When it comes to Birmingham cocktails, we’re big on the details

Birmingham, Alabama, Perry's, cocktails, drinks, bar, alcohol, liquor, JH Daniel
Birmingham, Alabama, Perry's, cocktails, drinks, bar, alcohol, liquor, JH Daniel
Photo by JH Daniel for Bham Now

We’re not just going out for drinks anymore, people. We’re going out for experiences.

Birmingham does not disappoint when it comes to libations. Whether it’s wine, beer or cocktails, we really do have it all here. Come on. Wine Enthusiast just called us  a “top-tier dining and drinking” destination!

While we may know that already, it sure is nice for the rest of the country to take notice. The James Beard Foundation keeps looking our way, too. America’s new food and drink city, anyone?

Birmingham, alabama, Atomic
At The Atomic, you can wear a costume while sipping on some truly sexy cocktails. Photo submitted.

For those nights (or daysno judgment here, my fellow day drinkers) when you are in the mood for a memorable libation, try these places. So many hot spots to try on my list! But, you know, if I’m being honestthere’s only so much my liver can take.

Perry's, Birmingham, Alabama, sausage, bourbon, cocktail
Via Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille
Passionate Pairing

Here’s the thing I love about Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille: the ambiance. It’s dark. It’s always hopping. The bartenders coddle you. And, yeah. You had me at steak.

It’s worth a drive down 280 just to try their new cocktail menu. They’ve paired new craft cocktail offerings with appetizers and desserts, including a house-made Polish sausage and crackers with a Moch Old Fashioned. Sausage, coffee and Irish whiskey for the win. Good grief. Their private-label wine is nothing to scoff at, either.

Perry's, Birmingham, Alabama, cocktail
Via Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille
New In The Neighborhood

Let’s give a warm welcome to Freddy’s Wine Bar! Situated on Highland Avenue on the first floor of Highland Towers (across the street from Bottega), Freddy’s has been getting rave reviews from the Birmingham Reddit crowd, along with lots of social media buzz. Wines by the glass and small bites in a cozy, neighborhood setting. Hi. Save me a seat, please.

Birmingham, Alabama, Freddy's Wine Bar, charcuterie
Via Freddy’s Wine Bar, Facebook

I hear Chef Randy Newman, former Post Office Pies General Manager is leading the helm. All I know is a glass of rioja with that charcuterie board is calling my name.

Cocktails And Details

I mentioned The Atomic earlier in this post, but we are so proud of them for being nominated for a James Beard award! The thought they put into their cocktail program really shows. All the details work in sync, from the vintage vibe, to the drinks, to the websiteit’s all hip (but not intimidating) and fun, just like the kooky old lady I want to grow up and be someday. You know, the one sipping gin in a shark costume. Oh, who am I kidding? I do that now.

Birmingham, Alabama, The Atomic
Via Jennifer Ferdinand Strong, Facebook