Birmingham’s Next Great Neighborhood: Avondale

April 17, 2013 | By | Comments (3)
Avondale Brewing Company

Photo by Laurey W. Glenn

We’re proud to call Birmingham home, and we love it when we can feature our own backyard in our pages. This month we spotlighted Avondale, one of our favorite neighborhoods to shop and play. (Yes, you will see Southern Living editors enjoying pulled pork sandwiches at Saw’s and picking up groceries from Freshfully. Pro tip: Freshfully is stocking some delicious Alabama strawberries).

Here’s the low-down on why we call Avondale one of the South’s Next Great Neighborhoods:

The Background:

Built in 1887 as a neighborhood for workers at a nearby textile manufacturing firm, Avondale has experienced a resurgence as artists and young professionals move into the historical homes in this pedestrian-friendly neighborhood. In just four years, the four-block commercial area in the heart of the district has gone from 25% occupancy to 75%, thanks to entrepreneurs who recognize the potential of the area 2 miles east of downtown Birmingham.

The Picks:

Saw's Soul Kitchen

Photo by Laurey W. Glenn

 1. SAW’S SOUL KITCHEN

The barbecue-and-soul-food dive is known for its pork and greens ($9.50). 215 41st Street South; 205/591-1409

41st Street Pub & Aircraft Sales

Photo by Laurey W. Glenn

 2. 41ST STREET PUB & AIRCRAFT SALES

Try the signature Moscow Mule ($7) at this classic city pub. 130 41st Street South; 41ststreetpub.com

Feedback Musical Instruments

Photo by Laurey W. Glenn

 3. FEEDBACK MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

Musicians buy and sell instruments and gear here. 408 41st Street South; 205/440-1838

Parkside Cafe

Photo by Laurey W. Glenn

 4. PARKSIDE CAFE

This funky neighborhood bar features rotating displays by local artists and indoor and outdoor bars. 4036 Fifth Avenue South; 205/595-0920

Freshfully

Photo by Laurey W. Glenn

5. FRESHFULLY

This market and cafe specializes in foods grown and made in Alabama. 200 41st Street South; freshfully.com

Avondale Brewing Company

Photo by Laurey W. Glenn

 6. AVONDALE BREWING COMPANY

Choose from one of six flagship beers or seasonal offerings ($4.50-$6.50). 201 41st Street South; avondalebrewing.com

Next Up: Avondale will host a  “Pop Up” project, Saturday May 4 (8 am-2 p.m.), featuring potential tenants like Birmingham Juice Project and Brocade Revival Vintage, bike clinics, and art projects. Attendees are encouraged to walk or bike to the event to show just how easy it is to get to and around this neighborhood. The event will be a great change to get a glimpse at Avondale’s future.

Tell us: What Southern Next Great Neighborhood should we feature next?

 

COMMENTS

  1. Gina Whitten

    My husband and I love to visit brew pubs. We are tickled to see the popping up all over Alabama. We visited Avondale last fall. It was one of the most interesting places we’ve been. And it’s right here in Birmingham! Going out back is a must. It’s like hanging out in a friend’s backyard.

    May 2, 2013 at 9:17 am
  2. gablesgirl

    Visit Coral Gables, FL!

    April 19, 2013 at 6:37 pm
  3. wilie kishi

    up to I saw the paycheck for $9130, I be certain that…my… cousin was like they say realey earning money in their spare time on their apple labtop.. there uncle started doing this for only about 7 months and a short time ago paid the loans on their cottage and got a top of the range Mercedes. this is where I went,…….. http://ow.ly/kcI9Z

    April 18, 2013 at 4:28 pm

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