If you’ve driven through Liberty Park in Vestavia Hills recently, it’s no secret there’s a lot of construction going on at The Bray. I stopped by to see two of its newest openings, On Tap Sports Cafe’ and Anytime Fitness. Bonus find! I I also uncovered a ‘secret’ bourbon bar. Lucky me.
Find out more and see what else is in the pipeline for this suburb of Birmingham, including a supermarket and mixed use development.
The Bray at Liberty Park
A new 700 acre mixed use development is currently being built at The Bray, which Liberty Park Joint Ventures LLP say will be ‘the ultimate live, work and play lifestyle – all together in one legendary hometown’.
The designs include a town green, a grocer, community fuel and convenience center, restaurants, and thousands of square feet of new retail space.
The Bray is in Vestavia Hills, close by to Cahaba Heights, Mountain Brook and Irondale
On Tap Sports Cafe’ now open
On Tap Sports Cafe’ have opened their fourth location in the Birmingham area at The Bray. As soon as you walk through the door it very much feels like a traditional pub setting and features plenty of TV screens to watch your favorite sports teams.
There’s also lots of outside space to relax as the nights get cooler.
Although On Tap occupies a large building, it feels reminiscent of older city type pubs and bars as it is split into lots of smaller rooms which flow around the building – so you might have a different experience each time you go.
There’s a large menu of shareable plates, burgers, wings, wraps, and some hearty ‘winter warmers’ which you’ll be thankful for later on in the year – such as Irish Stew and White Chicken Chili.
Try finding the ‘secret’ bourbon bar at On Tap Sports Cafe’
Owner, Todd Beegle guided me around On Tap and my eyes lit up when he revealed a cool little secret as we walked around, “People don’t notice this door right away,” said Todd, as walked passed a large picture frame on the wall, “We have a secret speakeasy bourbon room where you can relax and we hire it out for private parties”. Wow!
Here’s a video of the ‘secret’ bar!
The bourbon bar feels like a secret drinking den crossed with Olde’ English country-manor look. Definitely somewhere I’d want to host a future Birthday or big game party!
On Tap is Open 7 days a week: Sunday – Thursday 10:30AM – Midnight, Friday – Saturday 10:30 – 2AM
11967 Liberty Pkwy, Vestavia Hills, AL 35242
Get even more pumped about The Bray at Anytime Fitness
Owned and operated by Derrick Murphy, Anytime Fitness recently opened at Liberty Park and is a short distance away from the wider Vestavia, Mountain Brook and Irondale community.
If you’re looking for a gym, there’s lots of new hi-tech machines to use at the location and they have a ‘club heart rate monitoring system that gives you real time feedback while you are working out displaying your heart rate, your cardio zone, and total calories burned’.
It looks great and if you’re like me, you can follow ‘leg day’ with ‘wings day’ next door at On Tap! Ha!
11971 Liberty Parkway, Vestavia Hills, AL 35242
Anytime Fitness is open: 24-7 access for members (call for office availability)
New Publix grocery store on the way to Liberty Park too
A new Publix store is currently under construction at The Bray. Blackwater Real Estate who are building the new supermarket at Liberty Park has confirmed the 48,387 square-foot store is likely to open in spring 2020.
Stay tuned to Bham Now for updates as developments take shape at The Bray.