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.
The Rogue Gentlemen is first and foremost a cocktail bar. Inspired by the pre-Prohibition era, the bar uses spirits, sugars, bitters and essential oils to re imagine the classic cocktails of that era. Can’t decide on a drink to order? Then go for the ‘Dealer’s Choice’ – choose any two adjectives from a list on the menu and the bartender will create a custom cocktail that suits your tastes. So whether you are looking for something spicy and smokey, or bitter and boozy, The Rogue Gentlemen has got you covered.
Address and telephone number: 618 N. First Street, Richmond, VA, USA +1 804 477 3456
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.
Address and telephone number: 23 W Marshall Street, Richmond, VA, USA +1 804 269 3689
Toast has eight different kinds of wine available on tap every day. There are also 17 beers on tap, including plenty of local brews. With a menu focusing on southern classics ‘with a twist’, Toast has become a Richmond household name. For those with an allergy to gluten, Toast has got you covered, with many delicious gluten-free drinks and snacks on offer. Make sure to order a bucket of the amazing sweet potato tots or the Parmesan truffle fries.
Address & telephone number: 7007 Three Chopt Road, Richmond, VA, USA +1 804 525 4525
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.
Address and telephone number: 217 W Clay Street, Richmond, VA, USA +1 804 918 9352