Right in the heart of Birmingham's downtown lies this bright, festive restaurant. With polished wood and a giant, colorful mural adorning the wall, the atmosphere is comfortable and friendly. The menu features dishes inspired from all over Mexico, from of course tacos to dishes like short rib quesadillas, grilled chorizo meatloaf or enchiladas. At the bar, fill up on something from their impressive wine list, one of their four different margaritas or another one of their unique, signature cocktails.
The Avondale Brewing Company has made it a mission to combine the quirky and fascinating history of Avondale with the art of brewing craft beer. All of the beers are named after important locations or events in the history of the area, like the Battle Field IPA or the Spring Street Saison. The brewery offers tours several times a week which include some Avondale Brewing swag, and a beer or four tasters and a pint glass or taster glasses in addition to the actual tour itself. The brewery also hosts special events and live music from time to time.
Bottega offers an eclectic menu of Italian-inspired dishes in a very stylish setting. The building resembles a Roman civic structure, with faux archways and a decorative concrete facade. The decor is Art Deco in style, and the furnishings are elegant and tasteful. The menu features a wide array of appetizers and entrees that change daily. Though many of the dishes are Italian-inspired, they also make good use of local ingredients. The dessert menu and the wine lists are extensive to suit all palates.
Voted by newspaper readers a favorite place to meet friends after work, The Garage Cafe has a delightful split personality. By day, visit the cafe and enjoy courtyard seating with eclectic and antique decorations for sale. At night, the club scene emerges, often with live rock, soul or blues music. Enjoy the cafe's delicious sandwiches with multiple helpings of their famous Bloody Mary, concocted with eight different spices.
41st Street Pub & Aircraft Sales may have a funny name, but it is a great neighborhood bar offering all kinds of great features to its guests. The full bar features all your favorite classic cocktails (they make a killer Moscow Mule), brews and even gluten-free beer. They show Auburn and Alabama games, but otherwise they keep the TVs off. For entertainment, they encourage you to take advantage of their shuffleboard tables, board games and cozy seating areas perfect for lively conversations with friends. They don't serve food, but they allow you to bring in your own so you can have exactly what you want. As for the aircraft sales, there is a bulletin board where people can post their small aircrafts for sale.
Catch local and touring bands at this small club located two blocks north of the Five Points West entertainment district. Zydeco also serves up some of the city's best bar food (Creole and Cajun) along with cocktails and draft beer. You can also enjoy the upstairs patio, pool tables and video games. Zydeco's got the perfect venue trifecta: games, food, and live bands.
Since 1987, Lou's Pub & Package has been serving up liquor for here or to go to the city of Birmingham. Grandfathered into the state's current licensing laws, the pub is one of a dying breed of liquor stores/bars in Alabama. The friendly establishment has always been the kind of place that people become regulars, giving it a real cozy and familiar feel to all who enter.
This popular bar and grill, located on 11th Avenue at Five Points South, offers Southern Continental cuisine in an upscale yet relaxed environment. The decor is that of an elegant bistro, with exposed brick walls and track lighting. The menu, though not extensive, offers an ever-changing list of interesting entrees featuring venison, quail, beef, pork and seafood prepared in a continental style.
Fleming's is one of Birmingham's as well as the country's best steak houses. Steak options include Filet Mignon, New York Strip, Beef Flemington, Veal chops, Pork Rib Chop, and Prime Ribs. So take your pick and ask your waiter to help you choose from the 100 different wines. If you're not a meat fan, then sample the fresh seafood and scrumptious side dishes. The Salmon with the signature mashed potatoes are highly recommended.