Best Bar, West End to Short Pump

Keagan’s Irish Pub and Restaurant

Readers' Pick

2251 Old Brick Road, Suite A-100

Second Place: Bar Louie

Third Place: Capital Ale House, Innsbrook

"Everybody loves the patio," the hostess Becca says. And even on an evening that looks like rain, she's right. Folks are inside and out, and kind of in-between, using the window bar that serves as a drink pass-through. In addition to the patio, you'll find sports, beer, wings, whiskey, live acoustic music, karaoke and happy-hour specials. Keagan's does a little of everything you'll find at other such pubs "but better," manager Brandon Burcham says. There are three big rooms, smoking and nonsmoking, and a party room that can accommodate up to 200. "It's just a good place to meet up," he says. And despite Keagan's appearance as a national chain in the Short-Pumpy West Broad Village, on the corner of the quirky Aloft hotel building, amid condos, lofts and traffic, it really isn't. It's Virginia-bred, with other locations in Virginia Beach and Norfolk.

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