Northern Virginia Nightlife

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Blackwall Hitch

  • Music Clubs

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

Capitol City Brewing Company

  • Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

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...

Galaxy Hut

  • Bars/Pubs

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

Lyon Hall

  • Bars/Pubs

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...

Murphy's Irish Pub

  • Bars/Pubs

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

Northside Social

  • Wine Bars–Nightlife

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

Port City Brewing Company

  • Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

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

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

  • Bars/Pubs

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...

Shenandoah Brewing Company

  • Bars/Pubs

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


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