On a clear day in downtown Birmingham, passersby can spot a certain futuristic white building looking out over the city. For many Birmingham residents, this is a well-known city landmark that they have frequented over the years. But for others, this piece of architecture atop Red Mountain seems somewhat anomalous. But its history is undeniable.
Opening its doors in 1951, the goal of The Club is one that it still continues to accomplish: “to show out-of-town guests the best Birmingham has to offer.” In its original form, The Club was considered a private dining club that was intended to be “second to none in the nation.”
The Club was built by John Davis, a well-respected young architect with a flair for the dramatic. According to the History of The Club, “The Club features a distinctive and contemporary design of cantilevered roofs, white stucco walls, and parabolic forms – everything but traditional. The service and the amenities of The Club, on the other hand, take great pride in the tradition of private clubs by surpassing expectations and catering to the needs of its members.”
The view from The Club is one of, if not the, best in the city. Offering three dining options: Lounge 51, The Grill, and The View. Lounge 51 is what many could think of when they think of dining at The Club. The Grill is a more casual concept with a stunning view as one side of the restaurant is entirely glass.
However, what many find the most notable about the club is The View. According to The Club, “Voted and awarded for its one-of-a-kind panoramic view of the city. Prior to becoming a restaurant, the location of The View was a spectator’s favorite spot to park their car and enjoy the breathtaking view of the sunset over downtown Birmingham.” A dinner at The View makes for an undeniably gorgeous evening.
Whether accompanying a long-time member or attending the club’s many events throughout the year, Birminghamanians get the opportunity to revel in the “007” charm of one of the city’s most iconic locations.