From here, we suggest you head over to Topgolf for some fun and games. If you’re not experienced with golf, all the better, given that Topgolf is more akin to playing a massive arcade game than actually playing golf. And if whacking golf balls from a tower towards colorful targets doesn’t sound like your cup of tee… er… tea, there’s always shopping.
Once you’ve worked up a proper thirst, wander over to Back Forty Beer Company. Here, you’ll find the beer cold, the food hot, and the environment comfortable. Enjoy a spirited round of cornhole on the patio or chill out in the yeastiness of the taproom.
Across the street you’ll find Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark. Once the largest manufacturer of pig iron in the world, it now stands – just as it did in the late 1800s – a monument to the industry that launched Birmingham.
A few blocks away, you’ll find Trimtab Brewing Company. It’s like a brewery where a contemporary art gallery suddenly occurred. Here, expressive IPAs, experimental stouts, and popular fruited sours are the order of the day. If you’re craving stronger beverages, you’re just a couple blocks from the 7th Avenue part of Lakeview where you’ll find a number of bars and restaurants. For a real treat, we recommend starting the evening at the Garage Café. Built into a complex of turn-of-the-last-century garages, the Garage Cafe is a feast for the eyes with architectural elements scattered throughout the open flagstone courtyard, and massive wisteria vines that, if you happen to catch them in bloom, are truly a remarkable sight. If you’re peckish, you can’t go wrong with a sandwich piled high. Chips and a cold beer or cocktail complete the experience. Bring cash, though. Last time we were there, they weren’t doing the credit card thing.
As night settles in, consider Zydeco in Birmingham’s historic Southside. This, the second oldest bar and live music venue in Birmingham, sports a surprising offering of emerging and established national music acts as well as a full bar.
If you’re looking for a truly unique late-night experience, head on over to the Nick. Lovingly referred to as “Birmingham’s dirty little secret,” the Nick has been a local staple for more than 30 years, hosting the likes of The Black Keys, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, My Morning Jacket, and many more.