Dining, Drinking & Last Minute Travel to Birmingham

The fun thing about life is that it’s full of surprises. Sometimes life presents us with the opportunity for an unplanned vacation (don’t we all love when that happens?!) or last-minute work trip. Who says you can’t find yourself unexpectedly in Birmingham, Alabama, for a few days, in which case you’ll need a place to stay and some awesome eats.

Birmingham offers much more than meets the eye. Whether you’re there for work, family, or play, spend a few days getting to know a few of the city’s hot spots.

Redmont Hotel Birmingham

This historic gem and boutique Birmingham hotel is only a short trek to both the financial and theater districts, making it a great place to stay and close to many of the city’s local attractions. The Redmont has been recently renovated with a rooftop terrace that boasts views for days. The exceptional staff and on-site restaurant make it convenient so you don’t have to leave, but if you find yourself wanting to mosey out, great eats are right around the corner.

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Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook

This hotel is anything less than the average stay. Think “cozy cabin vibes” meets “upscale edgy ” with an onsite cooking school for the chef at heart. The hotel, whether at its farm-to-table restaurant or culinary school, is a foodie’s dream. Kick up those heels on the rooftop terrace, soak in the botanical views, and catch some zen vibes. The Grand Bohemian is a great place for a staycation or long weekend getaway.

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Highlands Bar & Grill

Frank Stitt, named 2017’s best chef by Birmingham Magazine, knows food. His restaurant, Highlands Bar & Grill, tops many lists and boasts a world-class menu designed with the freshest ingredients as well as seafood specialties.

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Five Bar

Three words: Sunday Jazz Brunch. People plan their weekends around this can’t-miss event. Get ready to build your own Bloody Mary or get your chicken and waffles on.

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Cafe Dupont

Priding themselves on locally sourced product from community gardens and local farmers, Cafe Dupont offers a fresh twist on old favorites.

Cafe Dupont Birmingham Alabama

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Sporting a seasonally smart cocktail menu, Ovenbird offers original cocktails that, according to the restaurant, are inspired by “the live fire traditions of Spain, Portugal, Uruguay, Argentina and of course the American South.” How cool is that?! Also, their wine list hosts a world of wines, with 40+ options from many of the best wine regions.

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The Collins Bar

These guys are such pros that they offer no menu. Belly up, pick your poison, and let the magic happen. The drink wizards at Collins Bar will make you a custom creation suited to your taste.

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Photo Credit: Collins Bar Birmingham

Galley and Garden

Cocktail and wine selections don’t get bigger than this! With a 30-page wine list offering all that you could ever want, there’s sure to be the right pairing for each palate.

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Excited about your trip yet? You should be… because Birmingham was named 2016’s #1 up-and-coming food city. So, while you’re in town, make sure to stay in style and enjoy the latest handcrafted, shaken, muddled, or stirred delights.

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