Glittered Deer Heads & Alabama Juke Joints

A week or so ago, the state tourism department sent out a PR piece about some of the more interesting places to hear music, as part of the Year of Alabama Music campaign.  Here are a few of the ones they mentioned:

Gip’s Place in Bessemer (a juke joint — the owner is “a gravedigger by day and a musician at night. For more than 50 years some of the best blues musicians have been performing in Gip’s backyard. There is no exact schedule, only most Saturday nights, which is part of the charm of this juke joint.”)  They’ve had Bobby Rush and T-Model Ford — two of my favorites in the last year.

The Garage in Birmingham (“named by GQ magazine as one of the “World’s Best Places To Fly To,” The Garage has a delightful split personality. By day, its lush, enchanting courtyard brimming with eclectic antique decorations for sale is a prime spot for antiquing. At night, a friendly neighborhood pub comes to life, often with live music.”).  I’ve only been there for lunch but the courtyard can not be beat.

Rattlesnake Saloon in Colbert County (“built in the shadows of a cave just past the Seven Springs Lodge”) ooooh this looks so great!  Open for lunch and supper…this pic in the paper is great.

Sous-La-Terre in Montgomery — I think they only start at midnight…this is supposed to be one of the coolest old-school places anywhere.

Flora-Bama in Orange Beach — it’s right on the AL-FL state line…it’s where they have the mullet toss, and the Polar Bear Dip on New Year Day (Av’s done that – fun!!!).

The Bottletree in Birmingham (“Esquire magazine called this eclectic café “a place that is already stealing thunder from every small music venue in the region.””).  We just had lunch there this week:

Glittered deer head, upclose:

Bottletree Cafe, Bham AL

The men’s room was “Ike” and the women’s, “Tina”:

Bottletree Cafe, Bham AL

When we gave our order, the guy called me “doll” and Av “devil”.  The hipster meter jumped.

Bottletree Cafe, Bham AL

Av got a club sandwich and I got an appetizer — the ‘bread & spread’ plate with green apple walnut pesto, pimento cheese, and jalapeño-cilantro hummus.  Pretty good but I needed three other people to share it:

Bottletree Cafe, Bham AL

The LA Times had an article about a week ago about MS juke joints.  
The Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale is April 16 (it’s great).

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