140 Virginia St.
Second Place: The Tobacco Company Club
Third Place: The Lucky Buddha
Last year readers named Off the Hookah as Richmond's Best New Bar. And the crowds just keep pouring through, a mix of ethnicities, ages and styles, waiting in line, wearing their clubbiest best, sizing each other up, renting hookahs, watching flair bartenders and scantily clad dancers, throwing back shots — and hitting the dance floor. You can't even get through the place without squeezing into the mass of moving bodies, picking up beats from DJs Ghozt and Raen and more and joining the waves like a paper boat thrown into a churning ocean. Shockoe Slip's Tobacco Company Club has a dance floor made for people-watching. And at the Lucky Buddha, its managing partner doubles as DJ Matthew Busch.