Kim's Guidebook

Kim

Kim's Guidebook

Sightseeing, Food, Watering Holes & More
Hey! I'm the owner along with my husband of our Baby Blue historic home. We are both Birmingham locals who love the city. I'm including some of my favorite spots to explore that are great if you are visiting from out of town or if you live in town! I've included sight seeing places fun for families or even if you're solo. .then some local restaurants/breweries and then cocktail spots. I hope you enjoy your stay and we're glad you stopped by!
Iconic Birmingham iron statue, an incredible view of the city and a must for first time visitors
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Vulcan Park and Museum
1701 Valley View Drive
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Iconic Birmingham iron statue, an incredible view of the city and a must for first time visitors
Iconic historic venue- really cool to take photos walk around and learn about some history of Birmingham
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Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark
20 32nd St N
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Iconic historic venue- really cool to take photos walk around and learn about some history of Birmingham
Local coffee spot in the Avondale entertainment district. They used to have a cereal buffet on sundays pre-pandemic. coffee is local and interior is space themed, awesome for adults and kids. also they have old school gaming systems and thousands of board games for your pleasure. place was opened by the previous owners of Bottletree (a legacy hip venue).
Domestique Coffee - Satellite (Saturn)
200 41st St S
Local coffee spot in the Avondale entertainment district. They used to have a cereal buffet on sundays pre-pandemic. coffee is local and interior is space themed, awesome for adults and kids. also they have old school gaming systems and thousands of board games for your pleasure. place was opened by the previous owners of Bottletree (a legacy hip venue).
super fun, general admission is free!
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Birmingham Museum of Art
2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Junior Boulevard
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super fun, general admission is free!
A beautiful garden to stroll around if you have some free time. It's always very relaxing and enjoyable (more in the suburbs but not too far)
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Birmingham Botanical Gardens
2612 Lane Park Road
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A beautiful garden to stroll around if you have some free time. It's always very relaxing and enjoyable (more in the suburbs but not too far)
2.5 blocks from the house. Hip little shop to get local swag and meet some amazing fashionistas. Owners are great folks to meet and chat with
Club Duquette
17 55th Pl S
2.5 blocks from the house. Hip little shop to get local swag and meet some amazing fashionistas. Owners are great folks to meet and chat with
Beautiful city park with restaurants, the minor nearby league baseball Barons stadium, also has our famous Good People brewery next door (one of the trailblazers of microbreweries in town)
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Railroad Park Foundation
1600 1st Avenue South
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Beautiful city park with restaurants, the minor nearby league baseball Barons stadium, also has our famous Good People brewery next door (one of the trailblazers of microbreweries in town)
Cute little urban trail in the city
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Rotary Trail Birmingham
2098 1st Ave S
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Cute little urban trail in the city
my favorite place to take kids
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McWane Science Center
200 19th Street North
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my favorite place to take kids
Fun place to take pictures at night
Rainbow LED Tunnel
99 14th St S
Fun place to take pictures at night
Nearby park with hiking trails and great views featuring an old quarry and mines
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Ruffner Mountain
1214 81st Street South
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Nearby park with hiking trails and great views featuring an old quarry and mines
Hole in the wall soul food lunch secret spot. They sell until they run out which usually happens before 1:30pm
Eagle’s Restaurant
2610 16th Street North
Hole in the wall soul food lunch secret spot. They sell until they run out which usually happens before 1:30pm
Great food court to grab a bite downtown. Many diverse options in one location. Also, a big bar the middle of the food court- sometimes they have music on weekends
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The Pizitz Food Hall
1821 2nd Ave N
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Great food court to grab a bite downtown. Many diverse options in one location. Also, a big bar the middle of the food court- sometimes they have music on weekends
Amazing Sunday brunch but overall great Italian spot downtown.
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Trattoria Zaza
207 20th Street North
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Amazing Sunday brunch but overall great Italian spot downtown.
Amazing Mexican inspired food, great margaritas
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El Barrio Restaurante Y Bar
2211 2nd Avenue North
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Amazing Mexican inspired food, great margaritas
Rooftop bar is nice for a few drinks, a little bit better of a view than at the Elyton.
Redmont Hotel Birmingham, Curio Collection by Hilton
2101 5th Ave N
Rooftop bar is nice for a few drinks, a little bit better of a view than at the Elyton.
great food and place to take the family. open space for dogs, kids and people
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Back Forty Beer Company Birmingham
3201 1st Ave N
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great food and place to take the family. open space for dogs, kids and people
Exotic beers, retro vibe-my favorite brewery
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TrimTab Brewing Company
2721 5th Avenue South
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Exotic beers, retro vibe-my favorite brewery
Open concept industrial feeling, great beer
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Cahaba Brewing Company
4500 5th Avenue South
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Open concept industrial feeling, great beer
good beer and hang out spot. open spaces and dog friendly (like all breweries here)
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Avondale Brewing Company
201 41st Street South
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good beer and hang out spot. open spaces and dog friendly (like all breweries here)
Latin fusion food and rum bar, awesome vibes
Cayo Coco Rum Bar & Restaurante
2015 1st Ave N
Latin fusion food and rum bar, awesome vibes
A local favorite drinking spot
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The Atomic Lounge
2113 1st Ave N
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A local favorite drinking spot
Cool local bar downtown
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The Collins Bar
2125 2nd Avenue North
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Cool local bar downtown
fun little industrial bar and eatery
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Carrigan's Public House
2430 Morris Avenue
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fun little industrial bar and eatery
This is a newly renovated hotel with great interior design in one of Birmingham's coolest historic buildings. There is a restaurant on the bottom floor and rooftop bar with great views (see cover of this guidebook).
Elyton Hotel, Autograph Collection
1928 1st Ave N
This is a newly renovated hotel with great interior design in one of Birmingham's coolest historic buildings. There is a restaurant on the bottom floor and rooftop bar with great views (see cover of this guidebook).
Fun cocktails and vibes
Queen's Park
112 24th Street North
Fun cocktails and vibes
If "That 70s Show" was a bar in Birmingham...drinks, games, and pictures of moms
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Mom's Basement
4411 3rd Ave S
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If "That 70s Show" was a bar in Birmingham...drinks, games, and pictures of moms
edgey vibe. whiskey bar with Ramen.
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Shu Shop
1820 3rd Ave N
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edgey vibe. whiskey bar with Ramen.
our absolute favorite spot to splurge on amazing Italian food and wine. we go to the back wine bar (a bit more casual). may require reservations the ribeye steak is unreal
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Gianmarco's Restaurant
721 Broadway Street
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our absolute favorite spot to splurge on amazing Italian food and wine. we go to the back wine bar (a bit more casual). may require reservations the ribeye steak is unreal
favorite seafood spot
The Fish Market | Southside
612 22nd St S
favorite seafood spot
underground cocktail spot (nice to go after cayo coco)
Pilcrow Cocktail Cellar
2015 1st Ave N
underground cocktail spot (nice to go after cayo coco)
tequila and mezcal bar
Mayawell Bar
2900 4th Avenue South
tequila and mezcal bar
late night divey, the after hours spot with the best patty melts ever
Marty's PM
1813 10th Ct S
late night divey, the after hours spot with the best patty melts ever
edgey sports sortve bar with a pool table. where else can I get "hazmat" aka hot af wings and dirty martinis. cheap beer specials on occasion. Wednesday is dangerous because of $1 wells
Black Market Bar + Grill
1035 20th St S
edgey sports sortve bar with a pool table. where else can I get "hazmat" aka hot af wings and dirty martinis. cheap beer specials on occasion. Wednesday is dangerous because of $1 wells
classy cocktail spot
PAPER DOLL
2320 1st Ave N
classy cocktail spot
sort've a sports bar but really cool spot with arcade games and good food
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Paramount Bar
200 20th St N
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sort've a sports bar but really cool spot with arcade games and good food
amazing sushi and momos
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Bamboo on 2nd
2212 2nd Avenue North
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amazing sushi and momos
great southern food, more fancy
Helen
2013 2nd Avenue North
great southern food, more fancy
amazing tapas spot. pricey but sooo tastey
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OvenBird
2810 3rd Ave S
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amazing tapas spot. pricey but sooo tastey
awesome pizza close by
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Post Office Pies
209 41st Street South
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awesome pizza close by
fried chicken (it's a chain but I still love it) plus it's next to Birmingham District a local brewery
Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
2201 2nd Ave S
fried chicken (it's a chain but I still love it) plus it's next to Birmingham District a local brewery
amazing BBQ, a local favorite on ourside of tow. not healthy whatsoever
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SAW’s Soul Kitchen
215 41st Street South
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amazing BBQ, a local favorite on ourside of tow. not healthy whatsoever
classic meat and three southern food to the extreme. amazing for the soul but maybe not for being healthy. Fried Green Tomatoes the book/ movie was inspired by this spot
Irondale Cafe
1906 1st Ave N
classic meat and three southern food to the extreme. amazing for the soul but maybe not for being healthy. Fried Green Tomatoes the book/ movie was inspired by this spot
decent Thai food and drinks
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Surin West
1918 11th Ave S
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decent Thai food and drinks
classic waffle house, just in case you don't know what it is or if you're hungry past 10pm
Waffle House
1833 Crestwood Blvd
classic waffle house, just in case you don't know what it is or if you're hungry past 10pm
later dinner spot nearby (my husband loves this place), I'm more of a sushi snob but the prices are pretty affordable
Sushi Village
7001 Crestwood Blvd
later dinner spot nearby (my husband loves this place), I'm more of a sushi snob but the prices are pretty affordable