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Neighborhood Restaurants and Bars, Breweries and Entertainment near Iron City Lofts Apartments in downtown Birmingham AL on the southside in Lakeview

Iron City Lofts is situated near the museum, loft, and theatre district at 2725 4th Avenue South in the heart of downtown Birmingham, Alabama’s Lakeview District.  The property is conveniently positioned near highways 31/280 and quick access to I-65 and I-20/59.  Within walking distance are UAB, the historic Sloss Furnaces, Pepper Place, Bettola, Cantina, OvenBird, the Rotary Trail, Trim Tab Brewery, Hop City, Ghost Train Brewery, the farmer’s market, Sky Castle Gastro Pub, Babalu Tacos & Tapas, Tin Roof music lounge and bar.  Businesses that are walking distance to these new Southside apartments are St. Vincent’s Hospital, Brasfield & Gorrie, BBVA Compass and the VA Medical Center.

Nearby recreation consist of the Birmingham Rotary Trail.  The head of the rotary trail is 3 blocks from Iron City Lofts luxury loft apartments and allows you to walk or run directly to railroad park and the Birmingham Barron’s baseball stadium without having to deal with all of the noise, traffic and congestion of that area.  Avondale Park, featuring an amphitheater, pond, picnic pavilion, open grass areas, walking trails, playground, and animal sculptures.  Aside from Avondale Park, the 19-acre Railroad Park is also nearby, which features concerts, cultural events, and has areas for running, walking, and picnics on a lakefront.  

With a population of over 200,000 people, the city of Birmingham is located in Jefferson County within the Birmingham-Hoover metro area.  Boasting 1,134,980 residents, the Birmingham metro area is home to a number of retail, entertainment, and recreation options including:  the Alabama Symphony, Birmingham Zoo, Southern Museum of Flight, McWane Center Science Museum, Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, Birmingham Museum of Art, and numerous golf courses.  Parks include Dismals Canyon, Vulcan Park and Museum, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Oak Mountain State Park, Locust Fork River, and Cahaba River.  Also within a short drive is Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve, offering dog trails, bird viewing nooks, hiking trails, animal exhibit hall, picnic areas, and facility rentals for large events as well as the Lakeshore Drive trail and the trails in Jemison Park.

The metro serves as a center for finance, trade, manufacturing, health care, and education.  Top employers include University of Alabama at Birmingham, Bellsouth / AT&T, Honda Manufacturing, Baptist Health System, Mercedes-Benz U.S., Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Alabama Power, BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama, and BBVA Compass Bank.  Major regional or corporate headquarters located in the area include AT&T, Wells Fargo, BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama, BBVA Compass, State Farm Insurance, Protective Life Corporation, and HealthSouth.  Additionally, the metro is home to the Fortune 500 firm Regions Financial

The University of Alabama Hospital at Birmingham has ranked Number One in three adult specialties in the “Best Hospitals” survey published by U.S. News & World Report and employs 2,500 people and has 1,062 beds.  Other top hospitals in the area include Brookwood Medical Center, with 2,500 employees and 631 beds, and Grandview Medical Center, with 1,800 employees and 560 beds.  The area includes a number of higher-education institutions including University of Alabama at Birmingham (18,568 enrolled students), Birmingham-Southern College (1,346 enrolled students), Jefferson State Community College (10,000 enrolled students), Lawson State Community College (4,205 enrolled students), and Samford University (4,758 enrolled students).

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