BIRMINGHAM

New Venue Spotlight: The Clancy Room

Cue the "Downton Abbey" music: The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham has unveiled a new private dining and event space sure to please your inner aristocrat.

The Clancy Room is a study in modern elegance, with nearly 2,000 square feet of sophisticated art deco styling, marble floors, walnutpaneled walls, Baker blown-glass chandeliers and a striking solid-wood table that seats up to 30 guests for intimate private dinners.

Signature Drink: Hendrick's Reviver

Sidecar Slider Bar, a 92-seat spot in Birmingham featuring reclaimed wood from a barn near Bay City and a granite bar, shares an owner and a wall with its neighbor, Rojo Mexican Bistro. Sidecar aims to lure the late-night crowd, and has served this gin-based cocktail. 

INGREDIENTS:
—.75 oz. Hendrick’s gin
—.75 oz. Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
—.75 oz. Cocchi Americano
—.75 oz. lemon juice
—slice of cucumber 

Signature Drink: Hendrick's Reviver

Sidecar Slider Bar, a 92-seat spot in Birmingham featuring reclaimed wood from a barn near Bay City and a granite bar, shares an owner and a wall with its neighbor, Rojo Mexican Bistro. Sidecar aims to lure the late-night crowd, and has served this gin-based cocktail. 

INGREDIENTS:
—.75 oz. Hendrick’s gin
—.75 oz. Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
—.75 oz. Cocchi Americano
—.75 oz. lemon juice
—slice of cucumber 

Get Up Close with 16 Small Spaces that Pay off Big

When it comes to built-in ambiance and engaged attendees, intimate spaces can trump traditional meeting spots. Small venues often offer a cooler vibe, says Angela Butorac, founder of Butorac Events and co-founder of EventTrender.com. Attendees are more focused, and the spaces’ relaxed atmosphere can help people open up. “You’ll get some of those people who you never hear from who will probably get more engaged in the conversation,” she says.

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