Being on the outside isn’t always such a terrible thing. Especially in a beautiful city like Tuscaloosa. When you’re spending time with loved ones, eating your favorite snacks, and grabbing a drink or two as you enjoy the wonderful weather. It doesn’t get much better than this. Sometimes just being outside can make a bad day better, so we have decided to make you all a list of some favorite porches to immerse yourself in the outdoors with food and drink close at hand.
Loosa Brews – Loosa’s porch game has been stepped up since they opened. It has tons of table and bar style seating. It’s partly shaded, but fully equipped to be your next favorite hangout joint! With 63 beers on tap there’s a beer and a chair for everyone there!
Taco Mama – Taco Mama’s outdoor seating faces out onto University drive so whether you’re there to sunset watch or people watch, there’s a sitting activity for every personality! Not only that, but they serve beer and margaritas. So if you’re not huge on the beer scene, you’ve still got a place on their porch!
R & R Cigars – This particular porch is highly slept on because not many people take advantage of this incredible honey hole! R & R is a remodeled Victorian home with a huge front porch and plenty of comfortable seating to drink a beer, smoke a cigar, and watch your favorite game on tv.
Honorable mention – Druid City Social – This new gem in town is the perfect spot to have a nice romantic meal. With plenty of outdoor seating and elegant lights, you will have no problem finding a comfortable spot outside to sit down and relax.
Honorable Mention – Innisfree – Innisfree’s porch is another phenomenal place to kick back and drink a cold one. They have plenty of seating and a whole slew of TVs. With a wide selection of drinks, they have a little something for the whole crew!
Our four legged friends are the best, and here in Tuscaloosa, we have tons of places where dogs are welcome and often the guest of honor. Here are some of the best dog-friendly spots in town for the next time you need a day out with your pup!
As one of Tuscaloosa’s hottest hangouts, Innisfree is always guaranteed to be a good time! What makes it even better though is its dog-friendly environment. You can’t go to “the Free” and not run into a four-legged friend hanging out on the patio! It’s the perfect place to go if you want to have a day out with friends, and since dogs are the best friends you can include them in your outing to Innisfree. If you’re looking for a great atmosphere for both you and your dog, grab your pup and head to the Free!
This dog park opened just a few years ago at Munny Sokol Park and at the time was the most requested PARA amenity by Tuscaloosa natives! Since its opening, the park has been a mega success and is a great place to let your dog run and play in a safe environment. The park features three separate areas: a training pen, a small dog pen, and a large dog pen. There are large grassy areas for the dogs to run wild and a small muddy area that is perfect for dogs who love to get a little messy!
The best exercise partner anyone can ask for is a dog! That’s why The Riverwalk is the perfect place to go to bond with your pup. Your dog will never complain about exercising with you and will make it fun for you! There are a few park areas along the trail equipped with gazebos and benches for you and your dog to take a break and rehydrate if needed. Keep your dog and yourself in shape and hit the trail at The Riverwalk!
Black Warrior has some of the best brews in town and welcomes dogs any time of the day! The friendly service and great atmosphere at Black Warrior is a hit among Tuscaloosa natives and their pets. You and your dog can enjoy the atmosphere from the patio, or from the upstairs area where games such as corn hole, shuffleboard, and darts are available. You can also take your dog in the fall and watch the Tide compete on one of the flat screen TV’s with your best friend alongside! What could be better?
They say a dog is a man’s best friend, and who better to go fishing with than your best friend? At Lake Lurleen State Park you can take your pup and fish along Lake Tuscaloosa! If fishing isn’t your thing, you can hit the trails for some hiking. Your dog will be in heaven with all the sticks he’ll find lining the trails that will make for perfect chew toys! You can also rent a canoe and let your pup float across the lake with you for some much-needed relaxation. If your dog loves the outdoors, Lake Lurleen State Park will be his perfect playground!
Written By: Bailee Kennamer
Photo By: @elsiemae_the_acd on Instagram
This weekend should be one for the books in the One and Only Tuscaloosa! On Thursday, head over to Coleman Coliseum to cheer on the Crimson Tide! Women’s Basketball will be battling it out with the Mercer Bears in the first round of the WNIT! With tickets for just five dollars, it’s certainly going to be a blast for a great value!
This Friday, rise and shine for some free Kegs N’ Eggs from Innisfree Irish Pub! The party doesn’t stop there as they will have music, traditional Irish dishes, and green beer all day and night! St. Patrick’s Day isn’t limited to just Innisfree either, from Rounders to Band of Brothers, there are celebrations all over town! Look up your favorite bar to see if they have any specials! Also on Friday, the Bama Belle is hosting a BBQ cruise! Hop aboard the classic paddleboat and enjoy drinks, music, and food as the Bama Belle cruises down the Black Warrior River!
Saturday is packed with great events! Wake up early and head to the Farmer’s Market at the Tuscaloosa River Market! Vendors set up ripe red tomatoes and famous Chilton County peaches. Musicians sit propped up against the door, playing guitars as you walk in, and local Food Trucks, bakers, artists, and craftsmen gather here to sell their gourmet grub, fresh-baked yeast rolls, homemade jams and jellies and hand-carved cutting boards.
Follow up your veggie shopping with some chili tasting! Band of Brothers Brewing Co. for their 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off! The cook-off will start at 4 pm with live music shortly following at 7! Down the road, Druid City Brewing Co. has their own concert going on! Holy Youth will be performing Saturday night fresh off their live cassette release, You Did Hear.! Looking to take off with their latest album, Heavy Bored, releasing this spring, this will be a band you don’t want to miss out on!
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!
Winter in Tuscaloosa can feel like such a stark contrast from the fun vibrant bounce the city carries in the fall. This Super Bowl Sunday, the city will be looking towards Texas for some football, but not in Bryant-Denny West in Dallas, but in the space city of Houston. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of the Patriots, the Falcons, or just excited to see Julio Jones and Dont’a Hightower play in another championship we have the top places to catch the big game.
Bob Baumhower’s dream to bring his passion for wings to Tuscaloosa is one of the finest spots to watch the Super Bowl. This institution of a proud Bama Alum brings some of the best wings around, but be sure to catch their Hot Bama Brown. You won’t miss a second of play with over 70 TVs in the newly built location along Skyland blvd. With great food, and a dedication to football only someone who played can have, Baumhower’s will serve up Super Bowl Sunday right
By the big game, there will be 75 days until we see Bama play Bama for A Day in the spring and can get that taste for fall. For those who want to be right back in that excitement sooner than later, Houndstooth with its iconic nachos and monstrous screens can put the super in Super Bowl.
Under that colligate style of ivy, B-Phils keeps football alive all year with an overwhelming collection of memorabilia, and that atmosphere of a game day can be found alongside some of the best wings in town.
If any bar around is going to capture that New England Irish flair, it’s Innisfree. Under the four-leafed clover, you can find some great fried food, alongside some frosty drinks as you cheer during the big game.
Heat Pizza Bar
One of the hottest places in town, you can enjoy the big game with some of their great pizzas and cocktails while watching on their wall of TVs. Should the Sunday fun continue past the game, Heat can keep the pizza and beer flowing for a great night out.