When you're in Atlanta, visiting all the touristy places like the Coca-Cola Museum and the Georgia Aquarium and you'd like to take a more alternative route through town, stop by Little 5 Points, the perfect place for people watching, photography, music, and general "laidback-ness".
At the corner of Euclid and Moreland is where the heart of the alternative and graffiti/mural covered area known as “Little 5” lies in Midtown Atlanta. Atlanta’s hipster population has been growing and this may be one of their favorite hangouts. It’s amazing for people watching, shopping, or just browsing. There are many fun and cheap restaurants and bars in addition to clothing boutiques, head shops, skate shops, and record stores. I’ll talk about a few of my favorites below.
My favorite of the 3 local indie record stores, Criminal Records, has the sweet and ONLY [adult swim] merch wall anywhere, offers a slew of vinyls/CDs, and becomes a home to hipsters around when they have their free, in-house, intimate performances before the bands go to their respective venues to play. Best Coast, Local Natives, and Passion Pit are just a few who have performed “in-stores.” Speaking of venues, the Variety Playhouse is right down Euclid from Criminal where I’ve caught numerous shows, including Of Montreal, Iron & Wine, Abbey Road, and [as]’s Tim & Eric Live Show. This area is a wonderful way to experience music in Atlanta.
The Vortex, marked by it’s giant skull at the restaurant’s entrance is Atlanta’s home to ridiculous and delicious burgers. It was featured on Man v. Food and offers a “Double Bypass Burger,” or a “half pound sirloin patty, topped with two fried eggs, four slices of American cheese, 5 slices of bacon, with two grilled cheese sandwiches replacing the buns.” Also their new “Super Stack Heart Attack” Burger contains “two half-pound sirloin patties stacked inside three grilled cheese sandwiches, topped with two fried eggs, eight slices of American cheese, ten slices of bacon, with plenty of mayo on the side. With this burger [they] choose your side for you, and it’s a big bowl of fries and tots covered in [their] cheesy-cheese goo.” (http://www.thevortexbarandgrill.com)
Other notable restaurants are the Corner Tavern and Porter Bar. On Wednesday nights, Corner Tavern has adult team trivia, which is quite amusing, and their food isn’t bad either! As for Porter Bar, it looks like a run down tavern, but has phenomenal food, with a menu that is ever-changing itself up. A surprising find and usually pretty full of patrons, but don’t let that deter you.
Two fun shops to run around in are Junkman’s Daughter and 42 Degrees. Junkman’s is a large variety shop with crazy costumes, novelty gifts, and other fun surprises. The outside of the shop is covered in a large mural that you can’t miss. When visiting Little 5, this store is a must go to. As for 42 Degrees, it is the high end head and glass shop, if you’re into those things.
Lastly, Little 5 Points is known for its Halloween Parade every year. Floats are bought out by all different kinds of groups and is just a fun place to bring your family. It has a large festival environment, with booths set up on the street and beer vendors galore. A very fun time for the Fall.
If you’re ever in Atlanta, this place is a must-see for those who aren’t exactly into touristy scenes. However, on your way out, you don’t want to miss whatever else Atlanta has to offer.