This upscale restaurant and bar features wine dinners, seasonal drinks and a constantly changing menu. The music is a modulated house-lounge background mix that allows conversation, and the experience is enhanced by bartending finesse and an exemplary wine list. Style Weekly's 2010 Restaurant of the Year. 2601 W. Cary St., 562-0138. acaciarestaurant.com.
The comfortable new bar at the Virginia Museum is the perfect place for an aperitif before or after an eyeful of rare Tiffany glass or paintings from the early American masters. 200 N. Boulevard, 340-1580. vmfa.state.va.us.
BABE'S OF CARYTOWN
This gay- and lesbian-friendly bar offers outdoor sand volleyball, poker, karaoke and some of Richmond's best hamburgers. Plus: an improved deck and patio bar and a big Sunday brunch menu of Southern standards and bar specials. 3166 W. Cary St., 355-9330. myspace.com/babesofcarytown.
BANDITO'S BURRITO LOUNGE
A smoker-friendly cantina with hearty atmosphere and killer margaritas. Sing your heart out on karaoke Wednesday and dance the night away Thursday-Saturday. Big-screen TVs for sports fans. 2905 Patterson Ave., 354-9999. banditosburritolounge.com.
BIN 22 AT BETSY'S
Located inside of a coffee shop, this cozy spot offers a varied wine list and a nice view of Carytown from the patio. 3200 W. Cary St., 358-4501. Coffee Monday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Wine Tuesday-Thursday, 5:30-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday open until 11 p.m. bin22carytown.com.
A beachy hangout with comedy open mic every Monday and live music the other six nights. Tuesdays feature the DJ Williams Projekt. Quality food, pleasant vibe. 600 N. Sheppard St., 353-2500. cafediemrva.net.
At Acacia Mid-Town, the food and atmosphere are top-notch. But don't overlook the drinks, including the one named after the chef, the Dill Reitzer.CALIENTE
Serving up hot food for a hot price, this Texas-style roadhouse offers a wide selection of beer and wine to chase the peppers down. Now open for brunch on Saturday and Sunday. 2922 Park Ave., 340-2920. calienterichmond.com.
CAN CAN BRASSERIE
Genteel French brasserie offers up a great selection of aperitifs and digestifs, plus daily bar specials and monthly beer and wine dinners. Elegant atmosphere in the heart of Carytown. Extended Sunday happy hour (5-9). 3120 W. Cary St., 358-7274. cancanbrasserie.com.
CARY STREET CAFA%
This “13-year-old hippie bar” features nightly music shows and a rotating beer of the month. 2631 W. Cary St., 353-7445. carystreetcafe.com.
Charming environment and cheap pitchers; Internet jukebox plays tunes from the Web. 3109 W. Cary St., 213-0510.
Warm, rosy atmosphere that's popular with young professionals. International wine selection at affordable prices. 3433 Cary St., 353-2186. mezzanine3433.com.
Capturing the mood of Carytown; more than 23 margarita flavors. People-watching from the patio. 3449 W. Cary St., 358-6262. Also in Mechanicsville at 7610 Left Flank Road, 730-7311. nachomamasva.com.
NEW YORK DELI
Deli turned deli-with-drinks; DJs nightly, Monday Mug Night gives you more than your fair share for a lower price. Eclectic crowd, long bar. 2920 W. Cary St., 358-3354. ny-d.com.
SECCO WINE BAR
From the same folks behind the neighboring River City Cellars wine shop, Secco advertises itself as “‘Cheers' for foodies.” Vino by the glass includes Spanish, Italian and French varieties from $6 to $10 or so, and the beer selection is notable too. 2933 W. Cary St., 353-0670. seccowinebar.com.
It's $1 off bar drinks during happy hour. Now open Mondays. Live music on Thursday. 3123 W. Cary St., 726-1270. weezieskitchen.com.
Affordable wine and champagne selection, a la carte Sunday brunch. No official menu for mixed drinks — place an order and they'll try to accommodate. 2603 E. Main St., 643-5512. milliesdiner.com.
THE HILL CAFA%
A distinctive wine list and prevalent TVs make for an alternative sports bar; nice and casual. 2800 E. Broad St., 648-0360. thehillcafe.com
PATRICK HENRY'S PUB AND GRILL
Drinking in close quarters with old-school Hollywood starlets gracing the walls; patio open until 10 p.m. daily. Good burgers. 2300 E. Broad St., 644-4242. thephpub.com.
POE'S PANTRY AND PUB
A popular spot for old-timers and newbies alike; live music Thursday-Saturday. 2706 E. Main St., 648-2120.
Luxury bar complete with comfortable seating; first servings of all dishes available. 2222 E. Cary St., 648-3463. sensirestaurant.com.
In the daytime, this bakery and cafe serves up some of the most delicious pastries in town. At night, the downtown spot becomes a cafe bar/nightclub with a saucy flavor as Latin music DJs spin salsa, hip-hop, merengue and cha-cha. Spicy urban vibe. 401 E. Grace St., 644-5380. aurorarichmond.com.
BANK AND VAULT
Chic dAccor a la New York City; food is a mix of Asian, Cuban, Mediterranean and Southern cuisines. Newly opened club Vault downstairs offers Miami vibe with DJs, dancing and drinks. 1005 E. Main St., 648-3070. bankandvault.com.
A gay-friendly video bar with an upbeat environment, new patio and free Wi-Fi. 6 E. Grace St., 648-2040.
BEAUREGARD'S THAI ROOM
Unique drinks go nicely with an order of pad Thai; outdoor patio. Rotating menu. 103 E. Cary St., 644-2328. Thairoom.com.
BELVIDERE AT BROAD
Readers give thumbs-ups to tall bartender Ben Petty and crew, who lead an extensive list of wine and beer, and offer up craft cocktails. Open for dinner at 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; brunch Sundays 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 506 W. Broad St., 344-0644. The thebelvidere.com.
Some of the best local live music in Richmond; good conversations over a cold beer. 1621 W Broad St., 353-4901. thecamel.org.
CAPITAL ALE HOUSE
This well-worn drinking spot has three locations and a seemingly unlimited selection of beer, with live music at the downtown spot. Popular $1 burger and steal-the-glass nights. 623 E. Main St., 780-2537. 13831 Village Place Drive, 780-2537. (Midlothian) 4024-A Cox Road, 780-2537. (Innsbrook). Capitalalehouse.com.
College students and locals gather en mass for urban hip-hop. 534 N. Harrison St., 353-9670.
Bar best known for its sangria; other house specialties include mojitos and margaritas; tapas-style food is a fusion of Mediterranean and Moroccan; vegetarian- and vegan-friendly. 900 W. Franklin St., 358-0868. couscous900.com.
Place to go if you want to get into a brawl, or play Big Buck Safari, the arcade game. Punk rock dive bar in the old Rockitz location. 727 W Broad St., 344-3323.
The latest Giavos establishment (attached to the National) is rock 'n' roll, with creative cocktails named after hit songs. $4 rail drinks and $3 off the specialty martini list during happy hour (4-7 p.m.). 700 E. Broad St., 644-2637. gibsonsgrill.com.
New management at the gay-friendly club with drag shows Wednesday-Sunday (except Friday) and Sunday drag brunch. 308 E. Grace St., 648-3957. godfreysva.com.
The bar at the Jefferson Hotel's showcase restaurant is relaxing and low-key; features an exotic array of cocktails and a 200-plus bottle wine list. 101 W. Franklin St., 649-4644. lemairerestaurant.com.
MANSION AT FIELDENS
The long-running, gay-friendly, after-hours club Fieldens is transforming under new management, and weathering recent controversies. The dingy cabaret space is still one of the prime places to go when most everything else is closed. Open Wednesday-Saturday until the wee hours. 2033 W. Broad St., 359-1963. Fieldensva.com.
Philly cheese steaks and frequent food and beer specials; a relaxed place to eat late with friends. Wings 35 cents at on Mondays and Sundays. 733 W. Cary St.. 644-6676. mojotogo.com.
Self-described “music-lover's fantasyland” boasting several shows each week; venue contains seven full bars. 708 E. Broad St., 612-1900. thenationalva.com.
Sleek bar and dance club that's proud of its inclusive nature; features weeknight special events — like Thursday karaoke — and DJ nights on Fridays and Saturdays. 2729 E. Broad St., 257-9891. myspace.com/nationsofrichmond.
PENNY LANE PUB
Since 1976, the best place in Richmond for British Invasion music, fish 'n' chips and a pint of bitter. 421 E. Franklin St., 780-1682. pennylanepub.com.
Furniture store turned artsy looking bar with pool, lounge areas and noted bartenders. 121 W. Broad St., 343-1909. sparetimechicago.com.
South Beach, Miami-style club filled with VIP treatment, celebrities. 17-19 W. Broad St., 649-3390.
In a short time, this has become a prime Richmond drinking destination. Two bars, back to back, with a wall separating the smokers and nonsmokers. Flat-screen TVs entertain sports enthusiasts on the nonsmoking side, while the music is louder in the larger smoking area. Thursdays and Sundays feature live music. 2053 W. Broad St., 592-4444. therepublicrva.com.
Former pharmacy charms with its unpretentious atmosphere, hefty portions and new martini menu. 1 W. Broad at Foushee, 225-0035. tarrantscafe.org.
THIRD STREET DINER
Late-night feeding after too many drinks. Good people-watching, just don't stare too hard. Open 24 hours. 218 E. Main St. 788-4750.
Pool tables coupled with a cool dAccor featuring the work of local artists. Also showcases local and national indie-rock acts on occasion. 3306 W. Broad St., 359-7777.
TROPICAL SOUL SEA & SOULFOOD CAFA%
A constant party: open-mic poetry Tuesdays 8:30 p.m. to midnight; $1 wings Wednesdays; old-school hip-hop and soul Saturdays; reggae night Fridays until 2 a.m., ladies free before 11:30. 314 N. Second St., 771-1605.
CHECKERED FLAG RESTAURANT & LOUNGE
Karaoke Wednesdays and Thursdays and live bands on Fridays; charming racing dAccor. 4106 Williamsburg Road, 222-8322.
Bands on Thursdays and Fridays; horseshoe bar with a large dance floor; display with the names of those who died at the Battle of Midway. 7514 Lee-Davis Road, 746-8630. midwaylounge.com.
New American cuisine served tapas-style, with weekly beer specials. 2619 W. Main St., 353-9709. avalonrestaurant.com.
BAJA BEAN COMPANY
Sprawling patio; frat games abound: poker Monday, Bags tournament Thursday, cheap pool Sunday; also, DJ Tuesday, karaoke Friday and bands Saturday. 1520 W. Main St., 257-5445. bajabean.com.
Popular spot with the locals, so much so that it's hard to get a table; great dessert cocktails; wine specials and daily menu changes. 2 N. Meadow St., 355-9919. bacchusonmain.com.
One of Richmond's hippest hot spots is named after an island in the Grenadines, and features craft bartending along with an adventurous menu, one of the area's best indie-rock music calendars and an organic wine list. 203 N. Lombardy St., 355-3008. balliceauxrva.com.
Great bar food, killer daily brunch (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) and specials all the time including ladies and cheap date nights (Monday and Wednesday, respectively). 1 S. Mulberry at Main Street, 353-1609.
BELLY TIMBER TAVERN
This recently overhauled Fan space features a filling menu of beefalo burgers and wood-fired pizzas until 11 p.m., while the bar boasts an expansive bottled beer list and eight faves on tap. 1501 W. Main St., 592-5592. bellytimbertavern.com.
New location, oak bar, large patio, sophisticated wine list and abundant parking. Still has splendid live music and welcoming staff. 1903 W. Cary St., 353-9280. bogartsinthefan.com.
Brunch is a highlight, particularly the crab cake Benedict; cheap shots all day Thursdays and beer ponies on the patio attract a fun-loving crowd. 325 N. Robinson St., 355-3701. buddysplace.net.
Bartender Heather McCannon serves drinks at City Dogs Fan, where there's live music nearly nightly.CITY DOGS FAN
Live music every night except Sundays. Friendly servers and lots of hot dogs to soak up a night of revelry. 1309 W. Main St., 343-3647.
COMMERCIAL TAPHOUSE AND GRILL
Richmonders of all ages meet in close quarters; large groups should expect a wait. 111 N. Robinson St., 359-6544.
Simple stop in the Fan with a beautifully renovated patio and an updated menu with great prices. 2525 Hanover Ave., 355-7008. curbsiderichmond.com.
DAVIS & MAIN
American cuisine to die for in a building that dates to 1910. Updates include live jazz on Tuesdays and an upstairs art gallery rotating through for First Fridays. 2501 W. Main St., 353-6641. davisandmain.com.
Diner with decent food, lounge upstairs and excellent hidden back patio. Updated menu and DJ Wednesday through Sunday nights. 2229 W. Main St., 353-2424. deluxrichmond.com.
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. emiliosrichmond.com.
Featured entrAce and drink specials alternate each week at this new Fan favorite; bucket Wednesdays and tap Thursdays help patrons get over the hump. Bluegrass band Jackass Flats performs during Sunday brunch each week. Patio, too. 2401 W. Main St., 308-8576. fwsullivans.com.
Wash down a plate of delicious dumplings with one of this funky eatery's favored wines, an exotic cocktail or a glass of the house's pear-filtered sake. With red silk curtains, dark wood and low lighting, this spot has atmosphere to spare. Wave to the nude portrait of Lady Godiva. 2526 Floyd Ave., 612-8888. thefanhouse.net.
GUS' BAR & GRILL
This comfortable sports bar is in the old Out of Bounds location and offers 15 plasma screen TVs and expanded menu options. Great place to view World Cup action. Expanded happy hour from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 2701 W. Broad St., 612-9275. gusbarandgrill.com.
Relaxed atmosphere and cheap beer draw a sultry and sundry crowd. Creative, seafood-infused menu is a new highlight. 2527 W. Main St., 358-4370.
HOME TEAM GRILL
After-work spot for sports fans in need of a TV away from home. Great rotating beers on draft. 1630 W. Main St., 254-7360. In the West end at 11351 Nuckols Road, 967-9060. In Powhatan County at 1795 South Creek One on Route 60 in the South Creek Shopping Center, 897-9425. Hometeamgrill.com.
Basement joint in the Fan that always features good background music. Vegetarian and vegan cuisine good enough to convert devout carnivores. Unique happy hours, organic wine and champagne. 917 W. Grace St., 213-0190. ipanemaveg.com.
Classic neighborhood eatery also has a comfortable bar. Just added a wider selection of beers on tap. 205 N. Shields Ave., 355-2282. Second location in Bon Air at 2616 Buford Road, 320-9700. joesinn.com.
Monday special includes jumbo $3 margaritas from 6-7 p.m., $1 hard tacos all day long. $1 PBR Wednesdays. Quick service and relaxed atmosphere. 328 W Cary St., 525-4216. littlemexicova.com.
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. martinikitchenrichmondva.com.
Curbside, somewhat of a twin to Buddy's down the street, brings in regulars at Hanover and Robinson.McCORMACK'S WHISKY GRILL & SMOKEHOUSE
Enjoy the finest whiskey blends and a selective batch of bottled beers (no taps) at this low-lighted, wood-paneled oasis along the Robinson saloon corridor. No-frills thrills — Mac's doesn't take credit cards, has no business phone and isn't accessible via the Internet. Deal with it. Open daily 5:30 p.m.-2 a.m. 204 Robinson St.
Deals for dates on Tuesday nights; loud music, varied menu. 301 N. Robinson St., 353-4453. metrogrillrichmond.com.
MULLIGAN'S SPORTS GRILLE
Large deck, ample TVs for sports fans; ping-pong and pool to bring out the athlete in us all. 1323 W. Main St., 353-8686. mulligansinthefan.com.
VCU hangout for Mexicana, salad and sandwiches. 1104 W. Main St., 342-7699.
Intimate setting with a varied menu including quesadillas and spaghetti; crowded at night. 2101 W. Main St., 358-0645. sidewalkinthefan.com.
SIX BURNER RESTAURANT AND BAR
Regulars abound at this quintessential Fan bistro; roast duck comes highly recommended; work from local artists on display. 1627 W. Main St., 353-4060. sixburner.net.
STAR-LITE DINING & LOUNGE
Music every Sunday, patio made for people watching; crowd enjoys a party and highly recommended bartenders do their best to provide. 2600 W. Main St., 254-2667. starlitediningandlounge.com.
Events every night, from discount sushi to “myPod” DJ-ing. Weather-based PBR specials before 9 (pray for extreme heat or downpour). 2232 W. Main St., 358-7870. stickyricefan.com.
STRAWBERRY STREET CAFA%
Unlikely combination of half-priced burgers and half-priced bottle of wine make a great deal. 421 Strawberry St., 353-6860. strawberrystreetcafe.com.
THREE MONKEYS BAR & GRILL
Bargoers in need of a little something can indulge in appetizers, the highlight of the menu. Patio dining. 2525 W. Main St., 204-2525. 3monkeysfan.com.
Serving art students and Fan-area denizens of the fringe for generations. Frill-less diner serves its drinks in minipitchers. 1001 W. Grace St., 353-8204. villagecafeonline.com.
BELLE VIE EUROPEAN BISTRO
Inexpensive selection of Belgian beers as well as European, American and South American wines. Authentic European cuisine in a lively atmosphere. “Wind-down Wednesday” specials on wine and half-price martinis at the bar on Thursday. 1244 Alverser Plaza, 379-3338. bellevieva.com.
Regulars both loyal and friendly, frequent karaoke. Specialty in late-night fried foods. 13312 Midlothian Turnpike, 794-3007.
Comfortable coffeehouse-cum-wine bar features live jazz on Thursdays. 1282 Alverser Plaza, 897-4773. 13830 Village Place Drive, 378-4955. Near Libbie and Grove at 5811 Grove Ave., 285-0690. cafecaturra.com.
EXTRA BILLY'S SMOKEHOUSE AND BREWERY
Beer and barbecue 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. sportspagebarandgrille.com.
The kid brother of Osaka on River Road. Specialty martinis, beer, wine and sake go well with sushi combos for both novices and experts: “1st Base,” “2nd Base” and “Double the Passion” are some of the choices. 1228 Alverser Plaza, 897-9878. sushiova.com.
DOT'S BACK INN
Charming homespun atmosphere; comfort food and cold beer. A classic neighborhood joint. 4030 MacArthur Ave., 266-3167. dotsbackrichmond.com.
GLENN'S FRIENDS RESTAURANT & TAVERN
A good place to dance. Live music and jazz. Soul food. 1509 Chamberlayne Ave., 525-5912.
More cheerfully decorated than previous occupant Zippy's. Good selection of beer and wine, across from The Diamond. Efficient staff. Patio dining available. Usually packed. 3336 N. Boulevard, 358-0064. kitchen64.com.
SHENANIGAN'S EATERY & PUB
Frequent live music in a friendly pub environment where regulars abound, Yummy food. 4017 MacArthur Ave., 264-5010. greenpub.com.
SJ'S LAKESIDE TAVERN
Smoky lunch and dinner destination for American food. Live music. $5 lunch specials 11-2 Monday-Friday. 5406 Lakeside Ave., 264-3288.
YELLOW TAVERN AT VIRGINIA CROSSINGS RESORT
Good bar food with large portions. Play golf while you're at it. 1000 Virginia Center Parkway, 727-1400.
BOTTOMS UP PIZZA
Giant, award-winning pizza slices and under-the-train-tracks location promote a New York vibe. Good beer. 1700 Dock St., 644-4400. bottomsuppizza.com.
THE CANAL CLUB
Music venue with local, regional and national acts; pool, free wireless, wide selection of beer. 1545 E. Cary St., 643-2582. thecanalclub.com.
Fetish-themed private club named for its industrial dAccor; special nights include Fetish Friday and Sado Saturday. Don't dress like a preppie and you may get in for a taste. 117 N. 18th St., 343-3688.
GLOBEHOPPER COFFEHOUSE & LOUNGE
Free Wi-Fi — and blankets — on the porch, so you can get toasty and wasted during your lunch hour if you so desire. 2100 E. Main St., 523-8083. globehoppercoffee.com.
HALLIGAN BAR AND GRILL
Possibly the only firefighter-themed pub in town, the Halligan serves those who protect. NASCAR's big here. Nightly drink specials. 3 N. 17th St., 447-7981. thehalliganbar.com.
Like Cuba in the 1950s. Known for seafood and ideal for group dining. Patrons go crazy for the mojitos. Deck upstairs. 16 N. 17th St., 780-2822.
HAVE A NICE DAY CAFA%
Party scene full of gyrating ladies. College night on Wednesday. Also known for bachelorette parties. 11 S. 18th St., 771-1700. myspace.com/haveanicedaycafe.
HONEY WHYTE'S ALL AMERICAN CAFA%
Great burgers and deals on drinks. Live music and comedy. 2116 E. Main St., 643-6022.
Upscale eatery features some of the best — and most creative — cocktails in town. Extensive wine list. The comfortable dining room often features light jazz and blues music, and hangs the work of local artists. 1719-21 E. Franklin St., 377-3968. juleps.net.
Visit the kooky slate bar and check out the thrifty wine list and creative cocktails. 21 N. 17th St., 343-9771. lu-lusrichmond.com
THE MARS BAR
Where else can you find Milli Vanilli karaoke? Small dance floor perfect for rubbing leg-warmers. '80s bar with nightly events. 115 N. 18th St., 644-6277. marsbarrestaurant.com.
McCORMACK'S IRISH PUB
Live music featuring a mix of alternative and Irish. Affordable food and drink. 12 N. 18th St., 648-1003. mccormacksirishpub.com.
RIVER CITY DINER
Jukeboxes abound in a kitschy '50s atmosphere with breakfast served all day, so any time can be the morning after. 7 N. 17th St., 644-9418. rivercitydiner.com.
ROSIE CONNOLLY'S PUB AND RESTAURANT
Great drink selection in this beautiful British-style pub, not to mention haunted bathrooms. Free Celtic music sessions every second and fourth Wednesday. 1548 E. Main St., 343-1063. rosieconnollys.com.
Delicious Ethiopian restaurant with a low-lighted, low-key bar area with two televisions; great place to nurse a drink and watch sporting events in private. 9 N. 17th St., 308-3650. richmondshebarestaurant.com.
Nontraditional Japanese fare with enticing drinks such as “sexytini” and “pucker-up martini,” among others. 1725 E. Main St., 643-6500.
TIKI BOB'S CANTINA
Beef tacos for a dime and other great specials on Tuesday, college night. Other specials throughout the week, including no cover charge and half-price food on Thursday. Great for crazy college and bachelorette parties. 110 N. 18th St., 644-9091. tikirichmond.com.
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.
After-dinner Nightingale's Lounge in a charming old-South hotel. Classy leather-chaired seating. 1200 E. Cary St., 780-1300. berkeleyhotel.com.
BLACKFINN RESTAURANT & SALOON
Along the Canal, with loud music, young crowd and a “VIP” section, it's the place to go to be seen. Dress to impress for whatever the reason. 1001 Haxall Point, 643-3466. blackfinnrichmond.com.
Chic casual French bistro. Thursday is ladies night with half-price wine and dessert. 1209 E. Cary St. 225-2118. bistrobouchon.com.
CHA CHA'S CANTINA
Margaritas, specialties and other fine drinks. Specials on food most nights, Friday is fiesta night and Saturday is DJ night. Karaoke, water-pong, crowds on weekends. 1419 E. Cary St., 726-6296. chachascantina.com.
CITY DOGS SHOCKOE SLIP
There's $2 draft Budweiser any time at the “Underdog,” the new really-minisports bar downstairs. Popular nighttime hot spot. Open till 3 a.m. and live music on Fridays and Saturdays. 1316 E. Cary St. 343-3647.
DJ Williams with the Breaks on Thursday nights. DJ's Friday and Saturday, live music Thursday and Sunday. Intimate, relaxed and darker setting downstairs. Renovated restaurant, with new banquet room upstairs. 1409 E. Cary St., 643-0911. Europarichmond.com.
THE LUCKY BUDDHA
Kind of a sister bar with Cha Cha's, an Eastern lounge setting with vibrant nightlife heating up around 11. Specials and theme nights. Available VIP area. 1421 E. Cary St., 648-5100. theluckybuddha.com.
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.
SINA% IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT
Spacious environment with outdoor dining. Collegians make it noisy on weekends but also popular with young professionals. Live music on weekends with no cover. 1327 E. Cary St., 649-7767. sineirishpub.com.
STOOL PIGEONS COOP
Spacious Shockoe Bottom watering hole, part of a small chain, offers 26 high-definition TVs for sports fans and a 60-foot bar; the wings and burgers are above-average for bar fare. 115 S. 15th St., 344-4490. stoolpigeons.biz.
Frequent events and live music combined with a classic, classy atmosphere attract the young and old. Downstairs club is a scene with good drink selection and $1 rail drinks Thursday-Saturday from 8-9 p.m. 1201 E. Cary St., 782-9555. Thetobaccocompany.com.
THE FOREST RESTAURANT
Tight sports bar with free Wi-Fi, daily specials and jukeboxes. Get there early and hit the bar after dinner. 5057 Forest Hill Ave., 233-1940. doitintheforest.com.
LEGEND BREWING CO.
Weekly events including live music on Friday and Sunday. Great wings, loyal regulars. Large deck offers view of skyline. 321 W. Seventh St., 232-3446. legendbrewing.com.
The Conestoga wagon entrance is gone, but you still drink your beer out of a mason jar under pictures of John Wayne. Neighborhood joint, welcome to all. 7017 Forest Hill Ave., 320-4276.
MURPHY'S LAW BILLIARDS AND SPORTS PUB
Pool darts available for league play or just for fun. Two locations: 6411 Chesterfield Meadows Drive, Chester, 796-9378; and 13995 Raised Antler Circle, Midlothian, 739-0800. murphysbilliardsanddarts.com.
Fake wakes and sing-alongs make for a truly lively place; friendly Irish pub atmosphere with good prices. 4800 Forest Hill Ave., 233-1781. otoolesrestaurant.com.
PLAZA BOWL & DUCKPINS BOWLING
Indie-rock, cheap beer and bowling. 523 E. Southside Plaza, 233-8799.
ROCK FALLS TAVERN
Darts, poker and fresh pizza. Live music on weekends, and a live-music karaoke night. 2813 Hathaway Road, 272-9470. rockfallstavern.com.
Friendly atmosphere and local cuisine. Come during the workday for a cup of coffee or on Wednesday hump day, 5-9 p.m., for $3 bottled beers and $5 wines by the glass. Wine and beer dinners each month. 201 W. Seventh St, 527-2867. savorcompany.com.
VISIONS DANCE CLUB
Good for those 21 and older — sometimes way older — especially those predisposed to line-dancing and anything from the '70s. In the Holiday Inn Select. 1021 Koger Center Blvd., 379-3800. hiselectrva.com/visions_lounge.htm.
Live music Thursday, reverse happy hour Sunday, Wednesday $5 for five beers. Specials galore in a huge space. 11788 W. Broad St., 440-7301.
BARREL THIEF WINE SHOP & CAFE
As goes with the name, specializes in fine wines and catering events and wine tastings. Wines by the glass rotate frequently. In Short Pump at 11747 West Broad St., 364-0144. New location in West End at 5805 Patterson Ave. near Libbie, 612-9232.
Large patio and a full menu until 1 a.m. Live entertainment every night. Dueling piano bars! 4040 Cox Road, 612-6116.
Upscale pizzeria located in the Village Shopping Center, popular with University of Richmond students. One of the most enthusiastic places in town to view World Cup soccer matches. Weekly drink specials. 7021 Three Chopt Road, 288-7773.
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. Don't forget the other location at 9127 W. Broad St., 270-1461.
On the edge of Henrico County near the University of Richmond. Plasma-screen televisions, intimate booths, open mic on Mondays. Specials every night. 7007 Three Chopt Road, 282-4232. citylimitrichmond.com.
Family-style restaurant offers karaoke, poker, bands on Sundays draw an older crowd. 12385 Gayton Road, 754-1448. daddiosgrille.com.
DAVE & BUSTER'S
Chuck E. Cheese for adults. Happy hour with video games and a 60-minute power hour. 4001 Brownstone Blvd., 967-7399. daveandbusters.com.
Family-friendly wine bar with 18 wines by the glass and many more by the bottle. The popular happy hour specials include half-price bottled beers, appetizers and rail drinks. 1308 Gaskins Road, 740-2525. eurasiarich.com.
MA MA WOK
Dark private booths and a low-key atmosphere at this sushi and noodle house. 7801 W. Broad St., 672-8989.
Frequent live performances pair with deals on beer and martinis. Gas station setting. 10950 Nuckols Road, 934-0144. marketcafeinnsbrook.com.
Vietnamese karaoke. Extensive menus with flavors drawing from multiple cultures. One of Richmond's most impressive beer selections, including Belgian varieties. 6004 W. Broad St., 288-8929. mekongva.com.
New square bar added last June. Grab a drink after work before you cross the Huguenot Bridge. 6229 River Road, 288-7482. mosaicedibles.com.
Visitors can counteract beer and wine with healthy wraps and entrees, many of which are vegetarian. Tropical dAccor. 401 Libbie Ave., 285-3200. palanidrive.com.
PHILIP'S CONTINENTAL LOUNGE
Patio. Next-door neighbor with the Westhampton Theatre. University of Richmond student hangout since the 1930s. Known for overflowing sandwiches and vodka limeade. 5704 Grove Ave., 288-8687.
Billing itself as “Richmond's most progressive billiard and art cafAc,” this spacious (and smoker-friendly) West End sports bar fuses adventurous local and national music on the weekends with nearly unlimited gaming options, from pool and foosball to darts and shuffleboard. Happy hour is daily 4-7 p.m and Wednesday is ladies night. 7801 W. Broad St., 755-7700. myspace.com/theplayingfieldrva.
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. thepourhouse.us.
RARE OLDE TIMES IRISH PUBLIC HOUSE
Performances or events every night. Also shuffleboard. It's Irish, so there will be whiskey. 10602 Patterson Ave., 750-1346. rareoldtimespub.com.
Comfortable spot with an extensive wine selection and plenty of martinis. 10496 Ridgefield Parkway, 741-9900. shacklefords.com.
SHARKY'S BAR & BILLIARD
Outside patio. Live music on Wednesdays. Pool, foosball, fish tanks, TVs. 4032-A Cox Road., 273-1888. sharkysinnsbrook.net.
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. ilovethetavern.com.
The inner bar of this Chinese restaurant is the place to go for exotic cocktails. 8917 Patterson Ave., 740-7258.