7 reasons to check out Edgewood’s Local 39 Homewood, including the Super Bowl

Local 39 Homewood
Jonathan and Lyndsey Sealy are Managing Owner/Operators of Local 39. Photo via Sharron Swain for Bham NOw

If you want a casual place to hang out for a while, check out Edgewood’s newest bar + restaurant—Local 39 Homewood. Owner/operators Jonathan and Lyndsey Sealy will welcome you with food, drinks and a warm and cozy vibe. Read on to find out everything we know about this place which opened this Wednesday, January 29.

1. Edgewood had trolleys back in the early 1900s—who knew?

My Bham Now colleague Pat Byington wrote about Homewood’s old electric rail line a while back: Unearthed Homewood trolley tracks and bricks from the 1920s to be preserved.

According to @local39homewood on Instagram, “Birmingham and Edgewood Electric Railway’s Streetcar no. 39…ran down Oxmoor Road, turning left on Broadway right outside our front door.”

Hence the name…

2. Local 39 Homewood is right between Saw’s and Dreamcakes.

Local 39 Homewood
Local 39 Homewood. Photo via Sharron Swain for Bham Now

Y’all remember Saw’s on the Side? This is in the same spot.

Owner/operators Jonathan and Lyndsey Sealy have opened Local 39 Homewood in partnership with Mike Wilson and Hunter Lake of Saw’s Bar Homewood (formerly doing business as Saw’s on the Side).

Highlands Bar and Grill fans might remember Jonathan from his 20 years as the bartender. He and wife Lyndsey are excited to create a place where people can hang out and feel like it’s an extension of home.

3. Local 39 Homewood is part sports bar.

hockey sticks at Local 39 Homewood
Yes, those are hockey sticks, and yes, there’s a story behind them. Photo via Sharron Swain for Bham Now

Lyndsey’s Dad John C. Stewart played for the Birmingham Bulls way back when, and his memorabilia is on display at Local 39 Homewood. In fact, there’s still some dried up blood in the helmet, which is either cool or gross depending on how you look at it.

There are also big TVs on the walls, perfect for catching a game. See #6 below.

Birmingham Bulls helmet
That is indeed a Birmingham Bulls helmet. Photo via Sharron Swain for Bham Now

4. Local 39 Homewood is also part place to grab a salad and a glass of wine.

salad at Local 39 Homewood
Girlfriends can come grab a salad and a glass of wine. Photo courtesy of Local 39 Homewood

There’s basically something for everybody. If beer and sports is your thing, they’ve got it. If salad and wine is more your speed, you’re set. And if your kids want to run down the road and get cupcakes or ice cream, they’ve got options.

Over time, thanks to Jonathan’s relationship with local breweries and all his years bartending, you’ll also be able to get local beers on tap and a really good selection of wines.

5. Local 39 Homewood is a good place to gather.

eating at Local 39 Homewood
Bartenders Grayson Owen and Kristen Warren and the owners’ son Pierce Sealy, who also doubles as dishwasher. Photo courtesy of Local 39 Homewood

Here’s what the owners had to say about their menu, which they’ll be refining over time:

“Our menu consists of sports bar staples like hot wings, burgers, and Saw’s favorites like the Sweet Tea Fried Chicken Sandwich. We also feature lighter fare, shareable bar snacks and a full bar with wine, beer, and seasonal cocktails.”

6. You can catch the Super Bowl at Local 39 Homewood.

wings at Local 39 Homewood
Who’s in the mood for wings? Photo courtesy of Local 39 Homewood

They will be open Sunday night, February 2, for the big game. And, the place is small, so you’ll want to get there early.

If they’re full, here are some other places around town where you can catch the game.

7. They’re thinking of having a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar.

pickled things from J&S Produce
Pickled everything from J&S Produce on the top shelf caught my eye. Photo via Sharron Swain for Bham Now

When I wondered to Lyndsey about all the pickled things on the top shelf, she told me they may have a “make your own Bloody Mary bar” at some point, which sounds kind of fun. The jars came from J&S Produce, who sell at the market at Trinity United Methodist on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Plan your visit to Local 39 Homewood

Location: 1006 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL 35209
Hours: Tues-Thurs, 11AM-9PM; Fri-Sat, 11AM-11PM; Sun/Mon still TBD. They will be open this Sunday for the Superbowl. 
Contact: 205.407.4206 | Facebook | Instagram | Email

Now tell us, Birmingham, have you tried Local 39 Homewood yet? What’s your favorite thing about it? Tag us on social @bhamnow and let us know!

Sharron Swain
Sharron Swain

Writer, Interviewer + Adventurer | Telling stories to make a difference

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