We’ve compiled a list of the best bars for going out in Richmond. We hope you agree with us when we say that there’s just too many good places to settle on just two or three -- did we miss a favorite spot? Let us know in the comments.
Babe’s of Carytown is a LGBT-friendly bar with an outdoor patio, volleyball, poker and karaoke. The Sunday brunch features Southern-style classics and drinks. Plenty of locals, plenty of fun. Barcode is your standby for an after-work happy hour. Open seven days a week, there's never a cover and Sunday karaoke is the stuff of legends. For a little more fabulous, Godfrey's has drag performances on the bill most every day and special weekend drag brunches.
For those looking for familiar flair, Siné Irish Pub and Restaurant is nestled in Shockoe Slip along East Cary Street. With it’s authentic Irish wooden bar, a menu full of potato dishes and live music every weekend, it would be hard to not be drawn to it. By the way, their hot potato soup? To die for.
Tobacco Company is another great Shockoe Slip bar with plenty of taps for craft beer lovers. Need a drink after work or a place to get away? There’s live, local music Tuesday through Sunday for free. Want to get your dance on? No worries; head on down to the downstairs club to party.
If you aren’t in the mood to hang out downtown in the city, venture over to Carytown, the Museum District or the Fan.
Casual by day, elegant by night, Can Can Brasserie is the most well-known restaurants and bars in Carytown. The French-style dining offers a great selection of food and drinks with daily bar specials and monthly beer/wine dinners.
Honorable mentions in Carytown and Museum District include Galaxy Diner, Secco Wine Bar, Nacho Mama’s, Weezie’s, Amuse and Acacia. Each one offers a unique atmosphere and satisfying dining options to pair with the drink of your choice.
Not far from Carytown nestled among the hustle and bustle of VCU students lies The Fan.
Baja Bean is a favorite among locals of all ages because of the sprawling patios, good drinks and great food. There’s poker on Mondays, Bags tournaments on Tuesdays, cheap pool on Sundays and entertainment Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
It doesn’t get much better at City Dogs in the Fan - there’s live music every night except Sundays. This makes it a popular spot near the university, especially with students. The servers are super friendly and the hot dogs there are spot on.
Among locals, Balliceaux is probably one of the hippest spots to go in Richmond. The eatery features mouth-watering fare with adventurous drinks, an organic wine list and a jammed packed calendar full of indie rock music.
If none of those options entice you, venture just outside of Richmond for more great food, drinks and entertainment. Cafe Caturra and Extra Billy’s Smokehouse and Brewery is located just down the street in Midlothian. In the North Side, you can find Kitchen 64, Dot’s Back Inn and SJ’s Lakeside Tavern. If you plan on shopping near Short Pump Mall, check out Bar Louie, Barrel Thief Wine Shop and Café and Pour House.