Located a couple blocks off the river in the otherwise scenic, stately and historic Riverside part of town is a neighborhood that serves as Jacksonville's answer to San Francisco's Haight-Asbury. Called Five Points for the five-way intersection at one end, this shopping, nightlife and dining destination features an eclectic mix of shops specializing in vintage clothing, independent music, body art, antiques, drug paraphanalia and alternative lifestyle gifts intermingled with art galleries, mom and pop eateries, fast food retaurants and salons.
At Five Points' center stands an old style movie house that has been converted into Club 5, one of Jacksonville's most popular and notorious dance and live music clubs. Most famous for the who's who list of modern rock acts that have performed there for more than a decade, Club 5 has also built a reputation for the avant guard by being the first to bring such "in" club fads of the past several years as leather fetish shows, live piercings and foam showers to the River City.
A very interesting neighborhood for people watching, Five Points draws extravagantly pierced punks and goths, geek chic local artists, self-proclaimed vampires, guitar-toting next-generation hippies and other free spirits that together bring as much color as the brightly painted brick walls, sidewalks and storefronts that define the neighborhood. While not "upscale trendy" like San Marco Square, Beach Town Center or the nearby Shoppes of Avondale, Five Points is a short walk from several quaint bed and breakfasts, stately riverfront homes and fashionable restaurants.
five points was one of my favorite places while visiting Jacksonville. The small boutiques were charming and the urban atmosphere was unlike the rest of Jacksonville. nestliving, in the heart of five points was a beautiful store. It was like walking into a NYC furniture store! lots of great things for you home. Great place!