The 10 Best Bars in Virginia Beach, Virginia

Photo of Prachi Vyas
9 February 2017

Virginia Beach has more to offer than just surf and sand, including a treasure trove of bars and lounges situated along Virginia’s coast. Here are 10 of the best bars to visit while you’re on vacation or just visiting for the day.

Murphy's of Virginia Beach

Pub, Restaurant, Seafood, Irish, American, Beer, $$$
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BBQ Pork Ribs
BBQ Pork Ribs | © Eric Sonstroem/Flickr
Murphy’s is a grand Irish pub, that has been keeping its customers loyal since 2003. Family-owned and operated since its founding, Murphy’s prides itself on its authentically Irish vibe, strong drinks, laid-back entertainment, and hearty meals. In the winter you can cozy around the four-sided fireplace, and in the summer you can gather on the spacious outdoor patio.

Hot Tuna Bar & Grill

Bar, Pub, Restaurant, Nightclub, American, Seafood, $$$
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Hot Tuna Bar & Grill is the kind of pub-restaurant-tavern that you come across once in a lifetime. It’s a steakhouse and seafood grill, but you can literally see the chefs’ passion for cooking and witness firsthand the bartenders’ zeal for mixing drinks. The atmosphere is vibrant, alive, and promises to put you in a good mood.

El Tapatio

Restaurant, Mexican, American, Fast Food, $$$
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Don’t waste a moment in checking out the popular Mexican restaurant El Tapatio. Located just south of Virginia Beach in a pocket of Alanton, El Tapatio specializes in speedy service but promises not to skimp on quality in the process. The tapas-sized tacos are the perfect accompaniment to the decadently strong margaritas.

Brass Bell Steakhouse

Brass Bell Steakhouse is a haven for lovers of steak as well as being a popular place to get strong-bodied brews and even stronger cocktails. Here, you can challenge your friends to a game of billiards or a round of karaoke while chowing down on tender sirloin and sipping some frosty beers.

Address and telephone number: 1628 Independence Blvd 1512, Virginia Beach, VA 23455 +1 (757) 464-2720


Bistro, Pub, Restaurant, American, Gluten-free, Vegetarian, Fast Food
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Espresso Martinis
Espresso Martinis | © John Hope/Flickr
Pacifica is a little bistro-pub that you would never think could be so much fun on the inside. Reviewers rave about the three pillars of Pacifica: great tapas, strong drinks, and friendly staff. The drinks are as extraordinary as they are intoxicating, and each one comes with its own “warning label” tagline.

Lubo Wine Tasting Room

Market, Restaurant, American, Beer, Wine, $$$
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Wine degustation
Wine degustation | © Vins Rhône/Flickr
Head over to the Lubo Wine Tasting Room on Pleasure House Road. It looks like a sleek wine cellar on the inside, and its menu is geared toward true wine enthusiasts and connoisseurs. With an emphasis on casual dining and the global wine market, Lubo offers a spacious yet cozy environment to sample red, white and sparkling wines from around the world.

No Frill Bar & Grill

Bar, American, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, Fast Food, $$$
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The name says it all, really; there are no frills and no pretensions at the No Frill Bar And Grill. You and your friends can enjoy the vibrant paintings that coat No Frill’s walls, the hard wood floors and warm lighting, and the extensive wine lists that perfectly complement the delectable dessert menu.

Keagan’s Irish Pub and Restaurant

Bar, Pub, Restaurant, Irish, Beer, Pub Grub, Wine, Cocktails, $$$
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Beers | © Michael Stern/Flickr
Centrally located in The Town Center of Virginia Beach, Keagan’s Irish Pub and Restaurant is a roomy, low-key bar that you’ll always find brimming with life and energy. Keagan’s is not your average Irish gastropub; it’s a live entertainment venue seven nights a week, offering everything from acoustic sessions to pub trivia.

Fire & Vine

Fire & Vine refines grilling with its simple yet robust culinary offerings, which serve as the perfectly charred accompaniments to its incredible selection from the vine. Here, flame is the name of the game: the atmosphere is warm and inviting, with low lighting and attractive décor.

Address and telephone number: 1556 Laskin Rd #134 Virginia Beach, VA 23451 +1 (757) 333-4824

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