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As 2022 comes to a close, we’re reflecting on the StyleBlueprint stories that have resonated most with our readers. We hope these articles have ignited conversation, sparked creativity, kept you in the know on all things Birmingham, and made your year brighter. From must-try new restaurants to small towns we love, here are StyleBlueprint Birmingham’s 10 most popular articles of 2022.

Birmingham’s 10 Most Popular Articles of 2022

New Restaurants in Birmingham

Each month, we excitedly share new restaurants and concepts popping up around Birmingham. This year, we’ve shared the stories of over 50 new restaurants worth checking out. Make sure to bookmark this one for the next time you’re on the hunt for a new culinary adventure! Find the most recent article HERE.

Biscuite donuts on jam from Birmingham's Biscuit Love
Biscuit Love recently opened up in Birmingham! Image: Biscuit Love

3 Small Towns in Alabama to Explore ASAP

We’ve been working our way through the South this year to spotlight charming small towns in every state, and it’s Alabama’s turn! Explore Fairhope’s coastal charm, the mountain magic of Mentone, and Tuscumbia’s hidden gems within The Shoals. Read the article HERE.

A view of the trees and water in Fairhope, AL
Beautiful Fairhope, AL, remains the only surviving Single Tax Colony in the country. Image:

The Newest Birmingham Cocktail Bar: Key Circle Commons

Owner of beloved Birmingham eatery Brick & Tin, Chef Mauricio Papapietro has done it again with his new English Village cocktail bar, Key Circle Commons. And it quickly became a Birmingham staple. Take a look inside and learn more about one of this year’s favorite new additions. Read the article HERE.

A look inside one of Birmingham's newest bars, Key Circle Commons with moody decor and lighting.
Though the space is small and intentionally intimate, patrons are likely to pick up on new design details each time they visit. Image: Eric & Jamie Photography

The 12 Most Bone-Chilling & Haunted Places in Alabama

If you’re searching for a scare, these 12 haunted places in Alabama will make your hair stand on end and fill you with terror! Come back to this one next October for a hauntingly good autumnal activity. Read the article HERE.

An old photo of the haunted Drish House in Tuscaloosa, AL.
The Drish House in Tuscaloosa, AL Image: American Ghost Stories

Meet the Woman Behind BHAM’s Favorite Snack

As the founder of Naughty But Nice Kettle Corn Co., Tanesha Sims-Summers is determined to uplift lives one sweet and salty snack at a time. Get to know one of this year’s FACES of Birmingham! Read the article HERE.

Business owner, Tanesah Sims-Summers in front of her Naughty but Nice Kettle Corn food truck.
It’s not just popcorn. Tanesha Sims-Summers of Naughty But Nice Kettle Corn Co., wants her business to make an impact and leave a legacy. Image: Jennifer Tietjen Purser

Step Inside Birmingham’s Secret Luxury Hotel – With Only 6 Rooms!

The John Hand Hotel & Club offers a unique opportunity to experience the history of one of Birmingham’s most celebrated structures — all while taking in spectacular views of the Magic City. Read the article HERE.

A view inside the family room area of a room at the John Hand Club in Downtown Birmingham
A look inside the John Hand Club & Hotel in Downtown Birmingham. Image: Chris Luker

11 Must-Try Birmingham Cocktail Bars

If you’re in the market for a craft cocktail, this article has got you covered! From elegant speakeasy lounges to a hip underground retreat, these essential Birmingham bars offer something for every taste. Read the article HERE.

A tiki cocktail with flames from The Collins Bar in Birmingham.
The cocktails at The Collins Bar are wonderfully clever — expect to be surprised! Image: Facebook

We’re Calling It: This AL Hotel Concept is the Next Big Thing

An ultra-luxe boutique hotel opened quietly this year in Auburn, Alabama, with a rooftop garden and pool, a fine-dining restaurant, and so much more. Take a look at The Laurel Hotel & Spa, the teaching hotel you MUST visit. Read the article HERE.

A rendering of the rooftop edible garden at Auburn's Laurel Hotel & Spa
The edible garden benefits from its proximity to the elements and allows more disciplines to use the Rane Center. Rendering: The Laurel Hotel & Spa

9 Rooftop Bars to Check Out This Season

Looking for a spot to enjoy cold drinks with friends under the Alabama sunshine? Here are nine Birmingham rooftop bars to keep on your radar. Read the article HERE.

A look inside the Valley Hotel's rooftop bar with lounge seating and an open terrace.
Valley Hotel’s aptly named Terrace Bar offers intimate seating both indoors and on the open terrace. Snag a seat by the fire pit once temperatures start to dip! Image: Facebook

6 Quick & Easy Day Trips from Birmingham

Looking for a weekend getaway or an escape from the hustle and bustle of the ‘Ham? These 6-day trips from Birmingham are an easy, fun option for any 2023 trip. Read the article HERE.

Two people looking over Little River Canyon in Mentone, AL.
Little River Canyon is simply breathtaking!

We are so grateful for our Birmingham readers. Wishing you a happy and healthy new year!


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Bailey Torkelson

Bailey is the StyleBlueprint Marketing Manager. She loves a good meal and glass of wine with great friends... or a reality TV binge with her cat, Luna.