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North on Highland Avenue

Virginia-Highland [1] 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

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).


  • 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.
  • Get a hair cut and a massage at Key Lime Pie Salon & Spa[2].


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

  • Bill Hallman [3] ($$$) 792 N Highland Ave NE. Hip clothing boutique.
  • Mitzi and Romano ($$$) 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.


  • Murphy's, 997 Virginia Avenue NE, [4]. Classic Highlands bistro serves reliable American cuisine and is packed to capacity for its weekend brunches. ($$)
  • Food 101, [5]. Hearty homegrown comfort food with a modern twist. ($$)
  • Vine, 1190 North Highland Ave, [6]. Modern American cuisine with Mediterranean influences. Charming restaurant has a large wine selection and a great patio. ($$)
  • La Tavola, 9992 Virginia Ave, [7]. Quaint Italian restaurant in the heart of the highlands. ($$)
  • Pozole, 1044 Greenwood Ave, [8]. Fun Nuevo Latino restaurant with a cozy neighborhood vibe located in an old house near the Highland bar scene. ($)
  • Alon's, 1394 North Highland Ave, [9]. European bakery and market is a prime destination for locals and offers gourmet sandwiches, freshly baked breads, artisan cheeses, beautiful desserts and baked goods, and gourmet prepared foods. ($)
  • Paolo's Gelato, 1025 Virginia Ave, [10]. Extremely cute and charming gelateria where an Italian native makes homemade gelato, marzipan, and other goodies. A must-stop for gelato lovers. ($)
  • Everybody's Pizza, 1040 North Highland Ave, [11]. Popular local pizza joint. ($)
  • Blind Willie's, 828 North Highland Ave, +1 404-873-BLUE, [12]. An established blues club featuring live blues, and a selection of Chicago, Memphis, and New Orleans-style food. ($)


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.

  • Hand in Hand is a traditional British pub with typical pub fare and British ales.
  • Darkhorse Tavern is a popular, three-tiered club spot with an antique bar and live music.
  • Neighbor's Pub is a popular sports hangout with 13 beers on tap and 15 bottled ales.
  • Highland Tap is known for its cozy feel as a neighborhood bar and grill and it’s famous for its prime rib.
  • Moe's and Joe's, 1033 N Highland Ave NE, (404) 873-6090. College bar crammed with Emory and Georgia Tech undergrads.
  • Manuel's, at Highland and North Avenue, [13]. 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.
  • The Righteous Room, at Ponce de Leon and North Highland. Great jukebox and one of the best veggie burgers in town. Arrive early as seating fills up quickly.
  • Pura Vida, [14]. Serves up great mojitos and draws a Latin crowd for music and tapas.
  • Blind Willie's is a blues joint with a full bar and musical performances by national and local acts.
  • Limerick Junction features sing-alongs from Wednesday to Saturday, local folk musicians on Sundays and open mike nights on Tuesdays.
  • MJQ Concourse plays house, U.K. garage, hip hop and drum n’ bass.
  • 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.
  • Atkins Park Restaurant & Tavern is Atlanta’s oldest continuously licensed tavern and showcases a Creole influenced menu.
  • Fontaines' Oyster House has a traditional New Orlean’s style vibe with a cozy atmosphere for good conversation.
  • For a hot night out, Loca Luna is known for its Latin influenced house band, tropical decor and diverse Brazilian menu including 30 different tapas.



  • Gaslight Inn, [15]. 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

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