Dads Create Birmingham

Father knows best, as the saying goes. Your dad taught you how to ride a bike and how to execute the perfect cannonball. He taught you how to drive and stayed up late to help you finish your school project. He encouraged you to stick up for yourself but was always there with a shoulder to cry on. This week, in honor of Father’s Day, we asked some of Birmingham’s creative dads how they would like to spend their special day.


“My ideal Father’s Day would start with a late brunch at Rojo and then hanging out in one of Birmingham’s beautiful parks. Maybe catch a Barons game and have a drink at Good People.”

Daniel Drinkard, Owner of Seasick Records

“I’m a simple guy. My son meeting me for breakfast on Father’s Day would make me happy. No gift or card needed. We’ve been going to the Original Pancake House together since he was a toddler.”

Eric Essix, Musician and Director of Programming at UAB’s ASC

“I’d love a little free time to enjoy a couple of beers at Birmingham District Brewing Company and a round of golf with the boys.

Tyler Price, Architect

“I’d start at Woodlawn Cycle Cafe for brunch, head over to Club Duquette to pick out a gift, and end the day outside building something with friends and a beer in hand.”

Jarrod Allen, Industrial Designer

“I want to wake up to the kids bringing us Domestique coffee, lounge around in bed with Andrea, then relocate to Back Forty or spend the day with the kids doing whatever they want (as usual.)”

Les Nuby, Musician and Producer

“I want to try something new. I want to learn how to carve stone or have Brian Malloy, who is now with Elegant Earth, teach me how to make concrete molds so I could make some replicas of some vintage terra-cotta planters at my house.”

Bruce Lanier, Architect and Founder of MAKEbhm

“An ideal Father’s Day is taking my kids to the splash pad or the Birmingham Zoo or even our backyard. They love being outside so we spend a lot of time just playing.”