Dread River Distilling Company

4.7
43 Reviews
$30 and under
Distillery
Dread River spirits are created for those inspired by the journey. We take great pride in crafting each spirit we pour. We are currently distilling small batches of Bourbon, Whiskey, Rye, Vodka, Gin, Rum and Agave Spirit.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 43 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.6
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4.7
ambience
4.5
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

I had a wonderful experience until I found myself in the merch area. To be downtown in a local establishment sporting gear for BAMA & AUBURN only is to add injury to insult. Birmingham businesses falling into the old Alabama this or that game contribute to UAB students, faculty, staff, athletics and more being viewed as inferior, even in our own city.

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Sunshine2319
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

More appetizer offerings added to the menu would be great. Nice vibe, upscale decor. a great place to meet friends.

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AngeliaA
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience4

First time here, the ambience is gorgeous. It's not exactly like I though but still very nice. I called the day before I went because the website wasn't very clear, the person that answered gave information about the tours and how to make the reservations, needless to say she left off the part about the tours ending at at a certain time, so we went in expecting to do a tour but we couldn't. The bartender evidently didn't know this because it was 40 minutes before she advised the tours end at 6 or 6:30. Anyway we ordered some really good drinks while sitting at the bar and moved to a table top when we began eating. We did the sampling of the whiskeys which was really cool and we ended up buying two bottles (vodka & bourbon). As for the food, it was just ok. My husband had beef short ribs and cabbage, and I had something not very memorable (sorry).Overall we liked it and we'll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, food, and service. All of my group really enjoyed and raves about the experience.

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BirminghamDiner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We enjoyed our visit! We were going for dinner but their was only about 5 options to choose from (no appetizers, no desserts). My entree was missing a component but was still good. It is beautifully decorated!

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vipNoelleC
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Very good drinks and food was descent. I’ll be back.

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HannahG
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I have a love hate relationship with seasonal menus because I’m so picky but thankfully they have kept their delicious truffle fries on the menu across seasons. No matter what else I get I always get their fries. The drink menu also changes so it can be a gamble if they have something you would like but that have an excellent choice of beers as well. They can also make most of your typical mixed drinks if nothing on their custom menu tickles your fancy.
The setting and ambience are incredible. They can easily accommodate the cdc guidelines and I feel safe eating inside here.

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SandiG
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Man, on a night when my friends and I need to chill, this place was perfect! The vibe was amazing. We didn't want to leave but the long day eventually got the best of us. I will make this my go to spot when I visit B'ham.

Love it!

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jessicak
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there and I love it and will be back with friends

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Stephanie
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Love the beautiful decor. Service almost non-existannt.

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tyGold
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Waitress was very nice and knowledgeable and also attentive

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Donte
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food1service2ambience5

The food was not up to par as other reviews advised. They were pretty busy and could’ve used more staff working. Great atmosphere though.

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RussellP
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Good food. Menu is too limited. The dining area is too large. The liquor and beer options are too limited. Owners are unaware that no other bar or restaurant (except Wendy’s) is in walking distance. If they want people to come there as a destination and stay, they need to open up food and drink variety and downsize the room to make it seem more trendy. They couldn’t make a martini because they don’t keep vermouth! I mean, if you’re setting up a swanky bar, be ready to serve classic drinks. The beer selection was too limited and electic. No lager, no amber, no stout, no Pilsner, but they had my blood orange seltzer beer and blackberry sour palate covered! This place can’t afford to be this niche when no other eating and drinking options exist around the location.

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Jeff
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place for a date! My lady and I enjoyed top-shelf drinks and a tasty app here in a quiet environment with attentive service. I even forgot my TableTopics get-to-know-you card set and the staff had it waiting for me when I stopped by several hours later. Already planning our return visit!

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CaleighM
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While we didn’t have any food (we chose to do a little hopping around) and only drinks, I would hands down come here again! The service and drinks were phenomenal and our bartender was incredibly personable.

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Scubasteve
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, really good vibe. (Give 5 stars on food, but did not eat) Did a lot of drinking :) and very space out and comfortable.

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EthanC
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and atmosphere!
Absolutely recommend!

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EmptytheTanks
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

After basing our entire NYE around this, Tasting reservation option was not taken down for nye- so you were able to book it and not able to do it. There was a party instead - tickets were 175 a person. Gave us two drink tickets for two terrible drinks.
Rather disappointing NYE to say the least, the party was not very well thought out and at 175 a person it was not worth it. So much for supporting local business.

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TanishaC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sister & I went Saturday night! I just recently moved to Birmingham and I’ve been looking up bars to visit! I love DRD it’s amazing, sexy, fun & the customer service was OUTSTANDING we had Billy as our server and he was just so pleasant, knowledge, personable & was available to us throughout the night. I love this place!! I will definitely be a repeat visitor if DRD.

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vipMattB
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved being able to have our own space in the red room, very comfy and warm. Drinks are fabulous, great food. Wonderful service and we enjoyed the live music.

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JessicaB
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was OUTSTANDING, the service was exceptional, and the interior of this place was really cool. Sat at the bar and people watched while we tried different cocktails and beers and sampled the menu. Great place overall-HIGHLY recommend!

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vipMattB
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very comfortable and relaxed lounge setting. The drinks were excellent, some interesting combinations with their house made selections. They food was extremely good, especially the egg rolls.

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vipwathomps
Birmingham
34 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were seated in a back room… With one other couple… Very private. There are lots of “nooks and crannies “throughout this spacer. Great drinks, of course that’s what they’re known for. However, the food was outstanding. Billy our server was great as well

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place. Would be amazing for a night out for drinks.

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Blkbeauty
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice elegant yet chilled environment, enjoyed everything about the first visit.

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TinaH
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The drinks were lovely -- I particularly enjoyed The Persistence of Memory, made with Dread River gin. It was soft and floral, not at all pine-y or tasting overwhelmingly of juniper. However, it was the food and ambiance that wowed us. We had three of the appetizers and we ordered seconds. Small menu, but what's there is killer. Our server, Billy, was friendly and knowledgeable and made us feel at home. The interior is gorgeous and the seating areas make for a nice socially-distanced evening!

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SaraS
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great time! My dad and I went to check it out and loved it!!

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vipGirlsNightOut
Birmingham
25 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a nice place to grab a good cocktail and shareable bites.

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vipTWTT
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice evening. Great drinks and nice atmosphere.
Food menu is limited but decent.

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vipRobinN
Birmingham
19 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was impeccable and food was delicious and drinks were wonderful. Will definitely come again.

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vipRobinN
Birmingham
19 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited expecting some drinks and small plates - ended up having those and sharing a larger entree that was delicious. Service was fantastic and the ambiance was great!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I requested to be sat away from people as much as possible due to health concerns during Covid-19. This was the first restaurant I attempted to eat at during quarantine due to underlying health conditions. I wanted to celebrate with a few friends for my 30th birthday without fear of being surrounded by people. I was blown away at the cleanliness and generosity of the staff. They allowed us to use a private room and had one waiter enter it throughout the night. He maintained wearing his mask the entire time. He also offered exemplary service and humor. The food and drinks were exquisite. I am very appreciative of the work that went into making my birthday such an enjoyable experience.

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vipChar
Birmingham
12 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great evening with friends! The service was very friendly and helpful, although they were a little delayed in bringing entrees. The food was very good -- the table shared several appetizers and all were thoroughly enjoyed. Drinks were outstanding. Will definitely go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience at Dread River. The staff were all wearing proper protective coverings. Our party of six was placed in an area unto itself for safety. The food was delicious. We had two different food allergy issues to deal with and the chef came to our group to discuss the issues and subsequently made alterations to ingredients in several dishes to accommodate the food allergies and there were several choices. We also really enjoyed the specialty cocktails. Super fun night!

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CassieM
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time! The drinks were great and the food was delicious! Service was excellent and the atmosphere was fun.

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AmandaB
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the third time we've been to Dread River, we LOVE it! The tour is awesome Carl is a genius! The small plates are really tasty, pork belly egg rolls are the best. The servers have been cool with a good sense of humor. My fiancé and I can't brag on all their alcoholic products enough! We own all of them each and everyone is first rate. We can't we for the debute of their Rye and Bourbon late this year!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience all around! Excellent food and drinks, wonderful staff!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night out in downtown Birmingham. This place has the best tasting cocktails that I’ve ever had in Birmingham. Excellent service, gorgeous venue. 10/10. Would come again for any occasion from very casual to very formal. Well done, Dread River.

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vipTripledoc
New England
34 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance. Professional service. Gigantic portions. Outstanding beer and liquor drinks.

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SportsDoc
Omaha
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really happy with the new menu and the new cocktail list. The staff did a great job working multiple tickets over several hours, while helping to maintain appropriate distancing.

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Dread River Distilling Company is rated 4.7 stars by 43 OpenTable diners.

Dread River Distilling Company does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://squareup.com/gift/4813FHC3RKAKT/order.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.