5 Underrated Bars in Tuscaloosa, AL

5 Underrated Bars in Tuscaloosa, AL

Going out in college is fun, but these bars don't get nearly enough attention.

Tuscaloosa is the home of the Crimson Tide, Nick Saban, some of the best students in the world and some really great bars. Don’t get me wrong, Tuscaloosa is no Athens, and it does not have a huge bar scene, but there are some VERY underrated bars.

High Tide

Many of us have fond freshman and sophomore year memories from good ol’ High Tide. Recently the bar has undergone some changes that I think are making it more than relevant on the Tuscaloosa Bar scene. High Tide has not only changed the literal aesthetics of the bar, but it has gone above and beyond at reaching out to the students. Through its social media to even the DJ's and bartenders it employs, no bar is more interactive with its patrons than High Tide. High Tide even hosts fundraisers for nearly anyone who wants to support a cause. Additionally, High Tide hosts a Wednesday night Beer Pong Tournament where the winner can get a $100 prize. I had a blast playing last week. Also, High Tide is becoming a member of the live music scene. Every Wednesday through Saturday High Tide hires a DJ and has a light show making it a fun dance club without many of the creepers that come from other bars where the dance scene is massive and impersonal. Moreover, "creepers" wouldn't fit in with High Tide's strict "good vibes only" requirement, which is proudly donned on a sign above the front door.


Everyone knows that Innisfree is a great nightime bar, but it is severely underrated for its food and daytime specials. Innisfree is known for its chill environment and crowd, but the best part, I believe, is that the outdoor patio is just as sweet as their indoor space. Plus, where else in Tuscaloosa can you get a pitcher of beer and two hot dogs for only $10? With cheap pitchers of beer, great food and company, Innisfree is a great daytime hang out. Just like their slogan says, “Head to the Free!”


Martinis and karaoke - what more could a college kid ask for? Roxy’s convenient location downtown is already a plus, but add my sweet, melodious voice on the mic and you’ve got a night to remember…or forget. The best part about Roxy's is that it isn't your average crew, students from Bama, Shelton State, and all around T-town hang out at this cool bar.

Rhythm & Brews

I’ve said it before and will say it again; Tuscaloosa isn’t one for a crazy bar scene, but y’all…. Rhythm & Brews has a mechanical bull! Where else can you find such an awesome experience?With great live music, the bull, and great drink specials, it’s an understatement to say that this bar is underrated.

The Alcove

The Alcove, with it's cream colored brick façade, grilled windows, and stained glass front door, looks and feels like a local drinking tavern that you might find nooked in a small French village next to a whistle stop bed and breakfast rather than its present location behind the Tuscaloosa District courthouse. Those familiar with the bar know that this is no surprise as the owner of the bar designed it based on personal experiences from traveling across Europe. So if you're a college student and feel like pretending you're an adult, no bar in town has Alcove beat. That's right, at Alcove, you can wear your favorite kicks or heels and not worry about getting them covered in bud light and yagerbombs. Additionally, you won't find a smoke machine, strobe light, or Future playing at Alcove. Jokes aside, Alcove's drink menu is no joke - the bar offers around 150 different beers and a range of liquors. There are lots of TV’s to catch sports, bar stools, booths, and tables, two bathrooms, and a covered outdoor patio (that's heated during the winter).

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9 Things All Mexican Food Addicts Know All Too Well

Don't come between me and my Mexican food.

In the city I grew up in, there is a Mexican restaurant just about every five miles. They are the after school hangouts and first date go-to's for most of the kids here, especially the high school girls.

I know the servers at my favorite one know my order almost every time I go in there (at least once a week). However, a lot of people apparently get tired of eating Mexican food about twice a week... but I sure don't. If you are a Mexican food addict like me, I am sure you know at least a few of these yourself.

1. Cheese dip tastes like heaven and you have to have it.

That amazing creamy white cheese dip put on a perfectly salted chip is enough to make your day better. Forget the actual food---we'd be content living off of cheese dip and chips for the rest of our lives. Our restaurant trip is not complete without an order of it and if you are lucky enough to get your favorite waiter, maybe even get a large bowl for the night.

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2. You never have to look at the menu.

We know when we decide to go what we are having and it is probably the exact same plate we order each time. I am sure the servers laugh after I order some days because there is only three things I rotate between. My burrito is always my go-to, unless I am feeling fancy.

3. Some of the servers know who you are when you walk in the door.

Either by first name or by order they know us. You are the ones that they tell to pick your own seat and already have your drink order placed by the time you sit down.

4. Your boyfriend/ girlfriend puts you on Mexican restaurant restriction on date night.

You drag them there so much, they get tired of eating there. So much so, they flat out say no when you ask to go there on date night. I mean, how does someone get tired of Mexican food to begin with though?

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5. You can hum some of the songs that come on.

We may not know what they are saying in the song, but we know the song---trust us. We are in there so much we remember them. Don't ask any questions when we start humming.

6. You "have" a parking spot.

Do not park in my parking spot that is not actually my parking spot, but is my parking spot. Got it? Just do not do it. That starts my meal bad when you take my normal spot.

7. You used to hangout there all the time after school.

It was the hangout spot. Forget the nasty school lunch--- everyone goes to eat Mexican after school. It's the cool thing to do and it started your addiction.

8. You always want to introduce new people to your favorite restaurant.

Oh, you aced that exam? Let's go eat at this amazing Mexican restaurant I love! We always want to find people to go there to eat with so we always introduce new people to it.

9. People always pick on you about your addiction.

Yes, I love Mexican food. Go ahead and tag me in all the memes on Facebook about tacos. As long as I have my Mexican food, I am fine with that.

All in all, we LOVE our Mexican food and our go-to restaurants--- so here is your warning. Don't come between me and my Mexican food.

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Tips For Making A Perfect Morning Smoothie

Take advantage of all the fresh fruit and vegetables during the summer season for a fresh addition to your smoothies


Smoothies are one of my favorite things to make for breakfast because they are quick and easy to take on the go in the morning on my way to work. Although I love smoothies in the morning, they're great after workouts any time of the day as well.

When making a smoothie for breakfast, try to keep it healthy! It can be tempting to add in some chocolate to that strawberry banana smoothie to make it a bit sweeter, or some whipped cream, but that makes it like a dessert. If you're craving something chocolate in your smoothie, add a little cocoa power or a drop of vanilla.

The base of your smoothie can sweeten your smoothie too. I frequently use coconut milk in my smoothies which is low in calories and adds a sweetness to green smoothies. Almond milk is another great base and also dairy free.

Speaking of green smoothies, don't be afraid to try them! I was so suspicious of the thought of spinach or kale ever in my smoothie and it took a while for me to finally try it. A smoothie place was serving samples of their green smoothie and I braved the jump to try it, and I loved it.

I have started to make some of my own green smoothies at home. One of my favorite combinations is mango, pineapple, spinach, and coconut milk. It also creates this amazing green color that also tastes amazing.

While it's the summer months, take advantage of local produce but frozen fruit is also a great option for some fruit that you can't always find, such as mango. Frozen fruit helps to make your smoothies the perfect cold temperature too.

Don't be afraid to switch up your smoothie combinations and test out your own recipes so you don't get tired of the same smoothie every day.

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