Best of Little Five Points: Little Five Points Eat and Drink Guide
Looking for food or a good beer in Little Five? Here are some options!
June 02, 2012 by Emily Hunter
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Little Five Points is a little slice of Bohemian life in the
middle of Atlanta. It's full of kitschy shops, groovy folk, great
entertainment, and some really really good restaurants and bars. The
main commercial district starts at the intersection of North Ave and
Moreland Drive and goes south until you reach Euclid, then continues
down Euclid until you reach the Variety Playhouse. Let's start at the
top and take a look at what we can find along the way.
Savage Pizza Slices
Pizza so good it must be savage! Savage Pizza has been a
mainstay for this area for years, and recently they opened a new
location in Avondale Estates. Their focus is on super-fresh everything.
Sauces and doughs are made from scratch every day to make creations
like Sav-Veg, made with whole wheat crust, garlic tomato sauce,
broccoli, yellow onions, mushrooms, roasted red peppers, sun dried
tomatoes, parmesan, mozzarella, and thyme-seasoned ricotta. The
pizzeria has a strong comic-book vibe. Figurines hang off the walls,
and paintings of super heroes remarking on the pizza make for a cool
vibe for your comic-book loving friends. Definitely check out the
comic-book wallpaper in the bathroom.
Inside of Vortext Bar & Grill
Our next eatery on the list is The Vortex Bar &
Grill. You can't really miss it. The door frame is covered by a large
laughing skull with spiral eyes and a line out the door. The Vortex is
known for the best burgers in Atlanta, the very attractive weight
staff, the funky art everywhere inside the place, and the extremely
no-nonsense attitude. Seriously, tip the servers and tenders well and
don't mess with them! Let them do their awesome job of bringing you
burgers like the Elvis burger, which comes served with creamy peanut
butter, bacon, and fried bananas. They have plenty of other bar sides,
sandwiches, and a truly massive beer selection. Be prepared for a long
wait if you come at peak hours, and don't come with a large crowd. It's
a tiny location!
Across the street from the Vortex is a rock and roll club,
the Star Community Bar. It's more like a night-club for hipster
rockabilly fans, a dive bar in all the best senses of the term. Plenty
of rock acts from punk to dance come in and out of the door, most of
them local bands that are looking to get their performance chops down.
On Mondays they have an amateur comedy night, one of the longest
performing in Atlanta, free from 8 PM to Midnight. Cover charges are
very reasonable, and many nights are free. Lots of smoking inside, if
that's your thing, and plenty of people watching potential. Don't miss
the Elvis Sanctuary inside the old bank vault.
Porter Beer and popcorn
We leave the dive and go to a much more upscale place. The
Porter Beer Bar is where you want to go when you want a beer. Not just
any beer though; I mean that super-rare craft beer that your favorite
brewery releases for two weeks out of the year. They have over 430
beers on the menu! If it can get shipped to this bar, they probably
have it. Plus, they have many liqueur, whiskey, and wine options, and
bar food that was voted Best Bar Food by Creative Loafing. Definitely
check out the Salt and Vinegar Popcorn.
Five Spot L5P Halloween Parade day Photo credit : Five Spot Facebook Page
This place can be a little hard to find and the parking is
horrible, but if you like a more hipster sound to your bands and a
young crowd this is the place to go. The Five Spot's focus is on music
and art. The rectangular space draws your eyes to the stage and the art
on the walls rather than the bar in the back corner. Don't let that
stop you from coming here for a bite to eat though. They have really
good bar food and they also cater to the vegetarian/vegan crowd. If the
Star Community Bar is too smoky and noisy for you then take a walk down
here and see if you like the vibe better.
Emily Hunter is a freelance writer for Atlanta-restaurants.org
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