Best places to drink after work in Richmond

Richmond has a plethora of taverns, restaurants, and hang out spots to recharge after a long workday.

A pink soda cocktail sits on a bar.

SB’s Love Shack switches up their cocktails weekly.

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Pick your poison

We’re raising a glass and toasting to local sip-worthy spots shaking things up after you punch out of the office.

Think: deals on beer flights, half-off margaritas (with unlimited chips + queso of course) + alternative options for the zero-proof drinker.

Here are 20 places around Richmond to stop by after a long day at work.

Beer lovers

Legend Brewing Co. | Sip on their Virginia classic Brown Ale with an amazing sunset view in Manchester, happy and “halfy hour” specials include $2 half pints
Benchtop Brewing Co. | One of the newest breweries in town, with $1 off pours
Ardent Craft Ales | Visit this Scott’s Addition taproom for half off draft beers.
Väsen Brewing Co. | Bring your pup to this brewery’s large porch area.
Isley Brewing Co. | Get a group of friends together for trivia or open mic comedy.

Keeping spirits up

Bar Solita | Our readers have recommended the vodka-based Sage Advice cocktail, with lavender, lemon, ginger beer, and sage.
Wong Gonzalez | Our Editor’s Pick cocktail is definitely “A Vibe Unchecked,” with Belle Isle Blood Orange Moonshine, Pomegranate liqueur, and lemon.
The Boathouse | The “Orange Crush” is a classic cocktail available at all three of its Richmond area locations.
SB’s Love Shack | Pick one of the shack’s fun themed drinks at the Lakeside or Fan restaurants.

Hungry for meal deals

Mom’s Siam | Nab some appetizers with your well drinks for $3-$6 for happy hour.
Bookbinder’s Seafood and Steakhouse | Sit at the bar while sipping to enjoy their extensive raw bar.
Barrio | Try their soft-serve margaritas with weekday happy hour discounts on appetizers.
Blue Atlas | Grab some discounted small plates with $5 glasses of your favorite wine.

Off the vine

Henley on Grace | This wine bar features 100+ varieties, including international and sparkling options by the glass.
Jardin | Join the garden party on the patio with a glass or a few bottles.
Brambly Park Winery | Catch some live music along with your glass out in Scott’s Addition.
James River Cellars Winery | Hit the road to this Glen Allen tasting room with local wine flights, a patio, and live music

Mocktail musts

The Daily Kitchen & Bar | The “Strawberry Limeade” and the “CocoMo” mocktails are an Editor’s Pick at this Carytown spot.
Island Shrimp Co. | Ask for the “Island Crush” sans alcohol, it’s perfectly matched with any seafood special.
The Jasper | The specialty bartenders here say the “Na-groni” is an exact match to its boozy sibling.
Tazza Kitchen | Try the seasonal “Go Gina” mocktail, with hints of hibiscus and grapefruit.

Bonus: For more details on local happy hour specials, head to RVA Happy Hours to match your schedule.

Check out this map to explore all 15 drink destinations.

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