Drinking at the best bars in Birmingham, Alabama is going to be covered in full detail as this post goes along. Some may be searching for a tall glass of beer, a shot of vodka, to save money on liquor during local drink special times, or maybe to sing karaoke and either way you should have a much better understanding of the scene soon.
We will kick this baby off with the best wine and cocktail bars in Birmingham. Breweries and sports bars where you can watch the big game or maybe play some pool or throw some darts will get our second section.
The best drink specials at bars near you with cheaper alcohol will come next before we pivot to bars with trivia, quiz, and/or game nights in your area. Bars for dancing, karaoke, and to listen to live music will garner our final section.
Expect to find a local bar map with all these spots pinned on it so you can have a better feel for what venues are closest to your current area at the moment. The Southeast region is one that we have written about many times in the past if you are interested in reading more.
Cocktail & Wine Bars
The best cocktail and wine bars in Birmingham might just be:
- The Wine Loft at 2200 1st Ave N #100
- Paper Doll at 2320 1st Ave N
- Pilcrow Cocktail Cellar at 2015 1st Ave N #1e
- Aviné at 2225 2nd Ave N
- Queen’s Park at 112 24th St N #102
- Mayawell Bar at 2900 4th Ave S
- The Marble Ring at 430 41st St S #B
- Golden Age Wine at 2828 Culver Rd, Mountain Brook
- Key Circle Commons at 2010 Cahaba Rd, Mountain Brook
- The Beer Hog at 2408 Pelham Pkwy, Pelham
The Wine Loft serves over 70 wines by the glass and 200+ by the bottle from around the world and is open to the public on Wednesdays from 5:30pm to 9:30pm.
Paper Doll serves craft cocktails, wines, and snacks while offering drink specials in your area every Tuesday through Thursday from 4pm to 6pm.
Expect to find a full craft cocktail menu with a specialty in agave spirits at Pilcrow Cocktail Cellar.
Aviné offers small production old world wines along with beer, cocktails, a cafe style menu with charcuterie and cheese selections, and other small plates.
Queen’s Park has a special menu of 12 cocktails, 2 shots, nonalcoholic drinks, large format cocktails in disco balls, and a limited menu of prepackaged ready-to-eat snacks.
Agave-based spirits are the specialty at Mayawell Bar but they also have tequila and mescal, local craft and Mexican beer, wine, and cocktails and you can drink for cheaper from 4pm to 7pm every Wednesday during their happy hours.
The Marble Ring serves a wide variety of signature cocktails from 5pm until 12am Wednesday through Saturday.
Golden Age Wine offers private tastings every Monday through Thursday for $50 per person plus as well as a carefully chosen assortment of limited wine from all over the world.
Key Circle Commons offers classic and custom cocktails in Mountain Brook along with plates designed by chef owner Mauricio Papapietro, live music from 4pm to 7pm, and $5 beers every Tuesday.
The Beer Hog in Pelham has 64 craft beers on tap and over 300 craft beers in bottles on the shelf as well as delicious food and a fun time.
Birmingham Breweries & Sports Bars
Watch the big game with your friends and sample new flavors of beers at the best breweries and sports bars in your area:
- On Tap Sports Cafe at 810 Inverness Cors
- Back Forty Beer Company at 3201 1st Ave N
- Overtime Grill & Bar at 100 Frankfurt Circle #FG
- Sleek Sports Bar at 1005 20th St S
- The Grocery Brewpub at 2823 Central Ave
- Oak Mountain Brewing Company at 110 Cahaba Valley Rd, Pelham
On Tap Sports Café has multiple locations including another in Vestavia Hills and they offer 84 beers on tap and an open floor plan with plenty of viewing areas to catch your favorite sporting events on their HDTV’s including a 200″ HD projector with 7.2 Dolby surround sound.
Back Forty Beer Company in Birmingham serves a wide range of American and European craft beer styles and a creative menu of gourmet pub foods. For entertainment there is an indoor stage and a 20′ projection TV screen for presentations, live music, and all the big games plus they have drink specials from 2pm to 6pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
There is live music, special pay-per-view events, and a great alcoholic drink special near you every Monday through Friday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm at Overtime Grill & Bar.
Sleek Sports Bar caters to your taste buds with their delicious drinks and food options plus they have weekly specials at a discounted price.
The Grocery Brewpub has 24 rotating taps including homemade cocktails and premium wines as well as a dedicated food truck serving delicious pub-style food with a Cajun seafood twist. Their happy hours take place every Thursday from 3pm to 6pm.
Oak Mountain Brewing Company in Pelham always has 24 beers on draft as well as a small selection of canned options, wine, and an extensive food menu.
Local Drink Specials
Save some money buying cheaper alcohol at these bars with drink specials near you:
The Lumbar offers beverages of courage including specially crafted cocktails, seasonal wine from around the world, and 26 beers on tap to represent the human spine’s 26 vertebrae and their Birmingham drink specials are available every Sunday from 12pm to 7pm.
In addition to the Oyster Bar 5 Point has a large beer selection and great liquor specials from 5pm to 6:30pm Wednesday through Friday.
We have done our best to mention any time one of the other bars in your area has a drink special all throughout this post so don’t just focus on this section.
Trivia, Quiz, & Game Nights
There are plenty of bars with local trivia, quiz, and game nights:
- Monday Night Brewing at 14 12th St S
- Black Market Bar + Grill at 1035 20th St S
- Mom’s Basement at 4411 3rd Ave S
- The Casual Pint at 5541 Grove Blvd #111, Hoover
Monday Night Brewing has 28 beers on tap including homemade beers, hop hut small batch IPA’s, and garage barrel-aged and sour beers along with a full bar with wine and cocktails. They are in this section because they have a fun bar trivia night in your area every Monday at 7pm.
Black Market Bar + Grill serves food and cold drinks while hosting local trivia which is free to play with prizes for the top three winners beginning at 9pm every Thursday.
Another good bar with trivia is Mom’s Basement and theirs goes down every Monday at 7:15pm and you can drink for cheaper with $1 off many different liquors throughout the game.
The Casual Pint has a large selection of craft beers, growlers to go, and packaged beer plus they host a fun weekly board game night every Tuesday from 6pm to 10pm and trivia night every Thursday from 7pm to 9pm.
Blue’s Bourbon & Brews who we are about to mention in the next section has bingo and trivia nights in Pelham too.
Dance, Karaoke, & Live Music
These bars are great for dancing, live music, and karaoke:
- Tin Roof at 2709 7th Ave S
- Neon Moon at 2316 2nd Ave N
- Dave’s Pub at 1128 20th St S
- Nana Funks at 708 29th St S
- The Quest Club at 416 24th St S
- Blue’s Bourbon & Brews at 9340 Helena Rd H, Pelham
Tin Roof features live bands on one stage and a DJ on the other and offer food, drinks, music, and fun from 3pm to 6pm Monday through Friday and from 7pm until close on Sunday.
Neon Moon has a special menu of 12 cocktails and 1 shot as well as a rockin’ holiday soundtrack.
Dave’s Pub offers karaoke near you every Thursday beginning at 10pm in addition to creative cocktails, draft beer, and live music.
Nana Funks has great DJ’s and some of the best drink specials in Birmingham.
The Quest Club is open 24 hours a day and has a DJ five nights a week along with burlesque and drag shows on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
For nightly live music, a great smoke-free atmosphere, and fantastic food like made-to-order pizza, burgers, and sandwiches head to Blue’s Bourbon & Brews. They also offer fun activities throughout the week including bingo, trivia, live music, and band karaoke in Pelhman where you can perform on stage with your favorite band.
More fun local bars for music lovers include Key Circle Commons, Back Forty Beer Company, and Overtime Grill & Bar who we have discussed in other sections.
We also have written posts on:
- Where To Drink For Cheap In Huntsville
- Where To Drink For Cheap In Atlanta
- Where To Drink For Cheap In Nashville
- Where To Drink For Cheap In New Orleans
Have Fun Drinking At The Best Bars In Birmingham
Now that you have read all of that you should have a much better understanding of what is available in your area. There are plenty of local wine and cocktail bars, breweries to watch sports at, places with good drink specials to save money, trivia, quiz, and game nights, as well as bars to listen to live music, dance, and sing karaoke near you.
If you notice us listing any venues that are no longer open or just think we got something wrong please tell us in the comments so this page stays as up to date as possible. Now go have fun drinking at the best bars in Birmingham, Alabama.