It’s a simple concept: You walk into a bar, order a drink, and hang out with friends. Bars are fun, but when it comes to atmosphere…some stand out among the rest. When you’re tired of the same-old-same-old experience, the following 10 bars in Virginia offer something totally different. Come in and find out how this simple concept is being turned on its head in the Old Dominion.
GWARbar in Richmond, Virginia, is truly one of a kind. According to their website, “Michael Derks, better known as BalSac the Jaws ‘o Death, has used his 30+ years of restaurant experience to create a heavy metal/culinary adventure.” Many of the menu items are heavy metal-themed. Come in for their full-service food menu as well as drinks and fun atmosphere.
Norfolk, Virginia, is home to tons of fantastic bars, but the Birch stands out for its emphasis on craft beers, ciders, and its awesome grilled cheese bar. According to their website, “our gourmet grilled cheeses are inspired by flavors in our favorite beers and features artisanal cheeses from all over the world.” Pair a grilled cheese with your favorite beer for a tasty time like none other.
Beer 88 in Lynchburg, Virginia, is known as the Beer and Burger Society. They have six draft beers in addition to a huge selection of bottled beers. You can check out the entire menu on their website and figure out which bar snack looks most appetizing (we love the spicy battered cauliflower).
Firefly in Charlottesville, Virginia, is a family-friendly bar, restaurant, and arcade. They’ve got a nice selection of retro pinball machines and arcade games in addition to some very scrumptious drinks and food. Come in with the kids and enjoy a night out together.
The Hound’s Tale of Williamsburg, Virginia, offers a one-of-a-kind bar-going, dog-lover experience. If you’re a dog lover, then you simply must stop by their canine-themed bar. Enjoy a full restaurant menu in addition to bar options.
The Park is Roanoke, Virginia’s premier dance club and bar. They’re open to all, including “renowned drag queens to some of the hottest DJs on the east coast.” No matter what you’re into, you’ll find something to love about The Park.
Avenue Blue in Hampton, Virginia, is more than a simple bar: It’s a wine, food, and music-lovers oasis. Avenue Blue is one of the best wine bar and lounges in the Tidewater area. According to their website, the “Baby Grand piano is at the heart of our concept, we feature the best variety of jazz, blues, R&B, funk, and swing bands in the area.” It’s the perfect place to enjoy a night out without worrying about the regular bar crowd.
Cozzy’s Comedy Club has provided hilarious entertainment since 1991. Their acts often include famous comedians that can be seen on all the late-night shows. They also have a full-service bar and restaurant menu items to satiate any taste.
Ruby’s Arcade in Harrisonburg, Virginia, is underneath Clementine’s—another Harrisonburg mainstay. Ruby has arcade games, a couple of bowling lanes, full-service bar and restaurant menu. They’re open every day of the week except Monday.
One of America’s “Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants” according to Opentable.com, Claire’s at the Depot has won a myriad of awards from both print and online magazines. This restaurant and bar is located in a century old train station and serves “contemporary American cuisine—local, seasonally focused—with a Southern flair.” The unique atmosphere makes this spot a restaurant to remember and revisit often.