Norfolk, VA Nightlife

The nightlife destination for those in the know – which now includes you.

You want nightlife with a distinctive urban edge? Downtown Norfolk and its surrounding neighborhoods offer breweries with tasting rooms, beer bars, lounges, chef-owned restaurants and nightclubs galore. It's no secret that this city loves live music, Norfolk was named one of the Best Small College Towns with the Best Music Scenes. From live music venues to low-key late-night hangouts, Norfolk delivers whatever you and your friends are in the mood for.

Downtown

Party at Scotty Quixx and Baxter’s, or see your favorite band at the NorVA. For a more relaxed nightlife experience, try the Barrel Room or Gershwin’s, a 20’s style piano bar. Stroll along the waterfront and there’s a good chance you’ll find yourself in the middle of a festival of food and music, like Harborfest®, Bayou Boogaloo, the Latino Music Festival, and more.

Ghent

There is always something to do in this hipster haven. Find local live music playing almost every weekend at 80/20 Burger Bar, Taphouse Grill or Charlie's American Cafe! Virginia’s only urban winery, Mermaid Winery, and O’Connor Brewing Company both serve up a one-of-a-kind experience with brews, vino and bubbly. Supper Southern Morsels offers rooftop tapas and craft cocktails. Others not to miss are Luna Maya, Press 626 Café & Wine Bar, and Cogan's.

Chelsea

Part of Chelsea’s charm is that spots are a little undercover. For tasty food that will have your mouth watering, check out The Chelsea Bakehouse or Orapax. Afterwards, grab a specialty brew at Smartmouth Brewing Company or award-winning The Birch. End the night sipping a cold one around an outdoor fire pit at Torch Bistro