A guide to Birmingham’s downtown bars

The Atomic Lounge. Photo via Magic City Dentistry

Birmingham’s downtown bar scene keeps growing, so we’ve compiled a list of the spots you need to check out. The research was stringent, but someone had to do it. Now you can plan your next downtown bar crawl (or decide where to go after work).

Pilcrow Cocktail Cellar

Photo via Pilcrow Cocktail Cellar

Pilcrow Cocktail Cellar is an underground bar right by The Essential in Founder’s Station. Escape from the summer heat with a delicious cocktail here. If you’re a margarita fan, check out the Heugel Margarita–with key lime, tequila, agave and salt, it’s made how a margarita should be. I’m a huge fan.

Still dreaming about this margarita…

Location: 2015 1st Ave N #1e, Birmingham, AL 35203

Paramount

Paramount. Photo by Hillary Meares for Bham Now

Paramount is downtown Birmingham’s arcade bar. Grab a beer and play ski ball here!

Location: 200 20th St. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

The Collins Bar

Photo via The Collins Bar on instagram

The Collins Bar is a fun spot. One of my date night go-tos with my husband (and many others, I’m sure) is to put our name on the list at El Barrio, then walk over to Collins for a cocktail. 

Location: 2125 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

The Louis at The Pizitz Food Hall

The Louis inside The Pizitz Food Hall. Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now

Located dangerously close to Bham Now’s office space, The Louis at the Pizitz is a great spot to grab a beer or glass of wine after work. Many of our team members do this every week!

Location: 1821 2nd Ave N., Birmingham, AL 35203

The Atomic Lounge

The Atomic Lounge. Photo by Taylor Babington for Bham Now

Are you into costumes and good cocktails? If so, The Atomic Lounge might be for you. I went back to my Memphis roots and dressed up as Elvis here once. Sorry, no picture of that. 

Location: 2113 1st Ave N., Birmingham, AL 35203

The Roof (Redmont)

Redmont Hotel and Bar Birmingham AL Guide to Rooftop Bars
Photo via The Roof – Redmont Hotel

The Roof is a great rooftop bar located atop the Redmont Hotel. Check out some views of downtown Birmingham from here. 

Location: 2101 5th Ave N., Birmingham, AL 35203

Moon Shine at The Elyton Hotel

Moon Shine bar. Photo by Austin Sistrunk

Moon Shine is another fun rooftop bar. My sister took the photo above, and this spot served as the after-party location for her wedding earlier this year. Lots of lemon drop shots were involved.

Location: 1928 1st Ave N., Birmingham, AL 35203

Carrgian’s Public House

Birmingham, Carrigan's Public House & Oyster Bar, Carrigan's restaurant, Valentine's Day
Photo via Carrigan’s Public House

Carrigan’s is a nice, chill bar on Morris Ave. It was one of the first bars to open in this area of downtown. They have some really good food, too!

Location: 2430 Morris Ave, Birmingham, AL 35203

Paper Doll

Paper Doll. Photo by Hilary Meares for Bham Now 

Paper Doll wants you to “pick your poison”, Bham. This cozy bar opened in December, and it’s been a hit. Tip: if you’re headed to Art on the Rocks this summer, Paper Doll is hosting the after-party.

Location: 2320 1st Ave N., Birmingham, AL 35203

Queen’s Park

The Queen’s Park Swizzle. Photo by Taylor Babington for Bham Now

If you go to Queen’s Park (which I highly recommend), check out the Queen’s Park Swizzle. It’s so festive and so delicious! Note: I am not a fan of overly sweet drinks, and despite its appearance, this drink is not. 

Location: 112 24th St. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

The Wine Loft

Bar patrons at The Wine Loft. (Photo submitted)
Bar patrons at The Wine Loft. Photo submitted

Any oenophiles out there? If so, this is the place for you. Free wine tastings here on Wine Wednesday!

Location: 2200 1st Ave N., Birmingham, AL 35203

The Southern

Photo via The Southern on Facebook 

This Uptown spot has a neat rooftop to check out after work.

Location: 2301 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd N., Birmingham, AL 35203

Todd English PUB

Photo via Todd English PUB on Facebook

Also in Uptown, Todd English might be what comes to mind when you think of a “PUB”: vast beer selection and bar eats. 

Location: 2221 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd N., Birmingham, AL 35203

Which downtown bar is your fave? Did we miss any? Let us know @bhamnow.