Thrillist does a deep dive into Birmingham. Says it should be on everyone’s radar

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The Storyteller. Frank Fleming’s beautiful fountain in the heart of 5 Points Neighborhood. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Last month, BBC News featured Birmingham‘s theater district renaissance. Earlier this year, Conde Nast declared “Birmingham has arrived.”

Now for the month of May 2019, the popular digital publication Thrillist says it’s about time to put the Magic City on people’s radar.

Published on May 3, 2019 – the Thrillist feature on Birmingham is titled:

It’s About Time You Put This Overlooked Southern City on Your Radar

Written by veteran travel writer Jason Horn, the story interviews and follows local foodie power couple Emily Nabors Hall and Roscoe Hall.

The duo assisted the writer on doing a “deep dive” about Birmingham – providing profiles and mentions to about 35 + different restaurants and places around town.

Here are some of our favorite quotes.

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Entrance to Avondale Park. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

“With spots like indie-music-venue-slash-coffee-and-cocktail-bar Saturn and the newly renovated Avondale Park, with a duck pond, outdoor amphitheater and 36 acres to explore, it’s no wonder we previously dubbed Avondale the Brooklyn of Alabama.”

And our favorite excerpt:

“New Orleans, Nashville, Memphis and Atlanta might get all the tourist attention in the South, but blink and you’ll miss this buzzy little city right in the middle of all of them — it’s high time that changes.”

What is Thrillist?

Thillist  is a national digital social media juggernaut that according to the publication has a national platform of over 20 million unique visits a month. The site also maintains 2 million email subscribers and is the number one travel publisher on social media.

We are keeping a list!

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A band from the 2017 AfterTunes series rocks out in front of a view of the Birmingham skyline. Photo via Vulcan Park and Museum

For the past 2 years, Bham Now has been compiling a list of Birmingham stories  from the BBC to the New York Times.  Keep these handy – so when people say there is nothing to do here in the Magic City or it is boring – send them our links!!

As you can see, Birmingham is on the rise!


BBC News – Birmingham, Alabama: A city using theatres to reinvent itself

Travel + Leisure – Travel + Leisure took a road trip through Birmingham and Alabama. See what they found.

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Woodlawn’s newest mural at 6 55th Place near 1st Ave. South. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Conde Nast – Conde Nast declares Birmingham has arrived

Nylon Magazine – Birmingham sparks attention

Vogue Magazine’s  
“the South’s Magic City”


Birmingham Alabama
Four Little Girls at Kelly Ingram Park. Photo by Pat Byington

Outside Magazine”s
25 Best Towns of 2017 edition.

The New York Times –“Birmingham is ready to surprise you.”


Views Overlook
View from Hawk’s View Overlook at Ruffner Mountain.

Washington Post –
“best vacation destinations you’ve never considered” series.

“15 charming cities in the American South you may have overlooked.”

Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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