A guide to the latest in Five Points South, including a ‘90s themed bar and ‘80s chicken joint

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McFly’s Bird Shoppe taking me back in Five Points South. Photo via McFly’s Bird Shoppe 

Birmingham’s Five Points South is hoppin’ right now. See below for the scoop on all the new eats and recent openings!


There are two exciting new openings in Five Points Lane—McFly’s and Unplugged. This pairing sounds like every ‘90s kid’s dream come true (yours truly included). Both are a partnership between the former J. Fall Group (Henry Costa and Jeremy Fall) and Orchestra Partners

McFly’s Bird Shoppe

Get your tenders and tots fix here, Birmingham. Photo via McFly’s Bird Shoppe

McFly’s Bird Shoppe offers all sorts of tenders, including chicken, turkey and vegan tenders (that sounds interesting) with crazy good signature sauces like Bloody Mary Ketchup, Queso and Nashville Hot Mayo and sides including tater tots and french fries. You can add flavors to those tots and fries, too.

I really do feel like my childhood is calling—sign me up!

Give me those tenders. Photo via McFly’s Bird Shoppe 

“The constant goal through each of our concepts is to put a new twist on simple comfort food, from breakfast to deli sandwiches. We live in an era where storytelling has become everyone’s MO and dining is a huge part of our lives. I’m a believer that a unique experience doesn’t have to necessarily be expensive and over the top, so I want to give people something different to talk about without the high price tag.”

Jeremy Fall

Location: 1024 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205

Hours: Tuesday–Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.


The bar at Unplugged serves up nostalgic cocktails like a Hi-C mimosa. Photo via Unplugged

Unplugged, a ’90s themed bar, will serve cocktails alongside “elevated old-school flare”. (Hot pockets, anyone?) It’s open for dinner Tuesday–Friday and serves brunch on the weekends. 

Location: 1024 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205

Hours: Tuesday–Thursday 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Friday 4:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m

Bayleaf Indian

Check out Bayleaf Indian in Five Points Lane. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Okay, so Bayleaf opened a few months ago, but it’s worth mentioning again. If you’re looking for some delicious Indian food, look no further. Their chicken tikka masala is on point. 

Tip: Bayleaf has an amazing lunch buffet. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now 

Location: 1024 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205

Hours: Open daily 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

New apartments: Cortland Vesta 

The Five Points skyline is getting a new addition. Photo via Cortland Vesta 

Have you noticed the high-rise building being constructed on Highland Ave.? It’s home to some fancy apartments right in the middle of the Five Points action. Amenities include a fitness center, yoga space and a saltwater rooftop pool. Mid-rise apartments are expected to be available mid January. High-rise apartments will be opening up mid February–mid April depending on the floor level.

Looking for a new abode? Sign up for a tour here. One bedrooms start at $1,730, 2 bedrooms from $2,025.

Location: 2173 Highland Ave, Birmingham, AL 35205

Closing: The Preservery

We’re very sad to see The Preservery, Chef Andrea Foster’s upscale soul food restaurant, go. It remains to be seen what will happen with the space, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted.

Five Points is on fire right now, Birmingham. Know of any more openings? Let us know on social @BhamNow!