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

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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.

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How do you get your name on The Atomic Lounge’s cocktail list? It’s all about the unexpected.

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The funky decor is only half of The Atomic Lounge’s charm. Photo courtesy of Magic City Dentistry

Everything about The Atomic Lounge is a little different, and extra special—especially its cocktails. Have you ever wanted to know who gets their name on the leaderboard of cocktail lists? Once I saw my name on the menu, I had to find out how it got there.

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2019 James Beard Semifinalists include Timothy Hontzas of Johnny’s Restaurant and The Atomic Lounge in Birmingham

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Chef Timothy Hontzas (left). Photo via Johnny’s Restaurant’s Instagram

The James Beard Foundation released its 2019 Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists today. From the Birmingham area, Timothy Hontzas of Johnny’s Restaurant in Homewood is up for Best Chef of the South. Also from Birmingham, The Atomic Lounge is up for Best Bar Program.

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