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438 Moreland Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(Just look for the Giant Skull)

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Temporarily Closed

Due to potential Covid-19 exposure, we are closing our doors in L5P immediately in order for our staff to get tested. Before reopening, we will be deep-cleaning the restaurant. Hopefully we’ll be back soon. In the meantime, satisfy your Vortex cravings at our Midtown location.


To order from our Little 5 Points location, click here.



Governor Kemp has allowed restaurants to resume dine-in services in Georgia as of Monday, April 27, 2020. Since that announcement was made, we have been reviewing all of the applicable government guidelines, and are taking the appropriate action to help assure our reopening will be carried out in a way that will best serve both our team members, and or our guests. As always, health and safety will continue to be our top priority.

● Reopening Details

We have reopened The Vortex-L5P for dine-in service as of Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Take-out service will also be available from this location.

● Limited Hours

Hours of Operation for The Vortex-L5P dine-in (and take-out) service are currently from 11:00 am until 12:00 am, Sunday through Thursday, and 11:00 am until 2:00 am, Fridays and Saturdays.  Our kitchen will close one hour prior to the posted closing time.

● Limited Capacity

While we are no longer required to keep to a maximum guest count, we are still required to maintain six (6) feet of distance between both seated and waiting parties inside The Vortex-L5P. In order to comply with this regulation, and assure all tables have been properly sanitized, guests may be required to wait outside until being seated by Vortex personnel. Our 21 and over policy will still apply.

● Social Distancing

Guests will be required to maintain proper social distancing (6’) while waiting for entry, and at all other times while on The Vortex-L5P property.

● Full Menu Offered

We will be offering our entire FOOD MENU at this time, which you can preview HERE.

● Product Availability

While we have always taken a great pride in having all menu items available to our customers, please understand that disruptions in the supply chain may impact what we are able to provide at any given time. Staff will notify you if an item is temporarily unavailable, or if we have substituted a specific menu item for something comparable. This extends to alcoholic beverage offerings as well.

● Placing Take-Out Orders

Take-out orders can now be placed online.  Click here to redirect to our convenient online ordering website.  Or you can call The Vortex-L5P via telephone at (404) 688-1828 (Ext. 1). Be advised, we do not accept phone-in orders after 8:00 PM. Please pay attention to which Vortex location you call to place your order, because that is where your food will be waiting for you. You can also place orders in person at the bar.

● Government Health & Safety Guidelines

In addition to our stringent quality control, and the health, safety and food handling practices that we have always operated under, various government entities have provided additional guidelines and requirements that we shall be implementing at The Vortex-L5P throughout the remainder of the COVID-19 pandemic. For further reference, we have linked to some of these guidelines below.
• The state-issued guidelines (Reviving a Healthy Georgia), that The Vortex-L5P will be following, can be reviewed here:
• The FDA issued guidelines (Summary of Best Practices for Restaurants and Food Pick-Up Services), that The Vortex-L5P will be following, can be reviewed here:


We would like to thank all of our loyal fans who choose to return to The Vortex-L5P, for helping us get our business back to business. We ask that you understand our operations may be a little different than prior to the closing for awhile, and also that you assist us in providing service in as safe a manner as possible, by following the guidelines listed both above and below.

● Follow Instructions From Staff

We have been tasked by the government with assuring we operate The Vortex-L5P in the safest manner possible by implementing the guidelines that have been provided to us. Therefore we ask that our guests follow all directions offered by our staff members. Please do not behave in a confrontational manner with any staff member, or other patron. Everyone has been under a certain degree of stress, and we’re all just trying to get things back to some semblance of “normal.” So thank you in advance for being cool.

● Self-Quarantine

Of course, we continue to be concerned about the most vulnerable to infection, and suggest that those folks remain in self-quarantine. Also, if you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive, or are showing any symptoms yourself, we ask that you do not visit our establishments at this time. If our staff believes you look as though you may have a fever, or appear to be ill in any other way, we may restrict your access for the safety of others.

● Limit Your Visit Time

Please try to limit your time within The Vortex-L5P to approximately one hour.


The Vortex-L5P is a bar designed for adults, so access is always restricted to persons 21-and-over. Proper identification is required. No ID = No admission.


The Vortex-L5P does not allow smoking or vaping of any kind inside of our premises. However, we do continue to offer the option to smoke cigarettes and e-cigarettes within the fenced patio area just outside of the bar. We call this area the “playpen.” The smoking of stinky stuff like cigars, pipes, clove cigarettes, hookahs or anything deemed illegal by the oligarchy, will not be allowed anywhere on our property.


Before the pandemic, The Vortex-L5P was OPEN at 11:00 AM – seven days a week. Our “Last-Call” and “Closing” times are listed below, because you can’t just waltz in five minutes before we close and order food or drinks. That’s just not how this works.


– Last-Call for FOOD @ 11:00 PM
– Last-Call for BOOZE @ 11:30 PM
Everyone KICKED OUT @ Midnight


– Last-Call for FOOD @ 1:00 AM
– Last-Call for BOOZE @ 1:30 AM
Everyone KICKED OUT @ 2:00 AM


If special circumstances require us to alter the regular operating hours of The Vortex-L5P, these changes will be posted here (and on social media), for customer reference.



The hours listed below refer to The Vortex-L5P only. Holiday Hours may differ between the two locations. When a national Holiday falls on a Monday, The Vortex is allowed by law to stay open until 3:00 am on the preceding Sunday night. We will utilize this legal option based on our business volume at the time. If we’re busy, we’ll stay open. If we’re not, we won’t.


Holiday information will not be available until the pandemic is over
– Thank you


There is a parking lot adjacent to The Vortex-L5P. Any space in this lot designated with a “Vortex Parking” sign is free parking for our patrons, while they are dining at The Vortex. All the other spots in this lot are also available to Vortex customers, but on weekends and certain holidays, there may be a charge to utilize those spaces. Other parking lots are also available throughout Little 5 Points, and there is metered and non-metered parking on the streets.


Parking meters do not generally operate on Sunday or holidays, so street parking is free on those days. Wherever you park, please read and obey all posted signage to avoid being ticketed, booted or towed. And always secure your valuables. You’re in the big city, kids.


MARTA operates Atlanta’s public transportation system. The Vortex-L5P is accessible by commuter rail via the Inman Park-Reynoldstown Transit Station, located at 1055 Dekalb Avenue on the East/West line. This train station is 0.8 miles away from our Little 5 Points location, for an approximate walking time of 17 minutes. Bus service is also available throughout the city.


Uber and Lyft offer effective transportation to anywhere you’d like to go. We also suggest using taxi service, as another alternative to driving yourself and parking your car. There are also multiple short distance rental services available that utilize mopeds, scooters, bicycles and various other contraptions. They litter the sidewalks everywhere. You can’t miss ‘em.


All seating at The Vortex-L5P is first-come, first-served. We do not take reservations or offer phone-ahead seating. This is the smaller of the two Vortex locations, and is not designed to accommodate large parties. All parties must be complete before seating during any peak business period. Covered patio dining may also be available, weather permitting.


The Vortex-L5P is a neighborhood bar. We do NOT specialize in “take-out” service, so our “dine-in” guests will always be our first priority. Therefore, phone-in take-out service may be suspended during peak business periods.


After 8:00pm, take-out orders can ONLY be placed in-person with the bartender and must be paid for at the time the order is placed. CLICK HERE for more information about our take-out policies.


The Laughing Skull Lounge comedy club is located inside the OTHER Vortex location (The Vortex-Midtown). PLEASE NOTE: This venue is independently operated, so The Vortex will NOT be able to assist with any inquiries. But, you can CLICK HERE to visit their website, and get all the details.


If you have a question about either Vortex location, please review this website BEFORE attempting to contacting us directly. Everything you could possibly need to know should be addressed here. It’s a very thorough website.


If you want to contact the owners directly, please choose from the following two options:

1) CLICK HERE to report an issue with our FOOD or SERVICE.

2) CLICK HERE to submit a general COMMENT or INQUIRY.


Our staff is often too busy to answer the phone, especially during peak business periods. But if you feel that you absolutely must call us, this is the telephone number for The Vortex-L5P: 404-688-1828


All telephone calls to The Vortex-L5P may be recorded for quality-control and other purposes.


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