The 10 Best Bars In Richmond, Virginia

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Jonathan Stern

Richmond, Virginia has fantastic bars of all kinds to choose from. The craft beer scene is especially strong, and in recent years the city has given rise to a number of excellent cocktail bars. Whether you prefer the friendly atmosphere of an Irish pub or are searching for a trendy cocktail spot, Richmond has just the bar for you.

1. Rosie Connolly's

Pub, American, Beer, Wine, Cocktails, Pub Grub

Rosie Connollys Pub & Restaurant, 17th Street Farmers Market, Richmond, Virginia
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Rosie Connolly’s is an Irish pub located in Shockoe Bottom that will make any Irishman feel right at home. This is the place to go for the best Guinness pour in Richmond, as well as other favorites like Harp, Smithwicks and Newcastle. Also featured is an array of single malt scotches and Irish whiskeys. Expect to make a friend or two at Rosie Connolly’s.

2. Saison

Restaurant, American

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Saison owners Adam Hall and Jay Bayer have imagined a unique style of food and drink through a blend of southern American and Central American flavors. Try one of the creatively named cocktails, like A Dutchman in Milan – a blend of gin, fresh lemon, Campari and celery shrub. Alternatively, try the Baby Alpaca, which is a modern take on the classic pisco sour. The cocktail list is constantly rotating, but the knowledgeable mixologists are always happy to create a custom-made wonder or an old favorite.

3. Southern Railway Taphouse

Bar, Restaurant, Beer, American, Wine, Cocktails, Vegetarian

Southern Railway Taphouse
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The beer selection at Southern Railway Taphouse rivals that of any bar, with a rotating list of 40 drafts and more than 100 craft bottles. Check their website to find out which drafts are available on any given day, as it is updated in real time. The spacious bar area is a high-energy, late night gathering place and the outdoor patio that overlooks the canal walk in downtown Richmond is perfect for the summer.

5. GWARbar

Bar, American

GWAR is a heavy metal band that formed at Virginia Commonwealth University in downtown Richmond in the 1980s. GWARbar, located just a few blocks from where the members met, pays tribute to the iconic band. GWARbar goes all-out on that theme, with band posters adorning the walls and fake blood splattered on the menus and the floor. You don’t have to be a heavy metal fan to enjoy GWARbar, however, as the burgers, fries and other comfort food are sure to hit the spot.

6. Mekong

Restaurant, American, Vietnamese, Beer, Asian, Vegan, Gluten-free

Over the past few years, Mekong has been recognized as one of the Great American Beer Bars. The beer selection at Mekong is excellent – with more than 100 different craft brews to choose from, you’ll find a number of rare and unique beers that are hard to find elsewhere. Perhaps most interesting is the fact that it’s all located in a restaurant serving delicious Vietnamese food.

7. Penny Lane Pub

Pub, Pub Grub, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, American

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Penny Lane Pub is an English pub which has adopted the slogan of the Liverpool Football Club, ‘You’ll never walk alone’. The downstairs bar scene is relaxed and the perfect spot to try some traditional British fare, such as the fish and chips or steak and Guinness pie. Head to the upstairs bar if you fancy a more lively scene and prefer to play billiards or darts.
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