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Summer is here, and after months of sheltering in place, Birminghamians are ready to get out and about. Yet it’s essential to stay safe while you’re having summertime fun. Thankfully, at Pepper Place, you can do just that!

This popular Magic City destination has made some thoughtful changes and adaptations to ensure that guests can still savor a bit of summer fun while staying safe. Expanded outdoor seating and plenty of space to roam so you can properly distance from others are just a few ways that ensure Pepper Place guests can comfortably enjoy a summer outing. Find out more about how you can enjoy this very special Birmingham destination and some seasonal fun.

Handy reminders of what 6-feet apart looks like remind Pepper Place guests to maintain their distance from others.

People socialize on the street at Pepper Place in Birmingham, Alabama.

Pepper Place features plenty of space to roam and enjoy a pleasant summer outing.

Social distance reminder on the sidewalk at Pepper Place in Birmingham, Alabama.

Another helpful reminder says “Cover your face at the Place.”

Enjoy a meal, a drink, or a good book outside at Pepper Place.

If you’re tired of eating takeout in your car, grab some food from your favorite Pepper Place restaurant and enjoy your meal at one of the tables beneath the iconic Dr. Pepper sign. You’ll find more tables on the Showrooms Patio in front of FarmStand, Yellowhammer Print Shop and Design Supply, and all the tables have been strategically spaced to keep you safe.

In front of The Collective, you’ll find tables that allow you to enjoy the Sensabaugh Garden. There are even two swinging chairs that make for the perfect reading spot on a summer day.

A biker rides through the parking area at Pepper Place in Birmingham, Alabama.

Enjoy a meal at one of the tables beneath the iconic Dr. Pepper sign at Pepper Place.

Have dinner on the Blueprint on 3rd patio.

Offering seasonal, local cuisine with a New Orleans twist, Blueprint on 3rd is a great place to grab dinner on a summer evening. The Blueprint on 3rd patio allows you to break bread with close family and friends while safely socially distancing from others.

The team at Blueprint on 3rd is also working hard to make dining inside safe, as well. Tables have been spaced at least six feet apart, and bar stools are spread out, too. Servers wear face masks and wash their hands regularly, and all surfaces are frequently sanitized. The Blueprint on 3rd dining room also has a Biozone air purifier that uses UV light to kill viruses and bacteria.

If you’d still rather dine at home, check out the Blueprint on 3rd curbside to-go menu.

Blueprint on 3rd

3000 3rd Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35233 • (205) 479-3000

Patrons on the patio at Blueprint on 3rd enjoy a perfect summer evening at Pepper Place in Birmingham, Alabama.

Guests enjoy plenty of space and a delicious meal at Blueprint on 3rd‘s patio seating area.

A server on the patio at Blueprint on 3rd at Pepper Place in Birmingham, Alabama.

Servers at Blueprint on 3rd wear masks as just one precaution to ensure guests feel safe.

Grab a beer at Hop City.

Enjoy a glass of your favorite craft beer on the patio at Hop City. The tables are spread out, giving you a safe space to relax. Along with beer, Hop City also offers an impressive wine selection.

Hop City

2914 3rd Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35233 • (205) 279-2337

Enjoy your favorite Italian dish at Bettola.

The patio at Bettola has been rearranged to help you safely distance from others while enjoying the restaurant’s locally sourced artisanal Italian dishes. Due to limited seating, you’ll need to call ahead and make a reservation for dinner. Or if you’d rather take your meal to-go, you can order from Bettola’s takeaway menu and enjoy a drink outside while you wait.


2930 3rd Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35233 • (205) 731-6499

Enjoy a scoop of Jeni’s ice cream in the shade.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream has finally opened a scoop shop in Birmingham. So, head to Pepper Place to enjoy a scoop (or two) and find out why so many folks are wild about this ice cream. Be sure to ask about the Praline Pecans ice cream, a limited-edition flavor made just for the Magic City. Best of all, you can enjoy your scoop outside on Jeni’s covered pavilion.


219 29th St. S., Birmingham, AL 35233 • (205) 868-3416

An employee at Jeni's Ice Creams at Pepper Place in Birmingham, Alabama.

Enjoy a scoop (or two) at Jeni’s, where employees are masked for safety.

People enjoy ice cream at Jeni's outdoor patio at Pepper Place in Birmingham, Alabama.

Enjoy your ice cream outdoors on any of the convenient outdoor seating at Pepper Place.

Get your caffeine fix and more at Red Cat Coffeehouse.

You already know the Red Cat Coffeehouse has some of the best coffee in town. But Red Cat has even more to offer, including breakfast, lunch, and smoothies. This summer you can try it all as Red Cat offers a socially distanced dine-in experience as well as takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery options. The team at Red Cat has not only rearranged tables to help keep you safe, but they are also sanitizing tables and chairs after each use for your protection.

Red Cat Coffeehouse

2901 2nd Ave S #120, Birmingham, AL 35233 • (205) 616-8450

Have a cocktail from The Lumbar.

The story behind The Lumbar is as cool as the cocktails on the menu. Nurse turned Ph.D. student Rylie Hightower created The Lumbar to be a bar where people could go when they needed a place to dream. And with its Sidewalk Bar, you can keep dreaming even while socially distancing. Just grab a drink and take a stroll through the Pepper Place Entertainment District. The Lumbar also offers food, wine, beer, liquor, and cocktail kits to go.

The Lumbar

212 29th St. S., Birmingham, AL 35205

Customers gather outside The Lumbar at Pepper Place in Birmingham, Alabama.

Order a refreshing beverage at The Lumbar‘s Sidewalk Bar.

A customer at The Lumbar holds a summer drink at Pepper Place in Birmingham, Alabama.

The Lumbar offers a tasty selections of ways to cool off this summer.

Pepper Place is located at 1130 22nd Street South, Suite 3500, Birmingham, AL 35205. Learn more at (205) 802-2100 or online at

This article is sponsored by Pepper Place. All photography by Christine Prichard/Viewtopia Pictures.

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