All great cities have a downtown area, and Tuscaloosa is no exception. Our downtown district is a charming and vibrant space, with walkable streets that are lined with unique shops, historic landmarks, eclectic bars and eateries, and famous attractions. Stretching from the scenic Riverwalk to the back of Government Plaza, it offers something new and exciting to see, taste, and experience around every corner.
The best way to experience Tuscaloosa’s downtown area is to set out on foot from University Boulevard. A brief walk to Capitol Park holds many of the best downtown attractions, or you can veer onto one of the charming side streets for some less-traveled fun.
Of course, you’ll find yourself attracted to different places and activities depending on your personal preference. But there are some things unique to downtown Tuscaloosa that every visitor should experience as you stroll the lively streets.
You won’t find many chain stores in downtown Tuscaloosa, but there’s no shortage of excellent shopping. There are locally-owned boutiques, specialty shops, gift stores, craft markets, and many other unique locations. You can browse antiques at Olive Tree; find some flair at The Golden Hanger; or your grab your ceremonial cigar at Vitola. Cravings is another popular specialty store that offers the largest mix-and-match selection of local and craft beer in the city.
The downtown area isn’t all about carefree fun. It’s also the home of 18 sites on the Tuscaloosa Civil Rights Trail, an interpretive trail that explores key locations in the city’s Civil Rights Movement. From Capitol Park and the Druid Theater to the site of “Bloody Tuesday”, this important journey highlights the heroes that fought for African American rights in the city’s most turbulent time.
Bars and Nightlife
Downtown Tuscaloosa has a thriving bar and nightlife scene. Popular spots include Innisfree, an irish pub that offers traditional food, drink, and music; Loosa Brews, a craft beer emporium with over 63 taps and dozens of classic arcade games; and Session Cocktails, a cozy and upscale bar that specializes in unique top-shelf cocktails. On weekends, you’re allowed to carry alcoholic to-go beverages in approved containers within the boundary lines.
Arts and Entertainment
You’ll find plenty of ways to play in downtown Tuscaloosa. The Tuscaloosa Amphitheater is west Alabama’s largest outdoor theater and hosts some of the biggest musical acts in the world. The famous Bama Theater lies to the south and offers world-class performing arts, community events, and cultural exhibits.
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