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Bars and nightlife in Richmond

Top bars

“With the exception of Legend's ont the Southside, this is the OG brewery that got the micro-brew movement going in Richmond. Their classic, the Single, can't be beaten!”
  • 53 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
“Great food and excellent cocktails. Acclaimed New Southern fare in a homey, country-chic space with craft cocktails & Virginia wines.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
“3 blocks, 5 minute walk. Small neighborhood grocery (good wine/beer selection) and Café. Cozy bar, inside and outside seating area. Great sandwich and soup specials. ”
  • 47 locals recommend
“One of the first local breweries in Richmond. Great views of the city and wonderful food. Beer menu includes long time favorites and seasonal brews. Wine, cider and other selections are also available. Often has live music on the weekends.”
  • 35 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Can Can is actually a great place to eat lunch or dinner, but I like it most in the early morning for coffee. it's perfect place for an 8am business date, or to go read a book with french press and the windows open. They also have an absinthe bar for later in the day.”
  • 41 locals recommend
German Restaurant
“Just a 7 min walk. The menu is diverse but German styled. One of the owners, Chef Brittanny Anderson was born in Richmond, trained in New York at Blue Hill Stone Barns and Northern Spy Food Co. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Favorite comfort food. They have a very diverse menu and everything on their is great”
  • 34 locals recommend
Food & Drink Shop
“Hip hangout with a chill atmosphere & New American classics, plus unique beers & seasonal cocktails.”
  • 31 locals recommend


“Located 20 floors above Richmond's financial district, Kabana is a rooftop bar, lounge and terrace offering hand-crafted cocktails, beer, wine and small snacks.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Night Club
“We will leave free entrance passes for the club on the wooden coffee table. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
“They always have something going on depending on the night, whether it's bingo or food specials. Great place for night life too.”
  • 13 locals recommend
“Restaurant by day and college hotspot by night! If you are interested in secular pop music this is the club for you. Typically catered to college students, $5 cover charge”
  • 7 locals recommend
“Casual American food. (good brunch with TVs, good beer list, walking distance from your stay.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Night Club
“Sports bar- lots of TVs on one side but also has a calmer, more family friendly on the other side of the restaurant (divided by a wall), outdoor seating, delicious food.”
  • 6 locals recommend
“LGBTQ friendly bar that is the best place in the city for dancing. Super fun for going out late night!”
  • 5 locals recommend

Music venues

Music Venue
“This place is most known for their live music scene. Many groups, bands, artists perform their concerts at the National.”
  • 29 locals recommend
“During summertime, they always have different kinds of festivals for food and music and it's always a great experience. You always have a choice of many different food trucks and brews. It's usually cheap to get tickets to whatever is going on as well.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“This Forest Hill institution is a great place to enjoy coffee, ice cream, beer, wine, or a meal. They have live music most nights and an outdoor seating area.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“Highly recommended by one of our vegetarian friends as having great vegetarian/vegan options.”
  • 23 locals recommend
“This bar & restaurant has live music most nights. It may or may not be to your taste. They also have arcade machines in the back. Worth a stop for a drink if there isn't a cover! Grab dinner here or at Ipanema and check it out. Very Richmond and on the VCU campus. 11 min walk.”
  • 7 locals recommend
“Great place to observe the James River running through an urban area..... Downtown Richmond. Enjoy concerts and outdoor vendors as well.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Paella Restaurant
“Great spot to go dancing on a Tuesday night or on the weekend when they have live music. You can enjoy the free salsa dancing classes on Tuesday before they open up the floor to everybody. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Music Venue