203 N. Lombardy St.
Second Place: Capital Ale House
Third Place: F.W. Sullivan's Fan Bar & Grille
There's the sleek, modern interior. The ever-changing, mouth-watering drink list designed by mixologist Sean Rapoza. The nightly live music ranging from soulful and smooth to raucous and horn-infused. The eclectic and superb food menu. All of it — right down to the crowd — hip, unhip, beautiful, plain, weird, young and old — what's not to love about Balliceaux? Since opening in 2009 (has it been that long?) this Fan retreat has been a Richmond foodie's darling. But the bar rightfully deserves just as much credit for Balliceaux's continued success. Whether you're moving your feet in the backroom to the No BS Brass Band or Bio Ritmo, or sipping a craft cocktail in the more subdued setting up front, this bar just gets it right. When out-of-towners inevitably ask, "So what bar do I have to hit up?" Balliceaux is almost always near the top of our list. It's a boozy gem to be proud of. Capital Ale House gets it right with selection — vast — and location — every corner of town. And F.W. Sullivan's is a new mainstay of Main Street, drawing crowds inside and out to one of the precious few patios in its neighborhood.