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.
The very genesis of Birmingham, Sloss Furnaces were one of the pioneers in the process of smelting pig iron. Established in 1882, it is this iron industry that prompted the city of Birmingham to grow around it. Over the years, the machinery has gathered abundant rust and experience, both of which tell stirring tales of the industry's glorious heyday. Proclaimed a National Historic Landmark, this antiquated site is an escape into the ancient industrial processes of the country. The site was restored in 1983, and, in addition to the impressive furnaces, there is an industrial museum, a sculpture garden, and a park which lend deeper insights into the history and legacy of Sloss Furnaces. The furnaces also play host to concerts, festivals, events, and activities.
Built in 1927 as a Paramount Studio movie palace, this spectacular Spanish-Moorish edifice was restored in 1998. "The Showplace of the South" hosts live events as well as first-run and classic films. See the 1927 Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ, "Big Bertha", rise dramatically from beneath the stage floor during affairs such as the annual Halloween showing of Phantom of the Opera (the organist arrives carried in a coffin). The theater is within walking distance of the downtown business district.
Started off solely to entertain the masses, Workplay entertainment complex houses the Workplay Theatre where you get best of entertainment. Concerts and theater performances apart, this place can also be rented for business meeting purposes, corporate events, and private parties as well. Deemed as multi-purpose, Workplay Theatre rarely lets anybody down. Workplay Theatre delivers services that are matched by few.
If you’re looking for a serious, organized night at the theater, then the Terrific New Theatre is not where you need to be. Founded in 1986 by Carl Stewart and Steve Stella, the Terrific New Theatre prides itself on being a live performance theatre with plenty of unexpected surprises for a "night you will talk about,"--trust me. Previous shows have included Of Grapes and Nuts - a hilarious tribute to John Steinbeck’s classic and China: The Whole Enchilada - a funny, yet, provoking look at 4000 years of Chinese history. Visit their website for the current season’s shows.
Iron City is one of the most popular live music venues in Birmingham. Big name acts like Rick Springfield and Rodrigo y Gabriela form the calendar alongside more emerging and local artists, to make a well-rounded repertoire. In addition to the live acts, Iron City is also a full service bar and grill in its own right.
Head straight to RMTC Cabaret Theatre while in Birmingham if you wish to spend your evening watching a fun and interesting performance. With an exciting lineup featuring cabarets, theatrical productions, musicals and drama among many other shows, RMTC Cabaret Theatre offers something for local fans of performing arts to look forward to. The seating arrangement, as well as, the overall intimate setting of the venue ensure your show-watching experience here is fun, memorable and uninterrupted.
The Alabama Ballet Center for Dance was established in order to nurture young boys and girls into flawless ballerinas of tomorrow. The establishment has a company as well as a school division. Shows like the Nutcracker, Dracula, Dr.Jekyll, and Mr.HYde are few of the productions that have been performed at this venue. Be sure to catch some entertaining foot works by young performers at this venue.
A community space that welcomes all regardless of age, gender, or race, the Spring Street Firehouse is a vibrant, lively, and welcoming event venue in the city. Built in 1890. the building was originally home to the Avondale Fire Department. After passing through the hands of many, the firehouse was eventually converted into a DIY music venue and community space for all to enjoy. The Firehouse offers a diverse variety of events, ranging from concerts and other live performances, to art shows, and fun-filled festivals. The firehouse hosts fund raisers, benefits and other community events as well.
This center, located on the Alabama University campus, has been entertaining lovers of theatre with magical performances since 1996. Be a part of some interesting works by well-known production houses, musical concerts, recitals, and other cultural events. The high-tech facility comprises of four halls, each with different seating capacity. The ASC can be easily listed among the many venues that offer world-class performances and shows. And, if you want to treat someone special to a show, do so with one of the gift cards available at the box office.