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Billy’s Sports Grill brings home New Belgium brews!

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson


The wildly popular Fat Tire is here in Birmingham! Both Billy’s Sports Grill locations, English Village and Overton, have these brews on tap and by the bottle. And at Billy’s English Village you can take it—or any other of their home draft beers—home in 32, 64, or 128 ounce bottles.
Sip Veranda on Highland’s cocktail that is getting national press.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson


One of my favorite bars in town is at the Veranda on Highland. If Ernest Hemingway were still living and were in town, I expect that he would “find himself” here.
GianMarco’s wine bar and retail shop draw wine savvy patrons.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson


GianMarco’s Restaurant has long had one of the finest and most flexible wine programs in Alabama. Brothers Giani and Marco Respinto own and operate the restaurant, and offer more than 300 select restaurant quality wines on the wine list. Wines are offered in servings of three ounces, six ounces, quantino, and by the bottle. And the price point for each and every wine is very competitive.
Ocean’s new wine cellar houses fine, old ports.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson


Port has a history of being the wine that men drank while smoking a cigar—after the women had left the room. That was then. Now women drink wine alongside the men at the bar. And I recently had the pleasure of tasting Warre Vintage Ports with George Reis, executive chef and owner of Ocean and 26. These ports are a recent addition to the wine list at Ocean and 26. And another recent addition to Ocean—its wine cellar—provides a space for the restaurant to lay down some older bottles, such as the Warre Vintage Ports.
Explore Zinfandel with three Ravenswood Zins: Sonoma, Napa and Lodi.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson


I had dinner with Joel Peterson when he was in Birmingham a few… (gulp) years ago. Where does time go? Recently when his Ravenswood County Series arrived at my door—for tasting and consideration—I was reminded of the evening with the Godfather of Zin.
Chill on Bottega’s patio with handcrafted martinis.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson


Bottega Restaurant and Bottega Café each boast their own private, hedge-lined patio. Massive iron gates serve as entry to both. And in the spring yellow Lady Banks roses burst with color and aroma—draping the water fountain on the restaurant side. But no matter the season, when weather permits Bottega’s patio is the place to be.

Avo and Dram host Innis & Gunn Beer Dinner.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson


Avo & Dram’s recent Innis and Gunn Highland 18 Year Old Beer Dinner included four courses paired with Innis and Gunn Beer poured in their signature glassware. Here I learned the Innis and Gunn’s Oak Aged Beers story, which is almost as incredible as their beers.

Root Beer Float at Jackson’s Bar and Bistro will make you smile.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson


A favorite, spring meeting place is the spacious patio of Jackson’s Bar and Bistro. The black iron umbrella tables that dot the space invite you to pull up a chair. And the menu entices with a variety of tempting cocktails. Hmm, what will it be? Misery and Gin sounds tempting—hasn’t been a good day. The Root Beer Float sounds happy. I opt for happy.

 

Sip cool, cocktails in the new, old world bar at Cafe Dupont.

By Jan Walsh

Chris Dupont's new bar opened in March 2009. Expanding the restaurant into the adjacent storefront created space for the bar and a new façade and entry for the restaurant. Entering through the double doors into the bar, it is evident that Dupont restored, rather than remade, this 131-year-old building. From the original tiles on the floor to the beamed ceiling above, the bar exudes authenticity and transcends time. For the bar, Dupont used the same interior designer he previously used for the restaurant—his wife, Leslie.

 

 
 
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