Northern Virginia Nightlife

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Capitol City Brewing Company

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Originally a D.C. institution, Capitol City Brewing Company made its first move out of the District with this prime spot on the Shirlington...


  • Music Clubs

The bands at IOTA play alt-country or rock to unpretentious, attentive crowds. Expect to fight your way to the bar—it gets crowded...

La Porta's

  • Music Clubs

La Porta's has jazz combos nightly. ...

Murphy's Irish Pub

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Murphy's Irish Pub has authentic Irish entertainment nightly and a blazing fire when winter comes. ...

Rock Bottom Brewery

  • Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

The Colorado-based Rock Bottom Brewery pours ales, lagers, and porters alongside fixings such as fried chicken, barbecued ribs, pizza,...

Shenandoah Brewing Company

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Aficionados praise Alexandria's Shenandoah Brewing Company for its stouts and ales, especially the Bourbon Stoney Stout, aged in oak...

The Birchmere

  • Music Clubs

A legend in the D.C. area, the Birchmere is one of the best places outside the Blue Ridge Mountains to hear acoustic folk, country, and...

Union Street Public House

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Union Street Public House has three dining rooms and two bars that twist through this 200-year-old building. Although it's also a restaurant...