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.
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.
When all else in Southside closes for the night, Nana Funks livens things up with eclectic music and an energetic crowd. This bar opens a lot later than other places in the neighborhood and is a big draw among club goers. Shoot some pool at the back or head straight to the dance floor where the DJ spins a mix of R&B, pop, rap and hip-hop hits from the 1970s and onwards. Lively until the wee hours and always buzzing with patrons, a visit here ensures a great nightlife experience in Alabama.
Right in the center of Avondale lies this comfortable and popular neighborhood bar. The Parkside Cafe is especially well-known for its pleasant outdoor patio, a great place to enjoy one of their tasty craft brews or stiff cocktail. Inside, the walls are packed with interesting and eclectic art, maybe with a live band or DJ playing in the background. Trivia nights are also particularly popular nights at the Parkside for those know-it-all's who like to put their useless knowledge to work!
The Nick is not much to look at from the outside; the flat, featureless building covered with handbills almost appears abandoned. But closer inspection reveals that the handbills are all for upcoming gigs scheduled at this 21+ rock nightclub. No food is served, but there is a full bar. The cover charge varies depending on the night's entertainment. The Nick has a private club license so it can remain open past the city's required closing time of 2am. Most nights, The Nick closes “whenever we want,” according to one of the managers. Credit cards are accepted for bar purchases, but not for cover charges.
Black Market Bar + Grill is an edgy, fun establishment serving up tasty food and strong drinks. From the kitchen, sample a wide range of foods inspired from all over the globe, from Greek egg rolls filled with chicken, spinach and feta to pork empanadas, burgers, pasta and more. A full bar rounds out the offerings. A special kids menu and late night menu are available, as well as daily specials.
Platinum of Birmingham is considered to be one of the best entertainment complexes in Birmingham, with 14,000 square feet of total entertainment catering to everyone's senses. A live, in-house DJ spinning the latest beats on the radio charts and the wonderful sound system is an acoustic treat. The facility also has three bars serving a variety of liquid refreshers and spirits and also an open-air patio. Besides the regular events held here, this place also organizes private functions and corporate events.
With just this location and another in Las Vegas, celebrity chef Todd English presents a mishmash of dishes that range from classic sliders and chicken wings to lobster rolls and Ahi tuna wontons. One look at the menu and you will see many familiar items like fish & chips, French dips, Reuben sandwiches and burgers, but chef Todd amplifies them with his own particular flair. Just as with his location in Vegas, this space exudes modern elegance with a tinge of nostalgia in the tin ceilings and open bay window seating, and it is far more convivial than pretentious.
Paramount bar in downtown Birmingham serves pub food and craft cocktails and beer—including some made by local and state breweries—in a retro-arcade atmosphere. Although Paramount is not quite a sports bar, locals come for the sporty atmosphere, the solid drinks and food menu highlighted by a generous selection of hot dogs and burgers, and the games. Under the dim lights there are two basketball shooting cages, a foosball table, pool tables, skee ball, and several retro arcade games.
A one-of-a-kind watering hole offering custom-made cocktails, local beers, wines and signature spirits, The Collins Bar is the ideal friendly neighborhood bar. Talented and attentive mixologists cater to your every need and whip up innovative concoctions sure to become your new favorite. Classic pub nibbles such as hummus, pigs-in-a-blanket, Greek pot-stickers, meatloaf sliders, grilled cheese sandwich and Reuben served here pair excellently with the drinks. The playful vibe of the bar created by the backdrop of vintage periodic table creates a hip ambiance perfect for casual night-outs with friends. Competitively priced, the relaxing lounge is the perfect refuge for those looking for a break from the usual.
Pies & Pints serves superb suds and perfect pizzas, a pub/restaurant in which everybody will find a favorite on the menu. The pints include selections from all over the country in a variety of styles, from IPAs to Lagers, and once you see the beer menu, it will take you a while to peruse through the mind-boggling amount of pints. The kitchen makes its own dough and the ovens bake pies of all types as well, from create-your-own to their specialty pizza, the ingredients come as you like. Some of the specialty pies are a little wacky, but delicious nonetheless. Try the Sriracha Shrimp, the Grape & Gorgonzola or the Cuban Pork for a change from the ordinary.