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Carytown/Museum District



BANDITO'S BURRITO LOUNGE
Featuring Texas hold 'em, dancing Thursday-Saturday and big-screen TVs for sports fans.
2905 Patterson Ave., 354-9999.

BIN 22 @ BETSY'S
Located inside of a coffee shop; nice view from the patio.
3200 W. Cary St., 358-4501.

CAFé DIEM
Live music six nights a week, quality food, pleasant vibe.
600 N. Sheppard St., 353-2500.

CALIENTE
Hot food for a hot price; offering a wide selection of beer and wine.
2922 Park Ave., 340-2920.

CARY STREET CAFé
Known for its live music with the volume turned way up.
2631 W. Cary St., 353-7445.

CORNER CAFé
Four booths and 12 bar seats, a small, cozy environment; well-priced, satisfying meals.
800 N. Cleveland St., 355-1954.

GALAXY DINER
Charming environment; Internet jukebox plays tunes from the Web.
3109 W. Cary St., 213-0510.

NACHO MAMA'S
Capturing the mood of the Carytown; more than 23 margarita flavors.
3449 W. Cary St., 358-6262.

NEW YORK DELI
Deli-turned-deli-with-drinks; DJs every night.
2920 W. Cary St., 358-3354.

THAI CURRY HOUSE
Fine dining at fair prices; authentic Thai and Vietnamese food and décor, mirrored walls.
3129 W. Cary St., 358-7027.

Church Hill



ACAPPELLA
New pub menu features entrées $7-$10; iPod nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays allow guests to play DJ.
2300 E. Broad St., 377-1963.

MILLIE'S DINER
Good selections of wine and champagne; no official menu for mixed drinks -- place an order, and they'll try to accommodate.
2603 E. Main St., 643-5512.

HILL CAFé
There when you need it, open till 2 a.m. seven days a week; distinctive wine list; nice and casual.
2800 E. Broad St., 648-0360.

POE'S PUB
Popular spot for old-timers and newbies alike; live music Thursday-Saturday.
2706 E. Main St., 648-2120.

SENSI
Luxury bar complete with spa and comfortable seating; first servings of all dishes available.
2222 E. Cary St., 648-3463.



Downtown



BANK
Chic décor a la New York City; food is a mix of Asian, Cuban, Mediterranean and Southern cuisines.
1005 E. Main St., 648-3070.

BARCODE
Gay video bar with an upbeat environment.
6 E. Grace St. 648-2040.

BEAUREGARD'S THAI ROOM
Unique drinks to go nicely with an order of pad Thai; outdoor patio.
103 E. Cary St., 644-2328.

CAPITAL ALE HOUSE
Older crowd transitions into collegians as the night wears on; bands three times a week.
623 E. Main St., 780-2537.

CLUB 534
College students and locals gather for urban hip-hop.
534 N. Harrison St., 353-9670.

CLUB Z2
All-night, gay dance club with a large, renovated dance floor in the back.
2729 W. Broad St., 249-9930.

CORNER BAR & GRILL
Inventive menu offers home-cooked delights; nice neighborhood spot.
1301 W. Leigh St., 213-3046.

COUS COUS
Bar best known for its sangria; tapas-style food is a fusion of Mediterranean and Moroccan; vegetarian- and vegan-friendly.
900 W. Franklin St., 358-0868.

GODFREY'S
Gay club with drag shows Wednesday-Sunday (except Friday), Sunday drag brunch.
308 E. Grace St., 648-3957.

MANHATTAN'S
Classy stop for food and chat with room for VIPs.
112 N. Fifth St., 644-5777.

MOJO'S
Philly cheese-steaks, frequent specials on food; great place to watch "the game," whatever that game might be.
733 W. Cary St., 644-6676.

TROPICAL SOUL CAFé
Nice social atmosphere, great for networking; poetry on Tuesdays and old-school Saturdays, featuring a blend of reggae, soul and R&B.
314 N. Second St., 711-1605.



East End



CHECKERED FLAG RESTAURANT & LOUNGE
Karaoke Wednesdays and Thursdays and live bands on Friday; charming racing décor.
4106 Williamsburg Road, 222-8322.

MIDWAY LOUNGE
Bands on Friday; horseshoe bar with a large dance floor; display with the names of those who died at the Battle of Midway.
7514 Lee David Road, 746-8630.



The Fan



AVALON
New American cuisine served tapas-style; open till 2 a.m.
2619 W. Main St., 353-9709.

BAJA BEAN COMPANY
Great patio; affordable; poker Monday, DJ Tuesday.
1520 W. Main St., 257-5445.

BACCHUS
Popular spot with the locals, so much so that it's hard to get a table; dessert cocktails.
2 N. Meadow St., 355-9919.

BAMBOO CAFé
Great bar food, killer brunch and specials all the time.
1 S. Mulberry at Main, 353-1609.

BOGART'S
Much adored Back Room hosts some of the city's best jazz Monday-Saturday.
203 N. Lombardy St., 353-9280.

BORDER CHOPHOUSE
Rotating display wall featuring works by local artists; savory steaks; Bloody Mary bar on Sundays.
1501 W. Main St., 355-2907.

BUDDY'S PLACE
Loyal old-timers hold down the fort; brunch is a highlight, particularly the crab cake Benedict.
325 N. Robinson St., 355-3701.

CABO'S CORNER BISTRO
Popular spot; exotic food; live jazz, blues and R&B.
2053 W. Broad St., 355-1144.

COMMERCIAL TAPHOUSE AND GRILL
Richmonders of all ages meet in close quarters; large groups should expect a wait.
111 N. Robinson St., 359-6544.

CURBSIDE CAFé
Simple stop in the Fan with a patio and the occasional game of bingo.
2525 Hanover Ave., 355-7008.

DAVIS & MAIN
Grilled sandwiches to die for and American cuisine to die for; building dates back to 1910.
2501 W. Main St., 353-6641.

EASY STREET
Weekly events, outdoor dining, online coupons available. Mimosas and brunch make for an easy good time.
2401 W. Main St., 355-1198.

EMILIO'S
Two-year-old restaurant at the former Richie's did well enough to open a location in Woodlake. Inventive tapas; live music in abundance.
1847 W. Broad St., 359-1224.
7016 Woodlake Commons Loop, 639-8099.

ENOTECA SOGNO
Great wine affordable by the bottle; tasty Italian food, though the menu doesn't offer many options.
2043 W. Broad St., 355-8466.

HELEN'S
Once known as a stuffy destination, it's lightened up thanks to a new menu and late-night tattoo crowd.
2527 W. Main St., 358-4730.

HYPERLINK CAFé
Choice locale for fans of sipping and surfing. Weekly events; oxygen bar.
814 W. Grace St., 254-1942.

IPANEMA CAFé
Basement joint in the Fan. Vegetarian and vegan cuisine good enough to convert devout carnivores.
917 W. Grace St., 213-0170.

MARTINI KITCHEN & BUBBLE BAR
Standing-room-only bar scene and three pages of the restaurant's menu devoted to martinis.
1911 W. Main St., 254-4904.

METRO GRILL
Deals for dates on Tuesday nights; loud music, varied menu.
301 N. Robinson St., 353-4453.

MULLIGAN'S
Large deck, ample TVs for sports fans; pingpong and pool to bring out the athlete in us all.
1323 W. Main St., 353-8686.

OUT OF BOUNDS
Sports bar with above-average food, 25-cent wings on Tuesdays and Thursdays; pinball, darts and pool to entertain.
2701 W. Broad St., 355-7390.

ROXY CAFé
VCU hangout for Mexicana, salad and sandwiches.
1104 W. Main St., 342-7699.

SIDEWALK CAFé
Intimate setting with a varied menu from quesadillas to spaghetti; crowded at night.
2101 W. Main St., 358-0645.

SIX BURNER RESTAURANT AND BAR
Regulars abound at this quintessential Fan bistro; roast duck comes highly recommended; artwork from local artists on display.
1627 W. Main St., 353-4060.

STAR LITE DINING & LOUNGE
Music every Sunday, patio made for people watching; crowd enjoys a party and bartenders do their best to provide.
2600 W. Main St., 254-2667.

STICKY RICE
Events every night, from discount sushi to "myPod" DJ-ing.
2232 W. Main St., 358-7870.

THREE MONKEYS BAR & GRILL
Bar-goers in need of a little something can indulge in appetizers, the highlight of the menu. Patio dining.
2525 W. Main St., 204-2525.

VILLAGE CAFé
Frill-less diner serves its drinks in mini-pitchers. College nights Wednesdays and Sundays.
1001 W. Grace St., 353-8204.



Midlothian



CADDY'S
Regulars both loyal and friendly, so-so food, frequent karaoke.
13312 Midlothian Turnpike, 794-3007.

EXTRA BILLY'S SMOKEHOUSE AND BREWERY
Beer and BBQ attract customers. Smallest brewery in Richmond.
1110 Alverser Drive, 379-8727.

SPORTSPAGE BAR & GRILL
Shrimp night on Sundays, TVs coming out of the woodwork. Daily deals on drinks.
14245 Midlothian Turnpike, 379-1844.



North Side



BAHAMA JOE'S
Bar provides the DD via party bus; variety of inebriants including frozen drinks; frequent events.
6922 Staples Mill Road, 262-9652.

DOT'S BACK INN
Charming, kitschy atmosphere; comfort food and cold beer.
4030 MacArthur Ave., 266-3167.

GLENN'S TAVERNA good place to dance. Live music and jazz. Soul food.
SHENANIGAN'S EATERY & PUB
Frequent live music in a friendly pub environment where regulars abound, yummy food.
4017 MacArthur Ave., 264-5010

SJ'S LAKESIDE TAVERN
Smoky lunch and dinner destination for American food. Live music.
5406 Lakeside Ave., 264-3288

YELLOW TAVERN AT VIRGINIA CROSSINGS RESORTGood bar food with large portions. Play golf while you're at it.
1000 Virginia Center Parkway, 727-1400.



Shockoe Bottom



ALLEY KATZ
The "9:30 Club" of Richmond, with pizza available all night to save a trip later.
10 Walnut Alley, 643-2816.

BIG DADDY'S
Sports bar atmosphere with three bars, over 50 TVs. Dancing and karaoke.
1718 Main St., 344-5344

BOTTOM BILLIARDS
Diverse menu, casual setting full of families, pool tables everywhere.
117 N. 18th St., 643-4323.

BOTTOMS UP PIZZA
Giant, award-winning pizza slices promotes a New York vibe. Good beer.
1700 Dock St. (17th and Cary), 644-4400.

THE CANAL CLUBMusic venue with local, regional and national acts; pool, free wireless, wide selection of beer.
1545 E. Cary St., 643-2582.

DOGHOUSE
Biker vibe, cheap beer, darts and pinball, sandwich fare. Not a good place to stay sober.
1719 E. Main St., 644-3004.

ELEMENT LOUNGE
Couches and two fireplaces aid the unwinding process. Weekly events include karaoke, dancing, poker.
119 N. 18th St., 788-8001.

HAVANA '59
Like Cuba in the 1950s. Known for seafood and ideal for group dining. Deck upstairs.
16 N. 17th St., 780-2822.

HAVE A NICE DAY CAFé Party scene full of gyrating ladies. College night on Wednesday. Also known for bachelorette parties.
11 S. 18th St. 771-1700.

HONEY WHYTE'S ALL AMERICAN CAFé
Great burgers and deals on drinks. Drinking crowd only past 9 on the weekend. Live music and comedy.
2116 E. Main St., 643-6022.

THE MARS BAR
Where else can you find Milli Vanilli Karaoke? Small dance floor perfect for rubbing leg-warmers. '80s bar with nightly events, open to 2 a.m. daily.
115 N. 18th St., 644-6277.

MCCORMACK'S IRISH PUB
Live music featuring a mix of alternative and Irish. Affordable food and drink.
12 N. 18th St., 648-1003.

OLD CITY BAR
Micro-brewery with classic Virginia dining, good steak. Outdoor patios.
1548 E. Main St., 644-4411.

RIVER CITY DINER
Jukeboxes abound in a kitschy '50s atmosphere with breakfast served all day, so any time can be the morning after.,bR>7 N. 17th St., 644-9418.

ROCKS
Nightly events range from '90s to Euro-trash. Heated outdoor patio. Game room. Bars inside and out. Frequent live music.
1814 E. Main St., 648-7625.

SUMO SAN
Nontraditional Japanese fare with enticing drinks like "sexytini" and "pucker-up martini," among others.
1725 E. Main St., 643-6500.

TIKI BOB'S CANTINA
Open Tuesday (college night) and Thursday-Friday. Great for crazy college and bachelorette parties.
110 N. 18th St., 644-9091.

WONDERLAND
Self-defined "freak show" with frequent live music. Nightly drink specials. Fried macaroni puts a spin on mom's classic.
1727 E. Main St., 643-9233.



Shockoe Slip



CHA CHA'S CANTINA
Margaritas, specialties, and other fine drinks. Specials on food most nights, Friday is fiesta night and Saturday is DJ night.
1419 E. Cary St., 726-6296.

EUROPA
Tapas-style cuisine, downstairs Bodega Room hosting dancing and private functions.
1409 E. Cary St., 643-0911.

LUCKY BUDDHA
Eastern lounge setting with vibrant night life starting around 11 p.m. Available VIP area. Formerly the Lucky Lounge.
1421 E. Cary St., 648-5100.

RICHBRAU BREWING COMPANY & RESTAURANT
Upstairs dance club Thursday-Saturday. TVs, billiards, darts, foosball. Live jazz on Fridays and Saturdays.
1214 E. Cary St., 644-3018.

SAM MILLER'S WAREHOUSE
Straight out of the Northeast with a boisterous downstairs, quieter upstairs. Deals on drinks and food every day. Oyster bar. Known for crab cakes.
1210 E. Cary St., 644-5465.

TOBACCO COMPANY
Frequent events and live music combined with a classy atmosphere attract the young and old. Club open Thursday-Saturday till 2 a.m. Good drink selection.
1201 E. Cary St., 782-9555.



Forest Hill/Westover Hills





South Side



COZY CORNER
Richmond's oldest tavern license. Regulars stop by for races and country food. Karaoke on Fridays and Saturday. Live music.
933 German School Road, 233-3841.

LEGEND BREWING CO.
Weekly events including live music on Tuesday. Large deck offers view of skyline.
321 W. Seventh St., 232-3446.

MCGOOSKaraoke on Thursdays, DJ on Fridays, live music every other Saturday. Pool tables. Nice hole-in-the-wall spot for older folk.
7114 Hull Street Road, 276-5577.

MURPHY'S LAW BILLIARDS AND SPORTS PUB
Pool and darts available for league play or just for fun. Outside patio. Some special events.
6411 Chesterfield Meadows Drive, Chester, 796-9378.
New Midlothian location: 13995 Raised Antler, 739-0800.

RAZZLES
Loud Top 40 music, special events. Attendees come out with someone new on their arms. Inside a Best Western.
9826 Midlothian Turnpike, 330-0007.

ROCKFALLS TAVERN
Darts, pool and good pizza. Live music on weekends. Half family restaurant, half bar.
2813 Hathaway Road, 272-9470.

STRATFORD GRILL
Weekly events including karaoke Fridays and live music Saturdays. Cheap American food; best known for seafood.
2805 Hathaway Road, 320-1218.

VISIONS
Good for those 21 and over (sometimes way over), especially those inclined to line-dancing and the '70s. Nightly events. In the Holiday Inn Select.
021 Koger Center Blvd., 379-3800.



West End



ARTHUR'S RESTAURANT
Dancing, comedy, TV with sports and live music. At Inns of Virginia.
5215 W. Broad St., 288-2800.

BLEU BISTRO
Open till 2 a.m. seven days a week, with frequent events from performers to DJ to amateur karaoke. Free Wi-Fi. Patio dining.
8982 Quioccasin Road, 750-1120.

BREAKERS SPORTS GRILL
Arcade, darts, pool, lots of TVs. Rock and folk performed live most nights Tuesday-Sunday and a hopping singles scene.
101 Wadsworth Drive, 323-8034.
9127 W. Broad St., 270-1461.

CAPITAL ALE HOUSE
Unlike its cousin on Main St., this one's more popular with an older bunch. New this month: outdoor beer garden with its own menu.
4024-A Cox Road, 780-2537.

CITY LIMITRecently renovated space on the edge of Henrico County. Plasma-screen televisions, intimate booths, open mic on Mondays. Specials every night.
7007 Three Chopt Road, 282-4232.

DADDIO'S GRILL
Family-style restaurant offers karaoke, poker, bands on Sundays draws an older crowd.
12385 Gayton Road, 754-1448.

HOME TEAM GRILL
Good after-work spot for sports fans in need of a TV away from home. Variety of martinis.
11351 Nuckols Road, 967-9060.
New Fan location: 1630 W. Main St., 254, 7360.

MARKET CAFé
Frequent live performances pair with deals on beer and martinis. Gas station setting.
10950 Nuckols Road, 924-0144.

MéKONG
Vietnamese Karaoke. Extensive menus with flavors drawing from multiple cultures. Nice beer selection including Belgian varieties.
6004 W. Broad St., 288-8929.

MOJO'S
New second location of a college favorite.
8908 Patterson Ave., 440-6676.

PALANI DRIVEVisitors can counteract beer and wine with healthy wraps and entrées, many of which are vegetarian. Tropical décor.
401 Libbie Ave., 285-3200.

PHILIP'S CONTINENTAL LOUNGE
Patio. UR student hangout since the 1930s. Known for overflowing sandwiches and vodka limeade.
5704 Grove Ave., 288-8687.

POUR HOUSE
Nightly events including "Kamikaze Karaoke," live music and Texas hold 'em competitions. Open seven days a week. Vintage TVs show sports.
3438 Pump Road, 364-9083.

RARE OLDE TIMES
Performances or events every night. Also shuffleboard. It's Irish, so there will be whiskey.
10602 Patterson Ave., 750-1346.

SHACKLEFORD'S RESTAURANT
Comfortable spot with an extensive wine selection and plenty of martinis.
10496 Ridgefield Parkway, 741-9900.

SHARKY'S BAR & BILLIARD
Outside patio. Live music on Wednesdays. Pool, foosball, fish tanks, TVs.
4032-A Cox Road., 273-1888.

TAVERN AT TRIANGLE PARK
Family-friendly joint posts kids' artwork on the wall after they draw it in the restaurant.
7110 Patterson Ave., 282-8620.

THE TRIPLE
Pool tables coupled with a cool décor featuring the work of local artists.
3306 W. Broad St., 359-7777.

VIP RESTAURANT & LOUNGEFridays and Saturdays host live country and oldies in addition to a DJed Top 40.
6008 W. Broad St., 282-6518.



NORTH SIDE



KITCHEN 64
More cheerfully decorated than previous occupant Zippy's. Good selection of beer and wine. Efficient staff. Patio dining available. Usually packed.
3336 N. Boulevard, 358-0064.



DOWNTOWN



POPKIN TAVERN
Furniture store turned artsy-looking bar with pool and lounge areas.
123 W. Broad St., 343-1909.

TARRANT'S CAFé
Former pharmacy charms with its unpretentious atmosphere, hefty portions and fair prices.
1 W. Broad St., 225-0035.



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