When the sun goes down, Norfolk sizzles with late-night fun!


Downtown you’ll find beer bars, lounges, restaurants and night clubs galore. Party at Scotty Quixx and Baxter’s or buy a ticket to see a rock show at the NorVA (named as a place that rocked the hardest by readers of Rolling Stone magazine. If clubbing & loud music isn’t quite your jam, downtown has more late night hangouts of all kinds. Try a low-key beer bar such as The Barrel Room or Gershwin’s, a 20’s style piano bar. Stroll along the waterfront and there is a good chance you’ll find one of the many year-round festivals of food and music. Some of the most popular festivals are Harborfest®, Bayou Boogaloo, the Latino Music Festival, Jazz Festival, Beer Festival, and bi-annual wine festival.


There’s always something shakin in this hidden hipster haven. There’s local live music playing almost every weekend at Belmont House of Smoke, 80/20 Burger Bar or the Taphouse Grill. Virginia’s first urban winery, Mermaid Winery and O’Connor Brewing Company both serve some of best brews, vino and bubbly. For a spectacular view of the city, stop by Supper for rooftop tapas & cocktails. Others not to miss are Luna Maya, Press 626 Café & Wine Bar, Bardo and Cogans.


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. Afterwards 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.