The Hottest Cafés and Bars in Birmingham

Where to find the best bartenders, brewers, and baristas.

41st Street Pub & Aircraft Sales
Try the signature Moscow Mule ($7) at this classic city pub. 130 41st Street South;

Avo & Dram
Bartender Kyle Campbell's famous libations draw in patrons who mean to satisfy their whiskey cravings. 2721 Cahaba Road;

Avondale Brewing Company 
Thanks to recently relaxed beer laws, breweries keep popping up, like this local favorite with its sprawling backyard and live music stage. Choose from one of six flagship beers or seasonal offerings ($4.50-$6.50). 201 41st Street South;

Beer Engineers
These high gravity beer specialists are opening up a taproom near Railroad Park. 

Carrigan's Public House
This pub-inspired spot with a focus on British Isles spirits recently made its debut downtown. 2430 Morris Avenue;

The Collins
Headed by longtime B'ham bartender Feizal Valli, this sleek joint opens this August. 205/323-7995

Church Street Coffee and Books 
Perhaps as an antidote to the cocktail influx, the city's stirred up a devotion for the perfect cup of coffee.
81 Church Street;

Good People Brewing Company
Located near Railroad Park in a former beer distribution warehouse. 114 14th Street South; or 205/317-1363

Hot and Hot Fish Club
William Hamrick is your guy for garden-to-glass libations. 2180 11th Court South;

The J. Clyde
Dream hideaway for beer geeks, with more than 100 kinds of brews. 1312 Cobb Lane;

Lou's Pub
A 26-year-old bar inside a package store. On Sundays and Wednesdays, Angel Negrín mixes classics such as sazeracs and palomas. 726 29th Street South;

Cash-only, late-night spot famous for its five-napkin burgers and live music (from local blues acts to the Alabama Symphony Orchestra). 1813 Tenth Court South;
Octane Coffee 
Here you'll find house-roasted brews by day and drinks, such as the Old Fashioned with coffee-pecan bitters, by night. 2821 Central Avenue;   

Satterfield's Restaurant
Josh Schaff is your guy for garden-to-glass libations. 3161 Cahaba Heights Road;  

Trim Tab Brewing Company
Look out for this brewery's opening in the Lakeview District. 2721 5th Avenue South;

Urban Standard
Perhaps as an antidote to the cocktail influx, the city's stirred up a devotion for the perfect cup of coffee. 2320 2nd Avenue North;

Veranda On Highland
These days, restaurant bartenders are generating as much buzz as their chefs. Enthusiasts know to visit Steva Casey at her New Orleans-inspired bar. 2220 Highland Avenue South;