Where to Eat, Stay, and Play in Birmingham Alabama for the 2022 World Games

The 2022 World Games are only a few months away! I’m excited to say that Birmingham, Alabama will be hosting the World Games on Thursday, July 7th – Sunday, July 17th at the new Protective Stadium downtown.

Whether you’re traveling to the Birmingham area or a Bham native looking to see more of your hometown, in this post we’re going to cover where to eat, stay, and play in Birmingham, Alabama while the 2022 World Games are here! 🌏🏟

2022 World Games Location

Birmingham, Alabama – The Magic City

The 2022 World Games will take place at several different locations in Birmingham, Alabama. The opening and closing ceremonies will be held at the new Protective Stadium in downtown Birmingham. Various events at the World Games will take place at Legion Field, Avondale Park, UAB (University of Alabama at Birmingham), the Birmingham Crossplex, Barber Motorsports Park, and Sloss Furnaces. 

Learn more about the events and details of the 2022 World Games and purchase your tickets here: https://twg2022.com

Where to Stay in Birmingham, Alabama for the 2022 World Games

Looking for a place to stay in Birmingham, AL while you’re visiting for the World Games? Be sure to book your hotel early! Here are a few popular hotels in the downtown Birmingham area: 

Crowne Plaza Birmingham City Centre

Hyatt Regency

Clayton Hotel

Hotel Indigo Birmingham

Adagio Birmingham City Centre

And so many more!

Of course, these staple hotels are good choices as well: Birmingham Marriott Hotel, Hampton by Hilton, Candlewood Suites, the Holiday Inn, and others. You can also check out the top 10 hotel recommendations in the Birmingham, AL downtown area according to Trip Advisor.

Air BnBs and Bed & Breakfast spots are also an option if you’re looking for a place to stay during this event. I would assume these spots will book up quickly as well, so make sure you plan ahead of time.

Where to Eat in Birmingham, Alabama for the 2022 World Games 

Downtown Birmingham, Alabama

There are a ton of places to eat in Birmingham! The area is beginning to be a local foodie’s dream! There are plenty of locations in downtown Birmingham to explore. Bham hosts a variety of different cuisines and restaurants for everyone to enjoy.

Popular breakfast restaurants in downtown Birmingham are:

Yo’ Mama’s

Fife’s Restaurant

The Southern Kitchen and Bar

Magic City Grill

Trattoria Zaza

Eat lunch in downtown Birmingham, AL here:

El Barrio

Hattie B’s Hot Chicken

SAW’s Soul Kitchen

Yo’ Mama’s

Carrigan’s Downtown

Paramount Bar

Wasabi Juan’s

Dinner suggestions in downtown Bham:

Highlands Bar & Grill

Roots & Revelry

Cafe Dupont

Bocca Ristorante

Giuseppe’s Cafe

The Roof

The Essential

Urban Cookhouse

Half Shell Oyster House

If you’re looking for someplace to eat other than a restaurant, then check out a local favorite: breweries! For those breweries that don’t serve food, they usually offer food trucks for customers. Be sure to check out the brewery’s website and social media for more information before you visit.

Downtown Birmingham, Alabama breweries:

Cahaba Brewing Company

Good People Brewing Company

Back Forty Beer Co

Avondale Brewing Company
TrimTab Brewing Company

And more!

Want more ideas? Check out our list of places to eat in Bham: https://thehowellgroupofalabama.com/lifestyle/best-places-to-eat-in-birmingham-al/ 

Check out a list of must eat places in Birmingham, AL written by Lonely Planet.

Fan of Trip Advisor? Here are the best restaurants in the downtown Birmingham, AL area on their list here.

Other dining options outside of Downtown Birmingham

If you’re looking to get outside of the downtown Birmingham scene and explore more of the surrounding areas, then checkout The Summit, downtown Homewood, and Hoover for plenty of other great options to shop and eat. You’ll even find more local breweries to enjoy!

What to See and Do in Birmingham, Alabama for the 2022 World Games

The Vulcan

Birmingham offers a lot of great places and things for you to do while you are in town for the World Games. While there will be events held here, Sloss Furnace Landmark is a popular tourist destination. If you are visiting during another time, lots of concerts (and even Halloween events) take place here.

Here are a list of places to checkout in the downtown Birmingham vicinity: 


Railroad Park

Rotary Trail 

Sloss Furnaces 

The Vulcan

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Birmingham Art Museum

McWane Center

Bham Zoo

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Light Tunnel

Top Golf

For more ideas and information, check out this list of things to do in Birmingham, Alabama from TripAdvisor

Want to see some other places closeby? Here are a few other places to checkout:

Oak Mountain State Park

Oak Mountain State Park

Red Mountain Park

Moss Rock Preserve

Aldridge Gardens

The Summit – visit for shopping and restaurants 

Visit Hoover for more shopping, restaurants, and local breweries

Visit Homewood for shopping and restaurants

Are you a fan of golf? You won’t miss out on getting some time on the course while you’re in the Birmingham area. There are plenty of award winning golf courses to choose from! 

Golf courses in Bham area:

The Clubhouse – Ballantrae Golf Club

Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail

Ballantrae Golf Course 

Highland Park Golf Course

Greystone Golf & Country Club

Oaks Golf Club at Oak Mountain State Park

Learn More About Birmingham, Alabama

As you can see, there are lots of things to do, see, and wonderful places to eat in Birmingham, Alabama! If you do end up falling in love with the Birmingham area while you’re here, reach out! I would love to help you learn more about the different suburbs of Birmingham and search for homes in the area! 

Birmingham is also known for its healthcare and has plenty of colleges to choose from. Contact me to learn more about why you should move to the Birmingham area. For now, read this post to find out what else the Birmingham area can offer you: Relocating to Birmingham AL

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Dianna Howell with The Howell Group: 205-568-5435 or dianna.howell@kw.com for information on Birmingham, Alabama real estate by Dianna Howell, top listing agent in the Birmingham, Alabama area. Visit our website for more information on the Birmingham area: https://thehowellgroupofalabama.com/category/lifestyle/ 

🌎🏟 Check out the official 2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣2️⃣ World Games website to learn more

📺 Watch our YouTube video on what you can expect when you move to Birmingham, Alabama: https://youtu.be/Yo3Fr2lT8PI 


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