Top 21 Mid-Atlantic Nightlife Spots


1. Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge; Nashville, TN

422 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
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Mom’s was the original name of Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, Tootsie Bess bought Mom’s in 1960. She credits a painter with naming Tootsie’s. She came in one day to find that he had painted her place orchid…thus the name Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. Since then, they’ve been voted #1 Honky Tonk in The World.

2. Power Plant Live!; Baltimore, MD


601 East Pratt St. Baltimore, MD 21202
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With live music and several restaurants, Power Plant Live! really is Baltimore’s “Premier Entertainment Spot!”


3. 12th & Porter; Nashville, TN

114 12th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203
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Anyone who has seen a show at 12th & Porter will probably tell you it is one of the best sounding rooms in Nashville. What they will also tell you, if they have been in Nashville for more than 24 hours, is that the club is not only Nashvilles’, but also one of the country’s premiere and legendary clubs. The home of classic live recordings dating back to Townes Van Zandt’s Live and Obscure (circa 1985), the stage at 12th and Porter has hosted to some of the greatest touring artists and songwriters ever to play. Ryan Adams dropped 12th and Porter’s name in the lyrics of his Demolition record. Over the course of the thousands of shows and bands that have played at 12th and Porter, the club has experienced countless once in a lifetime moments. 12th & Porter is no stranger to rare only-in-Nashville shows. In August 2005, Neil Young performed an unannounced 45-minute solo show. 12th and Porter proudly continues its leading role in Nashville’s musical skyline.

3. Greene Street Club; Greensboro, NC

113 N. Greene Street, Greensboro, North Carolina
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Greene Street Club is one of the hottest spots in downtown Greensboro, located in the center of the city this a great place for college night specials and all your weekend drink and dance needs!

4. Catch 31, Virginia Beach

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.

5. Strange Matter; Richmond, VA

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!!!

6. Nellie’s Sports Bar, DC

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.

7. The View Restaurant & Lounge, NYC

Located in the New York Marriott Marquis | 1535 Broadway, New York, New York | 47th & 48th Floors
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New York’s only revolving rooftop restaurant, with breathtaking views of the city, 48 stories over the Manhattan skyline. Prix-fixe dinner menu, featuring contemporary American cuisine. The View is open for dinner and Sunday brunch.

8. ARTISTIKA Nightclub; Greensboro, NC

523 South Elm Street, Greensboro, North Carolina
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ARTISTIKA is an International Nightclub in the center of Greensboro. While the weekends are always guaranteed to be a good time, they also offer several dance lessons throughout the week like salsa, merengue, and bachata.

9. The Canal Club; Richmond, VA

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.

10. Rivermont Pizza; Lynchburg, VA

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.


11. Cha Cha’s Cantina; Richmond, VA

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!

12. Metro!; Roanoke, VA

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!

13. The White Hart Cafe; Lynchburg, VA

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.

14. The Public House; Norfolk, VA

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.

15. Restaurant Marvin, DC

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.

16. Whiskey Trader, NYC

71 W 55th St, New York, New York
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This bar and lounge is right in the center of the City’s biggest attractions like Rockefeller Center and 5th Avenue. They’ve got candlelit bars, video game nooks, and an internet jukebox.
The multi-level lounge has an old fashioned design, with modern twists here and there. Whiskey Trader has a full wine list and mixed drinks of your choice.

17. Clementine Cafe; Harrisonburg, VA

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.

18. commonwealthSKYBAR; Charlottesville, VA

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.

19. After Hours Tavern; High Point, NC

1614 N. Main Street, High Point, North Carolina
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After Hours is the best spot in High Point for a late night party. College specials every week and multiple live bands throughout the week, there is always something going on at After Hours!

20. The Artful Dodger Coffeehouse & Cocktail Lounge; Harrisonburg, VA

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.

21. Status Nightclub & Lounge; Winston-Salem, NC

411 W. 4th Street, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
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Status is the number one dance spot in the Triad area, located in the heart of Winston-Salem. You can go and relax with friends and good drinks or dance the night away. Also look for the option of VIP rooms for your special events!

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