A cocktail at White Limozeen (White Limozeen/Facebook)
You won’t need to ride a “White Limozeen” all the way to Nashville to celebrate Dolly Parton’s birthday this month. One is cruising to downtown Birmingham on January 19 to mark the big day with a pop-up at Adios Bar.
The team behind the White Limozeen in Nashville, a Parton-themed rooftop bar named for Parton’s 1989 song and album, are visiting the Yellowhammer State to serve cocktails commemorating her 77th birthday.
It’s a night for the Music City to party with the Magic City.
The special Dolly drinks, created by White Limozeen’s beverage director Demi Natoli, celebrate the Tennessee-born singer-songwriter whose hit-making career over the last six decades spans several genres: actor, author, businesswoman, and philanthropist.
One of Natoli’s creations, “Patron Saint of Tennessee,” pays tasty tribute to Parton’s heart for helping others. It is made with Campesino Silver rum, the bitter French aperitif Suze, cucumber, grapefruit, and lemon.
Campesino Aged Rum leads the mix in another of Natoli’s cocktails for the pop-up, “Another Day in Paradise.” With passionfruit, pineapple, and coconut, it’s a taste of the tropics.
White Limozeen in Nashville (White Limozeen/Facebook)
Adios, which was opened in November by Birmingham restaurant and bar veterans Jose Camacho Medina and Jesus Mendez, specializes in cocktails using spirits and other ingredients from the Mexico-born owners’ native country.
When the creative minds behind Adios and White Limozeen started exploring a collaboration last year, Parton’s birthday provided the perfect occasion.
“Dolly is a very philanthropic person, from helping her local community, her focus on education, to the millions she helped raise for COVID research,” Medina says. “Since White Limozeen is largely inspired by the queen of country herself, it made perfect sense to showcase the partnership on her birthday.
The White Limozeen bar, which is perched atop the Graduate hotel in Nashville, would make an ideal headquarters for any Dolly Parton fan club. Awash in pink and proudly bearing the label “over the top,” it was named one of the Best Bars in America by Esquire in 2021.
Medina has run several bar programs in greater Birmingham, including Little Donkey, Octane, Marble Ring, and more recently Automatic Seafood and Oysters.
Adios Bar in Birmingham (Ashton Johnson & Emily Dixon/Contributed)
Mendez, whose resume includes working at Highlands Bar and Grill, is an entrepreneur and franchisee. His portfolio includes partnerships in Unos Tacos and the Louis Bar, both at the Pizitz Food Hall in downtown Birmingham, and he plans to open a Birmingham outpost of Tennessee-based Honest Coffee Roasters later this year.
Adios opens at 4 p.m. daily. A taco truck sets up outside the bar starting at 6 p.m. The White Limozeen pop-up runs from 8 p.m. until the bar closes at midnight.
“It’s completely out of our element,” Medina says of the pop-up. “It’s always nice to have something different.”