Do you have a trip planned to Huntsville? Or you’re already there?
Now, do you love having fulfilling nights? Then, you just stumbled onto the perfect article to help you make for yourself evergreen night memories of Huntsville, Alabama.
We open this article by trying to briefly familiarize you with the city of Huntsville, after which we tell you of four things you should not miss for anything when the sun goes down in downtown Huntsville.
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Get to Know Huntsville
If you have ever been to Huntsville, you’ll know it is primarily located in Madison County in northern Alabama Appalachian region.
Fun fact: the city serves as the county seat for Madison. Spanning a total of 210 square miles – 543.9 square kilometers – in area, Huntsville also cuts into Morgan County southwards and Limestone County westwards.
Oh, the mountains!
Did you know that the headquarters of the National Speleological Society is situated in Huntsville? Yes; Speleology is the study of caves!
Huntsville, Alabama is in the Tennessee River valley, somewhat in the middle of large hills and several plateaus. Locals call the plateaus -which are connected to the Cumberland Plateau – mountains. Hence, we have Monte Sano Mountain to the east; Wade Mountain, northward; Rainbow Mountain, westward; and Weeden Mountain as well as Madkin Mountain, both to the south. Also, in the south, Brindley Mountain can be seen across the Tennessee River.
There are lots of caves around the city too, but that’s not what we’re here for.
The sun’s set now; let the fun begin! Below are tested and trusted hot spots to have truly extraordinary nights at Huntsville.
Pints and Pixels
“Where everybody knows your game!” That is the slogan at Pints and Pixels. It is undoubtedly one hell of a place to go to in Downtown Huntsville whenever you need hot fun. You need only a couple of bucks to get an awesome drink (and mixes too) and rounds of 90’s and 80’s vintage video arcade games (Ninja Turtles? The Simpsons?) Hey! There’s pinball too! They’ve got over 12 machines.
Who doesn’t agree one could get some hell of an appetite after all those games? Right at Pints and Pixels, you could get all sorts of chilli, desserts, sandwiches, burgers, and salads; they’re the new downtown location of Anaheim Chilli.
Individuals of every age can enjoy the wild fun at Pints and Pixels but you have to come with a parent or guardian if you’re under 16. Also, on Friday and Saturday nights, the authorities do not seem to think anybody under 21 should stay after 9pm.
Pints and Pixels is at 115 Clinton Ave East, 3rd Floor (inside the Mercantile building). They are closed on Monday and open from 11am to 10pm from Tuesday to Thursday. They close at 1am on Friday and Saturday, and 9pm on Sunday.
Let’s talk about a nice place to spend your actual night, a place you can go to literally any time of the night (day too, if you wish). Now, we’re talking the Waffle House location on Pratt Avenue. In addition, you’ll meet tons of fellow night-fun loving folks like yourself if it’s weekend.
The Waffle House is a restaurant, an iconic one in the south. There, you get freshly prepared breakfast focused meals, cooked after order, in a kitchen you see in full view. Featured in the menu are multiple signature meals. You also get a one-in-a-million dining experience where you have nice friendly chats with other customers as well as the Waffle House staff (who will greet you by name by the way).
If you’re the curious type, the historic district Five Points is a stone’s throw from Waffle House.
PS: the Five Points Historic District is situated eastward the intersection of Pratt Avenue, Holmes Avenue, Andrew Jackson Way, and California Street. There, you find 20th century styled homes including Queen Anne, California Bungalow and other 1890s/ 1900s Victorian styles.
Big Spring Park
Now, let’s be honest; your night in downtown Huntsville is incomplete if you don’t get to the Big Spring Park. Matter of fact, it is advisable to end the night here.
The Big Spring Park is named after the largest limestone spring in North Alabama and what is probably the finest spring in the world, the Big Spring. The park as well as the whole of Huntsville is built around this spring.
The park spans some two blocks southeast, starting from the west of the courthouse square.
The Big Spring Park is host to such popular events as the Panoply Arts Festival and The Battle of the Buffalo.
Voodoo lounge’s got everything (wink). You can have a night of drinks and snacks. Now, here’s a plus you might not have seen coming: Voodoo lounge boasts an intimate music venue you pretty much will not see anywhere else in Huntsville. Wednesday through Saturday evening, the bar and grill features live music which ranges from rock to blues to punk, where, apart from enjoying the music, you can get real personal with local artists of various genres.
Located at 110 Southside Square, Voodoo lounge is open from 4pm to 2am Monday through Friday, 7pm to 2am on Saturday, and 8pm to 2am on Sunday.
So, once again, you do not wanna afford not visiting the aforementioned places. However, an open mind is probably your greatest asset in making the most of a new city. Hang out with people; get to know where they think the hot spots are. Do not forget to be cautious with strangers too. Have a nice time.