‘Tis the season for rounding up your friends and grabbing an ice cold beverage under the Alabama sunshine! From swanky hotels, Birmingham’s first and only recreation center and a speakeasy lounge, to local favorites serving up tasty cocktails and Southern fare with a twist, these rooftop bars are the best way to enjoy the warm weather while relaxing and soaking in the city’s most impressive views. Here are nine Birmingham rooftop bars worth checking out.
8 Birmingham Rooftop Bars to Enjoy
Moon Shine at The Elyton Hotel
1928 1st Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203
Hours: Sunday, Tuesday through Thursday, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Monday, closed
Located atop the Elyton Hotel (formerly Empire Building) in the heart of Downtown Birmingham, Moon Shine pairs unbeatable city views with craft libations, local brews, wine and small plates. The historic beauty of The Elyton is made modern with cozy, yet upscale lounge areas, fire pits, twinkling lights and both indoor and outdoor seating options.
In addition to a vast beverage selection, Moon Shine offers delicious small plates ideal for sharing including pizza from their hearth oven, an ahi tuna salad, a Cuban panini, roasted red pepper hummus, pulled pork tacos and more. They also host some pretty inviting happy hours, including Craft Beer Tuesdays (all craft beer $6,) Well Wednesdays (all well spirits $6,) Wine Glass Thursdays (all house wine $6), and Foodie Fridays (all food times $2 off & pizzas are $4 off). This is the perfect spot to unwind after work!
The Woolworth Recreation & Refreshment
1006 20th St. South, Birmingham, AL 35205
Hours: Sunday, Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Monday, closed
The Woolworth brings a breath of fresh air to Five Points. This is Birmingham’s first and only recreation and refreshment center where old school arcade games, duckpin bowling, shuffleboard, table games and huge TV screens are integrated into an expansive dining space and bar. Follow the steps upstairs and you’ll be welcomed by a rooftop bar made gorgeous by greenery and stylish seating.
The Woolworth’s menu is filled with tasty bites including fresh salads, flatbreads, burgers, sandwiches, shareable appetizers and even large plates, including a country paella. They also serve up a brunch menu, complete with morning-friendly libations, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. And they’re celebrating every hump day with $5 glasses of rosé on the rooftop from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. each Wednesday. Learn more about Woolworth here.
Roots & Revelry at the Thomas Jefferson Tower
1623 2nd Avenue North Suite B, Birmingham, AL 35203
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Monday, closed
Located inside the historic Thomas Jefferson Tower, Roots & Revelry brings an upscale, delicious and swoon-worthy dining experience to Downtown Birmingham. Their outdoor rooftop patio offers incredible Downtown views in a stunning and elegant, yet inviting atmosphere.
Chef Brandon Cain has created a delectable dinner menu complete with shareable starters like duck confit, beet carpaccio and pork spring rolls. Their main plates are sure to impress with a lamb shank, scallops, roasted chicken, crispy pork ribs and more. They’re also serving up a tasty brunch menu that includes avocado toast, buttermilk biscuits, beignets, chicken and waffles, a Gramajo omelet as well as other options. As if that’s not enough, be sure to try out one of their signature cocktails like The Basic (our favorite— vodka, St. Germaine, lemon, bubbles & watermelon-basic) or the Sage Old Fashioned (Old Forester, orange bitters and sage simple.) Learn more about Roots & Revelry here.
Zelda’s Lounge at The Marble Ring
430 41st Street South Suite B, Birmingham, AL 35222
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday and Monday, closed
If you haven’t checked out The Marble Ring in Avondale yet, you’re missing out. This speakeasy-themed bar invites patrons to enter a “Police Box” in Hot Diggity Dogs to call in your party number and be welcomed into a secret, swanky bar. This spot is known for its craft cocktails including the Baby Shark, which features Hypnotiq, cognac, blue curaçao, mint shrub, Demerara, ginger beer, rhubarb bitters and a gummy shark. If you’re looking for something lighter, we suggest a classic Aperol Spritz or the Champagne Cocktail, which includes Los Monteros Cava, sugar and Angostura.
Take a step outside to their rooftop bar, called Zelda’s Lounge, for a one-of-a-kind Magic City experience. The bar’s decor features crystal chandeliers, burgundy fringe hanging from the ceilings and roaring ’20s-themed pieces that mirror The Marble Ring’s iconic aesthetic. The bar’s full cocktail menu is available here as are upscale hot dogs from the downstairs Hot Diggity Dogs. Learn more about Zelda’s Lounge here and Hot Diggity Dogs here.
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Habitat Feed & Social at The Grand Bohemian Hotel
2655 Lane Park Road, Birmingham, AL 35223
Hours: Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. & 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. & 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.
How does an Alice in Wonderland-esque dining and drinking experience in the middle of Mountain Brook sound? With oversized lighting, regal purple seating and gilded accents, The Habitat Feed & Social atop the Grand Bohemian Hotel brings this to life.
Their farm-to-table menu features only the freshest of ingredients for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Enjoy a light salad or shareable plate like the Habitat charcuterie to start followed by one of their scrumptious entrees like the Pomodoro linguine pasta, Gulf fish tacos or grilled skirt steak and frites. Wash it down with one of their signature, seasonal cocktails. We love the Dream of Spring, a sweet and refreshing cocktail of Bombay Sapphire, grapefruit juice, honey and cinnamon, or the classic Moscow Mule and margarita.
The Southern Kitchen and Bar
2301 Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard North, Birmingham, AL 35203
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Located in Uptown, The Southern Kitchen & Bar is a local favorite. The rustic-chic decor is paired with elevated Southern fare and craft cocktails for the ultimate Birmingham dining experience. This is a great choice for treating out-of-town guests!
Step up to their sprawling rooftop to enjoy small shareable plates like fried okra, pimento cheese dip or seared crab cakes. Or opt for a fresh, delicious salad. Rounding out the menu are tasty entrees including lemon thyme chicken, seared scallops, Southern stir fry and the catch of the day. A large brunch menu is also available, offering up something for every taste preference. Their drink menu features plenty of craft cocktails, local brews and wine.
Carrigan’s Public House – Downtown location
2430 Morris Avenue, Birmingham, AL 35203
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Sunday, closed
Carrigan’s has an industrial, upscale pub feel that has quickly become a favorite for locals and tourists alike. Their bartenders are known for their unique and delicious cocktails, like the Southern Culture, which features gin, Harvest Roots kombucha, Dolin Dry, lime and celery bitters, or the Pep Rally, a tasty mix of Domestique cold brew coffee, Espolon Añejo tequila, Cocchi Vermouth Di Torino, orange juice and Demerara syrup.
The cocktails are rivaled only by their insanely good lunch and dinner menus. For lunch, we suggest the Super Salmon Salad, street tacos or famous corndog. For dinner, we go for the Dalai Lamba melt, falafel ball sub, mac & cheese or loaded fries.
The Roof at the Redmont Hotel
2101 5th Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Nestled atop the historic Redmont Hotel, The Roof offers sweeping views, indoor and outdoor seating, inventive cocktails, local brews and more. This is the perfect spot to impress out-of-towners with a Magic City sunset in an upscale atmosphere. Throughout summer, they’re offering Rosé on the Rooftop, where all rosé bottles on the menu are half off every Monday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Paradise Thursdays with a special menu, live music and $3 Trim Tab brews all night long. We spy an after-work rooftop date in your future!
2900 4th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35233
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Closed Sunday
Brand new to downtown Birmingham is Mayawell Bar, a bar that specializes in agave spirits, good times and of course, great views. Since they opened their doors in December 2019, Mayawell has quickly become a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Best known for their tasty tequila and mezcal drinks, we recommend ordering their classic margarita or Paloma to truly get the full experience at this Mexico City-inspired bar. On Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. all year long, enjoy $6 margaritas. Now that the weather is warming up, it’s the perfect time to test out their rooftop space and give Mayawell a great big Birmingham welcome!
Cheers to drinks with a view!