5216 Messer Airport Highway
Birmingham, AL 35212
Phone: (205) 591-7900
Fax: (205) 591-6004
Bars & Cafes
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.
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.
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 Bottletree is the brainchild of Brian Teasley and his co-partners. It is a hub for touring musicians who can relax in their eclectic green room done up with trinkets, posters and light fixtures. This cafe, bar and music venue will charm you with its warm hospitality, good veggie fare and great live performances. Some of their previous listings are Strand of Oaks, Mutual Benefit, Soft Cat, Tera Melos, John Hodgman, Kopecky Family Band and Bass Drum of Death.
Located in the historic Forest Park, Little Savannah brings you good old Southern food with a new twist. This charming bistro is known for the innovative recipes. Diners can try fare like the Gulf Shrimp and Sweet Corn Chowder before supper or the very tasty Hickory Smoked Maple Leaf Duck Breast for a satisfying meal. End your meal with a wholesome dessert like the Chocolate Bread Pudding or a hot toddy. You can also accompany your meal with a glass of wine or a martini from their full bar. Little Savannah can also be reserved for private dinners and offers catering services.
Located in the Lakeview area near Forest Lake, O.T.'s Neighborhood Sports Grill offers an extensive array of American favorites in a relaxed atmosphere. The numerous televisions mounted to the walls are always tuned in to the latest sporting event. The menu features appetizers in addition to sandwiches, steaks, pork chops and baby back ribs. If you've got the appetite, try one of their homemade desserts.
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.
Innisfree Irish Pub is an American success story. It started out as a place in Tuscaloosa where the owners could drink with their friends, but because of its success, this second location in Birmingham was born, with future expansions on the horizon. The owners have infused their collective convivial nature into this bar's DNA, making it a great place to grab a cold one with friends – old or new. Not just for drinkers, this place also serves food of the burgers and wings variety. Drink specials, darts and periodic giveaways add to this Irish pub's already palpable appeal.
Located at the Crestline Center in Mountain Brook, La Paz offers an elegant version of Mexican cuisine in a casual atmosphere. The pastel-colored stucco walls are decorated with Mexican folk art, and the menu features many traditional Mexican dishes prepared in fresh and creative ways. The service is excellent, and there is an extensive wine and tequila list.
Most people will agree that books and coffee are a match made in heaven, so it's no wonder that's exactly what Church Street Coffee & Books specializes in. On the coffee end, the cafe prides itself on making as many different menu items as possible from scratch. All the incredible pastries and baked goods are made fresh in house, and they even make their own vanilla syrup and offer gluten-free options. On the other end, they sell a wide variety of books of different genres. They also host several different book clubs.
Try this small bistro for a romantic evening, business meeting or casual lunch. House specialties include homemade pastas, seafood and gourmet pizzas. There is always a long list of daily specials and a wine list. Start with fresh focaccia drizzled with olive oil and fresh basil. Don't pass up the rotini with onions, sausage and fennel. Tables fill quickly on weekend nights, so reservations are recommended. The original artwork on display is for sale.
The Roof, as this place is popularly known among patrons, is a gathering spot for music lovers. Its success can be credited to the great live entertainment and an easygoing atmosphere. Nestled in Lakeview, its nightly line-up features local bands and up-and-coming musicians that keep the vibe upbeat and happening. Select from an impressive list of beer and cocktails to complement unrivaled bar fare. Signature dishes include salsa and chips, pizza, quesadillas, wings, cheese fries, hot dogs and chicken tenders. The walls are donned with a random assortment of postcards, portraits, street signs, vintage advertisements and eclectic memorabilia that don't fail to grab your attention.