The House of Found Objects
Step into a time machine and visit a whole new place. (Nathan Watson/Bham Now)

Are you ready to take a trip back in time? Good news: you don’t even have to leave Birmingham! Although we’re not technologically advanced enough for true time travel action, we do have a few places that make you feel like we do. From groovy 1970s interiors to secret 1920s speakeasies, you can travel to these amazing places without a time machine.

1. Sloss ovens – 19th century

Sloss Furnaces Travel back in time at these 10 Birmingham restaurants, bars and more
Can you hear the steam in the pipes of the iconic Sloss ovens? (Buffy’s Locket)

One of the most historic landmarks in Birmingham history is the Sloss Furnaces. From 1882 to 1971 it functioned as a blast furnace for the production of pig iron, and since its closure, it has been preserved as a national historic monument.

2. Cobb Lane – 19th century

Cobb Lane 3 Step back in time at these 10 Birmingham restaurants, bars and more
I feel like I’m in an episode of Bridgerton. (Jacob Blankenship/Bham Now)

When you walk the historic streets of Cobb Lane in Five Points, you’ll feel like you just stepped out of the 19th century. The signature beautiful homes are absolutely amazing.

3. Morris Avenue – 19th century

Parts of Morris Avenue are still covered in cobblestones.  Photo by Libby Foster for Bham Now.
You can almost hear the horse drawn carriages. (Libby Foster/Bham Now)

Take a walk down one of Birmingham’s most iconic streets, Morris Ave, and we’re not just saying that because the amazing Bham Now office is located there. The street is lined with cobblestones and beautiful brown brick shops. It is definitely a must for anyone passing through The Magic City.

4. Rickwood Field – 20th Century

Rickwood Field The Souths Finest Ball Park Travel back in time at these 10 Birmingham restaurants, bars and more
Take a trip back in time with a classic ball game.

Did you know that Birmingham’s Rickwood Field is the oldest professional baseball park? Enjoy old school gaming without the distraction of big screens and loud music.

5. The Ring of Marbles – 1920s

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Put on your best flapper outfit and party like Gatsby. (The Marble Ring / Facebook)

The Marble Ring next to Avondale Park is sure to transport you back to the 1920s with its speakeasy vibe and Art Deco-themed décor. Order specialty craft cocktails like the “Gran Bambino” made with Rittenhouse Rye, Miles Madeira, Hoodoo, Absinthe, Angostura, and Orange Bitters.

6. Grand River Drive-In – 1950s

Drive in
Grab your best friend and some popcorn. (Matthew Niblett/Bham Now)

Grand River Drive-In offers new and classic movies for all to enjoy. Grab your closest friends, some comfy pillows and blankets, and have a fun night.

7. House of Found Objects – 70s

The House of Found Objects
The funniest place in the Magic City. (Nathan Watson/Bham Now)

The House of Found Objects is one of the most interesting places in the center of Birmingham. With shag rugs, lava lamps and dim lighting, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into an episode of That ’70s show. They also have some fun costumes if you and your friends are in the mood to dress up.

8. Mom’s Basement – ​​1980s

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Mom’s Basement is the ultimate 80’s hangout. (Mom’s Basement)

Grab that vintage Alf t-shirt and head down to mom’s basement. The bar offers the perfect 80s vibe of sitting in his friend’s wood paneled basement with awkward family photos hanging on the walls.

9. The Red Mountain Cut – 1980s

Red Mountain Cut Geologic Footbridge
Look at that beautiful structure. (Jeff E. Newman)

If you want to feel like you’re in stay by me, take a look at the Red Mountain Cut. The path is currently inaccessible, however there are plans to build a new walkway across it so you can view the beautiful geological structure.

10. The garage – 90s

One of the best patios in Birmingham. (Garage)

The Garage is one of the coolest gems in the Birmingham area. They have awesome grunge decor and interesting antiques in their backyard windows. Also, their sandwiches are amazing.

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