Huntsville’s favorite former-high-school-turned-entertainment-venue has gotten better. Throughout 2019, Campus No. 805 on Clinton Avenue has been adding more restaurants, bars and even coffee shops to its location, making it more than just a place to grab a pint and swing a few axes. Here’s what you need to check out next time you’re in the area:
This LGBTQ drag cocktail bar in the old art room near Straight to Ale may call themselves a “pop up,” but we have a feeling they’ll find a permanent home very soon. Drag shows are Friday and Saturday nights with performers from across the stage and region, and the Slipper’s Facebook page is regularly updated with future show schedules. For an extra dose of fun, be sure to enjoy karaoke night on Friday.
Decorated with gem tones and midcentury modern fixtures, Lost Highway Lounge — or Yellowhammer Lounge as its nicknamed — feels like a world away from the rustic interior of its nearby neighbor. Whereas Yellowhammer Brewery caters to all ages, this space is a charmingly cool venue for the 21+ crowd only. Serving up craft cocktails and paninis, Lost Highway offers up a sneak peek into the back of Yellowhammer Brewery. The lounge doubles as an event space available for rent Sunday through Wednesday, so you can host friends and families in the trendy setting. Oh, and the best part? Its furniture, selected by antique dealer Frank Crafts, is up for sale, too! Lost Highway is open Thursday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight.
Hops & Guac
Hops & Guac isn’t your average Mexican restaurant in Huntsville — and we’re not just saying that because it’s located inside a renovated high school. The beauty in this restaurant is nearly everything is self-serve thanks to a wristband given to you upon arrival. The handy wristband keeps track of food orders and allows patrons to serve themselves up to 36 ounces of beer, cider or wine from more than 45 taps lining the far side of the wall. You can also find a “secret room” of five bonus taps (just ask the waitstaff; they’ll point you in the right direction!). At the end of your meal of Mexican street corn and artisanal tacos with a side of cilantro mousse, simply return the wristband at the front desk to pay. It’s that easy.
What about if you want to check out Campus No. 805 early in the day? Say, for a midday pick-me-up? Offbeat Coffee is the place. This retro-chic coffee shop has made waves in Huntsville for more than its cereal milk lattes. The shop is also a vinyl record retail store that occasionally gives away free records to customers, too. Offbeat is open seven days a week. Monday-Friday hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday hours are extended until 9 p.m.
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