The New and Improved BIRMINGHAM THREAD

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  1. ramszoolander

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    Collins is closer than Carrigan's (walk by St. Paul's and it's the next block up) and is a little more interesting, although the weather should be nice, so the rooftop at Carrigan's is kinda fun. I believe Redmont has some sort of rooftop thing, though, too, and it should have fairly unobstructed views of downtown. If you like Asian, Bamboo is great.

    I am a big Rogue Tavern fan for lunch, and Trattoria Centrale is great, too.
     
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  2. Barves2125

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    This is Birmingham so basically everything is near by. You could cross the entire county in 25 minutes. That said, there's no need to as you're staying in a great spot with some of the best the city has to offer in walking distance.

    Personally, I'm a big fan of Paramount. It's a bar nearby with an arcade in the back. The food is solid as well.
     
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  3. DazedandContused

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    Agreed on Paramount but it’s closed on Mondays.
     
  4. mal630

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    GumbyMan we don’t have many Buckeyes in Bham. You may be with a group or something but if not I’d buy you a drink at Collins before you go to dinner. I don’t work Mondays and go there a lot.
     
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  5. wes tegg

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    Paramount is pretty cool. It’d be a good place to watch baseball.

    Edit: I missed that it was tonight.
     
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  6. PrinceWimbley

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    Has anybody tried the new places on Morris? The Essential and Pilcrow Lounge I think it's called?
     
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  7. One Two

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    If free booze is involved, with the way auburn has been playing go Buckeyes!
     
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  8. The Blackfish

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    Essential was alright. Taken right out of the millennial startup restaurant manual
     
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  9. ElectricDreamMachine

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    The essential’s good but way overpriced imo. Def would be a decent date night spot tho.

    I have a friend who works at Pilcrow so I enjoy going, but I could see their aesthetic being a little off-putting. Drinks are kind of expensive too but they’re good.
     
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  10. Arrec Bardwin

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    Avocado toast?
     
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  11. The Blackfish

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    Yes. From the menu to the decor to the wait staff. Its right out of the manual.
     
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  12. TheFreak55

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    would not recommend
     
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  13. PrinceWimbley

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    Queens Park should be opening soon right?
     
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  14. wes tegg

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    Pilcrow is neat enough, but it's pretty much a carbon copy of every "speakeasy" that was all the rage in Manhattan ten years ago.
     
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  15. ElectricDreamMachine

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    pilcrow's aesthetic is like a place in LA where porn producers hang out
     
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  16. GumbyMan

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    Sent you a msg!
     
  17. The Blackfish

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    Be wary mal630 his use of exclamation points is concerning.

    But then again after your Tua checkdown comment, whatever happens happens :idk:
     
  18. sam shakusky

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    Damn I live downtown and have never heard of any of these places (Queen’s Park, The Essential, Pilcrow). I am so far from hip :(
     
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  19. wes tegg

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    The Essential and Pilcrow are really new. I have never heard of Queen's Park.
     
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  20. PrinceWimbley

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    Queens Park is a new cocktail bar opening this Fall. Co-owners are the Dave's Pub manager "Mudd" and Laura Newman, a bartender from Brooklyn. She used to do some Tiki bar pop-ups at Dave's on Tuesday nights. Gonna be on 2nd Ave. I believe.
     
  21. mal630

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    Never figured that comment would have such staying power in all of your heads but I love it.
     
  22. One Two

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    Sign me the fuck up!
     
  23. The Blackfish

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    Haven't thought about anything else since. Hoping that if I ever see you out and can punch you in the penis I will finally be able to move on.
     
  24. Barves2125

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    Laura Newman also won a United States Bartender Guild competition to name her best bartender in the USA and came in 2nd overall in the global competition just a week ago. Not some fan voting bullshit either.

    Apparently she was a bartender in NYC for a while and moved here for a bit and fell in love with the up and coming food and beverage scene and has since decided to open Queens Park with the guy from Dave's.
     
  25. ElectricDreamMachine

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    i was bored at work so decided to take a stroll and see if i could get a look inside the place. it's technically off of second but basically right there (address is 112 24th street north). they unfortunately had some obstructions taped up to prevent creeps like me from peeping in but it looks cool based on their instagram stuff.
    https://www.instagram.com/queensparkbham/
     
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  26. PrinceWimbley

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    yeah, she made me a drink in a flaming pineapple. So that was cool.
     
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  27. Barves2125

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    I look forward to seeing her take on a Blanton's and water.
     
  28. PrinceWimbley

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    hold the water.
     
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  29. Barves2125

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    More of Mountain Dew guy, are ya? I hear ya. To each their own.
     
  30. Arrec Bardwin

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    Damn, the ole Wilfoy offensive.
     
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  31. Long Ball Larry

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  32. TheFreak55

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    Aaron triggered the fuck out of me
     
  33. wes tegg

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    Cliffs?
     
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  34. TheFreak55

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    Aaron Suttles was claiming Auburn fans would need an offensive minded coach to make them happy/win by scoring lots of points instead of by defense. I let Aaron know that was wrong.
     
  35. LeVar Burton

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    I heard that on the radio today but I didn't know that was TheFreak55. Good take though and I laugh anytime anyone calls suttles out.

    PS: to piggy back off Cole's question, is it jurdin or jordan :awesomeface::awesomeface:
     
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  36. TheFreak55

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    Jordan :tebow: my brother once tried to make Jurdin happen and it never took
     
  37. LeVar Burton

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    Count your blessings imo

    [​IMG]
     
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  38. Barves2125

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    An Auburn fan named Jordan pronouncing it Jurdin would be too much.
     
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  39. Tommy Callahan

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    Like people from Mobile saying Cooper as Coupah
     
  40. Oranjello

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    The Birmingham housing market is weird for both renting and buying. As for purchasing a house, there's not a lot of inventory in the areas I've been looking (Edgewood/Homewood and Mountain Brook). As for renting a house, there's even less inventory and it seems like most houses have not been updated in 25+ years. If they have been updated in the past ~5 years and in those locations, then the landlord seems to think those updates add $1000/mo to the rent, bringing the monthly rent to $2,400+ even though the house may be oddly configured, old, in a weird location, etc. Based on what I've seen online and from having friends go look at houses not listed online, there's not a lot of in between. I also realize the locations I have primarily been looking at are probably on the more expensive side, I'm just shocked that the price I'm looking to pay to rent a house in Birmingham gets you less of a house/much more dated of a house than it does in Denver and New Orleans, which is where I've lived the past 2.5 years. On the other hand, it seems that buying gets you a lot more house and land in Birmingham than in those two cities.

    Think I might just sign a 6 month lease at the Tapestry Apartments, which has been recommended by a couple of friends, and be done with it. Ideally I'll be able to find a house to buy in those 6 months. Sweet blog.
     
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  41. Barves2125

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    There's very little purchase inventory here right now. Starting in January, it will ramp up drastically through spring and early summer. Rental inventory will probably be roughly the same since so much of it is school based. Unfortunately for you, you're looking in the worst time of the year. A short term lease might be the way to go until you've got more options.
     
  42. wes tegg

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    Unless you have kids, there's not much reason to rent in Edgewood or Mountain Brook. Look in areas in close proximity, like Crestline Park or Highland Park.
     
  43. mal630

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    I've lived at Tapestry for a couple months. Location is great, units are pretty nice. No complaints.
     
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  44. ramszoolander

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    Yeah, I bought in Crestwood North for $175k back in 2013. I could probably sell EASILY at $225k now (maybe $250-275k) and we have done little in updating (except a new kitchen) and have a bunch of kids, so of course they are constantly making everything look shitty around here. That said, I think you still either buy around here or (maybe, risky) Glen Iris if you want to be close-to-town. If you don't mind a little further, maybe some stuff in Vestavia has come down. I know a friend of mine had trouble selling his very nice quasi-garden home for $200k a year or so ago. So, there's that.
     
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  45. wes tegg

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    Cahaba Heights seems to be on the up and up, too, but it’s too far out 280 for my liking.
     
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  46. One Two

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    Move to 6th Ave S in Crestwood north and become neighbor's with half this thread
     
  47. ElectricDreamMachine

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    i think i'm incredibly spoiled by my home and work locations because glen iris feels like goddamn hoover compared to where i usually go
     
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  48. Oranjello

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    A few weeks ago, a realtor told me the inventory would drastically increase in the spring, but I got a bad feeling from the guy and cut ties with him. Was hoping he was right, though, so thanks for confirming.

    Yeah, I've been looking in those places as well but not as thoroughly. Found a solid house on 11th Ave South, mapped it out, and realized it was within range of a tee box from the golf course, so decided against it.

    Pretty much sums up what my friends have told me. Good price, good location, nice apartments. Kicker is they do variable term leases (with a rent adjustment of course), so I'm leaning heavily towards Tapestry and doing a 6-8 month lease. Only reason I haven't pulled the trigger is because I'm a Smokeboy and would like to keep using my grill, but that may not be in the cards.
     
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  49. Oranjello

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    My unfamiliarity with Glen Iris and Crestwood North is why I am waiting to buy. People keep telling me to check them out, and without being there it's really hard to know the area and I don't want to buy without gaining familiarity somewhat. Also, despite it being more likely than not that I will be making the entire down payment and financing the house in only my name, I have a fiancee I have to run things by. She knows nothing of those areas.
     
  50. Barves2125

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    I wouldn't worry too much about people on Highland Park Golf Course hitting balls into your home on 11th Ave S, Oranjello . That course is typically only played by people that know what they're doing. I mean, the #1 player in the world played it earlier this year so it has to be elite.