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Guidebook for Birmingham

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Guidebook for Birmingham

Food Scene
Best BBQ ribs in town, funny decor, casual atmosphere, full bar
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Dreamland BBQ Birmingham
1427 14th Ave S
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Best BBQ ribs in town, funny decor, casual atmosphere, full bar
Great pulled pork BBQ and plenty of other menu items for various tastes and children, plus full bar
Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q
1908 11th Avenue South
Great pulled pork BBQ and plenty of other menu items for various tastes and children, plus full bar
Thai food - sushi and other seafood plus bar
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Surin West
1918 11th Ave S
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Thai food - sushi and other seafood plus bar
Close to home, good Greek food. Closed on Sundays
Pita Stop (The)
1106 12th St S
Close to home, good Greek food. Closed on Sundays
Fresh as it can be off the coast - wide variety of seafood in an open warehouse type building
The Fish Market | Southside
612 22nd St S
Fresh as it can be off the coast - wide variety of seafood in an open warehouse type building
Fantastic Italian Food in an out of the way hole in the wall. Everything is wonderful here except that it doesn't open til 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Service is fast and friendly, eats are delectable.
Giuseppe's Cafe
925 8th St S
Fantastic Italian Food in an out of the way hole in the wall. Everything is wonderful here except that it doesn't open til 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Service is fast and friendly, eats are delectable.
Pricey but very very good food and service
Ocean Restaurant
1218 20th Street South
Pricey but very very good food and service
Breakfast and lunch only. Wide variety of very good breakfast food
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The Original Pancake House
1931 11th Avenue South
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Breakfast and lunch only. Wide variety of very good breakfast food
Our absolute favorite Greek restaurant! Best hummus dip, best gyros, best grilled chicken, best salads
Makarios Kabobs & Grill
940 20th St S
Our absolute favorite Greek restaurant! Best hummus dip, best gyros, best grilled chicken, best salads
Continental Bakery
1909 Cahaba Road
Drinks & Nightlife
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Cahaba Brewing Company
4500 5th Avenue South
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Good People Brewing Company
114 14th Street South
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TrimTab Brewing Company
2721 5th Avenue South
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Avondale Brewing Company
201 41st Street South
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Theater, concerts and shows
Moonlight on the Mountain
585 Shades Crest Rd
Theater, concerts and shows
Entertainment & Activities
One of the oldest theatres in town, fully restored to its original beauty. They have movies, plays, concerts, and other special events
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Alabama Theatre
1817 3rd Ave N
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One of the oldest theatres in town, fully restored to its original beauty. They have movies, plays, concerts, and other special events
Another old theatre restored to glory. Like the Alabama, they do music, movies, , plays, special events... but the real treat is the decor
Lyric Theatre
1800 3rd Ave N
Another old theatre restored to glory. Like the Alabama, they do music, movies, , plays, special events... but the real treat is the decor
Three levels of science explorations for kids or kids at heart! Everything is touchable and open to experimentation. Demonstrations of scientific phenomenon throughout. Also holds an Imax theater.
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McWane Science Center
200 19th Street North
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Three levels of science explorations for kids or kids at heart! Everything is touchable and open to experimentation. Demonstrations of scientific phenomenon throughout. Also holds an Imax theater.
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Barber Motorsports Park
6040 Barber Motorsports Parkway
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Home field for the Birmingham Barons baseball team
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Regions Field
1401 1st Avenue South
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Home field for the Birmingham Barons baseball team
Ice skating rink - public sessions as well as home ice for UAB and Alabama hockey games in season
Pelham Civic Complex
500 Amphitheater Rd
Ice skating rink - public sessions as well as home ice for UAB and Alabama hockey games in season
Plays with local actors
Virginia Samford Theatre
1116 26th St S
Plays with local actors
Arts & Culture
They have special artist shows, but even their permanent collection is impressive. Free admission, but you are welcome to give any amount of donation. Closed Mondays.
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Birmingham Museum of Art
2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Junior Boulevard
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They have special artist shows, but even their permanent collection is impressive. Free admission, but you are welcome to give any amount of donation. Closed Mondays.
Tells the story of Birmingham's rocky racial past. Very well done. You can see and hear lots of historic events. Free on Sundays. Check website for unannounced closings. Closed Mondays.
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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
520 16th Street North
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Tells the story of Birmingham's rocky racial past. Very well done. You can see and hear lots of historic events. Free on Sundays. Check website for unannounced closings. Closed Mondays.
Parks & Nature
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Ruffner Mountain
1214 81st Street South
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Red Mountain Park
2011 Frankfurt Drive
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Nice big park right in the middle of town. Great for any outdoor event, there is seating under shade, walking trails, ponds and creeks, and playground equipment
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Railroad Park Foundation
1600 1st Avenue South
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Nice big park right in the middle of town. Great for any outdoor event, there is seating under shade, walking trails, ponds and creeks, and playground equipment
Adjacent to the Civil Rights museum, the park features sculptures in the vein of the violent racial past of Birmingham
Kelly Ingram Park
5th Avenue N & 16th Street
Adjacent to the Civil Rights museum, the park features sculptures in the vein of the violent racial past of Birmingham
Indoor and outdoor marvels of gardening
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Birmingham Botanical Gardens
2612 Lane Park Road
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Indoor and outdoor marvels of gardening
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Birmingham Zoo
2630 Cahaba Road
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Sightseeing
Replica of old "Magic City" entrance sign
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Rotary Trail Birmingham
2098 1st Ave S
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Replica of old "Magic City" entrance sign
Museum tells the history and meaning of this statue. There is also a park with a walking trail.
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Vulcan Park and Museum
1701 Valley View Drive
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Museum tells the history and meaning of this statue. There is also a park with a walking trail.
Call ahead to make sure they're open
Southern Museum of Flight
4343 73rd St N
Call ahead to make sure they're open
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Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark
20 32nd St N
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Essentials
Low prices, off brands. Not good for produce, but everything else is good quality.
ALDI
428 Green Springs Hwy
Low prices, off brands. Not good for produce, but everything else is good quality.
Slightly higher priced than Walmart superstore, focusing mainly on food and not clothing and other things a superstore carries. Good for a convenient grocery run.
Walmart Neighborhood Market
312 Palisades Blvd
Slightly higher priced than Walmart superstore, focusing mainly on food and not clothing and other things a superstore carries. Good for a convenient grocery run.
Higher prices but nicer people and good produce. Wherever I get my other groceries, I always go to Publix for my produce.
Publix Super Market at Edgemont Town Center
411 Green Springs Highway
Higher prices but nicer people and good produce. Wherever I get my other groceries, I always go to Publix for my produce.
High prices but only one block over.
Southside Market
1600 11th Pl S
High prices but only one block over.
Grocery/convenience store attached to an Indian cafe. Lots of indian food ingredients in the market.
Wilson Market
1401 15th St S
Grocery/convenience store attached to an Indian cafe. Lots of indian food ingredients in the market.