The 10 Best Bars In Birmingham, Alabama

Photo of Shyla Watson
9 February 2017

It doesn’t matter if you want to drink champagne during brunch or grab a few beers with friends after work, Birmingham, Alabama has it all. Discover the best places to grab a drink.

Good People Brewing Co. Beer | ©Will Gurley/Flickr

Good People Brewing Company

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Collins Bar
Collins Bar | ©Bob Marston/Google
Located across the street from the city’s newly popular Regions Field, this classic brewery is a Birmingham favorite. For just $10, they offer tours of the brewery twice each Saturday. They even throw in a collectible glass and one free pint to sweeten the deal. With eight to 10 options of different brews, depending on the season, Good People is a great place to chill with a cold one.

The Collins

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Cocktails, American, $$$
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Nintendo Arcade
Nintendo Arcade | ©Lee Dyer/Flickr
There is so much happening at this quirky bar that it has rapidly become a local favorite. Old school typewriters adorn a few tables so that guests can write out fun messages on index cards. The food menu also happens to be typed on index cards, making them a creative staple of the establishment. With frequent live performances and guest bartenders, Collins is a must visit.


Bar, American, Beer, $$$
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Dram Whiskey Bar
Dram Whiskey Bar | ©bhamsadwich/Flickr
At this sports bar, you can do more than just watch the game – you can play one. In fact, you can play several since Paramount offers 25 of the best arcade games around. After working up an appetite, nosh on the BLT Bruschetta, house-ground burgers, and more delectable grub.

Dram Whiskey Bar

Bar, Cocktails, Beer, $$$
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Beer on Tap
Beer on Tap | ©Margaret Bourne/Flickr
A contemporary bar, Dram shares its space with Avo, a fine-dining experience that brilliantly melds California cuisine with classic southern dishes. They offer well over 50 different types of whiskey, in addition to bourbon, scotch, moonshine, and the classic beer and wine. This place is located just a few blocks away from both the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Birmingham Zoo. Dram’s mouthwatering bites, extensive drinks menu, and impeccable service make it well worth the money.

The J. Clyde

Cafe, Gastropub, Pub, Restaurant, American, Beer, Pub Grub, $$$
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Rogue Tavern
Rogue Tavern | ©rougetavern/Google
Voted one of the “33 Best Bars in America” by Thrillist, J. Clyde has some of the best craft beers and ciders around. This awesome pub offers weekly specials, and the deals are so good, this gastropub will soon become your after-work hangout. Stop by to try menu items like the sauerkraut balls, or sip an ale on the cafe patio.

Rogue Tavern

Bar, American, Beer, Pub Grub, $$$
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Avondale Brewing Co. Logo
Avondale Brewing Co. Logo | ©Bo Hughins/Flickr
This trendy tavern has become a haunt for locals. Though a bar with an impressive inventory, daily live entertainment and a diverse menu make Rogue a great place for all ages. The dinner and a show combo make it perfect for any date night or group hang.

Avondale Brewing Co.

Way back in the 1910s, Miss Fancy the Elephant was an Avondale attraction. Now, almost 100 years later, Avondale Brewing Company has resurrected her by making her the mascot of their business. But, that’s just one example of this place’s rich history. Cleverly, there are brews named for each significant moment from the brewery’s background. Swing by for a tour of the facility or enjoy a drink in the taproom, which often has live entertainment.

201 41st Street South Birmingham, AL, USA, +1 205 777 5456

Carrigan's Public House

Bar, Gastropub, American, Beer, Pub Grub, $$$
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Chez Fonfon Logo
Chez Fonfon Logo | ©FoodieBuddha/Flickr
With its beautifully lit terrace, rooftop deck, and industrial vibe, Carrigan’s has character. They offer seasonal crafts, innovative eats, and a full liquor bar. In addition, enjoy occasional menu specials and fun entertainment, such as trivia night.

Chez Fonfon

Bistro, Restaurant, French, $$$
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Chez Fonfon is the cultural getaway you’ve been waiting for. Step inside, and you’re transplanted to France. This beautiful bistro has a sensational menu, not to mention a wine list that puts all others to shame. After dinner, do as the French do and play boules in the courtyard.

Highlands Bar and Grill

Bar, Restaurant, French, American, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
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Featured in more than 30 publications, including New York Times magazine, Esquire, and Bon Appétit, it’s no secret that Highlands is the best. Everything on the menu promises to be a gastronomic delight and, with more than 300 labels to offer, it’s the perfect spot for any wine connoisseur. Visiting Highlands is quite the experience and one you don’t want to miss.

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