About Us

Welcome to Five Points South, Birmingham's Premier Culinary District!



Five Points South is one of Birmingham's first streetcar suburbs. The area was settled and incorporated as the Town of Highland in 1887. The Elyton Land Company, established a streetcar line that connected "Highland" with downtown. This company advertised the suburb as cooler, cleaner and healthier site for living than downtown which was lower in elevation and closer to the pig iron furnaces (like Sloss Furnances) and other mills then operating in the valley. In 1893 Highland became part of the City of Birmingham. At the Five Points South Circle where streetcar lines from downtown intersected those from Highland Avenue and other Southside residential areas, a neighborhood shopping district, with grocery, drug, repair and service shops grew.  


Five Points is rich with landmark houses, churches, apartment and commercial buildings, among the city's finest and most distinguished architectural and historical resources. Today there has been ongoing changes and developments in Five Points and a return to its position as a popular living, shopping and recreational district, particularly influenced by the advent of superb restuarants. It is fortunate to have a number of great fine dining establishments like Highlands Bar and Grill, Hot and Hot Fish Club, Bottega and Oceans. One of the areas most famous resident was Hugh Martin Jr composer of Meet Me in St. Louis and Wish Me A Merry Christmas. Come explore and discover Five Points, past and present. Information from "The Journal "A Town Within a City" and Historic Five Points South Walking Tour. 


For a printable self guided walking tour Click Here.



The Five Points South Bham is organized for the purpose of focusing on revitalization efforts, economic development and event programing that helps to create a vibrant Five Points South Neighborhood in Birmingham Alabama. With over 40 culinary destinations and 30 retailers, the area has been labeled "a town within a city "and a true "walkup neighborhood".
Area merchant hosts many annual events that grow with each year and entertain thousands of people within the city of Birmingham. From the 32nd Annual St. Parade's Day Parade, Progressive Dinner Grub Crawls and more, our event calendar is full of opportunities for visitors and locals to enjoy Five Points South.

Five Points South Committees
  • Organization - board of directors
  • Restaurant/Bar Promotion - organizes promotions and special events for area restaurants and bars
  • Retail Promotion - organizes promotions and special events for area retailers
  • Tourism - develops and implements tourism branding campaigns to promote area
  • Design - works to create an attractive and appealing environment for visitors and businesses
  • Economic Restructuring - develops tools and resources to assists with recruiting and identifying businesses for the area.
If you are interested in joining one of these committees, please Email us.

 Want to know more?

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James Little - District Manager
REV Birmingham
There are area resources available for growing business in Five Points South.  We are here to serve you in anyway, please call or email if you have any further questions about available resources and incentives, 205-623-0582.
The Five Points South Bham works directly with REV Birmingham staff to organize events and other merchant activities. REV Birmingham revitalizes places and energizes business to create vibrancy in the City of Birmingham. REV is an economic development organization that stimulates business growth and improves quality of life in Birmingham’s City Center and its Neighborhood Commercial Centers. For more information, please visit: www.revbirmingham.org.
REV Birmingham is an Accredited National Main Street Program and a Designated Community of Main Street Alabama. For more information, please visit www.mainstreetalabama.org.

 Our Merchants
Five Points South is home to over 40 culinary destinations, 30 retailers, professional services, non-profit organizations, local attractions and with 2200 employees who work within the district. See the Merchant Tab to view a directory of area businesses.