Try the signature Moscow Mule at this classic city pub in the blossoming Avondale neighborhood.

41 Street Pub & Aircraft Sales
130 41st Street S #105
Birmingham, AL 35222
(205) 202-4187

A sprawling backyard and live music stage set this brewery apart from the rest. Choose from one of six flagship beers or seasonal offerings.

Avondale Brewing Company
201 41st St
Birmingham, AL 35222
(205) 777-5456
A gregarious crowd fills the outdoor patio and rooftop bar of this sprawling industrial space. The inventive cocktails incorporate curious ingredients—TY KU Coconut Sake, Icebox cold-brewed coffee, flamed orange (thankfully not all in one drink). Insider Tip: Carrigan’s elevated pub fare is deliciously capricious. Opt for the gussied-up corn dog topped with guajillo ketchup, Cotija cheese, and cilantro.
Carrigan's Public House
2430 Morris Avenue
Birmingham, AL 35203
(205) 440-2430

Located near Railroad Park in a former beer distribution warehouse and across from the minor league baseball stadium. Cornhole and other games in the industrial outdoor seating area.

Good People Brewing Company
114 14th Street S
Birmingham, AL 35233
(205) 286-2337

A liquor store and a classic bar that’s just the right kind of gritty, this watering hole was named one of the best bars by Esquire. Twice a week, barkeep Angel Negrín holds Church Night, and a group of bartenders gather to shake things up with creative cocktails. For a real Sazerac (or a twist on one), this is the place to go.

Insider Tip: Follow @DryCocktails on Twitter or Instagram, and watch for the #churchnight menus at @LousPub.

Lou’s Pub & Package Store
726 29th St S
Birmingham, AL 35233
(205) 322-7005

Perfect cuppa joe in the morning and carefully crafted cocktails at night.

Octane Coffee Company
2821 Central Avenue
Birmingham, AL 35209
(205) 969-1177

With an old-school arcade in the back, this kid-friendly bar serves up playful cocktails (Pabst Cup: Pimm’s, simple syrup, lemon, and PBR), flights that pair drinks with arcade games, and 20 beers on tap.

On the menu: Alabama hummus (made with boiled peanuts), a Hot Chicken Sammich with habanero-buttermilk fried chicken, burgers, dogs, and floats.

Insider Tip: Rainy days bring a $5 special on a Dark & Stormy.

200 20th St N
Birmingham, AL 35203
(205) 320-2824

There’s no drink menu at this craft-cocktail emporium. Name your favorite liquor and flavors, and the bartenders will mix an uncannily nuanced custom drink. The setting is cool but not too cool. Our favorite touch is the Birmingham-themed periodic table on the wall. Insider Tip: Request something tropical and your drink may come served in a fresh, bona fide pineapple, which they hollow out and stash in the freezer. 2125 Second Avenue North;

The Collins Bar
2125 2nd Ave N
Birmingham, AL 35203
(205) 323-7995

This cash-only dive, lined with antiques-filled garage bays, is a bona fide institution.

Garage Cafe
2304 10th Terrace S
Birmingham, AL 35205
(205) 322-3220

Dream hideaway for beer geeks, with more than 100 kinds of brew, most of it on tap.

The J. Clyde
1312 Cobb Lane
Birmingham, AL 35205
(205) 939-1312