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 on 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.


Party at Scotty Quixx and Baxter’s or see your favorite band at the NorVA. For a more low-key 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, Jazz Festival, Beer Festival or bi-annual Wine Festival.


There’s always something shakin’ in this hidden hipster haven. There’s local live music playing almost every weekend at 80/20 Burger Bar, Taphouse Grill or Charlie's American Cafe! Virginia’s first urban winery, Mermaid Winery, and O’Connor Brewing Company both serve up a one-of-a-kind experience, along 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, Bardo and Cogan's.


Part of Chelsea’s charm is that spots are a little undercover and part speakeasy. For some tasty tacos and drinks to get the party started, check out Tortilla West. Afterward, grab a specialty brew at Smartmouth Brewing Company or the award-winning Birch Bar. End the night sipping a cold one around an outdoor fire pit at the newly opened Torch Bistro. Other Chelsea favorites are The Bakehouse and Orapax.