Best Nightlife

Out of all the clubs and bars in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer a carefully vetted selection to let you explore Birmingham nightlife on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Birmingham Best Nightlife list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.



An intimate venue for local and touring acts. The lounge offers a relaxing, social atmosphere and serves Creole and Cajun cuisine, along with cocktails and over 13 on-tap beers. When the music's not playing, there's an upstairs patio, pool...  Read More

Highland Park


Latin and American tastes fuse at this cool neighborhood spot, where well-dressed locals gather to indulge in food, drink, and each other's company. The Latin menu features tasty morsels like blackened tilapia tacos and paella, and the American...  Read More

Blue Monkey


A nouveau martini club and speak-easy. See and be seen by the cosmopolitan set of Birmingham. The ambience is city-chic. The Blue Monkey features live music in the piano room every night. Late night food is also available.

Garage Cafe


Tucked away in what remains of an old antique mall, this unique watering hole has a move and grove all its own. Indeed, the garden courtyard leading into the Garage is covered in wisteria vines (spectacular in the spring!) and decorated with an...  Read More



Located in the heart of bustling Five Points South, Base Camp is a spacious watering hole that features two pool tables, an enormous full-service bar, and two stages for bands, open mic, karaoke, or whatever else might be on the nightly slate....  Read More

Fox and Hound Pub & Grille


This fun, casual nightspot offers a great setting for meeting up after work, having a few good beers, or watching the Tide on TV. In keeping with its English theme, Fox and Hound serves excellent pub fare and has a definite affinity for sports....  Read More

Innisfree Pub


Located in the Lakeview District, this Irish pub isn't made of the clay and wattles William Butler Yeats promises in his "The Lake Isle of Innisfree," but it's definitely the comfortable kind of watering hole that any Irishman would be happy to...  Read More

Nana Funks


The Lakeview District struts it stuff best at this club on the corner of 29th and 7th. DJs spin hit dance grooves from the '70s to now, and there's no telling what you might hear at Nana Funk's on any given night – it might be Prince, the...  Read More

English Village


A relaxed place to toast the end of the day, Billy's is a local fav thanks to its pubby charm, tasty eats ("Meatloaf Monday" is no joke!), and terrific happy hour specials. Billy's keeps the crowds entertained by featuring live music several...  Read More

Dave's Pub


This old redbrick pub is the kind of place where the locals like to hang out. Dave's has an outdoor patio that's alive with good times during moderate weather. Every Sunday night, there's live music to entertain, and the bar/lounge area is large...  Read More