Lakeview might just be your go to district after this guide. Whether you are a newbie or a regular, check out some great places to hang out in this neighborhood.
You shouldn’t be surprised this neighborhood has a variety of yummy eateries. From tacos to BBQ, Lakeview has got it all.
Babalu Tapas & tacos
Needing your Mexican fix? This tacos and tapas place has a delicious menu with plenty to choose from. Babalu’s offers small plates that are designed for sharing taste-testing with your favorite people. It is quite the hotspot in Lakeview so expect a lively atmosphere during meal times. Fun Fact: they make your Guacamole table side. #yum
SkyCastle Gastro Lounge
Address: 2808 7th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Think modern American food when it comes to Sky Castle. This sports bar is the place to be if you want to eat, drink, and watch some games. The food is fantastic and the craft cocktails are phenomenal.
Moe’s Bar & BBQ
Address: 731 29th St S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Alabama-style pulled pork sandwiches are the stable of your neighborhood Moe’s. All meats are smoked in house. No wonder they are to die for. This place is the epitome of fun and easy going. They are worth the stop in whether for drinks or BBQ goodness.
Cashio’s Meatball Market
Address: 728 29th St S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Life is a ball when it comes to this spot. Cashio’s Meatball Market offers an Italian inspired menu with homemade meatballs of varying ingredients. If you’ve never had a veggie or chicken ball, boy are you missing out. Cashio’s is also locally owned and operated. #supportlocal
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Address: 744 29th St S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Their menu might only have 5 items but you can count on a fantastic medley of dishes. Five uses local ingredients to produce delicious plates that will have you coming back for more. This eatery is homey yet sophisticated.
On Tap Sports Cafe
Address: 737 29th St S, Birmingham, AL 35233
This local chain has a pub vibe with a bar food menu to match. With a massive beer menu and TVs for game watching, On Tap Sports Cafe has a classic sports bar feel.
Address: 725 29th St S, Birmingham, AL 35233
A hip pizzeria lays smack dab in the middle of Lakeview. Pizza ranges from traditional to creative. A must try is their White Shadow pizza that pairs fresh parmesan, caramelized onions, Portabella mushroom and truffle oil. With a stone oven and plenty of craft beers, you are bound to find your perfect pizza and a good time at Slice.
Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint
Address: 2811 7th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
If you are craving a burger, this spot has all the bells and whistles. Rated one of the Best Burger Joints in America by Business Insider, you can bet this menu will change your life. Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint have a pretty extensive menu but their burger loving staff will help you find your fave dish.
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken
Alllll the way from Nashville, TN, Birmingham has got the third Hattie B’s Hot Chicken. Here the hotter you order the better. Heat Levels start at a mild Southern and go all the way to “Shut the Cluck Up!!!” which comes with a burn notice. Stop by and get it while it’s hot.
Address: 2801 7th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Local hangout spot turned yummy restaurant. Mojo Pub has got it all. Live music, impressive dishes, and a fun atmosphere. They’ve even got a friendly staff and a nice outdoor area. It definitely has a unique ambiance and brings a little eccentricity to the Lakeview area.
Address: 2807 7th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
You can describe this place as snug and casual with great beer and great grub. Oasis is your own personal getaway right in Lakeview. Enjoy local bands and a happening happy hour at this down to earth establishment.
After Hour Eats
Lakeview should be named the neighborhood that never sleeps. From late night bars to food places, night owls should know where to go.
Bird’s Bar and Pizza
Address: 2839 7th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Meet the newest addition to the Lakeview family. Open late and serving up some pretty fantastic pizza, Bird’s Bar and Pizza is a must try. If you are out late and craving something way better than a nugget meal from Mickey D’s then you’ve found your place.
Cantina On Wheels
Address: Across from Innisfree Irish Pub
Imagine dancing your tail off, heading home and then seeing your fave restaurant open and calling your name. Basically, that’s what happens on weekend nights in Lakeview. Cantina On Wheels will actually change your life at 2 am especially with their amazing nachos and delicious truck fries.
If you are looking to grab a drink, Lakeview has plenty of places to choose from. From beer to cocktails and everything in between, go grab your favorite drink in Lakeview.
Lou’s Pub & Package Store
Address: 726 29th St S, Birmingham, AL 35233
I bet you’ve never grabbed a cocktail with friends at a liquor store before. This two in one watering hole is probably one of the only places in Birmingham you can do just that. Lou’s Pub and Package Store gets pretty busy with its unique concept and homey interior and outdoor patio. A cool bar with great patrons equals a good time.
Trim Tab Brewing Company
Address: 2721 5th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Just a few blocks away from the main Lakeview drag lays Trim Tab Brewing Company. This craft brewery hosts a tap room and plenty of crazy fun events. From themed disco nights from live DJs, Trim Tab will keep you on your toes for a fun night out. Plus their Rasberry Berliner Weisse is kind of life changing.
Ghost Train Brewing Company
Address: 2616 3rd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
One of the newest additions to our brewery scene, Ghost Train Brewery continues to wow Bham. They’ve got plenty going on with seasonal craft beers and a calendar full of some fun events. Catch a live show or maybe a Jazz Brunch at this Lakeview brewery.
Wanting to unleash your inner dancing queen? You’ve got plenty of places to let loose in Lakeview.
Address: 2709 7th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Dance the night away at this live music joint. With a laid back atmosphere and plenty of folks looking for a good time, you are bound to have a night of fun. This place definitely has the bar/dance atmosphere you are looking for with bumping jams to match. They also cater to a wide variety of musical genres. Depending on what you want to get down to you, you can probably find it all at Tin Roof.
Moe’s Bar & BBQ
Yep, you can get your BBQ and dance on at the same place. Open late with a lively crowd, this restaurant has become a Bham party scene. It might be because of their beloved Bushwhackers or maybe it’s their low-key live shows? Either way, it is a good time.
Al’s on Seventh
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Address: 2627 7th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
If you are really trying to get down, Al’s on Seventh should be on your list. Every Friday and Saturday, this gay bar hosts dancing queens themselves with some stellar drag shows that are a must see. Of course, their fantastic DJ and perfect dance floor are all yours after the weekend shows.
Address: 2929 7th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Honestly, Sidebar has got it all. Pool tables, volleyball court, two huge bars, a wraparound outdoor patio and a huge dance floor with an accompanying stage. This place is all it’s chalked up to be. It gets pretty bouncy on the weekends with plenty of Bham folks lined up to get in and have a good time.
Spike’s Leather Club
Birmingham’s only leather bar is right in Lakeview. It’s a dance club, a leather shop and it’s definitely an experience. They host an array of events from themed nights to fashion shows and though they are deemed a gay bar, everyone is welcome. Try out their amazing drink specials and enjoy a night out at Spike’s Leather Club.
Innisfree Irish Pub
Address: 710 29th St S, Birmingham, AL 35233
If you haven’t experienced this diamond in the rough, then you can’t say you have properly explored Lakeview. This watering hole turned club is truly its own spot. Don’t be fooled by the name this Irish Pub offers an array of modern music, fun DJs, great drink specials and plenty of people who just love it there.
Address: 708 29th St S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Like I said, Lakeview might be the neighborhood that never sleeps partly because of this establishment. If it’s after two and you’ve still got more grooving to do, Nana Funks will surely be calling your name. Lively is an understatement with this place but you just need to see it to believe it.
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Editors note: While Pepper Place is technically part of Lakeview, we’ll cover it in a future article.