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2014 TOURIST GUIDE

Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau www.birmingham.travel


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The Birmingham Vibe IT’S DIFFICULT TO EXPLAIN WHAT sets Birmingham apart from her Southern sisters---almost impossible really. People who visit Birmingham, as well as those who live here, swear they sense a vibe to this city that they don’t find elsewhere in their travels. It’s hard to put a finger on the particulars of it, but it’s there. Outdoor entertainment and the arts are a dominant part of Birmingham’s character. Take a quilt and a picnic to Railroad Park in the heart of downtown and listen to Alabama music. Live music is the signature entertainment of the city. Visit the dozens of art galleries around the city for funk, fine and folk art treasures. Come for the city’s annual Sidewalk 2 | BIRMINGHAM TOURIST GUIDE

Film Festival, chosen one of TIME’s Top 10 “Film Festivals for the Rest of Us.” That means we don’t have to go to Cannes anymore! Opera, ballet and live theatre add to Birmingham’s cultural wealth. For visitors interested in architecture, the city’s downtown buildings are a collection of Cinderella stories. Many early skyscrapers are now refurbished, dressed up and housing restaurants, law firms and luxury condos. Also look downtown for many of the city’s best festivals and arts events. Spring brings the Magic City Art Connection, a juried contemporary art show that is widely respected in the festival community. Also along about that time Birmingham’s


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annual Crawfish Festival serves up mountains of mudbugs and music. The city’s popular Pepper Place Saturday Market begins its run in April. Locals and tourists alike fall in love with this weekly farmers market, where they find fresh fruits and vegetables, live music, cooking demonstrations, all manner of crafts and home baked breads and cookies. As you can see, Birmingham is an outdoorsy sort of place to spend time. The weather is generously comfortable, which is one smart reason golfers come here from around the world. The other reason is the lure of handsome and challenging public golf courses. With the development of the state’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Alabama became the Godfather of Great Golf. Birmingham has two of the courses along the trail, one of which is the third longest course in the world. So pack your sticks. Birmingham is center ring for Alabama’s attractions and entertainment as well. From Broadway shows, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and other cultural events to outlet mall shopping and the finest selection of antique stores in the region, Birmingham knows how to entertain company. Major attractions including Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum and the Birmingham Museum of Art increase the inventory of memorable things to see and do here. Regions Field, voted the best new baseball park in the country, opened its first season in 2013, adding to the Birmingham vibe. And speaking of memorable, you will not find a city in the region with better restaurants. Chef-owned dining rooms throughout the area attract visitors from around the Southeast to spend the weekend simply dining. For all its small town charm, Birmingham is a sophisticated, well-heeled international community. With a rich history of Italian, Lebanese, Greek, Asian, Hispanic and Eastern European immigrants, Birmingham benefits from the gifts of many backgrounds. The influences are all around us and beautifully melded into the diversity of our Southern culture. It’s nice to have you in Birmingham. Enjoy the vibe.

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It’s time for the much-anticipated Pepper Place Saturday Market. Locals and tourists alike fall in love with this weekly framers market where they find fresh fruits and vegetables, live music, cooking demonstrations, all manner of crafts, and home baked breads and pastries. www.pepperplacemarket.com

Contents 6 Information 8 Lodging

66 The Birmingham Originals

28 Attractions

68 Dining

44 Shopping

84 Craft Breweries

48 Antiques

90 After Dark

52 Art Galleries

96 Outdoors

56 Entertainment

106 Golf

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Information Central Tourist Information DOWNTOWN TOURIST CENTER THE BIRMINGHAM SHOP

2200 9th Avenue North, 205-458-8000 or 800-458-8085 AIRPORT TOURIST CENTER LOWER LEVEL 205-458-8002 VULCAN PARK AND MUSEUM TOURIST CENTER

AREA: 3,358 square miles –

Metropolitan Statistical Area – Jefferson, Blount, St. Clair, Shelby and Walker Counties

CHURCHES: More than 1,300, all major denominations BIRMINGHAM SHUTTLESWORTH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT:

205-595-0533

1701 Valley View Drive, 205-458-8000

BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU:

Helpful Information

TELEVISION STATIONS: 7 commercial,

205-558-2222

AREA CODE: 205

3 independents and 1 public educational station, several cable stations.

ALTITUDE: 620 average feet; ranging

RADIO STATIONS: 14 AM stations and

between 538 and 1,200

18 FM stations. Also, 1 Spanish station.

NEWSPAPERS: One daily (The

LAWS TO KNOW: Use safety belts. Turn on headlights during rain. Drinking age 21. Liquor sales at package and grocery stores after noon Sundays. EMERGENCIES— for emergencies

call 911

Rental Car Agencies ALAMO RENT A CAR

205-591-4395

AVIS RENT A CAR

CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU:

BUDGET RENT A CAR

BIRMINGHAM BUSINESS ALLIANCE:

205-324-2100

POPULATION: Metro – just over one

million

LIBRARY: 205-226-3600 TRAVELERS AID SOCIETY:

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CAP (CITY ACTION PARTNERS) Got a flat? Lock your keys in the car? MonFri, 7 am to midnight; Sat 11 am to 7 pm. 205-251-0111 (downtown only)

Birmingham News, morning) plus weeklies and monthlies. 205-458-8000 or 800-458-8085

For more information scan here to go to www.birmingham.travel

PARKS: 205-254-2391 (city), 800-252-7275 (state)

205-592-8901 205-322-3596

DOLLAR RENT A CAR

800-800-4000, www.dollar.com ENTERPRISE RENT A CAR

205-591-1927, www.enterprise.com HERTZ RENT A CAR

205-591-6090

NATIONAL CAR RENTAL

205-592-7259

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Wheelchair Accessible Transportation BUZZ-A-BUS

205-879-3438 CLASTRAN

205-325-8787 FRESH AIR

205-744-7475 J&B PASSENGER SERVICE

205-781-5702 MAX VIP

BURKES BROTHERS CLASSIC LIMOUSINE SERVICE

205-324-9677 www.burkesbrotherslimousine.com CALLOWAY TOURS

BROOKWOOD MEDICAL CENTER

205-877-1000, 2010 Brookwood Medical Center Dr., 35209 CALLAHAN EYE FOUNDATION HOSPITAL

205-325-8100, 1720 University Blvd., 35233

205-323-7377

CAREY LIMOUSINE

205-591-5959 or 322-8810

COOPER GREEN MERCY HOSPITAL

205-930-3200, 1515 6th Ave. S., 35205

CROW CHARTERS

205-956-2333

ST. VINCENT’S HOSPITAL

KING AND SON BUS CHARTER & TOUR

205-780-4973

205-939-7000, 2800 8th Ave. S., 35205 ST. VINCENT’S EAST

LARRY’S LIMOS

205-838-3000, 50 Medical Park East Dr., 35235

205-821-3736

MAGIC CITY LIMOUSINE

THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF ALABAMA

Ground Transportation

MURRY’S CHARTER & TOUR

205-521-0101 SPECIAL NEEDS TRANSPORTATION

ACTON LIMOUSINE COACH

205-408-7723 www.actonlimo.com

AFFORDABLE LIMOUSINE, LLC

205-251-5466

AIRPORT EXPRESS

205-591-7770

AMBASSADOR LIMOUSINE

205-987-5466

205-999-4201, www.larryslimos.com 205-916-0799

205-980-5994

205-939-9100, 1600 7th Ave. S., 35233 TRINITY MEDICAL CENTER

205-592-1000, 800 Montclair Rd., 35213

R. C. AMERICAN CAB

UAB MEDICAL CENTER WEST

205-960-1114

205-481-7000, 995 9th Ave. S.W., 35022

RARE TRANSPORTATION

205-980-7273 www.raretransportation.com

UAB UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

205-934-4011, 1802 6th Ave. S., 35233

ROYAL TRANSPORTATION & BOOKING AGENCY

205-929-3904

Veterinary Emergency Hospitals

STS, INC.

ALABAMA VETERINARY SPECIALISTS

AMERICAN CAB CO.

205-322-2222

205-324-4024 www.sts-transportation.com

APEX VALET

YELLOW CAB

205-991-0532, www.apexvalet.com

205-252-1131

BIRMINGHAM DOOR TO DOOR

Hospitals with Emergency Rooms

205-967-7389 or 205-251-5696, 2864 Acton Rd., Birmingham, 35243

BIRMINGHAM VA MEDICAL CENTER

205-824-2077, 2021 Kentucky Ave., Birmingham, 35216

205-591-5550

BIRMINGHAM LIMOUSINE

205-822-8600, www.birminghamlimousine.com

205-481-1001, 3783 Pine Lane SE, Professional Building 200, Bessemer, 35022

EMERGENCY AND SPECIALTY ANIMAL MEDICAL CENTER

205-933-8101, 700 19th St. S., 35233

PET VET ANIMAL HOSPITAL

CALL A CAP Uh-oh. Now you’ve done it. And just when you were on your way to McWane your brain at McWane Science Center. There are those keys just dangling from the ignition. Be thankful that CAP is downtown and to the rescue. Those handsome young men in uniform riding bicycles or in trucks with green lights all over town are useful as well as cool. They are the City Action Partnership (CAP) patrol. CAP service area is downtown from 11th Avenue North to 5th Avenue South and from 22nd Street to 16th Street North, more or less. To summons free assistance or for helpful information, call CAP headquarters at 205-251-0111 (unless you locked your cell phone in the car too), or visit their website at www.capisdowntown.com 8 0 0 . 4 5 8 . 8 0 8 5 | W W W. B I R M I N G H A M . T R AV E L | 7


A GUIDE TO BIRMINGHAM LODGING

WHERE TO STAY

The Birmingham area has an excellent selection of accommodations in more than 15,000 guest rooms. For a special weekend getaway, make reservations at a resort or a charming historic inn. Shoppers will find good accommodations convenient to malls and large shopping districts all around the area. Budget-minded families can expect reasonable rates with lots of amenities. Top-notch lodging at affordable prices is a Birmingham trademark. 8 | BIRMINGHAM TOURIST GUIDE


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1. Aloft Birmingham Soho Square 1903 29th Avenue S, Homewood 35209 205-874-8055 / FAX 205-870-5707 www.aloftbirminghamsohosquare.com, 111 rooms ★ AMENITIES: 24-Hour Business Center, Bus Parking, Cable TV, Concierge Service, Data ports, Fax and Copy Service, Fitness Center, Free High-Speed Internet Access, Free High-Speed Wireless Internet Access, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Free In-Room Movie Channel, Free Local Phone Calls, Free Parking, Free USA Today Newspaper, In-Room Hair Dryers, InRoom Iron & Ironing Board, Indoor Pool, Interior Corridors, Laundry, Lounge, Meeting Space, Meeting/Banquet Space, Pets Allowed, Pool, Refrigerators, Restaurant, Restaurant/ Bar, Satellite TV with premium channels, Two Line Phone, Voice Mail 2. America’s Best Inn Birmingham/ Homewood

251 Summit Pkwy, Birmingham 35209-4731 205-945-5550 / FAX 205-945-8823, 102 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Cable TV, Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Extended Stay, FAX/Copy Service, Free High-speed Wireless Internet Access, Free Local Calls, Interior Corridors, Pets Allowed, Suite

3. America’s Best Inn Birmingham Parkway East

9225 Roebuck Parkway East, Birmingham 35206-1510, 205-836-5400 / FAX 205-833-4561 www.americasbestinnbirminghamparkwayeast.com, 89 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Fitness Center, Laundry, Meeting Space, Pool

4. America’s Best Inns & Suites Birmingham Airport

5101 Airport Highway, Birmingham 35212-3046 205-592-6110 / FAX 205-591-5623 www.americasbestinnbirminghamairport.com, 143 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Complimentary Airport Shuttle Service, Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Fitness Center, Meeting Space, Pool, Suite 5. America’s Best Inn & Suites 6400 Kelco Place, Fairfield 35064-1828 205-780-5155 / FAX 205-780-2855 Fairfield.americasbestinn.com, 80 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Bus Parking, Cable TV, Complimentary

Continental Breakfast, Fax and Copy Service, Fitness Center, Free High-Speed Wireless Internet Access, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Free Local Phone Calls, In-Room Hair Dryers, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Interior Corridors, Laundry, Meeting Space, Microwaves, Refrigerators available, Outdoor Pool Seasonal, Pets Allowed, Voice Mail, Bus Parking 6. America’s Best Value Inn - Irondale 1813 Crestwood Blvd, Birmingham 35210-2031 205-956-3650 / FAX 205-951-5892 www.bestvalueinn.com, 86 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Pool 7. America’s Best Value Inn - Leeds 1093 Higrove Parkway, Leeds 35094-1700 205-702-2700 / FAX 205-702 2700 www.americasbestvalueinn.com, 42 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Cable TV, Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Free Local Phone Calls, Pets Allowed, Voice Mail 8. American Interstate Motel 5921 1st Ave N, Birmingham 35212-1607 205-595-4609, 29 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Extended Stay 9. Anchor Motel 4121 3rd Avenue South, Birmingham 35222-1918, 205-595-6157, 24 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Extended Stay 10. Anchor Motel Eastlake 8420 First Avenue North, Birmingham 35206-2704, 205-833-3414, 28 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Extended Stay 11. Apex Motel 1900 33rd Avenue North, Birmingham 35207-3338, 205-328-0080, 28 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Extended Stay 12. Bama Motel 6712 First Avenue North, Birmingham 35206-5016, 205-833-7141, 20 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Extended Stay 13. Baymont Inn & Suites Birmingham/ Vestavia

1466 Montgomery Highway, Birmingham 35216-3607, 1-877-229-6668 / FAX 205-822-9421 www.baymontinns.com, 123 rooms 8 0 0 . 4 5 8 . 8 0 8 5 | W W W. B I R M I N G H A M . T R AV E L | 9


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FOR LOCATIONS SEE FOLD OUT MAP IN BACK OF GUIDE

Fitness Center, Free High-Speed Internet Access, Free HighSpeed Wireless Internet Access, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Free Local Phone Calls, Free USA Today Newspaper, In-Room Hair Dryers, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Indoor Pool, Interior Corridors, Laundry, Manager’s Reception, Meeting Space, Microwaves, Refrigerators available, Pool, Suite, Voice Mail 16. Best Western Plus/Gardendale 842 Thompson Street, Gardendale 35071-4602 205-631-1181 / FAX 205-631-1066 www.book.bestwestern.com, 59 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Interior Corridors

★ AMENITIES: Cable TV, Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Complimentary Hot Breakfast Bar, Dry Cleaning Services, Fax and Copy Service, Free High-Speed Internet Access, Free HighSpeed Wireless Internet Access, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Free Local Phone Calls, Free USA Today Newspaper, In-Room Hair Dryers, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Meeting Space, Outdoor Pool Seasonal, Pets Allowed, Pool, Voice Mail 14. Best Western Plus Bessemer Hotel & Suites 5041 Academy Lane, Bessemer 35022-5250 205-481-1950 / FAX 205-481-2597, 70 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Board Suites, Bus Parking, Business Center, Cable TV, Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Complimentary Hot Breakfast Bar, Complimentary Newspapers, Data ports, Dry Cleaning Services, Extended Stay, Fax and Copy Service, Fitness Center, Free High-Speed Internet Access, Free High-Speed Wireless Internet Access, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Free Local Phone Calls, Free Long Distance Phone Calls, Free Parking, Free USA Today Newspaper, Fully Equipped Kitchens, Hot Breakfast Buffet, In-Room Hair Dryers, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Interior Corridors, Jacuzzi/Hot Tub, Kitchen, Kitchenette, Laundry, Meeting Space, Microwaves and Refrigerators available, Outdoor Pool Seasonal/Gazebo, Pets Allowed, Pool, Refrigerators, Spa, Suites, Two Line Phone, Voice Mail 15. Best Western Carlton Suites Hotel 140 State Farm Parkway, Birmingham 35209-7186, 205-940-9990 / FAX 205-940-9930 www.carltonsuiteshotel.com, 102 rooms ★ AMENITIES: All Suites, Business Center, Cable TV, Complimentary Hot Breakfast Bar, Complimentary Newspapers, Dry Cleaning Services, Fax and Copy Service, 10 | BIRMINGHAM TOURIST GUIDE

17. Birmingham Garden Inn & Suites 7901 Crestwood Blvd, Birmingham 35210-2611 205-951-0700 / FAX 205-313-3701, 102 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Complimentary Airport Shuttle Service, Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Extended Stay, Laundry, Pool 18. Birmingham Marriott 3590 Grandview Parkway, Birmingham 35243-1946, 205-968-3775 / FAX 205-968-4517 www.birminghammarriott.com, 295 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Business Center, Cable TV, Club Level Rooms with added amenities, Complimentary Newspapers, Concierge Service, Dry Cleaning Services, Fitness Center, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Free In-Room Movie Channel, Free Long Distance Phone Calls, Gift Shop, High Speed Internet Access by Request (Charge), In-Room Hair Dryers, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Indoor Pool, Interior Corridors, Laundry, Lounge, Meeting Space, No Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Suite, Two Line Phone, Voice Mail 19. Birmingham Motor Court 1625 Third Avenue West, Birmingham 35208-4205 205-786-4397, 19 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Extended Stay 20. Budget Motel 1548 Bankhead Hwy W, Birmingham 35214-4847 205-798-8444, 30 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Extended Stay 21. Budget Motel Bessemer 3010 9th Avenue N, Bessemer 35020-3546 205-428-9888, 35 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Extended Stay


ELEGANCE UPGRADED THROUGHOUT THE CASTLE. Experience the beauty and serenity of Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa unlike ever before. Debuting new luxuries and looks in 2014, Ross Bridge continues to raise the standard of Four Diamond elegance for hotels in Birmingham. Scenic views surround the outside of the castle, with fresh sophistication inside. Enjoy a stay at Renaissance Ross Bridge and indulge in the refined and serene environment of the Castle. For more information or to make reservations, call 205 916 7677.

RENAISSANCE BIRMINGHAM ROSS BRIDGE GOLF RESORT & SPA 4000 Grand Avenue Birmingham, AL 35226 t: 205 916 7677 rossbridgeresort.com A part of the Resort Collection on Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail


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22. Candlewood Suites Birmingham/ Homewood

400 Commons Dr., Birmingham 35209 205-769-9777, www.ichotelsgroup.com, 81 rooms 23. Clarion Hotel & Conference Center 5216 Messer Airport Highway, Birmingham 35212-3033 205-591-7900 / FAX 205-591-6004 www.clarionhotel.com, 197 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Business Center, Complimentary Airport Shuttle Service, Dry Cleaning Services, Fitness Center, Free High-Speed Wireless Internet Access, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, In-Room Hair Dryers, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Interior Corridors, Meeting Space, Outdoor Pool Seasonal/ Gazebo, Refrigerators, Restaurant/Bar, Suites 24. Cobb Lane Bed and Breakfast 1309 19th Street S, Birmingham 35205-4801 205-918-9090, www.cobblanebandb.com, 8 rooms 25. Comfort Inn & Suites Colonnade 4400 Colonnade Parkway, Birmingham 35243-3365 205-968-3700 / FAX 205-968-0997 www.choicehotels.com, 67 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Bus Parking, Business Center, Cable TV, Complimentary Hot Breakfast Bar, Fax and Copy Service, Free High-Speed Internet Access, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Free USA Today Newspaper, In-Room Hair Dryers, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Interior Corridors, Manager’s Reception, Microwaves, Refrigerators available, No Pets Allowed, Pool, Suites, Voice Mail 12 | BIRMINGHAM TOURIST GUIDE

26. Comfort Inn & Suites Trussville 4740 Norrell Dr, Trussville 35173-2634 205-661-3636 / FAX 205-661-3646 www.comfortinn.com, 66 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Business Center, Cable TV, Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Complimentary Newspapers, Dry Cleaning Services, Fax and Copy Service, Fitness Center, Free High-Speed Internet Access, Free High-Speed Wireless Internet Access, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Free Local Phone Calls, Free USA Today Newspaper, In-Room Hair Dryers, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Interior Corridors, Laundry, Meeting Space, No Pets Allowed, Outdoor Pool Seasonal, Pool, Refrigerators, Suites, Voice Mail 27. Comfort Inn Airport 4965 Montevallo Rd, Birmingham 35210-2418 205-957-0084 / FAX 205-314-2400 www.comfortinn.com, 83 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Business Center, Cable TV, Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Complimentary Newspapers, Dry Cleaning Services, Extended Stay, Fax and Copy Service, Fitness Center, Free High-Speed Internet Access, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Free Local Phone Calls, Free USA Today Newspaper, In-Room Hair Dryers, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Interior Corridors, Kitchenette, Laundry, Meeting Space, No Pets Allowed, Outdoor Pool Seasonal, Pool, Voice Mail 28. Comfort Inn Bessemer 5051 Academy Lane, Bessemer 35022-5250 205-428-3999 / FAX 205-428-8053 www.comfortinn.com/hotel-bessemer-alabama, 59 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Interior Corridors 29. Comfort Inn Homewood 226 Summit Pkwy, Homewood 35209-4732 205-916-0464 / FAX 205-916-0298 www.choicehotels.com/hotel/AL339, 115 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Business Center, Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Dry Cleaning Services, Fax and Copy Service, Fitness Center, Free USA Today Newspaper, Laundry, Meeting Space, Pool, Suite 30. Comfort Suites Fultondale 1325 Old Walker Chapel Rd, Fultondale 35068-1659 205-259-2160 / FAX 205-259-2170 www.choicehotels.com/hotel/al222, 70 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Business Center, Cable TV, Complimentary


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Continental Breakfast, Complimentary Hot Breakfast Bar, Fax and Copy Service, Fitness Center, Free High-Speed Internet Access, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Free Local Phone Calls, Free USA Today Newspaper, Interior Corridors, Laundry, Meeting Space, Microwaves, Refrigerators available, Pool, Voice Mail 31. Country Inn & Suites Bessemer 4985 Academy Ct, Bessemer 35022-5250 205-481-0007 / FAX 205-481-0070 www.countryinns.com/hotels/albessem, 66 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Fax and Copy Service, Fitness Center, High Speed Internet Access by Request (Charge), Indoor Pool, Interior Corridors, Microwaves and Refrigerators available, Whirlpool 32. Country Inn & Suites Homewood 485 Wildwood North Circle, Homewood 35209 205-451-4000, www.countryinns.com/hotels/alhomewd, 70 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Complimentary Newspapers, Fitness Center, Free High-Speed Wireless Internet Access, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, In-Room Hair Dryers, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Jacuzzi/ Hot Tub, Laundry, Meeting Space, Pool 33. Courtyard by Marriott Birmingham Downtown/UAB

1820 5th Avenue South, Birmingham 35233-1809 205-254-0004 / FAX 205-254-8001

www.marriott.com/bhmdw, 122 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Business Center, Cable TV, Dry Cleaning Services, Fax and Copy Service, Fitness Center, Free HighSpeed Internet Access, Free High-Speed Wireless Internet Access, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Free USA Today Newspaper, Gift Shop, In-Room Hair Dryers, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Interior Corridors, Laundry, Lounge, Meeting Space, No Pets Allowed, Refrigerators, Restaurant, Restaurant/Bar, Suites, Voice Mail 34. Courtyard by Marriott Colonnade 4300 Colonnade Parkway, Birmingham 35243-2399 205-967-4466 / FAX 205-967-2499 www.marriott.com/bhmsc, 122 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Interior Corridors, Laundry, Lounge, Meeting Space, Pool, Restaurant, Suites 35. Courtyard by Marriott Homewood 500 Shades Creek Parkway, Homewood 35209-4418 205-879-0400 / FAX 205-879-6324, 140 rooms www.marriott.com/bhmhw ★ AMENITIES: Fitness Center, Interior Corridors, Laundry, Meeting Space, Pool, Restaurant, Suites 36. Courtyard by Marriott Hoover 1824 Montgomery Hwy S, Hoover 35244-1208 205-988-5000 / FAX 205-988-4659 www.marriott.com/bhmho, 153 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Complimentary Newspapers, Dry Cleaning Services, Fitness Center, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Free Long Distance Phone Calls, Interior Corridors, Laundry,

Inspired Thoughts are Better when Shared Sheraton is where people gather. Together with The Westin Birmingham and the BJCC, we offer a total of 385,000 square feet of flexible event space and 1,051 welcoming guestrooms.

Sheraton.com/Birmingham

©2010–2014 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Preferred Guest, SPG, Sheraton and their logos are the trademarks of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., or its affiliates. 8 0 0 . 4 5 8 . 8 0 8 5 | W W W. I N B I R M I N G H A M . O RG | 1 3


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38. Days Inn Birmingham/West 905 11th Court West, Birmingham 35204-1806 205-324-4510 / FAX 205-326-4360 www.daysinn.com/DaysInn, 106 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Extended Stay, Fax and Copy Service, Interior Corridors, Laundry, Meeting Space, Pets Allowed, Pool, Suite 39. Days Inn Birmingham/Summit Mall 4627 US Highway 280 S, Birmingham 35064-1828 205-991-9977/FAX 205-995-0570, 102 rooms www.daysinn.com ★ AMENITIES: Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Dry Cleaning Services, Fax And Copy Center, Fitness Center, Free High-Speed Wireless Internet Access, Meeting Space, Outdoor Seasonal Pool, Pets Allowed.

Meeting Space, Outdoor Pool Seasonal, Restaurant, Whirlpool 37. Courtyard by Marriott Trussville 3665 Roosevelt Blvd, Birmingham 35235 205-661-2280 / FAX 205-661-2281 www.marriott.com/bhmtv, 84 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Complimentary Newspapers, Fitness Center, Free High-Speed Wireless Internet Access, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Free Parking, In-Room Hair Dryers, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Interior Corridors, No Pets Allowed, Pool, Voice Mail

40. Days Inn Birmingham/Vestavia 1485 Montgomery Hwy., Vestavia 35216-3633 205.823.4300/FAX 205.823.6535 ★ AMENITIES: Complimentary Continental Breakfast, FAX/ Copy Service, Interior Corridors, Laundry, Meeting Space, Outdoor Pool Seasonal. 41. Days Inn Galleria 1800 Riverchase Drive, Hoover 35244-1008 205-985-7500 / FAX 205-733-8122 www.daysinn.com/DaysInn, 138 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Business Center, Fitness Center, Free High-Speed Internet Access, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, In-Room Hair Dryers, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Laundry, Pool 42. Days Inn Fultondale 616 Decatur Highway, Fultondale 205-849-0111, www.daysinn.com ★ AMENITIES: Bus Parking, Business Center, Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Fitness Center, Meeting Space, Pets Allowed 43. DoubleTree by Hilton Birmingham 808 20th Street South, Birmingham 35205-2795 205-933-9000 / FAX 205-933-0920 www.birmingham.doubletree.com, 298 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Business Center, Cable TV, Complimentary Airport Shuttle Service, Data ports, Dry Cleaning Services, Fax and Copy Service, Fitness Center, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Free In-Room Movie Channel, Free USA Today Newspaper, Gift Shop, High Speed Internet Access by

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Request (Charge), In-Room Hair Dryers, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Interior Corridors, Laundry, Lounge, Meeting Space, No Pets Allowed, Pool, Restaurant, Voice Mail 44. Drury Inn & Suites Birmingham Southeast 3510 Grandview Pkwy, Birmingham 35243-1929 205-967-2450 / FAX 205-967-6455 www.druryhotels.com/properties/birmingham.cfm, 151 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Fitness Center, Free Local Phone Calls, Fax And Copy Service, Dry Cleaning, Suites, Laundry, Voice Mail, Complimentary Breakfast, Pool, Meeting Space, Pets Allowed, Complimentary Hot Breakfast, Complimentary 5:30 Kickback, Free Wireless Internet, Free One Hour Long Distance Call, Free Wireless Internet, Indoor/Outdoor Pool With Whirlpool 45. Drury Inn & Suites Southwest 160 State Farm Parkway, Birmingham 35209-7186 205-940-9500 / FAX 205-940-9500 www.druryhotels.com/properties/birminghamsw.cfm, 139 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Fitness Center, Free Local Phone Calls, Fax And Copy Service, Dry Cleaning, Suites, Laundry, Voice Mail, Complimentary Breakfast, Pool, Meeting Space, Pets Allowed, Complimentary Hot Breakfast, Complimentary 5:30 Kickback, Free Wireless Internet, Free One Hour Long Distance Call, Free Wireless Internet, Indoor/Outdoor Pool With Whirlpool

46. Econo Lodge 1535 Montgomery Hwy, Hoover 35216 205-822-6030/fax 205-979-5834, www.econolodge.com, 34 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Free local phone calls, Pool, Restaurant, Lounge, Suites 47. Econo Lodge Oxmoor 195 Oxmoor Road, Homewood 35209-5956 205-941-0990 / FAX 205-941-1527 www.choicehotels.com/hotel/al114, 153 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Cable TV, Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Dry Cleaning Services, Fax and Copy Service, Fitness Center, Free High-Speed Internet Access, Free Local Phone Calls, In-Room Hair Dryers, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Meeting Space, Microwaves and Refrigerators

INSPIRED

PRODUCTIVITY The Westin Birmingham and Sheraton Birmingham Hotel both offer a great location at the BJCC in the Uptown Entertainment District, along with a combined 1,051 guestrooms and 385,000 sq. ft. of meeting space designed to promote clear thinking. TO BEGIN PLANNING YOUR NEXT EVENT, VISIT WESTIN.COM/BIRMINGHAM OR CALL 205.307.3600.

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available, No Pets Allowed, Outdoor Pool Seasonal, Suites, Voice Mail 48. Economy Inn 1113 9th Avenue SW, Bessemer 35022-4529 205-424-9690 / FAX 205-425-5955, 122 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Extended Stay, Pets Allowed, Pool 49. Embassy Suites Birmingham 2300 Woodcrest Place, Birmingham 35209-1304 205-879-7400 / FAX 205-870-4523 www.birmingham.embassysuites.com, 242 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Cable TV, Complimentary Airport Shuttle Service, Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Data ports, Dry Cleaning Services, Fax and Copy Service, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Free USA Today Newspaper, Gift Shop, High Speed Internet Access by Request (Charge), In-Room Hair Dryers, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Indoor Pool, Interior Corridors, Kitchenette, Laundry, Lounge, Manager’s Reception, Meeting Space, Pets Allowed, Refrigerators, Restaurant, Suites, Two Line Phone, Video games featured on TV, Voice Mail 50. Embassy Suites Birmingham/Hoover 2960 John Hawkins Parkway, Hoover 35244 205-985-9994, www.birminghamhoover.embassysuites. com, 208 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Business Center, Cable TV w/HBO, Complimentary Hot Breakfast Bar, Data ports, Fitness Center, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Free In-Room Movie 16 | BIRMINGHAM TOURIST GUIDE

Channel, Free USA Today Newspaper, Gift Shop, High Speed Internet Access, In-Room Hair Dryers, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Kitchenette, Laundry, Lounge, Manager’s Reception, Microwaves Refrigerators available, Pool, Two Line Phone, Voice Mail 51. Extended Stay America Birmingham

Perimeter Park South

12 Perimeter Park South, Birmingham 35243-2326 205-967-3800 / FAX 205-967-0025 www.homesteadhotels.com, 137 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Extended Stay, Free Local Phone Calls, Kitchenette, Laundry, Pets Allowed 52. Extended Stay America Birmingham Wildwood

40 State Farm Parkway, Homewood 35209-7179 205-290-0102 / FAX 205-912-2092 www.studioplus.com, 72 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Extended Stay, Fitness Center, Kitchenette, Laundry, Pool, Suite 53. Fairfield Inn & Suites Birmingham

Fultondale/I-65

1795 Morris Avenue, Fultondale 35068 205-849-8484 / FAX 205-849-7373 www.marriott.com/bhmbf, 75 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Business Center, Cable TV, Complimentary Hot Breakfast Bar, Complimentary Newspapers, Dry Cleaning


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Services, Extended Stay, Fax and Copy Service Fitness Center Free High-Speed Internet Access, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Gift Shop, In-Room Hair Dryers, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Indoor Pool, Interior Corridors, Laundry, Meeting Space, Microwaves and Refrigerators available, Whirlpool 54. Fairfield Inn & Suites Birmingham/

Bessemer

4980 Academy Court, Bessemer 35022-5471 205-277-1700 / FAX 205-277-1701 www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bhmbb-fairfield-innand-suites-birmingham-bessemer, 76 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Cable TV, Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Fitness Center, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Free Local Phone Calls, Free Parking, In-Room Hair Dryers, InRoom Iron & Ironing Board, Indoor Pool, Interior Corridors, No Pets Allowed 55. Fairfield Inn Birmingham Inverness 707 Key Drive, Birmingham 35242 205-991-1055 / FAX 205-991-2066 www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bhmfi-fairfield-innbirmingham-inverness, 63 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Cable TV, Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Free Parking, High Speed Internet Access, In-Room Hair Dryers, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Indoor Pool, No Pets Allowed, Refrigerators, Voice Mail

channels, Suites, Voice Mail, Wireless Internet (Public) 58. Hampton Inn & Suites HooverGalleria

4520 Galleria Blvd, Birmingham 35244-5304 205-380-3300 / FAX 205-989-8524 www.birminghamriverchasesuites.hamptoninn.com, 102 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Business Center, Complimentary Airport Shuttle Service, Complimentary Hot Breakfast Bar, Complimentary Newspapers, Dry Cleaning Services, Extended Stay, Fax and Copy Service, Fitness Center, Free High-Speed Wireless Internet Access, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Free Local Phone Calls, Gift Shop, In-Room Hair Dryers, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Indoor Pool, Interior Corridors, Laundry, Meeting Space, Meeting/Banquet Space, Microwaves Refrigerators available, Spa, Suites, Whirlpool 59. Hampton Inn Bessemer 4910 Civic Lane, Bessemer 35022-7820 205-425-2010 / FAX 205-425-1630 www.bessemer.hamptoninn.com, 84 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Interior Corridors, Laundry, Meeting Space, Pool

56. Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook

(Opening early 2015) 2655 Lane Park Road, Mountain Brook, 888-472-6312, www.kesslercollection.com

57. Hampton Inn & Suites BirminghamEast I-20

3910 Grants Mill Road, Irondale 35210 205-933-0444 / FAX 205-933-0777 www.hamptoninn.hilton.com, 99 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Board Suites, Bus Parking, Business Center, Complimentary Airport Shuttle Service, Complimentary Hot Breakfast Bar, Complimentary Newspapers, Data ports, Dry Cleaning Services, Extended Stay, Fax and Copy Service, Fitness Center, Free 24 Hour Gourmet Coffee, Free High-Speed Wireless Internet Access, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Free Local Phone Calls, Free Parking, Free USA Today Newspaper, InRoom Hair Dryers, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Indoor Pool, Interior Corridors, Meeting Space, Meeting/Banquet Space, Microwaves Refrigerators available, Satellite TV w/premium 8 0 0 . 4 5 8 . 8 0 8 5 | W W W. B I R M I N G H A M . T R AV E L | 1 7


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60. Hampton Inn Colonnade 3400 Colonnade Pkwy, Birmingham 35243-2355 205-967-0002 / FAX 205-969-0901 www.birminghamcolonnade.hamptoninn.com, 133 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Business Center, Complimentary Airport Shuttle Service, Complimentary Hot Breakfast Bar, Fax and Copy Service, Fitness Center, Free High-Speed Internet Access, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Free In-Room Movie Channel, Free Local Phone Calls, Free Parking, Free USA Today Newspaper, In-Room Hair Dryers, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Interior Corridors, Meeting Space, No Pets Allowed, Pool 61. Hampton Inn Fultondale 1716 Fulton Rd, Fultondale 35068-1669 205-439-6700 / FAX 205-439-6701 www.fultondale.hamptoninn.com, 65 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Business Center, Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Dry Cleaning Services, Fax and Copy Service, Interior Corridors, Laundry, Meeting Space, Pool 62. Hampton Inn I-65/Lakeshore Drive 30 State Farm Parkway, Birmingham 35209 205-313-2060 / FAX 205-313-2070, www.birminghamlakeshoredrive.hamptoninn.com, 97 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Business Center, Complimentary Hot Breakfast Bar, Dry Cleaning Services, Fax and Copy Service, Fitness

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Center, Free High-Speed Wireless Internet Access, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Free Local Phone Calls, In-Room Hair Dryers, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Interior Corridors, Meeting Space, Microwaves, Refrigerators available, No Pets Allowed, Outdoor Pool Seasonal, Voice Mail 63. Hampton Inn Leeds 310 Rex Lake Road, Leeds 35094, 205-702-4141 www.birminghamleeds.hamptoninn.com, 105 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Bus Parking, Cable TV w/HBO, Complimentary Hot Breakfast Bar, Complimentary Newspapers, Concierge Service, Data ports, Fitness Center, Free High-Speed Internet Access, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Free In-Room Movie Channel, Free Parking, Gift Shop, High Speed Internet Access, In-Room Hair Dryers, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Laundry, No Pets Allowed, Pool, Video games featured on TV, Voice Mail 64. Hampton Inn Mountain Brook 2731 Hwy 280 South, Mountain Brook 35223-2405 205-870-7822 / FAX 205-871-7610 www.birminghammountainbrook.hamptoninn.com, 130 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Cable TV, Complimentary Hot Breakfast Bar, Complimentary Newspapers, Dry Cleaning Services, Extended Stay, Fax and Copy Service, Fitness Center, Free High-Speed Internet Access, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Free In-Room Movie Channel, Free Local Phone Calls, Free


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USA Today Newspaper, In-Room Hair Dryers, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Interior Corridors, Laundry, Manager’s Reception, Meeting Space, Outdoor Pool Seasonal, Pool, Voice Mail 65. Hampton Inn Trussville 1940 Edwards Lake Road, Birmingham 35235 35235-3716, 205-655-9777 / FAX 205-655-0181 www.birminghamtrussville.hamptoninn.com, 78 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Dry Cleaning Services, Fax and Copy Service, Fitness Center, Free High-Speed Internet Access, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Free In-Room Movie Channel, Free Local Phone Calls, Free USA Today Newspaper, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Interior Corridors, Meeting Space, Pool 66. Hassinger Daniels Mansion Bed & Breakfast Built in 1898 by William Hassinger, president of the Southern Iron and Steel Company 2028 Highland Ave. S., Birmingham 35205 205-918-9090, info@cobblanebandb.com, 10 rooms 67. Hilton Birmingham Perimeter Park 8 Perimeter Park S, Birmingham 35243-2326 205-967-2700 / FAX 205-972-8603 www.birminghamperimeterpark.hilton.com 205 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Business Center, Cable TV, Complimentary Airport Shuttle Service, Data ports, Dry Cleaning Services, Fax and Copy Service, Fitness Center, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Gift Shop, High Speed Internet Access by Request (Charge), In-Room Hair Dryers, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Interior Corridors, Laundry, Lounge, Meeting Space, No Pets Allowed, Outdoor Pool Seasonal, Restaurant, Suites, Two Line Phone, Video games featured on TV, Voice Mail

69. Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham/

Trussville

3230 Edwards Lake Parkway, Birmingham 35235 205-655-5222, www.birminghamtrussville.hgi.com, 104 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Business Center, Concierge Service, Data ports, Fax and Copy Service, Fitness Center, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Gift Shop, High Speed Internet Access, In-Room Hair Dryers, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Laundry, Lounge, Microwaves, Refrigerators available, No Pets Allowed, Pool, Room Service, Two Line Phone, Voice Mail 70. Hilton Garden Inn Liberty Park 2090 Urban Center Pkwy., Vestavia Hills 35242 205-503-5220 / FAX 205-503-5221 www.birminghamselibertypark.stayhgi.com, 130 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Business Center, Complimentary Airport Shuttle Service, Dry Cleaning Services, Fax and Copy Service, Fitness Center, Free High-Speed Internet Access, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Indoor Pool, Interior Corridors, Laundry, Lounge, Meeting Space, Microwaves and Refrigerators available, Restaurant, Suites, Whirlpool 71. Hiway Host Motel 4301 Bessemer Super Hwy, Bessemer, 35020-2494 205-425-4352, 35 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Extended Stay 72. Holiday Inn Airport 5000 Richard Arrington Blvd N, Birmingham 35212-1497, 205-591-6900 / FAX 205-591-2093 www.holidayinn.com/bhm-airport, 220 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Business Center, Cable TV, Complimentary Airport Shuttle Service, Complimentary Newspapers, Dry

68. Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham/ Lakeshore

520 Wildwood Circle North, Birmingham 35209-7199 205-314-0274 / FAX 205-314-0275 www.birminghamlakeshoredrive.gardeninn.com, 95 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Business Center, Cable TV, Dry Cleaning Services, Fax and Copy Service, Fitness Center, Free HighSpeed Internet Access, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Free USA Today Newspaper, Gift Shop, In-Room Hair Dryers, InRoom Iron & Ironing Board, Indoor Pool, Interior Corridors, Laundry, Meeting Space, Microwaves and Refrigerators available, Pool, Restaurant, Suites, Voice Mail 8 0 0 . 4 5 8 . 8 0 8 5 | W W W. B I R M I N G H A M . T R AV E L | 1 9


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Cleaning Services, Fax and Copy Service, Fitness Center, Free High-Speed Internet Access, Free High-Speed Wireless Internet Access, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Free Local Phone Calls, Free USA Today Newspaper, Gift Shop, InRoom Hair Dryers, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Interior Corridors, Laundry, Lounge, Meeting Space, Microwaves, Refrigerators available, No Pets Allowed, Outdoor Pool Seasonal, Seasonal/Gazebo, Pool, Refrigerators, Restaurant, Restaurant/Bar, Studio 1 and 2 Bedroom. Suites, Voice Mail 73. Holiday Inn Birmingham - Homewood 492 Wildwood Circle N, Homewood 35209 205-942-6070, www.holidayinn.com/homewoodal, 110 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Business Center, Cable TV, Complimentary Newspapers, Dry Cleaning Services, Fax and Copy Service, Fitness Center, Free High-Speed Internet Access, Free InRoom Coffee Makers, Free Local Phone Calls, Free Parking, In-Room Hair Dryers, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Indoor Pool, Interior Corridors, Laundry, Microwaves, Refrigerators available, No Pets Allowed, Whirlpool 74. Holiday Inn Express Fultondale 1733 Fulton Rd, Fultondale 35068-1669 205-439-6300 / FAX 205-439-6301 www.hiexpress.com/bhm-fultondale, 67 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Fitness Center, Interior Corridors, Kitchenette, Laundry, Pool

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75. Holiday Inn Express Hotel &

Suites Bessemer

5001 Academy Drive, Bessemer 35022-5250 205-424-2600 / FAX 205-428-9972 www.hiexpress.com/bessemeral, 63 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Interior Corridors, Meeting Space, Pool 76. Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Inverness 156 Resource Center Parkway, Birmingham 35242 205-776-6370 / FAX 205-776-6389 www.hiexpress.com/inverness280, 96 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Business Center, Cable TV, Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Complimentary Newspapers, Dry Cleaning Services, Fax and Copy Service, Fitness Center, Free High-Speed Internet Access, Free High-Speed Wireless Internet Access, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Free In-Room Movie Channel, Free Local Phone Calls, Free USA Today Newspaper, In-Room Hair Dryers, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Indoor Pool, Interior Corridors, Laundry, Manager’s Reception, Meeting Space, Microwaves, Refrigerators available, No Pets Allowed, Suites, Voice Mail 77. Holiday Inn Express Irondale 811 Old Grants Mill Road, Irondale 35210-1233 205-957-0555 / FAX 205-957-0559


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80. Homewood Lodge 103 Greensprings Hwy, Birmingham 35209-4903 205-942-1263 / FAX 205-942-1219, 48 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Extended Stay, Kitchenette, Laundry 81. Homewood Suites (Opening Fall 2014), 1016 20th Street S, Birmingham 82. Hospitality Inn 2127 7th Avenue South, Birmingham 35233-3105 205-322-0691, 50 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Extended Stay

www.birminghameasti20suites.hamptoninn.com, 100 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Business Center, Complimentary Airport Shuttle Service, Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Complimentary Hot Breakfast Bar, Dry Cleaning Services, Extended Stay, Fax and Copy Service, Fitness Center, Free High-Speed Internet Access, Free High-Speed Wireless Internet Access Free InRoom Coffee Makers, Free Local Phone Calls, Free USA Today Newspaper, In-Room Hair Dryers, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Interior Corridors, Laundry, Manager’s Reception, Meeting Space, Microwaves, Refrigerators available, No Pets Allowed, Outdoor Pool Seasonal, Pool, Suite 78. Holiday Inn Express Trussville 5911 Valley Road, Trussville 35173-1071 205-655-2700 / FAX 205-655-5500 www.hiexpress.com/trussvilleal, 64 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Business Center, Cable TV, Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Complimentary Newspapers, Dry Cleaning Services, Fax and Copy Service, Fitness Center, Free High-Speed Wireless Internet Access, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Free In-Room Movie Channel, Free Local Phone Calls, Free USA Today Newspaper, In-Room Hair Dryers, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Interior Corridors, Laundry, Meeting Space, No Pets Allowed, Pool, Refrigerators

83. Hotel Highland at Five Points South 1023 20th Street South, Birmingham 35205-2622 205-933-9555 / FAX 205-933-6918 www.thehotelhighland.com, 63 rooms ★ AMENITIES: 24-Hour Business Center, Cable TV, Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Concierge Service, Data ports, Dry Cleaning Services, Extended Stay Fax and Copy Service, Fitness Center, Free High-Speed Internet Access, Free High-Speed Wireless Internet Access, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Free In-Room Movie Channel, Free Local Phone Calls, Free USA Today Newspaper, In-Room Hair Dryers, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Interior Corridors, Lounge, Microwaves, Refrigerators available, No Pets Allowed, Suites, Voice Mail 84. Howard Johnson Inn Birmingham 275 Oxmoor Road, Birmingham 35209-4705 205-942-0919 / FAX 205-942-1679 www.hojo.com/HowardJohnson/control/Booking/ property_info?propertyId=02254, 100 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Free High-Speed Wireless Internet Access, Free Local Phone Calls, Meeting Space, Outdoor Pool Seasonal

79. Holiday Inn Hoover/Birmingham 2901 John Hawkins Parkway, Hoover 35244 205-682-2901/FAX 205-682-2910, www.holidayinn.com/ hotels/us/en/hoover/bhmgb/hoteldetail, 112 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Business Center, Fitness Center, Pool, Laundry facilities, Dry Cleaning 8 0 0 . 4 5 8 . 8 0 8 5 | W W W. B I R M I N G H A M . T R AV E L | 2 1


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85. Hyatt Place Birmingham/Hoover 2980 John Hawkins Parkway, Birmingham 35244-1087 205-988-8444 / FAX 205-988-8407 www.birminghamhoover.place.hyatt.com, 128 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Dry Cleaning Services, Extended Stay, Fax and Copy Service, Fitness Center, Interior Corridors, Kitchenette, Laundry, Meeting Space, Pets Allowed, Pool, Suites 86. Hyatt Regency Birmingham – The Wynfrey Hotel

1000 Riverchase Galleria, Hoover 35244-2399 205-987-1600 / FAX 205-988-4597 http://wynfrey.regency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home. html, 329 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Business Center, Cable TV, Club Level Rooms with added amenities, Complimentary Airport Shuttle Service, Concierge Service, Data ports, Dry Cleaning Services, Fax and Copy Service, Fitness Center, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Free Local Phone Calls, Free USA Today Newspaper, Gift Shop, High Speed Internet Access by Request (Charge), In-Room Hair Dryers, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, In-Room Mini Bar, Interior Corridors, Jacuzzi/Hot Tub, Lounge, Meeting Space, Outdoor Pool Seasonal, Pool, Restaurant/Bar, Spa, Suites, Video games featured on TV, Voice Mail, Web TV 87. InTown Suites Central 90 Oxmoor Road, Birmingham 35209-6410 205-945-9154 / FAX 205-290-0306 www.intownsuites.com/detail_hotel.asp?id=3936, 150 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Extended Stay, Kitchenette

88. Intown Suites Birmingham North 1100 Huffman Road, Birmingham 35215-7502 205-856-4929, www.intownsuites.com/detail_hotel. asp?id=3935, 137 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Extended Stay 89. Kings Inn Civic Center/ UAB 1313 Third Avenue North, Birmingham 35203-1730 205-323-8806 / FAX 205-323-5591 www.kingsinnbirmingham.110mb.com, 147 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Extended Stay, Free High-Speed Internet Access, Free Parking, Kitchenette Laundry, Microwaves and Refrigerators available, No Pets Allowed, Outdoor Pool Seasonal, Satellite TV w/premium channels 90. Knights Inn – Bessemer 1121 9th Avenue SW, Bessemer 35022-7802 205-424-9780 / FAX 205-267-3556 www.knightsinn.com/hotels/alabama/bessemer 140 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Complimentary Hot Breakfast Bar, Extended Stay, Fax and Copy Service, Kitchenette, Laundry, Lounge, Meeting Space, Pets Allowed, Pool, Suite 91. La Quinta Inn & Suites - B’ham/

Homewood

60 State Farm Parkway, Homewood 35209-7179 205-290-0150 / FAX 205-290-0850 www.lq.com/lq/reservations, 129 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Extended Stay, Interior Corridors, Laundry, Meeting Space, Pets Allowed, Pool, Restaurant, Suites 92. La Quinta Inn & Suites Fultondale 1207 Boots Blvd, Fultondale 35068 205-949-8700 / FAX 205-949-8701 www.lq.com/lq/properties, 66 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Business Center, Cable TV, Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Data ports, Fitness Center, Free HighSpeed Internet Access, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Free Local Phone Calls, Free USA Today Newspaper, High Speed Internet Access, In-Room Hair Dryers, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Indoor Pool, Laundry, Meeting Space, Microwaves Refrigerators available, Pets Allowed, Voice Mail 93. La Quinta Inn Birmingham/Cahaba

Park South

513 Cahaba Park Circle, Birmingham 35242-5011, 205-995-9990 / FAX 205-995-0563 www.lq.com/lq/properties, 99 rooms 22 | BIRMINGHAM TOURIST GUIDE


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★ AMENITIES: Cable TV, Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Fax and Copy Service, Fitness Center, Free HighSpeed Internet Access, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Free USA Today Newspaper, In-Room Hair Dryers, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Interior Corridors, Pets Allowed, Voice Mail

97. Motel 6 Birmingham 151 Vulcan Road, Birmingham 35209-4701 205-942-9414 / FAX 205-942-9499 www.motel6.com/reservations, 96 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Extended Stay, Pets Allowed

94. Microtel Inn & Suites Gardendale 850 Odum Road, Gardendale 35071-4618 800-771-7171 / FAX 205-631-6450 www.microtelinn.com, 81 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Business Center, Cable TV, Extended Stay, Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Complimentary Hot Breakfast Bar, Fax and Copy Service, Free High-Speed Wireless Internet Access, Free Local Phone Calls, Free Long Distance Phone Calls, In-Room Hair Dryers, Interior Corridors, Laundry, Meeting Space, No Pets Allowed, Pool, Suites

98. Motel 8 Inn 5009 First Avenue North, Birmingham 35212-3101 205-595-1991, 40 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Extended Stay

95. Microtel Inn & Suites Hoover 500 Jackson Dr, Hoover 35244-1031 205-444-3033 / FAX 205-444-9091 www.hoovermicrotel.com, 59 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Cable TV, Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Fitness Center, Free High-Speed Wireless Internet Access, Free In-Room Movie Channel, Free Local Phone Calls, Free Long Distance Phone Calls, Meeting Space 96. Motel 6 Bessemer 1000 Shiloh Lane, Bessemer 35022-4596 205-426-9646 / FAX 205-426-9305 www.motel6.com/reservations, 121 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Laundry, Pets Allowed, Pool

99. Quality Inn Bessemer 5021 Academy Lane, Bessemer 35022-5250 205-428-3194 / FAX 205-428-2690 www.jamesoninns.com, 60 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Business Center, Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Fax and Copy Service, Fitness Center, Interior Corridors, Pool 100. Quality Inn Homewood 155 Vulcan Rd, Homewood 35209-4701 205-945-9600 / FAX 205-945-5706 www.qualityinn.com, 132 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Business Center, Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Complimentary Newspapers, Fax and Copy Service, Meeting Space, Outdoor Pool Seasonal 101. Quality Inn Irondale 3910 Kilgore Memorial Dr, Irondale 35210-1204 205-956-4100 / FAX 205-956-0906 8 0 0 . 4 5 8 . 8 0 8 5 | W W W. B I R M I N G H A M . T R AV E L | 2 3


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Dryers, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Indoor Pool, Interior Corridors, Jacuzzi/Hot Tub, Lounge, Meeting Space No Pets Allowed, Outdoor Pool/Gazebo, Refrigerators, Restaurant/ Bar, Satellite TV w/premium channels, Spa, Suites, Two Line Phone, Video games featured on TV, Voice Mail, Whirlpool 105. Residence Inn Birmingham Downtown @ UAB

821 20th Street S, Birmingham 35205-2713 800-331-3131 / FAX 205-731-9596 www.marriott.com/bhmri, 129 rooms ★ AMENITIES: 24-Hour Business Center, All Suites, Complimentary Hot Breakfast Bar, Fitness Center Free, High-Speed Wireless Internet Access, Fully Equipped Kitchens, Manager’s Reception, Outdoor Pool Seasonal, Studio 1 and 2 Bdrm. Suites, Wireless Internet (Public)

www.qualityinn.com, 70 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Cable TV, Complimentary Hot Breakfast Bar, Complimentary Newspapers, Dry Cleaning Services, Fax and Copy Service, Free High-Speed Wireless Internet Access, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Free Local Phone Calls, Free USA Today Newspaper, In-Room Hair Dryers, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Meeting Space, Microwaves, Refrigerators available, Outdoor Pool Seasonal/Gazebo 102. Quality Inn Trussville 4730 Norrel Drive, Trussville 35173-2634 205-661-9323 / FAX 205-655-9331 www.jamesoninns.com, 60 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Fitness Center, Interior Corridors, Laundry, Pool, Suites 103. Relax Inn 6101 First Avenue North, Birmingham 35212-1611 205-591-5575 / FAX 205-595-1740, 42 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Extended Stay 104. Renaissance Ross Bridge

Golf Resort & Spa

4000 Grand Avenue, Birmingham 35226-6201 205-916-7677 / FAX 205-942-7080 www.rossbridgeresort.com, 258 rooms ★ AMENITIES: 24-Hour Business Center, Bus Parking, Cable TV, Complimentary Newspapers, Concierge Service, Data ports, Dry Cleaning Services, Fax and Copy Service, Fitness Center, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Free In-Room Movie Channel, Free Parking, Free USA Today Newspaper, Gift Shop, High Speed Internet Access by Request (Charge), In-Room Hair 24 | BIRMINGHAM TOURIST GUIDE

106. Residence Inn Homewood 50 State Farm Parkway, Homewood 35209-7179 205-943-0044 / FAX 205-943-0668 www.marriott.com/BHMHM, 120 rooms ★ AMENITIES: All Suites, Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Extended Stay, Fitness Center, Kitchen, Laundry, Pool 107. Residence Inn Hoover 2725 John Hawkins Parkway, Hoover 35244-4004 205-733-1655 / FAX 205-733-1656 www.residenceinnbirminghamhoover.com, 118 rooms ★ AMENITIES: All Suites, Business Center, Cable TV, Cable TV w/HBO, Dry Cleaning Services, Fitness Center, Free High-Speed Wireless Internet Access, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Fully Equipped Kitchens, High Speed Internet Access, Hot Breakfast Buffet, In-Room Hair Dryers, Kitchen, Laundry, Manager’s Reception, Meeting Space, Outdoor Pool Seasonal, Pets Allowed, Refrigerators 108. Rime Garden Inn & Suites 5320 Beacon Drive, Birmingham 35210-2820 205-951-1200 / FAX 205-951-1692 www.rimehotel.com, 127 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Business Center, Cable TV w/HBO, Complimentary Airport Shuttle Service, Complimentary Hot Breakfast Bar, Complimentary Newspapers, Complimentary Shuttle - EWTN, Extended Stay, Free High-Speed Wireless Internet Access, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Fully Equipped Kitchens, High Speed Internet Access, In-Room Hair Dryers, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Laundry, Lounge, Meeting/ Banquet Space, Off-site Fitness Center, Outdoor Pool Seasonal, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Wireless Internet (Public)


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109. Sheraton Birmingham Hotel 2101 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N, Birmingham 352031101, 205-324-5000 / FAX 205-307-3045 www.sheraton.com/birmingham, 770 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Business Center, Cable TV, Club Level Rooms with added amenities, Complimentary Airport Shuttle Service, Data ports, Fitness Center, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, High Speed Internet Access by Request (Charge), In-Room Hair Dryers, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Indoor Pool, Interior Corridors, Laundry, Meeting Space, Pay Self Parking Facilities, Refrigerators, Restaurant, Suites, Voice Mail, Whirlpool 110. Siesta Motel 2510 Crestwood Boulevard, Birmingham 35210-2094 205-956-1400, 99 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Extended Stay, Pool, Suite 111. Sky Inn 6000 First Avenue North, Birmingham 35212-1610 205-592-0153, 30 rooms AMENITIES: Extended Stay 112. Sleep Inn Bessemer 1259 Greenmor Drive, Bessemer 35022-6437 205-424-0000 / FAX 205-424-1971, www.sleepinn.com/ hotel-bessemer-alabama-AL445, 73 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Business Center, Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Fax and Copy Service, Interior Corridors, Meeting Space, Pool 113. Southern Comfort Motel 725 Third Avenue West, Birmingham 35204-4018 205-785-9823 / FAX 205-785-9823 ext 214, 25 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Extended Stay

Breakfast Bar, Complimentary Newspapers, Concierge Service, Dry Cleaning Services, Fax and Copy Service, Fitness Center, Free High-Speed Internet Access, Free High-Speed Wireless Internet Access, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Free In-Room Movie Channel, In-Room Hair Dryers, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Interior Corridors, Kitchen, Laundry, Manager’s Reception, Meeting Space, Microwaves, Refrigerators available, Outdoor Pool Seasonal, Refrigerators, Two Line Phone, Voice Mail 116. StudioPLUS Deluxe Studios Birmingham Inverness

101 Cahaba Park Cir., Birmingham 35242 205-408-0107 / FAX 205-408-6072 www.studioplus.com, 77 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Data ports, Fax and Copy Service, Free Local Phone Calls, High Speed Internet Access, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Kitchen, Laundry, Outdoor Pool Seasonal, Pets Allowed, Studio 1 and 2 Bdrm. Suites, Voice Mail 117. Sun Inn 1573 Bessemer Road, Birmingham 35208-4094 205-925-7868, 33 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Extended Stay

118. Sun Suites of Birmingham 424 Commons Dr, Homewood 35209-6963 205-942-1155 / FAX 205-942-1685 www.sunsuites.com, 135 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Extended Stay, Fax and Copy Service, Kitchenette, Laundry, No Pets Allowed

114. Springhill Suites Birmingham Downtown at UAB

2024 4th Avenue S, Birmingham 35205, 205-322-8600 www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bhmsd, 147 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Free High-Speed Wireless Internet Access, Indoor Pool, Meeting Space 115. Springhill Suites by Marriott 3950 Colonnade Pkwy, Birmingham 35243 205-969-8099 / FAX 205-969-8098 www.marriott.com/BHMCO, 120 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Continental Breakfast, Complimentary Hot 8 0 0 . 4 5 8 . 8 0 8 5 | W W W. B I R M I N G H A M . T R AV E L | 2 5


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High Speed Internet Access in Public Areas; Fitness Center; Meeting Space; Restaurant 122. Tourway Inn 1101 Sixth Avenue North, Birmingham 35203-1503 205-252-3921 / FAX 205-252-3921, 70 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Extended Stay 123. TownePlace Suites by Marriott Homewood

500 Wildwood Circle North, Homewood 35209-7199 205-943-0114 / FAX 205-943-0115 www.marriott.com/bhmth, 128 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Business Center, Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Dry Cleaning Services, Extended Stay, Fax and Copy Service, Fitness Center, Free High-Speed Internet Access, Fully Equipped Kitchens, Kitchenette, Laundry, Pets Allowed, Pool, Studio 1 and 2 Bdrm. Suites

119. Super 8 Homewood Birmingham Area

140 Vulcan Road, Birmingham 35209-4702 205-945-9888 / FAX 205-945-9928 www.super8.com, 95 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Cable TV, Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Data ports, Fax and Copy Service, Fitness Center, Free HighSpeed Wireless Internet Access, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Free In-Room Movie Channel, Free Local Phone Calls, Free Parking, In-Room Hair Dryers, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Interior Corridors, Laundry, Microwaves, Refrigerators available, Pets Allowed, Suite, Video games featured on TV, Voice Mail 120. The Redmont Hotel 2101 5th Avenue North, Birmingham 35203-3305 205-324-2101 / FAX 205-324-0610 www.theredmont.com, 114 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Board Suites, Business Center, Complimentary Airport Shuttle Service, Complimentary Newspapers, Dry Cleaning Services, Fax and Copy Service, Fitness Center, Free High-Speed Internet Access, Free In-Room Coffee Makers, Free USA Today Newspaper, Gift Shop, In-Room Iron & Ironing Board, Interior Corridors, Lounge, Meeting Space, Restaurant, Suite 121. The Westin Birmingham 2221 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N, 35203, 205-307-3036 www.starwoodhotels.com/westin, 294 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Business Center, Outdoor Pool, Wireless 26 | BIRMINGHAM TOURIST GUIDE

124. Travelers Rest Motel 1066 Forestdale Blvd., Forestdale, 35214-3856 205.798.3831/FAX 205.987.2233 ext. 311, 33 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Extended Stay 125. Tutwiler Hotel Hampton Inn & Suites

2021 Park Place, Birmingham 35203-2717 205-322-2100 / FAX 205-325-1183 www.thetutwilerhotel.com, 149 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Business Center, Complimentary Airport Shuttle Service, Complimentary Breakfast, Fax and Copy Services, Fitness Center, Free local phone calls, Interior Corridors, Laundry, Lounge, Meeting Space, No Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Suites, Valet Services, Voice Mail 126. USA Economy Lodge Homewood 400 Beacon Parkway W, Birmingham, 35209-3106 205-942-2031, www.usaeconomyhotels.com, 190 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Extended Stay

127. USA Economy Lodge Irondale 7941 Crestwood Blvd., Birmingham 35210-2697 205-956-8211 / FAX 205-956-1234 www.usaeconomyhotels.com, 206 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Cable TV, Extended Stay, Fitness Center, Free Parking, Kitchenette, Laundry, Outdoor Pool Seasonal 128. Value Place Hotel 5535 Academy Drive, Bessemer 35022 205-428-4140 / FAX 205-424-7128 www.valueplace.com, 124 rooms ★ AMENITIES: Extended Stay


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WHAT TO SEE

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1. Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame

Outside on the sidewalk, visitors can feel the rhythm. From the boogie-woogie beginnings of Clarence “Pinetop” Smith to the velvet crooning of Nat King Cole, legendary jazz greats are immortalized in the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, within the historic Carver Theatre. Interactive exhibits also recall the contributions of Sun Ra and His Intergalactic Space Arkestra, along with Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton and Erskine Hawkins. Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm. Admission. 1631 4th Avenue North. 205-254-2731. www.jazzhall.com

2. Alabama Museum of Health Sciences

Located on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the museum is noted for its collection of small ivory 16th and 17th century anatomical models, a collection of wax moulage and an antique iron lung. The museum also houses a collection of rare and important medical books and manuscripts dating to the Middle Ages. Open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm. Lister Hill Library, University of Alabama at Birmingham. 1700 University Blvd. 205934-4475. www.uab.edu/historical/museum.html

5. Alabama Veteran’s Memorial

Displays include memorabilia from the late University of Alabama Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, a tribute to Olympic great Jesse Owens, and other displays showcasing the careers of Alabama-connected sports figures such as Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Joe Louis. Open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm. Admission. 2150 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. 205-323-6665. www.ashof.org

Amid peaceful Alabama woodlands, you can peruse the names of Alabamians lost to war. A time line in the Memorial walkway outlines historic events of the 20th and 21st centuries, visitors will find descriptions of Alabama’s 23 Medal of Honor recipients of the 20th century, and in the courtyard, Medal of Honor stories appear on columns with artwork and letters. I-459, exit Liberty Park. 205-985-9488, www.alabamaveterans.org

4. Alabama Theatre

Alabama Wine Trail

3. Alabama Sports Hall of Fame

Built in 1927, the Alabama Theatre is one of the nation’s last operating movie palaces, featuring first-run and revival films, concerts and other special events. The “Mighty Wurlitzer” organ still rises from the orchestra pit and is often played to accompany silent films. Tours by appointment. Call for special events schedule. Admission. 1817 3rd Avenue North. 205-252-2262 www.alabamatheatre.com

Wine enthusiasts are delighted to find vineyards and wineries in the Birmingham area. Be sure to sample the robust muscadine and delicate peach wines made from local fruit. Call for information on tours, wine tastings and hours of operation.

6. Vizzini Farms Winery

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7. Ozan Vineyard & Cellars

173 Highway 301, Calera (exit 228 off I-65 S). 205-668.6926. www.ozanwine.com

8. Morgan Creek Vineyards

181 Morgan Creek Lane, Harpersville (26 miles on Hwy. 280 E.) 205-672-2053. www.morgancreekwinery.com

9. Aldridge Gardens

Aldridge Gardens, a 30-acre natural garden with a 5-acre lake, beautiful hydrangeas and now features the largest Frank Fleming Collection in the area, an art gallery on site and sculptures throughout the property. Aldridge Gardens is truly Birmingham area’s “best kept secret.” Aldrige Gardens, Nature and Art in Balance. 3530 Lorna Road, Hoover. 205-682-8019 or www.aldridgegardens.com

10. American Village

This Colonial-style village is set on more than 100 rural acres, just south of Birmingham. Costumed interpreters guide visitors on a trip back in time to America’s journey for independence. Bring your imagination and sense of adventure. Tours Monday – Friday at 10am, noon and 2pm. Special programs for groups by appointment. Admission. 3727 Highway 119. 205-665-3535. www.americanvillage.org 30 | BIRMINGHAM TOURIST GUIDE

11. Arlington Antebellum Home and Gardens

The city’s only antebellum home, the mansion is fully restored and contains a fine collection of antiques and decorative arts including 19th century furniture, textiles, silver and paintings. During the Civil War, Arlington Antebellum home was spared from destruction when Union troops used the home as headquarters. Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm; Sunday, 1pm – 4pm (tickets sold until 3pm) Admission. 331 Cotton Avenue SW. 205-780-5656. www.informationbirmingham.com/arlington

12. Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

Home to the world’s best motorcycle collection, the museum now has more than 1200 vintage and modern motorcycles and racecars and the largest collection of Lotus cars as well as other significant makes. The collection is the largest of its kind in the world. Approximately 600 of the 1200 motorcycles in the collection are on display at any given time. These bikes range from 1902 to current-year production. Common street bikes are represented, as well as rare Gran Prix race machinery. The museum is adjacent to Barber Motorsports Park, a worldclass 2.3 mile road course and home to the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama. Open Monday


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– Saturday, 10am – 5pm; Sunday, noon – 5pm. Admission. 6030 Barber Motorsports Pkwy. 205-699-7275. www.barbermuseum.org

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15. Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

The glory of nature in the heart of the city— that’s the promise of the 67-acre Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The gardens are Alabama’s largest living museum with more than 10,000 different plants in 25 themed areas. The gardens also have more than 30 works of original outdoor sculpture and miles of walking paths. The Birmingham Botanical Gardens also has the largest public horticulture library in the U.S., conservatories, a wildflower garden, two rose gardens and Japanese Gardens with a traditionally crafted tea house. The gift shop is a special treat. Open sunrise to sunset daily. 2612 Lane Park Road. 205-414-3900. www.bbgardens.org

Richly detailed exhibits in the Civil Rights Institute reveal slices of black and white life in Alabama from the late 1800s to the present. A series of galleries tells the stories of daily life for African-Americans in the state and the nation and how dramatically different it was from the lives white people of that era took for granted. The powerful Movement Gallery presents the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 to 1963. Here a picture emerges of the bad old days of “Bombingham,” a reference to the relentless violence that rocked the city in the late 1950s and early ‘60s. In the final exhibits, the Processional Gallery uses life-size figures representing all ages and races to portray the “walk to freedom.” Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm; Sunday, 1pm – 5pm. Admission. 520 16th Street North. 205-328-9696. www.bcri.org

14. Birmingham Civil Rights Heritage Trail

16. Birmingham Museum of Art

13. Birmingham Botanical Gardens

The Birmingham Civil Rights Heritage Trail winds through downtown, marking significant locations along Civil Rights march routes. Designed as a self-guided tour, the route includes signs marking actual civil rights events that occurred on the very streets that are a part of this trail. Beginning at Kelly Ingram Park, corner of 6th Avenue North and 16th Street. Follow maps on signs. 32 | BIRMINGHAM TOURIST GUIDE

The Birmingham Museum of Art has one of the finest collections in the Southeast. More than 24,000 objects represent a rich panorama of cultures, including Asian, European, American, African, Pre-Columbian and Native American. Highlights include the museum’s collection of Asian art, considered the finest and most comprehensive in the Southeast, and its collection


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of Vietnamese ceramics, one of the finest in the world; a remarkable Kress collection of Renaissance and Baroque paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts from the late 13th century to the 1750s; the collection of 18th century European decorative arts, which includes superior examples of English ceramics and French furniture; and the museum’s world-renowned collection of Wedgwood, the largest outside of England. Excellent café. Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm; Sunday, noon – 5pm. Donations welcome. 2000 Rev. Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd., 205-254-2565. www.artsbma.org

17. Birmingham Public Library

The main library is made up of two stunning buildings, the East Building with its dramatic atrium and the 1927 Linn-Henley Research Library with its beautiful wall murals. Hundreds of visitors come to the main library each year to access their extensive genealogical resources. Open Monday – Tuesday, 9am – 8pm; Wednesday – Saturday, 9am – 6pm; Sunday, 2pm – 6pm. 2100 Park Place. 205-226-3600. www.bplonline.org

18. Birmingham Race Course

A spacious pari-mutuel racing facility, the Birmingham Race Course is open year-round. Patrons enjoy live greyhound racing and simulcast events from the country’s top thoroughbred and greyhound racetracks. With more than 200 simulcast races on Saturday alone, the Birmingham Race Course gives the ardent handicapper the chance to hit the big one. Must be 19 or older to play. Open daily 11am – 1 am. 1000 John Rogers Drive. 205-838-7500. www.birminghamracecourse.com

19. Birmingham Zoo

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PHOTOGRAPH: (OPPOSITE PAGE) JEFFREY GREENBERG


ATTRACTIONS shows such as the Rhino Encounter, the Giraffe Feedings, the Lorikeet Aviary, the Predator Zone and the Sea Lion Splash Show. The zoo is blazing new trails in elephant conservation with the opening of Trails of Africa. The initiative designates the Birmingham Zoo as a national leader in the care and conservation of threatened elephants. Trails of Africa is a mixed-species exhibit that includes a bull elephant herd, red river hogs, giraffes, wildebeest, zebras and more. Concessions and dining on site. Open daily 9am – 5pm. Extended hours for special events. Admission. 2630 Cahaba Road. 205-879-0409. www.birminghamzoo.com

20. Eternal Word Television Network – EWTN

One of the best known religious sites in Birmingham is EWTN, the Eternal Word Television Network, founded by Mother Mary Angelica, broadcasting daily from the grounds of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery. Mother

Angelica hosted “Mother Angelica Live!” on EWTN until she suffered a debilitating stroke in 2001. Today daily Mass, music, news and devotionals are broadcast round the clock to more than 53 million homes in 32 countries. Tours by appointment only. 205-271-2900. www.ewtn.com

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ATTRACTIONS 21. Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum

Alabama’s official railroad museum, the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum has operating standard gauge and narrow gauge trains and two restored depots housing a good collection of railroad artifacts. Also on the grounds is a collection of railway cars, locomotives and cabooses. Train rides available—call for dates and times. Museum open Tuesday – Saturday, 9am – 4pm. Donations welcome. 1919 9th Street, Calera. 205-668-3435. www.hodrrm.org

22. Kelly Ingram Park

The Storyteller is a Southside Landmark Before the 1990s, the fountain in historic Five Points South was pretty unremarkable. Oh sure, there was the stunning backdrop of Highlands United Methodist Church, but the fountain itself wasn’t much to look at. All that changed in 1991 when a fantasyland of beautiful bronze animal characters entered the fountain. The creation, called “The Storyteller,” is the charming scene of a ram man telling stories to woodland animals. Rabbits, frogs, deer and dogs listen with rapt attention to the teller’s tale. The fountain sculpture was designed by nationally renowned Birmingham artist Frank Flemming. Visitors to the city are enchanted by this peaceful scene of love and sharing. It’s a favorite backdrop for tourists taking souvenir photographs. 20th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues South

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Called a “Place of Revolution and Reconciliation,” Kelly Ingram Park in Birmingham’s Civil Rights District is adjacent to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and historic 16th Street Baptist Church. The park served as a staging area for demonstrations in the early 1960s, including the ones in which police dogs and fire hoses were turned on marchers. Images of those attacks haunted Birmingham in the decades that followed, but they were the same images that were instrumental in overturning legal segregation. An audio tour, available via your cell phone, takes you on a journey through the most dramatic days of the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham. Bounded by 16th and 17th Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues North.

23. McWane Science Center

Four floors of hands-on exhibits and an IMAX Dome Theatre are all part of the fun of learning at McWane Science Center. Celebrating science and discovery, the exhibits include everything from dinosaurs to space travel. Play tunes with your feet on the Giant Piano, and learn about gravity with a daring ride on the High Cycle. Pet the sharks and stingrays in the Shark & Ray Touch Tank, and check out the Zoetrope for visual illusions of motion from still pictures. Open September – May, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm; Saturday, 10am – 6pm; Sunday, noon – 6pm. June – August, Monday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm; Sunday, noon – 6pm. Admission. 200 19th Street North. 205-714-8300. www.mcwane.org

PHOTOGRAPH: JEFFREY GREENBERG


ATTRACTIONS 24. Mercedes-Benz US International Visitors Center

Mercedes-Benz US International (MBUSI) in nearby Vance, builds the M-Class, the R-Class and the GL-Class vehicles. The visitors center, the first one of its kind outside Germany, displays the star studded history of DaimlerBenz. This architectural showcase brings to life the company’s long-held vision of producing the most excellent automobiles in the world. Much more than a museum, the visitors center moves people along a multimedia path through the past, present and future of automotive technology. Visitors Center open Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Admission for factory tours (available by reservation only) 11 Mercedes Drive, Vance, Alabama. 205-507-2252. www.mbusi.com

25. Oak Mountain State Park

More outdoor adventure can be found at Alabama’s largest state park. The 10,000-acre

Courtesy: J Woodbery

Celebrate

park has a sandy beach area fronting the lake, rental boats and fishing equipment, an 18-hole golf course, and some of the best mountain biking trails in the Southeast. The Wildlife Center and Treetop Nature Trail give visitors up-close views of hawks and owls that cannot be released into the wild. Overnight accommodations also are available within the park. Open every day, 7am – 5pm. Admission. 200 Terrace Drive. 205-620-2520. www.dcnr.state.al.us

26. Peanut Depot

That tantalizing aroma wafting down historic Morris Avenue comes from peanuts toasting in antique roasters at the Peanut Depot. This is a must-see stop for visitors, if only to admire the magnificent old machinery while the children feed pigeons along the cobblestone streets. Open Monday – Friday, 8am – 5:30pm; Saturday, 9am – 1pm. 2016 Morris Ave. 205-251-3314. www.peanutdepot.com

Courtesy: Larry O. Gay

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ALDRIDGE

GARDENS NATURE AND ART IN BALANCE

3530 Lorna Road Hoover, Alabama 35216 205.682.8019

Retreat

Courtesy: Larry O. Gay

Admire

Nestled in the heart of Hoover, Alabama, Aldridge Gardens is a 30-acre premier nature and art garden in the Southeast. A six-acre lake is embraced by a walking trail adorned with many varieties of hydrangeas, camellias and other native Alabama plants. That natural beauty provides a perfect backdrop for weddings and special events. Throughout the year, visitors also enjoy the art gallery, classes, plant sales, summer camps, concerts, a gift shop and more.

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Small Gem is a Big Treat When planning your Birmingham itinerary, be sure to include time to visit Aldridge Gardens in the suburb of Hoover. This 30-acre botanical spread is widely known for its hydrangeas and its collection of art. The signature flower of the gardens is the Snowflake Hydrangea, developed and propagated by noted horticulturalist Eddie Aldridge. (Yes, this is his garden.) Camellias and other native Alabama plants landscape this lush wooded hideaway. In 2012, the gardens acquired the largest collection of Frank Fleming sculptures available for public viewing. A local collector donated 19 of the renowned Alabama sculptor’s unusual and playful bronze pieces. Opened in 2002, the young gardens also have a six-acre lake with a walking trail, along with an event venue and outdoor pavilion. In addition to plant sales, concerts and bird walks, Aldridge Gardens also hosts Plein Air painting exhibitions that attract a range of artists and viewers. It is the blending of art and nature that makes this a gem of an attraction to complement your visit in Birmingham.

27. Pepper Place Saturday Market

(seasonal) April – December The Pepper Place Saturday Market is a muchanticipated weekly event, taking place Saturday mornings from early spring through late fall. The region’s farming families converge on a lot in the Lakeview District to sell fresh vegetables and flowers, fresh-baked breads, cakes and pies, and even fresh honey. Local musicians and Birmingham’s finest chefs join the farming community and market patrons for entertainment and cooking demonstrations. A former Dr. Pepper bottling plant, Pepper Place is also known for its shops that have made it a premier design center. 2829 2nd Avenue South. 205-802-2100. www.pepperplacemarket.com

28. Rickwood Field

Built in 1910, Rickwood Field is America’s oldest baseball park. During its heyday, Rickwood hosted baseball greats such as Jackie Robinson, Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Lorenzo “Piper” Davis, Willie Mays and “Shoeless” Joe Jackson. Friends and fans eagerly await the annual Rickwood Classic, a game that pits the AA Birmingham Barons against a regular Southern League rival. Team members dress in vintage uniforms, and people come from 38 | BIRMINGHAM TOURIST GUIDE


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around the country to celebrate baseball history. The authenticity of Rickwood is being carefully preserved by the Friends of Rickwood Field, a non-profit organization devoted to the restoration and upkeep of the historic ball field. Open Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm. Check events schedule for expanded hours. 1137 2nd Avenue West. 205-458-8161. www.rickwood.com

29. Sixteenth Street Baptist Church National Historic Landmark

The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church is Birmingham’s most famous Civil Rights landmark. On a September Sunday morning in 1963, four African-American schoolgirls were in the basement of the church just prior to the worship service. A bomb set by Ku Klux Klansmen ripped through that side of the church, killing 11-year-old Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Addie Mae Collins, all 14 years old. The bombing was a turning point in the status of race relations locally and nationally. Now a National Historic Landmark, the church is a reminder of man’s inhumanity and his capacity for love and forgiveness. The sanctuary of the church contains a massive stained glass window of

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Christ, given in memoriam from the people of Wales following the bombing. Tours by appointment. Donations welcome. 1530 6th Avenue North. 205-251-9402. www.16thstreetbaptist.org

30. Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark

Sloss is a 32-acre blast furnace plant where iron was made for nearly 100 years. Now a museum of history and industry, the site preserves a collection of machinery, buildings and industrial structures. These artifacts typify the first 100 years of Birmingham’s history and the technology that drove America’s rise to world industrial dominance. Sloss is the only 20th century blast furnace in the country being preserved and interpreted as a museum. Additional interest at Sloss is the speculation that the furnaces are haunted by a former foundryman. Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm; Sunday, noon – 4pm. Donations welcome. 20 32nd Street North. 205-324-1911. www.slossfurnaces.com

31. Splash Adventure Waterpark

Alabama’s greatest water adventure! Create water fun your way, whether it’s relaxing by the wave pool and enjoying the lazy river or amping 8 0 0 . 4 5 8 . 8 0 8 5 | W W W. B I R M I N G H A M . T R AV E L | 3 9


ATTRACTIONS up the excitement with monster slides, waterbased obstacle course, water maze, Zip Line and more! Experience special events throughout the season, such as dive-in movies! Great for the family or a larger group outing. 4599 Alabama Adventure Pkwy. Located off Exit 110 at I-459 & I-20. 205-481-4750. www.SplashAdventureWaterpark.com

32. Southern Museum of Flight

The Southern Museum of Flight is dedicated to investigating, preserving and promoting the rich stories of Southern aviation. Among the

top exhibits are the Korean War jets, the Tuskegee Airmen diorama, the Lake Murray B-25, and the Vietnam War helicopters. Ship models and full-size aircraft carriers also are in the collection. Open Tuesday – Saturday, 9:30am – 4:30pm. Admission. 4343 73rd Street North. 205-833-8226. www.southernmuseumofflight.org

33. Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park

With more than 1,500 acres for hiking and camping, Tannehill is well suited for outdoor recreation. The old ironworks and a collection of 19th century buildings give visitors a glimpse into life in Alabama in the 1800s. Steeped in history, Tannehill has a cotton gin, a pioneer farm, a working gristmill and a country store, along with the Iron and Steel Museum with artifacts from Alabama’s iron industry heritage. From spring through fall, visitors find blacksmithing, milling and many other activities underway in the park. The third weekend of each month, from March through November, shoppers and swappers come from near and far to Trade Days in search of quilts, clothing, jewelry, knives, furniture and other treasures. Open daily 7am – sunset. Admission. 12632 Confederate Pkwy. 205-477-5711. www.tannehill.org

34. Vulcan Park and Museum

Walking Tour Birmingham is a very good place for those who like to learn a city on foot. Along this downtown walking tour, people discover historic churches and theaters, wonderful shops selling everything from vintage clothing to hot roasted peanuts, and interesting arts and architecture in between. Go to www.birmingham.travel, click on Walking Tours, and off you go! (Tour copy courtesy of Grey Brennan, Alabama Tourism Department)

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Vulcan is the largest cast iron statue in the world and Birmingham’s city symbol. Standing high atop Red Mountain, the 56-foot-high statue has an observation balcony on its pedestal for a panoramic view of the city. Vulcan is patterned after the mythical Roman god of the forge, a nod to the city’s powerful position in the iron and steel industry in the first part of the 20th century. The statue was created as Birmingham’s exhibit in the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis and won the exposition’s grand prize. The museum at Vulcan has interactive exhibits and displays that portray the region’s history and progress. Museum open Monday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm; Sunday, 1pm – 6pm. Observation balcony open Monday – Saturday, 10am – 10pm; Sunday, 1pm – 10pm. Admission. 1701 Valley View Drive. 205-933-1409. www.visitvulcan.com


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T HE B I R MI N G HAM C I VI L R I G HTS D I ST R I C T

A Must-See for Visitors THOUGH THE EVENTS OF THE 1960S steal the spotlight, the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham and Alabama evolved from a complex history of race relations in the American South. Exhibits in the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute reveal slices of black and white life from the late 1800s to the present. The Institute documents the rise of the movement and the succession of events it bore around the nation. 42 | BIRMINGHAM TOURIST GUIDE

Just across the street is Birmingham’s most famous civil rights landmark, the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. Though Sixteenth Street Baptist was the church that drew worldwide attention, it was Birmingham’s Bethel Baptist Church and the Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth that are credited with shaping the Civil Rights Movement here. Sixteenth Street Baptist Church National Historic Landmark became the focus of the PHOTOGRAPH: (TOP LEFT) TED TUCKER


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world on a September Sunday morning in 1963 when four African-American schoolgirls died in a dynamite blast. The bomb, set by Ku Klux Klansmen, ripped through that side of the church, killing 11-year-old Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Addie Mae Collins, all 14 years old. Facing the Civil Rights Institute, Kelly Ingram Park served as a congregating area for demonstrations in the early 1960s, including the ones in which police dogs and fire hoses were turned on marchers by Birmingham police. Sculptures and a park cell phone tour tell the story of activities that took place there. Also nearby in the district is the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame and historic Carver ThePHOTOGRAPH: (TOP LEFT/RIGHT; BOTTOM RIGHT) JEFFREY GREENBERG

ater for the Performing Arts. The museum honors jazz greats with ties to the state of Alabama. The Eddie Kendrick Memorial Park, just down the block, honors Birmingham native and Temptations lead singer Eddie Kendrick. The Fourth Avenue Business District remains active with restaurants and barbershops. This cluster of black-owned businesses was the core of African-American social and commercial life in the early 1900s and later when white-owned shops and stores refused to serve black customers. Many minority-owned businesses still operate in the district today, serving a steady stream of customers of all races. 8 0 0 . 4 5 8 . 8 0 8 5 | W W W. B I R M I N G H A M . T R AV E L | 4 3


A GUIDE TO BIRMINGHAM SHOPPING

WHERE TO SHOP

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SHOPPING

Colonial Brookwood Village

Conveniently located in Homewood right off 280 Highway, shoppers find specialty stores as well as larger retailers such as Macy’s, Belk and Books-A-Million. Also houses several particularly good restaurants. Garage and courtesy valet parking is available. Shades Creek Parkway (Alabama 149) between U.S. 280 and U.S. 31. www.shopbrookwoodvillage.com

Downtown Birmingham

Investigating downtown shopping is an adventure in itself. Start out at BB’s China & Glassware (2427 1st Ave. North) where you’ll find an enticing assortment of dishes and glassware, some bearing the logos of defunct hotels from around the country, along with Fiesta ware and seconds at good discounts. Walk over one block to 2nd Avenue North where you’ll find Charm (2329 2nd Ave. North), a delightful little boutique with new and vintage handmade jewelry, purses, scarves and more. Just across the street is Faith Skate Supply (2328 2nd Ave. No.) for skateboarding

enthusiasts. Then head up the street about half a block to What’s on Second (2306 2nd Ave. No.) for an eye-feast of vintage, antique and unusual items. Move on to downtown 20th Street to the historic Bon Ton Hatters, where you can get your hat steam cleaned while you get the best shoeshine in town. Just off 20th on Third Avenue North is a treasure trove of memories at Reed Books (see Arts and Antiques section). Back over to 20th Street and south a few blocks is the Peanut Depot. Stop in for treats or just to see the beautiful old roasters that are still in use. Head further south down 20th into historic Five Points South. A good photo background here is “The Storyteller,” a fountain designed by Birmingham-native sculptor Frank Fleming. While in this district, stop in at Charlemagne Record Exchange, if only for the atmosphere and the personnel. Also check out McNolia’s Cards and Gifts for funky stuff and The Golden Temple, where herbal supplements are sold alongside Birkenstocks®. www.downtownbirmingham.org 8 0 0 . 4 5 8 . 8 0 8 5 | W W W. B I R M I N G H A M . T R AV E L | 4 5


SHOPPING Downtown Homewood

Old-style shopping along main street in the Birmingham suburb of Homewood includes upscale clothing shops, home decorating stores, and nationally acknowledged high end antique galleries. A stop by Savage’s Bakery, a local landmark, is a necessity. The new Soho Square includes an interesting mix of boutiques and restaurants at sidewalk level below residential lofts. 18th Street (and beyond), Homewood. www.homewoodchamber.org

English Village, Mountain Brook Village and Crestline Village

In the heart of the suburb of Mountain Brook, these three distinct shopping areas are linked by tree lined sidewalks. English Village has restaurants, coffee houses and garden shops. Mountain Brook Village has funky art shops, high end boutiques and home furnishing stores. (Don’t miss a stroll through Smith’s Variety for a variety of toys and candy bins.) Crestline Village has a nice mix of restaurants and high fashion shops with special emphasis on children’s clothing. www.welcometomountainbrook.com

Patton Creek

Combines a “main street” element with parking and sidewalks in front of an eclectic mix of quaint, unique shops and restaurants, with larger retailers such as Dick’s Sporting Goods and Rave Motion Pictures. In the Birmingham suburb of Hoover between I-459, the Riverchase Galleria, and Alabama 150.

Pepper Place

For a different sort of shopping experience and a clear departure from the mall scene, Pepper Place is your destination. Pepper Place, an old Dr. Pepper syrup plant houses an eclectic mix of home furnishing shops, antiques and architectural stores. During the spring and summer months, tourists and residents alike flock to the Pepper Place Market, an outdoor farmers market with chef demonstrations every Saturday. Alongside the tomatoes, squash and peaches, shoppers find hand-crafted clothing, yard ornaments, honey, organic soaps, goat cheese and scones. www. pattoncreek.com 46 | BIRMINGHAM TOURIST GUIDE

Riverchase Galleria

Housed beneath the world’s longest skylight are more than 200 shops, a dozen restaurants and a colorful carousel. Look for American Eagle, Banana Republic, Godiva Chocolatier, Abercrombie & Finch and the Disney Store, just a few samples of stores in this two-story city under glass. The complex also includes the Wynfrey Hotel. U.S. 31 and Alabama 150 at I-459. www.riverchasegalleria.com

The Shops of Grand River

Set against the picturesque landscape of the Cahaba River Valley, The Shops of Grand River is a brand new shopping destination. A sampling of the distinctive outlet and specialty stores are Brooks Brothers, Gap Outlet, Jones New


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York Outlet, Bose, Polo Ralph Lauren, Coach, Carters Babies & Kids, and more. www.shopsofgrandriver.com

The Summit

Whether you’re looking for a new outfit, the perfect accessory, or an outstanding dining experience, The Summit offers a unique opportunity to find what truly suits you with over 100 stores and restaurants. Its outdoor design and beautiful architectural detail play host to a number of shops that fit your taste and your lifestyle. You may feel like just browsing or like wining and dining- but we know that during a visit to The Summit you will shop in style. At I-459 and U.S. 280. www.thesummitonline.com

Trussville Shopping

The booming suburb of Trussville includes two large shopping areas with a third scheduled to open in October. Target, Books-a-Million, and Old Navy anchor the mall on U.S. 11. A second shopping area occupies both sides of Chalkville Road, just after the first I-59 Trussville exit, with a Wal-Mart and cinema on one side and Kohl’s anchoring the other. The third cluster of shops is the Pinnacle Shopping Center, located behind Target and anchored by Belk and Best Buy. www. colonialprop.com/propertyinfo/?cid=1267 Dozens of other shopping centers are in the Birmingham area. For a complete listing, visit www.birmingham.travel. 8 0 0 . 4 5 8 . 8 0 8 5 | W W W. B I R M I N G H A M . T R AV E L | 4 7


A GUIDE TO BIRMINGHAM ANTIQUES

WHERE TO ANTIQUE

Good taste and distinctive style have attracted much attention from retailers, as well as from prominent national antique and lifestyle magazines. From Weller pottery to Baccarat chandeliers, antique shops in the Birmingham area are noted for their varied selections at reasonable prices. 48 | Birmingham tourist guide

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ANTIQUES 1. 5TH AVENUE ANTIQUES

2410 5th Ave. S., Birmingham 205-320-0500 www.5thavenueantiques.com 2. ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE

200 28th St. S., Birmingham 205-322-3538 www.architecturalheritage.com 3. ARGENT

2949 18th St. S., Homewood 205-871-4221 4. BAMA FLEA MARKET AND ANTIQUES

1605 Ashville Rd., Leeds 205-699-2499 www.bamafleamall.com

5. CHARLOTTE WOODSON ANTIQUES

2410 Canterbury Rd., Birmingham 205-871-3314 www.charlottewoodson.com 6. CHARM

2329 2nd Ave. N., Birmingham 205-322-9023, www.charmonsecond.com 7. CHRISTOPHER GLENN, INC.

2713 19th St. S., Homewood 205-870-1236 www.christopherglenninc.com 8. CHRISTOPHER HOUSE ANTIQUES

3205 2nd Ave. S., Birmingham 205-581-0202

9. CIRCA INTERIORS & ANTIQUES

2831 Culver Rd., Birmingham 205-868-9199

10. CLARK ANTIQUES GALLERY

2717 2nd Avenue, S., Birmingham 205-325-1999 www.clarkantiquesgallery.com 11. CRESTWOOD ANTIQUES

5514 Crestwood Blvd., Birmingham 205-595-0095 www.bidcityusa.com/ crestwoodantiques 12. FOUR SEASONS ANTIQUES, ART AND BOTANICALS

2910 18th St. S., Birmingham 205-803-4059 www.4seasonsantiquesandart.com 13. FULL CIRCLE

3908 Clairmont Avenue South, Birmingham 205-202-5907, shopfullcircle.com

14. GARDENDALE FLEA MALL & ANTIQUE CENTER

2405 Decatur Highway, Gardendale 205-631-7451 www.gardendalefleamall.com 15. GREYSTONE ANTIQUES

5475 Hwy. 280, Inverness 205-995-4773

21. INTERIORS AT PEPPER PLACE

2817 2nd Ave. S., Birmingham 205-323-2817 22. JACKSON GALLERIES

2227 First Ave. S., Birmingham 205-714-9933 www.jacksonantiquegalleries.com 23. LAMB’S EARS, LTD

16. HANNA ANTIQUES/ BOOKS! BY GEORGE

2424 7th Ave. S., Birmingham 205-323-6036 17. HENHOUSE ANTIQUES

1900 Cahaba Rd., Birmingham 205-918-0505 www.shophenhouseantiques.com 18. HENRY MAUS ANTIQUES

70 Church Street, Mountain Brook 205-802-5700 www.lambsearsltd.com 24. LEVY’S FINE JEWELRY

2116 2nd Ave. N., Birmingham 205-251-3381, levysfinejewelry.com 25. MARTHA LAUREN ANTIQUE LINENS & ACCESSORIES

2734 Cahaba Rd., Birmingham 205-240-0014 www.HenryMausAntiques.com

2417 Canterbury Rd., Birmingham 205-871-2283

19. HIDDEN TREASURES

2419 Canterbury Rd., Mountain Brook 205-870-1300

1624 21st St. S., Birmingham 205-939-0378 20. HOOVER ANTIQUE GALLERY

3411 Old Columbia Rd., Hoover 204-822-9500

26. MULBERRY HEIGHTS ANTIQUES

27. NOORDERMEER ANTIEKS

731 Broadway, Homewood 205-870-1161 www.noordermeerantieks.com

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ANTIQUES

28. ON-A-SHOESTRING

601 Shades Crest Rd., Hoover 205-822-8741 29. PAINTED SHOVEL MERCANTILE

400 41st Street S, Birmingham 205-593-2083, www.paintedshovel.com 30. PECK & HILLS

33. THE BROWN HOUSE- ELEGANT COTTAGE LIVING- ANTIQUES, ART, COMFORTS OF LIFE

1809 Oxmoor Rd., Birmingham 205-870-3100 www.elegantcottageliving.com 34. THE KING’S HOUSE

2720 19th Pl. S., Birmingham 205-871-7233

2807 2nd Ave. S., Birmingham 205-320-2535 www.kingshouseantiques.com

31. REED BOOKS, THE MUSEUM OF FOND MEMORIES

35. THE ROYAL STANDARD

2021 Third Ave. N., Birmingham 205-326-4460 , www.jimreedbooks.com

2808 18th St. S., Homewood 205-871-6644 www.theroyalstandard.com

32. SOHO RETRO

36. TRICIA’S TREASURES

2805 18th Street S., Homewood 205.870.7655, www.shopsohoretro.com

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2700 19th Place S., Homewood 205-871-9779

37. TRUSSVILLE ANTIQUE MALL/ THE MALL CAFE

147 North Chalkville Rd., Trussville 205-661-9805 38. VILLAGE FIREFLY

2816 Culver Rd., Birmingham 205-870-4560 39. WHAT’S ON SECOND

2306 2nd Ave. N., Birmingham 205-322-2688, www.whatsonsecond.org 40. ZOE’S IN FOREST PARK

3900 Clairmont Ave S., Birmingham 205-595-9049 www.zoeshop.com


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A GUIDE TO BIRMINGHAM GALLERIES

WHERE TO FIND ART

Folk to fine to funk art, and it’s game on in galleries throughout the city. Handmade jewelry, blown glass vases and quirky sculpture fill shops alongside galleries of fine paintings of every medium. 52 | Birmingham TourisT guide

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1. A’MANO

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9. DANIEL DAY GALLERY & MELODYMADEIT INC.

2707 Culver Rd., Birmingham 205-871-9093, www.amanogifts.com 1830 29th Ave S., Homewood 205-802-5800 3. ART ALLEY

109 Broadway, Homewood 205-879-1105, artalley.net 4. ARTISTS INCORPORATED

3365 Morgan Dr., Vestavia Hills 205-979-8990 www.artistsincorporated.com 5. ATCHISON GALLERY & VILLAGE FRAMERS

2847 Culver Rd., Birmingham 205-871-6221 6. BETA PICTORIS GALLERY

2411 Second Ave N., Birmingham 205-413-2999 www.betapictorisgallery.com 7. BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM OF ART

2000 Rev. Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd., Birmingham, 205-254-2565 or 254-2566 www.artsbma.org

2100 Park Place, Birmingham 205-226-3600, bplonline.org

3025 6th Avenue S Birmingham, 205-731-9420 www.dreammeccastudio.com 10. DS ART STUDIO GALLERY

14. FRIENDS GALLERY

Hoover Public Library 200 Municipal Dr., Hoover 205-444-7820 www.hoover.lib.al.us/gallery 15. GALLERIE ALEGRIA

600 Olde English Lane, Ste. 128, Birmingham, 205-868-9320 www.galleriealegria.com

2805 Crescent Ave., Ste. E., Homewood 205-802-4700 www.dsart.com

16. GALLERY SOLEIL

11. DURBIN GALLERY/ AZAR ART STUDIOS

17. LAMB’S EARS, LTD.

900 Arkadelphia Rd., Birmingham 205-226-4925, www.bsc.edu/ academics/art/durbin.htm

109 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. Blvd S. 205-218-3596, www.gallerysoleil.com 70 Church Street, Mountain Brook 205-802-5700, www.lambsearsltd.com

12. FOUR CORNERS GALLERY

4700 Hwy. 280, Ste. B, Birmingham 205-980-2600 www.fourcornersgalleryonline.com 13. FOUR SEASONS ANTIQUES, ART AND BOTANICALS

2910 18th St. S., Birmingham 205-803-4059 www.4seasonsantiquesandart.com 8 0 0 . 4 5 8 . 8 0 8 5 | W W W. B I R M I N G H A M . T R AV E L | 5 3


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18. LEVITE JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER

3960 Montclair Rd., Birmingham, 205-879-0411 www.bhamjcc.org 19. LITTLEHOUSE GALLERIES

2915 Linden Ave., Homewood 205-879-7022 20. LORETTA GOODWIN GALLERY

605 S. 28th St., Birmingham 205-328-1761 www.lorettagoodwingallery.net

21. NAKED ART GALLERY

24. RED DOT GALLERY

22. NEW LIFE ART, INC.

25. SOON-BOK LEE SELLERS ART GALLERY – ARTISTS ON THE BLUFF

3831 Clairmont Ave S., Birmingham 205-595-3553 www.nakedartusa.com 3600 Lorna Ridge Dr, Hoover 205-979-2158 www.newlifeart.com 23. ODESSA WOOLFOLK GALLERY AT THE BIRMINGHAM CIVIL RIGHTS INSTITUTE

520 16th St. N., Birmingham 205-328-9696, www.bcri.org

1001 Stuart St., Birmingham 205-870-7608, www.reddotgallery.com

571 Park Avenue, Hoover 205-637-5946, www.artistsonthebluff .com 26. SPACE ONE ELEVEN

2409 2nd Ave. N., Birmingham 205-328-0553, www.spaceoneeleven.org 27. TINA NEWTON GALLERY

2717 Second Ave. S. Ste. D, Birmingham 205-731-9955 28. UAB VISUAL ARTS GALLERY

900 13th St. S., Birmingham 205-934-0815 www.uab.edu/art/vagallery.php 29. WRIGHT ART CENTER ART

Gallery at Samford University 800 Lakeshore Dr., Birmingham 205-726-2849, www.4.samford.edu/arts/art/ index.html For a detailed brochure on Arts and Antique Galleries in Birmingham, call 800-458-8085 or download the information at www.inbirmingham.com. 54 | BIRMINGHAM TOURIST GUIDE


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A GUIDE TO BIRMINGHAM ENTERTAINMENT

WHERE TO PLAY Entertainment of all sorts gets underway in Birmingham after dark. Good, some even great music is regularly going down in small out-of-the-way clubs throughout the area. Nationally-known musical acts fill the schedule all year in larger music halls. And evening ballet, live theatre and orchestral performances entertain visitors to the city when the sun goes down.

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ALABAMA BALLET Alabama Ballet seeks to promote and foster the development of classical and contemporary ballet through high-quality education and community outreach. Under the direction of Wes Chapman, this company of 41 professional dancers presents four full-length productions annually. 2726 1st Avenue South, 322-4300. For tickets and details, visit www.alabamaballet.org or call 205-975-2787. ALABAMA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The Alabama Symphony Orchestra has entertained audiences for more than 70 years, playing a variety of classical and popular compositions and hosting performances by some of the finest international guest artists. The symphony’s 54 talented musicians bring to life some of the world’s most treasured musical masterpieces. 3621 6th Avenue South, 205-2517727. www.alabamasymphony.org ALABAMA THEATRE Built in the 1920s, The Alabama Theatre is one of the nation’s last operating movie palPHOTOGRAPH: COURTESY BIRMINGHAM BARONS

aces, featuring first-run and revival films, concerts and other special events. The “Mighty Wurlitzer” organ still rises from the orchestra pit and is often played to accompany silent films. Attending an event or movie at the Alabama is one of the most highly recommended activities for visitors to the city. Business Hours: Mon. – Fri. 9:00 AM – 4 PM, later during special events. Admission charged: varies by event,1817 Third Avenue North, 205-252-2262, www.alabamatheatre.com ALDRIDGE REPERTORY THEATRE Aldridge Repertory Theatre launched their inaugural season at the historic Carver Theatre with the southern premiere of “No Child” by Nilaja Sun. Over the past 20 years Aldridge Repertory Theatre has produced many shows including the Pulitzer Prize winning play “Fences” and the Broadway hit musical “Purlie.” 209 20th Street, N., Suite 145, 205-264-9910, www.aldridgerep.org. ALYS ROBINSON STEPHENS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts 8 0 0 . 4 5 8 . 8 0 8 5 | W W W. B I R M I N G H A M . T R AV E L | 5 7


Center’s trademark is diversity – diverse performances and diverse audiences. From classical, pop, jazz and world beat music to dance, comedy and family entertainment, the center welcomes the entire community into the magical world of performing arts. Some of the world’s most renowned performing artists take the stage at this concert hall and theater space on the University of Alabama at Birmingham campus. 1200 10th Avenue South, 205-975-2787. www.alysstephens.org BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK Not only is this road course second to none, it is set within a perfectly manicured and sculptured landscape. Visitors can watch auto and motorcycle road racing while relaxing in wooded surroundings. The course was designed to meet the highest racing standards, yet also to be spectatorfriendly and welcoming to families. The length of the road course is 2.38 miles. It is 45 feet wide and has 16 turns. The park sits on 740 acres, 225 of which are developed. The Barber Motorsports Park hosts a continuous schedule of upscale, high-profile motorcycle and auto racing events. 58 | BIRMINGHAM TOURIST GUIDE

It is also home to the Porsche Driving Experience. 6040 Barber Motorsports Pkwy., 205-2989040, www.barbermotorsports.com BIRMINGHAM BALLET Birmingham Ballet offers dance training for aspiring talent as well as presenting professional performances. Performances are held at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. 2198 Columbiana Road, Suite 100, 205-979-9492, www.birminghamballet.com BIRMINGHAM BARONS The 2013 season marks a new era for the Birmingham Barons when they begin playing their games at Birmingham’s new Regions Field, located near the heart of the city. The city’s AA baseball team, farm team for the Chicago White Sox, plays its season from April through September. 205-988-3200, www.milb.com BIRMINGHAM CHILDREN’S THEATRE Birmingham Children’s Theatre was founded


N OW P LAYI N G

The Alabama Theatre The Alabama Theatre is a fabulous place to see everything from classic films to a Tom Waits concert. It is one of the grand architectural accomplishments saved from the wrecking-ball fate so many others of that era suffered. Built in 1927, the Alabama was designed by a Chicago firm that specialized in the extravagant movie palaces of the 1920s. The new motion picture house opened on Christmas Day. Silent movies still were the fare of the day, and the films were dramatized through music on the “Mighty Wurlitzer.� The massive pipe organ boasted a sound capacity of a 70-piece orchestra. That same wonderful Wurlitzer still magically rises from underground to accompany classic films or for special performances. Exploring the theatre is entertainment in itself. The building is designed like a Spanish palace with a hodgepodge of motifs from many periods.

Heavy Moorish details with spiraling terra cotta columns greet visitors. Marble columns, bright gold leaf ornamentation and ornate chandeliers decorate the grand lobby. Inside the 3,000-seat auditorium, rich stained glass arches and complex, gilded, plaster ornament ice the walls. The interior is crowned with an elliptical dome of recessed panels. And by all means, make a special trip to the lavish lounges in the theatre. For entertainment schedules, visit www.alabamatheatre.com.

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in 1947. Since that time, it has become one of America’s largest professional theatres for young audiences and now operates in a threetheatre complex at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex. The theatre produces eight shows seasonally, four of which tour, giving the theatre a combined audience of over 200,000 each year. 2130 Richard Arrington, Jr., Blvd. N., 205-458-8181, www.bct123.org. BIRMINGHAM FESTIVAL THEATRE Birmingham Festival Theatre was formed in 1972. Since that time the theatre has provided both seasonal local performers and new aspiring talent to present shows that can be seen in Birmingham only at this theatre. 1901-1/2 11th Ave., South, 205-933-2383, www.bftonline.org BIRMINGHAM-JEFFERSON CONVENTION COMPLEX Alabama’s largest convention facility is also the state’s premier venue for entertainment. From touring Broadway shows to big-name music performers, the BJCC has a full schedule 60 | BIRMINGHAM TOURIST GUIDE

of events. The expansive exhibition hall at the complex is often in use for boat shows, bridal fairs and hunting and fishing expos. The 19,000-seat arena hosts world class musical entertainers, along with special events such as Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus and is known for its crisp acoustics. The more intimate 2,800-seat concert hall is the performance venue for limited seating performances. And the 1,000-seat theater is an ideal setting for theatrical performances where every seat in the house is a good one. 2100 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. No. 205-458-8400, www.bjcc.org BUMPERNETS Founded in 1999, America’s first table tennis store and billiard pro shop is home to one of the most premier, exciting and top-notch fun environments in the Birmingham area. All of the table games and arcades are available for play or purchase. Owned by one of the most renowned table tennis players in North America, BumperNets is home to over 110 unique ways to have fun. Whether you are a


family of five looking to spend some quality time together or just friendly co-worker competition, BumperNets has it all! 2000 Riverchase Galleria Hoover, AL 35244, 205-9872222, www.bumpernets.com See our ad page 3. EXTEMPORANEOUS THEATRE COMPANY Extemporaneous Theatre Company performs live, improvised entertainment. BIRMINGHAM magazine voted Extemporaneous “Best On-the-Spot Theatre”. 1901-1/2 11th Ave. S., www.extemporaneoustheatre.com HISTORIC FIVE POINTS SOUTH ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT Founded in 1893, Five Points South is a walkable neighborhood with James Beard Foundation Award-winning restaurants and historically significant architecture. The beautiful Highlands United Methodist Church, the centerpiece of Five Points, has been part of the neighborhood for more than 100 years. The fountain sculpture in front of the church, “The Storyteller,” was designed by Birmingham artist Frank Fleming and conveys the deep Southern tradition of storytelling. The fountain is a favorite backdrop for tourists taking photographs in the area. Five Points is a popular shopping and dining destination,

influenced by nationally-renowned restaurants such as Highlands Bar and Grill, Hot and Hot Fish Club, Bottega and Jim-N-Nick’s Barbeque. It is also home to a carousel carving school and Charlemagne, one of the funkiest record shops on earth. www.fivepointsbham.com

Birmingham Crossplex For track and field events, the Crossplex has an indoor 200-meter, hydraulically banked Mondotrack SX that is one of only six in the U.S. and eight in the world. Eight 60-meter lanes for dashes and hurdles are located within the infield area of the track with dual horizontal runways for pole vault, long jump and triple jump. The pool in the natatorium has ten 50-meter lanes, ten 25-meter lanes and twenty 25-yard lanes. The grandstands around the pool hold 1,100 spectators. Two 1-meter and two 3-meter springboards are mounted on concrete pedestals for diving competitions. The facility also includes a media room, meeting hall, VIP suites and much more. 2337 Bessemer Road, Birmingham, 205-279-8900

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HISTORIC LAKEVIEW ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT Developed in the late 19th century, the Lakeview District is named for a lake and other attractions that once defined the former Lakeview Park. Present day Lakeview looks little as it did then, but it has flourished and grown and holds a good quality assortment of restaurants and nightspots. Among the favorite dining rooms in the area are Bettola, with casual upscale fare reflecting the Campania region of Italy. Next door is the popular watering hole, Cantina, and also in the area are coffee shops and design studios. In the spring and summer months, locals and tourists flock to Pepper Place Saturday Market for locally grown fruit, produce and plants. The Lakeview District stretches across several blocks and includes other clusters of restaurants and clubs, including the highly-rated Five Bar and Slice, a hip pizza place. 62 | BIRMINGHAM TOURIST GUIDE

HOOVER METROPOLITAN STADIUM Home of the SEC Baseball Tournament and other sporting events. Located south of town near the Riverchase Galleria. 100 Ben Chapman Drive, 205-444-7732, www.hooveral.org MAGIC CITY ACTORS THEATRE Magic City Actors Theatre showcases the best of local talent both on stage and behind the scenes. Their shows are energetic and diverse, and chosen to appeal to a wide variety of theatergoers. 205-253-9604. Performances are presented at the Virginia Samford Theatre, 1116 26th Street, S., 205-251-1228. OPERA BIRMINGHAM Northern and Central Alabama’s only professional, regional opera company, Opera Birmingham has entertained and informed audiences in


the region for over 50 years. From its humble beginnings in 1955 to its 50th anniversary in 2005 and beyond, Opera Birmingham has produced world-class operatic productions and concerts that have been hailed by critics and loved by audiences. 3601 6th Avenue South, 205-322-6737 REGIONS FIELD The Birmingham Baron’s new home located near the heart of the city. The ballpark is the future home of the Negro League Museum. Between 14th and 16th and First and Third Avenue S. 205-988-3200. UPTOWN ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT Adjacent to the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Center, Uptown is an entertainment district with a nice mix of bars, hotels, coffee shops and restaurants. One of the popular

dining rooms is the Todd English P.U.B., one of only two restaurants in the country owned by the celebrity chef. Other dining choices offer a wide selection from steaks to Southern fare. Al fresco dining is popular in the Uptown district, with live music throughout the week on rooftop patios. www.bjcc.org VERIZON WIRELESS MUSIC CENTER Each year between April and October, some of the world’s top musicians perform in the beautiful outdoor arena. Fee: Varies with each performance. Highway 119 exit off I-65, 1000 Amphitheatre Road, 205-985-4900. www.verizonwirelessmusiccenter.net RED MOUNTAIN THEATRE COMPANY Red Mountain Theatre Company is a non8 0 0 . 4 5 8 . 8 0 8 5 | W W W. B I R M I N G H A M . T R AV E L | 6 3


profit professional theatre organization with an emphasis on musical theatre. RMTC provides unique educational, training and performing opportunities for aspiring and culturally diverse artists, while growing new and existing audiences through quality theatrical experiences. For almost 30 years, Red Mountain Theatre Company (formerly Summerfest Musical Theatre) has grown to become one of the only year-round professional musical theatre organizations in Alabama. With its own unique Cabaret Theatre located right in the heart of downtown Birmingham’s Theatre District and summer Mainstage productions performed at the Virginia Samford Theatre (formerly Town and Gown), Red Mountain Theatre Company continues to bring both well-known national performers and incredible local talent to the Birmingham stage. Red Mountain Theatre Company, 2900 1st Ave. South, 205-324-2424, www.redmountaintheatre.org TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY Talladega Superspeedway is the biggest, fastest, most competitive motorsports facility in the world. Records for both speed and compe-

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tition have been established at Talladega. Two major races during the year draw thousands of fans from across the country for the heartthumping action on the track. Adjacent to the track is the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and Museum. Admission charged. 3366 Speedway Boulevard, 256-362-2261, www.talladegasuperspeedway.com TERRIFIC NEW THEATRE One of Birmingham’s favorite live performance theatres for the unexpected, Terrific New Theatre turns 26 this year. 2821 2nd Avenue South, 205-328-0868, www.terrificnewtheatre.com VIRGINIA SAMFORD THEATRE The Virginia Samford Theatre is a very special facility for events. The charming historic theater with its park side setting is located on Birmingham’s southside and has a lovely outdoor courtyard. The entire complex can accommodate up to 400 guests. Spaces available for meetings and events. Their website is a good resource for information and has photos of the facility. 1116 26th Street South, 205-251-1228, www.virginiasamfordtheatre.org


Live Music in Birmingham Live music is the signature entertainment of the city, with bands performing every imaginable genre. It is impossible to travel very far in the greater Birmingham area without finding some very good live music. It is also impossible to provide a list of every performance venue in the region in the limited space of this guide. Here a just a few of the dozens of places you’ll find live music: IRON CITY – Birmingham’s newest full service bar, grill and entertainment venue in the heart of downtown. 513 22nd Street South, Birmingham, 205-202-5483, www.ironcitybhamcom WORKPLAY – Recently voted one of Paste magazine’s best music venues in the country. 500 23 Street South, Birmingham, 205-8794773, www.workplay.com

THE NICK – For decades, Birmingham’s “dirty little secret” has hosted alternative bands on the verge. 2514 10th Avenue South, Birmingham, 205-252-3831, www.thenickrocks.com ZYDECO – A younger crowd favorite with local and national acts. 2001 15th Avenue South, Birmingham, 205-933-1032, www.zydecobirmingham.com BIRMINGHAM-JEFFERSON CONVENTION COMPLEX – Hosting some of music’s biggest names…not every night, but often enough to check on. 2100 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. North, Birmingham, 205-458-8400, www.bjcc.org AVONDALE BREWING CO. – Live music and local brew. 201 41st Street North, Birmingham, 205-777-5456, www.avondalebrewing.com

THE BOTTLETREE CAFÉ – Called “Southern Eclectic on a Shoestring,” this is both vegan café and live indie rock venue. 3719 3rd Avenue South, Birmingham, 205-533-6288, www. thebottletree.com

GARAGE CAFÉ – Live music usually weekends only, but who needs music when you’re surrounded by the castoffs of Antiques Roadshow? 2304 10th Terrace South, Birmingham, 205-322-3220, www.garagecafe.us

ONA’S MUSIC ROOM – You might find jazz. You might find blues. On a good night, you might even find Ona playing. 2801 2nd Avenue South, Birmingham, 205-320-7006, www.onasmusicroom.com

GIP’S PLACE – Mr. Henry Gipson’s been having a backyard party since 1952 here at the last juke joint in Alabama. 3101 Avenue C, Bessemer, 205-913-2941, www.reverbnation.com/ venue/gipsplace

For information on other current live music events, visit www.birmingham365.org or www.al.com/music/

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BIRMINGHAM ORIGINALS Local restaurants joined by passion and purpose We are an association of passionate, independent restaurant owners, propelling Birmingham’s robust food scene. Whether upscale or down-home, this group of almost 50 restaurants is driven by the desire to offer top-notch dining to home-grown patrons and visitors alike. The word “local” isn’t some throwaway marketing term used to drum up feelings of nostalgia. It’s a word that binds the community together and is at the heart of the Birmingham Originals’ members. Each restaurant is committed to promoting the local restaurant community, educating the public on the benefits of eating locally and prioritizing support of vital area charities and cultural programs in Birmingham - donating $57,000 over the past 4 years. Make the choice to dine at member restaurants and enjoy the unique style, local flavors and ambiance not found in chain restaurants.

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RESTAURANT MEMBERS 26 Asian Rim Avo Bellinis Ristorante & Bar Bistro 218 bistro V Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q Bottega Restaurant and Cafe The Bright Star Cantina Tortilla Grill Century Restaurant and Bar Chez Fonfon Chez Lulu Continental Bakery Cosmo’s Pizza Crestline Bagel Co. The Café at Innovation Depot dg FoodBar The Fish Market Restaurant Homewood Gourmet Hot and Hot Fish Club

Irondale Café Iz Café The J. Clyde John’s City Diner JoJo’s On Broadway Kathy G & Company Little Savannah Restaurant and Bar Mafiaoza’s Pizzaria & Neighborhood Pub Nabeel’s Café & Market Ocean The Pantry by Stone Hollow Farmstead Rogue Tavern Satterfield’s Restaurant The Silvertron Café Slice Pizza & Brew Sol’s Sandwich Shop & Deli Ted’s Restaurant V. Richards Village Tavern Vino Vittoria Mascelleria


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DINING Southside and Downtown 808 SOUTH - A BISTRO

808 20th St. S., Birmingham 205-933-9000 AL’S DELI & GRILL

1629 10th Ave S., Birmingham 205-939-4278, www.alsdeliandgrill.com

CHRIS Z’S

2808 University Blvd., Birmingham 205-458-1007 COURTYARD OYSTER BAR & GRILL SOUTHSIDE

BECKY’S DELI

4101 3rd Avenue S., Birmingham 205-592-0966 BETTOLA

2901 2nd Ave. S., Ste. 150, Birmingham 205-731-6499 www.bettolarestaurant.com BOGUE’S

3120 Clairmont Ave, Suite 110, Birmingham, 205-254-9780 BOTTLETREE CAFE

3719 3rd Ave. S., Birmingham 205-533-6288, www.thebottletree.com BRICK & TIN RESTAURANT

214 20th St. N., Birmingham 205-297-8636, www.brickandtin.com CAFE DUPONT

113 20th St. N., Birmingham 205- 322-1282, www.cafedupont.net CARLILE’S BARBECUE

3511 6th Ave. S., Birmingham 205-254-9266, www.carlilesbbq.com CASEY’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL

2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd., Birmingham, 205-307-3050 CHAN LEE’S

1901 6th Avenue N, Suite 256 Birmingham, 205-252-2426 CHASER’S SPORTS BAR

815 24th Street N, Birmingham 205-324-2425 CHINA MOON

3312 Clairmont Ave. S., Birmingham 205-324-2332

1427 14th Ave. S., Birmingham 205-933-2133, www.dreamlandbbq.com

BIRMINGHAM ORIGINALS

2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd, Birmingham, 205-307-3005 1901 6th Ave. N., Birmingham 205-250-9907

1617 4th Ave N, Birmingham 205-324-3342 DREAMLAND BAR-B-QUE

2015 Highland Ave. S., Birmingham 205-558-4995

ATRIUM CAFÉ IN SHERATON HOTEL

AVERY’S CAFE

DAWSON’S BURGERS, WINGS & FRIES

S O U T H S I D E A N D D OW N T OW N 26

1210 20th St. S., Birmingham 205-918-0726, www.twentysix26.com BISTRO 218

218 20th St. N., Birmingham 205-983-7999, www.bistro218.com BOTTEGA RESTAURANT AND CAFE

2240 Highland Ave. S., Birmingham 205-939-1000 www.bottegarestaurant.com CANTINA TORTILLA GRILL

2901 2nd Ave. S., Ste. 110, Birmingham, 205-323-6980 www.cantinatortillagrill.com CENTURY RESTAURANT AND BAR

2021 Park Place, Birmingham 205-458-9611, www.centurybirmingham.com CHEZ FONFON

2007 11th Ave. S., Birmingham 205-939-3221, www.fonfonbham.com COSMO’S PIZZA

2012 Magnolia Ave. S., Birmingham, 205-930-9971 www.cosmossouthside.com THE CAFÉ AT INNOVATION DEPOT

1500 First Ave. N., Birmingham 205-314-3456, www.culinardcafe.com THE FISH MARKET RESTAURANT

612 22nd St. S., Birmingham 205-322-3330, www.thefishmarket.net HOT AND HOT FISH CLUB

2180 11th Court S., Birmingham 205-933-5474, www.hotandhotfishclub.com THE J. CLYDE

1312 Cobb Lane, Birmingham 205-939-1312, www.jclyde.com

JOHN’S CITY DINER

112 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd. N., Birmingham, 205-322-6014 www.johnscitydiner.com LITTLE SAVANNAH RESTAURANT AND BAR

3811 Clairmont Ave. S., Birmingham 205-591-1119, www.littlesavannah.com OCEAN

1218 20th St. S., Birmingham 205-933-0999 www.oceanbirmingham.com ROGUE TAVERN

2312 2nd Ave. N., Birmingham 205-202-4151, www.roguetavern.com SILVERTRON CAFÉ

3813 Clairmont Ave. S., Birmingham 205-591-3707, www.silvertroncafe.us SLICE PIZZA & BREW

725 29th St. S., Birmingham 205-715-9300 www.slicebirmingham.com SOL’S SANDWICH SHOP & DELI

2 20th Street N, Suite 120, Birmingham, 205-244-7657 www.solsdeli.com TED’S RESTAURANT

328 12th St. S., Birmingham 205-324-2911, www.tedsbirmingham.com V. RICHARD’S MARKET & CAFÉ

3916 Clairmont Ave. S., Birmingham 205-591-7000, www.vrichards.net VITTORIA MACELLERIA

2901 2nd Ave. S. Ste. 159, Birmingham, 205-315-4366

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EL BARRIO MEXICAN RESTAURANT

2211 2nd Avenue N., Birmingham 205-868-3737 www.elbarriobirmingham.com FIVE

744 29th Street South, Birmingham 205-868-3841 FORMAGGIO’S ITALIAN BISTRO

GOLDEN TEMPLE GROCERY, CAFE AND YOGA CENTER

1901 11th Ave. S., Birmingham 205-933-6333 www.goldentemplehealthfoods.com GREEN ACRES CAFE

1705 4th Ave. N., Birmingham 205-251-3875, www.greenacres-cafe.com

1713 10th Ave. S., Birmingham 205-933-7555 www.myspace.com/formaggios

GUS’S HOT DOGS

FUEGO CANTINA

HIGHLANDS BAR & GRILL

1101 20th St. S., Birmingham 205-933-1544 www.fuegobirmingham.com FULL MOON BAR-B-QUE - SOUTHSIDE

525 25th St. S., Birmingham 205-324-1007, www.fullmoonbbq.com GABLE SQUARE SALOON & GAMES

803 9th Court S., Birmingham 205-251-0960 www.myspace.com/gablesquaresaloon GABRIELLA’S RESTAURANT

317 17th St. N., Birmingham 205-983-7249

GARAGE CAFE & ANTIQUES

2304 10th Terrace S., Birmingham 205-322-3220 GIUSEPPE’S CAFE AND EXPRESSO BAR

925 8th St. S., Birmingham 205-324-2626 GOLDEN RULE BARBECUE HARBERT PLAZA

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1915 4th Ave. N., Birmingham 205-251-4540 2011 11th Ave. S., Birmingham 205-939-1400 www.highlandsbarandgrill.com HOMECOMING COFFEE & GIFT SHOP

LOS AMIGOS MEXICAN RESTAURANT

3324 Clairmont Ave. S., Birmingham 205-324-5896 www.losamigosmexican.com LUCY’S COFFEE & TEA

2007 University Blvd., Birmingham 205-328-2007 LYRIC HOT DOGS & GRILL

1808 3rd Ave. N., Birmingham 205-251-9952 M & M BARBECUE & CAFETERIA

3921 First Ave. N., Birmingham 205-592-9941 MAGIC CITY GRILLE

2201 3rd Ave. N., Birmingham 205-251-6500

312 16th Street North, Birmingham 205-202-4088

MAGIC WOK

IRON CITY BIRMINGHAM

MAKARIOS KABOBS & GRILL

513 22nd Street South, Birmingham 205-202-5483, www.ironcitybham.com JIM ‘N NICK’S BAR B Q -

Five Points South 1908 11th Ave. S., Birmingham 205-320-1060, www.jimnnicks.com KAIROS KAFE & CATERING

515 University Blvd., Birmingham 205-919-1934, www.kairoskatering.com KELLEY’S NEIGHBORHOOD SPORTS GRILL

720 29th St. S., Birmingham 205-323-9786

401 19th St. S., Birmingham 205-327-5000 940 20th St. S., Birmingham 205-731-7414 MARILYN’S DELI & DOGS

715 18th St N, Birmingham 205-324-3354 MATTHEW’S BAR & GRILL

2208 Morris Ave., Birmingham 205-862-6261 MELLOW MUSHROOM

1200 20th St. S., Ste. 100, Birmingham 205-212-9420 www.mellowmushroom.com METROPRIME STEAKHOUSE

1035 20th Street S., Birmingham 205-623-5288, metroprimesteak.com


DINING MILO’S HAMBURGERS - DOWNTOWN HARBERT PLAZA

1901 6th Ave. N., Ste. 270, Birmingham 205-326-6456 www.miloshamburgers.com MILO’S HAMBURGERS - SOUTHSIDE

401 19th St. S., Ste. 130, Birmingham 205-322-6456 www.miloshamburgers.com MOE’S ORIGINAL BBQ

731 29th St. S., Birmingham 205-252-5888 www.moesoriginalbbq.com MOE’S SOUTHWEST GRILL – UAB

1801 4th Avenue S, Suite 109, Birmingham, 205-250-6355 www.moes.com

NEW YORK STYLE DELICATESSEN

ORIGINAL PANCAKE HOUSE

NEWK’S EATERY

OSCAR’S AT THE MUSEUM

121 20th St. N., Birmingham 205-250-7878

611 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. S., Birmingham, 205-323-0992 www.newks.com NIKI’S DOWNTOWN CAFE

1101 2nd Ave. N., Birmingham 205-251-1972 O’HENRY’S COFFEES - REGIONS/ HARBERT TOWER

1901 6th Ave. N., Ste. 295, Birmingham 205-323-1198, www.ohenryscoffee.com ON TAP SPORTS CAFE - LAKEVIEW

1931 11th Ave. S., Birmingham 205-933-8837

2000 Rev Abraham Woods Jr Blvd., Birmingham, 205-254-2755 PARAMOUNT

200 20th St. N, Birmingham 205-320-2824 paramountbirmingham.com PIT BAR-B-Q THE NUMBER ONE

2820 10th Ave. N., Birmingham 205-328-1515 PITA LOCO

2000 2nd Ave. N., Birmingham 205-252-4899

NELSON BROTHERS CAFE

314 17th St. N., Birmingham 205-254-9098

737 29th St. S., Birmingham 205-320-1225, www.ontapsportscafe.com

PITA STOP CAFE BAR & GRILL

NEW CHINA TOWN RESTAURANT

ORIGINAL GREEN ACRES CAFÉ

PLANET SMOOTHIE - BIRMINGHAM

1020 20th St. S., Birmingham 205-251-2373

2724 29th Ave N, Birmingham 205-328-8099

1106 12th St. S., Birmingham 205-328-2749, www.thepitastop.com 1901 6th Ave. N., Birmingham 205-328-4791, www.planetsmoothie.com

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DINING THE SOUTHERN KITCHEN AND BAR

2301 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N., Ste. 1C, 205-224-4839 THE WINE LOFT

2200 1st Ave. N., Birmingham 205-323-8228 www.wineloftbirmingham.com TIN ROOF

2709 7th Avenue S, Birmingham 205-323-4356, www.tinroof.com/ home/birmingham TODD ENGLISH P.U.B.

2221 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd North, Birmingham, 205-307-3700 www.toddenglishpub.com TRATTORIA CENTRALE

207A 20th St. N., Birmingham 205-202-5612 www.trattoriacentrale.com URBAN STANDARD PURPLE ONION DELI & GRILL SOUTHSIDE

1717 10th Ave. S., Birmingham 205-933-7555 RAG’S BAR & GRILL

SINBAD’S AMERICAN AND MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT

401 19th St. S., Ste. 100, Birmingham 205-714-9991 SITAR INDIAN RESTAURANT

728 29th Street S, Birmingham 205-327-7247

705 20th St. S., Birmingham 205-323-6500

RANELLI’S DELI & CAFE

SUBWAY

1225 20th St. S. Birmingham 205-933-6983, www.ranellisdeli.com

2105 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N., Birmingham, 205-397-7827

REDMONT CAFE

SURIN THAI BOWL & SUSHI BAR

2320 Second Ave. N., Birmingham 205-250-8200, www.urbanstandard.net VERANDA ON HIGHLAND

2220 Highland Ave. S., Birmingham 205-939-5551 www.verandaonhighland.com YEHMAN CARRIBBEAN CUISINE

1623 4th Avenue N, Birmingham 205-323-3120 ZEN YOGURT & SMOOTHIES

1801 5th Ave. S., Ste. 115, Birmingham 205-701-1161, www.zen-yogurt.com

2101 5th Ave. N., Birmingham 205-324-2101

2100 Third Ave. N., Ste. 100, Birmingham, 205-297-0996

RIB IT UP

SURIN WEST

1819 5th Ave. N., Birmingham 205-252-5200, www.zoeskitchen.com

SWEET TEA RESTAURANT

Fultondale, Gardendale, Northwest, Trussville

830 1st Ave. N., Birmingham 205-328-7427 ROCKY’S PIZZA & SUBS

715 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd., Birmingham, 205-252-8282 www.rockyspizza.net ROJO

2921 Highland Ave. S., Birmingham 205-328-4733 www.birminghammenus.com/rojo/ SARRIS RESTAURANT

600 31st St. N., Birmingham 205-252-7357 SAW’S SOUL KITCHEN

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1918 11th Ave. S., Birmingham 205-324-1928, www.surinwest.com 2205 3rd Avenue S, Birmingham 205-745-3990 www.sweettearestaurant.com TAJ INDIA

2226 Highland Ave. S., Birmingham 205-939-3805, www.tajindia.net THE COLLINS BAR

2125 2nd Ave. N., Ste. 100, Birmingham 205-323-7995, www.collinsbirmingham .com THE RED CAT COFFEEHOUSE

2901 2nd Ave. S., Ste. 120, Birmingham 205-616-8450 www.redcatcoffeehouse.com

ZOE’S KITCHEN - DOWNTOWN

CAFE ON MAIN

218 Main St., Ste. 110, Trussville 205-655-0330 www.cafeonmainfood.com CAJUN STEAMER BAR AND GRILL

5071 Pinnacle Square, Trussville 205-655-6008, www.cajunsteamer.com CHINA ONE

357 Walker Chapel Plaza, Fultondale 205-849-9111 CHOCOLATE BISCUIT TEA ROOM

335 Main St., Trussville 205-655-0119

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DINING COSTA’S MEDITERRANEAN CAFE

5891 Trussville Crossings Pkwy., Birmingham, 205-655-9779 EL CAZADOR

1930 Edwards Lake Rd., Birmingham 205-661-0904 FRONTERA GRILL MEXICAN CUISINE

5974 Chalkville Rd., Birmingham 205-661-3318 FULTONDALE BAKERY

1214 Decatur Hwy, Ste 112, Fultondale 205-808-4431 GOLDEN RULE BARBECUE TRUSSVILLE

120 South Chalkville Rd., Trussville 205-655-4849 www.goldenrulebbq.com GYROS CAFÉ

5614 Chalkville Rd, Trussville 205-856-2424

HABANERO’S MEXICAN GRILLGARDENDALE

835 Odum Rd., Ste. 115, Gardendale, 205-608-2168 HABANERO’S MEXICAN GRILL – TRUSSVILLE

1477 Gadsden Hwy, #126, Trussville 205-655-7380 JALISCO MEXICAN RESTAURANTE

325 Walker Chapel Plaza, Fultondale 205-849-2137

KONOMI

5870 Trussville Crossings Blvd., Birmingham, 205-661-1821 LEE GARDEN CHINESE RESTAURANT

1423 Gadsden Hwy, Ste. 111, Trussville 205-655-1138 MILO’S HAMBURGERS - FORESTDALE

1120 Forestdale Blvd., Forestdale 205-798-6363 www.miloshamburgers.com

MILO’S HAMBURGERS - GARDENDALE

JIM N NICK’S BAR B Q - GARDENDALE

915 Odum Rd., Gardendale 205-608-3315, www.jimnnicks.com

604 Fieldstown Rd., Gardendale 205-608-0050 www.miloshamburgers.com

JIM N NICK’S BAR B Q - TRUSSVILLE

MILO’S HAMBURGERS - ROEBUCK

1660 Gadsden Hwy., Birmingham 205-661-3100, www.jimnnicks.com JOEL’S RESTAURANT

312 Main St., Trussville, 205-655-8248

209 Gadsden Hwy., Birmingham 205-833-6363 www.miloshamburgers.com

MILO’S HAMBURGERS - TRUSSVILLE

5887 Trussville Crossing Pkwy., Birmingham, 205-661-2100 www.miloshamburgers.com

EXPERIENCE A SLICE OF BIRMINGHAM

Join the Slice family for our city’s best pizza and brew.

Slice Stone Pizza & Brew 725 29th Street South (205) 715-9300 www.slicebirmingham.com

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MING’S GARDEN

1046 Main St., Gardendale, 205-631-7746 MOE’S SOUTHWEST GRILL – TRUSSVILLE

5870 Trussville Crossing Blvd, Ste. 102, Trussville, 205-655-9669 www.moes.com NEIGHBORHOOD SPORTS GRILLE

1423 Gadsden Hwy, Ste. 131, Trussville 205-655-1018 www.neighborhoodsportsgrille.com PALACE CHINESE RESTAURANT

5899 Trussville Crossing Pkwy, Suite 105, Trussville, 205-661-1668 PORKY’S PRIDE SMOKE HOUSE

2516 Walker Chapel Rd., Fultondale 205-849-5122 RED LANTERN CHINESE RESTAURANT

311 Main St., Trussville, 205-655-0736 ROCK N ROLL SUSHI

5078 Pinnacle Square, Ste. 106, Trussville, 205-655-6040 www.rockandrollsushibar.com SHERRY’S CAFÉ CATERING CAKES

5800 Valley Rd, Ste. 110, Trussville 205-655-5260, FAX 205-655-5259 www.sherrysfloralandcatering.com SOUTHERN DINER

5961 Chalkville Mountain Lane, Birmingham, 205-874-6804 www.thesoutherndiner.com 74 | BIRMINGHAM TOURIST GUIDE

Airport, Center Point, Eastwood, Irondale, Leeds

GOLDEN RULE BARBECUE PINSON

COSTA’S FAMOUS BAR-B-QUE HUFFMAN CENTERPOINT

GUS’S HOT DOGS

613 Springville Rd., Birmingham 205-853-9933, www.costasfamous.com CRESTWOOD COFFEE COMPANY

5512 Crestwood Blvd., Birmingham 205-595-0300 www.myspace.com/crestwoodcoffee

4437 Pinson Valley Pkwy., Birmingham 205-520-0502, www.goldenrulebbq.com 5415 Beacon Drive, Suite 139, Irondale 205-956-6622 HACIENDA MEXICAN GRILL

1676 Montclair Rd., Birmingham 205-956-2550 www.haciendamexicangrill.com

EL CAZADOR MEXICAN GRILL

HAMBURGER HEAVEN

1540 Montclair Rd., Birmingham 205-951-1205

1703 Crestwood Blvd., Birmingham 205-951-3570

ERNIE’S THREE OAKS DELI

KEN’S HICKORY PIT BARBECUE

4500 Montevallo Rd., Ste. E105, Birmingham, 205-951-0109

4817 Pinson Valley Pkwy., Birmingham 205-853-6488

GOLDEN RULE BARBECUE IRONDALE

KRISPY KREME DOUGHNUTS

2504 Crestwood Blvd., Irondale 205-956-2678, www.goldenrulebbq.com

8601 First Ave. N., Birmingham 205-836-3251 MAGNOLIA GRILLE RESTAURANT

BIRMINGHAM ORIGINALS I RO N DA L E IRONDALE CAFÉ, THE ORIGINAL WHISTLESTOP CAFE

1906 1st Ave. N., Irondale 205-956-5258, www.irondalecafe.com

5320 Beacon Dr, Rime Garden Inn, Irondale, 205-951-1250 or 951-1223

MILO’S HAMBURGERS - EASTWOOD

1530 Montclair Rd., Birmingham 205-951-2889 www.miloshamburgers.com MUNOZ MEXICAN GRILL

6662 Hwy. 75, Ste. 209, Pinson 205-681-6992

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DINING NEW CHINA BUFFET

7307 Crestwood Blvd, Birmingham 205-599-5558 NEW CHINA WAY RESTAURANT

5220 Oporto-Madrid Blvd S, Birmingham, 205-595-5300 OLD SMOKEY BAR-B-Q

7323 Pkwy. Dr., Leeds, 205-699-7904 ROADSIDE BAR B Q RIBS & CHICKEN

7303 1st Ave. N., Birmingham 205-833-9616 RUSTY’S BAR-B-Q

7484 Parkway Dr., Leeds 205-699-4766 rustysbarbeque.com BIRMINGHAM ORIGINALS

SAMMY’S OLD FASHIONED HOT DOGS

7883 Crestwood Blvd, Irondale 205-956-4364

HOMEWOOD, MOUNTAIN BROOK, INVERNESS

SAMMY’S SANDWICH SHOP

4921 Messer Airport Hwy., Birmingham 205-591-1462 SHANGRI-LA RESTAURANT

4500 Montevallo Rd., Ste. B103, Birmingham, 205-951-3168 SOUTHERN DINER

5961 Chalkville Mountain Lane, Birmingham, 205.874.6804 www.thesoutherndinner.com VILLA FIESTA MEXICAN RESTAURANT

7950 Crestwood Blvd, Irondale 205-956-3607

Homewood, Mountain Brook, Inverness 32 DEGREES, A YOGURT BAR

229 Country Club Pk, Suite 229, Mountain Brook 205-871-7328 www.facebook.com/32degreesyogurt ACAPULCO BAR AND GRILL

430 Green Springs Hwy., Birmingham 205-941-1183 AMORE RISTORANTE ITALIANO

5510 Hwy. 280, Ste. 116, Birmingham 205-437-1005, www.letsamore.com ANOTHER BROKEN EGG CAFE

2418 Montevallo Rd., Birmingham 205-871-7849 www.anotherbrokenegg.com

AVO

JOJO’S ON BROADWAY

BELLINIS RISTORANTE

KATHY G & COMPANY (CATERING)

2721 Cahaba Rd., Mountain Brook 205-871-8212, www.avorestaurant.com 6801 Cahaba Valley Rd., Hoover 205-981-5380, www.ourbellinis.com CHEZ LULU

1911 Cahaba Rd., Mountain Brook 205-870-7011, www.chezlulu.us CONTINENTAL BAKERY

1909 Cahaba Rd., Mountain Brook 205-870-5584, www.continentalbakery.us CRESTLINE BAGEL CO.

66 Church St. Ste. B, Birmingham 205-871-4583, www.crestlinebagel.com DG

2837 Culver Rd., Mountain Brook 205-871-3266, www.danielgeorgerestaurant.com HOMEWOOD GOURMET

1919 28th Ave S, #113, Homewood 205-871-1620, www.homewoodgourmet.com IZ CAFÉ ENGLISH VILLAGE

2037 Cahaba Rd., Mountain Brook 205-414-0081, www.everythingiz.com

903 Broadway St., Homewood 205-877-8058, www. jojosonbroadway-gastropub.com 11 West Park Circle, Homewood 205-942-4210, www.kathyg.com MAFIAOZA’S PIZZERIA & NEIGHBORHOOD PUB

2 Dexter Ave., Birmingham 205-414-7878, www.mafiaozas.com NABEEL’S CAFÉ & MARKET

1706 Oxmoor Rd., Homewood 205-879-9292, www.nabeels.com THE PANTRY BY STONE HOLLOW FARMSTEAD

17 Dexter Ave., Mountain Brook 205-803-3585, www.thefarmsteadpantry.com SATTERFIELD’S RESTAURANT

3161 Cahaba Heights Rd., Ste. 113, Birmingham, 205-969-9690, www.satterfieldsrestaurant.com VILLAGE TAVERN

101 Summit Blvd., Birmingham 205-970-1640, www.villagetavern.com VINO

1930 Cahaba Rd, Mountain Brook 205-870-8404, www.vinobirmingham.com

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DINING AUSTIE’S DELI

3800 Colonnade Pkwy., Ste. 120, Birmingham, 205-969-1046 BILLY’S SPORTS GRILL

CHEN EXPRESS

221 Country Club Park, Birmingham 205-871-7588 CHICAGO MIKE’S HOT DOGS

2012 Cahaba Rd., Mountain Brook 205-879-2238 www.billysbarandgrill.com

2701 18th Street S, Homewood 205-868-4728

BLACK PEARL ASIAN CUISINE

813 Green Springs Hwy., Ste. F, Homewood, 205-942-9782

3419 Colonnade Pkwy. Ste. 600, Birmingham, 205-262-9888 BONGIORNO ITALIAN RESTAURANT

68 Church St., Ste. A, Birmingham 205-879-5947 www.bongiornoitalianrestaurant.com BRIO TUSCAN GRILLE

591 Brookwood Village, Birmingham 205-879-9177, www.brioitalian.com CARRABBA’S ITALIAN GRILL

4503 Riverview Pkwy., Birmingham 205-980-1016, www.carrabbas.com

CHOP SUEY INN

CHURCH STREET COFFEE & BOOKS

COSTA’S FAMOUS BAR-B-QUE WILDWOOD

215 Lakeshore Pkwy., Homewood 205-263-0145 COURTYARD 280 OYSTER BAR & GRILL

4643 Hwy. 280, Ste. M, Birmingham 205-980-9891 CRAPE MYRTLE’S CAFE

2721 18th St. S., Homewood 205-879-7891

81 Church Street, Suite 106-107, Birmingham, 205-870-1117 www.churchstreetshop.com

CRAZY CAJUNS’ BOILING POT

CHUY’S RESTAURANT

CRESTLINE BAGEL AND PIZZA

216 Summit Blvd, Ste. 135, Birmingham 205-977-4224, www.chuys.com COCINA SUPERIOR

587 Brookwood Village, Birmingham 205-259-1980 www.thecocinasuperior.com

125 Inverness Plaza, Birmingham 205-408-0630 66 Church St. Ste. B, Birmingham 205-871-4583 DALE’S SOUTHERN GRILL

5479 Hwy 280, Birmingham 205-408-8888 www.dalessoutherngrills.com DAVENPORT’S PIZZA PALACE

2837 Cahaba Rd., Mountain Brook 205-879-8603 DAVE’S PIZZA

1819 29th Ave. S., Homewood 205-871-3283 DEMETRI’S BAR-B-Q

1901 28th Ave. S., Homewood 205-871-1581 www.demetrisbbq.com DEVINCI’S PIZZA

2707 18th St. S., Homewood 205-879-1455 DISH’N IT OUT

1113 Dunston Ave, Birmingham 205-871-5444, www.dishnitout.com DODIYOS

1831 28th Ave. S., Ste. 110, Homewood 205-453-9300, www.dodiyos.com DON PEPE MEXICAN GRILL

230 Doug Baker Blvd, Suite 300, Inverness, 205-408-3880 DYRON’S LOWCOUNTRY

121 Oak St., Birmingham 205-834-8257 www.dyronslowcountry.com EDGAR’S OLD STYLE BAKERY

3407 Colonnade Pkwy, Birmingham 205-968-4031 www.edgarsbakery.com 76 | BIRMINGHAM TOURIST GUIDE

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DINING

EDGEWOOD CREAMERY

FULL MOON BAR-B-QUE - HWY. 280

HAMBURGER HEAVEN

EL SOL CANTINA & TAQUERIA

THE GARDENS CAFE BY KATHY G.

HOGAN’S IRISH PUB & GRILL

2612 Lane Park Rd., Birmingham 205-871-1000

507 Cahaba Park Circle, Ste. B, Birmingham, 205-995-0533

GEORGES LEBANESE & AMERICAN CUISINE

HOMEWOOD DINER

936 Oxmoor Rd., Homewood 205-874-1999 328 Valley Ave, Homewood 205-945-4900

FISH MARKET RESTAURANT

5407 Hwy. 280, Birmingham 205-980-8600 www.fishmarketrestaurant.com FLAT TOP STIR-FRY GRILL

250 Summit Blvd, Ste. 100, Birmingham 205-994-3113, www.flattopgrill.com FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE AND WINE BAR

4635 Hwy. 280 S., Birmingham 205-991-7328, www.fullmoonbbq.com

44 Green Springs Hwy., Homewood, 205-942-1962 www.georgeslebanese.com GIANMARCO’S

721 Broadway St., Homewood 205-871-9622

103 Summit Blvd., Birmingham 205-262-9463 www.flemingssteakhouse.com

GILCHRIST DRUG COMPANY

FLIP MODERN BURGER BOUTIQUE

GINZA SUSHI & KOREAN BBQ

FRESH MARKET

GUS’S HOT DOGS – CRESTLINE VILLAGE

220 Summit Blvd., Ste. 140, Birmingham 205-968-2000 www.flipburgerboutique.com

2805 Cahaba Rd., Birmingham 205-871-2181 5291 Valleydale Rd., Ste. 101, Hoover 205-981-1616

4740 Hwy. 280, #6, Birmingham 205-991-0294, www.freshmarket.com

71 Church Street, Mountain Brook 205-871-3938

FULL MOON BAR-B-QUE HOMEWOOD

HAMBURGER HEAVEN

337 Valley Ave., Homewood 205-945-9997

5303 Hwy. 280, Birmingham 205-981-6402 www.hamburgerheavenrestaurant.com

180 Oxmoor Blvd, Homewood 205-941-1668

162 Oxmoor Rd., Homewood 205-941-9444 http://homewooddiner.blogspot.com HUNAN CUISINE CHINESE RESTAURANT

5510 Hwy. 280 S., Ste. 113-114, Birmingham, 205-437-1000 www.hunancuisinebham.com HUNAN WOK

429 Green Springs Hwy., Ste. 121, Homewood, 205-941-9808 IXTAPA MEXICAN RESTAURANT

4673 Hwy. 280, Birmingham 205-980-8266, http://intercoups. com/menu/ixtapa/ IZ CAFÉ ENGLISH VILLAGE

2037 Cahaba Rd., Mountain Brook 205-414-0081 www.everythingiz.com JACKSON’S BAR & BISTRO

1831 28th Ave. S., Ste. 175, Homewood 205-870-9669

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DINING MARTA’S BAKERY

3936 Crosshaven Dr, Birmingham 205-969-2253 MAX’S DELI

3431 Colonnade Pkwy., Ste. 400, Birmingham, 205-968-7600 www.maxsdelionline.com MELLOW MUSHROOM – HWY 280

920 Inverness Corners, Birmingham 205-981-9914 www.mellowmushroom.com MICHAEL’S RESTAURANT @ ALOFT HOTEL

1903 29th Ave. S., Homewood 205-871-9525, www.eatatmichaels.com MILO’S HAMBURGERS - HOMEWOOD

208 State Farm Pkwy., Homewood 205-945-8008 www.miloshamburgers.com

MILO’S HAMBURGERS – INVERNESS

1210 Inverness Corners, Birmingham 205-991-6456 www.miloshamburgers.com MING’S CUISINE

514 Cahaba Park Cir, Birmingham 205-991-3803 JIM N NICK’S BAR B Q - GREYSTONE

2831 Greystone Commercial Blvd., Birmingham, 205-991-1306 www.jimnnicks.com

JIM N NICK’S BAR B Q - HOMEWOOD

220 Oxmoor Rd., Homewood 205-942-3336, www.jimnnicks.com

LA PAZ RESTAURANTE

99 Euclid Ave, Birmingham 205-879-2225, www.lapazbham.com LA SABROSITA

293 West Valley Ave., Homewood 205-290-0511 LANDRY’S SEAFOOD HOUSE

1830 29th Ave. S., Ste. 125, Homewood 205-802-1440, www.jinseisushi.com

139 State Farm Pkwy., Homewood 205-916-0777 www.landrysseafoodhouse.com

JOE’S CRAB SHACK

LITTLE DONKEY TAQUERIA

JINSEI SUSHI BAR & LOUNGE

20 Meadow View Dr, Inverness 205-981-2999, www.joescrabshack.com JOHNNY RAY’S BAR-B-QUE

2821 Central Avenue, Homewood 205-703-7000 www.thelittledonkey.com

MISS MYRA’S PIT BARBECUE

3278 Cahaba Heights Rd., Birmingham 205-967-6004 MOE’S SOUTHWEST GRILL – MOUNTAIN BROOK

2737 Hwy 280, Suite 161 205-445-0456, www.moes.com MOE’S SOUTHWEST GRILL – WILDWOOD

231 State Farm Pkwy, Homewood 205-943-7942, www.moes.com MOMMA GOLDBERG’S DELI

2829 18th St. S., Homewood 205-834-8871 www.mommagoldbergsdeli.com

3431 Colonnade Pkwy., Ste. 500, Birmingham, 205-967-0099 www.johnnyrays.com

LLOYD’S RESTAURANT

KOBE JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR

LOS COMPADRES MEXICAN RESTAURANT

MR. WANG’S RESTAURANT

3501 Grandview Pkwy, Birmingham 205-298-0200, www.ekobe.com

308 Oxmoor Rd., Homewood 205-945-8002

217 Lakeshore Pkwy., Homewood 205-945-9000 www.mrwangsbuffet.com

KOSHER CAFE

MAKI FRESH

MUDTOWN

3960 Montclair Rd., Birmingham 205-386-3130 78 | BIRMINGHAM TOURIST GUIDE

5301 Hwy. 280 S., Birmingham 205-991-5530

2800 Cahaba Village Plaza, Birmingham 205-970-3242, www.makifresh.com

MOUNTAIN BROOK CREAMERY

2715 Cahaba Rd., Mountain Brook 205-870-0092

3144 Green Valley Rd., Birmingham 205-967-3300

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DINING RIVER CITY GRILLE

Birmingham Marriott, 3590 Grandview Pkwy., Birmingham, 205-968-3775 ROMANO’S MACARONI GRILL

241 Summit Blvd, Birmingham 205-298-7998 www.macaronigrill.com RUTH’S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE

2300 Woodcrest Place, Homewood 205-879-9995, www.ruthschris.com SABOR LATINO RESTAURANT & LOUNGE

112 Green Springs Hwy., Homewood 205-942-9480 SALEM’S DINER

2913 18th St. S., Homewood 205-877-8797, www.salemsdiner.com SALSARITA’S FRESH CANTINA NAJI’S PITA GOURMET RESTAURANT

166 West Valley Ave, Homewood 205-945-6001 NEW YORK PIZZA

1010 Oxmoor Rd., Homewood 205-871-4000 NEWK’S EATERY

2800 Cahaba Village Plaza, Mountain Brook, 205-969-5584, www.newks.com OAK HILL BAR & GRILL

2835 18th St. S., Homewood 205-870-8277 O’CARR’S DELI

ON TAP SPORTS CAFE - INVERNESS

810 Inverness Corners, Birmingham 205-437-1999 www.ontapsportscafe.com OTEY’S TAVERN

224 Country Club Park, Birmingham 205-871-8435 OVER EASY

358 Hollywood Blvd, Homewood 205-639-1910, www.eatovereasy.com P. F. CHANG’S

PABLO’S RESTAURANTE & CANTINA

O’CARR’S DELI

PHO QUE HUONG VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT

O’HENRY’S COFFEES - DOWNTOWN HOMEWOOD

2831 18th St. S., Homewood 205-870-1198, www.ohenryscoffee.com

SAM’S DELI & GRILL

932 Oxmoor Rd, Homewood 205-871-0383 SAM’S SUPER SANDWICHES

2812 18th St. S., Homewood 205-871-0046

430 Green Springs Hwy., Ste. 15, Homewood, 205-942-5400 PINKBERRY FROZEN YOGURT

216 Summit Blvd, Suite 105, Birmingham 205-968-6577 PURPLE ONION DELI & GRILL HOMEWOOD

OLIVE BRANCH

RED PEARL RESTAURANT

3236 Cahaba Heights Rd., Birmingham 205-967-4600

2031 Cahaba Rd, Mountain Brook 205-871-2423

3439 Colonnade Pkwy., Birmingham 205-969-1411

OLEXA’S

Mountain Brook Village, 2838 Culver Rd., Birmingham, 205-871-2060

SALVATORE’S PIZZA & PASTA – MOUNTAIN BROOK

233 Summit Blvd., Birmingham 205-967-0040, www.pfchangs.com

2909 18th St. S., Homewood 205-879-2196 www.birminghammenus.com/ocarrs 3150 Cahaba Heights Village Rd., Birmingham, 205-967-4173 www.ocarrs.com

1831 28th Ave. S., Ste. 160, Homewood 205-870-9373, www.salsaritas.com

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DINING SURIN OF THAILAND

64 Church St., Birmingham 205-871-4531, www.surinofthailand.com TAIPEI 101 SUSHI AND ASIAN BISTRO

471 Green Springs Hwy, Homewood 205-912-7037

TAQUERIA GUZMAN (ALSO REFERRED TO AS THE TACO TRUCK)

215 W. Valley Ave., Homewood TAZIKI’S GREEK FARE – MOUNTAIN BROOK

2737 Hwy 280, Suite 121, Mtn. Brook, 205-870-0455 TAZIKI’S GREEK FARE – COLONNADE

3439 Colonnade Parkway, Ste. 1700, Birmingham, 205-968-6622 www.tazikis.net

THE BACK NINE CLUBHOUSE & GRILLE

SAVAGE’S BAKERY & RESTAURANT

2916 18th St. S., Homewood 205-871-4901, www.savagesbakery.net SAW’S BBQ

1008 Oxmoor Rd., Homewood 205-879-1937 SAW’S JUKE JOINT

1115 Dunston Avenue, Birmingham 205-745-3920 SEASONS 52 RESTAURANT

245 Summit Blvd., Birmingham 205-968-5152, www.seasons52.com STEEL CITY POPS

THE CHEESECAKE FACTORY

236 Summit Blvd., Birmingham 205-262-1800 TIN DRUM ASIA CAFÉ

214 Summit Blvd, Ste. 550, Birmingham 205-968-8083, www.tindrumcafe.com TRACY’S

75 Church St., Birmingham 205-803-3005 2846 18th Street, Homewood 205-879-0883 250 Summit Blvd, Ste. 102, Birmingham 205-969-6700 www.urbancookhouse.com ZOE’S KITCHEN - CRESTLINE

225 Country Club Park, Birmingham 205-871-0060 www.zoeskitchen.com

4701 Hwy. 280 S., Birmingham 205-991-5112 www.superiorgrillbirmingham.com/

ZOE’S KITCHEN - HOMEWOOD

SURIN 280

ZOE’S KITCHEN - SUMMIT

16 Perimeter Park S., Birmingham 205-968-8161 80 | BIRMINGHAM TOURIST GUIDE

4760 Eastern Valley Rd, Suite 102, McCalla, 205-477-8388 CHINA SEA

3102 Allison Bonnett Memorial Dr, Hueytown, 205-491-7500 CHINA WOK

3979 Parkwood Rd, Suite 111, Bessemer 205-428-8801 CLASSIC BURGER

1732 15th Street North, Bessemer 204-424-5742 EAGLES RESTAURANT

5060 Academy Lane, Bessemer 205-424-5860

801 Green Springs Hwy., Homewood 205-916-0401

URBAN COOKHOUSE AT THE SUMMIT

SUPERIOR GRILL

CHINA KING CHINESE RESTAURANT

THE BASKITS

STEELE’S

3 Mt Laurel Ave., Birmingham 205-995-0512 www.stonesthrowgrill.com

3096 Allison Bonnett Memorial Dr, Hueytown, 205-491-5652

2610 16 Street North, Birmingham 205-320-0099, www.eaglerestaurant

URBAN COOKHOUSE

STONE’S THROW BAR & GRILL

BRYANT’S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

611 Doug Baker Blvd., Ste. 105, Birmingham, 205-981-4588 www.myspace.com/loungeguy

2821 Central Avenue, Ste. 109, Homewood 205-969-8770, steelcitypops.com 8 Perimeter Park S., Birmingham 205-972-8602

Bessemer, West

1830 29th Ave. S., Ste. 155, Homewood 205-870-1100, www.zoeskitchen.com 323 Summit Blvd., Birmingham 205-967-5800, www.zoeskitchen.com

EZELL’S CATFISH CABIN

GOLDEN DRAGON I

2227 Bessemer Rd., Birmingham 205-788-8730 HABANERO’S MEXICAN GRILL

3048 Allison Bonnett Memorial Dr., Hueytown, 205-491-9974 HABANERO’S MEXICAN GRILL

4863 Promenade Parkway, Ste. 103, Bessemer, 205-438-1558 HOME PLATE DINER

2780 Allison Bonnett Dr, Hueytown 205-744-8855 JADE GARDEN

760 Academy Drive, Ste. 112, Bessemer 205-428-5878 BIRMINGHAM ORIGINALS BESSEMER, WEST BOB SYKES BARB-Q

1724 9th Ave. N., Bessemer 205-426-1400, www.bobsykes.com THE BRIGHT STAR

304 19th St. N., Bessemer 205-426-1861, www.thebrightstar.com


DINING

KRISPY KREME DOUGHNUTS

96 Weibel Dr., Midfield, 205-923-2016 LENA’S OLE HICKORY RESTAURANT

3103 Ensley Five Points W. Ave., Birmingham, 205-781-7837 LOS SOMBERO’S

5031 Ford Pkwy, Suite 107, Bessemer 205-425-8887 MILO’S HAMBURGERS - BESSEMER

757 Academy Dr., Bessemer 205-426-1650 www.miloshamburgers.com

MILO’S HAMBURGERS - FAIRFIELD

6600 EJ Oliver Blvd., Fairfield 205-788-6456

MUFFALLETTA’S PIZZA AND PASTA

1810 9th Ave. N., Bessemer 205-424-9901 NIKI’S WEST

233 Finley Ave. W., Birmingham 205-252-5751

SMOKEHOUSE STEAK & SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

HOOVER, VESTAVIA

TOP THAT GRILLE II

ASIAN RIM

1371 Bessemer Rd., Birmingham 205-923-2422 UNCLE SAM’S BARBECUE

3043 Allison Bonnett Memorial Dr, Hueytown, 205-491-1333 www.unclesamsbbq.com

Hoover, Vestavia AMIGO’S MEXICAN GRILL

3659 Lorna Rd, #133, Hoover 205-682-8090 BAKER’S FAMOUS PIZZA

757 Shades Mountain Plaza, Hoover 205-822-4848 www.bakersfamouspizza.com BILLY’S SPORTS GRILL

515 West Town Plaza, Bessemer 205-428-1538 RAILROAD CAFE

BLUFF PARK DINER

1205 Lake Dr. SE., Ste. 111, Bessemer 205-424-1073 SAN ANTONIO GRILL – MCCALLA

4760 Eastern Valley Rd, Suite 140, McCalla, 205-477-1110

591 Shades Crest Rd., Birmingham 205-824-4320 BONEFISH GRILL

3430 Galleria Circle, Hoover 205-985-9545, www.bonefishgrill.com

PHOTO: (LEFT) BRENT BOYD; (RIGHT) EARTHBORN STUDIOS

3419 Colonnade Pkwy, Suite 100, Birmingham, 205-490-1444, www.asianrim.com BISTRO V

521 Montgomery Hwy., Ste. 113, Vestavia Hills, 205-823-1505, www.bistro-v.com IZ CAFÉ ROCKY RIDGE

4520 Overton Rd., Suite 104, Birmingham, 205-956-2323 www.billysbarandgrill.com

PIKE’S HICKORY PIT

BIRMINGHAM ORIGINALS

348 Finley Ave. W., Birmingham 205-323-6427 or 328-2247

2514 Rocky Ridge Road, Hoover 205-979-7570, www.everythingiz.com FOODBAR

3156 Heights Village, Vestavia Hills, 205-876-8100, www.foodbarbham.com BROCK’S

4000 Grand Ave., Hoover, 205-949-3051 CAFE LAZIO

181 Main St., Ste. 241, Hoover 205-403-7480, www.cafelazio.net CAJUN STEAMER BAR AND GRILL

180 Main St., Ste. 200, Hoover 205-985-7785, www.cajunsteamer.com CARINO’S ITALIAN GRILL

4330 Creekside Ave., Hoover 205-560-0505, www.carinos.com

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DINING LO CAL FLAVORS

Street Food is Good Food

CHICORY GRILLE

GOLDEN RULE BARBECUE HOOVER

CHINA BEN

HABANEROS MEXICAN GRILLHOOVER

1000 Riverchase Galleria, Hoover 205-444-5739, www.wynfrey.com 790 Hwy. 31 S., Ste. 102, Vestavia Hills 205-823-8920 CHINA DOLL 2

2656 Valleydale Rd., Hoover 205-980-7151 CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL

1759 Montgomery Hwy., Hoover 205-982-4833< www.chipotle.com COSTA’S MEDITERRANEAN CAFE

3443 Lorna Rd., Hoover, 205-978-1603 DALE’S SOUTHERN GRILL

1843 Montgomery Hwy, Suite 107, Birmingham, 205-987-4757 www.dalessoutherngrills.com DAVE’S DELI

1615 Montgomery Hwy., Ste. 124, Hoover, 205-822-8000 Food devotees have taken a great liking to street food vendors, and with the variety and quality that local trucks are dishing out, it’s no wonder. Deep South magazine has taken notice and has named four Birmingham vendors among the South’s best food trucks. The trucks are Dreamcakes, which serves up dreamy cupcakes, Los Dos Hermanos, with what many call the best and most authentic Mexican food in town, and Shindigs, well known for its grass-fed beef burgers and vegan spaghetti. The fourth truck on the list is Spoonfed Grill that specializes in Southern soul food such as the Soul Bowl of roasted sweet potatoes, collard greens, slow-roasted pork and tomato chutney. Check out these and many others downtown and nearby.

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DIPLOMAT DELICATESSEN & SPIRITS

1571 Montgomery Hwy., Hoover 205-823-7770, www.goldenrulebbq.com

1601 Montgomery Hwy., Hoover 205-979-7772 HAPPY CHINA CHINESE RESTAURANT

4524 Southlake Pkwy, Suite 28, Hoover 205-403-6188 HUNAN GARDEN

1851 Montgomery Hwy, Hoover 205-987-9499 ICHIBAN JAPANESE STEAK HOUSE

620 Old Towne Rd., Vestavia 205-822-4646 IRON HORSE CAFE

1694 Montgomery Hwy., Ste. 184, Birmingham, 205-978-5599 www.ironhorsecafe.net J. ALEXANDER’S RESTAURANT

1413 Montgomery Hwy., Ste. 101, Vestavia Hills, 205-979-1515

3320 Galleria Circle, Hoover 205-733-9995 or 733-9537 www.jalexanders.com

DONATOS PIZZA

JIM N NICK’S BAR B Q - RIVERCHASE

629 Montgomery Hwy, Vestavia Hills 205-824-1112 EARTHFARE, THE HEALTHY SUPERMARKET

3230 Galleria Circle, Hoover 205-988-2938, www.earthfare.com EDGAR’S OLD STYLE BAKERY

180 Main St., Ste. 240, Hoover 205-987-0790, www.edgarsbakery.com FIREBIRDS ROCKY MOUNTAIN GRILL

191 Main St., Hoover 35244-5060 205-733-2002 www.firebirdsrestaurants.com FISH MARKET RESTAURANT

1681 Montgomery Hwy., Hoover 205-823-3474 www.fishmarketrestaurant.com

1810 Montgomery Hwy. S., Hoover 205-733-1300, www.jimnnicks.com JUBILEE JOE’S FRESH SEAFOOD MARKET & RESTAURANT

2341 John Hawkins Pkwy., Ste. 119, Hoover, 205-982-7797 www.jubileejoes.com JOHNNY BRUSCO’S NEW YORK STYLE PIZZA

2516 Rocky Ridge Rd, Vestavia 205-637-5270 KLINGLER’S EUROPEAN BAKERY & CAFE

621 Montgomery Hwy., Vestavia Hills 205-823-4560 www.birminghammenus.com/klinglers

FORMAGGIO’S ITALIAN BISTRO

KRISPY KREME DOUGHNUTS

1779-A Montgomery Hwy., Hoover 205-989-7999

1990 New Patton Chapel Rd., Hoover 205-822-8272

FULL MOON BAR-B-QUE - HOOVER

LA DOLCE VITA

2000 Patton Chapel Rd., Hoover 205-822-6666

1851 Montgomery Hwy. S., Ste. 107, Birmingham, 205-985-2909

GABRIEL’S SPIRITED CAFE

LA FIESTA

3706 Lorna Rd., Hoover 205-985-0983, www.gabrielscafe.net

1941 Hoover Court, Ste. A, Hoover 205-979-7314

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DINING MANDARIN HOUSE

1550 Montgomery Hwy., Ste. O, Hoover 205-822-1761 MILO’S HAMBURGERS - VESTAVIA

1449 Montgomery Hwy., Vestavia Hills 205-823-6456 www.miloshamburgers.com MOE’S ORIGINAL BBQ

181 Main Street, Ste. 201, 205-985-8841 www.moesoriginalbbq.com MOE’S SOUTHWEST GRILL RIVERCHASE

3670 Lorna Road, Hoover 205-937-6163, www.moes.com MOE’S SOUTHWEST GRILL VESTAVIA HILLS

716 Montgomery Hwy, Suite 108 205-824-7663, www.moes.com MR. P’S BUTCHER SHOP & DELI

813 Shades Crest Rd., Hoover 205-823-6136 MUGSHOTS BAR & GRILL

1919 Kentucky Ave, #101, Vestavia Hills www.mugshotsgrillandbar.com NEW CHINA

2141 Tyler Road, Ste. 7, Hoover 205-823-9788 NEWK’S EATERY

612 Montgomery Hwy, Ste. 110, Vestavia Hills, 205-777-0442 www.newks.com

SALVATORE’S PIZZA

1594 Montgomery Hwy., Ste. 102M, Hoover, 205-823-7206 SANPEGGIO’S PIZZA - HOOVER

3435 S. Shades Crest Rd., Ste. 115, Hoover, 205-403-0100

SUMO JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR

151 Main St., Hoover, 205-444-1515 TAQUERIA MEXICO

3724 Lorna Rd., Hoover, 205-989-5559 TASTE OF THAILAND

SEKISUI BIRMINGHAM

700 Montgomery Hwy, Vestavia Hills 205-978-7775

3321 Lorna Rd., Ste. 3, Hoover 205-978-6863

SHANE’S RIB SHACK

TECATE BAR & GRILL

2673 Valleydale Rd – Hoover 205-874-6888, www.shanesribshack.com

612 Montgomery Hwy, #100 Vestavia Hills, 205-823-2399

3440 Galleria Circle, Hoover 205-988-3203 www.ontapsportscafe.com

SHIPLEY’S DO-NUTS

THE PITA CAFE

2050 Greenvale Lane, Hoover 205-822-2142

2801 Hwy. 150, Ste. 137J, Hoover 205-402-7482

ORGANIC HARVEST MARKET & CAFE

SHULA’S STEAK HOUSE

TIP TOP GRILL

ON TAP SPORTS CAFÉ – GALLERIA

1580 Montgomery Hwy., Ste. 12, Hoover, 205-978-0318

PABLO’S RESTAURANTE & CANTINA

2760 John Hawkins Pkwy., Hoover 205-682-1211 PAPPAS’ DELICIOUS FOODS

1066 Montgomery Hwy., Vestavia Hills 205-823-4458 PURPLE ONION DELI & GRILL - HOOVER

Wynfrey Hotel. 1000 Riverchase Galleria, Hoover, 205-444-5750 www.donshula.com/steakhouse/ birmingham/ SILVER COIN INDIAN GRILL

3321 Lorna Rd., Hoover, 205-823-9070 www.silvercoinusa.com SOL AZTECA

1360 Montgomery Hwy., Ste. 128, Birmingham, 205-979-4902

1551 Montgomery Highway, 205-822-7322 www.purpleonionofhoover.com

SOUTHERN LEGACY BBQ & BREW

RAGTIME CAFE

STIX

2080 Valleydale Rd., Ste. 4, Birmingham, 205-988-5323

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2943 John Hawkins Pkwy, Hoover 205-988-0744, www.legacybbq.com 3250 Galleria Circle, Hoover 205-982-3070, www.stixonline.com

588 Shades Crest Rd., Birmingham 205-978-8677 TORTUGAS HOMEMADE PIZZA

2801 John Hawkins Pkwy. Ste. 169R, Hoover, 205-403-9800 YUKI JAPANESE RESTAURANT

2760 John Hawkins Pkwy., Hoover 205-402-9888 ZAPATA MEXICAN RESTAURANT

2005 Valleydale Rd., Ste. 3, Hoover 205-733-1115 ZOE’S KITCHEN - PATTON CREEK

180 Main St., Ste. 140, Hoover 205-989-4020 www.zoeskitchen.com

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WELCOME TO BEERMINGHAM Your Insider’s Guide to Birmingham’s Craft Beer and Brewing Community

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BIRMINGHAM HAS A HISTORY OF local breweries spanning 200 years. First, there was the local brew house Birmingham Brewery, in the 1800s. That was followed by Birmingham Brewing Co., which supplied the city from 1992 to 1998. City Brewery replaced Birmingham Brewing Co., but closed in 2000. Opening and running a successful brewery was no easy task given Alabama’s strict beer laws. And for nearly a decade, there was no beer production in town and certainly no signature brews to offer outsiders on a thirst-inducing day. Then something of a revolution happened. In 2004 a group of concerned citizens gathered to discuss Alabama legislation; the topic was one of an effervescent nature. Nearly eight years and hours upon hours of volunteer manpower later, the Magic City is now a diamond in the rough where the craft beer scene is concerned, with a thriving community boasting four local breweries and two of our

favorite watering holes where you’ll find oneof-a-kind styles and flavors. Birmingham is witnessing a new industry form that is changing the face of burgeoning neighborhoods and giving residents something to toast about. It’s something we’re proud of and we celebrate it as often as possible with annual events, tours and just plain relaxing after work with a pint. We are also proud to introduce you to our own family of local breweries and some businesses that support them. Each of the breweries in this section have not only crafted their own unique brews, but they each have a distinct character and personality when you visit their taprooms. However, there are a few themes you will find that they all share: love of their product, love of people and love of their city. When you visit, please mention that the Birmingham Tourist Guide pointed you in their directions and be sure to take home some swag!

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GOOD PEOPLE

Good Brews, Good Times, Good Stuff Michael Sellers and Jason Malone started Good People Brewing Co. with humble beginnings and no intention for a labor of love to become a business. Long days in the garage, bad equipment, curious dogs and friends became commonplace for the pair. It took root and this hobby turned into a passion. Before long, folks began requesting Good People beer at parties and tailgating. “It’s pretty fun for a stranger to walk right smack up to you and tell you how much they like your beer. We didn’t set out to start a business, the business found us,” according to Sellers. Good People describes the kind, humble, and respected folks in the South and it seemed like the perfect name.  In September of 2007, Good People acquired their equipment and put their brewery together. It was a long, frustrating and tiring process, but it was worth every bit. If you are looking for something made in small batches with high PHOTOGRAPH: BRENT BOYD

quality ingredients and pride, give Good People a shot. goodpeoplebrewing.com; (205) 286-2337; 114 14th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35233; Taproom Hours: Mon — Fri: 3p - 10p; Sat: 1p - 10p; Sun: 1p - 6p 8 0 0 . 4 5 8 . 8 0 8 5 | W W W. B I R M I N G H A M . T R AV E L | 8 5


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AVONDALE BREWING COMPANY Put Your Trunks Up!

Combine the charm of a historic town, the passion of several good friends, a rooted

respect for the brewing craft, and you have unearthed the beginning of what Avondale Brewing Company is all about. A byproduct of the collaboration between brothers Coby and Hunter Lake and brew master Craig Shaw, Avondale Brewing Company is a quaint craft brewery housed in a fully renovated, historic building in the Avondale neighborhood of Birmingham, Alabama. In just over a year, Avondale Brewing Company launched a complete line-up of 15 unique flagship and seasonal hand-crafted brews that tell the stories of the area’s rich folklore and neighborhood queen, a beer guzzling circus elephant named Miss Fancy. The brewery and a handful of other local small businesses have helped bring people back to this area to enjoy the benefits of a once again thriving community. avondalebrewingcompany.com; (205) 777-5456; 201 41st South, Birmingham, AL 35222; Taproom Hours: Fri: 3p - 12a; Sat: 12p 12a; Sun: 1p - 10p; See our Facebook page for tour dates

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CAHABA BREWING COMPANY Jump In!

Eric Meyer and Andy Gwaltney, friends with more than a common interest for craft beer and home brewing – came together to found a brewery to celebrate life’s passions and provide Birmingham with a broad selection of flavorful craft beers. With a love of the outdoors they named the brewery after Alabama’s iconic Cahaba River. In the summer of 2011 they devised a plan to build a brewery and thus Cahaba Brewing Company was born. Crafting excellent beer is their passion. Like the river itself, it is the source of the journey. They didn’t know what was around the bend, but this they did know—sitting on the bank was not an option. Now Eric and Andy are supplying Birmingham bars and restaurants with craft beers such as Liquidambar, American Blonde, Ryezome Stout, Oka Uba IPA and 86 | BIRMINGHAM TOURIST GUIDE

rotating seasonals. cahababrewing.com; (205) 578-2616; 2616 3rd Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35233; Taproom hours: Wed & Thu: 3p - 9p; Fri: 3p - 10p; Sat: 2p - 10p PHOTOGRAPH: (TOP) ANDI RICE; (BOTTOM) BRENT BOYD


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TRIMTAB BREWING COMPANY Where Art meets Craft

Birmingham welcomes its newest member to the local craft beer family, TrimTab Brewing Company. A trim tab is the small rudder on the larger rudder of a ship – an unassuming device that requires little effort to steer an ocean liner or airplane, no matter the size. Using that metaphor as a namesake, TrimTab Brewing is dedicated to three things: celebrating people that are small sources of large-scale change, crafting balanced beers, and having a lot of fun

while they do it. The brewery launched in 2014 after three long years of hard work transforming a 14,000 square foot car museum into a production brewery. With the combined efforts of brewers from some of the most respected breweries across the country, TrimTab Brewing showcases a wide portfolio of unique styles of beer ranging from their flagships TRIMTAB IPA and Pillar To Post Rye Brown, to seasonal favorites such as Cucumber Saison and Raspberry Berliner Weisse. Their “Tasting Gallery," part taproom, part art gallery, is dedicated to promoting regional artists whose work is continuously for sale. The space combines industrial and modern elements to create an atmosphere that is light, open and inviting for enjoying their masterfully crafted brews year-round. TrimTab Brewing Co. 2721 5th Avenue S., Birmingham, AL 35233, www.trimtabbrewing.com Tasting Gallery hours: Tue—Thu: 4 - 10p; Fri: 4 - 11p; Sat: 1 - 11p; Sun: 1 - 10p

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THE J. CLYDE

The perfect place for pairings Beers from around the globe populate the 43 taps of The J. Clyde’s front bar, but what really distinguishes The J. Clyde as a local icon is the back bar--17 taps filled exclusively with beer from the great state of Alabama!  With an expert staff and a wide variety of glassware, they ensure that every beer is poured properly and served in its appropriate vessel.   The J. Clyde takes pride in supporting the local food community, too. Summer, fall, winter, and spring bring slates of vibrant and fresh local ingredients to craft seasonal culinary treats that pair perfectly with a fluid rotation of beers, some of which can be found only at The J. Clyde.  Quarterly beer dinners showcase many of these pairings and educate neighbors and visitors about the unique nuances and expressions of world-class beer.  Cheers! PHOTOGRAPH: BRENT BOYD

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HOP CITY BEER AND WINE

Take a growler or two back to your hotel With a commitment to carry every single bottle or canned choice available in Alabama, coupled with 60 constantly rotating taps

for pints and growlers, Hop City is the goto spot for all things beer. Sprinkle in an informed selection of over 1,000 wines and you have a grown-up version of Willy Wonka’s factory. Magic City’s version of Hop City opened in September 2012. Hop City is one of the top ten beer retailers in the US, according to both Draft Magazine and Ratebeer.com. In addition, Beer Advocate has awarded their highest ranking for Hop City’s amazing service, knowledge, and selection. Swing by and enjoy a beer at the bar, browse the aisles for a favorite or a rarity, then fill a jug with a draft for that party this weekend. Ask for a recommendation – the team loves to talk beer and wine! Check the website for an event schedule including free weekly tastings and new beer launches. hopcitybeer.com; (205) 279-2337; 2924 3rd Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35233; Hours: Mon – Wed: 10p - 9p; Thu – Sat: 10a - 10p; “Like” Hop City on Facebook to stay in the know.

RARE TRANSPORTATION Take The Brewery Tour!

Joel and Joyce Dabbs purchased Rare Transportation in 2008 as an extension of their other company, Apex Valet. Both companies work together to offer a turnkey solution to parking and transportation needs within the Birmingham metro area. While searching for inventive ways to market their transportation services, Joel and Joyce began offering wine tours for local groups as a part of Shelby County Wine Trails. This experience allowed them to easily create a one-stop shop for Brewery Tours in Birmingham as well. The Brewery Tour is a favorite among all the tours they offer. From Corporate Groups to Private Parties, Brewery Tours are sure to get the

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crowd going with a safe ride to and from each brewery and a fantastic way to spend time with family, friends, clients and coworkers. Rare Transportation specializes in group transportation utilizing 15 passenger vans to 32 passenger buses and serves local hotels, weddings, private events, nonprofits, corporate groups and our great friends at our local breweries. www.raretransportation.com Call 205-980-7273 to book a tour today!

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WHERE TO SIP

When the day ends, more fun kicks in with lively choices of entertainment around the city. Catch a live theatrical production from one of a dozen companies in town. Take yourself out to the ballgame with the Birmingham Barons. See an exceptionally good performance by the Alabama Ballet. And by all means, find some live musicâ&#x20AC;Ś. 90 | BIRMINGHAM TOURIST GUIDE

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A F T E R DA R K

Southside and Downtown 3000 BAR

1100 20th Street S., Birmingham 205-933-3222 ABOVE

The Historic Redmont Hotel 2101 5th Ave. N., Birmingham 205-324-2101, www.theredmont.com AQUA LOUNGE & NIGHTCLUB

2824 5th Ave. S., Birmingham 205-714-8155

AVONDALE BREWING COMPANY

201 41st Street S., Birmingham, 205-777-5456, www.avondalebrewing.com BACCHUS DANCE CLUB

1928 11th Ave. S., Birmingham 205-731-2582 facebook.com/ bacchus5pts BLACK MARKET BAR & GRILL

CRESCENDO BAR & LOUNGE

423 20th Street S, Birmingham 205-254-8700 DAVE’S PUB

1128 20th St. S., Birmingham 205-933-4030

2011 Highland Ave S, Birmingham 205-933-8035 www.evilbartenders.com

FORMAGGIO’S ITALIAN BISTRO

BLUE MONKEY LOUNGE

FUEGO CANTINA AND SALOON

1318 Cobb Lane S., Birmingham 205-933-9222 www.bluemonkeylounge.com BOTTLETREE CAFE

3719 3rd Ave. S., Birmingham 205-533-6288, www.thebottletree.com C & G’S OUR PLACE

2115 7th Ave. S., Birmingham 205-715-0077 CANTINA TORTILLA GRILL

1713 10th Ave. S., Birmingham 205-933-7555 1101 20th St. S., Birmingham 205-933-1544 GABLE SQUARE SALOON & GAMES

803 9th Court S., Birmingham 205-251-0960, www.myspace.com/ gablesquaresaloon GARAGE CAFE & ANTIQUES

2304 10th Terrace S., Birmingham 205-322-3220

2901 2nd Ave. S., Ste. 110, Birmingham 205-323-6980 www.birminghammenus.com/cantina

GOOD PEOPLE BREWING COMPANY

CHASER’S SPORTS BAR

INNISFREE IRISH PUB

815 24th Street N., Birmingham 205-324-2425 CLUB SOUTH

1102 10th St. S., Birmingham 205-251-0512 COURTYARD OYSTER BAR & GRILL SOUTHSIDE

2015 Highland Ave. S., Birmingham 205-558-4995

114 14th Street S., Birmingham 205-286-2337 www.goodpeoplebrewing.com

KELLEY’S NEIGHBORHOOD SPORTS GRILL

720 29th St. S., Birmingham 205-323-9786

LOU’S PUB & PACKAGE STORE

726 29th St. S., Birmingham 205-322-7005 MATTHEW’S BAR & GRILL

2208 Morris Ave., Birmingham 205-862-6261 NANA FUNKS

708 29th St. S., Birmingham 205-250-8003, www.nana-funks.com OASIS

2807 7th Ave. S., Birmingham 205-323-5538, www.oasisbar.com OLD CAR HEAVEN

115 35th St. S., Birmingham 205-326-8902, www.oldcarheaven.com ON TAP SPORTS CAFE - LAKEVIEW

737 29th St. S., Birmingham 205-320-1225 www.ontapsportscafe.com ONA’S MUSIC ROOM

710 29th St. S., Birmingham 205-252-4252, www.innisfreepub.com

2801 Second Ave S, Suite C, Birmingham, 205-320-7006 www.onasmusicroom.com

IRON CITY BIRMINGHAM

PALE EDDIE’S POUR HOUSE

513 22nd St S 205-202-5483, www.ironcitybham.com JAZZ UNDERGROUND

2012 Magnolia Ave, Suite R1, Birmingham, 205-874-5759 www.jazzunderground5points.com

2308 2nd Ave, North, Birmingham 205-297-0052 www.paleeddiespourhouse.com PARKSIDE CAFE

4036 5th Ave S., Birmingham 205-595-0920

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A F TE R DARK

PLATINUM CLUB

THE NICK

2514 10th Ave. S., Birmingham 205-252-3831, www.thenickrocks.com

Airport, Centerpoint, Eastwood, Irondale, Leeds

RAG’S BAR & GRILL

THE QUEST

AIRPORT INN TAVERN

728 29th St. S., Birmingham 205-327-7247

416 24th St. S., Birmingham 205-251-4313, www.quest-club.com

7502 5th Ave. N., Birmingham 205-836-9110

ROGUE TAVERN

THE RARE MARTINI

BOURBON ST. BAR & LOUNGE

2839 7th Ave. S., Birmingham 205-323-0008, www.theraremartini.com

1568 Cooper Hill Rd., Birmingham 205-957-1006

THE WINE LOFT

CRESTWOOD TAVERN

821 2nd Ave. N., Birmingham 205-324-0791, www.platinum-bham.com

2312 2nd Ave. N., Birmingham 205-202-4151 www.roguetavern.com STEEL URBAN LOUNGE

2300 1st Ave. N., Birmingham 205-324-0666 www.steelurbanlounge.com STILLWATER PUB

2109 7th Ave. S., Birmingham 205-202-5625 www.stillwaterpub.com THE BREAK RESTAURANT & BILLIARDS

1001 20th St. S., Birmingham 205-252-3779 THE COLLINS BAR

2125 2nd Ave. N, Suite 100, Birmingham, 205-323-7995 www.collinsbirmingham.com

2200 1st Ave. N., Birmingham 205-323-8228 www.wineloftbirmingham.com TIN ROOF

2709 7th Ave. S., Birmingham 205-323-4356, www.tinroofbars.com/ home/birmingham TODD ENGLISH P.U.B.

2221 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N, Birmingham, 205-307-3700 www.toddenglishpub.com UPSIDE DOWN PLAZA

2012 Magnolia Ave. S., Birmingham 205-930-0333

5500 Crestwood Blvd., Birmingham 205-510-0053 www.crestwoodtavern.com TENAMPA NIGHTCLUB

5800 Oporto-Madrid Blvd., Birmingham, 205-951-8200 WALKER’S RESTAURANT/THE EMERGENCY ROOM LOUNGE

2100 Pinson Valley Pkwy., Birmingham 205-849-0704

Homewood, Mountain Brook, Inverness BILLY’S BAR & GRILL

WORKPLAY

500 23rd St. S., Birmingham 205-879-4773, www.workplay.com

2012 Cahaba Rd., Mountain Brook 205-879-2238 www.billysbarandgrill.com

1023 20th St. S., Birmingham 205-933-9555, www.thehotelhighland. com/martini_bar.htm

WORLD OF BEER

BLACK MARKET BAR

1005 20th Street S, Birmingham 205-703-7201

3411 Colonnade Parkway, Ste. 800, Birmingham, 205-967-8787 www.evilbartenders.com

THE J. CLYDE

ZYDECO

CAFE FIRENZE

THE H MARTINI BAR

1312 Cobb Lane, Birmingham 205-939-1312 www.jclyde.com 92 | BIRMINGHAM TOURIST GUIDE

2001 15th Ave. S., Birmingham 205-933-1032 www.zydecobirmingham.com

110 Inverness Plaza, Birmingham 205-980-1315 www.myspace.com/cafefirenze


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A F TE R DARK

SATTERFIELD’S RESTAURANT

3161 Cahaba Heights Rd, #113, Mountain Brook, 205.969-9690 www.satterfieldsrestaurant.com SAW’S JUKE JOINT

1115 Dunston Ave., Birmingham 205-745-3920 STARZ KARAOKE LOUNGE

730 Valley Ave., Homewood 205-944-0007 STIR CRAZY

430 Green Springs Highway, Ste. 10, Homewood, 205-941-3343 SUPERIOR GRILL

4701 Highway 280 S., Birmingham 205-991-5112 THE UPPER DECK SPORTS BAR & GRILL

449 Valley Ave., Homewood 205-942-3289 COURTYARD 280 OYSTER BAR & GRILL

4643 Highway 280, Ste. M, Birmingham 205-980-9891 DRAM WHISKEY BAR

2721 Cahaba Rd., Mountain Brook 205-871-8055 www.dramwhiskeybar.com FOX & HOUND PUB & GRILL

MAFIAOZA’S PIZZERIA AND NEIGHBORHOOD PUB

2 Dexter Avenue, Birmingham 205-414-7878, www.mafiaozas.com OAK HILL BAR & GRILL

2835 18th St. S.,Homewood 205-870-8277 ON TAP SPORTS CAFE - INVERNESS

3425 Colonnade Pkwy., Birmingham 205-968-3823 www.fhrg.com/FHRG.aspx

810 Inverness Corners, Birmingham 205-437-1999 www.ontapsportscafe.com

JACKSON’S BAR & BISTRO

OTEY’S TAVERN

1831 28th Ave. S., Ste. 175, Homewood 205-870-9669 jacksonsbarandbistro.com/Birmingham

224 Country Club Park, Birmingham 205-871-8435 www.oteystavern.com

Hoover, Vestavia BLACKWELL’S NEIGHBORHOOD PUB

3151 Green Valley Road, Vestavia 205.967.3798, www.blackwellspub.com BUMPERS BILLIARDS

2132 Lorna Ridge Ln. #100, Hoover 205-823-4006 COMEDY CLUB STARDOME

1818 Data Drive, Hoover 205-444-0008, www.stardome.com GABRIEL’S SPIRITED CAFÉ

3706 Lorna Rd, Hoover 205-985-0983 IRON HORSE CAFÉ

1694 Montgomery Hwy., Ste. 184, Birmingham, 205-978-5599, www.ironhorsecafe.net MOONLIGHT ON THE MOUNTAIN

585 Shades Crest Rd, Birmingham www.moonlightonthemtn.com

ON TAP SPORTS CAFE - GALLERIA

3440 Galleria Circle, Hoover 205-988-3203 www.ontapsportscafe.com ON TAP SPORTS CAFE RIVERCHASE

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Hidden Gems WE CAN’T KEEP ANYTHING a secret anymore. Garden & Gun magazine has happened upon one of our most treasured watering holes and now the world knows. In a recent edition, the venerable publication named The Garage Café among the “50 Best Southern Bars.” Quoting now from Garden & Gun: “Walk past the shabby facade and gloomy

interior and you’ll discover one of Birmingham’s treasures, a wisteria-covered courtyard filled with concrete tables and an assortment of quirky antiques, the soul of this unassuming Southside haunt. The cash-only bar has no beer on tap, but there’s a generous lineup of bottled brews, plus surprisingly tasty deli sandwiches made to order until 10 p.m.” www.garagecafe.us 8 0 0 . 4 5 8 . 8 0 8 5 | W W W. B I R M I N G H A M . T R AV E L | 9 5


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With as much or more green space as any urban area in the country, Birmingham is well known for outdoor recreation. Fishing, birding, camping and golfing are all popular activities in the greater Birmingham area. And with dozens of handsome parks around the city, communing with the great outdoors is always just moments away. 96 | Birmingham TourisT guide


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Hiking and Outdoor Enjoyment ALDRIDGE GARDENS Aldridge Gardens, a 30-acre natural garden with a 5-acre lake, beautiful hydrangeas and now features the largest Frank Fleming Collection in the area, an art gallery on site and sculptures throughout the property. Aldridge Gardens is truly Birmingham area’s “best kept secret.” Aldrige Gardens, Nature and Art in Balance. 3530 Lorna Road, Hoover FOR MORE INFORMATION: 205-682-8019 or www.aldridgegardens.com

of the preserve and picnic. Please remember to take only pictures and leave only footprints. For more information: 205-444-7866 or www.ci.hoover.al.us GETTING THERE: From I-459 in Birmingham take Exit 10 onto Alabama 150. Turn east toward downtown Hoover. Turn left on Stadium Trace Parkway. Stay straight; this road becomes Sulphur Springs Road. Go about two miles to the intersection with Preserve Parkway. This road leads to Moss Rock Preserve and to parking for the boulder field.

AVONDALE PARK Recent major renovations at Avondale Park led to revitalization in the area with the opening of Avondale Brewery, new restaurants, a pub and a fresh market. The 40-acre park has a 1,000-seat outdoor amphitheater, a large villa for events such as weddings and family reunions and a rose garden. The park also has small lake, baseball fields and other areas that are often in use for sports activities and cultural events. The park lies between 40th and 42nd Streets South and 5th Avenue South and Woodvale Road. FOR MORE INFORMATION: 205- 254-2391 DORA’S HORSE CREEK TRAIL Constructed along an old railroad bed, this easy three-mile hiking trail runs from T.S. Boyd School to U.S. 78 at the Horse Creek Golf Course. It’s a combination of asphalt with an additional mile of unpaved nature trail. Five rest areas are along the route. GETTING THERE: The school is at 23 Austin Circle. MOSS ROCK PRESERVE This 250-acre preserve has boulders for climbers of all skill levels. It is home to four rare plant species, rock outcroppings, streams, waterfalls and wildlife. The wilderness within the preserve continues to improve as hardwoods grow and age and trails become more defined by continued use. Maps and signs help direct and guide difficulty. For maximum mileage, take the loop made up of the Blue and White Trails, which is a little more than 3 miles long. Or just spread out in the shady coolness 8 0 0 . 4 5 8 . 8 0 8 5 | W W W. B I R M I N G H A M . T R AV E L | 9 7


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OAK MOUNTAIN STATE PARK Alabama’s largest state park offers plenty of trails for hikers who want a peaceful outing apart from the mountain bikers. New park goers might want to try the EagleTrail or Treetop Nature Trail for starters, but those are only two of many. The Peavine Trail, four-anda-half miles round trip, is moderate to difficult, but it’s still a popular hike because of the payoff: It leads to Peavine Falls, which cascade down a rock wall and splash into a pool below. Three suggested hiking loops begin at the North Trailhead. Maggie’s Loop is an easy twoand-a-half-mile walk. North Loop is three-anda-half miles long; it’s rated easy to moderate because of some ascents. Shackelford Loop is rated moderate to difficult because of its sixand-a-half-mile length. Maps for these and other Oak Mountain trails are available at the park office. FOR MORE INFORMATION: 205-620-2524 or www.alapark.com GETTING TO THE FRONT GATE: Take exit 246 off I-65. Turn west onto Alabama 119, left at the first light on State Park Road. Follow one mile to stop sign, and turn left onto John Findley Road through the front gate into the park. GETTING TO THE BACK GATE: Take U.S. 280 to 98 | BIRMINGHAM TOURIST GUIDE

Alabama 119. Follow three miles to left turn at Oak Mountain Public Lake sign. RAILROAD PARK A 21-acre park in downtown Birmingham gives the city a historically rich green space for recreation, concerts and cultural events.  Called the Railroad Park, the area is designed to highlight Birmingham’s development at the crossing of two railroad lines.  The park runs along a railroad corridor at First Avenue South from 14th to 18th Streets and includes a lake, a natural amphitheater and several playgrounds.  Ten acres of open lawn provide a strolling garden landscaped to bloom with various perennials throughout the year.  The park is an essential piece of a long-term plan that will give Birmingham the greatest amount of green space per capita of anywhere in the country. RED MOUNTAIN PARK Red Mountain Park is one of the largest urban parks in America. The park has more than 10 miles of trails, and roughly half the park’s 1,200 acres are open to the public seven days a week. Once the site for mining iron ore, the park is now home to natural beauty and, relics from its past mining days. The park also PHOTOGRAPH: (LEFT) ARIK SOKOL; (RIGHT) MEG MCKINNEY


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has a universal -access zip line canopy tour, 10 foot platforms connected by zip lines running from 100 to 350 feet long. Also newly opened is the Hugh Kaul Beanstalk Forest, a treetop challenge course with 20 unique ropes course obstacles, including bridges, tight ropes, zip lines, and more. The entrance to the park is just off Lakeshore Parkway at the end of Frankfurt Drive. www.redmountainpark.org

– 5pm; Sunday, 1pm – 5pm. Hiking trails are open daily, dawn to dusk. Donations welcome. 1214 81st Street South. FOR MORE INFORMATION: 205-833-8264 or www.ruffnermountain.org. GETTING THERE: The center is at 1214 81st St. South in Birmingham’s East Lake area.

RUFFNER MOUNTAIN NATURE PRESERVE Eleven miles of nature trails, ranging from easy to arduous, route visitors through this thousand-acre park. Hawk’s View Overlook is a moderate, three-mile, round-trip hike with a challenging incline. Along the way you’ll reach Cambrian Overlook and proceed with a switchback climb to a stunning vista of downtown Birmingham. The new Visitors Center offers lessons in nature and the environment and has exhibits including raptors, turtles and other native Alabama wildlife. The Visitor Center is open Tuesday – Saturday, 9am

STEELE’S HORSE PENS 40 Horse Pens 40 is a 120-acre nature park atop Chandler Mountain, and one of the Southeast’s best boulder fields. There’s a warm-up field with relatively easy routes to the top as well as more challenging climbs. Instructions on the rocks tell climbers how to start their ascents. A national bouldering competition held each fall draws hundreds of climbers from around the U.S. FOR MORE INFORMATION: 256-570-0076 or www.hp40.com. GETTING THERE: From I-59 North, take the Ashville exit. Go north on U.S. 231 for about four miles. Watch for signs. For RVs and

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OUTDOORS campers, the easy way is to take I-59 to exit 174. Go north on Steele Station Road. At U.S. 11, take a left. You’ll soon see a sign at St. Clair 42. Take a right and go to the top of Chandler Mountain. After this road turns left, follow it for three miles to the entrance; look for signs. VULCAN TRAIL At slightly more than a mile in length, the Vulcan Trail is a gem carved from the rough stone of what was once part of the old L&N Birmingham Mineral Railroad. Located off Richard Arrington, Jr. Boulevard, at the base of Vulcan Park and Museum, the trail offers a quiet stroll along a shaded path and fantastic views of the city skyline below. In 2003, a volunteer group of citizens formed “Friends of Vulcan Trail” to work to make the experience of visiting the trail a highlight for all who walk it. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call 205-254-2699 or visit www.informationbirmingham.com/parksrecreation.aspx

CAHABA RIVER This 191-mile free-flowing river is an ecological treasure and home to 135 fish species, including several which are rare and protected such as the Cahaba shiner and the gold-line darter. Cahaba River Society is a non-profit organization working to preserve this treasured waterway. Guided tours are offered. 205-3225326 or www.cahabariversociety.org Bank fishing or canoe casting are good routes to finding fish. Here are a couple of places to rent canoes: ALABAMA OUTDOORS – HOMEWOOD STORE

205-870-1919, Pelham store 205-403-9191. ALABAMA SMALL BOATS – 205-424-3634. LIMESTONE CANOE RENTAL – 205-926-9672.

Fishing Birmingham was recently voted “Bass Capital of the World” by BASSMASTERS magazine, so you’re in a prime place to have a rod and reel. The state’s lakes offer up everything from largemouth and spotted bass, to saltwater stripes, crappie, catfish and bream. Bring your bait and tackle to these close-by lakes and rivers: ALABAMA LAUNCHES BASS TRAIL The state’s wily bass will want to avoid the “hot spots” since the opening of the Alabama Bass Trail. The statewide tourism initiative includes 11 premier bass-fishing lakes, several in the greater Birmingham area, and stretches from North Alabama through the central plains to the Mobile Delta. A new website provides details anglers need to plan their fishing trips and includes the latest tips from professionals and guides, along with lake maps with hot spots marked and info on what’s biting and where to stay. FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.alabamabasstrail .org

Fishing License Info Alabama fresh water and salt water fishing licenses can be ordered by phone by calling 888-848-6887 or by Internet at www.outdooralabama.com. Licenses also can be purchased at most bait and tackle shops. Short term, annual and lifetime fishing licenses are available for both fresh water and salt water fishing in Alabama.

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Singletracks and Switchbacks OFF ROAD: Some writers who ride go so far as to compare Oak Mountain State Park with Whistler and Moab. We admit that may be a stretch, but it has become a riding destination that’s growing in reputation among serious mountain bikers. The park is about 20 miles south of Birmingham and covers more than 10,000 acres. www.alapark.com/oakmountain/mountainbiketrails, 205-620-2520 Red Mountain Park recently opened more than 10 miles of trails in what is one of the largest urban parks in America. With seven visitor destinations, this is also one of the most ambitious and historically important new park projects in the country. Take a break from biking and glide through the treetops on the Red Ore Zip Tour Zip Line. www.redmountainpark.org, 205-202-6043 At Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park, bikers find another historical treasure in their surroundings. The ironworks here gave birth to the iron and steel industry in Birmingham during its early days. Park trails, many of them following the original routes of ore miners and furnace workers, cut through some of the most scenic areas of the Tannehill reserve. www.tannehill.org, 205-477-5711 PAVED TRAILS: The Shades Creek Greenway Trail runs alongside Shades Creek in the Birmingham suburb of Homewood. The six-mile trail is primarily level and recommended for beginning bikers. Bike riders

share the trail with pedestrian traffic. www.homewoodchamber.org/page/81557/ greenway-walking-trail 205-871-5631 Railroad Park is the award-winning, 19-acre downtown green space that invites beginning bikers, walkers, runners, dog owners and skateboarders to share the great outdoors. www.railroadpark.org, 205-521-9933 Though downtown Birmingham is surrounded by the foothills of the Appalachians, the streets are relatively level for leisurely biking. Bike riding is one of the best ways to learn about the city and to tour the historic neighborhoods. For more challenging biking, take a detour up Red Mountain and ride up to Vulcan Park and Museum, overlooking the city. For more trail and route suggestions, contact the Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers (BUMP) at www.bump.org, 800-960-9457.

“Some of the three most beautiful words that describe trails are ‘open all season.’ Throughout Alabama, many trails can be ridden as easily in December as July. What many say is the best of all these trails is at Oak Mountain State Park…. Get ready for 17 miles of sweet singletrack, sharp switchbacks and some killer technical sections. But the coolest thing about this trail is its culverts. You can catch some serious air on these concrete and flagstone culverts…. Be sure to find the culvert called ‘Number 3.’ A team of bike friendly engineers must have designed the culvert to perfectly hurl bikes through the Alabama sky.” —MOUNTAIN BIKE MAGAZINE

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LAKE PURDY This 1,050-acre lake is a quick trip from Birmingham. Some anglers consider it to be one of the best crappie-fishing lakes in the state. The Lake Purdy Fishing Marina is open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., except on Christmas and Thanksgiving, and sells bait, tackle, drinks and snacks, and rents flat-bottom johnboats, canoes, and pontoon boats, with life jackets and paddles. GETTING THERE: From U.S. 280 east, turn left on Alabama 119. Travel four miles and turn left on Boat Launch Road. Follow to the Lake Purdy Fishing Marine. LAY LAKE This 12,000-acre lake, a short drive south of Birmingham, sports lots of open water and slews where you can cast a line. And fishing below Logan Martin Dam at the upper end of the lake often yields a good catch. Check www.adph.org for Lay Lake fish consumptions advisories. GETTING THERE: Take U.S. 280 East to PHOTOGRAPH: (LEFT) BETH YOUNG; (TOP RIGHT) F. LEUNG

Harpersville and turn right at the traffic light onto Alabama 25. Follow to Columbiana and ask for directions. LOGAN MARTIN LAKE This 15,000-plus-acre lake east of Birmingham in the Coosa River chain offers up an abundance of fish along the banks, in the open water, and in the headwaters below Neely Henry Dam, especially when the turbines are running. Check www.adph.org for Logan Martin Lake fish consumptions advisories. GETTING THERE: Logan Martin measures almost 50 miles long and winds between St. Clair and Talladega Counties about 30 miles east of Birmingham off I-20 East. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a marina and boat launch at the Riverside/Pell City Exit 162. OAK MOUNTAIN STATE PARK Two 85-acre stocked lakes are fertilized and open year-round, and the park rents johnboats and flat-bottom fishing boats with paddles and life preservers. Anglers with their own boats 8 0 0 . 4 5 8 . 8 0 8 5 | W W W. B I R M I N G H A M . T R AV E L | 1 0 3


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can use the park’s launches and their own electric trolling motors. The Fishing Center Store just inside the back gate and the Campground Country Store sell bait, tackle, drinks and snacks. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Fishing Center Store 205- 620-2528 or Campground Store 205-620-2527.

Canoeing and Kayaking CAHABA RIVER Alabama’s longest river is a great place to canoe or kayak. Just remember along the way that you’re sharing space with several rare and protected fish and the imperiled Cahaba Lily which once thrived across the southeast. Floating down the Cahaba’s gentle waters provides a pleasant respite and a close-up look at some of the interesting species. If you’re looking to make a bigger splash, head to the river’s northernmost portions for some Level I-III whitewater rapids. Because shallower waters mark the Cahaba’s steep banks and rocky shoals, it’s best to go canoeing after a heavy rain. The Cahaba River Society hosts canoe trips down the river, including day trips, moonlight trips and overnight canoeing. Among the most popular outings are the Lily Trips, which run 104 | BIRMINGHAM TOURIST GUIDE

when the rare and endangered Cahaba Lily is in bloom, from mid-May to mid-June. All trips are free if you bring your own canoe, and reservations are required. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Cahaba River Society, 205-322-5326 or www.cahabariversociety.org. For boat rentals: Alabama Small Boats, 205-424-3634. LOCUST FORK Just a short drive from Birmingham, Locust Fork is on the Black Warrior River. This is an excellent whitewater run with some very difficult rapids known as Double Trouble and House Rock. Beginners will do best to avoid these rapids. Beautiful limestone bluffs accent the rapids. The National Park Service places Locust Fork in the top two percent of rivers in the country for its recreational value, among other assets. GETTING THERE: Take I-59 North to Tallapoosa Street Exit (Tarrant). Take Alabama Hwy. 79 North through Cleveland (about 40 minutes). Follow signs to Blountsville and cross the bridge over the Locust Fork River. Just past the bridge on the right is King’s Bend. Turn into King’s Bend and follow the gravel road through the gate. FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.flfr.org (Friends of Locust Fork River) PHOTOGRAPH: (LEFT) JEFFREY GREENBERG


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Who Let the Birds Out?

In the Birmingham area, birding’s a big deal. RUFFNER MOUNTAIN – This huge urban park

covers more than 1,000 acres and is just minutes from downtown Birmingham. Interesting breeding birds along the hiking trails in the summer include Kentucky and Hooded Warblers, Red-eyed and Yellow-throated Vireos, Summer Tanagers, Wood Thrushes, Red-headed, Hairy and Pileated Woodpeckers. Winter months bring Juncos, Winter Wrens and Sapsuckers. Spring through fall, look for Indigo Buntings, White-eyed Vireos and Common Yellowthroats. And that’s only scratching the surface. EAST LAKE PARK – This 45-acre lake attracts waterfowl from late November through February. Wood Ducks, Night Herons and Great Blue Herons are present year-round. Winter brings feeding flocks led by Yellow-rumped Warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Yellowbellied Sapsuckers. Migrant songbirds appear in the spring and fall. BIRMINGHAM BOTANICAL GARDENS AND BIRMINGHAM ZOO – Located just across the

street from one another, the gardens and the zoo are two of the most visited sites for songbirds in the Birmingham area. In the gardens, concentrate on the more natural northern end of the park, especially the Bog Garden and the Fern Glade.

TURKEY CREEK NATURE PRESERVE – Abundant water and vegetation make this an excellent site for songbirds and raptors. The park teems with flycatchers of all sorts, warblers, vireos, tanagers and more. A special note of interest: Turkey Creek is home to the endangered Rush and Vermilion Darter species of fish, which live nowhere else in the world. THE UPPER CAHABA RIVER REGION – In this birding-rich region, some birds can be found throughout the year while others are migratory. Each visit is a new experience in finding Barred Owls, Scarlet Tanagers, Indigo Buntings and Orchard Orioles. Also spotted in the area are Swainson’s Warblers, Red-shouldered Hawks, Wild Turkeys and Wood Ducks. Birders flock to the area to see Worm-eating Warblers, Belted Kingfishers, Green Herons, Eastern Bluebirds and American Goldfinches.

To learn more about birding in the greater Birmingham area, visit the Alabama Birding Trails website at www.alabamabirdingtrails. com/counties/jefferson, or request a Birds of the Upper Cahaba brochure at www. birmingham.travel or call 800-458-8085.

LAKE PURDY – Birmingham’s source of drinking water, this lake is one of those rare birding destinations that can present any of several different habitats depending on water levels and seasons. TANNEHILL IRONWORKS HISTORICAL STATE PARK – Hiking and birding are major activities

at the birthplace of Birmingham’s iron and steel industry. Though summer months can be crowded and active, at quieter times look for woodland songbirds, Louisiana Waterthrushes and Brown-headed Nuthatches.

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With as much or more green space as any urban area in the country, Birmingham is well known for outdoor recreation. Fishing, birding, camping and golfing are all popular activities in the greater Birmingham area. And with dozens of handsome parks around the city, communing with the great outdoors is always just moments away. 106 | BIRMINGHAM TOURIST GUIDE


Alpine Bay Golf

9855 Renfroe Road, Alpine, AL 35014; 256.268.2920 Located within the forests adjacent to Lake Logan Martin, this course features a contemporary clubhouse, lodge and restaurant as well as stunning scenery. NO. OF HOLES: 18, PAR: 72, YARDAGE: 6,518 RATING/SLOPE: 69.9/126, PRACTICE RANGE: yes

Ballantrae Golf Club

1300 Ballantrae Club Drive, Pelham, AL 35124; 205.620.4653 Because not everybody can travel to Scotland to play golf, now there is Ballantrae. NO. OF HOLES: 18, PAR: 72, YARDAGE: 7,310 RATING/SLOPE: 74.5/130, PRACTICE RANGE: yes

Bent Brook Golf Course

7900 Dickey Springs Road, Bessemer, AL 35022; 205.424.2368 or www.bentbrook.com Once a dairy farm, this beautiful course is located approximately 15-20 miles from downtown Birmingham. On-site restaurant. All major credit cards accepted. NO. OF HOLES: 27, PAR: 36-36-35, YARDAGE: 6,000-7,000, RATING/SLOPE: 69.6/117, 70.2/121, 69.2/116, PRACTICE RANGE: yes

Capstone Club of Alabama

16000 Capstone Blvd., Brookwood, AL 35444; 205.462.0590 Located in Brookwood, Capstone is in between Birmingham and Tuscaloosa. Ranked third in the State of Alabama by Golfweek magazine, Capstone Club is a must play. NO. OF HOLES: 18

Castle Pines Country Club, LLC

1600 Quail Ridge Drive, Birmingham, AL 35071; 205.631.3140 Located in Gardendale, approximately 10 miles north of downtown Birmingham. NO. OF HOLES: 18, PAR: 72, YARDAGE: 6,439 RATING/SLOPE: 70.6/124, PRACTICE RANGE: yes

Cedar Creek Golf Course

900 Cedar Creek Drive, Bessemer, AL 35023; 205.424.8450 PHOTOGRAPH: (TOP) TED TUCKER

An 18-hole course with large Bermuda greens located only 20 minutes from Birmingham. Tee times required for weekends only. Visa and MasterCard are welcome. NO. OF HOLES: 18, PAR: 72, YARDAGE: 6,004 RATING/SLOPE: 67.9/114, PRACTICE RANGE: yes

Cumberland Lake Golf & Country Club 2150 Cumberland Lake Drive, Pinson, AL 35126; 205.680.4653 or 680.4650 This is a scenic course with lake and mountain views. It receives high marks for course variety. NO. OF HOLES: 18, PAR: 72, YARDAGE: 6,655/6,422

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RATING/SLOPE: 70.7/126, 69.1/123, 70.7/117 PRACTICE RANGE: yes

8920 Roebuck Blvd., Roebuck, AL 35206; 205.836.7318 This city park course, located only 10 miles from downtown Birmingham, is not only a challenging course, but also one of the city’s best bargains. No credit cards accepted. NO. OF HOLES: 18, PAR: 71,YARDAGE: 6,509, RATING/SLOPE: 68.5/137, PRACTICE RANGE: no

offers a diverse layout with dramatic elevation changes and striking views of the mountains and lakes. Now you can Stay and Play in the Lodges at FarmLinks. Golfweek named FarmLinks in the top five public-access courses in Alabama. Tee times may be made up to 30 days in advance. American Express, Visa and MasterCard are accepted. Groups and outings welcome. Ask about our new Lodges and Stay and Play rates. Managed by Honours Golf. NO. OF HOLES: 18, PAR: 72, YARDAGE: 7,444 RATING/SLOPE: 73/134, PRACTICE RANGE: yes OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS: yes

Eagle Point Golf Club

Frank House Municipal Golf Course

FarmLinks Golf Club

Highland Park Golf Course

Don A. Hawkins/Roebuck Municipal Golf Course

4500 Eagle Point Drive, Birmingham, AL 35242; 205.991.9070 or www.eaglepointgolfclub.com This course, created by architect Earl Stone, is located 15 miles from downtown Birmingham. Tee times can be made five days in advance. NO. OF HOLES: 18, PAR: 71, YARDAGE: 6,493, RATING/SLOPE: 70.1/119, PRACTICE RANGE: yes 2200 FarmLinks Blvd., Sylacauga, AL 35150; 205.403.4653 or www.farmlinksgolfclub.com FarmLinks is the world’s first research and demonstration course. The Hurdzan-Fry design 108 | BIRMINGHAM TOURIST GUIDE

801 Golf Course Road, Bessemer, AL 35022; 205.424.9540 An economical course located 15 miles from downtown Birmingham. All major credit cards are accepted. NO. OF HOLES: 18, PAR: 72, YARDAGE: 6,346-4,926 RATING/SLOPE: 60/119, PRACTICE RANGE: no 3300 Highland Ave. South, Birmingham, AL 35205; 205.322.1902 or www.highlandparkgolf.com Known as the oldest course in Alabama, Highland Park still sparkles from the 1998 restora-


The very picture of serenity, this older, countryside course–located 25 miles from downtown Birmingham—incorporates several bodies of water in its design to provide a challenging, yet relaxing, game of golf. No tee times required. Visa and MasterCard are welcome. NO. OF HOLES: 18, PAR: 71, YARDAGE: 5,800 RATING/SLOPE: 70/113, PRACTICE RANGE: no

tion by renowned architect, Bob Cupp. It offers 18 enticing holes with uphill approach shots, heavily bunkered greens, lakes and beautiful vistas of the Birmingham skyline. Practice Range on-site. Tee times may be made up to five days in advance. American Express, Visa and MasterCard are accepted. Groups and outings welcome. Managed by Honours Golf. NO. OF HOLES: 18, Par: 70, YARDAGE: 5,801 RATING/SLOPE: 68.1/128, 66.1/123, 63.8/114 PRACTICE RANGE: yes

Horse Creek Golf Course

1745 Highway 78, Dora, AL 35062; 205.648.1499 A beautiful, newer course whose diverse landscapes make for quite a challenging day on the links. Located about 23 miles from downtown Birmingham. Tee times can be made three days in advance. American Express, MasterCard and Visa are welcome. NO. OF HOLES: 18, PAR: 72, YARDAGE: 6,552, RATING/SLOPE: 71.1/124, PRACTICE RANGE: yes

Limestone Springs Golf Course

3000 Colonial Drive, Oneonta, AL 35121; 205.274.4653 Located northeast of Birmingham in Oneonta, PHOTOGRAPH: LAWRENCE MICHAEL CLEMMER

this Jerry Pate design stretches almost 7,000 yards throughout the Appalachian Mountains with strategically placed bunkers and numerous lakes. Rated number 64 in “America’s Greatest Public Golf Courses” by Golf Digest, it offers some of the most dramatic elevations and picturesque views in Alabama. Tee times may be made up to 7 days in advance. American Express, Visa and MasterCard are accepted. Groups and outings welcome. Golf cottage sleeps 8, and is available for rental. Managed by Honours Golf. NO. OF HOLES: 18, PAR: 72, YARDAGE: 6,987 RATING/SLOPE: 74/139, PRACTICE RANGE: yes

Magnolia Hills Golf Course

315 Hwy 47 South, Columbiana, AL 35051; 205-670-0031 or www.magnoliahillsgc.com Magnolia Hills Golf Course is an executive length full-service 18-hole course playing at an inflated par 68 over an executive distance of 3,625 yards. With narrow fairways, exceptional placement of water and sand hazards, you can expect a fun and challenging day of golf for golfers of all ages and skill levels.

Marcum Country Club

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MasterCard and Discover are accepted. NO. OF HOLES: 27, PAR: 71, 72, YARDAGE: 5,946 RATING/SLOPE: 67.5/111, 68.4/114, 69.3/114 PRACTICE RANGE: no

Oak Mountain Golf Course

The Meadows Golf Course

#1 Plantation Drive, Harpersville, AL 35078; 205.672.7529 Open course featuring Bermuda greens and fairways about 25 miles from downtown Birmingham. NO. OF HOLES: 18, PAR: 72, YARDAGE: 6,823 RATING/SLOPE: 71.6/122, PRACTICE RANGE: yes

Mountain View Golf Course

3200 Mountain View Drive Graysville, AL 35073; 205.674.8362 This course-–and its commanding view–is located only 20 miles from downtown Birmingham. Tee times are required. Visa,

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Oak Mountain State Park Road Pelham, AL 35137; 205.620.2522 Located 17 miles south of downtown Birmingham in Oak Mountain State Park. Pre-noon tee times must be made five days in advance. American Express, Visa and MasterCard are welcome. NO. OF HOLES: 18, PAR: 72, YARDAGE: 6,748-5,615, RATING/SLOPE: 71.5 / 127, 69.8 / 124, 66.7 / 117, PRACTICE RANGE: yes

Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa

4000 Grand Avenue, Birmingham, AL 35226; 205.949-3085, 800-949-4444 or www.rtjgolf.com/courses/ross_bridge/ A big, muscle-bound course, its 18 holes sprawling over 330 acres and stretching almost 8,200 yards from the back tees, Ross Bridge is big and brawny, yet inviting to golfers of all skill levels. Perfect for everyone from the casual golfer to the tournament player, it promises to be the premier course on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. The Renaissance Ross Bridge


Golf Resort and Spa on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, opened in August 2005, is home to an incredible 12,000-square-foot full-service spa and salon. NO. OF HOLES: 18, PAR: 72, YARDAGE: 8,191 RATING/SLOPE: 78.5/135, PRACTICE RANGE: yes

Tee time policies and green fees vary throughout the year, so be sure to call ahead. All major credit cards are accepted.

Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Oxmoor Valley

Tee time policies and green fees vary throughout the year, so be sure to call ahead. All major credit cards are accepted.

100 Sunbelt Parkway, Birmingham, AL 35211; 205.942.1177 or 800.949.4444 www.rtjgolf.com/courses/oxmoor_valley/ One of nine state-spanning courses designed by Robert Trent Jones, the Oxmoor Valley course offers three sets of links to challenge the golfer on the go, as well as the putter with time on his hands. ROBERT TRENT JONES – OXMOOR VALLEY SHORT COURSE NO. OF HOLES: 18, PAR: 54, YARDAGE: 3,360, RATING/SLOPE: n/a, PRACTICE RANGE: yes

Tee time policies and green fees vary throughout the year, so be sure to call ahead. All major credit cards are accepted. ROBERT TRENT JONES – OXMOOR VALLEY RIDGE COURSE NO. OF HOLES: 18, PAR: 72, YARDAGE: 7,055-4,974 RATING/SLOPE: 72/136, PRACTICE RANGE: yes

ROBERT TRENT JONES – OXMOOR VALLEY VALLEY COURSE NO. OF HOLES: 18, PAR: 72, YARDAGE: 7,055-4,974 RATING/SLOPE: 71/129, PRACTICE RANGE: yes

Timberline Golf Club

300 Timberline Trail, Calera, AL 35040; 205.668.7888 or www.timberlinegc.com A beautiful course located 30 miles south of Birmingham. Tee times can be made up to seven days in advance. All major credit cards are accepted. NO. OF HOLES: 18, PAR: 72, YARDAGE: 6,773, RATING/SLOPE: 72.3/126, PRACTICE RANGE: yes

Trussville Country Club

7905 Roper Road, Trussville, AL 35173; 205.655.2095 or www.trussvillecountryclub.com This is a beautiful sculpted and challenging Par 71 course surrounded by the Cahaba River. NO. OF HOLES: 18, PAR: 71, YARDAGE: 6,024 RATING/SLOPE: 67.9/116, 66.9/113, 70.3/119 8 0 0 . 4 5 8 . 8 0 8 5 | W W W. B I R M I N G H A M . T R AV E L | 1 1 1


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Birmingham Tourist Guide Spring/Summer 2014