These are just some recommendations compiled by local BlazerTalkers for any traveling fans coming to Bham. We'll have links to maps, restaurants, nightlife, family entertainment, shopping, hotels, attractions, concerts and just about anything else visiting fans or returning Blazer faithful could need.
--- If you want to be close to B'ham nightlife and UAB:
Hyatt Place -- http://www.birminghamdowntown.place.hyat.../index.jsp
This is a new hotel located in the heart of downtown, one block north of the UAB campus.
aloft -- http://www.starwoodhotels.com/alofthotel...rtyID=3272
Located in downtown Homewood, aloft is surrounded by restaurants and shops and is only minutes from 5 Points South and UAB.
The Residence Inn @ UAB
This is the newest hotel on the Southside, conveniently located 1 block from the UAB campus and 5 Points South... 6 blocks from Bartow Arena.
The Redmont Hotel
A historic hotel in the heart of downtown's Loft District, this hotel was built in 1925 and has held a prominent spot in the Birmingham skyline ever since. The hotel is home to 'Above', the only rooftop bar in Alabama.
The Hotel Highland at Five Points South, in the heart of 5 Points South's restaurants and bars and steps from UAB... this historic hotel has been completely renovated and turned into the hippest place to stay downtown
Cobb Lane Bed and Breakfast, just one block away from Highland Avenue and 5 Points; adjacent to historic Cobb Lane, this b & b is close to everything, but on a fairly quiet residential street in historic Southside.
Hilton Doubletree, recently renovated and centrally located between Lakeview District, 5 Points, and all major interstate exits
Courtyard by Marriott, in the heart of UAB's medical district and one block from several new restaurants
Suburban B'ham Hotels:
The Wynfrey Hotel -- Its surrounded by shopping, attached to the largest mall in Alabama and is 15 minutes from Legion Field.
The Renaissance Ross Bridge Resort -- http://www.rossbridgeresort.com
With two Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail courses (Ross Bridge and Oxmoor Valley), a spa, and restaurant, you just might skip the game your traveled all this way for... the hotel is located in Hoover and is a 25 minute drive from UAB.
Here's a list of a few BBQ joints in B'ham, along with any links I could find:
Jim 'n' Nick's BBQ ***Within 5 minutes of Bartow Arena***
Full Moon BBQ ***Within 5 minutes of Bartow Arena***
Dreamland BBQ ***Within 5 minutes of Bartow Arena***
Moe's Original BBQ and Blues Revue-Lakeview ***Within 5 minutes of Bartow Arena***
3511 6th Ave S
Birmingham, AL 35222
Miss Myra's Pit BBQ
3278 Cahaba Heights Rd
Cahaba Heights, AL 35243
T J's BBQ
3608 5th Ave S
Birmingham, AL 35222
1008 Oxmoor Rd
Homewood, AL 35209
Local B'ham Dining you shouldn't miss:
Milo's -- this burger joint got its start downtown and is now famous for its burger sauce, seasoned fries, and sweet tea so good its sold by the gallon next to the milk.
The Fish Market, downtown -- The best, reasonably priced seafood you'll find anywhere this far inland from the Gulf. The Sarris family, owners of this and other B'ham restaurants, are B'ham icons and add a touch of their Greek heritage into everything they make.
Highlands Bar & Grill (reservations req.) -- The crown jewel of B'ham dining; Highlands was named by Gourmet Magazine as #5 in the list of 'The 50 Best American Restaurants.' Bon Appetit Magazine named Highlands owner and chef Frank Stitt as one of the culinary 'Legends of the Decade.'
Hot and Hot Fish Club (reservations req.) -- Owner and chef Chris Hastings recently beat Bobby Flay on Iron Chef and won the 2012 James Beard Award for Best Southern Chef... do I really need to say anything else? http://www.hotandhotfishclub.com/
Niki's West -- B'ham's ultimate "Meat & 3" and so much more. Read the reviews from B'hamDining.com and RoadFood.com:
John's Diner -- A downtown icon for years, John's is famous for its slaw (John's Slaw dressing is sold in most B'ham grocery stores).
Rogue Tavern -- http://www.roguetavern.com
A new restaurant, bar, and entertainment venue in the heart of downtown B'ham. Good food, good music, and ties to UAB make visiting Rogue Tavern an easy choice when coming to Birmingham.
The J. Clyde -- http://www.jclyde.com/
Every pizza made slow and fresh... emphasis on the slow part (be prepared to wait on service). Good place to see "interesting" people.
Favorite Dives of UAB students/alumni:
Marty's -- this place is living history... http://www.martysbar.com/
Al's Deli & Grill -- Nowhere else on any college campus in the world can you get a chicken kabob, cheese fries, ribeye steak, baklava, grilled cheese, chocolate milk, loaded bbq baked potato, or a grilled Mahi-Mahi sandwich 24 hours a day-7 days a week-365 days a year... Al should have his own statue in UAB's Mini-Park... http://alsdeliandgrill.com
Fat Sam's Sub Station, 1154 11th Avenue S.- #1 on the health department and UAB cardiology unit's hit list.
- You better ask a local for directions... better yet, you better get a local to take you there, because you won't find it without GPS navigation... apparently GQ and Esquire writers found it just fine, though.
The Nick -- B'ham's dirty little secret; it's often described as the CBGB's of the Southeast...
Shopping & More Food
Riverchase Galleria (large indoor mall)
The Summit (outdoor shopping)
Brookwood Village (smaller indoor mall)
SoHo Square/Downtown Homewood -- small downtown sidewalk shopping and restaurants 1/2 mile south of Vulcan Park
The Villages of Mountain Brook -- Several charming villages full of specialty shops and restaurants spread throughout the city of Mountain Brook... all just minutes from the UAB campus
Bass Pro Shops & The Outlet Shops of Grand River
Barber Motorsports Park & Museum -- Home to the largest collection of vintage and limited edition motorcycles in the world.
Vulcan Park & Museum -- Vulcan "God of the Forge" towers above downtown B'ham as the world's largest cast iron statue and second largest in the US. Visit the museum and follow the birth of Birmingham's iron and steel industry. Take the elevator up to the foot of Vulcan and see the best view of B'ham.
Birmingham Civil Rights District and Institute --
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Website
Kelly Ingram Park Walking Tour Info
16th Street Baptist Church
Rickwood Field -- Check out America's oldest baseball park
Regions Field -- New downtown baseball stadium
McWane Science Center --
Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark -- Visit and tour a unique landmark from B'ham's industrial past... one of the coolest and creepiest places you'll ever visit
Southern Museum of Flight --
Oak Mountain State Park --
Oak Mtn State Park Website
Ruffner Mountain Nature Center --
Railroad Park -- http://railroadpark.org/
Red Mountain Park - includes hiking/biking trails and ziplines -- http://www.redmountainpark.org/
The Birmingham Zoo -- http://www.birminghamzoo.com/
Birmingham Botanical Gardens -- http://www.bbgardens.org/
The Peanut Depot -- Since 1907 this Birmingham landmark has been roasting peanuts on Morris Avenue for stadiums and arenas across the Southeast... http://www.kinetic.com/peanutdepot.html
Links to more info:
The BirmINgham app -- http://birminghamal.org/app/
The Black & White -- http://www.bwcitypaper.com/
-- What's going on around B'ham
Birmingham Dining -- http://www.bhamdining.com
-- B'ham restaurant list with prices and reviews