The Birmingham area has gained very notable publicity from American Idol and the success three of its 'sons' have had on this program.  Ruben Studdard won the competition, Bo Bice finished second and Taylor Hicks won as well.  As a result, you won't be surprised to find that the city has a vibrant club scene... as described by this article in the Dallas Morning News

 http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedconte...

An interesting thing to note about nightclubs within the Birmingham city limits (not the suburbs): there is no "Closing Law" Monday - Friday nights...meaning: bars can be open and serve alcohol 24 hours a day.  The only time alcohol cannot be purchased during the 7 day week is a 10 hour period between 2 am on Saturday night (Sunday morning) and 12 Noon on Sunday.  So if you want to stay up until dawn...there are clubs in Birmingham that will accommodate your wilder side.

Speaking of your wilder side...there is nothing like The Nick on the southside which has seen the likes of Bono and Adam Clayton (U2), Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots), Creed, Rob Thomas (Matchbox Twenty), Jo Jo (Widespread Panic), Jack Black (Actor/ Tenacious D), Dave Attell (Comedian), Natasha Lyonne (Actor/American Pie), Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters).  The Nick's stage cranks up at 10 pm and closes at 2 am (unless the band goes into one of The Nick's famous protracted encores)...and the bar doesn't close until everyone is gone...sometimes when the sun is coming up... http://www.thenickrocks.com/about.asp

Workplay is a one-of-a-kind facility which is described as follows on their website http://www.workplay.com/ :

"Featuring the newest and most progressive technologies for both work and play, the facility is home to a live performance theatre, two recording studios, a 5,250 square foot sound stage, a creative office village, a dynamic bar and a really cool water fountain. Designed to inspire creative endeavors and support collaboration, WorkPlay is a canvas for all things commercial and entertainment related. Whatever your imagination demands, WorkPlay is your launching pad. Make a film – or watch a film. Record your music live – or listen to someone else’s live music. Work here and relax – or relax here after work".

For jazz fans, the 22nd Street Jazz Cafe is now garnering national recognition in view of its long and successful run on the Southside. www.22jazz.com/

Zydeco is another Southside staple serving up a variety of rock, blues, reggae and yes - Cajun music for decades...Tab Benoit, Jimmy Thackery and other great bluesmen have performed here...  http://www.ticketbiscuit.com/zydecobi...

 The city has approximately 30 clubs with live music....pick up a copy of Black and White, the local city newspaper -  a weekly that highlights what is going on in the city to see who is playing where...

http://bwcitypaper.com/19227.111115bo...