Wxyz is located in the lobby of the Aloft hotel, but it definitely doesn't feel like a hotel bar. Â It's a great choice for an after dinner drink if you're leaving any of the wonderful restaurants in Homewood. Â It's design is fresh, modern and trendy. Â You can grab a seat at the bar and talk with one of the exceptionally nice bartenders or opt for the comfortable, lounge-worthy and more intimate seating that's all around. Â If you need the fresh air (as long as there's no smokers), there's additional tables and chairs in the courtyard.
It's a full bar with some interesting signature cocktails and even the local brews. Â WooHoo! Good People!! They set out wasabi almonds to munch on with your drinks. Â I love the spicy, but I've never been a fan of wasabi peas, so I refrained. Â I really enjoyed watching my friends enjoy and suffer through them. Â
Both times I've been, the small courtyard area had a few groups enjoying a game of cornhole. Â I love the idea of people being strangers from different places and being brought together. Â A hotel is a perfect place for that, but you don't see it happening much.
Since I live in Birmingham, I never saw myself going to a hotel bar in town. Â Luckily, I had a friend in town that was staying at Aloft and it only made sense for us to meet up in the lobby. Â
It was a Sunday night, so there wasn't a big crowd (just how I like it). Â Moments after sitting down, the bartender came over to our couch area and took our order. Â The drinks were served quickly and made well. Â The area we were sitting was very comfortable and accommodated a decent size group.
A few hotel patrons sat nearby and we ended up talking. Â It was a neat experience to chat with folks from around the country, while sitting in my home town. Â
I won't rule this bar out any longer. Â In fact, it will be near the top of my list.