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Top 17 Bars in Virginia Beach You Need to Visit

Virginia Beach is one of the best towns on the east coast. They have a great beach, lots of delicious food, and a bunch of bars.

bartender stirring cocktails at bars in Virginia Beach

There are a lot of fun bars in Virginia Beach, but I know which ones are worth visiting. Check out my list of the best bars in Virginia Beach below!

Rudee Inlet

227 Mediterranean Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Phone: (757) 425-1777
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Rudee Inlet is right on the water in the south part of Virginia Beach. Not only do they have great food and fun gliding tables, but they also have good drinks.

Enjoy one of 32 beers, 17 wines, or 15 signature cocktails by one of the seasonal fireplaces or on the outdoor, year-round deck overlooking the marina.

Commonwealth Brewing Co

2444 Pleasure House Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23455
Phone: (757) 305-9652
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Commonwealth Brewing Co is on the west of the Chesapeake Bay, right by route 13 and the Sea Gull Pier. They have dozens of beers you can try, and I promise any beer-lover will find something to enjoy.

You can sip in their tasting room or the cute outdoor beer garden.

Elevation 27

600 Nevan Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Phone: (757) 716-4028
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Elevation 27 in the Atlantic Park neighborhood west of the beach is one of my go-to’s for where to get a drink when I want to hear live music.

This nightclub has live music on weekends with various musical genres and dance parties. Make sure you grab your tickets ahead of time, so they don’t sell out.

Hot Tuna

2817 Shore Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Phone: (757) 481-2888
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Hot Tuna is just north of Bay Island, and they have great drinks to pair with their farm-fresh food.

They have a variety of wines, cocktails, and beers, and I love going during their daily happy hour, which is from 4 PM to 6 PM and has both food and drink specials.

The Back Deck

3323 Shore Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Phone: (757) 481-7512
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The Back Deck sits on the Chesapeake Bay, and the views are great! It is one of the best places to go out for a happy hour in Virginia Beach, and they have food and drink specials Sunday through Thursday.

They have a great list of beachy cocktails, my favorite being the Sparkling Sangria.

Murphy’s Irish Pub

2914 Pacific Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Phone: (757) 417-7701
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Murphy’s Irish Pub is just two blocks from the beach, and I love how simple but fun it is here. Like most Irish pubs, they have amazing food and lots of fun cocktails.

You can’t go wrong with a Guinness either and be sure to check out their food and drink happy hour Monday through Friday.


206 22nd St, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Phone: (757) 437-4400
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Lunasea is another fun place to get drinks near the beach. They have Tex-Mex food and drinks, as well as a dance club, a volleyball court, and six bars throughout.

I love going on Tuesdays for Flight Night, where you get three tacos and three tequila tastings while you listen to live music.

Cheds Bar and Grill

4676 Princess Anne Rd #390, Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Phone: (757) 495-8311
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Cheds Bar and Grill is about halfway between Chesapeake and Virginia Beach. They have pool tables, electronic games, as well as some simple drinks like beers and mixed drinks.

If you want something simple and dive bar-like, you should check out Cheds.

Lynnhaven Pub

2236 W Great Neck Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Phone: (757) 481-9720
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Another dive bar on the north end of Virginia Beach is the Lynnhaven Pub. They serve a variety of beer along with BBQ and sandwiches.

A lot of the beer here is from local breweries, so it is a good place to try a variety of craft beers all in one place.

The Bunker Brewpub

211 21st St, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Phone: (757) 227-4250
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The Bunker Brewpub is in the heart of Virginia Beach, less than two blocks from the beach. It is one of my favorite bars since they have 20 beers on tap and they are always changing them.

They are all local beers too, and they also serve wine and spirits, so you can come here with anyone, and they can find something to drink.

The Casual Pint (Virginia Beach)

3380 Princess Anne Rd Ste 111 Suite 111, Virginia Beach, VA 23456
Phone: (757) 689-6296
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The Casual Pint is one of the fun places to go out in the southern part of Virginia Beach. They have a coffee shop vibe, but instead of coffee, they serve beer.

They have beer on tap, canned, and in bottles. You can also take one of their many beers home in a growler.

Casey’s Pub

2834 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Phone: (757) 340-3230

Casey’s Pub is in the west part of Virginia Beach, about 10 minutes or 6 miles from the beach itself. The bar is simple, but it’s great for a lowkey night.

They have beers, wine, and a couple of cocktails. Be sure to try the yummy Casey’s Cooler, which comes as a drink or a shooter.

South Beach Grill

1091 Norfolk Ave #101, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Phone: (757) 428-0820
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South Beach Grill is just west of downtown Virginia Beach, and they are primarily a seafood restaurant, but they also have amazing drinks.

They have a full bar, so you can order your favorite drink or just a beer or glass of wine. They also have live music on certain days of the week.

The Tailgate Sports Pub

344 Constitution Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Phone: (757) 961-3468
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The Tailgate Sports Pub is in western Virginia Beach, close to Norfolk. It is one of the best bars in Virginia Beach if you want to watch a game and have a cold beer.

They have happy hour Monday through Friday and have a large selection of beers.

CP Shuckers Cafe & Raw Bar

2407 Pacific Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Phone: (757) 425-8676
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CP Shuckers Cafe & Raw Bar is another fun sports bar, but this one is in downtown Virginia Beach. I love coming here late at night, as they are open late and the kitchen stays open late too.

They have your typical sports bar drinks like beers, mixed drinks, and amazing food to go with it.

The Shack

712 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Phone: (757) 319-5146
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The Shack is easily one of my favorite bars since it is right by the beach, and they have an outdoor bar. The seating area outside is so cute, and they have games like cornhole.

They have wine, beer, and amazing cocktails like the Crushes, which come in more than a dozen flavors and are perfect in the summer.

Ready Room

1805 London Bridge Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23453
Phone: (757) 468-3647

The final one of the best bars in Virginia Beach is the Ready Room in the southern part of town. It is a tiny dive bar with a pool table and a full bar.

You can get beer and mixed drinks here, plus there are TVs to watch sports.

Final Thoughts

Virginia Beach has some of the best bars, and they have all sorts of vibes, no matter what you are looking for. From breweries and sports bars to bars on the water and some with love music, you will find an amazing place to have a drink in Virginia Beach.

Be sure to leave a comment if you visit any of these bars or if you have a suggestion of your own!

Best Bars in Virginia Beach

  1. Rudee Inlet
  2. Commonwealth Brewing Co
  3. Elevation 27
  4. Hot Tuna
  5. The Back Deck
  6. Murphy’s Irish Pub
  7. Lunasea
  8. Cheds Bar and Grill
  9. Lynnhaven Pub
  10. The Bunker Brewpub
  11. The Casual Pint (Virginia Beach)
  12. Casey’s Pub
  13. South Beach Grill
  14. The Tailgate Sports Pub
  15. CP Shuckers Cafe & Raw Bar
  16. The Shack
  17. Ready Room
Please drink responsibly, be fully accountable with your alcohol consumption, and show others respect.

Written by Rocco

Rocco is a Florida State University alumnus with years of bartending and hospitality experience. From slinging hundreds of vodka sodas a night in jam-packed college bars to serving carefully crafted cocktails in upscale restaurants, there’s not much he hasn’t done behind a bar. Now, Rocco shares his knowledge and passion for all things alcohol-related here on My Bartender for bibulous readers everywhere to enjoy.

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