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Five to See in Little Five Points

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The colorful mural outside Junkman's Daughter is hard to miss.

Located just a few miles east of downtown Atlanta, Little Five Points (aka L5P) is home to an eclectic blend of indie shops, hipster hangouts and a burgeoning local music scene.

THE VORTEX BAR AND GRILL: Burgers, beer and a no-frills attitude are what make The Vortex one of the top restaurants in Atlanta. A conspicuous giant skull looms over the main doors as you enter the restaurant-dive bar filled with scents of delicious burgers and abounding beers. If you’re adventurous, try the fried banana, bacon and peanut butter-slathered Elvis Burger. There may be a wait, so arrive with plenty of time and your entire party present.

JUNKMAN’S DAUGHTER: North of The Vortex on Moreland Avenue is another hard-to-miss exterior in the form of a colorful mystical mural of dragons, oceans, volcanoes and fire. Inside, Atlanta’s 30-year-old “Alternative Superstore” houses hard-to-find books, exotic fashions, unique gifts, a full tobacco shop and a giant red high-heeled shoe staircase that leads up to a wide selection of groovy shoes and accessories. A favorite for many trendsetters and celebrities such as Cyndi Lauper, Steven Tyler, Lenny Kravitz, Pink and more, a trip to Little Five Points is incomplete without a souvenir from this shop.

A CAPPELLA BOOKS: Opened in 1989, A Cappella Books has been relishing in the business of selling new, used and rare titles in subjects ranging from music books to Beat literature to progressive politics. In addition to the impressive variety, A Cappella hosts frequent signings, readings and release events from renowned local and national authors, such as Blake Butler and Pulitzer Prize winner Oscar Hijuelos.

VARIETY PLAYHOUSE: With a name that truly speaks to the nature of the performances, the Variety Playhouse is an Atlanta staple for great music and a good time. Acts at this part theater, part nightclub range from local indie bands to mainstream performers looking to connect with fans in an intimate space. Artists such as Men at Work, Sondre Lerche, The New Pornographers and Ben Harper have all graced the stage.

CRIMINAL RECORDS: It is always a pleasant surprise to come across a shop that still embraces traditional music formats. Find a host of new CD releases, vinyl records, DVDs, box sets and a variety of other goods. Collectors can find comfort in the staff’s vast music knowledge as well as the shop’s status as one of the few in Georgia to still sell records.

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