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Best Bars in Virginia Beach

Raise a glass to these top watering holes and beloved Virginia Beach bars.

Toasting the Best Bars in Virginia Beach

By Elizabeth Rose Engle of Wandering Rose Travels

From sports bars and raw bars to brewpubs and nightclubs, Virginia Beach boasts a lively bar scene, night and day. There is more happening in the warmer months, but you can enjoy adult beverages and specials year-round. Raise a glass to these top watering holes and beloved Virginia Beach bars.

Fan Favorite Bars

Repeal Bourbon & Burgers

Repeal patrons rave about their burgers, classic cocktails and massive bourbon selection. This speakeasy-style spot serves lunch, dinner and late night, with daily food and drink specials.

The Shack

Find a laid-back backyard party vibe at this seasonal spot, complete with a taco truck, swings, firepits and yard games. Their sister restaurant, Waterman’s Surfside Grille, invented the local orange crush cocktail, and they squeeze plenty of them here as well.

The Shack Virginia Beach

CP Shuckers

Watch a game, shoot some pool and enjoy daily food and drink specials at this family-run favorite. Happy hour deals run Monday through Friday from 3–7 p.m. and include noteworthy noshes like tacos, wings and oysters.

Beachside Social

Get your game on at Beachside Social with board games, bocce ball and shuffleboard, including league play. Fuel up with craft beer, cocktails and fast-casual eats.

Bars with a View

Sky Bar       

Head to the Hilton roof top for amazing Oceanfront and city views with a trendy Miami vibe. Sky Bar is a private members-only club with dress code.

Catch 31 Fish House and Bar

Another upscale oceanfront Hilton bar, Catch 31’s patio scene is known for fire pits, seasonal live music, DJs and happy hour.

Click here for a taste of the best bars on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk.

Virginia Beach Gastropubs


Visit the ViBe District, Virginia Beach’s arts and culture district, for this modern gastropub in a 1940s building.

Union Ale House

A newcomer getting good reviews, this gastropub serves lunch, dinner and late-night food.

Virginia Beach Wine Bars

Tinto Wine & Cheese, etc.

Local trio of cozy wine bars with special events, light bites and about 100 wines by the glass. This specialty shop for wine, cheese and cured meats has locations in Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Chesapeake.           

Virginia Beach Breweries

Wasserhund Brewing Company                    

German-style beer and brats, plus artisan pizza, game nights and festive events.

Wasserhund Brewing

Back Bay Brewing Co.            

Former fish house turned local hangout in the ViBe Creative District.

Home Republic Brewing Company

Veteran-owned brewpub with gourmet pub grub and a full bar near the Virginia Beach Boardwalk.

Pleasure House Brewing

Historic Shore Drive locale with bar games, music and both special and charitable events.

Virginia Beach Bars

It’s no easy task crowning the best bars in Virginia Beach, but these favorites are sure to please with refreshing beverages and good times.

Four Best Virginia Beach Oceanfront Bars

Top boardwalk bars to wet your whistle with a view:                                  

  1. Waterman’s Surfside Grille: South End at 5th Street
  2. Catch 31 Fish House and Bar: North End at 30th Street
  3. Chix on the Beach: South End at 7th Street
  4. Calypso Bar & Grill: South End at 11th Street

Read more about the best oceanfront bars.