New bar concept: Neon Moon opens in Birmingham in spring 2020

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I can almost taste it! Photo via Queen’s Park Birmingham on Facebook

The owners of Queen’s Park are at it again! Get ready for their newest endeavor Neon Moon—a neighborhood cocktail bar coming to Birmingham in 2020.

The Concept

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Photo via Queen’s Park Birmingham on Facebook

Neon Moon will add another neighborhood cocktail bar to Downtown Birmingham. It will specialize in draft and package beer, whiskey, fun cocktails and a small menu of snacks.

Inside the 1500 square foot space, you’ll find retro details like wood paneling, checkered vinyl floor tiles and retro barstools.

Neon Moon will also include an outdoor patio, which will be perfect for warm weathered days.

“I’m looking forward to Neon Moon being both a neighborhood bar and a destination, a place where people can meet up with friends and neighbors. I love the familiarity of neighborhood bars, that whole Cheers-esque, everybody knows your name kind of thing, and I hope that Neon Moon becomes that for the neighborhood.” 

Lauren Newman, owner, Queen’s Park and Neon Moon

The Owners

If you don’t know about the owners of Queen’s Park or its owners, you will be amazed many things. Here are some things to know about the bar and its owners Larry “Mudd” Townley and Laura Newman:

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Larry Mudd Townley, co-owner of Queen’s Park Bar. Photo via Laura Newman

Queen’s Park is a nationally recognized cocktail bar that specializes in classic cocktails and hard-to-find spirits. It was also a finalist for the prestigious spirit award for Best New American Cocktail Brew.

Townley is a Birmingham native with a 15-year history running Birmingham bars and nightlife venues. He is also well-known throughout the Birmingham community for his work with local boards and charities.

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Laura Newman of Queen’s Park Bar. Photo via Laura Newman

Newman is a Brooklyn native and was the first woman in United States to win the prestigious Diagro World Class bartending Competition. She also placed second at the global finals in Berlin in 2018. Previously, she ran bars in New York City for eight years before moving to Birmingham in 2016. Learn more about her wins.

Dig This Cocktail Menu

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Every hour is cocktail hour. Photo via Queen’s Park Birmingham on Facebook

What’s especially awesome about Neon Moon is the cocktail menu. It will consist of 6-10 drinks featuring updated versions of beloved cocktails from the 70s, 80s and 90s. 

“The kind of drinks we’ll have on the menu are all drinks that inspire nostalgia. For many people, these were their first cocktails. These drinks are often derided by the ‘mixology’ community as overly sweet or too simple, but I think they can be awesome when made correctly. And they’re enduringly popular because at the end of the day, they’re crowd pleasers.” 

Laura Newman, owner, Queen’s Park and Neon Moon

Who wouldn’t dig an Amaretto Sour, frozen Miami Vice or other whimsical original? 
Go ahead and break out The Carlton dance y’all! I know you wanna.

Extra Entertainment with Weekly Programs

Along with tasty drinks and small eats, there will be weekly programs scheduled like karoke. You know you can’t resist!

Other programs will include:

  • Bingo
  • Trivia
  • DJs
  • Live music
  • Special one-on-one events

Simple, Delicious Eats

A night out drinking must include some food. Luckily, you won’t bave to swing through the McDonalds drive-thru anymore, because Neon Moon will serve up some simple, yet totally tasty snack items. Some will include:

  • French fries
  • An assortment of sauces and toppings
  • Deep fried Oreos

Food will be available until 2AM.

Next Holiday Season

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Queen’s Park, a cocktail bar in downtown town Birmingham. Left to right, bartender Allie Phifer and Queen’s Park owner Laura Newman. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

In November, Queen’s Park hosts their annual Miracle Pop Up bar. And in November 2020, Neon Moon will be home to Birmingham’s first iteration of Sippin’ Santa—a Christmas tiki themed pop up bar. Next holiday season is gonna be dope! 

Neon Moon Will Open in 2020

Set to open in late spring/early summer 2020, Neon Moon will be located at 2318 2nd Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203—a newly developed property by partners within Red rock Realty Group. 

While you wait for Neon Moon to open, spend some time at Queen’s Park. Find it at 112 24th Street North, Birmingham, AL 35203.

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