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Pub and Package Store, Sky Castle, a modern diner with upscale cuisine and Slice Pizza & Brew House, a hip pizza place.

HOOVER METROPOLITAN STADIUM Home of the SEC Baseball Tournament and other sporting events. Located south of town near the Riverchase Galleria. 100 Ben Chapman Dr, 205-444-7732, hooveral.org

MAGIC CITY ACTORS THEATRE Magic City Actors Theatre showcases the best of local talent both on stage and behind the scenes. Their shows are energetic and diverse, and chosen to appeal to a wide variety of theater-goers. 205-253-9604. Performances are presented at the Virginia Samford Theatre, 1116 26th St S, 205-251-1228.

OPERA BIRMINGHAM Northern and Central Alabama s only professional, regional opera company, Opera Birmingham has entertained and informed

and Hot Fish Club, Bottega and Jim-N-Nick s Barbeque. It is also home to a carousel carving school and Charlemagne, one of the funkiest record shops on earth. fivepointsbham.com

HISTORIC LAKEVIEW ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT Developed in the late 19th century, the Lakeview District is named for a lake and other attractions that once defined the former Lakeview Park. Present day Lakeview looks little as it did then, but it has flourished and grown and holds a good quality assortment of restaurants and nightspots. Among the favorite dining rooms in the area are Bettola, with casual upscale fare reflecting the Campania region of Italy. Next door is the popular watering hole, Cantina, and also in the area are coffee shops and design studios. In the spring and summer months, locals and tourists flock to Pepper Place Saturday Market for locally grown fruit, produce and plants. The Lakeview District stretches across several blocks and includes other clusters of restaurants and clubs, including the highly-rated Five Bar, Lou s

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