Northern Virginia

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  • 1. The Birchmere

    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...

    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 bluegrass. Enthusiastic crowds regularly enjoy table-side service while taking in performances by artists such as Judy Collins, Don McLean, Bela Fleck, and Emmylou Harris. But the club is also a draw for some of the country's best jazz and R&B artists (Rachelle Farrell, Sheila E., Angie Stone).

    3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, 22305, USA
    703-549–7500
  • 2. Blackwall Hitch

    This spacious bar and restaurant on Old Town's waterfront has live music Wednesday to Sunday. Performers range from local acts to touring groups....

    This spacious bar and restaurant on Old Town's waterfront has live music Wednesday to Sunday. Performers range from local acts to touring groups.

    5 Cameron St., Alexandria, Virginia, 22314, USA
    703-739–6090
  • 3. Capitol City Brewing Company

    Shirlington

    Originally a D.C. institution, made its first move out of the District with this prime spot on the Shirlington promenade. Sip on a signature brew...

    Originally a D.C. institution, made its first move out of the District with this prime spot on the Shirlington promenade. Sip on a signature brew from Amber Waves Ale to Prohibition Porter while noshing on beer-friendly appetizers like black-and-tan onion rings or southwest keg rolls.

    4001 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Virginia, 22206, USA
    703-578–3888
  • 4. Galaxy Hut

    This quirky hangout with a retro arcade-parlor vibe and an impressive beer list is a breath of fresh air from Arlington’s postgrad bar scene. There's...

    This quirky hangout with a retro arcade-parlor vibe and an impressive beer list is a breath of fresh air from Arlington’s postgrad bar scene. There's live music some evenings.

    2711 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Virginia, 22201, USA
    703-525–8646
  • 5. Lyon Hall

    The craft cocktail list and more than 20 draft beers, plus another 50 in bottles, draw a hip crowd to this art deco--inspired corner bar...

    The craft cocktail list and more than 20 draft beers, plus another 50 in bottles, draw a hip crowd to this art deco--inspired corner bar in Clarendon.

    3100 N. Washington Blvd., Arlington, Virginia, 22201, USA
    703-741–7636
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  • 6. Murphy's Irish Pub

    Old Town

    This lively pub has authentic Irish entertainment nightly and a blazing fire in the winter. It can get quite crowded on weekend nights....

    This lively pub has authentic Irish entertainment nightly and a blazing fire in the winter. It can get quite crowded on weekend nights.

    713 King St., Alexandria, Virginia, 22314, USA
    703-548–1717
  • 7. Northside Social

    Part coffee shop, part wine bar, part workspace, this casual Clarendon bar is a lively local hangout. Head upstairs to the wine bar for wine...

    Part coffee shop, part wine bar, part workspace, this casual Clarendon bar is a lively local hangout. Head upstairs to the wine bar for wine tastings, or grab one of the many craft beers from the café downstairs. The outdoor patio—which also has Wi-Fi—is always full when the weather's nice.

    3211 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Virginia, 22201, USA
    703-465–0145
  • 8. Port City Brewing Company

    One of the region's best known breweries has tours Thursday to Sunday and tastings daily. Classic pours include the Optimal Wit Belgian style white ale,...

    One of the region's best known breweries has tours Thursday to Sunday and tastings daily. Classic pours include the Optimal Wit Belgian style white ale, and the Port City Porter. Local food trucks often park outside the on-site bar, making it a popular local hangout on weekends.

    3950 Wheeler Ave., Alexandria, Virginia, 22304, USA
    703-797–2739
  • 9. State Theatre

    This is the place to go to see concerts by aging hit makers from the past such as the Smithereens or tribute bands to the...

    This is the place to go to see concerts by aging hit makers from the past such as the Smithereens or tribute bands to the likes of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Bon Jovi. Attendees have the choice of sitting or standing in this renovated movie theater, which is about 10 miles west of D.C. The popular 1980s retro dance parties, featuring the Legwarmers tribute band, draw locals who like to dress the part.

    220 N. Washington St., Falls Church, Virginia, 22046, USA
    703-237–0300
  • 10. Union Street Public House

    Old Town

    Three dining rooms and two bars twist through this 200-year-old building. Although it's also a restaurant, come late for a beer in the busy main...

    Three dining rooms and two bars twist through this 200-year-old building. Although it's also a restaurant, come late for a beer in the busy main bar or chat with friends in the cozy Oyster Bar area.

    121 S. Union St., Alexandria, Virginia, 22314, USA
    703-548–1785
  • 11. Rock Bottom Brewery

    Ballston
    Closed Permanently

    The Colorado-based pours ales, lagers, and porters alongside fixings such as fried chicken, barbecued ribs, pizza, and cheesecake made with the house stout....

    The Colorado-based pours ales, lagers, and porters alongside fixings such as fried chicken, barbecued ribs, pizza, and cheesecake made with the house stout.

    4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Virginia, 22203, USA
    703-516–7688
  • 12. Shenandoah Brewing Company

    Closed Permanently

    Aficionados praise Alexandria's for its stouts and ales, especially the Bourbon Stoney Stout, aged in oak casks previously used to make premium bourbon. Inside, the...

    Aficionados praise Alexandria's for its stouts and ales, especially the Bourbon Stoney Stout, aged in oak casks previously used to make premium bourbon. Inside, the atmosphere is slightly industrial and the menu is limited to foods grown or made in Virginia: peanuts, potato chips, chili, and a delicious beer-queso dip.

    652 S. Pickett St., Alexandria, Virginia, 22314, USA
    703-823–9508

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