The Woolworth

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The Woolworth (originally announced as Five Points Social) was a bar, restaurant and entertainment venue which opened in 2018 in the former Bailey Brothers Music location at 1006-1012 20th Street South in Five Points South.

The venue was developed by Orchestra Partners (John Boone and Hunter Renfroe) who purchased the building for $1.3 million in January 2017.

The Woolworth featured "duckpin" bowling lanes, ping-pong tables, dartboards and other social games alongside a full bar and kitchen.

In 2020, in the context of both a shutdown of entertainment centers due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and widespread protests for racial justice, the Woolworth's dress code was circulated on social media where many perceived it as racist for prohibiting styles of dress associated with Black culture. The owners apologized and rescinded the policy, promising to, "find a nondiscriminatory way to ensure a sophisticated experience."

The venue closed in August 2020 and was replaced by The Hive, which opened late that year under a partnership with New Belgium Brewing Company of Fort Collins, Colorado.

Preceded by:
Bailey Brothers Music
1006-1012 20th Street South
Succeeded by:
The Hive


  • Godwin, Brent (February 14, 2017) "Social house, bowling concept coming to Five Points South." Birmingham Business Journal
  • Edgemon, Erin (June 23, 2018) "Birmingham, this isn't your father's bowling alley." The Birmingham News
  • Colurso, Mary (June 16, 2020) "Birmingham bar cancels ‘racist’ dress code after social media outcry." The Birmingham News
  • Chambley, Hannah (October 2, 2020) "The HIVE, new restaurant concept, coming to former Woolworth space." Bham Now