For fans of vinyl records, good food and great theater, a trip to Little Five Points is the order of the day. As Atlanta’s resident Bohemian community, Little Five Points sits between Inman Park and Virginia-Highland, just two-and-a-half miles from downtown.
Named for its convergence of five streets akin to Five Points in Downtown Atlanta, Little Five Points came into existence as the result of expanding transportation and neighborhoods along these five streets. In the 1890s, the first Atlanta streetcars were constructed just south of the Little Five Points. The name also refers to the intersection of Moreland Avenue, McLendon Avenue and Euclid Avenue.
At one point, Little Five Points had a thriving population. Trolley lines decorated the streets and the community became one of the earliest major shopping centers. In the 1960s, racial segregation and the destruction of homes while constructing a new freeway caused an economic struggle for this alternative district. By the 1970s, Little Five Points was in dire need of revitalization. The Little Five Points Partnership, formed in 1981 by local merchants, helped restore the area to the thriving bohemian district standing today.
Now, many people call Little Five Points home. According to Trulia, 85 homes are currently for sale in or near the community. Home prices range from $146,900 to $3,499,000 and there are many rental options priced from $1,100 to $13,500 per month.
Schools in the area include Mary Lin Elementary, Morningside Elementary, Howard Middle and Henry W. Grady High Schools.
Shopping and Dining
- Junkman’s Daughter. As Atlanta’s alternative superstore and recently voted one of the 25 Best Independent Stores in America, Junkman’s Daughter has been gracing Atlanta’s streets for over 36 years. The shopping hotspot has grown into a 10,000 square foot paradise filled with eclectic clothes, trinkets, accessories and works of art.
- The Star Community Bar. Located in the heart of Little Five Points, The Star Bar has been finding hot, alternative acts, including country and rock, for over 30 years. It also features the longest-running amateur comedy club every Monday night.
- Criminal Records. A legendary Atlanta record store, Criminal Records provides fans with unique experiences to see favorite artists up close with in-store performances and meet and greets. Featured artists include St. Paul & The Broken Bones.
- Little Five Points Pizza. With fresh ingredients and culinary creations, Little Five Points Pizza is one of the most popular restaurants in the area. Menu items include build your own pizza, pasta, specialty calzones, subs, salads, breadsticks and even New York-style cheesecake.
- The Porter. The Porter’s extensive menu of more than 800 beers and delicious bites was recently voted Best Bar Food by Creative Loafing. The premier beer bar’s menu includes Belgian fries, hush puppies, salt and vinegar popcorn, goat cheese fritters, organic arugula salad, beyond burger, fish n’ chips, truffle buffalo chicken sandwich and much more.
- The Vortex. Serving burgers and drinks since 1992, The Vortex is a household name in the Little Five Points district. Offering an “Idiot-Free Zone” for 21 and older patrons, this bar & grill serves a variety of famous burgers and local beer.
- Sevananda Natural Foods Market. Atlanta’s original natural food store, the Sevananda Natural Foods Market mission to deliver customers trusted food, supplements, herbs and pet food has made it a hallmark in the city since its establishment in 1974.
Entertainment and Recreation
- 7 Stages. Since its start in 1979, 7 Stages has hosted both local and international performers. The non-profit company focuses on political, social and spiritual work as well as featuring artists and content from around the globe.
- Horizon Theatre Company. Now in its 38th season, Horizon is the contemporary theater of Atlanta. In addition to producing its five-play mainstage season, Horizon also develops new plays through workshops, readings and the annual New South Play Festival dedicated to performing plays in celebration of the South.
- Variety Playhouse. A renovated movie theater, Variety Playhouse is a combination theater and nightclub. Seating includes a mixture of theater-style seats, tables, chairs, dancing and standing areas. Upcoming shows include Twiddle & Too Many Zooz, Simrit, Crumb, Tauk and Olivia O’Brien.
- Little 5 Points Halloween Festival. Taking place on October 16 to 17, this event is the signature Halloween festival in the southeast and one of the top 10 Halloween events in the country. On Sunday, grab friends and parade from bar to bar to get drink specials and don’t forget to participate in the monster scavenger hunt.
- The Jimmy Carter Library & Museum. Just down the road from Little Five Points, The Jimmy Carter Library & Museum is part of the Presidential Library system administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. Approximately 69,750 square feet on 35 acres, the library includes archives, a museum and gardens. The archives repository holds about 27 million pages of Jimmy Carter’s White House material and papers of administration associates, including documents, memorandum and correspondence. There are also 500,000 photographs and hundreds of hours of film, audio and videotape.
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