Winter isn’t coming… It’s already here. And it somehow always seems to sneak up on us. So how can we keep warm and imbibe some cocktails? Head underground! Huntsville is home to a growing number of eateries and bars and that’s brought in a couple of new underground bars to highlight. We’ve featured rooftop bars so now let’s head downstairs and talk about our best basement spots.
The Staple - Voodoo Lounge
Vibe - Dive-y
Food - bar food necessities
Drinks - The classics you’d expect from a dive bar!
This place is a Huntsville staple. Voodoo has been vibing below the streets of Huntsville for over a decade. It used to be called Judge Crater's and Tavern Under the Square when it was a bar in the 1990s If you haven’t been, you gotta make it a point to go! Voodoo Lounge, named after the Rolling Stone 1994-1995 world tour, is your go-to spot for 7 nights of live music.
Where to find it?
On the block between Cotton Row and Sam and Greg’s, you'll see a neon sign in a doorway. Take the stairs down on your right.
The Standout - Phat Sammy’s
Vibe - Tiki
Food - unique, delicious with an Asian meets southern flare
Drinks - abundant and strong
Full disclosure, I am a Phat Sammy’s stan. One of my favorite restaurants in Huntsville! If you’re in the mood for incredible food with delectable drinks, this is the stop. Every week, there are special drinks and meals to try, follow them on Instagram to find out what they are. You definitely want to catch one of their Drag Shows if you can! And remember to order Phat Fries for the table.
Where to find it?
Near the corner of the Kaffeeklatsch and next to the newest downtown edition, 106 Jefferson, you will find a neon-bright pineapple over a doorway. Head down those stairs and walk through the door, then you’ll find yourself on tiki time.
The Speakeasy - Catacomb435
Vibe - Classy and secretive
Drinks - truly one-of-a-kind
This speakeasy opened this year and is definitely a must-visit. This place requires a reservation and you’ll have a table for two hours. You’ll need the time because you’ll want to savor these cocktails. There’s no menu and you get to use your imagination. I won’t spoil the environment for you but you are for sure going to drink something mind-blowing. Where to find it? Around the corner from Clinton Row and down the block from In Bloom, you’ll find a red box with a phone. Dial the number you’re given and give the password you were assigned. Look for the stairs with the chandelier. Head down then look for the black door, step through and settle into the speakeasy.
Enjoy winter in the warmth of indoors with some drinks sure to warm your spirit. Don’t forget to stay safe and follow the Covid protocols of each bar! As always, share the goodies you find on social by using #iHeartHsv. We can’t wait to see it!