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.
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.
The Quest Club is an alternate lifestyle nightclub in Birmingham that is open 24 hours. The club features all kinds of special events, drag shows, DJs, karaoke and more. Whether you're looking for somewhere to start your night or a place to go when everywhere else has closed its doors, The Quest Club is always a good time. The club is 18+, 21+ to drink.
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.
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.
An outlet of the famous Good People Brewing Company, this is a small cozy bar at the Birmingham Airport that offers cold craft beers that can be enjoyed with some tasty bar food and snacks. They offer beer on taps and one can sample a few beers before making their choice. The popular beers here are the Bearded Lady and APA (American Pale Ale). It is an ideal place for beer lovers to enjoy their drink before a flight.
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.
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.
This bar in a building that dates back to the end of the 19th Century brings simple food and crafty drinks together in a convivial atmosphere. Located in what was the former Raymond Rose Hosiery Building, the restaurant/bar still retains many of the original architectural details like the exposed brick walls and tile floors, but it also provides modern comforts in dim lighting and contemporary wooden tables. Signature cocktails are the reasons why many visit this spot; try the Basil Smash made with gin, lime and cucumber syrup or the Fredo's Folly made with Conecuh Ridge Whiskey. Both cocktails are impressive and even if you don't order something fancy, cold beer is always on standby.