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Atlanta/Virginia-Highland

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Virginia-Highland is an area east of Piedmont Park in the center of town known for its pubs and restaurants. Pedestrian friendly sidewalks are busy until late at night.

Understand[edit]

The name is derived from the intersection of Virginia Avenue and Highland Avenue. The neighborhood is adjacent to Poncey-Highland to the south, and Morningside to the north.

Get in[edit]

Virginia-Highland can be reached by MARTA Bus #45 to/from Midtown Station (N4), and by MARTA Bus #6 to/from Inman Park/Reynoldstown Station (E3).

To park on a Friday or Saturday night:

  • Near the corner of Virginia and Highland, find the parking lot entrance across from the fire station at the corner of N Highland and Los Angeles Ave. Parking there is free.
  • For parking farther south on N. Highland (near Hand in Hand), there are $5 lots near the CVS. Watch out for resident-only parking on the side streets; tow trucks really do tow cars who park in the resident-only areas.

Do[edit]

  • Walk from Virginia-Highland to Little Five Points. Approximately a 2 mile walk. Walk south down Highland Avenue from Virgninia Avenue to North Avenue, turn left and walk one block to Moreland Avenue. Turn right on Moreland and walk through Little Five Points, and turn right on Euclid Avenue.
  • Van Michael Salon, 778 North Highland Ave (Corner of St. Charles and North Highland), +1 404 874-6604. M-Sat 8 - 8. Get a haircut or color at the internationally renowned Van Michael Salon. $$$.

Buy[edit]

Virginia Highlands has a mix of clothing and gift stores, many with Southern flair, mostly catering to the 20-30s-something woman.

  • Bill Hallman, 792 N Highland Ave NE. Hip clothing boutique.
  • Mitzi and Romano, 1038 N Highland Ave NE. Slightly more conservative clothing and accessories store carrying brands like Tessuto, For Joseph, Sharagano, and Easel.
  • Ten Thousand Villages, 1056 St Charles Ave NE. Nonprofit store that offers multicultural goods and handmade wares.

Eat[edit]

  • Murphy's, 997 Virginia Avenue NE. Classic Highlands bistro serves reliable American cuisine and is packed to capacity for its weekend brunches.
  • 1 Food 101, 4969 Roswell Road. Hearty homegrown comfort food with a modern twist.
  • Vine, 1190 North Highland Ave. Modern American cuisine with Mediterranean influences. Charming restaurant has a large wine selection and a great patio.
  • La Tavola, 9992 Virginia Ave. Quaint Italian restaurant in the heart of the highlands.
  • Pozole, 1044 Greenwood Ave. Fun Nuevo Latino restaurant with a cozy neighborhood vibe located in an old house near the Highland bar scene.
  • Alon's, 1394 North Highland Ave. European bakery and market is a prime destination for locals and offers gourmet sandwiches, freshly baked breads, artisan cheeses, beautiful desserts and baked goods, and gourmet prepared foods.
  • Paolo's Gelato, 1025 Virginia Ave. Extremely cute and charming gelateria where an Italian native makes homemade gelato, marzipan, and other goodies. A must-stop for gelato lovers.
  • Everybody's Pizza, 1040 North Highland Ave. Popular local pizza joint.
  • Blind Willie's, 828 North Highland Ave, +1 404-873-BLUE (2583). An established blues club featuring live blues, and a selection of Chicago, Memphis, and New Orleans-style food.

Drink[edit]

Virginia-Highland is a popular area for twenty- and thirty-somethings. Most of the bars are places to laze around with friends or to indulge in the laid-back singles scene rather than to dance the night away. Dress is casual and drinks flow by the pint.

  • Amsterdam, 502-A Amsterdam Ave NE (in Amsterdam Walk off Monroe Dr, all the way back around to the right), +1 404-892-2227. M-Th 11:30AM-2AM, F-Sa 11:30AM-3AM, Su 11:30AM-midnight. There's no thumping bass music or dirty videos on the TVs at this gay bar. It's a laid back and welcoming place where you can play a game of pool, chat with the bartenders or your friends, or watch a sports game on TV. Excellent beer selection including craft beers. Very popular for their Sunday brunch (11:30AM-3PM).
  • Burkharts Pub, 1492 Piedmont Ave NE, Suite F (if parking is scarce, park next door at Ansley Mall and walk across the bridge), +1 404 872-4403. M-F 4PM-3AM, Sa 2PM-3AM, Su 2pm-midnight. This large yet cramped gay bar has a bit of everything. The inside has all wood flooring, with a creaky staircase connecting the middle of the floor to the upstairs, and you might get turned around trying to see how all the rooms connect together. Two bars downstairs and one upstairs let them serve plenty of people (although opening a tab at one bar doesn't let you use the others on the same tab). Outside there are large tables to lounge at, secluded booths for a quieter conversation, and a fire pit in winter. The Friday night drag show always draws a bit crowd, with the queens fighting for their small amount of space on the crowded dance floor.
  • Loca Luna. is known for its Latin influenced house band, tropical decor and diverse Brazilian menu including 30 different tapas.
  • Smith's Olde Bar. is a small but sizzling live music venue that features a songwriter showcase on Monday nights and performances by up-and-coming national acts.

North Highland Avenue[edit]

North Highland has many bars within just a few blocks; it's easy to walk between them, but as it's a residential area parking will be very difficult on Friday and Saturday nights.

  • Atkins Park Restaurant & Tavern. is Atlanta’s oldest continuously licensed tavern and showcases a Creole influenced menu.
  • Blind Willie's. is a blues joint with a full bar and musical performances by national and local acts.
  • Darkhorse Tavern. is a popular, three-tiered club spot with an antique bar and live music.
  • 1 Fontaines' Oyster House, 1026½ North Highland Avenue. has a traditional New Orleans style vibe with a cozy atmosphere for good conversation.
  • [dead link]Hand in Hand. is a traditional British pub with typical pub fare and British ales.
  • Highland Taps. is known for its cozy feel as a neighborhood bar and grill and it’s famous for its prime rib.
  • Limerick Junction. features sing-alongs from Wednesday to Saturday, local folk musicians on Sundays and open mike nights on Tuesdays.
  • Manuel's (Highland and North Avenue). An Atlanta Democratic Party institution where you're likely to find campaign staffers and off-duty cops knocking back stiff drinks under a portrait of JFK.
  • MJQ Concourse. plays house, U.K. garage, hip hop and drum n’ bass.
  • Moe's and Joe's, 1033 N Highland Ave NE, +1 404 873-6090. College bar crammed with Emory and Georgia Tech undergrads.
  • Neighbor's Pub. is a popular sports hangout with 13 beers on tap and 15 bottled ales. Most draught beers $4.25; craft draughts $4.50-7; most bottles $3-4.
  • Pura Vida. Serves up great mojitos and draws a Latin crowd for music and tapas.
  • The Righteous Room (Ponce de Leon and North Highland). Great jukebox and one of the best veggie burgers in town. Arrive early as seating fills up quickly.

Sleep[edit]

Go next[edit]

  • Poncey-Highland and Freedom Park are less than one mile south.
  • Piedmont Park is just due west.
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