Virginia Highlands has the reputation of being the more “Hipster” part of town (however not quite as “Hip” as little five points). It is a small part of town consisting of a bunch of cool restaurants, bars, and shops. I am from Atlanta and I go here frequently for the bars and food. The night life here is mostly young professionals and college students but they mesh well and form a good younger crowd. Notable bars are Moes & Joes (all college kids, 3.50$ pbr pitchers), Noche (younger professional), Hand in Hand, Neighbors, Dark Horse, and Fontaine’s. They are all pretty much in walking distance of each other.
It is also good to go here during the day to catch lunch. Pretty good places to grab a bite to eat include Hand in Hand, DBA BBQ, Food 101, and Taco Mac. By no means are these places fine dining but good cheap local staples.
The Highlands are also pretty close to Piedmont Park and Little 5 Points (Little 5) which are other fun places in Atlanta.