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North on Highland Avenue

Virginia-Highland [13] is an area east of Piedmont Park in the center of town known for its pubs and restaurants. Pedestrian friendly and packed sidewalks until late at night.


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][add listing]

  • 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), 404-874-6604. M-Sat 8 - 8. Get a haircut or color at the internationally renowned Van Michael Salon. $$$.  edit
  • Get a hair cut and a massage at Key Lime Pie Salon & Spa[14].

Buy[edit][add listing]

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

  • Bill Hallman [15] ($$$) 792 N Highland Ave NE. Hip clothing boutique.
  • Mitzi and Romano ($$$) 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][add listing]

  • Murphy's, 997 Virginia Avenue NE, [16]. Classic Highlands bistro serves reliable American cuisine and is packed to capacity for its weekend brunches. ($$)
  • Food 101, [17]. Hearty homegrown comfort food with a modern twist. ($$)
  • Vine, 1190 North Highland Ave, [18]. Modern American cuisine with Mediterranean influences. Charming restaurant has a large wine selection and a great patio. ($$)
  • La Tavola, 9992 Virginia Ave, [19]. Quaint Italian restaurant in the heart of the highlands. ($$)
  • Pozole, 1044 Greenwood Ave, [20]. Fun Nuevo Latino restaurant with a cozy neighborhood vibe located in an old house near the Highland bar scene. ($)
  • Alon's, 1394 North Highland Ave, [21]. European bakery and market is a prime destination for locals and offers gourmet sandwiches, freshly baked breads, artisan cheeses, beautiful desserts and baked goods, and gourmet prepared foods. ($)
  • Paolo's Gelato, 1025 Virginia Ave, [22]. Extremely cute and charming gelateria where an Italian native makes homemade gelato, marzipan, and other goodies. A must-stop for gelato lovers. ($)
  • Everybody's Pizza, 1040 North Highland Ave, [23]. Popular local pizza joint. ($)
  • Blind Willie's, 828 North Highland Ave, +1 404-873-BLUE, [24]. An established blues club featuring live blues, and a selection of Chicago, Memphis, and New Orleans-style food. ($)

Drink[edit][add listing]

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.

  • Atkins Park Restaurant & Tavern, [1]. is Atlanta’s oldest continuously licensed tavern and showcases a Creole influenced menu.  edit
  • Blind Willie's, [2]. is a blues joint with a full bar and musical performances by national and local acts.  edit
  • Darkhorse Tavern, [3]. is a popular, three-tiered club spot with an antique bar and live music.  edit
  • Fontaines' Oyster House, [4]. has a traditional New Orleans style vibe with a cozy atmosphere for good conversation.  edit
  • Hand in Hand, [5]. is a traditional British pub with typical pub fare and British ales.  edit
  • Highland Taps, [6]. is known for its cozy feel as a neighborhood bar and grill and it’s famous for its prime rib.  edit
  • Limerick Junction, [7]. features sing-alongs from Wednesday to Saturday, local folk musicians on Sundays and open mike nights on Tuesdays.  edit
  • Loca Luna, [8]. is known for its Latin influenced house band, tropical decor and diverse Brazilian menu including 30 different tapas.  edit
  • Manuel's, (Highland and North Avenue), [9]. 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.  edit
  • MJQ Concourse. plays house, U.K. garage, hip hop and drum n’ bass.  edit
  • Moe's and Joe's, 1033 N Highland Ave NE, (404) 873-6090. College bar crammed with Emory and Georgia Tech undergrads.  edit
  • Neighbor's Pub, [10]. 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.  edit
  • Pura Vida, [11]. Serves up great mojitos and draws a Latin crowd for music and tapas.  edit
  • 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.  edit

  • Smith's Olde Bar, [12]. is a small but sizzling live music venue that features a songwriter showcase on Monday nights and performances by up-and-coming national acts.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]


  • Gaslight Inn, [25]. Nestled right in the heart of the charming Virginia Highlands neighborhood, this bed and breakfast is just a block away from restaurants, bars and boutiques.

Get out[edit]

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