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Birmingham is growing like never before, and there are no signs of slowing momentum. With the relatively recent addition of the Birmingham Stallions (among many other teams!) playing at Protective Stadium in the heart of Uptown, the lively area boasts a significant draw for locals and visitors alike. This downtown entertainment district has a little something for everyone — check out our updated guide!

View of Uptown, Birmingham sign and CityWalk Birmingham park
Head to Uptown for food, drink, and fun for the whole family! Image: Facebook

Things to Do

BJCC: Home to hundreds of events yearly, the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Center (BJCC) is vital to the Uptown area. From Broadway shows and concerts to trade shows and festivals, the BJCC provides the Magic City with endless entertainment and fun.

Protective Stadium: The Protective Stadium, which officially opened in early October 2021, is home to the UAB Blazers football program as well as the Birmingham Stallions and Birmingham Legion FC. This multi-use stadium has a 45,000-seat capacity and hosts various events, including the annual Birmingham Bowl.

Aerial view of Birmingham Protective football stadium
Birmingham’s Protective Stadium is home to the UAB Blazers football program as well as the Birmingham Stallions and Birmingham Legion FC. Image: Facebook

Alabama Sports Hall of Fame: Sports fans worldwide enjoy the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame (ASHOF). This museum features memorabilia from some of Alabama’s best athletes and boasts a wonderful event space as well. ASHOF also hosts educational programs such as school tours, athletic partnerships, and student-athlete programs.

Topgolf: If you’re looking for the perfect date night spot or family outing destination, Topgolf is a great option. Your party will be assigned to a bay where you can try your hand at golfing their massive driving range, complete with micro-chipped golf balls. Have drinks and food delivered right to your bay, or kick back in the restaurant area to watch the big game. Hosting an event? Topgolf has several private spaces available for rent.

Where to Eat & Drink

Your Pie: Create a pizza just how you like it at Your Pie. Choose your dough, sauce, cheese, and toppings at this customizable pizza joint. Not in the mood to create your own? Your Pie has several tasty signature pizza options to choose from. They also offer pasta dishes, paninis, salads, and gelato. This is your spot in Uptown when Italian cravings hit!

Eugene’s Hot Chicken: You may have seen Eugene’s Hot Chicken around town thanks to its food truck, but you have to experience the delicious food at the restaurant in Uptown. The menu is stacked with Southern favorites such as collard greens, fried okra, potato salad, and, of course, hot chicken. Stop by for a casual atmosphere boasting great food and a friendly staff.

Hot chicken with pickle, french fries and cup of macaroni and cheese
Eugene’s hot chicken, crispy french fries, and mac n’ cheese are a must-try. Image: Facebook

Mugshots Grill & Bar: You simply haven’t had a burger until you’ve had a Mugshots burger. With several locations throughout the South, Mugshots has become a staple in the foodie community. Feeling extra hungry? Try the Mugshot burger. It comes complete with three patties, six pieces of bacon, two different kinds of cheese, mayonnaise, mustard, lettuce, tomatoes, and red onion — and it’s served with fries, an onion ring, and a fried pickle. If you finish the platter in under 12 minutes, you get it for free and win a t-shirt!

Santos Coffee: If you’re a local coffee lover, you’re likely no stranger to Santos Coffee. With bustling locations across Birmingham, Santos also has an Uptown location. Enjoy a delicious cup of Guatemalan coffee and one of their famous pastries the next time you’re in the area.

The Southern Kitchen & Bar: Known for its delicious brunch and beautiful rooftop terrace, The Southern Kitchen & Bar is a must-visit location in Uptown. The menu is full of classic Southern fare, and the bar is fully stocked — the perfect combination for a pre-concert or football game meal! The Southern also has several spacious options for private events.

Uptown Cantina: Having opened in September, Uptown Cantina brings a fresh take on Mexican fare to the Magic City. With menu favorites like street-style tacos, wood-grilled fajitas, fresh margaritas, and much more, Uptown Cantina just may become your new go-to Mexican restaurant.

Inside rooftop of Uptown Cantina with tables, red chairs and glass windows viewing Protective Stadium
Uptown Cantina offers a spectacular view of Protective Stadium! Image: Facebook

Texas de Brazil: A steakhouse like no other, Texas de Brazil brings a spicy take on a traditional dining experience. Enjoy your favorite meats cooked over an open flame with natural wood charcoal, create a custom salad, and chow down on tasty sides and desserts. This is a culinary treat everyone should try at least once! (Be sure to come hungry.)

Casey’s Sports Grill: Located inside the Sheraton, Casey’s Sports Grill is the perfect spot to hit before a game or show. Enjoy elevated sports bar bites and craft cocktails in a casual yet lively atmosphere. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner and offer kid’s specials.

K&J’s Elegant Pastries: Looking for a sweet treat? K&J’s Elegant Pastries has got you covered. Stop by for cupcakes, cakes, milkshakes, and more. K&J’s also offers custom birthday and wedding cakes as well as treats.

Stay & Play

City Walk Bham: Complete with a skate park, pickleball courts, playground, food trucks, amphitheater, and more, City Walk offers something for everyone in the family. Grab a bite or treat, walk the lawn, and enjoy your day outside in Birmingham!

People playing on pickle ball court
Grab some friends and enjoy a day playing pickleball at City Walk Bham. Image: Facebook

Sheraton Birmingham: Since 1975, the Sheraton has taken up residence in the Uptown area. After undergoing a $30 million renovation in 2019, the Sheraton remains a great space to stay, host events, and much more.

The Westin Birmingham: Located in the heart of Uptown is The Westin Birmingham. Opened in 2013, The Westin features 294 guestrooms, 7,000 square feet of meeting and banquet facilities, a gym, and an outdoor pool. This modern hotel is a great space for weddings and other events.

Plan your next date night, girls’ night out, or family get-together downtown at Uptown! From delicious restaurants to fun activities and much more, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this engaging entertainment district. Stay up to date on new developments, events, and more here.


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