EXCURSIONS Hotel Guestbook Metro Birmingham 9th Edition (2019-20)

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Recently, the citizens of Birmingham elected a new mayor, the first new mayor in more than a decade, and with his election came a sense of renewed progress for our city. Restaurateurs continue to open new concepts and thrive and the world is taking notice. A host of internationally-known magazines, news organizations and websites have shined a big spotlight on Birmingham for the progress it is making and for the tremendous foodie scene that continues to grow and impress. We are fortunate to feature many of those restaurants, both new and seasoned, in this edition. Please take time to explore the wide and varied restaurant options we present to you in this edition. Our feature story this edition showcases the incredible transformation our city is going through to become a new southern city. Jenny Adams, a native of Birmingham, takes us on a tour of the exciting changes happening here. Rachel Callahan’s stunning photography provides visuals for Jenny’s tour. I am very grateful to both of these talented women for sharing their art with us. My sincerest appreciation goes to the many advertisers who believe in the power and reach of this publication. I strongly encourage you to assist me in thanking them by visiting their places of business and letting them know that EXCURSIONS led you to their doors. In case you haven’t noticed, I love this city. I’ve been here most of life, and I’m proud to be one of its many ambassadors. Also, it takes a small village of us to make these publications available to you. The folks on my team are as dedicated as I am to bringing forth the best that Metro Birmingham offers to travelers, and I’m truly grateful for them. EXCURSIONSGO.com is our mobile-friendly website for this publication. Take advantage of the new EXCURSIONS mobile profile pages we created for each of our advertisers. It puts all pertinent information at your fingertips and provides up-to-date information by displaying their current Facebook posts and more. We also maintain a robust calendar of events so you can find something fun to do while you’re here and discover many reasons to return over and over.


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6 Getting Your Bearings

Local and regional maps to help you find your way.

8 Welcome to Birmingham

Birmingham’s historic urban areas, dynamic suburbs and neighborhoods provide stunning backdrops for modern entertainment.

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New Birmingham

There’s so much going on the Magic City these days. And we don’t want you to miss a beat.

16 Main Attractions

The Birmingham Metro area offers a broad range of attractions worth getting out of your hotel room.

Motorcycle Heaven

Local businessman’s lifelong passion turned world-class collection and top local attraction.

30 Beauty & Wellness

Take some time to pamper yourself while you’re here.

32 Retail Therapy

Here’s where to treat yourself to something special.

36 Foodie Paradise

There’s good reason why Birmingham consistently lands at the top of all the best lists for culinary pleasures...enjoy!

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Morris Avenue

Century old warehouses converted to lofts and retail.

62 Featured Breweries

Good People Brewing Company and Avondale Brewing Company set the tone for craft beer and entertainment in Birmingham.

64 Local Nightlife

From cocktails, karaoke and vape lounges to live music, craft beer and late night dancing, you’ll find your perfect spot.

70 Performing Arts

No longer an industrial giant, Birmingham’s new “magic” is in the thriving arts community.

72 Annual Events

From art exhibits, parades, music festivals and football to bass fishing, NASCAR and motocross, Birmingham has something for adults and children alike every month of the year.


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THIS PAGE AND THE COVER The lake at Railroad Park and Vulcan Park during the annual 4th of July fireworks celebration Photography by Rachel Callahan

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Welcome to Birmingham Birmingham’s historic urban areas, dynamic suburbs and neighborhoods provide stunning backdrops for modern entertainment.

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One of many parks in the city, The Rotary Trail sign welcomes all.

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Regions Field is home to the Birmingham Barons Minor League baseball team.

A NAT I V E’S GU I DE TO N EW BI RM I NGH A M TH E RE ’S SO M UCH GOING ON IN TH E M AGIC CIT Y TH E SE DAYS. A N D WE DON’ T WA NT YOU TO M ISS A BE AT! by JENNY ADAMS photography by RACHEL CALLAHAN

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s a kid in Birmingham in the 1980s, I remember how dark it was downtown. Parking on Morris Avenue was plentiful, but you were also offering up your car to potential vandalism. And, hanging out on the railroad tracks at the very center of the city? That was outright dangerous. Today, I return home to a new Birmingham in 2019. Over the last five years, the changes in downtown alone have been astonishing. Railroad Park has replaced those sketchy sections of track. The green space features 19 acres of birch groves, native plants, a stream and lake system, a bike share and a skate park. Adjacent Go mobile at EXCURSIONSGO.com

trails—like the Rotary Trail—connect you to other neighborhoods on protected, planted pathways. Morris Avenue still retains its cobblestone and brick charm, but now you have places like The Essential. Homemade pastas, salads and both savory and sweet pastries come from Pastry Chef/Owner Kristen Hall. The late-1800s, brick-front Victorian building is just a few blocks away from the similarly housed Queen’s Park––a new cocktail bar by global-award-winning bartender, Laura Newman. It’s an ode to a tropical, old Havana-styled hotel inside, with dripping foliage, vintage fixtures and concoctions like Newman’s Milky Way––featuring Tito’s vodka, vanilla and cereal milk. Whether it’s your first time or your 40th visiting the Magic EXCURSIONS 11


City, you’ll likely need a guide to make the most of everything new and old…and overall, exciting.

THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN A great place to begin your New Birmingham experience is in the very heart of downtown. Regions Stadium was designed by HKS of Dallas (the same group that created The Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX) and it’s directly adjacent to both Railroad Park and local Good People Brewing company. After a game or a beer on the patio, you can stop by Birmingham’s grand and impressive food hall. Inside you’ll find cuisines from around the globe, like the barbecue chicken ramen at Ichicoro IMOTO and the closer-to-home, homemade pimento cheese at Busy Corner Cheese & Provisions. What’s most notable about this food hall is its location inside the old Pizitz Department Store building. Owned and operated as a high-end department store from the 1920s-1980s, 12 EXCURSIONS

the 200,000-square-foot landmark building sat glaringly empty until Bayer Properties bought it for $1.6 million in the late ‘90s. Painstakingly restored, the main level reopened as a food hall in 2017. This August, the Sidewalk Cinema will open in the basement with two screens for independent movies. It will be a new home base for the city’s long-running Sidewalk Film Festival. “The Sidewalk Film Festival will take place August 19-25, 2019 in the heart of Birmingham, Alabama’s historic theatre district,” offers Chloe Cook, Executive Director of the Sidewalk Film Center and Cinema, and the Sidewalk Film Festival. “We’ll screen over 250 films in 10 venues, including the gorgeous 2,200 seat movie palace that is the Alabama Theatre and the newly renovated Lyric Theatre. In addition to film screenings we host over 150 visiting filmmakers who participate in Q & A sessions, teach master classes and more. Plus, we host 8-10 parties and receptions, panels and workshops and lots of special events. The Sidewalk Cinema will be a permanent home for our organization—

FIVE POINTS & LAKEVIEW Start a weekend with happy hour at 5-Point Public House Oyster Bar, opened by Birmingham’s beloved chef, George Reis. Eight wines on tap are paired perfectly with oysters from Alabama, Florida, Virginia and Maryland, alongside heavier plates, like their hearty oven breads. Reis also owns the acclaimed Ocean—also in the Five Points district— where a modern, cool-blue dining room showcases seafood towers, sashimi and

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Sidewalk Cinema, dedicated to showing independent films, is slated to open in fall 2019 in the basement of The Pizitz.

providing office and meeting space, two theaters, an educational space, concession stand and full bar. The Cinema will be open 365 days a year so it will not only change the game for our organization but for the entire community.” For information about how to contribute to the Cinema project or attend the Sidewalk Film Festival, please visit www.sidewalkfest.com There are so many places to see a show now in Birmingham. That’s the newest, but you should also visit the oldest—the theater district just a few blocks away. The Lyric Theater was reopened in 2016. This 1914 gem now offers live concerts and plays by regionally acclaimed acts. Directly across the street, The Alabama Theater is an institution, fully restored in the late ‘90s. Last year, the Dalai Lama sold out as a speaker and Willie Nelson performed. The Carver Theater & the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame will reopen in 2019, featuring not only a museum to the state’s music legacy in this genre, but also a performance space and a school for aspiring talents. There’s retail, too, all along Morris and First Avenues. Pop by the chic, minimalist ethically focused designer Basic for cozy sweaters, soft-leather handbags, outerwear and shoes. Stationary, totes, and charming, small home items line the shelves at Square One Goods. The Alabama Peanut Company will sell you fresh-roasted peanuts and a humorous, cool, logo’d t-shirt, and artisan chocolates from Honeycreeper make ideal gifts. After the retail extravagance, a finishing libation is just steps away. There’s the Pilcrow Cocktail Cellar—where the world’s most beautiful agave spirits shine—1st and 23rd for the perfect martini, the long-loved Wine Loft for a glass of vino and the Tutwiler Bar & Grill. It’s named for one of the city’s founding families, and the building is a national historic landmark. Don’t skip the Sweet Tea Sour.


NEWBIRMINGHAM Alaskan king salmon, among other ocean delicacies. A few blocks away, you’ll find Makario’s Kabob––Birmingham’s answer to Middle Eastern delights. Massive plates of hummus with shawarma, meat grape leaves and fattoosh tawook make this a sought-after lunch or dinner option. After filling up on food in Five Points (and stopping by for a photo at the famous Frank Fleming statue and fountain), take a short ride over to Lakeview for latenight. Lou’s Pub & Package has anchored a street of bars since 1987. We adore Oasis for not only its lengthy beer list, but also for the live music that happens almost every night. It’s an ideal place to encounter some of Birmingham’s best music acts. On weekends, Slice Pizza & Brew serves cheese-laden pies until midnight. If you work in the medical profession, Mondays are a must. They give 25-percent discounts to anyone employed in that field. And on Thursdays, you’ll find a brewery spotlight of local craft brews.

AVONDALE & CRESTWOOD These two historic neighborhoods are an easy drive or a decent walk from downtown. Or, you could visit via a bike ride on one of the cruisers available through the Zyp BikeShare program. Crestwood has plenty of hills, but Birmingham was the first electric-assist bike share in America. Those mountains will feel like mole hills. Start in darling Avondale, where 1920s Craftsman homes stretch off in every direction from the main artery of 41st Street South. There’s a wealth of food options, from creative American to barbecue to cocktails. You should certainly have a craft beer at the nowiconic Avondale Brewing and peek in the windows at the floral displays at Rosegolden flower design. Stop by Mom’s Basement and transport yourself to a simpler time and good vibes. They offer a full bar, live music and a wall to hang a photograph of your mom. Shopping is abundant, too. There’s vintage to peruse at Sozo Trading Company and incredible artistry at MAKEbhm. This design collaborative space offers access to space and equipment to a range of local artists in mediums from woodwork to ceramics to jewelers. They also feature classes and workshops that visitors will enjoy. Crestwood is just east of Avondale. It’s quaint and quirky. Youthful, with some great history to the homes. You’ll find old-school listening moments at Seasick Go mobile at EXCURSIONSGO.com

Visitors and locals gather in Railroad Park for Symphony in the Park performances.

Records, where artists frequently come to sign vinyl sleeves the way authors might sign books. Next door is the Urban Suburban Antique Shop, a true emporium for picking up something secondhand. And, we can’t get enough of The Filling Station—where it’s hard to choose between a Three Cheese Marinara or a Chicken Pesto pizza. It’s a fine place to catch an Alabama football game on the televisions, or you could meet the locals over at Crestwood Tavern for an open mic night and an affordable, affable pint.

Embassy Suites Hotel in Homewood serves the finest chef-prepared cuisine and offers an extensive wine list. For a more casual experience, visit Soho Social in downtown Homewood, Margaronas Cantina on State Farm Parkway, Baja California Cantina and Twin Peaks in Hoover. The city’s best pizza and brews can be found at Slice Pizza and Brew in Vestavia Hills.

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Lying just south of downtown Birmingham is the Hwy 280 corridor which leads to Birmingham’s largest retail development, The Summit. Village Tavern is a landmark establishment at The Summit and is well known for delicious food, terrific cocktails and incredible service.

Two of Birmingham’s closest neighboring cities are also seeing dramatic change and growth in retail, restaurants and more. Escape Day Spa in the Edgewood neighborhood of Homewood provides first class spa services in a serene setting. Ruth’s Chris Steak House in the

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Avondale Park hosts festivals, weddings and other community events.

PARDON OUR PROGRESS Depending on how you arrived in our beautiful city, you may have noticed that a large stretch of Interstate 59/20 is missing in downtown Birmingham. This recordsetting construction project is expected to be complete in early 2020. Meanwhile, drivers are being rerouted through several downtown streets. This provides perfect opportunities to dart through Morris, 1st and 3rd Avenues. Find up-to-the-minute information regarding traffic rerouting by visiting 5920bridge.com and by calling the 24-hour hotline at 205.346.5080 There’s so much to do, see, eat and drink in Birmingham these days. It has this writer thinking of moving back, honestly. From all the serene hiking (did you know this is the end of the Appalachian Trail?) to the views from the restored Vulcan Park…from the Barber Motorsports Museum (a sleek, striking homage to all things motor vehicle, vintage-to-present) to the fun of McWane Science Center, where all ages can pick up a little knowledge…this new Birmingham is truly something to see.  14 EXCURSIONS

JENNY ADAMS is a full-time freelance writer, based out of Alabama and New York City. She was born and raised in Birmingham and has been covering food and drink stories for a number of publications for more than a decade. She writes frequently for Conde Nast Traveler, Robb Report, Portico Mountain Brook and Hemispheres magazine. She’s working on a half-finished novel set in New Orleans and if you’d like to find out more, you can visit her work at www.JennyAdamsFreelance.com.

RACHEL CALLAHAN is a professional photographer who specializes in capturing the immense beauty of Birmingham. All of the profits from her work are donated to The WellHouse, a local nonprofit that rescues and cares for victims of human trafficking, rescuing women both in Alabama and all over the country. Rachel sells prints, metal prints, digital files, and many photo products featuring her work. Follow Rachel at @ObjectivityRach on Instagram and Twitter or PictureBirmingham on Facebook. Her website is picturebirmingham.com.


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The evolving Birmingham skyline is home to several large corporations including Shipt, which started here.

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Main Attractions The Birmingham Metro area offers a broad range of attractions worth getting out of your hotel room.

Interactive exhibits at McWane Science Center spark the curiosity of children and children-at-heart.

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Aerial view of the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum and Barber Motorsports Park..

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otorcycle Heaven exists, and you’ll find it in Birmingham, Alabama. Upon entering the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, you’ll understand why motorcycles and cars are considered art. The stunning five-story Barber Museum is home to the largest collection of motorcycles in the world according to Guinness World Records. With more than 1,600 motorcycles, 59 vintage Lotus cars, eclectic art, and a 2.38-mile racetrack, the Barber Museum is truly a motorsports paradise. Located at the 880-acre Barber Motorsports Park, the 228,650-square-foot Barber Museum has motorcycle and car exhibits on each of its five floors. Floor-to-ceiling windows surround the building, which is anchored by an active restoration area that is visible to guests from each level. The museum’s motorcycle collection spans more than a century’s worth of production, offering interesting views into the evolution of engineering. You’ll see examples of some of the oldest motorcycles in the world, such as a model of an 1867 Roper Steam Velocipede, as well as the museum’s oldest running motorcycle, the 1902 Steffey.

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There are Harley-Davidsons, Hondas and Indians on exhibit alongside less familiar makes, like Cannondale, Jawa and Laverda. The museum has rare motorcycles like the 1996 Britten V1000, which is one of only 10 ever built. There is an exhibit of motorcycles built by Eric Buell, a collection of scooters and a dirt bike exhibit that will make you feel moved. With such a diverse collection, you may see an example of the very first motorcycle you ever rode. The Barber Museum has an important history. The dream that ultimately became today’s Barber Museum began back in 1988 in an old warehouse on the Southside of Birmingham. There, Birmingham native and former Porsche racer George Barber began collecting motorcycles, starting off with a trio of Honda V-Fours, followed by a rare 1952 Victoria Bergmeister. As Barber’s interest and passion for motorcycles continued to grow, so did his outstanding collection. In 1995, after establishing the Barber Museum as a 501(c)3 notfor-profit organization, Barber donated his burgeoning motorcycle collection to the museum and then opened it to the public. In 2003, when the collection exceeded the square footage of its original Southside home, the museum moved to its current location EXCURSIONS 19


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at Barber Motorsports Park. Even before the museum opened the doors of its current location, worldrenowned track designer Alan Wilson had been brought on to create a world-class, 17-turn road course behind it. Having such a road course accessible is important to the Barber Museum as it allows restoration staff to demonstrate, test and exercise vehicles in the collection. The road course also offers the opportunity for major races, such as the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, to take place in Birmingham. When you compare it to other motorsports venues, Barber Motorsports Park is extraordinary. Considering that it is indeed a comprehensive and highly technical motorsports facility, many visitors to the museum and park are surprised by its vastness and natural beauty. Accordingly, Barber Motorsports Park is a special destination for garden clubs who take scheduled tours aboard open-air trams throughout the year. During race events at the park, ticket holders can choose where they’d most like to spectate. Rather than have permanent grandstands, Barber Motorsports Park was designed to provide people with the very best views from grassy hillsides, shaded 20 EXCURSIONS

areas and lightly-treed spaces. Other notable features of the park include gorgeous lakes, beautiful art and sculptures, pedestrian bridges and a spectacular 20-foot waterfall. Of the 880 acres of land that make up Barber Motorsports Park, about 400 acres are untouched forest. This creates a dramatic landscape and a natural sound buffer. While the Barber Museum is open most days of the year, the racetrack and other various areas of Barber Motorsports Park are open to spectators only during certain scheduled events. However, because the track is used regularly, there are ample opportunities to see a variety of different motorsports activities taking place from inside the museum. In addition to the Barber Museum using the road course to demonstrate, test and exercise vehicles in its collection, it is also home to the Porsche Track Experience, which offers introductory level and advanced driving courses. Zoom Motorsports manages many weekend events that take place in the park, on the track and at the Barber Proving Grounds. Barber Motorsports Park features major events annually, including the renown

Barber Vintage Festival, which brings thousands from around the world to the Magic City of Birmingham.

6030 Barber Motorsports Parkway Birmingham, AL 35094 205.699.7275 barbermuseum.org @barbermuseum Museum Hours: April 1 – September 30 Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday: Noon – 6 p.m. October 1 – March 31 Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m. Closed Major Holidays See their mobile profile at EXCURSIONSGO.com


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A rare Britten V1000 attempts to tame the Barber road course—a sight to see.

Rare cars and special events fill the museum’s Grand Atrium

The museum boasts 228,650 square feet of motorcycles and cars on exhibit.

The world-class road course, which preceded the museum, was designed by Alan Wilson.

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16th Street Baptist Church National Historic Landmark The 16th Street Baptist Church is Birmingham’s most famous Civil Rights landmark. On a September Sunday morning in 1963, four AfricanAmerican 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. Tours by appointment. Donations welcome. 1530 6th Ave. N; 205.251.9402; 16thstreetbaptist.org 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 22 EXCURSIONS

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, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission. 1631 4th Ave. N; 205.327.9424; jazzhall.com Alabama Adventure and Splash Adventure 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 up the excitement with monster slides, water-based 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. Open seasonally visit website for details.; 205.481.4750; alabamasplash.com

Alabama Sports Hall of Fame 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, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission. 2150 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd.; 205.323.6665; ashof.org Alabama Theatre 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 Ave. N; 205.252.2262; alabamatheatre.com

Alabama Veteran’s Memorial Amid peaceful Alabama woodlands, you can peruse the names of Alabamians lost to war. A timeline 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 100 Overtown Access Road; 205.305.6749; alabamaveterans.org 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 the Birmingham area’s “best kept secret.” Aldridge Gardens, Nature and Art in Balance. Open Monday Sunday, 8 a.m - 4:30 p.m. 3530 Lorna Road, Hoover; 205.682.8019; aldridgegardens.com

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n 1998, a stimulating and interactive science museum opened its doors in the heart of downtown Birmingham. McWane Science Center is housed in the historic and refurbished Loveman’s department store building in Birmingham’s revitalization district. McWane Science Center has welcomed millions of visitors—from ages 1 to 100—year-round to see, to hear, to touch and to experience the wonder of science in one of the South’s most unique venues. Four floors of interactive exhibits celebrate science and wonder—you can play tunes with your feet on the giant piano, learn about gravity with a daring ride on the High Cycle or pet the sharks and stingrays in the Shark & Ray Touch Tank—there is a new discovery around every corner.

The adventure intensifies in the IMAX® Dome Theater, where wideeyed visitors experience the sights and sounds of breathtaking films on a 5-story-tall screen surrounded by 3 tons of high-intensity speakers. McWane’s IMAX® Dome Theatre shows features covering a variety of topics ranging from great white sharks to Super Power Dogs, as well as special event Hollywood hits. McWane Science Center can also be a wonderful backdrop for a group of 10500+, day or night. McWane Science Center offers unique but functional

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event spaces perfect for your business luncheon, meeting, employee appreciation day, wedding reception or even an overnight adventure. For 21 years, McWane Science Center has stayed true to its mission—to spark wonder and curiosity about our world through hands-on science. As a cornerstone of the downtown community, McWane opens its doors to young and old alike for laughter, learning and an experience like no other.

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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 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Special programs for groups by appointment. Admission. 3727 Hwy. 119, Montevallo; 205.665.3535; americanvillage.org Arlington Antebellum Home and Gardens The city’s only remaining 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. 24 EXCURSIONS

Open Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 - 4 p.m. (tickets sold until 3 p.m.) Admission. 331 Cotton Ave. SW; 205.780.5656; arlingtonantebellumhomeandgardens.com  Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum Home to the world’s largest collection of motorcycles, the Barber Museum has more than 1,500 motorcycles, as well as more than 50 vintage Lotus cars. The motorcycles range from 1902 to current-year production. There are common street bikes as well as Gran Prix race machines. The car collection includes a variety of rare and special makes. The museum is located at the 880acre Barber Motorsports Park, which also contains a worldclass, 2.38-mile road course. It features the annual Barber Vintage Festival and the annual Barber Historics. Open daily except major holidays. Check website for

hours and information. Admission. 6030 Barber Motorsports Parkway; 205699-7275; barbermuseum.org Birmingham Botanical Gardens 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. Birmingham Botanical Gardens 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. Open sunrise to sunset daily. 2612 Lane Park Rd; 205.414.3950; bbgardens.org

Birmingham Civil Rights Heritage Trail 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 Ave. N and 16th Street. Follow maps on signs. heritagetrail. birminghamal.gov Birmingham Civil Rights Institute 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 AfricanAmericans in the state and the nation and how dramatically different it was from the lives white people of that era took

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trip to Vulcan Park and Museum is a must for every visitor to the Birmingham region—in fact, it’s the best place to get started. In addition to seeing the iconic colossal statue, visitors gain an understanding of the region’s history and culture, and can learn more about other cultural, recreational and entertainment offerings at an onsite Visitor Information Center managed by the Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau. Vulcan is the world’s largest cast iron statue and is considered one of the most memorable works of civic art in the United States. Created by Italian artist Giuseppe Moretti, Vulcan was cast from local iron to represent the state of Alabama at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. Vulcan has overlooked Alabama’s largest city from atop Red Mountain since a 1930s WPA project created his permanent home and namesake park. After decades of exposure to the elements, by the 90s, the 50-ton statue was in desperate need of repair. Recognizing Vulcan’s importance to the region’s history and persona, community leaders formed Vulcan Park Foundation, a nonprofit organization which oversaw a $16 million project that returned the statue to his 1904 grandeur. The meticulous restoration of Vulcan and his 124’ sandstone pedestal, completed in 2004, received numerous awards including the highest honor awarded by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Embracing the personality of the community Vulcan symbolizes, the park grounds and museum offer a dynamic edu-taining experience.

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Alabama’s rich industrial history, the diverse cultures that settled and built the community, and the story of Vulcan are recounted in both indoor and outdoor exhibits. Vulcan’s park grounds and observation tower offer breathtaking views of downtown and the surrounding areas— a great introduction to Birmingham, day or night. Visit Vulcan and learn the fascinating history that has made him the iconic symbol of our city and why he has stood for Birmingham for more than a century and counting.

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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 ‘50s and early ‘60s. In the final exhibits, the Processional Gallery uses lifesize figures representing all ages and races to portray the “walk to freedom.” Open Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m. Admission. 520 16th St. N, 205.328.9696; bcri.org Birmingham Holocaust Education Center Dedicated to the history and lessons of the Holocaust, the BHEC houses a variety of exhibits and resources. On permanent display is the acclaimed “Darkness into Life” exhibit of photography, art and narratives from 20 Holocaust survivors who settled in Alabama. With more than 2,100 volumes available for loan and on-site study, BHEC 26 EXCURSIONS

also has the largest Holocaust Studies Library in the Southeast. 2222 Arlington Ave S.; 205.795.4176 ; bhamholocausteducation.org Birmingham Museum of Art 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 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, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon - 5 p.m. Donations welcome. 2000 Rev. Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd.; 205.254.2565; artsbma.org 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, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Wednesday Saturday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday, 2 - 6 p.m. 2100 Park Place; 205.226.3600; bplonline.org 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 11 a.m. - 1 a.m. 1000 John Rogers Drive; 205.838.7500; birminghamracecourse.com Birmingham Zoo As one of the state’s most popular attractions, the Birmingham Zoo is an everevolving adventure with approximately 900 animals of 230 species. Visitors come from around the Southeast to experience the Wildlife Show, Predator Zone, Giraffe Feedings, and the Sea Lion Show. The Zoo is blazing new trails in elephant conservation with the Trails of Africa. This initiative designates the Birmingham Zoo as a national leader in the care and

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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 Ave N. The Lyric Theatre The Lyric is the newest theater in downtown Birmingham. Built in 1914 the theater was used for vaudeville shows. The theater was vacant from 1970 until renovations were able to start in 2015 with the help of fundraising from Light Up the Lyric. The Lyric opened in January 2016 with a launch of three shows. The Lyric is primarily for live performances but also serves as a wedding and event venue. Check online for event schedule.  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 Monday Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon - 6 p.m. Admission. 200 19th Street N; 205.714.8300; mcwane.org

The Birmingham Civil Rights District Declared a National Monument The Birmingham Civil Rights District was declared as a national monument by outgoing President Barack Obama in early January 2017. The monument will include lesser-known portions of the Historic Birmingham Civil Rights District, such as the A.G. Gaston Motel, the Birmingham headquarters for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There King planned the march on Washington, held numerous press conferences and wrote portions of “I Have a Dream” speech. The monument will also include the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Bethel Baptist Church, the Colored Masonic Temple, St. Paul United Methodist Church and a portion of the 4th Avenue Business District. The more well-known civil rights sites will anchor the monument, such as the 16th Street Baptist Church, now infamous for a Sunday-morning bombing that killed four little girls; and Kelly Ingram Park where peaceful protestors including children were arrested and met by high-pressure hoses and police attack dogs as they protested segregation.

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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 Daimler-Benz. 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 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Admission for factory tours (available by reservation only) 11 Mercedes Drive, Vance; 205.507.2252; mbusi.com Negro Southern League Museum This interactive facility tells 28 EXCURSIONS

the story of the Birmingham Black Barons and other baseball greats who played at Birmingham’s Rickwood Field, the oldest ballpark in the country. Displays include the oldest Negro League trophy, along with uniforms and artifacts. See their website for hours and tour information. Located at Regions Field on the corner of 1st Ave S and 16th S; 205.581.3040 birminghamnslm.org Oak Mountain State Park More outdoor adventure can be found at Alabama’s largest state park. The 10,000-acre park has a sandy beach area fronting the lake, rental boats and fishing equipment, an 18hole 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, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission. 200 Terrace Drive, Pelham; 205.620.2520; alapark.com/oakmountain Pepper Place Saturday Market (seasonal) April – December The Pepper Place Saturday Market is a much-anticipated 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, freshbaked 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 Ave S.; 205.802.2100 pepperplacemarket.com

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. The authenticity of Rickwood is being carefully preserved by the Friends of Rickwood Field, a nonprofit organization devoted to the restoration and upkeep of the historic ball field. Open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Check events schedule for expanded hours. 1137 2nd Ave. W; 205.458.8161; rickwood.com Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark Sloss is a 32-acre blast furnace plant where iron was made for nearly 100 years. Now a

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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, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sunday, noon - 4 p.m. Donations welcome. 20 32nd Street N; 205.324.1911; slossfurnaces.com 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 Go mobile at EXCURSIONSGO.com

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quilts, clothing, jewelry, knives, furniture and other treasures. Open daily 7 a.m. sunset. Admission. 12632 Confederate Pkwy., McCalla; 205.477.5711; tannehill.org

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. Spring through fall, visitors find blacksmithing, milling and other activities underway in the park. The third weekends from March through November, shoppers and swappers come from near and far to Trade Days in search of

The Pizitz Food Hall Located inside the completely restored historic Pizitz building in downtown Birmingham, the Pizitz Food Hall is unique collection of local restaurants and shopping. The Louis Bar is the focal point of the hall surrounded by a variety of food stalls offering cuisine ranging from southern to exotic. Learn more in the feature article in the dining section starting on page 80. Open Monday - Friday, 7 a.m - 8 p.m; Saturday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sunday 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Individual stall hours may vary. 1821 2nd Ave N.; thepizitz.com

 Vulcan Park and Museum 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 Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Obervation Tower open Monday - Sunday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Admission. 1701 Valley View Drive; 205.933.1409; visitvulcan.com ❖

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irmingham has long been known as the retail giant of Alabama and offers everything from major department stores and popular chains to quaint boutique shopping, including one-of-a-kind vintage and couture. Located in Hoover, The Riverchase Galleria is Alabama’s largest retail complex. You’ll find 200 specialty shops, 30 eateries and several major department stores. The Summit, located on Highway 280 at I-459 boasts more than 80 upscale shops to choose from and more than a dozen places to eat. Designed as an open air mall, The Summit can be a delicious, all day shopping experience. For timeless treasures and unique finds, be sure to stop in Hoover Antiques Gallery and Urban Suburban. Hoover Antique Gallery caters to the traditional and has a wide variety of antiques, jewelry

BROOKWOOD VILLAGE Conveniently located in Homewood right off 280 Highway, shoppers find specialty stores as well as larger retailers such as Macy’s and Books-A-Million. It also houses several particularly good restaurants like Grille 29. Garage and courtesy valet parking is available. Located on Shades Creek Pkwy. (Alabama 149) between U.S. 280 and U.S. 31 just minutes from downtown Birmingham. shopbrookwoodvillage.com

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large shopping areas. 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 a Kohl’s anchoring the other. The third cluster of shops is the Pinnacle Shopping Center, located behind Target and anchored by Best Buy. shoppinnacleattutwiler.com RIVERCHASE GALLERIA Housed beneath the world’s longest skylight are more than 200 shops, a dozen restaurants and a colorful carousel. Look for Von Maur, American Eagle, Banana Republic, Godiva Chocolatier and Abercrombie & Finch, just a few samples of stores in this two-story city under glass. The complex also includes the Hyatt Regency Wynfrey Hotel. U.S. 31 and Alabama 150 at I-459. riverchasegalleria.com THE SUMMIT This shopping destination continues to thrive and expand. A recent addition brought shops

and estate pieces. Urban Suburban, nestled in the charming and revitalized Crestwood neighborhood on Birmingham’s eastern side, caters to the chic and hip. They have a wide selection of art, furniture and vintage finds for the home. Lane Parke and the Villages of Mountain Brook offer shopping and dining experiences that are not to be missed. Conveniently situated just southeast of downtown Birmingham, off of Red Mountain Expressway (Hwy 280), Mountain Brook Village is brimming with unique boutiques, antique stores and casual and fine eateries. This is a great place to spend a day or a couple of hours strolling from store to store. Wherever you decide to begin your shopping adventure in Birmingham, you’ll enjoy our friendly people, ample selection of retailers and our beautiful mountains and valleys.

such as Coldwater Creek, Anthropologie and J. Jill to the list, which already includes Saks, Old Navy, Restoration Hardware, Williams.Sonoma, Chico’s, the Pottery Barn, a luxury spa and some very good restaurants such as Abhi Eatery + Bar and The Village Tavern. At I-459 and U.S. 280. thesummitonline.com THE VILLAGES OF MOUNTAIN BROOK Named for the community and serving as the heart of the community, Mountain Brook Village presents visitors with a complete range of shopping and dining options. Tucked into classic European architecture with blocks of charm, it’s a piece of history perfect for finding something simple or simply amazing. Lane Parke, adjacent to Mountain Brook Village, honors the traditions of Mountain Brook and features the Tudor architecture indicative of the area, it is the largest new development Mountain Brook has seen or will see in decades. Unique shops like B Prince and A’Mano offer fashions and gifts

found nowhere else. Crestline Village offers variety for everyone. A fun and friendly walkable downtown area and tot-lot near the Emmet O’Neal Library prove that around here, kids are king, while the one of a kind boutiques and jawdropping restaurants give Mom and Dad plenty of reasons to keep coming back. HOMEWOOD Downtown Homewood offers store after store in a quaint and walkable downtown area. Unique clothing stores like Hemline and eateries like Lucky Cat Rolled Ice Cream, Soho Social and Market Table are among the dozens or retailers nestled in this part of town. Alabama Goods offers everything made in Alabama from art to pickles. Escape Day Spa is the centerpiece of the Edgewood neighborhood, just a short drive from downtown Homewood.

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Antiques

FOUR SEASONS ANTIQUES, ART AND BOTANICALS

5TH AVENUE ANTIQUES

2817 18th Street S, Birmingham 205.803.4059 4seasonsantiquesandart.com

2410 5th Ave. S, Birmingham 205.320.0500 fifththavenueantiques.com ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE

200 28th Street S, Birmingham 205.322.3538 architecturalheritage.com ARGENT

2949 18th Street S, Homewood 205.871.4221; argentantiques.com BAMA FLEA MARKET AND ANTIQUES

1605 Ashville Road, Leeds 205.699.2499 bamafleamall.com CHARM

2329 2nd Ave. N, Birmingham 205.703.8721 charmonsecond.com CHRISTOPHER HOUSE ANTIQUES

3205 2nd Ave. S, Birmingham 205.581.0202 christopherhouseinc.com CIRCA INTERIORS & ANTIQUES

2831 Culver Road, Birmingham 205.868.9199 circainteriors.com

FULL CIRCLE

3908 Clairmont Ave. S, Birmingham 205.440.1975 fullcircleforestpark.com GARDENDALE FLEA MALL & ANTIQUE CENTER

2405 Decatur Hwy., Gardendale, 205.631.7451 gardendalefleamall.com GREYSTONE ANTIQUES

5475 Hwy. 280, Inverness 205.995.4773 HANNA ANTIQUES/ BOOKS! BY GEORGE

SOHO RETRO

2805 18th Street S, Homewood 205.870.7655 shopsohoretro.com

LAMB’S EARS, LTD

70 Church Street, Mountain Brook 205.802.5700 lambsearsltd.com LEVY’S FINE JEWELRY

2116 2nd Ave. N, Birmingham 205.251.3381 levysfinejewelry.com MARTHA LAUREN ANTIQUE LINENS & ACCESSORIES

2417 Canterbury Road, Birmingham 205.871.2283 MULBERRY HEIGHTS ANTIQUES

2424 7th Ave. S, Birmingham 205.323.6036

400 Office Park Dr 205.870.1300 mulberryheightsantiques.com

HENHOUSE ANTIQUES

NOORDERMEER ANTIEKS

1900 Cahaba Road, Birmingham 205.918.0505 henhouseantiques.com

731 Broadway Street, Homewood 205.870.1161

HOMEWOOD ANTIQUES & MARKETPLACE

930 Oxmoor Road, Homewood 205.4149945 homewoodantiques.com HOOVER ANTIQUE GALLERY

3411 Old Columbia Road, Hoover 204.822.9500

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JACKSON GALLERIES

2227 First Ave. S, Birmingham 205.714.9933 jacksonantiquegalleries.com

ON-A-SHOESTRING

601 Shades Crest Road, Hoover 205.822.8741

THE KING’S HOUSE

kingshouseantiques.com TRICIA’S TREASURES

2700 19th Place S, Homewood 205.871.9779 triciastreasures.com TRUSSVILLE ANTIQUE MALL/ THE MALL CAFE

147 North Chalkville Road 205.661.9805 trussvilleantiquemaill.com URBAN SUBURBAN ANTIQUES

5514 Crestwood Blvd, Birmingham, 205.592.0777 urbansuburbanantiques.com WHAT’S ON SECOND

2323 1st Ave N, Birmingham 205.322.2688, ZOE’S IN FOREST PARK

3900 Clairmont Ave S, Birmingham, 205.595.9049

REED BOOKS, THE MUSEUM OF FOND MEMORIES

2021 Third Ave. N, Birmingham 205.326.4460, jimreedbooks.com

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BOUTIQUES&ART

Boutiques & Specialty Shops ALABAMA GOODS

2933 18th Street South, Homewood 205.803.3900 alabamagoods.com A’MANO

281 Rele Street, Mountain Brook 205.871.9093 amanogifts.com B PRINCE

271 Rele Street, Mountain Brook 205.871.1965 shopbprince.com HEMLINE

1802 29th Avenue South, Homewood 205.802.9252 shophemline.com R&R WINE & LIQUOR

81 Church Street, Mountain Brook 205.848.2080

Art ARCENEAUX GALLERY

1830 29th Ave S, Homewood 205.802.5800, arceneauxgallery.com

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ART ALLEY

109 Broadway Street, Homewood 205.879.1105 artalleybham.com ARTISTS INCORPORATED

3365 Morgan Drive, Vestavia Hills 205.979.8990 artistsincorporated.com ATCHISON GALLERY & VILLAGE FRAMERS

2847 Culver Road, Birmingham 205.871.6221 theatchisongallery.com BETA PICTORIS GALLERY

2411 Second Ave N, Birmingham 205.413.2999 betapictorisgallery.com BEVERLY MCNEIL ART GALLERY

DURBIN GALLERY/ AZAR ART STUDIOS

900 Arkadelphia Road, Birmingham 205.226.4925 FOUR CORNERS GALLERY

4700 Hwy. 280, Ste. B, Birmingham, 205.980.2600 fourcornersgalleryonline.com FOUR SEASONS ANTIQUES, ART AND BOTANICALS

2817 18th Street S, Birmingham 205.803.4059 4seasonsantiquesandart.com FRIENDS GALLERY HOOVER PUBLIC LIBRARY

200 Municipal Drive, Hoover 205.444.7820 GABRIELLA’S BISTRO & ART GALLERY

605 28th Street S, Birmingham, 205.328.1761 beverlymcneilgallery..com

317 17th Ave N, Birmingham 205.983.7249

BLUARCH COLLECTION

LEVITE JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER

142 West Maple, Birmingham 248.792.9954 DS ART STUDIO GALLERY

2805 Crescent Ave., Ste. E, Homewood, 205.802.4700 dsart.com

3960 Montclair Road, Birmingham, 205.879.0411, bhamjcc.org NAKED ART GALLERY

3831 Clairmont Ave S., Birmingham 205.595.3553 nakedartusa.com

NEW LIFE ART, INC.

3600 Lorna Ridge Drive, Hoover 205.979.2158 newlifeart.com ODESSA WOOLFOLK GALLERY AT THE BIRMINGHAM CIVIL RIGHTS INSTITUTE

520 16th Street N, Birmingham 205.328.9696, bcri.org RED DOT GALLERY

1001 Stuart Street, Birmingham 205.870.7608, reddotgallery.com SIP N STROKES

522 Cahaba Park Cir, Birmingham 205.408.2836 SOON-BOK LEE SELLERS ART GALLERY – ARTISTS ON THE BLUFF

571 Park Ave., Hoover, 205.637.5946, artistsonthebluff.com SOJOURNS

2017 3rd Ave. N, Birmingham 205.323.5680 SPACE ONE ELEVEN

2409 2nd Ave. N, Birmingham 205.328.0553, spaceoneeleven.org❖

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Twin Peaks is located in Hoover in the Riverchase Galleria Complex

AVERY’S CAFE

SOUTHSIDE AND DOWNTOWN  5 POINT PUBLIC HOUSE OYSTER BAR

1210 20th Street S 205.918.0726

1901 6th Ave. N 205.250.9907 AVONDALE COMMON HOUSE

4100 3rd Ave S 205.703.9895

BABALU TACOS & TAPAS

BLAZE PIZZA

707 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd 205.378.3888 BLUEPRINT ON 3RD

3000 3rd Ave S, 205.479.3000 BOGUE’S

 MAKARIOS KABOBS & GRILL

2808 7th Ave. S, Ste. 117 205.297.0200

 OCEAN

3201 1st Ave N, Birmingham 205.407.8025

 THE WINE LOFT

2212 2nd Ave. N 205.703.0551

 TIN ROOF

1035 20th Street S 205.933.8035

 TUTWILER BAR & GRILL

4101 3rd Ave S 205.592.0996

214 20th Street N 205.297.8636

808 SOUTH - A BISTRO

2930 3rd Ave S 205.731.6499

BETTOLA

BUSY CORNER CHEESE & PROVISIONS - PIZITZ FOOD HALL

AL’S DELI & GRILL

2408 7th Ave. S 205.933.7517

940 20th Street S 205.731.7414

1218 20th Street S 205.933.0999 2200 1st Ave. N 205.323.8228 2709 7th Ave. S 205.323.4356 2021 Park Place 205.322.2100

808 20th Street S 205.933.9000 1629 10th Ave. S 205.939.4278

ATRIUM CAFÉ IN SHERATON HOTEL

2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. 205.307.3005

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BACK FORTY BEER COMPANY

BAMBOO ON 2ND

BLACK MARKET BAR & GRILL

BECKY’S DELI

BIRMINGHAM BREADWORKS

BISTRO 218

218 20th Street N 205.983.7999

3028 Clairmont Ave., Ste. 110 205.254.9780 BOTTEGA RESTAURANT AND CAFE

2240 Highland Ave. S 205.939.1000 BRÄT BROT

2910 6th Ave S 205.847.4888 BRENNAN’S IRISH PUB

1108 20th St S 205.777.3089

BRICK & TIN RESTAURANT

1821 2nd Ave N, Birmingham 205.730.1886

CANTINA TORTILLA GRILL

2901 2nd Ave. S, Ste. 110 205.323.6980 CARLILE’S BARBECUE

3511 6th Ave. S 205.254.9266

CARRIGAN’S PUBLIC HOUSE

2430 Morris Ave. 205.440.2430

CASEY’S SPORTS GRILL

2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. 205.307.3050 CHAN LEE’S

1901 6th Ave. N, # 256 205.252.2426 CHEZ FONFON

2007 11th Ave S, Birmingham 205.939.3221 CHICKEN SALAD CHICK

2118 7th Ave S, 205.703.0601

CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL

300 20th St S, 205.326.8572

CHINA MOON

CAFE DUPONT

3310 Clairmont Ave S, 205.324.2332

CANTINA LAREDO

2808 University Blvd, 205.458.1007

113 20th Street N 205.322.1282 2301 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N 205.502.0915

CHRIS Z’S

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LOCALDINING CRESTWOOD COFFEE COMPANY

5512 Crestwood Blvd, Birmingham 205.595.0300 DAWSON’S BURGERS, WINGS & FRIES

1617 4th Ave N, 205.324.3342

EUGENE’S HOT CHICKEN

GIUSEPPE’S CAFE AND EXPRESSO BAR

2270 9th Ave N, Birmingham 205.322.7555

925 8th Street S 205.324.2626

FANCY’S ON 5TH

430 41st Street S 205.777.3662 FARM BURGER

707 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd S. 205.502.2588

DRAKE’S COURTHOUSE CAFE

212 24th Street N 205.920.1862

1729 5th Ave N 205.278.2133

DREAMLAND BAR-B-QUE

1427 14th Ave S, Birmingham 205.933.2133 EASTWEST KITCHEN & BAR

2306 2nd Ave N 205.202.4496

EDGAR’S OLD STYLE BAKERY -

505 20th Street N 205.488.9393

EL BARRIO MEXICAN RESTAURANT

2211 2nd Ave N 205.868.3737

ELI’S JERUSALEM GRILL AT PIZITZ FOOD HALL

1821 2nd Ave N 205.637.3658

HOT DIGGITY DOGS

GOLDEN RULE BARBECUE

430 41st Street S 205.202.2363

GOLDEN TEMPLE GROCERY, CAFE AND YOGA CENTER

4036 5th Ave. S 205.224.5632

1901 6th Ave. N, Ste. 263 205.801.9600

DELTA BLUES HOT TAMALES

1318 Cobb Lane S 205.502.7298

HOT AND HOT FISH CLUB

2180 11th Court S 205.933.5474

FEAST & FOREST

1901 11th Ave S 205.933.6333

FIFE’S RESTAURANT

1705 4th Ave N 205.251.3875

FULL MOON BAR-B-QUE

1915 4th Ave N 205.251.4540

2321 4th Ave N, Birmingham 205.254.9167 525 25th Street S 205.324.1007

ICHICORO IMOTO - PIZITZ FOOD HALL

GREEN ACRES CAFÉ

1821 2nd Ave N Ste 184

GUS’S HOT DOGS

1909 11th Ave S 205.203.4833

IKKO JAPANESE FUSION

INSOMNIA COOKIES

1919 11th Ave. S 205.266.9540

GUTHRIE’S GOLD FRIED CHICKEN FINGERS

GABLE SQUARE SALOON & GAMES

1801 4th Ave S, 205.327.1241

GABRIELLA’S RESTAURANT

2101 5th Ave N 205.957.6828

GALLEY AND GARDEN

2808 7th Ave S 205.578.6018

803 9th Court S 205.251.0960

HOT BOX

IRON CITY BIRMINGHAM

513 22nd Street S 205.202.5483

HARVEST RESTAURANT & BAR

317 17th Street N 205.983.7249

2220 Highland Ave. S 205.939.5551

JACK BROWN’S BEER & BURGER JOINT

HATTIE B’S HOT CHICKEN

2811 7th Ave. S 205.203.4512

HIGHLANDS BAR & GRILL

1908 11th Ave. S 205.320.1060

JIM ‘N NICK’S BAR -B-Q .

2011 11th Ave. S 205.939.1400

GHION CULTURAL HALL AT PIZITZ FOOD HALL

JOHN’S CITY DINER

112 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N 205.322.6014

1821 2nd Ave N 205.730.9177

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Twin Peaks Huntsville

Twin Peaks Pensacola

Twin Peaks Hoover

Twin Peaks Montgomery

5901 University Drive Huntsville, AL 35806 (256) 722-2736

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RAF | 29° D

4330 Creekside Ave Hoover, AL 35244 (205) 203-9461

4952 Bayou Blvd Pensacola, FL 32503 (850) 696-6242

6814 Eastchase Pkwy Montgomery, AL 36117 (334) 513-124

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LOCALDINING

The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar is located at The Summit.

LITTLE ITALY’S PIZZA & PINTS

1924 11th Ave S 205.224.5775

LITTLE SAVANNAH RESTAURANT AND BAR

3811 Clairmont Ave. S 205.591.1119

LOS AMIGOS MEXICAN RESTAURANT

3324 Clairmont Ave. S 205.324.5896

MCALISTER’S GOURMET DELI

1801 4th Ave S 205.933.2828

MELLOW MUSHROOM

1200 20th Street S, Ste. 100 205.212.9420 MELT RESTAURANT

4105 4th Ave. S 205.917.5000

MIAMI FUSION CAFE

LOS JUANES

2015 5th Ave N 205.730.9003

LUCY’S COFFEE & TEA

1701 1st Ave S, Ste. 135 205.558.8011

M & M BARBECUE & CAFETERIA

401 19th Street S, Ste. 130 205.322.6456

401 19th Street S 205.214.0964 2007 University Blvd. 205.328.2007 3921 1st Ave N 205.592.9941

MAGIC CITY GRILLE

2201 3rd Ave N 205.251.6500 MAGIC WOK

401 19th Street S 205.327.5000 MAKI FRESH

420 20th Street N, Ste. 100A 205.458.4040 MARILYN’S DELI & DOGS

715 18th St. N 205.324.3354

MILE END DELICATESSEN

MILO’S HAMBURGERS

MOE’S ORIGINAL BBQ

731 29th Street S 205.252.5888

MOE’S SOUTHWEST GRILL – UAB

1801 4th Ave S, Suite 109 205.250.6355 MOJO’S PUB & GRILL

2801 7th Ave. S 205.703.0933

NELSON BROTHERS CAFE

PARAMOUNT BAR & GRILL

200 20th Street N 205.320.2824

NEW CHINA TOWN RESTAURANT

PHO PHO VIETNAMESE & SUSHI BAR

1020 20th Street S 205.251.2373 NEWK’S EATERY

611 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. S 205.323.0992 NIKI’S DOWNTOWN CAFE

1101 2nd Ave. N 205.251.1972

1025 20th Street S 205.703.8929 PIES & PINTS

125 20th St S 205.716.1085 PIPER AND LEAF TEA CO. - PIZITZ FOOD HALL

O’CARR’S

1821 2nd Ave N 256.990.7389

OCTANE

2000 2nd Ave. N 205.252.4899

O’HENRY’S COFFEES

1106 12th Street S 205.328.2749

ONO POKE - PIZITZ FOOD HALL

2820 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N 205.328.1515

ORIGINAL PANCAKE HOUSE

1701 1st Ave S 205.518.0025

OSCAR’S AT THE MUSEUM

209 41st Street S 205.599.9900

214 18th Street N 205.703.9757 2211 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd., N 205.545.5076 1901 6th Ave. N Ste. 295 205.323.1198

MO:MO: AT PIZITZ FOOD HALL

MOON SHINE

1931 11th Ave. S 205.933.8837

1821 2nd Ave N 205.222.3207

OVENBIRD

2810 3rd Ave. S 205.957.6686

314 17th Street N 205.254.9098

1821 2nd Ave N, Birmingham 205.200.2229

1928 1st Ave N 205.731.3600

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MUGSHOTS GRILL AND BAR

2311 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd. N, Ste. 100, 205.933.7575

PITA LOCO

PITA STOP CAFE BAR & GRILL

PIT BAR-B-Q THE NUMBER ONE

PLANET SMOOTHIE

POST OFFICE PIES

2000 Rev. Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd. 205.254.2565

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LOCALDINING RANELLI’S DELI & CAFE

1225 20th Street S 205.933.6983

REVELATOR COFFEE COMPANY

1826 3rd Ave. N RIB IT UP

830 1st Ave. N 205.328.7427 ROJO

2921 Highland Ave. S 205.328.4733 ROGUE TAVERN

2312 2nd Ave. N 205.202.4151 SAIGON NOODLE AVONDALE

3719 3rd Ave s 205.986.8898

SARRIS RESTAURANT

600 31st Street N 205.252.7357

SATELLITE COFFEE BAR

200 41st St S, Birmingham 205.703.9545 SAW’S SOUL KITCHEN

215 41st Street S 205.591.1409

SCOTT’S KONEYS

2021 3rd Ave S 205.323.1783

SEEDS LAKEVIEW

T-BONES

2808 7th Ave S 205.312.9947 SHIKI

SHU SHOP

SITAR INDIAN RESTAURANT

SKY CASTLE

2808 7th Ave. S 205.578.6080 SLICE PIZZA & BREWHOUSE

SOL’S SANDWICH SHOP & DELI

SWEET TEA RESTAURANT

TACO MORRO LOCO

417 41st Street S 205.203.4849

TEXAS DE BRAZIL

THE SOUTHERN KITCHEN AND BAR

2301 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N, Ste. 100, 205.588.8333

2301 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N, Ste. 1C, 205.278.7280

THE ESSENTIAL

THE STANDARD AT PIZITZ FOOD HALL

1821 2nd Ave N

THE FISH MARKET RESTAURANT

612 22nd Street S 205.322.3330

THE GARAGE CAFE

2304 10th Terrace S 205.322.3220 THE GRILL AT IRON CITY

513 22nd Street S 205.202.5483 THE J. CLYDE

1312 Cobb Lane 205.939.1312 THE LAB BAR & KITCHEN

808 20th St S 205.933.9009

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817 39th St S. 205.518.6677

2018 Morris Ave, 205.703.3012

725 29th Street S 205.715.9300

2205 3rd Ave. S, 205.745.3990

THE ROUGAROUX

TED’S RESTAURANT

328 12th Street S 205.324.2911,

729 20th Street S 205.323.6500

SURIN WEST

THE RED CAT COFFEEHOUSE

2901 2nd Ave. S, Ste. 120 205.616.8450

2226 Highland Ave. S 205.939.3805

1820 3rd Ave N 205.291.6660

1918 11th Ave. S 205.324.1928

1821 2nd Ave N 205.639.0108

TAJ INDIA

300 Hailman Hill E 205.783.5222

2 20th Street N, Ste. 120 205.244.7657

THE PIZITZ FOOD HALL

1017 20th St. S, Birmingham 205.582.9993

THE YARD BIRMINGHAM

1928 1st Ave N 205.226.9298

TODD ENGLISH P.U.B.

2221 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N 205.307.3700 TOPGOLF

1111 24th Street S 205.847.5757 TORTUGAS PIZZA

1304 2nd Ave S, 205.730.9249

TRATTORIA CENTRALE

207 20th Street N 205.202.5612

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LOCALDINING

The Refinery is located in the Lakeview Entertainment District.

TROPICALEO

4426 4th Ave S 205.643.5956 WALL STREET DELI

535 21st Street S 205.323.7966

WAFFLE WORKS AT PIZITZ FOOD HALL

1821 2nd Ave N 205.730.1922

WASABI JUAN’S THE BATTERY

2201 2nd Ave S, Ste. 105 205.703.8891 WHISTLING TABLE

3916 Clairmont Ave S 205.407.5460 WINGS AROUND THE CLOCK

801 20th Street S 205.581.8088

WOODLAWN CYCLE CAFE

5530 1st Ave. S 205.224.4011

URBAN STANDARD

2320 2nd Ave. N 205.250.8200

YEHMAN CARRIBBEAN CUISINE

1623 4th Ave. N 205.323.3120

YO’ MAMA’S RESTAURANT & CATERING

2328 2nd Ave N 205.957.6545

YOUR PIE

2311 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N 205.202.5598 ZOE’S KITCHEN

1819 5th Ave. N 205.252.5200

FAYE’S FAMOUS FRANKS

1214 Decatur Hwy 205.849.8308

GOLDEN RULE BARBECUE TRUSSVILLE

FULTONDALE, GARDENDALE, NORTHWEST, TRUSSVILLE

120 South Chalkville Road 205.655.4849

BAJA CALIFORNIA CANTINA & GRILL

5614 Chalkville Road 205.856.2424

CAFE ON MAIN

835 Odum Road, Ste. 115 205.608.2168

CAJUN STEAMER BAR AND GRILL

1477 Gadsden Hwy., Ste 126 205.655.7380

CHINA KITCHEN

325 Walker Chapel Plaza 205.849.2137

CHINA ONE

1644 Forestdale Plaza 205.798.3565

961 Main Street 205.285.8881

218 Main Street, Ste. 110 205.655.0330 5071 Pinnacle Square 205.655.6008

437 Caldwell Dr, Warrior 205.647.7055 357 Walker Chapel Plaza, Fultondale 205.849.9111 CHOCOLATE BISCUIT TEA ROOM

335 Main St, Trussville 205.655.0119

COSTA’S MEDITERRANEAN CAFE

5891 Trussville Crossings Pkwy. 205.655.9779

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EL CAZADOR

1930 Edwards Lake Road 205.661.0904

GYROS CAFÉ

HABANERO’S MEXICAN GRILL

HABANERO’S MEXICAN GRILL

JALISCO MEXICAN RESTAURANTE

JIM DEERMAN’S BARBEQUE

JIM N NICK’S BAR-B-Q .

915 Odum Road 205.608.3315

JIM N NICK’S BAR-B-Q TRUSSVILLE

1660 Gadsden Hwy 205.661.3100

JOEL’S RESTAURANT

312 Main Street 205.655.8248 KONOMI

5870 Trussville Crossings Blvd, 205.661.1821 KUMO

835 Odum Rd 205.285.5250 LONE STAR STEAKHOUSE & SALOON

4720 Norrel Drive, Trussville 205.661.9339 MILO’S HAMBURGERS

604 Fieldstown Rd, Gardendale 205.608.0050 MILO’S HAMBURGERS - TRUSSVILLE

5887 Trussville Crossing Pkwy 205.661.2100 MING’S GARDEN

1046 Main St, Gardendale 205.631.7746 MOE’S SOUTHWEST GRILL

5870 Trussville Crossing Blvd, 205.655.9669 NEIGHBORHOOD SPORTS GRILLE

1423 Gadsden Hwy., Ste. 131 205.655.1018 ON TAP SPORTS CAFÉ

1200 Main Street 205.745.4888

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SEAFOOD AND CHICKEN BOX

1218 Main Street 205.608.1030

5954 Chalkville Road 205.655.7414

PALACE CHINESE RESTAURANT

SHERRY’S CAFÉ CATERING CAKES

EL CAZADOR MEXICAN GRILL

1540 Montclair Road 205.951.1205

SHANGRI.LA RESTAURANT

4500 Montevallo Road, Ste. B103 205.951.3168

GOLDEN RULE BARBECUE

5899 Trussville Crossing Pkwy, Suite 105, Trussville 205.661.1668

5800 Valley Rd, Ste. 110, Trussville 205.655.5260

2504 Crestwood Blvd. 205.956.2678

PASQUALE’S PIZZA & PASTA

SOUTHERN DINER

GREEN ACRES CAFE CENTER POINT

5961 Chalkville Mountain Lane 205.874.6804

2405 Center Point Pkwy 205.815.0409

HOMEWOOD, CAHABA HEIGHTS, MOUNTAIN BROOK, INVERNESS

SUSHI VILLAGE

GREEN ACRES CAFE EAST LAKE

300 Summit Blvd 205.969.6858

215 Fieldstown Rd, Gardendale 205.631.5972 PORKY’S PRIDE SMOKE HOUSE

2516 Walker Chapel Road 205.849.5122 RED LANTERN CHINESE RESTAURANT

311 Main Street, Trussville 205.655.0736 RED ROBIN GOURMET BURGERS & SPIRITS

5029 Pinnacle Square 205.661.0492 ROCK N ROLL SUSHI

5078 Pinnacle Square, Ste. 106 205.655.6040 SANPEGGIO’S PIZZA

7270 Gadsden Hwy, Suite 100, Trussville 205.655.3399 SANPEGGIO’S PIZZA

592 Fieldstown Rd 205.285.8556

8500 1st Ave N, Suite B 205.836.9797

WINTZELL’S OYSTER HOUSE

GREEN ACRES CAFE IRONDALE

3339 Lowery Pkwy. 205.453.8585

1819 Crestwood Blvd 205.956.4648

HACIENDA MEXICAN GRILL

1676 Montclair Road 205.956.2550

CRESTWOOD COFFEE COMPANY

5512 Crestwood Blvd. 205.595.0300

2657 Valleydale Rd, Suite 100 205.437.8300

 MARGARONAS CANTINA

3144 Green Valley Road 205.967.3300

CRESTWOOD TAVERN

5524 Crestwood Blvd 205.592.3455

971 Brookwood Village 205.783.1295 230 State Farm Pkwy 205.848.2810

5415 Beacon Drive, Ste. 139 205.956.6622

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GUS’S HOT DOGS

AIRPORT, CENTER POINT, CRESTWOOD, IRONDALE, LEEDS 5500 Crestwood Blvd. 205.510.0053

 ABHI EATERY + BAR

HAMBURGER HEAVEN

1703 Crestwood Blvd. 205.951.3570

IRONDALE CAFÉ, THE ORIGINAL WHISTLESTOP CAFE

1906 1st Ave. N 205.956.5258

RUSTY’S BAR-B-Q

7484 Pkwy. Drive 205.699.4766

 MUDTOWN EAT & DRINK

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE

2300 Woodcrest Place 205.879.9995

SOHO SOCIAL HOMEWOOD

1830 29th Ave S, Ste. 160 205.423.8080 VILLAGE TAVERN

101 Summit Blvd. 205.970.1640

AMORE RISTORANTE ITALIANO

5510 Hwy. 280, Ste. 116 205.437.1005

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LOCALDINING

Village Tavern is located at The Summit.

BIG BAD BREAKFAST

5361 Highway 280 205.490.7568

BILLY’S SPORTS GRILL

2012 Cahaba Road 205.879.2238

BLACK MARKET BAR

CHURCH STREET COFFEE & BOOKS

81 Church Street, Ste. 106-107 205.870.1117 CHUY’S RESTAURANT

216 Summit Blvd., Ste. 135 205.977.4224 COCINA SUPERIOR

587 Brookwood Village 205.259.1980 CONTINENTAL BAKERY

3411 Colonnade Parkway, Ste 80 205.967.8787

1909 Cahaba Rd, Mountain Brook 205.870.5584

BLACK PEARL ASIAN CUISINE

COSTA’S FAMOUS BAR-B-QUE WILDWOOD

3439 Colonnade Pkwy., Ste. 600 205.262.9888 BONGIORNO

68 Church Street, Ste. A, 205.879.5947

215 Lakeshore Pkwy. 205.263.0145

CHARBAR NO. 7

900 Jemison Lane 205.802.9050 CHEZ LULU

1911 Cahaba Rd, Mountain Brook 205.870.7011

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DON PEPE MEXICAN GRILL

230 Doug Baker Blvd., Ste. 300 205.408.3880 DYRON’S LOWCOUNTRY

CRAZY CAJUNS’ BOILING POT

CRESTLINE BAGEL AND PIZZA

936 Oxmoor Rd, Homewood 205.874.1999

DAVENPORT’S PIZZA PALACE

328 Valley Ave. 205.945.4900

DAVE’S PIZZA

4673 US Hwy 280 205.637.3658

CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN

4503 Riverview Pkwy. 205.980.1016

DG

2837 Culver Rd 205.871.3266

3407 Colonnade Pkwy. 205.968.4031

125 Inverness Plaza 205.408.0630

CARRABBA’S ITALIAN GRILL

DISH’N IT OUT

1113 Dunston Ave, Birmingham 205.871.5444

121 Oak Street 205.834.8257

4643 Hwy. 280, Ste. M 205.980.9891

238 Summit Blvd., Ste. B 205.298.7931

DEVINCI’S PIZZA

2707 18th Street S 205.879.1455

COURTYARD 280 OYSTER BAR & GRILL

BRIO TUSCAN GRILLE

591 Brookwood Village 205.879.9177

DEMETRI’S BAR.B.Q

1901 28th Ave. S 205.871.1581

66 Church Street, Ste. B 205.871.4583 2837 Cahaba Road 205.879.8603 1819 29th Ave. S, 205.871.3283

EDGAR’S OLD STYLE BAKERY

EDGEWOOD CREAMERY

EL SOL CANTINA & TAQUERIA

ELI’S JERUSALEM GRILL

FISH MARKET RESTAURANT

FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE AND WINE BAR

103 Summit Blvd. 205.262.9463 FOODBAR

3156 Heights Village 205.876.8100 FULL MOON BAR.B.QUE

337 Valley Ave., 205.945.9997

FULL MOON BAR.B.QUE

4635 Hwy. 280 S 205.991.7328

THE GARDENS CAFE BY KATHY G.

2612 Lane Park Road 205.871.1000 GIANMARCO’S

721 Broadway Street 205.871.9622 GINZA SUSHI & KOREAN BBQ

5291 Valleydale Road, Ste. 101 205.981.1616 HABITAT FEED & SOCIAL

2655 Lane Park Rd 205.203.4745

HAMBURGER HEAVEN

5303 Hwy. 280 205.981.6402

HERO DOUGHNUTS

3027 Centrai Ave 205.623.1017

5407 Hwy. 280 205.980.8600

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ANOTHER BROKEN EGG CAFE

2418 Montevallo Road 205.871.7849


LOCALDINING

VILLAGE TAVERN SCRATCH KITCHEN-CRAFT BAR

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illage Tavern Scratch Kitchen-Craft Bar stands out for its passion and perfection of classic American cuisine. Be it for business lunches, gatherings or date night, Village Tavern is the place for all occasions. They are committed to providing the highest quality food, wine and service at an affordable price, while creating unforgettable dining experiences with exceptional hospitality. Every day has something special to offer with deals like HALFPRICE WINE Wednesday, offering more than 60 wines by the glass on an award-winning wine list at half price, so you can enjoy a glass of your favorite wine or try something new.

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In addition to daily drink specials, check out the best happy hour and bar bites available Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Serving lunch and dinner seven days a week, and brunch on the weekends,

101 Summit Blvd., Birmingham, AL 205.970.1640 villagetavern.com

Village Tavern is the neighborhood gathering place for all. Outdoor dining available when weather permits.

@VillageTavernBirmingham

Monday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday Brunch 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Happy Hour available Monday – Friday 4 – 7 p.m.

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LOCALDINING

The Filling Station Pizza Cafe & Bar is located in Crestwood.

HOMEWOOD DINER

162 Oxmoor Road 205.941.9444

HOMEWOOD GOURMET

1919 28th Ave S, #103, Homewood 205.871.1620 HUNAN CUISINE

JINSEI SUSHI BAR & LOUNGE

1830 29th Ave. S, Ste. 125 205.802.1440

JOHNNY RAY’S BAR.B.QUE

3431 Colonnade Pkwy., Ste. 500 205.967.0099 JOHNNY’S RESTAURANT

2902 18th St S 205.802.2711

JOJO’S ON BROADWAY

5510 Hwy. 280 S, Ste. 113 205.437.1000

903 Broadway St 205.877.8058

ICEHOUSE

KOBE JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR

2708 Culver Rd 205.438.6950 IXTAPA MEXICAN RESTAURANT

4673 Hwy. 280 205.980.8266

IZ CAFÉ ENGLISH VILLAGE

2037 Cahaba Road 205.414.0081

JACKSON’S BAR & BISTRO

1831 28th Ave. S, Ste. 175 205.870.9669 JIM N NICK’S BAR B Q . GREYSTONE

2831 Greystone Commercial Blvd. 205.991.1306 JIM N NICK’S BAR B Q . HOMEWOOD

220 Oxmoor Road 205.942.3336

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3501 Grandview Pkwy. 205.298.0200 KOSHER CAFE

3960 Montclair Road 205.386.3130 LA PAZ RESTAURANTE

99 Euclid Ave. 205.879.2225

LA SABROSITA

293 West Valley Ave. 205.290.0511 LANDRY’S SEAFOOD HOUSE

139 State Farm Pkwy. 205.916.0777

LITTLE DONKEY TAQUERIA

2821 Central Ave. 205.703.7000

LLOYD’S RESTAURANT

5301 Hwy. 280 S 205.991.5530 LOCAL TACO

920 Lane Parke Ct 205.900.8672 LUCKY CAT ROLLLED CREAMS

2908 18th Street South, Homewood 205.407.4500 MAFIAOZA’S

MING’S CUISINE

514 Cahaba Park Circle 205.991.3803 MISS DOTS

49 Church Street, Mtn Brook 205.739.2232 MISS MYRA’S PIT BARBECUE

3278 Cahaba Heights Road 205.967.6004

MOMMA GOLDBERG’S DELI

2 Dexter Ave, Mtn Brook 205.414.7878

2829 18th Street S 205.834.8871

MAKI FRESH

NAJI’S PITA GOURMET RESTAURANT

2800 Cahaba Village Plaza 205.970.3242 MARKET TABLE HOMEWOOD

1830 29th Ave S, Ste. 175 205.769.6080 MAX’S DELI

3431 Colonnade Pkwy., Ste. 400 205.968.7600 MELLOW MUSHROOM – HWY 280

920 Inverness Corners 205.981.9914

MICHAEL’S RESTAURANT @ ALOFT HOTEL

1903 29th Ave. S 205.871.9525

MIDICI ITALIAN KITCHEN

270 Rele St 205.848.6434

166 West Valley Ave. 205.945.6001 NEW YORK PIZZA

1010 Oxmoor Road 205.871.4000 NEWK’S EATERY

2800 Cahaba Village Plaza 205.969.5584 OAK HILL BAR & GRILL

2835 18th Street S 205.870.8277 O’CARR’S DELI

2909 18th Street S 205.879.2196 O’CARR’S DELI

3150 Cahaba Heights Village Road 205.967.4173

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2801 18th Street S, Homewood 205.414.0999


LOCALDINING

THE FILLING STATION PIZZA CAFE & BAR

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or more than forty years, the building which now houses The Filling Station Pizza Cafe & Bar in the Crestwood neighborhood of Birmingham, was a full-service gas station—the kind where they actually pumped your gas for you and cleaned your windshield. Starting in 2015, the chef and his staff at The Filling Station now pump out a broad range of appetizers, handmade pizzas and calzones, pasta dishes and sandwiches that are sure

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to satisfy any craving you have. The old service bays are now filled with tables and a bar. Behind the bar is an intricate system of taps that deliver cold locally- and internationally-brewed beers without any temperature loss from the keg. The Filling Station is perfect to visit anytime of the year, but when the weather is mild, the garage doors are 5524 Crestwood Blvd. Birmingham, AL 35212 205.592.3455 @thefillingstationbham

open and patrons enjoy the expansive covered patio. Sports fans appreciate the multitude of HDTV screens to keep them in tune with their favorite teams. In case you are the nostalgic type, there is even a vintage gas station pump—but the only fuel you get here now is the fantastic food, fine drinks, service with a smile and fun folks. Sunday - Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Thursday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. thefillingstationbham.com View their mobile profile at EXCURSIONSGO.com

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LOCALDINING

Ruth’s Chris Steak House is located in the Embassy Suites Hotel in Homewood.

OLEXA’S

REAL & ROSEMARY

1922 29th Ave S, Homewood 205.820.7100 RED PEARL RESTAURANT

Mountain Brook Village, 2838 Culver Road 205.871.2060

243 West Valley Ave 205.945.9558

OLIVE BRANCH

2031 Cahaba Rd 205.730.1699

OLLIE IRENE

241 Summit Blvd. 205.298.7998

ON TAP SPORTS CAFE INVERNESS

2913 18th Street S 205.877.8797

OTEY’S TAVERN

932 Oxmoor Rd, Homewood 205.871.0383

OVER EASY

2812 18th St S 205.871.0046

3236 Cahaba Heights Road 205.967.4600 75 Church Street 205.769.6034 810 Inverness Corners 205.437.1999

224 Country Club Park 205.871.8435 358 Hollywood Blvd. 205.639.1910 PHO QUE HUONG VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT

430 Green Springs Hwy., Ste. 15 205.942.5400 PURPLE ONION DELI & GRILL

479 Green Springs Hwy., 205.941.9979 RIVER CITY GRILLE

Birmingham Marriott, 3590 Grandview Pkwy. 205.968.3775

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ROOT TO TAIL

ROMANO’S MACARONI GRILL

SALEM’S DINER

SAM’S DELI & GRILL

SAM’S SUPER SANDWICHES

SATTERFIELD’S RESTAURANT

SEASONS 52 RESTAURANT

245 Summit Blvd. 205.968.5152

STEEL CITY POPS

236 Summit Blvd. 205.262.1800

STEEL CITY POPS

THE PANTRY BY STONE HOLLOW FARMSTEAD

5449 Hwy 280, Birmingham 205.803.6504 STEELE’S

8 Perimeter Park S 205.972.8602 SUPERIOR GRILL

4701 Hwy. 280 S 205.991.5112 SURIN 280

16 Perimeter Park S 205.968.8161

SAW’S JUKE JOINT

URBAN COOKHOUSE

2846 18th Street 205.879.0883

URBAN COOKHOUSE AT THE SUMMIT

TACO MAMA

212 Country Club Park, Mountain Brook, 205.803.3535

TAIPEI 101 SUSHI AND ASIAN BISTRO

1115 Dunston Ave. 205.745.3920

THE FIG TREE

3160 Cahaba Heights Rd, 205.969.6711

250 Summit Blvd., Ste. 102 205.969.6700

SAVAGE’S BAKERY & RESTAURANT

SAW’S BBQ

17 Dexter Ave 205.803.3585

SURIN OF THAILAND

64 Church Street 205.871.4531

1014 Oxmoor Rd 205.414.0441

1008 Oxmoor Road 205.879.1937

THE CHEESECAKE FACTORY

2821 Central Ave, Homewood 205.803.6502

3161 Cahaba Heights Rd, Ste. 113, 205.969.9690 2916 18th Street S 205.871.4901

TAZIKI’S GREEK FARE

3439 Colonnade Pkwy., Ste. 1700 205.968.6622

471 Green Springs Hwy. 205.912.7037 TAZIKI’S GREEK FARE – MOUNTAIN BROOK

2737 Hwy. 280, Ste. 121 205.870.0455

URBAN COOKHOUSE

VINO

1930 Cahaba Rd 205.870.8404 ZOE’S KITCHEN - CRESTLINE

225 Country Club Park 205.871.0060

ZOE’S KITCHEN - HOMEWOOD

1830 29th Ave. S, Ste. 155 205.870.1100

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2831 18th Street S, Homewood 205.870.1198


LOCALDINING

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE

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n iconic American steak house with New Orleans flare, Ruth’s Chris has been welcoming steak enthusiasts in the Birmingham community for more than 25 years. From important business lunches and after-work networking events to festive dinner celebrations and fashionable cocktail parties, Ruth’s Chris in Birmingham offers the perfect venue for your group. Invite your guests to unwind with a selection from the award-winning wine list or a vintage-inspired

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cocktail. And after just one bite, it will be clear why the Ruth’s Chris brand is synonymous with refined taste, exceptional service and top notch cuisine around the world. Ruth’s Chris in Birmingham boasts a variety of private and semi-private dining options for 10 to 300 guests and is conveniently located between Birmingham’s upscale Homewood and Mountain Brook neighborhoods, near Vulcan Park and Museum, St. Vincent’s Hospital and the Birmingham Zoo.

2300 Woodcrest Place Birmingham, AL 35209 205.879.9995 ruthschris.net @RuthsChrisBHAM Lunch: Daily from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Dinner: Nightly from 3 p.m. - 10 p.m. Private Dining Facilities for up to 300 View their mobile profile at EXCURSIONSGO.com

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LOCALDINING

Slice Pizza & Brew is located in Vestavia Hills.

EGG ROLL EXPRESS

100 Bessemer Super Highway Midfield, 205.925.4670

BESSEMER, MCCALLA, WEST

3710 Richard M Scrushy Pkwy 205.781.4680

FAIRFIELD SEAFOOD EXPRESS

ALL ORIGINAL PIZZERIA

4760 Eastern Valley Road, Suite 122, McCalla, 205.477.1123 BOB SYKES BAR-B-Q

1724 9th Ave. N, Bessemer 205.426.1400, THE BRIGHT STAR

304 19th Street N, Bessemer 205.426.1861 CLASSIC BURGER

1732 15th St N, Bessemer 205.424.5742 DEB’S HOT DOGS

1395 4th Ave SW 205.424.7600

DEERMAN’S BBQ

2444 Palamino Ln, Forestdale 205.798.3565 EAGLES RESTAURANT

2610 16 Street N, Birmingham 205.320.0099 EAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI DINER (LENA’S)

3103 Ensley Five Points W Ave 205.781.7837

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GOLDEN DRAGON I

2227 Bessemer Rd 205.788.8730 GOLDEN WOK

1421 Forestdale Blvd, Forestdale 205.798.7288 GUS’S HOT DOGS

224 Brooklane Drive Hueytown 205.491.8565 HABANERO’S MEXICAN GRILL

3048 Allison Bonnett Memorial Drive 205.491.9974 HABANERO’S MEXICAN GRILL

4863 Promenade Pkwy., Ste. 103 205.438.1558 HOME PLATE DINER

2780 Allison Bonnett Memorial Drive, 205.744.8855 JADE GARDEN

760 Academy Drive, Ste. 112, Bessemer, 205.428.5878 JENNIE’S SANDWICH SHOP

331 4th Avenue N, 205.424.3663

J J WINGS

900 Milstead Rd Fairfield 205.783.8610 J’S WINGS 2

1011 9th Ave, Bessemer 205.565.4555 KRISPY KREME DOUGHNUTS

96 Weibel Dr., Midfield 205.923.2016

LOGAN’S ROADHOUSE

5000 Bond Blvd, Bessemer 205.481.9588 LOS SOMBERO’S

5031 Ford Pkwy., Ste. 107 205.425.8887 MAIN MOON CHINESE RESTAURANT

737 9th Ave N, Bessemer 205.425.7277

MILO’S HAMBURGERS - BESSEMER

757 Academy Dr, Bessemer 205.426.1650

OFF THE HOOK FOOD TRUCK AND CATERING

1205 Lake Dr SE, Bessemer 205.616.1757

RAGGEDY ANN’S COUNTRY CAFE

1030 4th Ave N, Bessemer 205.425.8415 RAILROAD CAFE

1205 Lake Dr. SE., Ste. 111 205.424.1073 SAN ANTONIO GRILL – MCCALLA

4760 Eastern Valley Rd 205.477.1110

SHANGHAI CHINESE RESTAURANT

156 River Square Plaza Hueytown 205.491.4422 SPEEDY’S MEXICAN FOODS

275 Forest Rd Hueytown 205.744.4659

SMOKEHOUSE STEAK & SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

MORGAN’S CAFE

348 Finley Ave. W 205.323.6427

MR. HOTDOG

1371 Bessemer Road 205.923.2422

NIKI’S WEST

3043 Allison Bonnett Memorial Drive, 205.491.1333

1205 Lake Dr SE Ste 111, Bessemer 205.519.5580 216 19th Street N, 205.425.1545 233 Finley Ave. W 205.252.5751

TOP THAT GRILLE II

UNCLE SAM’S BARBECUE

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323 Summit Blvd. 205.967.5800


LOCALDINING

SLICE PIZZA & BREW

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lice Pizza & Brew has become a Birmingham staple since it’s original location opened in the Lakeview District. Started by brothers, Jeff, Chris and Jason Bajalieh, Slice is as local as you can get, from the owners to the ingredients that go into every pizza to the beer on tap. Slice originated as a place not just to eat, but to hangout and has held true to this sentiment with the opening of the second Slice

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Pizza & Brew in Vestavia Hills across from Lifetime Fitness. No matter who you are or where you’re from, you’ll love the food and atmosphere at this local favorite amongst the movers and shakers of Birmingham. Come enjoy the best pizza in Birmingham! For more information on Slice or their two locations, please visit slicebirmingham.com. Visit EXCURSIONSGO.com for hours, events and more

Slice Lakeview 725 29th Street S Birmingham, AL 35233 205.715.9300 Slice Vestavia 304 Timberlake Drive Vestavia Hills, AL 35243 205.557.5423 slicebirmingham.com @SlicePizzaBrew @BirminghamSlice @SlicePizzaBham

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LOCALDINING

The Tutwiler Bar & Grill is located in the HIstoric Tutwlier Hotel in downtown.

BAJA CALIFORNIA CANTINA

BONEFISH GRILL

3430 Galleria Circle 205.985.9545

1694 Montgomery Hwy, Hoover 205.761.1061

4000 Grand Ave, 205.949.3051

TWIN PEAKS

CAJUN STEAMER BAR AND GRILL

4330 Creekside Ave, Hoover 205.203.9461

BROCK’S

180 Main Street, Ste. 200 205.985.7785

DONATOS PIZZA

629 Montgomery Hwy. 205.824.1112 EDGAR’S OLD STYLE BAKERY

180 Main Street, Ste. 240 205.987.0790

FIREBIRDS ROCKY MOUNTAIN GRILL

4133 White Oak Drive 205.578.2553

3443 Lorna Road 205.978.1603

COSTA’S MEDITERRANEAN CAFE

Patton Creek Shopping Ctr., Hoover 205.733.2002

AMIGO’S MEXICAN GRILL

COZUMEL GRILL & MEXICAN RESTAURANT

1681 Montgomery Hwy. 205.823.3474

ALABAMA BISCUIT

3659 Lorna Rd. 205.682.8090

BAHA BURGER

4745 Chace Cir. 205.682.6980 BAUMHOWER’S RESTAURANT

4445 Creekside Ave 205.403.7474 BISTRO V

521 Montgomery Hwy., Ste. 113 205.823.1505 BILLY’S SPORTS GRILL

4520 Overton Road, Ste. 104 205.956.2323

2754 Pelham Pkwy Pelham 205.621.8886 CUSTOM’S CAFE

1845 Montgomery Hwy. 205.987.0176 DALE’S SOUTHERN GRILL

1843 Montgomery Hwy, Suite 107, 205.987.4757 DEPOT DELI & GRILL

29 Lake Davidson Ln Helena 205.620.1426 DIPLOMAT DELICATESSEN & SPIRITS

BLUE PACIFIC AT HOOVER FOOD MART

1425 Montgomery Hwy, Ste. 101, Vestavia Hills, 205.979.1515

BLUFF PARK DINER

1615 Montgomery Hwy., Ste. 124 205.822.8000

3219 Lorna Rd 205.978.0754

591 Shades Crest Road 205.824.4320

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DAVE’S DELI

FISH MARKET RESTAURANT

FORMOSA CHINESE RESTAURANT

2109 Lorna Ridge Dr. 205.900.8021

FRIED GREEN TOMATOES

1615 Montgomery Hwy. 205.824.5000

FULL MOON BAR-B-QUE . HOOVER

2000 Patton Chapel Road 205.822.6666

GABRIEL’S SPIRITED CAFE

3706 Lorna Road 205.985.0983

GOLDEN RULE BARBECUE HOOVER

1571 Montgomery Hwy. 205.823.7770 GREAT WRAPS

2000 Riverchase Galleria, Ste 222 205.985.0810

HAAGEN-DAZS ICE CREAM & YOGURT SHOP

2000 Riverchase Galleria, Ste 210 205.987.6255 HABANEROS MEXICAN GRILL. HOOVER

1601 Montgomery Hwy. 205.979.7772 HUNAN GARDEN

1851 Montgomery Hwy. 205.987.9599 HUNGRY HOWIE’S PIZZA

177-A Montgomery Hwy. 205.444.2300

ICHIBAN JAPANESE STEAK HOUSE

620 Old Towne Road 205.822.4646

IZ CAFÉ ROCKY RIDGE

2514 Rocky Ridge Road 205.979.7570 J. ALEXANDER’S RESTAURANT

3320 Galleria Circle 205.733.9995

JAKE’S SOULFOOD CAFE HOOVER

3075 John Hawkins Pwky. 205.438.6340

JEFFERSON’S RESTAURANT

4524 Southlake Pkwy 205.989.9464

JIM N NICK’S BAR B Q -

1810 Montgomery Hwy. S 205.733.1300

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LOCALDINING

TUTWILER BAR AND GRILL

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utwiler Bar and Grill, located inside the fully restored Historic Tutwiler Hotel in downtown Birmingham, is another concept by local restaurateur, Bobby Lorino. The modern, sophisticated styling of the recently remodeled decor is second only to the extensive menu, wine selection and full bar. Open for lunch, dinner and brunch on weekends, the menu offers appetizers like a fresh gulf shrimp cocktail. Lunch choices range from salads with your favorite grilledto-order protein to house-made crabcakes, sandwiches and burgers.

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The menu is elevated for the dinner hour to include fresh seafood dishes, steak choices and a decadent dessert menu. Their extensive wine selection is certain to offer the perfect wine to pair with your meal and dessert. The locally-famous bar area is a mainstay for downtown power brokers during the lunch hour and for cocktails and conversation after the work day ends. Allen, who has been tending bar at the Tutwiler for more than 30 years, pours the finest classic cocktails, craft beer and wine. The Tutwiler Bar and Grill’s main dining is petitioned beyond glass doors for those who prefer a quiet dinner away from the bustle of bar area. Impeccable service with mouthwatering dishes is the hallmark of this local treasure.

2021 Park Place Birmingham, AL 35203 205.322.2100 thetutwilerbarandgrill.com Dining Room Hours: Monday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Bar Hours: Monday - Saturday 11 a.m. until close Sunday 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. with bar menu available View their mobile profile at EXCURSIONSGO.com

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LOCALDINING

Ocean Restaurant is located in Five Points South, Birmingham’s Premier Culinary and Entertainment District

2341 John Hawkins Pkwy., Ste. 119 205.982.7797

PAZZO BIG SLICE PIZZA

1678 Montgomery Hwy. 205.383.3303 RAGTIME CAFE

JOHNNY BRUSCO’S

2080 Valleydale Rd 205.988.5323

KLINGLER’S EUROPEAN BAKERY & CAFE

1594 Montgomery Hwy., Ste. 102M 205.823.7206

LA FIESTA

2673 Valleydale Road 205.874.6888

MICKEY’S GRILL

1837 Montgomery Hwy 205.682.3211

MOSS ROCK TACOS & TEQUILA

1843 Montgomery Hwy. 205.988.3319

MOE’S ORIGINAL BBQ

3321 Lorna Road 205.823.9070

MUGSHOTS GRILL & BAR

1360 Montgomery Hwy., Ste. 128 205.979.4902

NEWK’S EATERY

3250 Galleria Circle 205.982.3070

2516 Rocky Ridge Road 205.637.5270

621 Montgomery Hwy. 205.823.4560

1941 Hoover Court, Ste. A 205.979.7314 4524 Southlake Pkwy., Ste. 7 205.538.7637 616 Preserve Pkwy. 205.783.1130

181 Main Street, Ste. 201 205.985.8841 110 Inverness Plaza 205.995.2902

612 Montgomery Hwy., Ste. 110 205.777.0442 ON TAP SPORTS CAFÉ – GALLERIA

3440 Galleria Circle 205.988.3203

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SALVATORE’S PIZZA

SHANE’S RIB SHACK

SHARKS FISH & CHICKEN

SHONOS RESTAURANT

SILVER COIN INDIAN GRILL

SOL AZTECA

STIX

SUMO JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR

151 Main Street 205.444.1515

SWAMP MONSTER BBQ

1843 Montgomery Hwy. 205.403.2076

TABOON NOON O KABAB

1550 Montgomery Hwy. 205.979.1717 TECATE BAR & GRILL

612 Montgomery Hwy., Ste. 100 205.823.2399 THE BOOT AT THE GROVE

5532 Grove Blvd. 205.989.7772

VECCHIA PIZZERAI & MERCATO

610 Preserve Pkwy., Suite 100 205.637.3036

YUKI JAPANESE RESTAURANT

2760 John Hawkins Pkwy. 205.402.9888

ZAPATA MEXICAN RESTAURANT

2005 Valleydale Road, Ste. 3 205.733.1115

ZOE’S KITCHEN - PATTON CREEK

180 Main Street, Ste. 140 205.989.4020 ❖

THE FISH MARKET RESTAURANT

1681 US 31 Hwy 205.823.3474 THE PITA CAFE

2801 Hwy. 150, Ste. 137J 205.402.7482 THE RIDGE EAT & DRINK

3325 Rocky Ridge Rd 205.917.5080 TIP TOP GRILL

588 Shades Crest Road 205.978.8677 TORTUGAS HOMEMADE PIZZA

2801 John Hawkins Pkwy., Ste. 169R 205.403.9800 VILLA ITALIAN KITCHEN

2000 Riverchase Galleria 205.290.5516

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OCEAN

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oted Best Restaurant, Best Chef and the recipient of AAA Four Diamond Award for more than a decade, Ocean offers fresh seafood in an exciting and contemporary atmosphere. The bold seafood menu at Ocean makes the restaurant a premier location for fine dining in Birmingham. Ocean is widely known as one of the city’s crown jewels as accolades have been heaped on the restaurant, chef and owner George Reis and on the restaurant’s fine wine offerings. Many patrons stop by for a signature martini at the newly renovated white marble topped bar. The beautiful environment, paired with one of Ocean’s signature

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cocktails, is a perfect way to start the night. Other locals head straight to the Raw Bar for seafood offerings not found anywhere else in the city. From the imposing Seafood Tower that showcases most of the Raw Bar’s offerings to the various oysters, lobster, crab legs and mussels served at the bar, it is a wonderful taste of what Ocean has in store. The casual atmosphere of the patio dining area is perfect for a low-key night out with friends or entertaining clients, but be sure to sample the award-winning and recently restyled dining experience inside as well. Any seafood lover is certain to find their favorite on the menu, whether it be shrimp or one of the restaurant’s whole fish offerings, which changes daily. For those who aren’t in a seafood mood, Reis offers a cooked-toperfection Hereford filet mignon as well as a number of salads and desserts

that will satisfy any craving. Located in the historic Five Points South area, Ocean is at the center of the city’s entertainment and culinary center. Reservations are encouraged and there’s ample seating at the bar.

1218 20th Street South Birmingham, AL 35205 205.933.0999 oceanbirmingham.com @oceanbirmingham Tuesday-Saturday: 5:30 - 10:30 p.m. View their mobile profile at EXCURSIONSGO.com

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LOCALDINING

5 Point Public House Oyster Bar

Margaronas Cantina 230 State Farm Parkway Homewood, Alabama 35209 205.848.2810 @MargaronasCantinaHomewood; Find us on Yelp

Visit Margaronas Cantina in Homewood, Alabama. Serving traditional and authentic Mexican dishes, Margaronas Cantina has quickly become a stand-out among locals. The modern atmosphere pays tribute to Mexico with a heightened level of comfort and sophistication. Enjoy dining inside or out on the covered patio. The full bar offers the finest tequilas and your other favorite spirits plus drinks specials daily. The owners and staff will greet you at the door and ensure your experience is the very best in Birmingham. HOURS OF OPERATION: Sunday – Wednesday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Thursday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. View their mobile profile at EXCURSIONSGO.com

1210 20th Street South Birmingham, AL 35205 205.918.0726 5pointpublichouse.com

@5PointPublicHouseOysterBar @5PointPublicHouse

5 Point Public House Oyster Bar offers a new, fresh take on seafood and more from celebrated chef and owner George Reis. Offerings include an oyster bar that serves only Southeastern coastal oysters as well as sushi, but also oven breads, house-made smoked kielbasa and a variety of specialty burgers. Inf luences come from a variety of items, recipes, countries and cultures. Boasting more than 40 craft beer offerings, two dozen draft beers, a number of cocktails and eight keg-style wines on tap, their unique craft beer delivery system pumps your favorite craft to your own personal tap at the pub table...very cool indeed. HOURS OF OPERATION

Appetizers: Cheese Dip, Guacamole, Chorizo Queso, Spinach Dip Entrees: Nachos, Street Tacos, Mexican Spaghetti, Fajitas, Cowboy Steak, Enchiladas, Burritos, Quesadillas and more Seafood: Seafood Taco Salad, Shrimp Nachos, Costa Quesadilla, Camarones Chipotle, Carribean Catch, Fish Tacos, Shrimp Tacos and more Desserts: Flan, Fried Ice Cream, Churros, Choco Chimi Vegetarian Options and Children’s Menu Available

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On the Menu Oven Breads, Small Plates and Greens, Sushi, Burgers, Daily Mac & Cheese, Fish Tacos, Shrimp & Grits, Duck Confit Pizza PHOTO:

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Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Saturday: 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.

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Makarios Kabob & Grill 940 20th Street S, Birmingham 35205; 205.731.7414 2931 Columbiana Rd, Vestavia Hills 35216; 205.979.6495 makarioskabob.com

Discover Makarios Kabob and experience the jewel of Middle Eastern traditional authentic cuisine. Makarios Kabob is known for its bright flavors, freshness, delicate marinades for chicken, lamb and beef kabobs which rely on the essential combinations of fresh lemon, aromatic olive oils and fragrant spices. Markarios serves delicious selections such as lamb or beef shish kabob, lamb chops, sautéed lamb and beef, classic or zesty ghallaba, shawarma plates and so much more. Makarios’ friendly staff will help guide your experience HOURS OF OPERATION: Sunday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Friday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 1 a.m. View their mobile profile at EXCURSIONSGO.com

Grille 29 971 Brookwood Village, Birmingham, Alabama 35209 205.783.1295 grille29.com/birmingham @grille29_Bham

Perfect for lunch, a casual dinner, drinks and appetizers after work or for Birmingham’s hottest weekend brunch. Grille 29 has something on our menu for everyone. You don’t have to be dressed up or wait for a special occasion, just bring your appetite. Grille 29 is Birmingham’s best combination of location, casual atmosphere and great food. Grille 29 is located at Brookwood Village on Village Lane at the edge of Macy’s parking. We are centrally located between Vestavia, Homewood and Mountain Brook just off Hwy 280 or Hwy 31 and just down Lakeshore Drive from Interstate 65. Join us for lunch, dinner, or brunch—including our new Saturday Brunch starting at 10 a.m.—and enjoy 50% off Happy Hour specials Monday through Friday from 3 - 6 p.m. HOURS OF OPERATION Monday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 9.30 p.m. Friday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday & Sunday Brunch 10 a.m - 2 p.m. See their mobile profile at EXCURSIONSGO.com

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On the Menu Appetizers: Baba Ghannooj, Hommous with Veggies, Sauteed Lamb with Mushroom Entrees: Shish Kabob, Grape Leaves Dinner, Shawarma Plate Seafood: Salmon Ghallaba, Sauteed Swordfish, Shish Shrimp, BBQ Shrimp Vegetarian Options Available

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On the Menu Baked Maryland Crab Dip - Lump crab cheese dip with home-baked crostini Filet Mignon - Grilled certified Choice Hereford served with jumbo asparagus, 7oz. cut Jumbo Lump Crabcakes - Pan roasted Maryland-style, served with fresh asparagus

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Mudtown Eat & Drink

Abhi Eatery + Bar

3144 Green Valley Road, Vestavia Hills, AL 35243 205.967.3300; mudtownalabama.com

300 Summit Blvd, Ste. 104, Birmingham, AL 35243 205.969.6858; @abhi_restaurant

HOURS OF OPERATION Sunday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 9.30 p.m. Friday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Sunday Brunch 11 a.m - 3 p.m. See their mobile profile at EXCURSIONSGO.com

On the Menu Cahaba Chicken Sandwich - Hand-breaded and fried chicken filet tossed in our Cahaba Wing Sauce and topped with ranch coleslaw. Simple and delicious Charleston Shrimp & Grits - A Southern classic from the poorhouse to the penthouse! Tons of flavor here, from the garlic cheese grits to the Andouille sausage, shrimp and vegetables

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Located in The Summit shopping complex just south of downtown Birmingham, ABHI Eatery + Bar is a locallyowned Asian Fusion restaurant created by Chef Abhi Sainju and his wife, Ainah. The menu ranges from shareables like Momos (Abhi’s house-made dumplings—a house signature dish), Kathmandu Fried Chicken (KFC) Lollipops, and sushi to noodle, ramen and curry bowls. The sheer number of bowls to choose from is mind-blowing and you will need to visit over and over again to try them all. The bar isn’t anything to overlook either. An awardwinning bartender is constantly preparing special concoctions to pair with various items on the menu. HOURS OF OPERATION Monday - Thursday 5 - 9 p.m. Friday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m - 9 p.m. See their mobile profile at EXCURSIONSGO.com

On the Menu Salads, Sandwiches, Grilled Skewers, Sushi Rolls, Bowls, Momos, Curry Bowls, Noodle Bowls and Desserts Vegan and Vegetarian Options Available PHOTO:

They named their restaurant from the nickname given by the Creek Indians in the 1800s. The Native Americans inhabiting the Cahaba River banks, immediately east of the restaurant’s location, nicknamed the area “mudtown” due to the swampy, muddy conditions as a result of heavy rains. Even though they named a restaurant after dirt, the food is fantastic, fresh and fun. The beverages are cold and unique. The atmosphere is inviting and comforting. As you walk in to Mudtown, you will feel the prevailing friendly spirit, smell the enticing aromas from the kitchen and anticipate a quality dining experience served by people who genuinely appreciate you stopping by.

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Soho Social Homewood 1830 29th Avenue South, Homewood, AL 35209 205.423.8080; sohosocial.bar @sohosocialhomewood

A local bar and grill centered around Homewood and Birmingham. With a unique spin on American classics, we offer a familiar and yet fresh experience with neighborhood friendly service.

1694 Montgomery Hwy Hoover, Alabama 35216 205.761.1061 @Baja-California-Cantina-and-Grill-Hoover

With outstanding reviews and consistently high praise from customers, Baja California Cantina and Grill in Hoover should be on the top of your list for the best Tex-Mex cuisine, delicious drinks with your favorite spirits and impeccable service. All of their margaritas are made with fresh-squeezed lime juice. Baja California Cantina and Grill is open seven days a week and conveniently located to all hotels in the Hoover, Vestavia Hills and Bessemer areas. Catch live music performances by following them on Facebook.

Sunday - Friday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

HOURS OF OPERATION: Sunday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

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On the Menu

On the Menu

Pork Belly Lollipops - “red hills mild brown” braised + finished crispy with choice of exotic sauces.

Appetizers: California Nachos, Crazy Nachos, Chorizo Dip, 3 Amigos Dip Entrees: California Fajitas, Carne Asada, Chimichangas, Burrito Bandito Seafood: Baja Fishing Trip, Fish Tacos, Seafood Taco Salad Desserts: Sopapilla! (our famous home-made dough deep-fried covered with cinnamon, sugar and butter), Fried Ice Cream Children’s Menu and Vegetarian Options Available

HOURS OF OPERATION

Iceberg Wedge - chopped bacon, gorgonzola, tomato, candied walnuts, cornbread croutons and spicy ranch dressing.

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Campechano Burger - blackened and topped with our house blend of chorizo, beef barbacoa and 3 bacons. Drowned in queso and complete with smoked, taco topping and a sunny egg.

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Explore Historic Morris Avenue

The century-old buildings and original cobblestone streets are popular backdrops for local photographers and movie companies from around the world..

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 Alabama Peanut Company 2016 Morris Ave; 205.538.7422 alabamapeanut.com One of America’s last surviving peanut merchants, Alabama Peanut Co. roasts and boils peanuts in the heart of Alabama’s Magic City. Utilizing antique roasters that are original to the peanut business that has occupied the space on historic Morris Avenue since 1907, they barrel roast fresh peanuts daily and ship them out within hours of their perfect roast. Their roots are in the

uniquely Southern art of boiling peanuts. They currently offer over fifteen flavors of boiled peanuts that are served up fresh daily. Shop their collection of Alabama Peanut Co. branded apparel that is available online and in the shop. All t-shirts are screen-printed in downtown Birmingham. Follow them @alabamapeanut to find out where they might be popping up around town and to discover their boiled peanut flavors of the day.

Circa 1910

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 Morris Avenue History Morris Avenue, known for its original cobblestone pavers, is a narrow, east-west avenue between 1st Avenue North and the Railroad Reservation. Because of its adjacency to railroad depots and services, it rapidly developed into an early commercial and warehouse district in Birmingham’s early days. The avenue is named for Josiah Morris, a banker and one of the initial shareholders in the Elyton Land Company. By the late 1880s Morris Avenue was lined with

three and four-story brick warehouses from 21st to 25th Streets. The Louisville & Nashville Railroad claimed ownership of the section of Morris Avenue between 14th and 18th Streets, which had been used as a produce market and later for automobile parking. Today, new businesses are taking up residence in the area to serve the booming loftdwelling population. Alabama Peanut Company and Pilcrow Cocktail Cellar are our recommendations while you’re visiting the Magic City.

 Pilcrow Cocktail Cellar 2015 1st Ave N, #1e, info@pilcrowbham.com pilcrowbham.com Near the end of the 19th century, Founder’s Station originally hosted a printing press company. In honor of the building’s history, Pilcrow Cocktail Cellar chose its name after the typographical character used to indicate a new paragraph or section of text. Established in late 2018, Pilcrow Cocktail Cellar specializes in premium craft cocktails and has rapidly become one of Birmingham’s most favored and most unique watering holes and casual gathering spots. Find out more in their online profile at excursionsgo.com.

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F E AT U R E D B R E W E R I E S

AVONDALE BREWING COMPANY

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here’s nothing better than good stories told over great beer. That’s why at Avondale Brewing Company they’ve named all their beers after the folklore of Avondale. They craft their brews with the same unique character and style as the stories they’re named after. Avondale Brewing is a locally-owned and operated brewery in the heart of the Birmingham. ABC is dedicated to the community and you’ll find that everything they do is about giving back and building up Birmingham. Please visit them and enjoy the fruits of their labor.

THE TAPROOM 16 inside taps! Come by the brewery for beers in the taproom

and see them at work crafting delicious brews. They’re open every day for sampling of their latest and greatest handcrafted beverages. SPECIAL EVENTS, LIVE MUSIC AND FESTIVALS Avondale Brewing

Company is the perfect place for any special event you have. Their spacious upper story is complete with its own bar and is accessible from its own stairwell for privacy and convenience. Perfect for a wedding, company meeting or formal gathering. Their large outdoor patio and stage is host to weekly live music as well as annual music and food festivals. Check the schedule to see what they’ve got going on!

TAPROOM HOURS: Mon - Wed: noon-10 p.m.;

Thu - Sat: noon-midnight; Sun: 1-10 p.m. 201 41st Street South; 205.777.5456; avondalebrewing.com @AvondaleBrewingCompany

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A FEW OF OUR FLAGSHIP BREWS SPRING STREET SAISON A Belgianstyle farmhouse ale. The Saison is the flagship brew that helped spawn the formation of Avondale Brewing Co. One sip and you will fall in love. BATTLEFIELD INDIA PALE ALE A new twist on an American IPA. A hoppy citrus and floral nose invites you to experience the perfectly balanced IPA. The natural bouquet of their hop blend and malt gives this IPA a victory all its own. VANILLAPHANT PORTER A superb vanilla porter; an ale which is surprisingly light bodied for its robust flavor and has all the chocolate and roasted nut flavors you would expect in a porter but with a special vanilla twist at the end. MISS FANCY’S TRIPEL A strong Belgian golden ale rich in flavor and alcohol. The use of malts, traditional hops, a proprietary yeast blend and Belgian candi sugar creates a very special beer named after a very special elephant.


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GOOD PEOPLE BREWING COMPANY

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n the South, when someone is genuine, honest, and caring, they’re called “good people.” That’s who Good People Brewing Company keeps in mind when they’re crafting beer—the kind of humble, caring, and respected folks they grew up with. That philosophy has carried over to how they designed their taproom and social spaces. The taproom and outdoor patios and terraces allow for beer-lovers, regardless of how many there in a group, to comfortably sit and enjoy great beer and engaging conversation. Great beer is meant to be set down on a tabletop and overshadowed by conversation, friends, family. And every glass is an invitation.

THE TAPROOM The vast indoor taproom features all of Good People’s mainstay brews and a rotation of seasonal and specialty brews only available on-site. Watch the magic happen in the brewery through the large windows while discovering your next favorite beers from the oldest and largest brewery in Alabama. Tours available. LOCATED ACROSS FROM REGIONS FIELD Conveniently located across

from the Birmingham Barons stadium (Regions Field) and Railroad Park, be sure to drop by before or after a game for a brew.

TAPROOM HOURS: Mon - Wed: noon-10 p.m.;

Thu - Sat: noon-midnight; Sun: 1-8 p.m. 114 14th Street South; 205.326.4229

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A FEW OF OUR FLAGSHIP BREWS PALE ALE Our pale ale balances the subtle caramel tones of 2-row & 5 specialty malts with just the right amount of hops. Complex and versatile, it’s good anytime, anywhere for any occasion . . IPA Our flagship brew. The unfiltered, dryhopped IPA with a copper-colored aromatic punch. Herbal and earthy hops are balanced with a light caramel finish. Crisp and refreshing, it’s a hop lover’s dream. MUCHACHO ¿Que pasa Muchacho? Only the easiest drinkin’ Mexicanstyle lager known north of the border that’s what. Crisp, clear, and tasty, this good hombre is muy bueno when chillin’ at cookouts, ball games, and fiestas. SNAKE HANDLER This Double IPA brew is a spirited celebration of all things hoppy. Aromas of pine, citrus, flowers, spice, pineapple, and grassiness complement a biscuit and caramel backbone. Hands down, our most requested beer.

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LOCALNIGHTLIFE

SOUTHSIDE AND DOWNTOWN  1ST AND 23RD 2300 1st Ave N 205.213.8255

 AVONDALE BREWING

COMPANY 201 41st Street S 205.777.5456

 GOOD PEOPLE BREWING

COMPANY 114 14th Street S 205.326.4229

 HAVANA ON 1ST 2312 1st Ave N 205.213.8255

 OASIS 2807 7th Ave. S 205.323.5538

 PILCROW COCKTAIL CELLAR 2015 1st Ave N, #1E

 THE REFINERY 728 29th St S 205.407.5686

 THE WINE LOFT 2200 1st Ave. N 205.323.8228

2709 7th Ave. S 205.323.4356

DAVE’S PUB 1128 20th Street S 205.933.4030

MAMANOES TASTING PARLOR 2301-B 2nd Ave. N 629.888.3222

3000 BAR 1100 20th Street S 205.933.3222

DERBY BAR & GRILL 3630 6th Ave S 205.595.0067

MARTY’S P.M. 1813 10th Court S 205.939.0045

41ST STREET PUB & AIRCRAFT SALES 130 41st Street S, Suite 105 205.202.4187

FREDDY’S WINE BAR 2251 Highland Ave S

MOON SHINE AT ELYTON HOTEL 1928 1st Ave N 205.731.3600

 TIN ROOF

BACK FORTY BEER COMPANY 3201 1st Ave N 205.407.8025 BIRMINGHAM DAIQUIRIS 324 9th St N 205.226.6790 BLUE MONKEY LOUNGE 1318 Cobb Lane 205.933.9222 BROWNS BAR 720 29th Street S 205.520.8885 CAHABA BREWING COMPANY 2616 3rd Ave. S 205.578.2616

GABLE SQUARE SALOON 803 9th Court S 205.251.0960 GARAGE CAFE 2304 10th Terrace S 205.322.3220 GHOST TRAIN BREWING CO. 2616 3rd Ave. S 205.201.5817 INNISFREE IRISH PUB 710 29th Street S 205.252.4252 IRON CITY BIRMINGHAM 513 22nd Street S 205.202.5483 LOU’S PUB & PACKAGE STORE 726 29th Street S 205.322.7005

NANA FUNKS 708 29th Street S 205.250.8003 OUR PLACE 2115 7th Ave S 205.715.0077 PALE EDDIE’S 2308 2nd Ave, N 205.297.0052 PAPER DOLL 2320 1st Ave N 205.283.6391 PARKSIDE 4036 5th Ave. S 205.595.0920 QUEEN’S PARK 112 24th St N, #102

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Havana on First

1st and 23rd

2312 1st Avenue North, Birmingham AL 35203 205.703.9260 HavanaOn1st.com

2300 1st Avenue North, Birmingham AL 35203 205.213.8255 1stand23rd.com

Havana on First is Birmingham’s premier cigar lounge located in the heart of Downtown Birmingham. They offer premium cigars paired with a collection of some of the best bourbon, whiskey and scotch selections available.

1st and 23rd located in the loft district of Downtown Birmingham offers a lounge environment to enjoy live music, great food and a variety of signature cocktails. Come enjoy their southern cuisine and amazing flatbread pizzas.

Havana offers a relaxing environment to enjoy a great cigar, cocktail and watch the game. You can even test your skill at poker and chess or enjoy a competitive game of pool. The staff is knowledgeable and trained to provide exceptional service to their guests. Havana on First delivers from the comfort of the seating to the knowledge of the staff and the quality of the air, and they are your destination for an unparalleled experience. HOURS:

Tuesday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – midnight Sunday 12 p.m. - 11 p.m. @HavanaOn1st View their mobile profile at EXCURSIONSGO.com

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1st and 23rd offers weekly specials such as $2 Taco Tuesday, 1/2 Off Drinks on Wednesday and other food specials. They also invite you to join them Sundays for brunch, including their homemade, delicious salmon croquettes.

HOURS:

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The Wine Loft 2200 1st Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203 205.323.8228 wineloftbham.com @Wine.Loft.Birmingham

@WineLoftBham

Experience excellence and enjoy the beautiful décor, music, wine, delicious food and knowledgeable staff at The Wine Loft. Located in the heart of Birmingham’s historic downtown entertainment district, The Wine Loft offers a unique experience for those with a sophisticated palate and sense of style. Relax with friends or colleagues in one of their curtained lounge areas and choose from the vast collection of wines from the wine cellar or you may prefer a craft cocktail or beer from the fully-stocked bar. Treat yourself to wines by the glass or bottle served alongside eclectic tapas, appetizers, pizzas, gourmet flatbreads and desserts.

Oasis 2807 7th Avenue South, Birmingham AL 35233 205.323.5538 oasisbar.com For close to 30 years, Oasis Roadhouse Bar has been one of Birmingham’s favorite hot spots. Opening daily at 3 p.m. for happy hour, the down-home atmosphere keeps out-of-towners and locals always coming back. Oasis maintains top-of-the-line bartenders who are friendly and efficient, while showing their true southern charm. Oasis is well known for the amazing talent of professional musicians on their stage and has been the “beginning” to fame for some great artists, like platinum recording artist Taylor Hicks, who still calls Oasis “home.” With live music every night of the week, Oasis is sure to entertain. They also provide professional dart boards that are free to play. Drink specials 7 days a week.

Reserve space for special events or business presentations for groups of 20 to 200 people. HOURS: HOURS OF OPERATION

Tuesday - Saturday 5 p.m. - til View their mobile profile at EXCURSIONSGO.com for more photos, Facebook feed, link to website and more.

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LOCALNIGHTLIFE SATURN 200 41st Street S 205.703.9545

BOURBON ST. BAR & LOUNGE 1568 Cooper Hill Road 205.957.1006

SLEEK SPORTS BAR 1005 20th Street S 205.848.5965

BOXCAR VAPE 5510 Crestwood Blvd. 205.593.4144

THE COLLINS BAR 2125 2nd Ave. N, Ste 100 205.323.7995 THE FURNACE 309 28th Street N 205.251.5551 THE LAB BAR AND KITCHEN 808 20th St S 205.933.9000 THE LOUIS AT PIZITZ FOOD HALL 1821 2nd Ave N 205.730.9002 THE LUMBAR 212 29th St S THE MARBLE RING 430 41st Street S, Birmingham 205.202.2252 THE NICK 2514 10th Ave. S 205.252.3831 THE ROOF AT THE REDMONT HOTEL 2101 5th Ave. N 205.957.6828 THE WOOLWORTH RECREATION AND REFRESHMENT 1006 20th St S 205.518.6311 TRIM TAB BREWING COMPANY 2721 5th Ave. S 828.545.4746

Crestwood Tavern 5500 Crestwood Blvd, Birmingham AL 35212 205.510.0053 crestwoodtavern.com

WORKPLAY 500 23rd Street S 205.879.4773 ZYDECO 2001 15th Ave. S 205.933.1032

The quintessential neighborhood bar and pub. Meet folks from near and far for a fun night out in one of Birmingham’s hottest residential areas.

AVONDALE, CRESTWOOD, IRONDALE

Great food to satisfy those early or late night cravings.

 CRESTWOOD TAVERN

Follow them on Facebook to catch live music performances. HOURS:

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HOMEWOOD, MOUNTAIN BROOK, INVERNESS SOHO SOCIAL HOMEWOOD 1830 29th Ave. S 205.423.8080 GREY BAR 5426 Hwy 280 205.874.6361 RED HILLS BREWING COMPANY 2823 Central Ave, Homewood 205.582.2897 RED LION LOUNGE 1926 29th Ave S. 205.871.8552 THE HUMIDOR ROOM CIGAR & SCOTCH BAR 5511 Hwy 280 205.995.4481 W XYZ BAR AT THE ALOFT HOTEL 1903 29th Ave S. 205.874.8055

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Located between Avondale and Crestwood off Crestwood Blvd., Mom’s Basement is laid-back, come-as-you-are, judgement-free space to drink, listen to great music from the dj or live band. There’s plenty of free parking and plenty of characters to meet and enjoy. Be sure to bring a photo of your mom for the Wall of Fame.

SideBar is the hottest spot in the most thriving entertainment district of Birmingham. Whether you’re just starting the afternoon or burning the midnight oil, this is your haven. With their weatherproof patio, there is plenty of space to enjoy the open air or belly up to the bar in our inviting front room and bring your A-game to our dance room—complete with back patio and a bar of its own.

With a full bar, Mom’s Basement offers all the comforts of home with a few surprises. Bring your friends to the photo booth or hang out near it and share in the laughs and good times. Visiting Mom’s is like getting a warm hug and a slap on the hand all at the same time...ahhh, just like home. Opens daily at 4 p.m. with Happy Hour til 7 p.m. Live Music often, a Pool Table and a Patio

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Come play or watch a game of beach volleyball on the newly-built outdoor beach volleyball court—equipped with loads of outdoor seating and a fully stocked bar. Happy Hour: 3-8 p.m. weekdays Live Music Every Friday and Saturday 18 Beers on Tap and HDTVs Inside and Out

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Performing Arts From live theater and caberet to opera and the symphony, Birmingham’s performing arts scenes is bound to amaze.

Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Ave. N; 205.252-2262; alabamatheatre.com Known as “The Showplace of the South,” The Alabama Theatre is located in the heart of downtown Birmingham Alabama on 3rd Avenue N. Since 1927 the Alabama Theatre has been the home to shows and performances ranging from movies, concerts, beauty pageants, silent films and even the Mickey Mouse Club! This beautiful theatre is an amazing piece of history that defies the imagination and must be experienced to be truly appreciated. 70 EXCURSIONS


Alabama Ballet 2726 1st Ave. S; 205.322.4300; alabamaballet.org Alabama Ballet seeks to promote and foster the development of classical and contemporary ballet through high-quality education and community outreach. They offer a variety of classes for all ages. Under the direction of Tracey Alvey, this company of professional dancers presents four full-length productions annually.

Alabama Symphony Orchestra 3621 6th Ave. S; 205.975.2787; alabamasymphony.org 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, giving 190 performances a year.

Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center 1200 10th Ave. S; 205.975.2787 or alysstephens.org The trademark of UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center is diversity—diverse performances and diverse audiences. From classical, pop, jazz and world beat music to dance, comedy, theater and family entertainment, the center welcomes the entire community into the magical realm of performing arts.

Birmingham Children’s Theatre 2130 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd N; 205.458.8181; bct123.org Birmingham Children’s Theatre was founded in 1946. Since that time, it has become one of America’s largest professional theatres for young

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PERFORMINGARTS audiences and now operates in a three theatre complex at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex. The theatre produces eight shows shows seasonally, four of which tour, giving the theatre a combined audience of over 200,000 each year.

Birmingham Festival Theatre 1901 11th Ave. S; 205.933.2383; bftonline.org Founded in 1972, Birmingham Festival Theatre is the oldest theatre in Birmingham producing contemporary and classic theatre. It is managed by an all-volunteer board of directors. Since its founding, BFT has staged more than 200 productions—involving more than 50 directors, almost 1,000 actors and 500 crew people—attended by almost 100,000 audience members.

Central Alabama Theater 36 Church Street; 888.870.2477; centralalabamatheater.com Central Alabama Theater (CAT) was founded in 2013 by Carl Peoples with the tag line “Where The Stars Fall On Alabama!” CAT produces a New York style Cabaret series titled CAT CABARET; a “free to the public” play reading series titled CAT SCRIPTS, as well as full productions of musicals and

plays. CAT is most proud of their Junior Advisory Board (JAB); the educational arm of the non-profit, where each year, 12 students from local high schools and colleges are chosen to serve (free of charge) on JAB where they learn performance best practices, as well as the “business” of theatre!

Opera Birmingham 3601 6th Ave. S; 205.322.6737; operabirmingham.org Northern 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.

Red Mountain Theatre Company 301 19th Street S; 205.324.2424; redmountaintheatre.org Red Mountain Theatre Company is a nonprofit professional theatre organization with an emphasis on musical theatre. Red Mountain Theatre Company‘s season begins in September and runs through July each year with a wide variety of well-known musicals.

Terrific New Theatre 2821 2nd Ave. S; 205.328.0868; terrificnewtheatre.com Founded by Steve Stella and Carl Stewart in 1986, Terrific New Theatre (TNT) is the off-Broadway of Birmingham. Featuring avant garde performances, TNT thrills audiences with performances that aren’t seen anywhere else in town. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm. Cash or checks only.

Theatre Downtown 2410 5th Ave. South; 205.565.8838; theatredowntown.org Theatre Downtown was founded in 2006 and provides the city of Birmingham with cutting-edge contemporary theatre and a host of Alabama and Southeastern premieres. A traveling troupe, Theatre Downtown performs throughout the Birmingham area in a variety of locations.

Verizon Wireless Music Center 1000 Amphitheatre Road; 205.985.0703 ; theoakmountaintainamphitheater.com Each year between April and October, some of the world’s top musicians perform in the beautiful outdoor arena, formerly known as Oak Mountain Amphitheatre. Fee varies with each performance. Now a LiveNation venue, located just south of the city, Highway 119 exit off I-65.

Virginia Samford Theatre 1116 26th Street S; 205.251.1206; virginiasamfordtheatre.org The Virginia Samford Theatre presents a wide variety of musicals. The charming historic theater with its parkside setting is located on Birmingham’s southside and has a lovely outdoor courtyard. Season begins each August.❖

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Annual Events From art exhibits, parades, music festivals and football to bass fishing, NASCAR and motocross, Birmingham has something for adults and children alike every month of the year. Martin Luther King Day BIRMINGHAM CIVIL RIGHTS INSTITUTE

Each year the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute offers tours for the Martin Luther King Day of Celebration and Service, reminding people that it is a “day on, not a day off.” The institute encourages citizens to use the day off work or school to work toward bettering their community, just as King did during his lifetime. 205.328.9696; bcri.org

Birmingham Art Crawl DOWNTOWN BIRMINGHAM

January – December: Join the Birmingham Art Crawl every first Thursday of the month rain or shine, as downtown Birmingham transforms into a walking art gallery full of artists, performers, food and fun! birminghamartcrawl.com 72 EXCURSIONS

FEBRUARY Beaker Bash 2019 MCWANE SCIENCE CENTER

February 2, 2019: McWane Science Center presents their annual fundraiser, Beaker Bash—a beloved tradition for Birmingham area families. Every year, Beaker Bash represents just one example of how science and fun come together to take education beyond the classroom to create a lifelong love of learning. 205.714.8300; mcwane.org

I Do With a View VULCAN PARK AND MUSEUM

February 14: Vulcan Park and Museum in partnership with 97.3 Play is offering couples the chance to marry or renew their vows on the most romantic day of the year —Valentine’s Day—with Vulcan as their

witness. The knowledgeable staff of GoPro Event Solutions coordinates the ceremonies that will take place on the City Overlook with beautiful Downtown Birmingham as the backdrop. Packages include an intimate 30-minute, outdoor ceremony performed by a licensed officiate, a keepsake bridal bouquet and boutonniere, professional photographs and a champagne toast for the bride and groom. Reservations are available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis. 205.933.1409; visitvulcan.com

Alabama Justice: The Cases and Faces That Changed a Nation Exhibition VULCAN PARK AND MUSEUM

February 15 - May 9, 2019 IDeveloped in part for Alabama’s bicentennial celebration, Alabama Justice: The Cases and Faces That Changed A

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ANNUALEVENTS

Mercedes Marathon

Birmingham Bowl

Nation, is an interactive, traveling exhibit that covers issues including civil rights, equal protection, city zoning and prayer in public schools. The exhibit is available for viewing 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Cost of admission is $6 Adults, $5 Seniors/ Military, $4 Children ages 5-12 and Children 4 and under are free.. 205.933.1409; visitvulcan.com

Big Machines Day MCWANE SCIENCE CENTER

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February 17, 2019: Get your motors running and head over to McWane Science Center for a truckload of fun. Spend a constructive day getting up close and personal with some big machines. 205.714.8300; mcwane.org

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Black History Month BIRMINGHAM CIVIL RIGHTS INSTITUTE

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the citizens of Birmingham attend celebrations and educational experiences throughout the month. Admission charged. 205.328.9696 ext. 203; bcri.org

Mercedes Marathon and Half Marathon LINN PARK

seasoned runner to participate in the weekend events and festivities. 205.870.7771; mercedesmarathon.com

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MARCH

April 26-28, 2019: Birmingham’s largest art festival spotlights 200 juried, fine artists from around the country in all mediums alongside Corks & Chefs: A Taste of Birmingham, Imagination Festival workshops for kids, two performance stages, a cafe and more. 205.595.6306; magiccityart.com.

35th Annual St. Patty’s Day Parade 5 POINTS SOUTH

March 14 - 17, 2019: Everyone Irish, and those who want to be, will be traveling down Birmingham’s “green” 20th St. The parade is a joint venture between Operation New Birmingham, The Alabama Celtic Association, Birmingham Irish Cultural Society and related organizations. 205.324.8797

Spring Walking Tours VULCAN PARK AND MUSEUM

March - May: Join Vulcan Park and Museum and friends for an educational and fun walking tour series of Birmingham’s neighborhoods. The series will begin on March 24 with a tour of the historic loft district. We will explore the Redmont Park community on April 14 and conclude the series with a tour of the Woodlawn neighborhood on May 5. Admission charged. 205.933.1409; visitvulcan.com

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April 27-28, 2019: Taste, Sip & Repeat. The 22nd annual tasting is an explosion of flavors, and the place where the culinary arts are paired with wine, craft beer, spirits and cocktails at the 36th Magic City Art Connection festival in Linn Park. Up to 12 talented chefs showcased each day alongside beverage sampling and seated seminars, guided tastings and demos. (previous listing) 205.595.6306; magiccityart.com

Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK

April 5-7, 2019: Pack your picnic, bring a cooler and head out to Barber Motorsports Park for a weekend full of activities and racing. This family-friendly event is right in your own backyard, so don’t miss out. EXCURSIONS 73


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MAY The Regions Tradition GREYSTON GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

May 8-12, 2019: The Regions Tradition, one of five major tournaments on the PGA Champions Tour, will be played at the beautiful Greystone Golf & Country Club. Admission charged. 205.969.9229; regionstradition.com

Barber Historics BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK

May 18-19: Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) debuts at Barber Motorsports Park in May for the Barber Historics. This event is the first of the HSA’s partner events with the Historic Motor Sports Association (HMSA) for 2019, offering competitors and race fans a chance to visit one of North America’s most pristine venues and circuits and the opportunity to take in the amazing Barber Museum. Be on the lookout for social media postings about this event @ barbermuseum as we move into the New Year!

JUNE Vulcan’s 115th Birthday Bash VULCAN PARK AND MUSEUM

June 2, 2019: Make plans to attend the BIGGEST birthday bash in Birmingham! 74 EXCURSIONS

Vulcan may be the world’s largest cast iron statue, but he still needs help blowing out his birthday candles! There are activities for the whole family in celebration of the BIG GUY’s 114th Birthday! Admission will be charged. Vulcan Park & Museum; 205.933.1409; visitvulcan.com

Juneteenth Culture Fest Celebration KELLY INGRAM PARK

Celebrating the day slaves in Texas learned of their freedom, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute throws a family fun day in Kelly Ingram Park annually. The day’s activities include live music from local gospel choirs, children’s games and blowup fun activities, performances from local dance troops, lots of wacky contests and more. 205.328.9696; bcri.org

Trunkstock AVONDALE BREWING COMPANY

A funky fundraising collaboration benefits The Birmingham Zoo and REV Birmingham. A full day of notable musical talent, food from local food trucks and, of course, Avondale’s beers. avondalebrewing.com

Slicefest LAKEVIEW/SLICE PIZZA AND BREW

June 2019: Visit website for exact event date and schedule. SliceFest 2019 celebrates in June as Birmingham’s largest food & music block party hosted by Slice

Pizza & Brew. If you love music, great food and brews, giving back and Birmingham then you don’t want to miss this festival. Slice Pizza & Brewhouse hosts the event to celebrate the restaurant’s anniversary and thank the Birmingham community for their continuous support. Over the past 7 years the event has grown to a full-blown festival bringing in local and regional music talent paired with local craft beer and specialty pizzas. As with previous years, SliceFest is expected to welcome a SOLD OUT crowd on this 8th anniversary with patrons from Birmingham and across the Southeast. Community is what SliceFest is all about, not just a celebration of those that support Slice Pizza & Brew, but a way to give back to the community. SliceFest has donated over $30,000 to Birmingham-based nonprofits. slicefest.com

JULY 4th of July Fireworks VULCAN PARK AND MUSEUM

July 4, 2019: Vulcan Park and Museum throws a 4th of July fireworks extravaganza on top of Red Mountain, showering the beloved iron man, Vulcan, with sparkling light. Folks bring lawn chairs and line the streets of southside, downtown and Homewood to celebrate our nation’s independence. 205.933.1409; visitvulcan.com


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4th of July at Vulcan Park & Museum

Tin Roof Brew Bash

Secret Stages Music Discovery Festival

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This one-day street festival closes down part of 7th Ave. S in Lakeview in front of Tin Roof and features beers from our local breweries, bands and great food. tinroofbars.com/birmingham

August 2-3, 2019: Secret Stages brings thousands of people to downtown Birmingham. For two nights music enthusiasts are treated to over 80 bands performing on up to eleven different stages. Acts are drawn from the nationally and locally. The spirit of Secret Stages celebrates that which is coming next in the world of music. secretstages.net

September - October 2019: This fall, enjoy cool tunes, craft brews and sweet views on Sunday afternoons with your favorite cast iron statue, Vulcan. Chill out in Birmingham’s backyard and end your week with some of the area’s best music while witnessing spectacular views of Birmingham’s city skyline. This annual three-part concert series features local and national acts that each brings a unique sound to the Vulcan AfterTunes stage. Admission charged. 205.933.1409; visitvulcan.com

AUGUST Sidewalk Film Festival DOWNTOWN BIRMINGHAM

August 19-25, 2019: Downtown screening venues are packed with enthusiastic crowds excited to see the best movies, documentaries and short films by independent filmmakers from around the world. Five days, 250 plus films, eleven parties, sixteeen venues and 13,000 people. Admission charged. 205.324.0888; sidewalkfest.com

Birmingham Restaurant Week

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Check website for dates: Spotlighting the Magic City’s great culinary community since 2010. This is a 7-day culinary affair where locally owned and operated restaurants offer incentives for patrons to visit their favorite restaurants or to experience new ones. bhamrestaurantweek.com

Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival DOWNTOWN BIRMINGHAM

The Fourth Avenue Business District will be filled with the sounds of live jazz music and the taste of the best soul food that Birmingham has to offer. The children’s area offers a fantastic array of activities for the whole family. justataste.org

SEPTEMBER ArtWalk DOWNTOWN BIRMINGHAM

Bars and restaurants from Morris Ave. to 2nd Ave. open their doors to artists featuring original works in all media. Storefronts, coffeehouses and lofts generally donate their space to be used as makeshift galleries for the weekend. Local music. birminghamartwalk.org

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The 2019 MotoAmerica Championship of Alabama BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK

September 20-22, 2019: Remember, on days when major events like this are taking place at Barber Motorsports Park, Barber Museum members will need to purchase an event ticket in order to enter the park and museum. 205.298.9040; barbermotorsports.com

OCTOBER Magic City Classic Weekend LEGION FIELD

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ANNUALEVENTS Moss Rock Festival

Veteran’s Day Parade

legendary football rivalry, the competition always proves to be bitter and close with spectacular plays, fiercely loyal fans and lots of school pageantry. 205.967.4745; themagiccityclassic.com

Barber Vintage Festival BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK

October 4-6, 2019: This three-day festival features the America’s First Fan Zone offering food and entertainment, Ace Corner A Century Parade, a swap meet with hundreds of vendors, wall of death, globe of death, on the edge stunts shows and more! barbermotorsports.com

NOVEMBER Moss Rock Festival THE PRESERVE IN HOOVER

November 2-3, 2019: This eco-creative fall festival explores Nature, SmartLIVING, Art + Design and features 100 juried artists & makers, a smart living market & sweetery, hikes and outdoor activities, the Beer Garden craft tasting event, music, food, kids studios, and other special design features like tiny homes. 205.595.6306; mossrockfestival.com

8th Annual Beer Garden Craft Tasting THE PRESERVE IN HOOVER

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the state of Alabama, and beyond including a cask garden, homebrewers, some bio-dynamic wines, tasty beer snacks, football games of the day on screen, live music and Alabama’s premier eco-creative fall festival to explore. mossrockfestival.com

72nd Veteran’s Day Parade DOWNTOWN BIRMINGHAM

November 11, 2019: Recognized as the nation’s oldest and largest Veteran’s Day observance, the day’s events include an elaborate parade, a dinner honoring the National Veterans Awards recipient, a world peace luncheon, ROTC/JROTC Drill Competition and a memorial service all honor those who have served and are currently serving in the U.S. Military. 205.942.5800; nationalveteransday.org

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) PEPPER PLACE IN LAKEVIEW

November 2, 2019: Always celebrated on November 2, Birmingham’s annual Day of the Dead Festival is based on a Hispanic tradition, Dia de los Muertos, honoring friends and family who have died. Complete with a procession, music, performances art and food from some of Birmingham’s best restaurants. Google “Day of the Dead Birmingham” for the latest information and location.

DECEMBER Alabama Theatre Christmas Film Festival ALABAMA THEATRE

Annual screenings of It’s A Wonderful Life and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation are just a part of what makes this film fest magical. Admission charged. 205.251.0418; alabamatheatre.com

Birmingham Bowl LEGION FIELD

This is a post-season NCAA-sanctioned Division I-A college football bowl game played annually at Legion Field. 205.733.3776, birminghambowl.com

Zoolight Safari BIRMINGHAM ZOO

See the Birmingham Zoo illuminated with more than half a million lights by train ride or foot. One of the few times to enjoy the zoo at night. 205.879.0409; birminghamzoo.com ❖

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