Whether you’ve just graduated, moved to a new city or you’re just looking to meet people, networking is undeniably important. Finding like-minded colleagues, learning the ins and outs of an industry or gaining a mentor can help in your job search. For young professionals, knowing a network of people from various industries is priceless. Thankfully, Birmingham is full of innovative minds looking to collaborate. Here are some great spots throughout the city to throw on your best pantsuit and expand your network.
Located in the middle of downtown Birmingham’s business district, this popular bar is a haven from the towering concrete corporate buildings. There’s no menu. Instead, The Collins serves cocktails custom-made for your palette. Stop by after work, enjoy a drink and meet new people.
Also in downtown Birmingham, Paramount is much more than just a bar. Their menu is one-of-a-kind. They offer a wide selection of craft beers, too. This popular hang-out is also home to an arcade, with classics like skeeball, pinball and Ms. Pacman. Visit on your lunch break or on a night out with friends to enjoy the laid back atmosphere and great company.
Good People Brewing Company is the perfect place to expand your network. It’s located across from Regions Field in Parkside. You can stop by after a Baron’s game, play a few rounds of cornhole, enjoy craft beers and socialize. Good People also hosts events at their brewery location almost weekly. Past events include Happy Hour Yoga and Beer and Cupcake pairings.
The Wine Loft is an upscale wine bar in the Birmingham business district. This sleek location is great for a more refined evening. Also, their vast wine selection and tapas menu are popular with young professionals. Additionally, the proximity to downtown makes it ideal for meeting with colleagues — or even a date.
This upscale pub is located on downtown’s historic Morris Avenue and boasts adventurous lunch and dinner menus. Order a perfectly crafted cocktail and shoot the breeze with other young professionals. Carrigan’s also has weekly specials. Don’t miss out on their $5 Old Fashioned cocktails on Tuesdays or their $10 breakfast and mimosas on Wednesdays.