From great service to cool interiors, these are the bars to place your drink order.
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If you’re looking for a chill place to relax and unwind, this is it. This bar is set in an industrial space filled with arcade games, but what really sets it apart is the self-serve tap. They also have great bar snacks at a counter-service station. Choose from 50 brews, and take a seat outside for a quiet break.
Those searching for a killer cocktail with a generous pour will find The Jasper to by far be the best option. There’s plenty of draft beer and wine, but the cocktail is king here. Classics have a place on the menu, but the house specialties are the way to go. Order an Unintended Consequences and see where the night takes you.
In case you’re not familiar, GWAR is a heavy metal 80s band founded at the university located in downtown Richmond, and this is a bar dedicated to them. It’s splattered in blood, often features live (loud) music and serves pub fare with some vegan options. Order a mixed drink from the quick-on-their-feet staff.
This Cuban-themed restaurant and bar will have you feeling south of the border in no time. From the exposed brick walls and hanging Edison-bulb lights to the palm trees and salsa dancing, this is a place to have a good time. Half the menu is dedicated to mojitos, but try the 90 Miles to Duval St. for a dangerously refreshing cocktail.
This clean, light-filled space makes for a breezy afternoon glass or a cozy, intimate evening. The bar features small-batch wines by the glass or bottle as well as a range of globally-sourced craft beers. If you’re in the mood for something stronger, order a Carytown Teas Bee’s Knees from the cocktail menu.
Wonderland takes horror-kitsch well beyond the confines of October. The ghoulish bar features live punk and metal bands often and makes a strong mixed drink. They offer plenty of beer options too.
Penny Lane Pub is something of a Richmond institution serving traditional British tavern fare. The space is warm and feels lived in. Take a seat and order a pint with some fish and chips.