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

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; thecollinsbar.com

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