Are you ready to take a trip through time? Cool news—you don’t even have to leave Birmingham! Although we aren’t technologically advanced enough for some true time-travel action, we do have some places that make you feel like we do. From groovy 70’s interiors to secret 20’s speakeasies, you can travel to these amazing spots without a time machine.
1. Sloss Furnaces – 19th Century
One of the most historic landmarks in the history of Birmingham is Sloss Furnaces. From 1882 to 1971 it operated as a pig iron-producing blast furnace and since closing, it’s been preserved as a national historic landmark.
- Location: 20 32nd St N, Birmingham, AL 35222
- Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10AM-4PM
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2. Cobb Lane – 19th Century
When you walk the historic streets of Cobb Lane in Five Points, you’ll feel like you are fresh out of the 19th century. The beautiful signature houses are absolutely amazing.
- Location: Cobb Lane, Birmingham, AL 35205
3. Morris Avenue – 19th Century
Take a stroll down one of Birmingham’s most iconic streets, Morris Ave—and we’re not just saying that because the awesome Bham Now office is located there. The street is lined with cobblestone and beautiful brown-brick shops. It’s definitely a must-visit for anyone stopping by The Magic City.
- Location: Morris Ave, Birmingham, AL 35203
4. Rickwood Field – 20th Century
Did you know Birmingham’s very own Rickwood Field is the oldest professional baseball park? Enjoy an old-school game without the distraction of big screens and loud music.
5. The Marble Ring – 20’s
The Marble Ring next to Avondale Park is sure to transport you back to the 1920’s with its speakeasy vibes and Art Deco-themed decor. Order a specialty craft cocktails like the “Great Bambino” made with Rittenhouse Rye, Miles Madeira, Hoodoo, Absinthe, Angostura and Orange Bitters.
- Location: 430 41st St S, Ste B, Birmingham, AL 35222
- Hours: Wednesday-Thursday, 5PM-Midnight | Friday-Saturday, 5PM-2AM
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6. Grand River Drive-In – 50’s
Grand River Drive-In offers new and classic movies for all to enjoy. Grab your closest friends, some comfy pillows and blankets and have a fun night.
- Location: 1453 Grand River Pkwy N, Leeds, AL 35094
- Hours: Times depend on shows.
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7. House of Found Objects – 70’s
The House of Found Objects is one of the coolest spots in Downtown Birmingham. With shag rugs, lava lamps and low lighting, you’ll feel like you entered an episode of That 70’s Show. They also have some funky costumes if you and your friends are in the mood to dress up.
- Location: 2205 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
- Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 4PM-Midnight | Friday-Saturday, 4PM-2AM
8. Mom’s Basement – 80’s
Grab that vintage Alf T-shirt and head to Mom’s Basement. The bar offers the perfect 80’s vibe of sitting in your friend’s wood-paneled basement with awkward family photos hanging along the walls.
- Location: 4411 3rd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35222
- Hours: Sunday-Friday, 4PM-2AM | Saturday, 2PM-2AM
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9. The Red Mountain Cut – 80’s
If you want to feel like you’re in Stand By Me, take a look at the Red Mountain Cut. Currently, the path is inaccessible, however, there are plans to build a brand-new walkway through it so you can see the beautiful geological structure.
- Location: Red Mountain Expressway
10. The Garage – 90’s
The Garage is one of the coolest gems in the Birmingham area. They have awesome grunge decor and interesting antiques in the windows of their back patio. Plus, their sandwiches are amazing.
- Location: 2304 10th Terrace S, Birmingham, AL 35205
- Hours: Thursday, 11AM-11PM | Friday-Saturday, 11AM-2AM | Sunday, 12PM-10PM
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