Top 20 Nightlife Spots In Virginia

By Maggie Comeau, Content Manager

1. Catch 31, Virginia Beach

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3001 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
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Start your exciting, beach-front dining experience with an open-air kitchen and hardwood grill. Serve only the freshest fish; fifteen or more varieties, flown in fresh. Add the Catch 31 raw bar overflowing with iced shellfish: oysters, crab, mussels, shrimp and other seasonal seafood. And already you know, this is where you’ll have that perfect Virginia Beach oceanfront meal.

Catch 31 is the ultimate year round destination for the stylish, hip and high energy crowd. Featuring the area’s most extensive raw bar, largest variety of fresh fish, and amazing views from the outdoor patio featuring fire pits and seasonal live music.

2. Strange Matter, Richmond

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929 W Grace St, Richmond, Virginia 23220
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Welcome to Strange Matter! Richmond, Virginia’s home for the best in underground music, art, and culture, vegan friendly and carnivore approved eats, and the city’s best classic arcade!!!

3. Nellie’s Sports Bar, DC

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900 U Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia
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Nellie’s Sports Bar is a crazy fun gay and sports bar that always has something happening from the game to RuPaul’s Drag Race viewing parties, drag brunches and poker nights.

4. The Canal Club, Richmond

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1545 E Cary St, Richmond, Virginia 23219
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Located in the historic river district in downtown Richmond, VA, The Canal Club is a two floor venue featuring national, regional and local acts on a weekly basis! Full food and bar are available on both floors.

5. Rivermont Pizza, Lynchburg

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2496 Rivermont Ave, Lynchburg, Virginia
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The name may suggest a simple pizza parlor, but Rivermont Pizza is actually a fun bar with a great beer selection.

6. Cha Cha’s Cantina, Richmond

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1419 E Cary St, Richmond, Virginia 23219
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Cha Cha’s provides a unique experience on a nightly basis, like their Wednesday night Water Pong Tournament! Call them up for details!

7. Metro!, Roanoke

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14 Campbell Ave SE, Roanoke, VA 24011
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Metro! is downtown Roanoke’s premier modern American restaurant and nightspot. Their menu is a unique mix of European and continental inspired cuisine. The cocktails are hand crafted and poured to perfection. The DJs are world-class performers and second to none. Check it out and see for yourself why everyone raves about Metro!

8. The White Hart Cafe, Lynchburg

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1208 Main St, Lynchburg, VA 24504
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The White Hart is something special. It’s a place where locally-sourced food, great books, and people of every background and social group, meet in harmony. The White Hart represents the beauty of Lynchburg’s historic Main St., but it also represents the beauty of the human soul, relationships, and conversation. You’re invited to play a role in becoming part of this community. A community that’s vital to downtown Lynchburg.

9. The Public House, Norfolk

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1112 Colley Ave, Norfolk, Virginia
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The Public House has a lovely selection of beers and some crazy cocktails. They tons of beer events, as well.

10. Restaurant Marvin, DC

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2007 14th St NW, Washington, District of Columbia
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Restaurant Marvin, in the heart of the U Street Corridor in NW DC, is a Belgian Soul Food fusion bistro named in homage to DC’s own Marvin Gaye and the two years he spent in Ostend Belgium.

Inspired by the story of Marvin Gaye’s infamous two years in self-imposed exile in the small Belgian town of Ostend, the creators of Marvin have combined the cafe society of Belgium, with the proud soul of Shaw.

11. Clementine Cafe, Harrisonburg

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153 S Main St, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801
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Clementine Cafe provides quality food, live music, creative drinks, art, films and community events in a comfortable urban atmosphere. They provide an atmosphere that is both sophisticated and accessible to everyone. They are always seeking artists, musicians, photographers, amateur filmmakers, community organizers, grassroots journalists, and pretty much all types of creative folks that want to engage and utilize their lounge or stage.

12. commonwealthSKYBAR, Charlottesville

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422 E Main St, Charlottesville, Virginia
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commonwealthSKYBAR’s rooftop bar is buzzing with so much energy, because it’s one of the most popular late night spots on The Charlottesville Downtown Mall.

13. The Artful Dodger Coffeehouse & Cocktail Lounge, Harrisonburg

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47 Court Square, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801
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The coffee is great, the breakfasts are delicious and the artwork sets the mood in The Artful Dodger Coffeehouse & Cocktail Lounge. They have salsa nights, dance parties and live music.

14. Steamers Seafood Grill & Bar, Fredericksburg

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430 Chatham Heights Road, Fredericksburg, Virginia
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Steamers is another great neighborhood bar that includes everything from corn hole, karaoke, and several televisions. They always have awesome drink specials and great seafood! They now have three locations in the Fredericksburg area so be sure to check them out.

15. Escafe, Charlottesville

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215 Water St W, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Escafe has Drag Queen performances, live music and music videos playing on screen and everyone their loves to dance. When you need a break from the dance floor, they have excellent fries!

16. Martin’s Downtown, Roanoke

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413 1st St SW, Roanoke, VA 24011
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Martin’s Downtown is proudly locally owned and operated, awarded Roanoke’s Best Live Music Venue and Downtown Roanoke’s Best Lunch. Making Roanoke cooler…one weekend at a time!

17. Hokie House, Blacksburg

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322 N Main St, Blacksburg, Virginia
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Hokie House is a town favorite. It’s not hard to see why, once you get a look at their daily specials.

18. Bardo – Edibles and Elixirs, Norfolk

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430 W 21st St, Norfolk, Virginia
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Bardo – Edibles and Elixirs features craft cocktails and inspired New American small plates.

19. Top Of The Stairs, Blacksburg

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217 College Ave, Blacksburg, Virginia
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Top Of The Stairs is a fun and crazy bar with awesome BBQ.

20. Colonial Tavern, Fredericksburg

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406 Lafayette Blvd, Fredericksburg, Virginia
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Colonial Tavern is an Irish tavern with tons of fun events. They have trivia nights, open mics, live music and more.

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Maggie Comeau, Content Manager

Maggie Comeau is the content manager of Scoutology. Her favorite things to write about are sweets, brunch and burgers.

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