Discerning nightcrawlers and guests treat themselves to elegance at the well-appointed lounge of the Townsend Hotel.. The Scene Down-to-earth patrons move about in a mix of martinis, rich mahogany woodwork and pewter tiles. Beveled glass behind the bar adds a smooth touch. The marble-topped bar wraps around, central to high-backed chairs that hug the main room's perimeter. The walls are lined with windows, ideal for people-watching in downtown Birmingham. Soft, muted lighting is pleasantly dim, but not sleep-inducing.
The Draw The drinks and the vibe of this venerable drinking den draw patrons from beyond the hotel suites. Choice vodkas (Chopin, Ciroc, etc.), high-end single malts (Small Batch collection, 30-year-old Macallans, 10-year-old Glenmorangie) and cleverly delicious tapas-style dining await. There are 14 cigars on the menu for further decadence. Plus, there's a sense of arrival about sitting in a smart lounge and hearing the bartender ask his manager "Is Nic Cage still staying here tonight?"