Have you been to Uptown Birmingham lately? Todd English’s Patio Pig Roast July 20 from 5-9PM is one great reason to check it out.

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Uptown Birmingham is a happening place—don't let the traffic changes scare you away.
Uptown Birmingham. Photo from Uptown Birmingham via Facebook

If you haven’t been to Uptown Birmingham lately to check out all the great restaurants, you’ve been missing out.

There is so much happening in that part of town, including events at The BJCC, brunch at Topgolf . . . even tours at the Oak Hill Cemetery.

Todd English’s pig roast is the perfect excuse to head to Uptown

Todd English at work in the kitchen.
Todd English at work in the kitchen. Photo from Todd English P.U.B. via Facebook

Todd English’s Patio Pig Roast is a not-to-miss event happening this Saturday, July 20, from 5-9PM. Hosted by The Westin, this event will happen in Todd English Pub, and you should totally plan to go.

They’ll be firing up the grill and roasting pigs while the Stephen McCullough Band plays. There will be drinks, corn hole, and a raffle where you can win prizes.

And yes, Celebrity Chef Todd English will in fact be there.

  • When: Saturday, July 20, 5-9PM
  • Where: 2221 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Cost: $35 per person, no reservations required
  • Includes: all-you-can-eat food, beer samples from Avondale Brewing Company, and two drink tickets at the bar. Cheers.
  • Get tickets here

But what about the traffic around Uptown?

Map of changes happening in Uptown Birmingham.
A close-up look at changes that will come with the Protective Stadium. Map supplied

Well, there is that . . .

You’d have to be hiding under a rock to not know that much of Birmingham is in the throes of a long and colorful, crane-filled reconstructive surgery.

And, the Uptown area is in the midst of its own reconstruction because . . . the Protective Stadium is on its way!

What this means is that two blocks of 11th Avenue North and two blocks of 23rd Street North are permanently closed to make way for the stadium, which will soon sit on top of where they once were.

So here’s the deal: check out this awesome (and regularly upated) Know Before You Go page on The BJCC’s website, leave a little early, and you should be good.

Pig roast not your thing? Check out these other places in Uptown

Did you know there are seven restaurants and one coffee shop a hop-skip-and-a-jump away from The BJCC, Legacy Arena, The Westin and The Sheraton? Check them out.

Seven restaurants in Uptown

Whether you’re in the area for a show at The BJCC, getting a few rounds in at Topgolf, or staying in one of the local hotels, there’s something for everybody. Consider this your appetizer. . .

Eugene’s Hot Chicken

Eugene's Hot Chicken is one of 7 restaurants in Uptown Birmingham.
Mmmmm. Photo from Eugene’s Hot Chicken via Facebook

The Southern Kitchen and Bar

The Southern Kitchen and Bar is another one of the restaurants in Uptown Birmingham.
Hungry for brunch? Photo from The Southern Kitchen and Bar via Facebook

Your Pie

Your Pie is a great place to grab a pizza in Uptown Birmingham.
Doesn’t that pizza look tempting? Photo from Your Pie via Facebook

Cantina Laredo

While Cantina Laredo has plenty of delicious food, check out this USA 'Rita in Uptown Birmingham.
Who needs a bomb pop when you can have a USA ‘Rita? Photo from Cantina Laredo via Facebook

Mugshots Grill & Bar

Mugshots is another one of the restaurants in Uptown Birmingham.
Bacon cheeseburger and fries. Photo from Mugshots via Facebook

Todd English P.U.B.

Todd English P.U.B. doesn't just host pig roasts, they also have delicious banana pudding.
What happens when you mix banana pudding and creme brulee? Photo from Todd English P.U.B. via Facebook

Site of the pig roast, and so much more.

Texas de Brazil

If you're in Uptown for a show or something else, you can always stop in at Texas de Brazil for a bite.
You can always stop by for dessert and a drink after a show. Photo from Texas de Brazil via Facebook

One coffee shop in Uptown: Octane


Whatever reason you’re thinking of heading to Uptown Birmingham, don’t let the traffic changes scare you. The BJCC’s “Know Before You Go” page has all the info you need, including alternate routes and parking details. Uptown’s many restaurants are ready and waiting to show you a good time.

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Author: Sharron Mendel Swain

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