Everyone has a favorite bar. A favorite bar has to have the right mix of atmosphere, tasty brews, and good people. If you haven’t found the right one yet, the bar where everyone knows your name, one of the following nine neighborhood bars are certain to do you right.
Named the Best Dive Bar in the state by www.thedailymeal.com, Lynnhaven Pub is a local favorite. This hole-in-the-wall joint has regular events, tastings, and a surprisingly wide selection of beers on tap. That, along with smoked meats and 200 bottles of beer make this place a sure-fire winner.
The Ramparts Tavern in Alexandria, Virginia has been one of the best dive bars in the area since 1978. They boast over 200 beers and wines, monthly featured dishes, and a sit-down restaurant section. For those looking for a slightly more upscale bar-going experience, Ramparts is the perfect spot.
Josh’s Bar and Grill is an absolute classic. Josh’s fills up every Friday for live music and Saturday for karaoke. Not only that, but there reasonably-priced drinks are an excellent reason to keep coming back.
The Baron’s Pub offers “an intimate American dining experience” in downtown Suffolk, Virginia. Open until 2 a.m., this corner pub serves food and drinks in a casual environment.
Winners Sports Bar is the exact kind of place where everyone knows everyone, for better or worse (but usually for the better). They’ve always got sports on and cold beers ready to go. You’ll soon learn the owner’s names and know when they’re making their homemade mac n cheese.
Finnigan’s Cove has been serving the Harrisonburg area sine 1996. As one of the only female-owned businesses in the area, it occupies a special spot in this college town. They specialize in seafood, salads, and steaks in addition to their neighborhood bar vibe.
Durty Nelly’s is a Charlottesville institution. Anyone that attended the University of Virginia knows that Nelly’s is the place to go for good beer, lively conversation, and a little distance from academia.
The Green Parrot Grille in Virginia Beach, Virginia is another local favorite. They’ve got tasty food and regular events, including karaoke and trivia. Daily specials include half off bottles of wine and surf and turf Tuesdays.
Wonderland “welcomes you to the freak show” when you first walk in. The bar is horror-themed with excellent customer service, cold drinks, and tasty food. If you don’t mind an avant garde bar-going experience, then Wonderland is for you.