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.
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!!!).