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Bars We Love 

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Carytown/Museum District

Babe's The only bar in town where you can play drunk volleyball with lesbians. 3166 W. Cary St., 355-9330.

Bandito's Burrito Lounge Always a crowd, open late nightly, packed dance floor. 2905 Patterson Ave., 354-9999.

Bin 22 @ Betsy's Casual wine bar, outdoor seating. Tuesday-Saturday. 3200 W. Cary St., 358-4501.

Café Diem Casual, friendly; live music nightly; open mic Monday. 600 N. Sheppard St., 353-2500.

Caliente Cozy, spicy hangout with happy regulars. 2922 Park Ave., 340-2920.

Can Can French brasserie with upscale bar scene, beautiful divorcees (aka cougars). 3120 W. Cary St., 358-7274.

Cary Street Café Twenty-something hippies pack the smoky house for jam bands, bluegrass. Covered patio, too. 2631 W. Cary St., 353-7445.

Corner Café Angular spot where everybody turns to see who's coming in. 800 N. Cleveland St., 355-1934.

Galaxy Diner A blast of bright chrome and retro styles with beers on tap and funny shots. 3109 W. Cary St., 213-0510.

Nacho Mama's Patio draws a crowd for Mexican beer and margaritas. 3449 W. Cary St., 358-6262.

New York Deli Carytown's new lady — long, dark, elegant and very popular. 2920 W. Cary St., 358-3354.

Thai Curry House DJs upstairs, Thai beers, crowded house on weekends. 3129 W. Cary St., 358-7027.

Church Hill

Acappella Dark basement bar with German food and drink. 2300 E. Broad St. 377-1963.

Millie's Diner One of the East Coast's finest hangover brunch spots with good Bloody Marys, nice wines. 2603 E. Main St., 643-5512.

Hill Café Busy but relaxed neighborhood spot, friendly servers. 2800 E. Broad St., 648-0360.

Poe's Pub "Dysfunctional family atmosphere," live music Tuesday-Saturday. A smoky row of hard-core regulars at the bar. 2706 E Main St., 648-2120.

Sensi Sexy lounge set off from restaurant by a chain curtain. 2222 E. Cary St., 648-3463.


Bank Marble bar, high ceilings, live music, eclectic crowd, drag show Sunday nights. 1005 E Main St., 648-3070.

Barcode Gay favorite. 6 E. Grace St., 648-2040.

Beauregard's Thai Room Upscale Thai restaurant, happy hour with exotic drinks, hidden courtyard. 103 E. Cary St., 644-2328.

Capital Ale House Winning beer list, suits to polos, open daily. 623 E. Main St., 643-2537.

Club 534 Hip-hop club near VCU. 534 N. Harrison St., 353-9670.

Club Z2 Huge gay club with sparse décor, run by former owners of Cosmopolitan. 2729 W. Broad St., 249-9930.

Corner Bar & Grill Down-home hangout, diverse crowd. 1301 W. Leigh St., 213-3046.

Cous Cous Sticky Rice crowd, sangria and mojitos by hip bartenders. 900 W. Franklin St., 358-0868.

Godfrey's Gay club, Sunday drag brunch, packed dance nights. 308 E. Grace St., 648-3957.

Manhattan's Four floors of atmosphere, laid-back VIP area. 112 N. Fifth St., 644-5777.

Mojo's VCU-area no-frills bar with casual vibe, friendly barmaids. 733 W. Cary St., 644-6676.

Penny Lane Pub Authentic English pub, poker nights Tuesday and Thursday. A Richmond landmark for beer lovers. 421 E. Franklin St., 780-1682.

TJ's Restaurant Relaxed but elegant place to meet for cocktails in The Jefferson Hotel. 101 W. Franklin St., 649-4672.

Tropical Soul Café Live music, popular Tuesday open-mic night, easygoing island vibe. 314 N. Second St., 771-1605.

East End

Checkered Flag Restaurant & Lounge NASCAR fans, country-western and Southern rock, open early daily. 4106 Williamsburg Road, 222-8322.

Midway Lounge Line-dancing classes Monday and Wednesday; two bars. 7514 Lee Davis Road, 746-8630.

The Fan

Avalon After-dinner drinkers fill the bar nightly. Extensive beer list. 2619 W. Main St., 353-9709.

Baja Bean Company Busy patio, beers, pub crawlers. 1520 W. Main St., 257-5445.

Bacchus Quiet, laidback Fan bar with coconut mojitos. 2 N. Meadow St., 355-9919.

Bamboo Café Quintessential Fan hangout: booths and bar. Lots of regulars. 1 S. Mulberry at Main, 353-1609.

Bogart's Hipster favorite for smoky live jazz. 203 N. Lombardy St., 353-9280.

Border Chophouse Make-your-own Bloody Mary on Sundays for $3. 1501 W. Main St., 355-2907.

Buddy's Place Post-college favorite for the khaki/polo shirt crowd. Low-cost pints, big patio/deck. 325 N. Robinson St., 355-3701.

Cabo's Corner Bistro Live jazz, blues or R&B nightly. Upscale crowd, classic Richmond setting. 2053 W. Broad St., 355-1144.

Commercial Tap House and Grill Clever beer menu, fine bar fare, Wednesday beer specials, cask-conditioned pump. 111 N. Robinson St., 359-6544.

Curbside Café Everyday Fan favorite, covered patio, drink specials. 2525 Hanover Ave., 355-7008.

Davis & Main Quiet and dark and...quiet. A place for conversation, if that's your thing. 2501 W. Main St. 353-6641.

Easy Street Low-key Fan spot with beer and highball specials, karaoke and live music. 2401 W. Main St., 355-1198.

Emilio's Live music, busy bar, salsa lessons Tuesdays, runs the gamut in clientele. 1847 W. Broad St, 359-1224. New suburban location at 7016 Woodlake Commons Loop, 639-8099.

Enoteca Sogno Relaxed wine bar with affordable European bottles. 2043 W. Broad St., 355-8466.

Helen's. When the dinner rush ends, the tattooed PBR crowd fills this copper-and-mirror bar. Coolness. 2527 W. Main St., 358-4370.

Hyperlink Café. Oxygen bar; cinema-size screen, live music. 814 W. Grace St., 254-1942.

Ipanema Café Low-ceilinged bar with cheap beer capturing vegetarians and Grace Street kids. 917 W. Grace St., 213-0170.

Martini Kitchen & Bubble Bar Over-the-top with 96 big martinis and a look-at-me crowd. 1911 W. Main St., 344-0979.

Metro Grill A line every weekend, young professionals, drink specials. 301 N. Robinson St., 353-4453.

Mulligan's Usually slammed upstairs deck, sports and brews down. 1323 W. Main St., 353-8686.

Nanci Raygun. Water fights and graffiti, live music. 929 W. Grace St., 353-4263.

Out of Bounds Pool hall with darts, wings, occasional bands and a crowd that "falls out of their chairs all the time." 2701 W. Broad St., 355-7390.

Roxy Café Frequent hangout of VCU scenesters. 1104 W. Main St., 342-7699.

Sidewalk Café The Fan's living room (with a disco ball). 2101 W. Main St., 358-0645.

Six Burner Restaurant and Bar Limoncello martinis, 30-somethings, Fan regulars. 1627 W. Main St., 353-4060.

Star Lite Dining & Lounge A Fan staple with pretty tattoos on pretty bartenders and a healthy dating site with a new covered patio. 2600 W. Main St., 254-2667.

Sticky Rice DJ that takes requests and a mid-20s to 40s crowd. 2232 W. Main St., 358-7870.

Taqueria Loco College crowd on weekends; 15 tequilas. 818 W. Broad St., 648-5626.

Three Monkeys Bar & Grill Martinis, mojitos, lookers and drinkers. 2525 W. Main St., 204-2525.

Village Café Crusty but colorful landmark; regulars collect near the entrance while diners line the walls. 1001 W. Grace St., 353-8204.

White Dog Barry rules the bar; a loyal, fun-loving crowd keeps it filled. 2329 W. Main St., 340-1975.


Caddy's Karaoke Monday-Saturday, smoky, lots of regulars. 13312 Midlothian Turnpike, 794-3007.

Extra Billy's Smoke House and Brewery Surburban brewery with daily happy hour. 1110 Alverser Drive, 379-8727.

Sportspage Bar & Grille Sports bar with occasional live music and 37 TVs (even in the bathrooms). 14245 Midlothian Turnpike, 379-1844.

North Side

Bahama Joe's Bikini contests, karaoke, party bus. 6922 Staples Mill Road, 262-9652.

Dot's Back Inn Where the 1950s come to tie one on; daily beer specials, loyal patrons, spontaneous dancing. 4030 MacArthur Ave., 266-3167.

Glenn's Tavern Live music, jazz-enthusiast regulars. 1509 Chamberlayne Ave., 321-3444.

Shenanigan's Eatery & Pub North Side favorite, relaxed and friendly, live music. 4017 MacArthur Ave., 264-5010.

SJ's Lakeside Tavern. The North Side's biker mecca, dark and smoky. You'll come out tougher at closing time. 5406 Lakeside Ave., 264-3799.

Yellow Tavern at Virginia Crossings Resort. Quiet, clubby setting away from it all. 1000 Virginia Center Parkway, 727-1400.

Shockoe Bottom

Alley Katz Richmond's "9:30 Club." 10 Walnut Alley, 643-2816.

Big Daddy's DJs Tuesday-Saturday and 50-cent highballs Friday. 1718 E. Main St., 344-5344.

Bottom Billiards Tons of tables right in the heart of the Bottom. 117 N. 18th St., 643-4323.

Bottoms Up Pizza New second-floor deck adds a scene to this local favorite. 1700 Dock St. (17th and Cary), 644-4400.

The Canal Club Local, regional, national bands; comedy downstairs on Wed. 1545 E. Cary St., 643-2582.

Doghouse Patriotic biker bar moving to Church Hill. 1719 E. Main St., 644-3004.

Element Lounge Like knocking one back in a ski lodge with martinis and close dancing. 119 N. 18th St., 788-8001.

Havana '59 The pretty people gather for mojitos, cigars, Latin American beers in faux-Cuban setting. 16 N. 17th St., 649-2822.

Have a Nice Day Café Groovy theme spot on three levels with different tunes, heavy dancing. 11 S. 18 St., 771-1700.

Honey Whyte's All American Café Cozy place with live music and stand-up comedy (not at the same time). 2116 E. Main St., 643-6022.

Jacqueomo's New Orleans-inspired restaurant with sophisticated bar. 101 N. 18th St., 344-5181.

The Mars Bar The '80s-est bar around, absinthe shots, compact dance floor and music from exactly one decade. 115 N. 18th St., 644-6277.

McCormack's Irish Pub The catcher's mitt for bands playing at Alley Katz, punks, Irish whiskey lovers. 12 N. 18th St., 648-1003.

Old City Bar Young professional and older bar crowd with city-view terrace, very-Richmond attitude. 1548 E. Main St., 644-4411.

River City Diner Hip industrial redesign in new spot across from Farmers' Market. 7 N. 17th St., 644-9418.

Rocks The inside bar has swirly lights and a dance floor to accommodate the line-up of DJs. The outside bar plays host to everything from concerts to wrestling. 1814 E. Main St., 648-7625.

Rosie Connolly's Pub and Restaurant Irish music jam second and fourth Wednesdays — bring your own instrument. 1548 E. Main St., 343-1063.

Sumo San Rowdy sushi bar with gregarious owner and his signature "sake bomb" shot. 1725 E. Main St., 643-6500.

Tiki Bob's Cantina Known for its huge, horny crowd of 20-somethings and the occasional old dude. 110 N. 18th St., 644-9091.

Wonderland Deep-fried tattoo hangout with periodic rock shows and heart-stopping appetizers. 1727 E. Main St., 643-9233.

Shockoe Slip

Berkeley Hotel Nightingale's Lounge next to the swank hotel's upscale restaurant features leather chairs for about a dozen. 1200 E. Cary St., 780-1300.

Cha Cha's Cantina Outdoor terrace, campy kitsch, Mexican beers and margaritas. 1419 E. Cary St., 726-6296.

Europa Shockoe Slip classic for after-work cocktails, late-night pickups. 1409 E. Cary St., 643-0911.

Lucky Lounge Casino-themed mating ground for the beautiful people. 1421 E. Cary St., 648-5100.

Richbrau Brewing Company & Restaurant Big and lively; jazz and blues, billiard tables, foosball, darts, dancing and Richbrau's own beer. 1214 E. Cary St., 644-3018.

Sam Miller's Warehouse Eclectic, acoustic-jam band weekends; young professionals and tourists pack the bar. 1210 E. Cary St., 644-5465.

Sin é Irish Pub & Restaurant Authentic Irish pub with karaoke Thursday and live bands weekends, busy terrace. 327 E. Cary St., 649-7767.

Tobacco Company Original Richmond nightspot; still-packed lively downstairs club; 40-somethings hang upstairs. Live music. 1201 E. Cary St., 782-9555.

Forest Hill/Westover Hills

The Forest Vintage spot that's not for the trendy. 5057 Forest Hill Ave., 233-1940.

The Locker Room Restaurant Sports, beers, neighborhood folks. 5035 Forest Hill Ave., 232-9446.

O'Toole's Restaurant. An Irish classic. Live music, darts, loads of regulars who sing along. 4800 Forest Hill Ave., 233-1781.

South Side

Cozy Corner. A neighborhood landmark boasting Richmond's oldest tavern license. Live music. Homemade barbecue. 933 German School Road, 233-3841.

Legend Brewing Co. Skyline view from deck, draft beers, Legend brews, live music, people you know. 321 W. Seventh St., 232-8871.

McGoos. Military décor, pool tables, dartboards, jukebox, pinball, free popcorn. 7114 Hull Street Road, 276-5577.

Murphy's Law Billiards and Sports Pub Pool, darts, karaoke on Wednesday; occasional bands. 6411 Chesterfield Meadows Drive, Chester, 796-9378.

Razzles Dressed-up nightclub with a variety of music. Inside Best Western. 9826 Midlothian Turnpike, 330-0007.

Rockfalls Tavern Dart leagues, poker Tuesday and Saturday, and live local bands weekends. 2813 Hathaway Road, 272-9470.

Stratford Grill Ladies' night and live music Thursday, karaoke Friday. 2805 Hathaway Road, 320-1218.

Terry's Restaurant & Lounge "Home away from home" for a 25-and-older crowd. 3817 Hull Street Road, 232-2087.

Visions The Holiday Inn Select's bar beckons line-dancing South Side wedding parties and curious onlookers. 1021 Koger Center Blvd., 379-3800.

West End

Arthur's Restaurant Dark bar at Inns of Virginia with white Russians and zydeco. 5215 W. Broad St., 288-2800.

Bleu Bistro Long happy hour, live music weekends. 8982 Quioccasin Road, 750-1120.

Breakers Sports Grill Nine pool tables and live music Wednesday-Saturday. 101 Wadsworth Drive, 323-8034. Second location at 9127 W. Broad St., 270-1461.

Capital Ale House Winning beer list, suits to polos, with patio, 4024-A Cox Road, 273-0261.

City Limit Newish West End bar with preppy crowd. 7007 Three Chopt Road, 282-4232.

Daddio's Grill A smattering of acoustic shows, pool tournaments and karaoke. 12385 Gayton Road, 754-1448.

Home Team Grill Sports theme, lots of regulars, new location coming to Fan. 11351 Nuckols Road. 967-9060.

Market Café Gas station with bar. Live music Tuesday-Friday. 10950 Nuckols Road, 934-0144.

Mekong Funniest menu on the planet and extensive collection of international beers, especially Belgian; karaoke. 6004 W. Broad St., 288-8929.

Palani Drive Beers on the patio for health-conscious, early-to-bed West Enders. 401 Libbie Ave., 285-3200.

Philip's Continental Lounge Old-school eatery with homemade limeade … with vodka! 5704 Grove Ave., 288-8687.

Pour House Long happy hour daily, sports on 50 TVs. 3438 Pump Road, 364-9083.

Rare Olde Times Somebody singing every night of the week; classic Irish pub with personality. 10602 Patterson Ave., 750-1346.

Shackleford's Restaurant Outdoor deck with music, fans and limeade martinis. 10496 Ridgefield Parkway, 741-9900.

Sharky's Bar & Billiard Pool hall with live music four nights a week. 4032-A Cox Road, 273-1888.

Tavern at Triangle Park Nonsmoking neighborhood spot for the post-collegiate faithful and their families. 7110 Patterson Ave., 282-8620.

The Triple Six pool tables and a 20s-to-30s crowd. 3306 W. Broad St., 359-7777.

VIP Restaurant & Lounge Hip-hop and reggae on Fridays. 6008 W. Broad St., 282-6518. S

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