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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Located on Highland Avenue near Five Points South, this award-winning restaurant is one of the most popular in Birmingham, offering an expansive menu of authentic Indian cuisine. The lunch buffet attracts a bustling crowd seven days a week. The interior of the Taj India is tastefully adorned with mirrors, photographs, tapestries and other Indian works of art. Everything here is fresh and aesthetically prepared. The service is superb, and the atmosphere is relaxed.
Jazzi's on 3rd is a spot that celebrates homegrown jazz talent as well as the history of the Birmingham jazz scene. Jazzi's has sporadic hours, so depending on when guests arrive, they may be greeted with light appetizers and cocktails as well as a jazz troupe on stage or it may be closed altogether. The music ranges from improvisational to traditional hard-bop, so check the schedule or if you prefer, you can rent the entire place for a private event or party.
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.
The Atomic Bar and Lounge is set to bring the retro theme back in style. Located in the heart of Birmingham, this vintage themed bar boasts a wonderful 70s decor with pictures of famous pop stars of the 60s, wacky statues, ancient TVs and radios, and much more. The drinks menu is just as wonderful and features fabulous craft beers and well-mixed cocktails. With loads of board games to pass the time and quirky costumes to dress up in, you're sure to have a ball of a time at The Atomic Bar and Lounge.
At Steel, craft cocktails and a light bites menu are just a couple of the highlights in this trendy, yet casual spot in historic downtown Birmingham. The venue hosts live music and events almost every day of the week. From local jazz musicians to national touring acts, the stage almost always presents a seasoned artist or band. Additionally, Steel provides a different special every night of the week, from Taco Tuesdays to Ladies Nights.
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.