Celebrate Pride with these local restaurants + businesses, including Rainbow Margaritas & LGBT+ Sandwich

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Paul Cordes Wilm’s “Love is Blind” mural at BMA. Photo via Birmingham Museum of Art’s Facebook

As you all probably know, June is Pride Month. To show support for Birmingham’s LGBTQ+ community, some local restaurants and businesses are rolling out new items. Whether you’re ready to grub or looking to add to your t-shirt collection, here are unique ways to celebrate Pride while staying local.

Birmingham has earned an impressive inclusivity score

I’d like to think that Birmingham is a city that fosters an environment where everyone feels free to be themselves. I’ve felt that and I hope others can too. As a matter of fact, The Magic City has scored big among other U.S. cities in terms of ensuring the LGBTQ+ community is treated equally.

Every year, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation examines LGBTQ+ equality in over 500 cities in the U.S. The score is determined by a city’s demonstration and support for LGBTQ+ people who live and work there, even if state or federal governments fail to do so.

Guess which one of our favorite Southern cities scored the perfect score? Yep, Birmingham did! The city even received bonus points for excelling in the advancement of LGBTQ+ equality without relying on state law.

Feel free to take a look at Birmingham’s scorecard, here.

Local restaurants + businesses where you can celebrate Pride Month

There may not be parades or parties this year but the importance of Pride Month remains the same. A handful of local restaurants and businesses are celebrating in more ways than one. Let’s take a look.

The Lumbar

I’ve always been a fan of The Lumbar’s drinks, food and atmosphere. It also helps that they remain current on social issues and want the best for everyone.

The LGBT+ Sandwich. Photo via The Lumbar’s Facebook

Say hello to the “LGBT+ Sandwich”—lettuce, green chile, bacon and tomato all stacked between whole-grain toast and finished with some green chile aioli. When you’re done staring at it, make sure to wipe the drool from your mouth. It’s not a good look.

Rainbow Margs from The Lumbar’s BLM/PRIDE menu. Photo via The Lumbar’s Facebook

Feast your eyes on possibly the prettiest margaritas in Birmingham. The LGBT+ Sandwich and Rainbow Margaritas can be found on The Lumbar’s Pride/Black Lives Matter cocktail menu. Proceeds benefit organizations such as The Okra Project and Magic City Acceptance Center.

Ruby Sunshine

We all know and love Ruby Sunshine for their amazing brunch. Similar to The Lumbar, the company makes it a point to remain current on social topics and foster an accepting atmosphere.

Rainbow Popsicle Mimosa Flight. Photo via Ruby Sunshine’s Facebook

Do you know what would go great with Eggs Benedict? Ruby Sunshine’s new Rainbow Popsicle Mimosa Flight…duh. 20% of the mimosa sales are donated to the Center for Black Equity, a non-profit organization that commits to supporting the social, economic and health equity for LGBTQ+ people of color.

  • Address: 1017 Oxmoor Rd, Birmingham, AL 35209
  • Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8AM-2PM & Sat.-Sun. 8AM-3PM
  • Website | Call | Instagram

Lou’s Pub

Did you know that Lou’s Pub is one of the few bars that also happens to be a liqour store. Now that’s hard to come across nowadays. Photo via Lou’s Pub Instagram

Head over to Lou’s Pub to get your hands on one of their Pride t-shirts. Supplies are limited so if you want one, better get to it.

Ignite Cycle

Ignite Cycle has been hosting Pride Rides this week where 20% of the proceeds are donated to the Magic City Acceptance Center. The classes are booked but you can still cop a limited edition Ignite x Pride t-shirt.

This is what you call stylin’ and profilin’. Photo via Ignite Cycle’s Facebook

Just like the rides, 20% of the shirt sales go to MCAC. They’re limited so don’t wait too long to grab one for yourself.

Al’s on Seventh

You can support local LGBT + venues while still social distancing. Photo via Al’s on Seventh’s Facebook

Of course, we had to include one of Birmingham’s favorite LGBTQ+ venues. Al’s on Seventh may not be hosting their iconic drag shows due to the pandemic and wanting to follow CDC guidelines, but you can still show your support by grabbing some merch.

They’re celebrating Pride with rainbow tumblers, their “It’s A Family Thing” tees and limited edition Barefoot Bubbly Brut Rose Pride Bottles for only $15.

If you’d like to call dibs on any of their merch and support local, go ahead and send them a message on social or stop by their location.

  • Address: 2627 7th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
  • Hours: Sun.-Sat. 4PM-12AM
  • Instagram | Facebook

Looking for more ways to support the LGBTQ+ community in Birmingham?

Derrick Steverson in Bessie Estelle Park at Bham Black Pride Picnic. Photo Courtesy via Tony Walker

One of our wonderful content producers wrote an article highlighting 7 organizations supporting Birmingham’s LGBTQ+ community and how you can lend a helping hand.

While you’re at it, check out these stories for more great organizations to support in Birmingham.

Know of other non-profits and organizations doing important work for Birmingham’s LGBTQ+ community? Share them with us on social on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter.

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Chaise Sanders
Chaise is a brunch-loving Content Producer and helps manage the Bham Now Instagram account.
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