It’s getting colder outside. Here are 5 warm ways to spend time with friends in Birmingham

Women laughing and wearing face masks while pouring candles in Paddywax Candle Bar
Candles, drinks, and plenty of laughter — sounds like the perfect afternoon. Photo via Paddywax Candle Bar

There’s no mistaking it: there’s a chill in the air in Birmingham, but that doesn’t mean you have to cancel your weekend plans. From pop making classes to bars with outdoor heaters, there are plenty of warm ways to spend time with friends in Birmingham. Keep reading for 5 of our favorites, then text your friends to make plans.

1. Pop-Making Class at Steel City Pops

Two people making homemade pops at Steel City Pops - warm ways to spend time with friends in Birmingham
This kind of precision means you’re about to have the best pops ever. Photo via Steel City Pops

I know, I know—I just talked about how it’s getting colder outside and now I’m suggesting pops. Just trust me, because once you try this pop-making class you’ll get it. 

In the class, you can make 12 pops in a fun fall flavor (I suggest Caramel Apple Pie). You’ll learn the process of making a pop, get to try their fall selection, and have a great time with friends and family. Masks are required and parties are separated into their own stations.

2. Sidewalk Cinema 

Rows of chairs in Sidewalk Cinema - things to do when it's cold in Birmingham
Imagine: this whole theater for you. Photo via Sidewalk Film

Have you watched everything in your Netflix queue? Then Sidewalk Cinema is calling your name. Located in the Pizitz, Sidewalk Cinema is the perfect place to watch new and classic movies.

The theaters are limited to less than 20 people and masks are required for all patrons. Want to take your movie experience to the next level? Sidewalk is now offering private rentals!

A group of up to 20 people can rent a theater for $150 on Tuesday – Wednesday 10 am – 10 pm or Thursday – Sunday 10 am – 1 pm. Bring your favorite movie and enjoy having the theater all to yourself.

  • Location: 1821 2nd Ave. N. Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Hours: Showings available Friday – Sunday
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3. Habitat Feed and Social 

Bright purple chairs on a green outdoor terrace at Habitat Feed and Social at the Grand Bohemian Hotel - things to do in Birmingham when it's cold outside
I wish that my house was decorated like this, but for now, I’ll visit Habitat Feed and Social as often as I can. Photo via Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook, Autograph Collection

Just because it’s cooler doesn’t mean you need to head inside! Habitat Feed and Social at the Grand Bohemian Hotel features a gorgeous rooftop terrace with unique furniture and a fire pit that will keep you cozy all night.

Whether you order a refreshing cocktail or a tasty meal (or both), you’ll love the experience at Habitat Feed and Social.

  • Location: 2655 Lane Park Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223
  • Hours: Monday – Friday: 6:30 AM – 2 PM, 3 – 11 PM; Saturday, Sunday: 7 AM – 2 PM, 3 – 11 PM
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4. Candle Pouring Class at Paddywax Candle Bar

Woman pouring candle wax at Paddywax Candle Bar - warm things to do in Birmingham when it's cold
Cozy scents + gorgeous jars = the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Photo via Paddywax Candle Bar

Nothing gives off more cozy fall vibes than a candle, so why not try making your own? Get a group of friends and reserve a class at Paddywax Candle Bar

You’ll start by choosing your jar and scent, then you’ll go through every step of the candle pouring process. The workshops take about an hour, and candles take 3 hours to cool and cure—giving you the perfect excuse to stroll the Summit.

  • Location: 216 Summit Blvd #105, Birmingham, AL 35243
  • Hours: Thursday-Friday: 12-7 PM; Saturday: 11 AM-7 PM; Sunday: 12-6 PM
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5. The Atomic Lounge

Warm ways to spend time in Birmingham - Atomic Lounge outdoor patio and Paradise Chow
Plenty of outdoor seating and the delicious menu of Paradise Chow? Sign me up. Photo via The Atomic

If you ask a Birmingham citizen what their favorite bar is, chances are the Atomic Lounge will be a name you hear often. Their drinks and their atmosphere will turn an impromptu Tuesday night gathering into the best evening.

The Atomic is offering indoor and patio seating so you can enjoy time with your friends, even when it gets cooler outside. 

  • Location: 2113 1st Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday – 4-11 PM; Thursday – Saturday 4 PM-2 AM
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What’s your favorite warm way to spend time with friends in Birmingham? Tag us @bhamnow!

Cecilia Wood
Cecilia Wood
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