The show “Cheers!” may have seemed like Hollywood smoke and mirrors, but in Alabama, neighborhood bars like that really do exist. The best bars are the ones where everybody knows your name and your favorite drink. They’re places to hang out with old friends and make new ones. You walk in and feel right at home, and wonder why anyone would ever go anywhere else. These 10 best neighborhood bars in Alabama are a special part of the areas they serve, and it just wouldn’t be the same without them.
This low-key hangout spot is the perfect place to relax with a cold one. Low-top tables, comfy leather sofas and chairs, and bare brick walls create a lounge that offers the comforts of home and makes you feel like family. It also helps they have some of the best food and libations in town, including their signature bacon and variety of top-shelf bourbons.
Part of the Crestwood neighborhood in Bham, this local favorite is true to its name. It’s a filling station that will leave you sated with great food, cold drinks, and friendships old and new. Best of all, it’s also a dog-friendly hot spot so you can enjoy hanging out with ALL your best friends.
Touted by some as Helena’s very own Cheers!, this friendly neighborhood hangout is known for their crispy pizza, theme nights, and fair drink prices. Live music, karaoke, and other events are typical throughout the week. Even those who aren’t from the area have said it felt like home—everyone is always welcome here.
Part of a three-bar destination on a single block, O’Daly’s is a neighbor you’ll be glad to know. Three bars share a single backyard where all the neighbors can come to play. Inside you’ll find a traditional Irish pub atmosphere complete with $4 Irish car bombs and some of the best mixologists in the city. It’s the best place for great food, drinks, and fellowship in the area, and there’s always something going down.
This spotlight for local musicians is a great place to bring your friends and make new ones. There’s plenty to do and taste here, including a rotating selection of a dozen beers on tap, seasonal brews, and some of the biggest burgers in town. They’ve captured an authentic local vibe and go to great lengths to create an atmosphere for everyone. If you’re not a local, you’ll sure feel like one when you visit.
There’s nothing like singing along with a hundred of your favorite friends. Blu’s is the go-to place for locals to put on their very own concert in a place that also offers pool, darts, and no shortage of familiar faces. Everyone is a regular here, and your first time visiting is sure not to be your last.
Their extended happy hour and nightly live music make this neighborhood bar one of the best in the Bham metro. Locals flock here to grab a great meal, then enjoy an evening filled with dancing and entertainment. It’s the type of hangout that every neighborhood deserves.
Attracting both locals and visitors from across the country, this friendly neighborhood libation station offers impossible drink specials in a beachy-themed atmosphere that makes you feel like you’re on island time. Folks love coming here because every minute they spend here feels like vacation. Kick back or let loose, enjoy the big game or dance to live music—there’s something for everyone.
The best neighborhood bar in Moody happens to be the only bar in Moody, but that’s not why locals love it. This family-owned bar knows how to make you feel right at home, offering the best in drinks, service, and entertainment. What makes them part of the neighborhood is their focus on community. On site you’ll find a huge courtyard for basketball, corn hole, beer pong, and other activities that will make the place feel more like an extension of your own home.
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The EZ is the place to be on game day—or any other night of the week. Live music, pinball, and televisions galore are never in short supply here. Known for their wings, burgers, and best drink specials in town, you’ll find you’re always among friends when you visit.