5 Best Cocktail Bars In Richmond, Virginia

cocktail bars in richmond
Trina Joy Cassey
Trina Joy Cassey 
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Why should you visit Richmond, Virginia? Let me tell you the reasons. Richmond, the capital of the Commonwealth Virginia, is the birthplace of one of the world’s famous poets, Edgar Allan Poe. The state capitol was built by Thomas Jefferson. In case you might want to see rats playing in a court, you’ve got to visit the Science Museum of Virginia, and be amazed. The city has the oldest market in the country and part of the world record for holding the biggest swimming lesson. It has 30 craft breweries and some of the best restaurants in the country. It has earned the title of the best affordable place to take a vacation and the most fun and affordable US city, making it a great place for tourists who are on a budget. Keep reading to learn about the best cocktail bars in Richmond, where you can hang out and have fun with locals.

1. Grandstaff & Stein

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Who knows what’s behind that wooden door? Do you have the guts to find out? Grandstaff and Stein will make you ask yourself, ”Is it real or just a fantasy?” The restaurant will make you travel back in time. The area is surrounded by dark wooden furniture and, they used barrels as tables. The ceilings have dangling single bulbs and the walls are made out of bricks. Their menu offers purely American Fare and the prices are reasonable. Try out their homemade chicken pot pie and filet mignon with asparagus and mashed potato. You may also get chocolate torte and blueberry cheesecake for dessert. If you’re under 21, you are only allowed to try their ”mocktails” that, are named after famous 1920s musicians including The Louie, The Billie, The Bessie, The Duke, and The Josephine. Say the password and discover the bar’s greatest secret.

Grandstaff & Stein

Address: 2113 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23223

Website: Grandstaff & Stein

Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 5pm - 12am; Thu: 5pm - 2am; Fri - Sat: 11am - 2am; Sun: 11am - 12am

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2. Outer City Lounge

The orgasm.

Posted by Outer City Lounge on Thursday, 27 June 2013

Located in the Chamberlayne Industrial Center, Outer City Lounge is a restaurant-bar custom-made for party animals. This bar offers fun entertainment for its guests. They have a game night where visitors can play board games, card games, X-box, and PlayStation while having some of their appetizing food and drinking great cocktails. It’s one of the best ways to mingle and make new friends. They hold an annual masquerade party where bar-goers can enjoy a buffet that comes with their ticket for only 10 dollars. So, if you want to have a good time with friends, Outer City Lounge is the best place for you.

Outer City Lounge

Address: 2030 Chamberlayne Ave Richmond, VA 23222

Website: Outer City Lounge

Opening hours: 4pm - 11pm (daily)

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3. The Jasper

Not a bad night for a drink. Photo cred to our buds @finegrain.rva #fullpours #honestprices #fullpourshonestprices #hashtag #cheflife #amiright

Posted by The Jasper on Thursday, 8 August 2019

Are you traveling with kids? Experience nightlife with your little ones at The Jasper. They allow children only until 10 in the evening. The bar has a nice ambiance and, the lighted candles will surely set your mood. They offer food that is perfectly matched with their drinks. They focus on mixed drinks and food is just a side order but their menu is a must-try! The bar is open seven days a week, from five in the afternoon until two after midnight. They are a first-come-first-serve bar-restaurant and don’t accept reservations. Seats are limited so better to arrive early. During the holiday season, The Jasper holds its annual Miracle Pop-Up Event. It transforms into a pop-up Christmas-themed cocktail bar with the name Miracle on Cary Street.

The Jasper

Address: 3113 W Cary St Richmond, VA 23221

Website: The Jasper

Opening hours: 5pm - 2am (daily)

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4. The Dark Room Lounge

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Posted by The Dark Room on Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Music is life and it makes people alive. Good music is best paired with high-quality drinks and, The Dark Room Lounge can provide you with both. It is a live music bar where people can enjoy appetizing food and great cocktails. They offer a variety of food on their menu, such as burgers, salads, and sandwiches, and you can even make your own pizza. It is a private venue that you can book in Richmond. They have a great team that is ready to cater to all the things you need for your event. This is a favorite music lounge in Scott’s Addition that serves house-made craft cocktails accompanied by a live band every night. They also have an open mic night and piano-backed karaoke every week, in case you like to showcase your talent in singing. It’s a perfect place for music lovers!

The Dark Room Lounge

Address: 2818 W Broad St suite b, Richmond, VA 23230, United States

Website: The Dark Room Lounge

Opening hours: 8pm - 12am (daily)

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5. Belle

Craft cocktails and southern food plus an outstanding service from its staff and crew make Belle a famous kitchen bar in Richmond. It has an astounding ambiance that attracts people to celebrate special occasions at their restaurant. They are known for serving tasty food at reasonable prices and, because they want their customers to have a good time, they also serve amazing craft cocktails. Dining at Belle will require you to book a table and if you’re reserving for a group of eight or more, it should be guaranteed with a credit card. It also caters to private parties.


Address: 700 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23219, United States

Website: Belle

Opening hours: Tue - Fri: 11am - 2pm, 5pm - 9pm; Sat 5pm - 9pm (closed on Sun & Mon)

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Unleash your inner social butterfly in Richmond

Mango Orange Cocktails With Ice
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Richmond is one of America’s oldest cities, and it is located in Virginia. It is an ideal hideaway destination for tourists who want to have an amazing time for it has a vibrant nightlife. Restaurants, cafes, and bars are scattered across the city. If you want to discover what Richmond has in store for you, use this list as your guide to planning a bar-hopping itinerary.

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Trina, a preschool teacher, is a working mom and a devoted wife to an analyst programmer. She's also a writer, cook, and travel enthusiast. Trina firmly believes that travel is a valuable...Read more

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