Five Points South is Birmingham’s newest Entertainment District. What you need to know

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The Storyteller Fountain at Five Points South. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

On December 17, Birmingham’s City Council officially designated Five Points South as the city’s newest Entertainment District! This will bring several changes to one of Birmingham’s hippest areas, so here’s what you need to know. 

1) District Approved by City Council

With a unanimous 8-0 vote this morning, the Birmingham City Council approved the motion to designate Five Points South as an Entertainment District. Now, what exactly does that mean? Essentially, an Entertainment District will allow open containers within its boundaries during certain hours. There are two other Entertainment Districts already in Birmingham—one in Uptown, the other in Pepper Place. 

2) Hours

The Entertainment District will be in effect from 5PM to 11PM Thursday, 5PM to midnight Friday 10AM to midnight on Saturday and Sunday. Hours can be altered for special events, which John Boone, vice president of the Five Points Alliance, said will be easier to plan with the designation. 

3) Location

Five Points South Entertainment District Map. Photo via Birmingham City Council on

“The District boundaries will generally stretch along 20th Street from 10th Ave. S. (The Woolworth) to 13th Ave. S. (Ocean), with a few branches to include active parts of 11th and 12th Avenues.”

John Boone, vice president, Five Points Alliance

4) Cups

The Five Points Alliance is creating a special cup program for participating businesses that includes strict protocols around distribution of alcoholic beverages to patrons. Signage will show you where to toss those cups before exiting the District. No outside alcohol will be permitted. 

5) Start Date

St. Patrick’s Day parade in Five Points South. Photo via Five Points Bham on Facebook

The District is set to be in operation in March of 2020, in time for the popular St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Five Points South. Cheers!

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