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The largest city in Alabama, Birmingham, experiences a lot of hot summers and mild winters, making the climate perfect for plenty of outdoor dining throughout the year. We compiled a list of some of the best restaurants, bars, and gastropubs to enjoy the outdoors while you indulge in great food and drinks. Read on to find out more.
This trendy gastropub is perfect for when you want to enjoy dining on their rooftop with a view or on their patio under cute string lights. Cardigan’s Public House has a good amount of tasty dishes, beer, and craft cocktails to choose from, and the adults-only atmosphere makes it a great option for a night out. Some of their more popular dishes include their corndogs, burgers (especially the falafel burger), fish and chips, and their flat iron steak. If you’re looking for a great time and awesome food, this is the place to be.
Carrigan’s Public House, 2430 Morris Avenue, Birmingham, AL, +1 (205) 440-2430
If you’re looking for a relaxing outdoor dining spot in the midst of absolute beauty, come to this cafe and enjoy their yummy offerings. The Garage Cafe has an amazing courtyard packed with antiques, sculptures, stone tables and benches, and flowers, all surrounded by lush, green trees. Sit outside and enjoy their sandwiches, soups, beers, and variety of cocktails while chatting with friends or just taking some time to yourself. Their Bloody Mary is exceptionally good, especially for a weekend morning. Make note to bring cash, as they don’t accept cards or checks.
The Garage Cafe, 2304 10th Terrace Street, Birmingham, AL, +1(205) 322-3220
You know a restaurant is worthy of a visit when it gets a shout-out from one of the most legendary musicians/songwriters of all time, Bob Dylan. Birmingham’s Rojo, which offers a good mix of Latin and American cuisine, certainly lives up to all of the attention it’s received from its most famous guest. Sit outside on their dog-friendly festive patio while you munch on chips and salsa and sip on their sangria or margaritas. Their happy hour prices are phenomenal, and we recommend trying their Berkley’s chicken tacos, fish tacos, or their basil chicken salad sandwich.
Rojo, 2921 Highland Avenue South, Birmingham, AL, +1(205) 328-4733
This whiskey bar, located beneath its upscale partner restaurant Avo, is a great spot to enjoy some drinks and appetizers before your reservation upstairs or just when you’re in the mood for a casual night out. Dram has a beautiful outdoor patio with string lighting that makes for a fun, intimate experience enjoying tasty bites and craft cocktails featuring whiskey. Be sure to sample their burgers, oysters, and their parmesan fries with rosemary ketchup, and if you happen to visit on a weekend, don’t miss their Sunday brunch. In terms of drinks, their Blackberry Winter cocktail is very popular, and if you don’t do hard liquor, go with one of their wines.
Dram, 2721 Cahaba Road, Mountain Brook, AL, +1(205) 871-8212
The colorful patio, adorned with orange lounge seats and green umbrellas at this restaurant, is perfect for enjoying a tasty meal outside on a warm evening or night. Babalu Tacos & Tapas has a number of locations in the South, but this spot in Birmingham’s Lakeview District is great for enjoying some of their specialties outdoors. The food is mostly Latin American and Mexican, so you may want to pair your table-side prepared guacamole with a margarita to get in the mood. We suggest going with the garlic shrimp and grits, burgers, shrimp tacos, black bean cakes, or short ribs for a fool-proof meal.
Babalu Tacos & Tapas, 2808 7th Avenue South #117, Birmingham, AL, +1(205) 297-0200