Thanksgiving at Chuck’s Fish
It is Thanksgiving week, and Chuck’s Fish is gearing up for their most important event of the year: the Chuck’s Fish Thanksgiving Feast. Chuck’s celebrates the Thanksgiving holiday each year by opening up shop on Thanksgiving Day and providing free meals all afternoon to those who are in need and those that just don’t feel like cooking. They have provided over 3,000 meals in the last two years and are not going to let COVID-19 ruin their holiday spirit. If you don’t need a free meal, you can donate to their cause when you pick yours up! Even though the dining room will be closed for this year’s Thanksgiving Feast, Chuck’s will still be offering to-go, drive-through, or walk-up (takeaway) orders for all who need a Thanksgiving meal. In addition to providing meals for the community, Chuck’s will also be taking donations that will benefit Habitat for Humanity! Chuck’s Fish is located at 508 Greensboro Avenue and will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 11 AM until 3 PM, but check the Chuck’s Fish Tuscaloosa Facebook page for more information throughout the week.
Thanksgiving Hours Blog
Finding a place to eat around the holidays can truly be a Nightmare Before Christmas, but we have you covered! For Thanksgiving Day through New Year’s day, we have compiled a list of restaurants in and around Tuscaloosa and provided their adjusted hours of operation in response to the holiday season. Visit the 2020 Tuscaloosa Restaurant Holiday Hours blog on our website to determine the best place to visit for a holiday meal, just in case! Stay tuned to the restaurant’s websites and social media pages for more up-to-date information.
Holidays on the River (Ice Skating)
Wintertime has returned to the Black Warrior River, which means that Holidays on the River is back open for everyone to enjoy! Holidays on the River is an ice-skating rink located at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, open to the public from now through January 18th. For health and safety, this year the ice rink is limited to 50% capacity, hand sanitizing stations are located conveniently throughout the area, and guests are kindly asked to wear a mask at all times while enjoying the ice rink and related festivities! Visit the Holidays on the River website to learn more about Ticket Rates and special celebrations held at the rink throughout this holiday season!
Don’t let the holiday season distract you too much from what time of year it is: the Iron Bowl! The Alabama Crimson Tide will be facing off against the in-state rivals, the Auburn Tigers, this Saturday at 2:30PM in Bryant-Denny Stadium, hosting College GameDay for the second time this season. It is important to note that masks are still required for entrance into the stadium and there will be procedures in place to keep fans physically distanced from each other for safety! You can also download the UA Gameday mobile app for up-to-date information about safety, traffic/parking, and more. We will see you there Saturday when the gates open up at noon!
Local Businesses for Black Friday
After all the craziness of the Thanksgiving holiday, there is nothing better than put yourself right back into more craziness for Black Friday! If you are browsing through Midtown Village, don’t miss out on Vintage Cotton Boutique and Alumni Hall. If you are walking through Downtown Tuscaloosa, you can’t miss The Locker Room, Effie’s Inc., or Pause; Boutique to name a few. All around Tuscaloosa, local stores will be open for all your holiday shopping needs, however, this year will look a little different. It is important to remember to wear a mask at all times and keep hand sanitizer close while shopping on Black Friday!
Now is the prime time to make the most out of your experience in Tuscaloosa! With the leaves beginning to transition into their Autumn attire, we are so excited to showcase just how beautiful this city is, especially this time of year. We have all kinds of different activities to enjoy this special season in T-Town, from monster celebrations at the Children’s Hands-On Museum to local pumpkin patch explorations. Need a little guidance? We’ve got you covered. The only job left to do is bask in the autumn feels as you get inspired by this week’s T-Town Weekend Itinerary!
Start off your gameday Saturday with a traditional T-Town breakfast at The Waysider, Tuscaloosa’s oldest restaurant in town! Once a regular stop for the great Bear Bryant, this classic local joint is located on Greensboro Avenue. Experience a bit of T-Town’s southern-style cooking with homemade biscuits, complimentary beignets (per request), or ham cooked to perfection. Not much of a breakfast person? No worries, The Waysider has delicious lunch items on the menu as well! Keep in mind that seating is limited, so be sure to budget for time as you may have to wait for a table!
Alright, let’s address the elephant in the room. You more than likely have a good idea of how you’ll be spending your Saturday afternoon. No matter where you are or who you’re with, celebrate your Bama pride by rolling with the tide as they face the Tennessee Vols at 2:30 p.m. If showing off your SAFE Saturday setup is your style, feel free to tag us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!
It is no secret how we hope to be spending our Saturday evenings, so make sure you and your Crimson Tide Crew are stocked up on cigars! Tuscaloosa is home to several stellar cigar stores that are fully stocked and more than ready to celebrate with their patrons. Vitola Fine Cigars and R&R Cigars are some premier local spots to pick up exactly what you’ll need for this weekend: cigars galore for beginners and seasoned professionals alike! As always, be mindful of health considerations and implications to enjoy smoking tobacco safely.
Celebrate Record Store Day this weekend by visiting one of our local favorites: Oz Music. This gem is home to all kinds of vinyl, CDs, and accessories to enjoy your music, your way! Whether you are a beginner looking to buy your first record or an experienced disc jockey looking for the next album to add to your collection, Oz can help you out. With an incredible, throwback atmosphere this place is a phenomenal way to find your new favorite record and celebrate this timeless holiday!
Do YOU have what it takes to be a monster? This Saturday, the Children’s Hands-On Museum is hosting their very own Monster Mischief event for all admissions to the museum! Prepare for the Halloween holiday fun by discovering your inner monster and exploring the exciting exhibits of the Children’s Hands-On Museum. For more information about the museum itself and all the exciting events coming in the future, visit the museum’s website. Additionally, be sure to secure admission prior to arrival, and don’t forget your masks before you safely enjoy all the exhibits within the museum!
With gameday behind you and Halloween less than a week away, it is imperative to secure a pumpkin for proper spooky festivities. There are a few wonderful pumpkin patches around Tuscaloosa County where you can enjoy the crisp fall air while picking out your new pumpkin pal! Griffin Farms and Tuscaloosa Barnyard are both home to dozens of perfectly prepared pumpkins! Whether this fall activity is for you, your friends, or your kids, everyone is bound to enjoy celebrating this year’s spooky season the local way. Before arriving, check each pumpkin patch’s listed hours of operation to make sure you arrive in time – and don’t forget to pack your mask to safely browse through the pumpkin patches!
The City of Tuscaloosa has a history deeply-intertwined with the Civil Rights movement, and that presence remains all around Downtown Tuscaloosa. Traveling through history along the Civil Rights Trail is a great way to enjoy the great outdoors and discover the history and importance of the Civil Rights Movement to our community. Visit (website) to locate the markers located around Downtown Tuscaloosa and learn more about the lasting impact that the Civil Rights Movement has made on the history and people of the City of Tuscaloosa. Visit here to learn more about the Civil Rights Trail of Tuscaloosa and how you can find more and more resources regarding the Civil Rights Movement in Tuscaloosa.
#InternationalArtistDay is on Sunday AND Kentuck Virtual Market Place is open. You do the math. Shopping local artisans’ creations and learning more about their art are both great ways to show your support and celebrate this holiday! If you feel comfortable, check out The Kentuck Center, the home of the local art in Tuscaloosa. Visit their website and/or safely in person to not miss a beat on a one-of-a-kind Christmas shopping experience. Now is the time to show your support for all the incredible local artists that give such vibrant color to this beloved and unique community!
T-Town’s Local favorite JCG Apparel and B-Unlimited, a custom apparel and graphic design studio, are now operating as one! The quality staff that cares for each other and the work they do makes its endless rave reviews no surprise. In fact, it’s even been said that they are a people company that just so happens to make t-shirts. With crazy unique Bama gear like the 2020 Bama Schedule Band Tee or the 90’s throwback Crimson Tide Crop, you’re bound to find something to suit your style.
Since 1964 this traditional men’s clothier has consistently found innovative ways to enhance the Bama’s Game Day Drip. The Locker Room’s 50+ years success story proves the quality clothing and legendary service at this local gem. Among the hundreds of styles to choose from, check out those with the “ Vault A”. The university’s previous logo has come back into style with a vengeance, giving your fit a vintage twist this football season.
Located on the corner of Fifth Street and Main Avenue in Historic Downtown Northport, the Kentuck Gallery Shop is a delightful souvenir shop that hosts up to 180 artists from around the world. As an extension of the Kentuck organization, this gallery supports many artists and creators from the local area or all around the world, so any purchase made goes straight to these artists. Ahead of visiting the shop, check out the Kentuck Gallery Shop website to browse their online store and discover the selection of art and creations being offered. The shop is open Monday – Friday from 9:30 AM-5:30 PM and Saturday/Sunday from 12:00 PM-4:00 PM, so it is a perfect spot for browsing before the games on Saturday or Sunday.
Located on The Strip and serving up mouth-watering flavors from all of Asia, Surin of Thailand is a must-visit restaurant for lunch or dinner during the weekend. In addition to incredible Asian dishes, Surin also features a full bar and a number of specialty cocktails perfect for celebrating a weekend full of SEC Football! Surin features indoor dining, so be sure to bring a mask along with you to safely walk to and from your table. Check out Surin’s website to learn about lunch and dinner specials they are offering this weekend.
For those looking to enjoy a juicy steak dinner to cap off a Saturday full of college football, check out Nick’s in the Sticks. Also known as Nick’s Filet House, this quaint steakhouse on the outskirts of Tuscaloosa is known primarily for its insane steaks and burgers. Don’t let their tasty food fool you, because they also have the famed Nicodemus cocktail. The great offers here are no secret so it is important to arrive early in the evening, as seating is limited to only a few tables and seats fill up fast!
Sunday morning after the Crimson Tide takes care of business, there is no better way to celebrate than with a southern-cooked brunch. One of the town’s favorite joints is T-Town Cafe! This home-style cafe is a delightful stop to enjoy comfort food galore from catfish to mashed potatoes to country-fried steak, with other burger and sandwich options as well. Before leaving town, visit T-Town Cafe to enjoy a family brunch or lunch and fill up before hitting the road!
One of the many incredible ways to enjoy T-Town is to step into the past and explore our Civil Rights Trail. Showcasing the diverse history of Tuscaloosa, this trail takes participants all through downtown and the surrounding area. The Civil Rights Trail winds its way in and around Downtown Tuscaloosa, where there are a number of restaurants and shops to discover while learning about the Civil Rights history of the town! Thanks to its close proximity to campus, this is a fantastic activity to do before the chaos of gameday begins. For more information on where the trail leads and to learn more about each of the stops along the trail, check out the Tuscaloosa Civil Rights Trail website!
Lake Harris in Tuscaloosa is one of the smaller lakes but offers a more private space for much more than just water activities. In addition to swimming and canoeing on the lake, there are several hiking trails around the lake including one that leads to the nearby dam that services much of the water systems in Tuscaloosa. Additionally, Lake Harris is a sought-after location for avid birdwatchers. If you are looking to pick up a new hobby this game day weekend, maybe give birding a try!
If you’re looking for kid-friendly things to do around town, you’ve come to the right place! From 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM this Saturday, the Children’s Hands-On Museum will be hosting their Spooky Scavenger Hunt! Bring along your children and help the museum find goblins, ghosts, zombies, and other spooky creatures that have been set loose in the museum! All related activities for this scavenger hunt are included in the price of admission, but be sure to purchase admission ahead of time just in case. To learn more about the Children’s Hands-On Museum and safety procedures in response to the COVID-19 situation, visit here.
If Not Now…When?
It is rare to be able to come to Tuscaloosa on a gameday Saturday without having to plan several months in advance. This year, as I’m sure you’re aware, is different than any other because of the open availability at some of our incredible hotels. Now is the time to take a road trip down and see what T-Town is all about. For information on the diverse selection of our city’s hotels, many within walking distance of Tuscaloosa’s unique restaurants, shopping, and entertainment, click here.
For everyone’s safety, many updates have been made for the 2020 season. Head to The University of Alabama’s 2020 Gameday Information Page for all the details. If you are looking for more updates regarding the Alabama Crimson Tide Game Day Experience read the article here!
In the One and Only Tuscaloosa, there are so many places to go and things to see. These 10 things are popular among the locals and won’t break the bank. So take a chance and try something new!
1. Children’s Hands-On Museum (CHOM)
This museum has been providing children with fun activities and events since 1984. There are three floors of fun for children of all ages. The Great Pumpkin Party and the Monster Walk Scavenger Hunt are two events that are happening soon. Admission is less than $10! CHOM is a great place to take the kids and enjoy a day of fun!
2. Paul W. Bryant Museum
This museum is a blast from the past! Check out over a hundred years of Crimson Tide memorabilia and football history. Visit the Paul W. Bryant museum to see what it takes to be “nothing but a winner.” Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children.
If you’re a dog lover then the arboretum is the place for you! The arboretum is sixty acres of the great outdoors. Check out the dog park, community garden, as well as the hiking trails. The best part is that it is completely free!
4. The Waysider
Take a trip to Paul “Bear” Bryant’s favorite breakfast destination. It truly is the breakfast of champions. The restaurant is packed with decades of Alabama memorabilia. The Waysider offers made-from-scratch biscuits and gravy all for just under $3!
5. Homegrown Alabama Farmers Market
Edit: We regret to inform you his event will no longer happen. If you are interested in farmers’ markets in Tuscaloosa then check out the Tuscaloosa Farmers’ Market at the River Market.
6. Babes Donuts
A family-owned breakfast, brunch and coffee business located in Downtown Tuscaloosa. The menu features gourmet doughnuts unlike anything else you’ll find in town. Flavors include: bacon maple, sourdough, Reese’s Peanut Butter, Heath Bar sprinkle, Captain Crunch, Fruity Pebbles, S’mores, red velvet, blackberry cream cheese and others. Seasonal offerings can range from King Cakes during Mardi Gras to candied blood oranges. Stop by and grab a treat for under $10.
7. Steel City Pops
Nothing is better than a Steel City Popsicle on a hot Alabama summer day. They have many flavors to choose from, so there is a flavor for everyone. Flavors include: Arnold Palmer, Bosc Pear with Honey, Champagne White Tea, Cinnamon Apple, Cranberry Orange, Lime, Plum with Rosemary, Pomegranate, Strawberry Fig, Strawberry Lemonade, Avocado, Buttermilk, Carrot Cake, Chocolate, Coconut, Coffee, Maple Bacon, Bourbon, Pumpkin, Toasted Marshmallow, Vanilla Bean. All popsicles are $4.49 and under.
8. Black Warrior River
The Black Warrior River is absolutely stunning and the perfect place to go on a hot summer day. You can cast a line and catch some fish or bring your own boat and cruise the water. The Black Warrior is also perfect for paddle boarding or just floating down the river. Don’t feel like getting in the water? That’s fine because the Tuscaloosa River Walk runs along the river and offers beautiful scenery. It’s the perfect place to get some exercise or take your dog for a walk.
9. City Café
For decades, locals and students alike have enjoyed the homemade cooking served up at City Café. At lunchtime, this restaurant is packed with locals stopping in for a tasty meal at a reasonable price. Stop in and enjoy a meat and three for under $10. You won’t be disappointed, it’s just like mama makes it.
10. Gallette’s Yellowhammer
Stop by Gallette’s and sip on a Tuscaloosa favorite. People from all over the United States have enjoyed Yellowhammer’s from the One and Only Gallettes while in Tuscaloosa. The Yellowhammer is a staple on gameday at the University of Alabama. Their yellow cup is a popular accessory for the Crimson Tide fans walking around the quad. Visit Gallette’s and try one for yourself.
Written by Rachel Horton
Dressing up for gameday is a tradition in Tuscaloosa. Some people get more dressed up for the Crimson Tide than they do for church on Sunday. Saturdays in the fall are basically a fashion show, and the quad is the catwalk. There are thousands of variations of crimson, white, and houndstooth outfits on display during football season. Here’s a selection of stores in Tuscaloosa that offer Instagram-worthy outfits for gameday.
This massive shopping center is home to more than 20 different clothing and shoe stores that offer a wide variety of styles. You won’t leave Midtown without finding at least one outfit, or maybe just a cute pair of shoes. Az Well, Bevello, Francesca’s, Lavish, and Soca are a few favorites of the ladies. There are several options for men as well, such as Alumni Hall, Kinnucan’s, and the Nike Factory Store. Each of these stores and boutiques can hook you up with the perfect outfit to show off in Bryant-Denny.
Downtown Tuscaloosa is the perfect clothing destination because it is in walking distance of the stadium. So if you’ve waited until the last minute to look for an outfit (*cough* Men *cough*) then don’t worry because you can just snag an outfit on your way to the game. Effie’s and Lucca have super cute outfits for women, while the Pant’s Store and The Shirt Shoppe have great gameday options for both men and women. Any of these stores would be glad to help you find what you need to cheer on the Tide and bring in the Instagram likes.
The Strip has several great places to find gameday outfits, but you might want to get there early. The Strip attracts thousands of people on Alabama Crimson Tide gamedays so naturally, the stores are filled to capacity. Ellie Crimson, Expeditions, and Alabama Express are several popular options to find outfits that will make you stand out of the crowd. So, although they are convenient you might want to visit those shops ahead of time because you don’t want to miss out on all the great clothing options they have. Your social media accounts will thank you.
Written by Rachel Horton
Another big weekend in Tuscaloosa is around the corner. Eric Church, The Black Jacket Symphony, and Alabama football headline a slate of exciting events. An entertainment district will be in effect in the downtown area on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., so feel free to grab a drink and visit some of Tuscaloosa’s great downtown shopping locations.
You can kick off your weekend this Friday at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater with country music mega-star Eric Church. Church will be continuing his tour playing hits like “Springsteen” and “Talladega”. The event will take place rain or shine and will be one big party, so get ready for a good time.
The Tuscaloosa Amphitheater isn’t the only ones putting on a concert on Friday. The Bama Theatre is presenting the Black Jacket Symphony as they perform a note-for-note rendition of the Grateful Dead’s classic album American Beauty. You are sure to hear favorites like “Friend of the Devil,” “Truckin’,” and “Brokedown Palace.” The Black Jacket Symphony will begin at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 7 p.m. Between these two concerts, downtown Tuscaloosa will be an exciting place to be on Friday night.
Kids will have plenty of exciting things to do this weekend as well. The Children’s Hands-On Museum will kick off Saturday with Nickelodeon Worldwide Day of Play from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Special games and fun activities will be available throughout the museum for kids of all ages to enjoy.
Bryant-Denny stadium will turn on their lights Saturday evening as Alabama faces the Colorado State Rams in a 6:00 night game. Alabama comes in 2-0 after decisive victories over #10 Florida State and Fresno State. The Crimson Tide are a 28.5 point favorite, but the Rams have an offensive system that keeps Alabama on their toes.
Wrap your weekend on Sunday up with University of Alabama soccer action as the #19 ranked Crimson Tide square off against Chattanooga. The 7-1 Tide are on a five-game winning streak after a win over Tennessee Tech and will look to keep rolling this Sunday evening. The match will begin at 5 p.m. on inside the Alabama Soccer Complex.
We have tons more going on so check out our great upcoming events, and follow us on our social media pages (@visittuscaloosa) for more announcements and events. Tell your friends and we can’t wait to see you around the One and Only Tuscaloosa!
We’re gearing up for another great weekend in Tuscaloosa! Start your weekend early tonight across the river at Kentuck Art Center! Kentuck is hosting their monthly Art Night! This month will feature the opening reception of “The Seven Deadly Sins” and artist talk with fiber artist Yvonne Wells in the Museum Gallery! You can lose yourself to dance as a band plays throughout the night, eat a cob oven pizza, and then top it off by learning more about Charlie Lucas as he discusses his art and answer questions!
It wouldn’t be a complete weekend in Tuscaloosa without a great artist coming through town! Clint Black will be performing at the Bama Theatre Friday night! You can enjoy a rare, intimate evening with the man who has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide. Raised in the suburbs of Houston, Texas, Clint Black is the youngest of four brothers. He began performing with brother, Kevin at the family’s backyard barbecues. After high school, he worked construction for a year and spent 10 years on the local nightclub circuit. He auditioned for a Nashville recording contract in 1988 and has been playing nationally ever since!
Crimson Tide football is back in Tuscaloosa this Saturday as Alabama takes on Fresno State! After a big win in Atlanta against Florida State, Alabama will be looking for a tune up before getting into SEC play. Alabama football, which was inaugurated in 1892, ranks as one of 10 winningest programs in US history and they don’t plan on changing that anytime soon. You can also enjoy events like the Elephant Stomp, the Walk of Champions, and check out the Bryant Museum or grab a drink at Gallettes while you’re in town for the game!
Finish your weekend off at the 5th Street Vintage Market! 5th Street Vintage Market is now held four times a year, rain or shine. Markets are Sundays, 10 AM to 4 PM. Admission is free and concessions are available on site. Curated by This Ol’ Thing Vintage, Grace Aberdean Habitat Alchemy, and DJ Tom Kat Kitten, 5th Street Vintage Market brings a one of a kind shopping experience to the area. We will feature many dealers from the region who specialize in vintage and handmade items, artworks and vinyl records! Prices for market goods can range from a few dollars to several hundred. While some vendors can accept credit cards, most require cash payments.
We have tons more going on so check out our great upcoming events, and follow us on our social media pages (@visittuscaloosa) for more announcements and events. Tell your friends and we can’t wait to see you around the One and Only Tuscaloosa!
There isn’t a city in the world like Tuscaloosa, especially on a game day. The city comes alive with a vibrating energy of excitement and passion for college football. Tuscaloosa goes from the fifth largest city in the state to the second largest when the concrete walls of Bryant-Denny are filled to the brim. From the iconic Quad in the center of the University to the beauty of Downtown, there is something for everyone to do on Game Day.
The University of Alabama Campus
Whether the game kicks off at 11 am or 8 pm you can find people enjoying all these great city offers. The classic start to any game day is on the Quad. A mass of people and tents collide under the shade of the towering trees, or in the open field to the east of the Library with festivities. Tailgate tents can range from collegiate staples like a good grill and stable TV, to full on luxury with fine china illuminated by chandeliers. For those without an invitation to a tailgate, the east side of the quad offers an array of local food trucks lined up to serve you. The Quad is a world all of its and one you have to see to believe.
Along University Blvd, past the old row of fraternity houses, is the landmark strip. It’s a section of incredible bars, restaurants, and shopping all waiting to delight you.
If there’s any place along the strip to make a trip to, its Gallettes. The epitome of a classic college bar, you can find patrons singing every word of “Sweet Home Alabama” with a gospel dedication. If you’re lucky enough to catch a rendition of “Dixieland Delight” you’ll be elated to find everyone around you not only sing the whole song with heart, but extra lyrics are known only by Alabama fans. At the bar, you’ll find the legendary Yellowhammer cocktail. Many try to recreate it, but you can never beat the original in its classic yellow and red cup.
Since the 1980s, Buffalo Phils has been serving guests their delicious food and mysterious green concoction known as the Philibuster. Under the collegiate décor, you can find some of the best wings in town along with some all too tempting items like a chicken fried steak burger, hot dogs, and fries smothered in their wing sauce.
Is there anything more college than pizza? The savory treat that graces every party, late night and early morning of those great four years can be found in top form in Little Italy. Inspired by New York style pizza, you can grab just a simple slice or a whole pie depending on your appetite.
This foodie favorite has some of the best looking, and even better-tasting biscuits. From savory to sweet, these fluffy biscuit sandwiches come stuffed with wonderful fillings like fried chicken and goat cheese or strawberries and cream. They come out looking so picture perfect you’re sure to make your friends envious when they end up on your social media.
Further towards the west from the university, and a short walk or uber ride away is a food heaven waiting for you. Downtown Tuscaloosa’s food scene is growing fast, and it’s time to reap the tasty rewards. There’re so many great options it gets difficult with every year to narrow it down to the best. So come hungry when you come downtown.
This One and Only has grown from Tuscaloosa to several cities across the southeast and it’s easy to see why. Their simple menu keeps it to five choices from appetizers to cocktails. The atmosphere inside is as photogenic as the food that comes out the kitchen.
Inside the former L&N Train Station, you’ll find a fusion of german and southern cuisine that you never knew you needed. The great hall of the old grand station is pleasantly lit by the original gasolier as you dine on Reuben spring rolls and bourbon glazed duck.
This list topping eatery has consistently been the go-to for some of the best food in Tuscaloosa. Known for their hole in the wall setting, great drinks, and incredible fusion dishes, it’s hard to go wrong with Avenue Pub. Fan favorites range from their Thai Nachos to the Bacon Burger that has been winning accolades since its debut.
Tuscaloosa is far from dry when it comes to locally brewed craft beer. With three local breweries, it’s hard to choose, but Black Warrior Brewing along University Blvd keeps the tailgate going. Inside you’ll find their wide collection of brews, along with wine and even non-alcoholic house made root beer. Upstairs they offer the classics like darts, but also bring in the tailgate fun with cornhole and adult sized Jenga!
Not all of Tuscaloosa’s finest can be easily sought after. you can hunt down some ridiculously delightful places that are tucked away and waiting to surprise you. From along the riverbanks to the outskirts, even within the city center, there’s something worth finding in the One and Only.
(Nicks n the Sticks)
During gameday, you’ll hear seasoned fans talk about what almost sounds like a foodie fairy tale. A little red brick building surrounded by towering pines a little out west from the city that’s home to some of the best filets you’ll ever know. Nicks Original Filet House as the little sign will read, is a legend all on its own. It’s a short drive from downtown and tends to fill up quick, but the bacon wrapped filets, low prices, and the iconic cocktail they call the Nicodemus are beyond worth the drive.
Located along the riverbanks not far from the university, you can find what’s quickly becoming one of the best new places to eat in the city. River is a modern foodie heaven with breathtaking views of the Black Warrior and to die for dishes. They have taken the city by storm with their well-crafted cocktails to their refined southern inspired dishes. The Southern staple of shrimp n grits is presented like a refined delicacy with a bounty of flavor.
Downtown has become so overwhelmed with amazing offers, it’s easy to overlook some places. The chaos of the crowd and the paradox of choices can make it easy to walk right past this hole in the wall diamond. Ephipany café is farm to table with some worldly cuisine. You can find it tucked between Carpe Vino and The Grey Lady. Inside under its brick arches are small plates that pack a boisterous punch to them. You can always trust something you’ll like will be on the menu as it changes all the time.
Hardly hidden, but easy to overlook, this Bama burger joint is right under the looming shadow of Bryant-Denny. You can find it thanks to its large neon name, and while the crowd before and even after the game can be intimidating, trust that what’s waiting inside is well worth any wait. Their burgers are that kind of simple that can never truly be beaten. Along with their fries and a classic American milkshake, you’ll wonder why you ever doubted waiting for this Bama Burger. Look for the National Champs BLT that features a slice of bacon for every Alabama Championship win. If you don’t know, that means a lot of bacon.
Getting Around Town
Game Day can mean big-time crowds, with big city style traffic. From the early hours before a game, to well after the 4th quarter it’s not easy to manage driving around town. Luckily this southern college down offers ways to beat the crowd and get around with ease.
Tuscaloosa offers both the classic taxi service, alongside the app driver service of Uber. Both are great ways to get around thanks to their experience on Tuscaloosa roads, and their dedication to getting you around safely
Golf Cart App Services
What is more fun and exciting than flying past traffic on a golf cart? Tuscaloosa has the quirky taxi service of golf carts driven to meet you and take you anywhere you need to go in their service area. Simply use their app and summon a driver like you would for any other app taxi service and be swept past the crowds on a golf cart.
Game Day Shuttles
The University of Alabama, alongside the City of Tuscaloosa, offer several different shuttle services to help ease the way back to your car, or simply head towards downtown and not have to walk.
Crimson Ride Shuttle
For those who parked around the eastern side of the campus, this free shuttle takes you from the quad to stops near the east campus RV lots, the soccer lots, and parking lots along 5th Avenue
Tuscaloosa Transit will take you from the stadium to the Downtown Intermodel Facility parking deck running 3hours before the game, and an hour after for $1 per trip.
University Mall Shuttle
With Free parking at the University Mall, you can ride to and from the stadium for $10 per person round trip.
If you know of Tuscaloosa, you know someone whose got a story or two that took place in this one & only Locale. You can drive around the strip looking for a big flashy neon sign saying “ Gallette’s” you’ll be hard pressed to find it. This hole in the wall is hidden to outsiders inside the Campus Party Store building. You’d never guess such an innocent yellow brick building could hold so much fun. Once inside, you find yourself surrounded with all the makings of a iconic dive bar, without hipster touches of an intended atmosphere. No, this place is only organic in that its history and mixology have born a Drink so infamous, our you can find replicas throughout town. The Yellowhammer. You wont find them served in repurposed mason jars, you’ll find them in their bold yellow plastic cups will a hearty Roll Tide written across. These fruity drinks have a mild flavor, but pack a strong punch, one fitting the legends of the stadium that stands in the background of Gallette’s.
After a couple of Yellowhammers, or anything the bar tosses up, you’ll be bouncing along to the music that’s never too quiet. More than likely you will be taken by surprise when the song sung in that classic dive bar unison isn’t a Journey song, or even Sweet Home Alabama, but “ Dixieland Delight”. Gallette’s patrons will serenade you, not only with every single lyric known by heart, but their own additional ones that shows how deep local pride runs. It’ll seem like magic how each person of every creed comes together in this bar to boast and belt their Alabama pride with perfect tempo. You’ll soon find your self swept in a tide of pride, and a community you’ll grow all the more fond of. Whether you find your way to Gallette’s during its peak season of Fall, or in the Spring when practically half of the entire gulf is brought to their patio for Crawfish Boils; you can bet you’ll leave with more than a few tails and cocktails to rave about to anyone who mentions this one and only city.
Written by: Deven Wilson, TTS Public Relations Intern