An inside look at the new Woodlawn Bar and Lounge [Photos]

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The trio behind the Woodlawn Bar and Lounge: (right to left) Corey Whatley, Quincy Coleman and Byron Watkins. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

This week, I got to check out the latest addition to Woodlawn: the Woodlawn Bar and Lounge. Owners Corey Whatley, Quincy Coleman and Byron Watkins officially opened this exciting new establishment on Saturday, January 8th, and the community’s response has been fantastic.

Keep reading to learn more about the Woodlawn Bar and Lounge & make plans to visit!

Check out Woodlawn’s newest bar

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The exterior of Woodlawn Bar and Lounge, located at 5505 1st Avenue North in Woodlawn. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)
  • Woodlawn Bar and Lounge: Instagram
  • Address: 5505 1st Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35212
  • Hours: 5PM-11PM (with Happy Hour from 5PM-8PM) on Tuesday and Thursday; 6PM-2AM on Friday and Saturday

Looking for a new place to watch the big game, celebrate accomplishments with friends or just meet new people? Meet the Woodlawn Bar and Lounge, the newest bar to hit the Woodlawn scene.

Located on the 5500 block of 1st Avenue North, the Woodlawn Bar and Lounge is one of several new businesses that have opened along the strip, including Nmosa Fabrics, Morgan’s Closet, Tryna B Studios, Ursula Smith Dance. Co and TherapySouth.

“REV Birmingham has been working closely with Corey and his team, and we’re really delighted to have his new bar here—he is going to be a solid addition to the neighborhood.”

Robert Emerick, Client Relations Manager, REV Birmingham

Meet the team behind the Woodlawn Bar and Lounge

The Woodlawn Bar and Lounge is owned and operated by Birmingham firefighter Corey Whatley and his team, Quincy Coleman and Byron Watkins. The trio met while working for the city and have been best friends—and now business partners—ever since.

“It’s always been my main goal to have my own cigar lounge, but we wanted to start off with a bar first and open a cigar lounge once our brand is established. The three of us are entrepreneurs, so this is an opportunity for us to work together and give back to the community.”

Corey Whatley, Owner, Woodlawn Bar and Lounge

The Woodlawn Bar and Lounge stocks all your favorite beers, wines, liquors and cocktails. Make sure to try their signature drinks, like The Wood, a Woodford Reserve-based drink that represents Woodlawn.

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A bartender at the Woodlawn Bar and Lounge making an old fashioned. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

According to Corey Whatley and Quincy Coleman, the Woodlawn Bar and Lounge is meant to be a space for anyone and everyone to relax, hang out and enjoy fellowship with their neighbors.

“We really want the Woodlawn Bar and Lounge to have a diverse crowd—we have big ideas for community events we want to host, like a Super Bowl watch party, Taco Tuesdays, performances from local bands and live DJs and so much more.

There’s a lot we can say, but to get the full experience you need to come in and see the Woodlawn Bar and Lounge for yourself. We’ve got big dreams, wonderful bartenders, a great vibe, a diverse crowd and diverse music. Come visit us and see how Woodlawn is growing.”

Corey Whatley, Owner, Woodlawn Bar and Lounge

Planning to check out the newest bar in Woodlawn? Tag us @bhamnow in all your pictures!

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Nathan Watson

Senior Content Producer with Bham Now | Originally from Tennessee, Nathan moved to The Magic City after graduating from Birmingham-Southern College. Nathan is passionate about recognizing Birmingham's history and is thrilled to learn more about the big things planned for The Magic City's future.

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