Date Night: Queen’s Park

Drinking Transformed

Larry Townley is well known in the Birmingham bar scene, having spent the last decade running Dave’s Pub. Brooklyn native Laura Newman is new to the city, bringing an awesome bar resume that includes winning the USBG World Class 2018 competition. Together the two have opened one of the city’s most talked about new bars, Queen’s Park, in the loft district.

Owners Laura Newman  and  Larry “Mudd” Townley

Queen’s Park looks like a grand hotel bar somewhere in the Caribbean or another tropical location. With details like vintage suitcases, ornate tile, tropical wallpaper, and distressed walls, it feels like you’re on vacation.

“We wanted visiting Queen’s Park to be a transportive experience that makes you feel like you’re drinking somewhere else,” says Newman. “We were particularly inspired by design elements from hotel bars that we’ve visited around the world—crystal chandeliers, velvet, marble, and lots of plants. We named the bar after our favorite classic cocktail, the Queen’s Park Swizzle, which consists of rum, lime, and sugar on crushed ice with a really lush, over-the-top garnish. It was created in the late 1920s at the Queen’s Park Hotel in Port of Spain, Trinidad.”

Newman likes to think of their new place as a bar for everyone. “Beyond the fact that creating an atmosphere of inclusivity is important to us, our large selection of cocktails, spirits, beer, and wine means there’s something for everyone on our menu.”

Jazz Linton and Jonathan Blalock enjoy a night out at Queen’s Park.

Signature Drinks

Midnight Breakfast combines Tito’s Vodka, Fruity Pebbles cereal milk, and vanilla syrup in a tiny milk jug. “it’s adorable and inspired by my favorite midnight snack,” Newman says. “Another drink we’re making is a clarified milk punch; this is one of the oldest recorded types of cocktails (the earliest reference I’ve found is from the early 1700s) and involves curdling milk to create a crystal clear base to which we add rum and port. It’s extremely time intensive as it takes a couple days to make but it’s insanely delicious and we’re excited to be the only bar in Birmingham to offer it.”




Queen’s Park

Sunday, Tuesday through Thursday  4 p.m. to 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

112 24th Street North

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