best.” Jim M.

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute & District 520 16th St N 205-328-9696 bcri.org BIRMINGHAM

Designed as a scholarly resource center for education and research, the Birmingham


ATTRACTIONS Civil Rights Institute tells Birmingham’s story of its part in the nation’s struggle for civil rights through displays, multimedia presentations, music and storytelling. The Institute is located across the street from the legendary Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, the site of the tragic bombing in 1963. Also in the Civil Rights District is Kelly Ingram Park, an assembly point for marches, demonstrations, rallies and prayer services during the Civil Rights Movement, and the historic Carver Theatre, home of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. “The Civil Rights Movement really is a proud part of Alabama’s history. The presentation is outstanding.” Linda V.

Birmingham Zoo 2630 Cahaba Rd 205-879-0409 birminghamzoo.com MOUNTAIN BROOK

Approximately 750 animals of 250 different species make their home at the Birmingham Zoo, including members of endangered species from six different continents. In 2011, the Zoo opened the “Trails of Africa” exhibit, featuring a herd of bull elephants and other African animals in a beautifully accurate natural setting.

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“The Birmingham Zoo is a really nice and interesting place to take the kids.” Liza M.

Cahaba River

2717 7th Ave S 205-322-5326 cahabariversociety.org Flowing through portions of eight Alabama counties, the Cahaba River is the longest free-flowing river in the state. With 131 different fish species, it’s a world champion of fish diversity. Serving as a refuge for numerous rare and endangered species of plants, mollusks and fish, the river is most famed for its enchanting show of Cahaba lilies which bloom between early May and late June. Contact the Cahaba River Society for information and guided boat tours. “It’s amazing to have a beautiful, natural river 15 minutes from downtown. A wonderful new walking trail along the river is a location great for swimming, wading and boating.” Beth S.

Highland Park Golf Course

3300 Highland Ave 205-322-1902 highlandparkgolf.com BIRMINGHAM

Highland Park Golf Course is a favorite spot among Birmingham residents and visitors. Located minutes from down-

town in the beautiful Highland Park neighborhood, the 18-hole layout, city views, bentgrass greens and reasonable rates all add up to a golf experience unlike any other in Alabama. “Short course but target golf. Long Fescue roughs give it a European links flavor. The 16th green has a great view of downtown.” Mark J.

McWane Science Center 200 19th St N 205-714-8300 mcwane.org BIRMINGHAM

State-of-the-art science center, aquarium and IMAX Dome Theater located in the heart of downtown Birmingham in the historic and refurbished Loveman’s department store building. Featuring four floors of interactive, hands-on exhibits, and a gift shop so chock full of really cool stuff, they named it “Really Cool Stuff.” “McWane Science Center is the coolest spot in town, for kids AND adults. I would buy a membership even if I didn't have children.” Cary S.

Moss Rock Preserve 4335 Village Green Cir 205-739-7141 HOOVER

Just a stone’s throw from a bustling community is this beautiful

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Not a bad seat in the house!

RYAN B. on Oak Mountain Amphitheatre 250-acre nature preserve, abundant with trees, rock outcroppings, streams, waterfalls and wildlife. The Boulder Field is a favorite among rock climbers of all skill levels. Nearly 10 miles of hiking footpaths wind through the preserve, putting hikers up close to the beauty of the natural setting.

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“I’ve seen two of my all-time favorite concerts here. Not a bad seat in the house!” Ryan B.

Oak Mountain State Park 200 Terrace Dr 205-620-2520 alapark.com PELHAM

Oak Mountain, Alabama’s largest park, is home to nearly 10,000 acres of pine-studded ridges and lush green hardwood bottoms. Visitors enjoy vacation cottages, golfing, camping, picnicking, swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, backpacking, horseback riding and even a demonstration farm complete with animals! “I love Oak Moutain! I’ve biked a lot of different places, and mile for mile, I put Oak Moutain in my list of top 10 trails. If you are ever in Birmingham you have to check it out.” Brendan K.

“Great people, beautiful surroundings, good trails to hike and rocks to climb.” Jamie S.

Peanut Depot

Oak Mountain Amphitheatre

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1000 Amphitheatre Road 205-620-2520 alapark.com PELHAM

Year after year, the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre continues to

2016 Morris Ave 205-251-3314

Sometimes you feel like a nut. And when you do, the Peanut Depot is the place to be. Just follow your nose down historic cobblestoned Morris Ave., and the amazing aroma of fresh roasted peanuts will lead you


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Get fresh roasted peanuts from the Peanut Depot in historic Morris Avenue.

to this one-of-a-kind stop where old-fashioned roasting ovens crank out thousands of pounds of peanuts a week. Available by the handful or truckload. “Fresh roasted peanuts...tasty!” Jay B.

place like this in Birmingham. Incredible.” Sierra F.

Red Mountain Park 277 Lyon Lane 205-202-6043 redmountainpark.org BIRMINGHAM

Railroad Park 1600 1st Ave S 205-521-9933 railroadpark.org BIRMINGHAM

This beautiful 19-acre greenway, located in the heart of downtown, has become a new favorite spot for families, couples—okay, basically the entire city. Designed to celebrate the industrial and artistic heritage of the city, Railroad Park is the place to be on a sunny day. “This is what a park is supposed to be. I’m so thankful we have a

Once upon a time, Red Mountain was the main source for the rich iron ore deposits that put Birmingham on the industrial map. Nowadays, it’s home to a brand new four-anda-half-mile park brimming with monuments of natural splendor and historic significance. Throw in a state-of-the-art zipline tour and a trail system that’s heaven for walkers, hikers, runners and cyclists and it’s no surprise that folks come from miles around to get in touch with the great outdoors. “It’s huge! You see

something new every time. It’s basically impossible to be unhappy when you’re there. Especially if you’re on the zipline.” Ashley R.

Rickwood Field 1137 2nd Ave W 205-231-2555 rickwood.com BIRMINGHAM

Serving as the supreme place to relive the magic of baseball’s glory days, Rickwood Field is America’s gem of a diamond. As the country’s oldest ballpark, Rickwood became home to the Birmingham Barons in 1910 and today is treasured as a true slice of American history. “The annual Rickwood Classic is always fun for baseball lovers such as myself. Plus, the field has so much history–some of the best players have played on that field.” Marcques R.

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Railroad Park received national acclaim from CNN and won the Best New Park in America award from the Daily Green.

Ross Bridge

4000 Grand Ave 205-949-3085 rossbridge.com HOOVER

Home of the Champion’s Tour Regions Charity Classic, Ross Bridge is one of the newest additions to Alabama’s famed Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Designed by Robert Ruhlwich and Bobby Vaughan to be a showplace suited as a championship venue, Ross Bridge offers 8,191 yards of amazing golf. The course is challenging yet inviting to golfers of all skill levels. “One of the Top 50 19th holes in the country, one of the top golf resorts in the country, and it’s a four diamond award winner, need we say more? It is IN and it is in BirmINgham.” Bill L.

Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve 1214 81st St S 205-833-8264 ruffnermountain.org BIRMINGHAM

Located just a few minutes from downtown Birmingham, Ruffner Mountain Nature Center offers a 1,011-acre forested urban nature center and wildlife habitat complete with educational programs, weekend activities and over 11 miles of footpaths for hiking and birding. Known as a natural oasis in the heart of the city, the nature center is dedicated to preservation, education and recreation for everyone. “One of the best-kept secrets in all of Birmingham. From the views of the area, to the green space and wildlife, it’s an educational delight.” Steven C.

Sloss Furnaces 20 32nd St N 205-324-1911 slossfurnaces.com BIRMINGHAM

As a producer of pig iron for almost 90 years, Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark played a major role in the industrial heritage of our city and our nation. The restored structures are a magnificent tribute to Birmingham’s mineral-rich beginnings and great industrial past and are host today to guided tours, festivals, private events, musical acts and even metal arts classes. “I love Sloss Furnaces because my husband and I were married there. It’s an incredible venue filled with a rich history.” Karla W.

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Tannehill Historical State Park

12632 Confederate Pkwy 205-477-5711 tannehill.org MCCALLA

Explore over 1500 acres of tree-lined valleys and wandering streams at Tannehill, where a mini railroad, dozens of 19th century pioneer buildings and an Iron & Steel Museum await. Camp, hike and explore history all less than 30 miles from downtown Birmingham. “Tannehill’s history, rustic scenery and relaxed atmosphere make it a great place to visit!” Robert T.

Sloss Furnaces is a living tribute to Birmingham's great industrial age. .

Southern Museum of Flight

4343 73rd St N 205-833-8226 southernmuseumofflight.org BIRMINGHAM

Visit a world of vintage aircraft, awesome engines, world-class models and legendary aviation pioneers when you explore the South’s aviation history at the Southern Museum of Flight. Also home to the Alabama Aviation Hall of Fame. “The Southern Museum of Flight is one of the best aviation museums in the Southeast. Interesting exhibits such as the Tuskegee Airmen, with three of their training aircraft, the Korean War exhibit, as well as the B-25

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recovered from Lake Murray in South Carolina.” Herb R.

Splash Adventure Waterpark

4599 Visionland Pkwy 205-481-4750 splashadventurewaterpark.com BESSEMER

Home of Splash Beach Water Park and Magic City USA Theme Park, Splash Adventure Waterpark features rides, slides, a state-of-the-art wave pool, and other attractions. “I love the thrill of the rides and the fun water activities.Splash Adventure Waterpark has a variety of things so you never get bored. It’s like a vacation in your own hometown.” Latoya P.

Vulcan Park and Museum

1701 Valley View Dr 205-933-1409 visitvulcan.com BIRMINGHAM

Vulcan Park is home to the world’s largest cast-iron statue and offers spectacular views of Birmingham. Sculptor Giuseppi Moretti’s statue of Vulcan, the Roman god of the forge, was built in 1904 and presented at the World’s Fair in St. Louis as a symbol of Birmingham’s industrial spirit. Today, Vulcan remains the symbol of Birmingham standing high atop Red Mountain where he greets visitors everyday. “Best views of the city, a beautiful setting and location of the city’s most unique civic landmark.” Philip M.


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Vulcan, the city's most enduring landmark, is the world's largest cast-iron statue.

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EVENTS SAVE THE DATE. No matter what season you visit, there’s always something fun going on. Here are some of our favorite occasions we look forward to year in and year out.

Art on the Rocks

2000 8th Ave N 205-254-2566 artsbma.org The Birmingham Museum of Art hosts this popular summertime after-hours event series. Attendees enjoy live musical performances from regional and national artists, heavy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, adult art activities and of course the museum’s 24,000 works of art from around the globe. “Art on the Rocks is a unique opportunity for young professionals to mingle and enjoy the arts. Live music, cocktails and special exhibits are only some of the perks of attending.” Brooke H.

Artwalk

2209 1st Ave N 205-612-1530 birminghamartwalk.org Each September, Birmingham’s downtown loft district is transformed into a thriving arts community for Artwalk, a juried

art show featuring established and emerging artists in a variety of media. Artwalk brings more than 10,000 people downtown to view and purchase art while enjoying live music, street performers, food, drinks and children’s activities. “The hands-on projects are fun and it’s inspiring to see such a variety of art on display.” Jamie M.

Bluff Park Art Show

bluffparkartassociation.org Held annually the first Saturday of October, the Bluff Park Art Show began to benefit the Bluff Park Elementary School library and has since grown into a prestigious annual event. The winning work each year is added to the permanent collection, which is displayed in local schools and colleges. The event also features live music, hands-on art fun for children, homemade sweets and pit

barbeque cooked on site. “I really enjoy the Bluff Park Art Show because it gives people a chance to view work by artists from 12 different states and the opportunity to buy original art. That’s an opportunity you don’t get every day.” Erica A.

BBVA Compass Bowl

Legion Field 400 Graymont Ave W In early January, Birmingham becomes the proud host city for college football bowl action from conferences around the nation. This holiday bowl game attracts football fans from far and wide. “Pizza, beer, football and good January football weather. Want a great holiday gift? Tickets to the game!” John A.

Day of the Dead

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1116 26th St 2817 Highland Ave S dodahday.org For nearly 30 years, Do Dah Day has been one of Birmingham’s most beloved and wacky traditions. On the third Saturday of May, thousands of people and pets gather for the zaniest pet parade you’ll ever see and then flock to Caldwell and Rhodes parks for a day of music and fun, all in support of local animal shelters. Featuring food, drinks, arts and crafts, animal adoptions and lots of activities for the kids. “Because where else in Birmingham can you throw a party for 40,000 of your closest friends and raise money for homeless animals?!” Joyce J.

Function in the Junction

Celebrate Day of the Dead at Bare Hands Gallery.

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sion, dress in bones and dance the night away. The fiesta kicks off the art installation that is on display during November. “Bare Hands Gallery’s Day of the Dead parade and festival is my favorite event in Birmingham. Cool art and then dance the night away after the parade!” Sally B.

Erskine Hawkins Park Ensley For over 20 years, people have been gathering in Ensley in late July to honor Birmingham native Erskine Hawkins. The late jazz musician and composer of the jazz standard “Tuxedo Junction” attended the festival every year until his death in 1993. The festival begins with a parade to the park, where numerous jazz and gospel acts play throughout the day.


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Magic City Art Connection brings artists and art lovers together for a fun-filled weekend in Linn Park. “Great music, and so much fun for the kids. One of my favorite events of the summer!” Karen R.

Greek Food Festival

Holy Trinity Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral 307 19th St S bhamgreekfestival.org Started in 1972 by the Ladies Philoptochos Society, this yearly event has blossomed into one of the premier cultural events in the Southeast. The Holy Trinity Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral is now the focal point for thousands from the region who gather for three days in September to experience the Greeks’ legendary zest for life. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but may we recommend the pasticho? And

the doughnuts...save room for the honey glazed doughnuts! “Come hungry. Leave happy.” Daniel A.

Kick’n Chick’n Wing Fest

1850 29th Ave 205-939-9372 bhamwingfest.com Every fall, chefs from all over the greater Birmingham area come together to compete for the illustrious Thighsman Trophy, which is awarded to the restaurant who cooks the best chicken wings in town. But let’s be honest, since we all get to go eat chicken wings prepared by the finest culinary talents in the city, everybody wins. “I don’t know, do you like wings? Do you like football? Kick’n

Chick’n Wing Fest is the thing I look most forward to every fall.” John R.

Magic City Art Connection

710 20th St N 205-324-6881 magiccityart.com Downtown’s Linn Park is the place to be the last weekend in April for the Magic City Art Connection. This juried event brings hundreds of artists to the park displaying artwork of many mediums. Also bringing music, children’s workshops and a favorite feature, Corks & Chefs: Food and Wine Tasting Event, a tented environment where guests can sample wine and cuisine from many of Birmingham’s top restaurants. 119


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Shoal Creek, home of the Regions Tradition, was Jack Nicklaus' first ever solo course design. “People from all walks of life come together and have a great time!” Sherry C.

“So much beer, so little time.” Frieda H.

Magic City Brew Fest

205-870-7771 mercedesmarathon.com For over a decade, the Mercedes Marathon and Half Marathon have beckoned competitive runners from all across the country. The course has been used for both Men’s and Women’s Olympic trials, and the innovative multi-loop system has inspired similar courses in both New York and Boston. But it’s really all about the kids—the Mercedes Marathon weekend events have helped raise more

Sloss Furnaces 20 32nd St N magiccitybrewfest.com People love good beer, and this event is definite proof. Thousands of people gather for two days in early summer at historic Sloss Furnaces to attend this fundraiser supporting Free The Hops, Alabamians for specialty beer. Food, music, and of course lots and lots of beer make this event likely to sell out, so get your tickets early.

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than $3 million for The Bell Center and Kid One Transport, a pair of charities that specialize in helping children in need. “It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life, no question. It’s really great to see the city get behind such an awesome event.” Sam H.

Moss Rock Festival

100 Municipal Drive 205-444-7500 mossrockfestival.com Celebrating nature, open spaces and eco-ideas through art and design, the Moss Rock Festival in November at the nature preserve presents over

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EVENTS 5,000 juried works of art, design competitions, special installations, food, wine, a wedding cake expo and live music. An interactive kid’s workshop, WonderKids Studio, encourages children to use the observation of nature as a launching point for creative projects. “It comes at the perfect time of year to get holiday gifts from local artists.” Olivia P.

Regions Tradition Shoal Creek 100 New Williamsburg Dr regionstradition.com The Regions Tradition Shoal Creek is a Senior PGA Tour event that takes place annually at Birmingham’s Shoal Creek golf course. Famously designed by Jack Nicklaus, the course also hosts a charity Pro-Am prior to the tournament play which always attracts a host of celebrities. “The Regions Tradition Shoal Creek is one of the best tournaments I’ve ever seen. The place has so much great history, and the players clearly love it too.” Jeff W.

Schaeffer Eye Center Crawfish Boil

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The two-day event, held the first weekend in May, attracts more than 40,000 people to the downtown area to party to the sounds of some of the country’s top musical acts and get their fill of over 21,000 pounds of fresh Louisiana crawfish. “Great food and music with the soul of the South.” Leigh M.

Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival

2310 1st Ave N 205-324-0888 sidewalkfest.com Honored as one of Time Magazine’s “Film Festivals For The Rest Of Us,” Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival brings new independent cinema to Birmingham each August. Sidewalk attracts filmmakers from across the country and the globe to screen their work before enthusiastic crowds in one of nine venues within the city’s historic Theatre District. The flagship venue is the Alabama Theatre, a 2,200seat movie palace built in 1927 by Paramount. During the festival, guests enjoy parties, panels, workshops and a live music lounge. “Sidewalk is the highlight of my year! Downtown comes alive in a whole new way. Filmmakers from around the world mingle with the attendees on the sidewalks and in the theatres. They bring with them a slew of films that Alabama would probably never get a chance to see otherwise.” Katy C.

Stokin’ The Fire BBQ & Music Festival

20 32nd St N 205-324-1911 slossfurnaces.com/stokin/ Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark holds a professional BBQ competition and festival for two days every August to “stoke the fire” to restore the Furnaces. Nominated as one of the best in the country, the Stokin’ The Fire fundraiser is a KCBS sanctioned event. “Beer and barbeque in a historic environment. What a great way to beat the August heat.” Shae N.

Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival

1631 4th Ave N 205-328-1850 justataste.org The Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame and Urban Impact join forces the last weekend in September to present this festival on the streets of the city’s cultural historic downtown Fourth Avenue District. The festival is free to the public and is a tribute to all of the great jazz musicians who hail from Birmingham. Jazz music, commercial booths, children’s activities and a diverse selection of food vendors. Bring your lawn chairs! “Good music and good soul food all in one spot.” Elizabeth R.


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A Above  55 a.k.a. Girl Stuff  71 Alabama Ballet  93 Alabama Booksmith  71 Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame & The Carver Theatre  93 Alabama School of Fine Arts  93 Alabama Sports Hall of Fame  103 Alabama Symphony Orchestra  93 Alabama Theatre  67, 92, 94, 95 Alabama Wine Trail  103 Aldridge Gardens  103 Al's Deli & Grill  9 Al’s on Seventh  55 Alys Stephens Center  67, 95 A’Mano  71 American Village  103 Aqua  55 Art on the Rocks  115, 117, 125 Artwalk  115 At Home  71 Avo & Dram  9 Avondale Brewing Company  55, 59

B Bacchus  56 Barber Motorsports Park & Museum  104, 105 Barking Kudu  56, 67 BBVA Compass Bowl  115 Bettola  9 Big Sky Bread Company  47 Billy’s Bar & Grill  11 The Birmingham Barons  104 Birmingham Botanical Gardens  104 Birmingham Children’s Theatre  95 Birmingham Civil Rights Institute & District  104, 112 Birmingham Festival Theatre  96 Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex  67, 96 Birmingham Museum of Art  96, 98, 101 Birmingham Zoo  105 Bistro V  11 Black Market Bar  57 Blackwell’s Pub  57 Blue Monkey Lounge  57, 60 Bluff Park Art Show  115 Bogue’s  11 Books, Beans and Candles  47 Bottega  11, 17 Bottletree Café  35, 56, 57, 58, 60, 67 Bourbon Street  57 Brick & Tin  13, 24 The Bright Star  13 Bumpernets  71

C Café de Paris  14 Café Dupont  14 Cahaba River  105 Cajun Steamer  14 Cantina Tortilla Grill  14, 60 Carlile’s Barbeque  13, 15 Charlemagne Record Exchange  72 Charm  72 Chez Fonfon  15, 17, 60 Chez Lulu  14, 15, 35 Chicago Mike’s Hot Dogs  15 Children’s Dance Foundation  96 Chop Suey Inn  15 Chris Hastings  22, 24 Chris Zapalowski  24 Church Street Coffee and Books  47, 53 Cocina Superior’s Tex-Mex  12, 15, 60 Colonial Brookwood Village  72 Comedy Club Stardome  96 Continental Bakery  47, 49 Cosmo’s  17, 35 Costa’s Famous Bar-B-Que  17 Crape Myrtle’s Café  17, 35 Crestwood Coffee  47 Crestwood Tavern  59 Culinard Café  48

D Daniel George  18 Davenport’s Pizza Palace  18 Dave’s  59 Day of the Dead  115, 116 Demetri’s BBQ  18 The Derby  59 Diplomat Deli  18 Do Dah Day Parade & Music Festival  114, 116 Dodiyós  19 Doree  73 Downtown Homewood  73 Dreamcakes  46, 48 Dreamland Bar-B-Que  19, 31 Dyron’s Lowcountry  19, 35

E Edgar’s Bakery  48 El Barrio  18, 20, 24 Extemporaneous Theatre Company  97

F Faith Skate Supply  72, 73 Farmer’s Market on Finley  86, 87 Fife’s Restaurant  20 Fireflies and Fairytales  74 The Fish Market  20 Five  20 Forest Park  74 Formaggio's Italian Bistro  20 Fox Valley  20 Frank Stitt  11, 15, 17, 23 Freshfully  87, 89, 91 Fretted Instruments of Homewood  74

Full Moon Bar-B-Que  16, 21 Function in the Junction  116

G Garage Café  60 Garden Shop of Homewood  74 GianMarco's  21, 24, 27 Gilchrist Drug Co.  21 Giuseppe’s Café & Espresso Bar  23 Golden Rule BBQ  23 Golden Temple  87 Good People Brewing Company  60, 62 Greek Food Festival  118, 119 Green Acres Café 23 Gus Mayer  70, 75

H Hanna Antiques Mall  75 Highland Music  75, 76 Highland Package  87 Highland Park Golf Course  105 Highlands Bar & Grill  17, 23, 60 Homewood Gourmet  24 Homewood Musical Instrument Company  76 Homewood Toy & Hobby Shop  76 Hot and Hot Fish Club  22, 24

I iii’s Eyewear Collection  76 Incubate Gallery  76 Innisfree  60 Irondale Café  26 Iz Café  26

J James Beard Award  17, 24, 34, 45 The J. Clyde  60, 62, 63 Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q  26 Jinsei  26, 60 John’s City Diner  29, 30 Jones Valley Teaching Farm  87

K Kelley’s Neighborhood Sports Grill  29 Kick’n Chick’n Wing Fest  119 Kingdom Comics  76 Klingler’s European Bakery & Café  29, 35

L La Dolce Vita  29 La Paz  29 Laura Zapalowski  24 Leeds Theatre and Arts Center  97 Leonardo's Italian Restuarant  25, 29 Little Donkey  28, 29 Little Professor Bookstore and Café  78 Little Savannah  30 Lou’s Pub  62 Lovoy’s  30 Lucy’s Coffee & Tea  48

M Magic City Actors Theatre  97 Magic City Art Connection  119 Magic City Brew Fest  121, 123 Magic Muffins  48 Maki Fresh  30


INDEX Martini’s  62 Marty’s  62, 67 Max’s Delicatessen  30 McWane Science Center  105 Mediterranean Food Market  88 Merecedes Marathon  121 Metro Bar  63 Michael’s Steaks & Seafood  30 Miss Myra’s Bar-B-Q  30 Mix  8, 10, 33 Moe’s Original BBQ  33 Moss Rock Festival  121 Moss Rock Preserve  105 Mountain High Outfitters  78 Mr. P’s Butcher Shop & Deli  33 Mtn. Brook Creamery  48 Mudtown  33

N Nabeel’s  33 Naked Art Gallery  78 Nana Funks  63 New York Pizza  33 The Nick  63, 64, 67 Niki's West  24, 32, 33

O Oak Mountain Amphitheatre  106 Oak Mountain State Park  106 Oak Street Local Market  88 Oasis  63, 67 O’Carr’s Delicatessen  34 Ocean  34 O’Henry’s Coffees  48 Olexa’s  48 The Olive Branch  34 Ollie Irene  24, 34, 45 Ona’s Music Room  63, 65, 67 On Tap Sports Cafe  35 Opera Birmingham  97 Ore Bar and Grill  35 The Original Pancake House  35 Organic Harvest  88 Original Green Acres Café  35 Otey’s Tavern  35 Over Easy  36

P Pale Eddie’s Pour House  63 The Pants Store (Crestline)  78 Parkside  65, 69 Pastry Art Bake Shoppe  50 Peanut Depot  106 Pepper Place  77, 78, 89 Petruccelli’s  36 Pho Que Huong Vietnamese  36 Primavera Coffee  50

Q The Quest  65 R Rag’s  65 Ragtime Café  37 Railroad Park  107

The Rare Martini  65 The Red Cat  50 The Red Pearl  37 Redmont Hotel's rooftop bar  54 Red Mountain Park  102, 107, 109 Red Mountain Theatre Cabaret  99 Reed Books  79, 80 Regions Tradition Shoal Creek  121, 122 Remon’s Clothier at The Summit  80 Renaissance Records  80, 82 Rib-It-Up  37 Rickwood Field  107 Riverchase Galleria  80 Roadside Bar BQ  37 Rocky’s Pizza  37 Rogue Tavern  66 Rojo  33, 35, 36, 37 Ruffner Mountain  108, 109

S Sam’s Super Samwiches  37

Terrific New Theatre  99 Theatre Downtown  99 Tip Top Grill  41, 42 The Trak Shak  83 Trattoria Centrale  35, 41

U Upside Down Plaza  67 Urban Cookhouse  42 Urban Cottage  83 Urban Standard  42, 43, 81

V Veranda on Highland  35, 42 The Villages of Mountain Brook  83 Vino  43 Virginia Samford Theatre  99 VJ’s on the Runway  43 V. Richard’s  89 Vulcan Park and Museum  110, 111

W The Wine Loft  67 Satterfield’s  38 What's on 2nd?  81, 83, 85 Savage’s Bakery  50, 51 WorkPlay  66, 67 Saw’s BBQ  38 Wrapsody  83 Schaeffer Eye Center  81 Schaeffer Eye Center Crawfish Boil  122 Z Zen Yogurt & Smoothies  43 The Scribbler  81 Zoe’s in Forest Park  83 Seafood & Chicken Box  38 Zydeco  67 Shaia's  80, 81 Shangri La  38 Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival  122 Silvertron Café  38 Slice Pizza & Brew  38 Sloss Furnaces  67, 109, 110, 120 Smith’s Variety  81 Snapper Grabbers Seafood Market  89 Soca Clothing  81 Soca Girl  82 Sojourns  82 Sol y Luna  35, 38, 39, 60, 61 Southern Museum of Flight  110 Space One Eleven  99 Splash Adventure Waterpark  110 Steel 1st and 23rd  66 Steel City Pops  39 Stella Blu  82 Stir Crazy  66 Stones Throw Bar and Grill  40 Stokin’ The Fire BBQ & Music Festival  122 The Summit  82 Surin West  40 The Swanky Stork  83 Sweet Tea  40

T Taj India  41 Tannehill Historical State Park  110 Taqueria Guzman  40, 41 Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival  122 Taziki’s Greek Fare  41 Ted’s  41


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