The Piedmont drinking and nightlife

Distillery in Richmond

Blue Bee Cider

Stop in for a taste of a rotating list of top-notch, small-batch ciders. Recipes range from crisp, apples-only varieties to berry- or hop-infused blends. Blue Bee often collaborates with other local distillers and b…
Bar in Richmond


This hipster hole-in-the-wall is a peculiar mash up of wine bar, cafe and restaurant. Creative cocktails, craft beer and local wines are on offer, as is a menu of small plates (many vegetarian), burgers and fried ch…
Brewery in Charlottesville

Champion Brewing Company

The Champion is in Charlottesville proper, so there's no need to worry about calling that cab after your brewery-bound tasting test. More importantly, these people know their stuff, as evidenced by their heavy porte…
Cocktail Bar in Charlottesville

Whiskey Jar

On the pedestrian mall, Whiskey Jar offers a huge (more than 125 varieties!) whiskey selection in a rustically hip setting – wooden furniture with waitstaff wearing plaid and drinks in mason jars. Also serves neo-So…
Microbrewery in Richmond

Answer Brewpub

Killer IPAs, very strange fruited sours (a cross between tart beer and fruit smoothie) and a hip Asian nightclub vibe make this brewpub one of the most unusual and popular drinking dens in Richmond. There are 56 tap…
Bar in Richmond

Capital Ale House

Popular with political wonks from the nearby state capitol, this downtown pub has a superb beer selection (more than 40 on tap and 140 bottled) and decent pub grub. Regular live gigs are staged in the music hall.
Microbrewery in Richmond

Veil Brewing

One of the most popular craft breweries in the emerging Scott's Addition neighborhood, Veil is known for its hop-forward beers, plenty of which are offered on draft at the taproom.
Microbrewery in Richmond

Legend Brewing Company

On the south side of the James River, Legend has excellent microbrews, tasty pub grub and fine views of the city from its popular outdoor deck. There's also live bluegrass on Sundays from 6:30pm.