Pub traditions are alive and well in the Old Dominion, with old-fashioned pubs inspired by British and Irish heritage cropping up next to new-age gastro pubs all over the state. For an authentic experience, check out these 10 great pubs in Virginia.
The Penny Lane Pub has been a Richmond institution since 1979. The serve traditional British pub fare, including fish and chips, on two floors. Come in for a special occasion or simply to hang out in one of Richmond’s most relaxed environments.
Grafton Street Restaurant and Pub in Gainesville, Virginia, is in a beautiful, refined space. They serve lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch, in addition to a full whiskey menu. Daily specials, including 40 percent off whiskey on Wednesdays, are available.
Dirty Nelly’s is an intimate, Charlottesville, Virginia, pub. The food and drinks are rustic and delicious. Check out their Facebook page for an updated schedule of live events.
See where the brew gets made before stopping in to the on-site pub to sample the wares. The Afton brewpub has 10 beers on tap and a full restaurant menu. Time it right, and you might catch a live show, too.
Spring House Tavern in Woodstock, Virginia, was voted “Best Woodstock Restaurant,” “Bartender, “Steak,” and “Burger.” With a pedigree like that, you gotta at least check it out. They’ve got two full service bars and sixteen taps going, plus tons of liquors and craft beer flights.
The Colonial Tavern in Fredericksburg is located near a Civil War battle site in which Irish soldiers were killed on both sides. The tavern stands in celebration of, in their words, “those men, in the spirit of friendship and camaraderie, and hope everyone can put aside their differences long enough to sit back and enjoy a pint.” Sign me up.
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Nana’s Irish Pub in Middletown, Virginia, stands in celebration of the sounds, tastes, and experiences of Irish heritage. They boast a full Irish-inspired menu, live music, and tons of different brews.
The Union Jack Pub and Restaurant has 38 beers on tap at all times. Their 50-foot-long bar offers beer from all over the world, with a hefty supply of European beers. The food is locally sourced but made in traditional British style for a jolly good time.
Located in a 190-year-old two-room building, the Brickhouse Run has welcomed regulars and strangers to Petersburg, Virginia, for decades. They serve dinner Tuesday-Saturday with a seasonally updated menu. Check their schedule online for special events, including Quiz Nights and concerts.
While there’s nothing wrong with a good old-fashioned pub, trying out a gastro pub might be the greatest decision you ever make. DoG Street Pub in Williamsburg, Virginia, elevates traditional pub fare, with an aim toward combining “the leisurely and unpretentious ambiance of a watering hole with the epicurean delights of a good eatery at an affordable price.” In other words, if you want to eat good and drink good and feel good doing it, DoG Street Pub is the place to go.