The best Richmond bars

7 Of The Best Bars In Richmond

Bars often double as pubs or grills in cosy Virginia, though there are always plenty of options for beer and wine bars. These best bars in Richmond serve some of the best drinks around.

From great service to cool interiors, these are the bars to place your drink order.

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1. The Circut Arcade Bar

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.

The 7 Richmond bars in Virginia

2. The Jasper

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.

The 7 best Richmond bars in Virginia

3. GWARbar

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.

The 7 best Richmond bars in Virginia

4. Havana 59 Downtown

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.

The 7 best Richmond bars in Virginia

5. Secco Wine Bar

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.

6. Wonderland

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.

7. Penny Lane Pub

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.

Molly Harris

Molly Harris is a freelance travel journalist dividing her time between the United States and the Western Balkans.

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