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Night for the Time Capsule

For the record, a snap shot of Richmond nightlife on June 4, 2011.

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10:51 p.m.

Bar: Bandito's Burrito Lounge

Who: Allen Estes, 27

The occasion: He's getting married in a week. The bachelor party started earlier this morning at the beach in Yorktown. It's kicking off in Richmond here, two blocks from his house.

Drinking: Corona with lime. "I normally load 'em up with tequila," Estes says, "but they don't do that in Virginia."

Song playing in the background: "Ice, Ice Baby."

On the vibe here: "Young crowd, old crowd, everybody's mixed in, having a good time."

Favorite thing about Richmond nightlife: "Probably the VCU females."

"Are you marrying one of them?" we ask.

"Actually my fiancee went to Randolph-Macon."

"Are you gonna get in trouble for that?

"Nah, I'll be all right."

11:09 p.m. - At the Cellar Door, Dead by Dawn - a triumvirate of DJs Beat Down the Kid, Hoyt and A.D.E.N - are host to a night they call Richmahton! They're playing a mix of moombahton, electro and dub till 2 a.m.
  • 11:09 p.m. - At the Cellar Door, Dead by Dawn - a triumvirate of DJs Beat Down the Kid, Hoyt and A.D.E.N - are host to a night they call Richmahton! They're playing a mix of moombahton, electro and dub till 2 a.m.
11:23 p.m. - The sweeping patio, with its outdoor bar, fills up at Baja Bean Co. in the Fan.
  • 11:23 p.m. - The sweeping patio, with its outdoor bar, fills up at Baja Bean Co. in the Fan.
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11:44 p.m.

Bar: deLux

Who: Brenda Galvez, 22, with friend Ritchie Math, 23, in the background.

What brought her here: Visiting from Northern Virginia. "I come at least once a month," Galvez says. She's moving here soon to go to Virginia Commonwealth University.

Drinking: Cranberry and vodka, Long Island iced tea. "Those are my two favorite."

Favorite thing about Richmond nightlife: "deLux, really."

On the scene: "It's really chill here. Nobody really cares about anything. ... You can be yourself, and still nobody cares. So I mean, it's really relaxed. And I love that about Richmond."

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