Pirates plumbed the depths of the Atlantic in search of hidden treasure without ever realizing that the true treasure was the spicy fare they supped on and the priceless friendships they created. Take a taste of culinary gold with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get $24 worth of Southwest American, Mexican, and South American coastal cuisine and drinks at South Bar in Birmingham.
With distressed hardwood floors and wavy white walls evoking billowing sand dunes, the spacious South Bar whisks taste buds away with a menu inspired by the breezy coastal regions of the American Southwest, Mexico, and South America. Blue-corn crab cakes start the bicontinental expedition, served with cilantro sour cream, mango-red-onion relish, and conspicuously absent trick birthday candles ($10). Chefs pile each South burger high with pico de gallo, pepper jack cheese, avocado salsa, and cilantro sour cream ($8). Tossed with tomatoes and a tequila-lime dressing, the pan-seared black-bean cake tempts vegetarians and cannibalistic vegetables alike ($12). South Bar patrons can sample the fruits of the sea with char-grilled prawns tossed in a smoked chili butter ($22), or finish with the fruits of the tree with roasted banana crepes served with vanilla ice cream ($7).
South Bar’s full bar pours specialty cocktails ($8–$12), white or red sangria ($8), and 16 beers on tap as patrons catch pro-sports action on 24 flat-screen TVs and two jumbo models. A heated and covered patio contains tables and couches suitable for lounging, and a DJ caters to vertically inclined patrons Fridays and Saturdays in South Bar’s attached nightclub.