Did you know Norfolk is one of the nation’s top destinations for singles? Norfolk offers a variety of single friendly things to do! From daytime local events, to evenings on the town, there is always something stirring in Norfolk for singles satisfaction. Get out, and check out the following single hot spots, for fantastic food and beverage, along with guaranteed mingling.

Waterside District: Norfolk’s revitalized waterfront Waterside District offers premier dining and entertainment, the perfect place to relax, mingle, and enjoy the view of the dazzling Elizabeth River! The Waterside District has been called the central gathering place for Norfolk locals, and visitors from all across the nation!


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Toast: Toast is one of the most happening restaurants, turned pop up concerts/dance parties, in Norfolk! The food is simply incredible. Their specialty, gourmet Toast dishes, serves up heaps of fresh ingredients among a thick slice of homemade toast. Beyond the food, the night life at Toast could be called toasty…a fantastic place for singles to spend a Friday or Saturday night, Toast puts on outstanding concerts called LAVA Mini Fests, attracting nearly the entire town, and travelers from across the region! Beyond that, their outdoor bench seating and backyard filled with welcoming activities, like ping pong, is a great place to strike up a conversation, maybe even make a new friend!

Work Release/Commune- Newly opened Commune, a farmer-owned restaurant that sources all of their ingredients locally, has collaborated with former Work Release in exhibiting art and live music offerings on Friday and Saturday nights, a fantastic option for a single in the city. Notable bands such as Of Montreal and D.R.A.M have played Work Release, with rave reviews. The open, industrial environment at Work Release/Commune is different than any venue in the area, centrally located in Norfolk’s NEON (New Energy of Norfolk) Arts District.

The Birch: Looking for cider, beer, and grilled cheeses? The Birch would be your go to in Norfolk’s Chelsea District, with their specialization in ciders, craft beers, and mead from all over the world. With 21 craft beer drafts and 5 cider and mead taps, their knowledgeable staff will help you find your perfect beverage. Their welcoming environment is a fantastic place to grab a beer, bite, and to strike up a conversation!

Bardo Edibles +Elixirs: Cocktails, tapas, and small talk. Check out Bardo for outstanding, imaginative cocktails and Asian influenced tapas. The dim lit environment at Bardo is a sexy draw to its inviting, cozy space. The perfect selection for bar talk, and delicious bites!

FM:  In beautiful downtown Norfolk, on Granby Street, you’ll find FM Restaurant, where they feature live music through the week. A great place to see live music, and mingle with music lovers like yourself FM is directly connected to The Norva, with an offering called Early Entry, which includes entry into any show at The Norva 15 minutes before the main doors open!