Your guide to all things fun and exciting in Birmingham’s Parkside area [Photos]

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Regions Field seen from the roof of The Palm tree, one of Parkside’s newest apartment communities. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

Birmingham’s Parkside area is one of The Magic City’s liveliest areas, full of delicious food, vibrant nightlife, plenty of green space to stay active and exciting new living spaces, including The Palmer. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite things about the neighborhood so you can make the most of your next trip to Parkside!

There’s never been a better time than now to live in the Parkside District. Click here to learn more about the benefits of living at The Palmer.

Your Guide to Birmingham’s Parkside

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Railroad Park is beautiful year round. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

It’s easy to take Birmingham railway park for granted. However, just over a decade ago, the 17-acre park in the heart of the Magic City did not exist. After tireless work by a number of passionate Birminghamians, Railroad Park officially opened to the public on September 18, 2010.

In the years since Railroad Park opened, dozens of developments have sprung up around the new park. Regions field, an 8,500 seat baseball stadium for the Barons of Birmingham, opened in 2013. The Birmingham Negro Southern League Museum, which features memorabilia and information about African American baseball leagues, opened two years later. Several mixed-use housing communities – both brand new and adaptive developments of historic buildings – have made it easier for people to live, eat, shop and prosper in Parkside.

And the best part? Parkside continues to grow.

We’ve put together a guide to all the food, drink, nightlife, entertainment and more you need to know to get the most out of your trip to Parkside 🤩

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View from the roof of Michael’s restaurant. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

Birmingham’s Parkside area is home to some of ‘Ham’s best food and drink. Whether you’re looking for a fine dining experience or a bite to eat on the way home after watching a game at Regions Field, Parkside has something for you.

Here are 7 places you can grab a meal (or a drink!) in Parkside, all within easy walking distance of The Palmer:

  • Red Cat @ Railroad Park — With soups, wraps, all-day breakfast and delicious coffee, Red Cat at Railroad Park is a popular spot for students and professionals who need a change of scenery.
  • Hero donuts and buns — Named “Best Donuts in Alabama,” Hero Donuts & Buns offers delicious donuts as well as an extensive menu of burgers, sandwiches, salads, breakfast items and more.
  • Michael’s Steaks and Seafood — Founded in Birmingham in the 1950s, Michael’s has made a big comeback to The Magic City in 2020. This legendary restaurant is famous for its food, especially its steaks.
  • hot box – Located next to Good People Brewing Co. (more on that later), hotbox serves delicious Asian street food in a permanent outdoor Airstream trailer. Fun fact: hotbox is owned and operated by the same team as The Rougaroux in Forest Park!
  • Pizza Turtles — Looking for a taste of authentic Chicago-style pizza? Look no further than Tortugas Pizza.
  • Ted Restaurant – Last but not least, Ted’s Restaurant has been an iconic part of Birmingham’s foodie scene since 1973. Stop in for some southern home cooking for breakfast or lunch!

And that’s not all. Dos Hermanos Food Truck — named one of America’s Top 25 Taco Trucks AND the home of the best burrito in Alabama — sets up shop along 1st Avenue North from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday each week. Oh, and did we mention that Eterna Pizzeria and Caffe will soon be bringing an authentic taste of Italy to Printer’s Corner?

Recreation

With a name like Parkside, it’s no surprise that this area is home to some of Birmingham’s most iconic green spaces.

railway park is the perfect place to enjoy nature inside The Magic City. In this 19-acre park, you can have a picnic, throw a Frisbee and fly a kite. A 3/4 mile trail circles the outer boundaries of the park, ideal for jogging and walking with stunning views of the city skyline. Additionally, Railroad Park is home to several ponds, which are often inhabited by several species of ducks. If you are lucky, you may also spot a heron!

If sports are your thing, you definitely want to visit Regions field to support the Barons of Birmingham during their baseball season. Regions Field is a popular spot for baseball fans, especially on Thirsty Thursdays!

One of the latest additions to the entertainment scene at Parkside is Red Mountain Theater Company Arts Campuss. This 60,000 square foot campus is a state-of-the-art resource for comedians and theatergoers. In fact, I was blown away by a performance of “Roaring Twenties: An Immersive Theatrical Experience” at Red Mountain Theater Company when I visited in 2021.

Want to live within walking distance of Railroad Park, Regions Field, Red Mountain Theater Company and more? Click here to learn more about the benefits of living at The Palmer.

Night life

Want to plan a fun night out with friends? Birmingham’s Parkside area is full of exciting bars and breweries with live entertainment, local beers and more.

Fennec is one of the newest additions to Parkside’s nightlife, but has quickly become one of Birmingham’s most popular fun destinations. This unique place offers a menu of delicious bites, such as the Bandana Burger or the Peach Shortcake. When it comes to drinks, you can’t go wrong with beer, wine, or one of their unique cocktails. Additionally, the Fennec hosts live music five days a week. What’s not to like?

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Good People Brewing Company sign. (Beth Cunningham / Bham Now)

Located in a large historic warehouse next to Regions Field, Good People Brewing Company is one of the oldest and most popular breweries to hit the local beer scene in Birmingham. As Alabama’s oldest and largest brewery, Good People Brewing Company knows a thing or two about local beer making, but don’t take my word for it. Check them out to see for yourself!

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What’s your favorite Monday Night Social Club beer? (Matthew Niblett / Bham Now)

Although Monday Night Brewing was founded in Atlanta, their location in Birmingham—Monday night social club– has been a hit since opening in mid-2020. With popular beers like the Mr. Robot blackberry lemon sour, an extensive menu and lively decor, the Monday Night Social Club is a wonderful way to spend your nights in Parkside.

And that’s not all: Parkside is booming.

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The historic Powell Avenue Steamplant is being renovated into a one-of-a-kind entertainment venue in Parkside. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

Parkside is already home to some of Birmingham’s most exciting developments, but there are several upcoming projects set to revolutionize the area, including:

  • The Powell Avenue Steam Plant — Originally built in 1895, this structure once provided steam heat to buildings in Birmingham’s city center and powered the city’s trams. Now the developers plan to turn the building into a great entertainment venue.
  • Urban supply — This project aims to redevelop historic Parkside warehouses into a one-stop shop for food, retail and office. Even better, the project will help improve walking throughout the neighborhood.

Whether you live in the Parkside area of ​​Birmingham or enjoy sightseeing, Bham Now hopes this guide will help you discover new things in one of The Magic City’s most popular areas.

And if you want to know more about life at Parkside, be sure to contact the team at The Palmer, a brand new apartment community with stunning views of Parkside AND Birmingham.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Birmingham’s Parkside District? Tag us @bhamnow to let us know!

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