Dread River Distilling Company
Our Tasting Room Bar area features our one of a kind craft cocktails, engineered to enhance every unique feature our spirits have to offer. Our Tasting Room is a combination of Bold and Elegant, & provides the perfect vibe for you to enjoy the fruits of our labors by pairing the perfect cocktail & your favorite food menu item. The menu features a perfect mix of selections to meet any occausion. Be sure to checkout our new Veranda space, it is the perfect place to relax and unwind, with your favorite people & our craft cocktails. We often feature live music on the Veranda, so be sure to follow us on social media outlets to stay updated on all the happenings.
We invite you to come and be inspired by the journey as you take part in our Dread River experience.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
We had a great time. First time there. The drinks were good and the food was tasty.
No bread service, no dessert options. Lame. Suggested we eat outside but there were no tables available.
Okra and burger were perfect, fried green tomatoes were delicious also. Empanadas, super off the wall. Poutine empanadas? Try them, they were tasty!
Interesting cocktails, and the gin was delightful. Floral, clean, gently medicinal, soft around the edges.
Would go again. Need to explore more on the drink list.
Johnny, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review on your recent experience. I appreciate the feedback that you gave us and I have shared it with my chef. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Be sure to dive into the rest of our spirits. Our agave is divine! Sincerely, Suzanne Cisneros
Met some friends for appetizers and drinks in the tasting room. We were there in the afternoon on a Wednesday so it was quieter than usual. Our server was very attentive and the food and drinks were excellent. The menu focuses on appetizers so plan accordingly. This is a great place for a before dinner meet up or after dinner drinks--great atmosphere. They offer a very comfortable outdoor space and a fireplace room as well. If you go, I recommend the scorched okra and fried green tomatoes!
Beautiful patio and friendly service.
First time there. Great place for appetizers and drinks.
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.
More appetizer offerings added to the menu would be great. Nice vibe, upscale decor. a great place to meet friends.
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.
Great ambiance, food, and service. All of my group really enjoyed and raves about the experience.
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!
Very good drinks and food was descent. I’ll be back.
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.
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.
First time there and I love it and will be back with friends
Love the beautiful decor. Service almost non-existannt.
Waitress was very nice and knowledgeable and also attentive
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Fantastic food and atmosphere!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
Beautiful place. Would be amazing for a night out for drinks.
Very nice elegant yet chilled environment, enjoyed everything about the first visit.
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!
Such a great time! My dad and I went to check it out and loved it!!
Always a nice place to grab a good cocktail and shareable bites.
Nice evening. Great drinks and nice atmosphere.
Food menu is limited but decent.
Service was impeccable and food was delicious and drinks were wonderful. Will definitely come again.
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!
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.
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!
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!
We had a great time! The drinks were great and the food was delicious! Service was excellent and the atmosphere was fun.
Dread River Distilling Company is rated 4.9 stars by 48 OpenTable diners.
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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.