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bayoubighead
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Richmond, VA
The wife and I are thinking of going see a band in Richmond, VA in a couple of weeks. Anyone have any suggestion on things to do there? Good restaurants or bars?


hoopsgalore
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re: Richmond, VA
Do you and your wife enjoy craft beer? Plenty of breweries to choose from.


bayoubighead
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re: Richmond, VA
I do, the wife not so much! Is the downtown area safe? The show we are going to is at the National Theater downtown and thinking of stay close to there. Thanks for the info.


hoopsgalore
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re: Richmond, VA
You'll be OK downtown. There are a couple not-so-great neighborhoods across the James River.


wahootiger
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re: Richmond, VA
Currently live in Richmond.

Downtown is safe enough, the only issue that real downtown (where the high rises are) is kind of dead at night, save for a few places (Shockhoe Slip/Shockhoe Bottom). Though there is a strip of bars/restaurants near the National that would give you plenty of options.

The Fan is a popular residential/going out area with tons of restaurants and bars.

There are a lot of good breweries, many of which are in Scott's Addition, an up and coming area near the Fan. The area also has a fair amount of restaurants and other bars.

If you provide a little more info about what you and your wife are into I can try to give you some more specific recommendations. There are a ton of good restaurants in Richmond.

It's a pretty under-rated city.


bayoubighead
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re: Richmond, VA
Awesome wahootiger! Thanks for the info. As far a specifics we'd prefer local places, hole in the wall where the locals hang out. Oh, and a good Mexican joint. If we decide to eat somewhere nice, I'm sure that wouldn't be hard to find. Going see Carbon Leaf at the National on the 15th.


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Boomshockalocka
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re: Richmond, VA
Wong Gonzalez for Mexican. The place next door is great too.

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The beer there is elite.


kjntgr
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re: Richmond, VA
The best civil war museum I have ever been to is in Richmond( if you are into that sort of thing). Not very big, so it doesn’t take a whole day.


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McVick
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re: Richmond, VA
Don't come to Richmond. We're all full up and can't take any more out-of-towners.

But seriously I'd recommend places based on where you are staying and how much time you have. Downtown is safe to stay, but there are more things to do in The Fan and Scott's Addition after 8PM. If you are staying Downtown then Grace Street is pretty solid with Wong Gonzales, Pasture, Secret Sandwich Society, Rappahannock Oyster, Perlys for brunch, on and on. Hole in the wall Mexican is tough, with nothing super popular. If you like Vietnamese food go check out Mekong/The Answer out on Broad St past Scott's Addition or the places nearby like Pho Tay Do (cash only).

Depending on your time and budget I'd say check out Proper Pie and Sub Rosa (Church Hill), ZZQ and the bazillion breweries/cideries/meaderies in Scott's Addition, Saison or Rogue in the Downtown area, and Cafe 821 for a neighborhood experience. Do L'Opossum if you got the $ and are willing to get there at 5 to eat at the bar, because they are probably all full up with reservations.

Things to do totally depends on what interests you. Plenty of Civil War stuff around to go see and do. The VMFA is a good place to go see some art for free, as is the new ICMA on VCU's campus. There's shopping in Carytown. Go over to Belle Isle or trek through Hollywood Cemetery to see the famous people buried there. The Maggie Walker House is a NHP in Downtown/Jackson Ward.

Also listen to wahootiger. He knows where and what the hip things are in the city.


bayoubighead
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Houma
Member since Dec 2004
775 posts

re: Richmond, VA
Thanks for all the information! This is great stuff and hopefully will make our trip great!


LSU
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Houston
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re: Richmond, VA
Stayed there one night on a work trip a couple years ago. We ate at The Hard Shell & it was pretty good. That's all I got.


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wahootiger
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re: Richmond, VA
Sorry for the delayed response. Life, work, etc.

I'd second everything McVick said. He's also got the skinny on the best beer in town, though there are a lot of great options.

A few more recommendations:

Most of the bars/restaurants near the National are going to be on Grace street a few blocks away. Richmond's not really a Mexican food hotbed, but Wong Gonzales and Maya are near the National and are "Mexican fusion" type places that might scratch the itch.

Pasture and Juleps are also in the area. Pasture is kind of funky, and Juleps is more upscale. Rappahannock is an upscale seafood place with a good oyster bar.

If you're looking for Asian-esque food, check out Foo Dog in the Fan. The food is good (get the ramen), the prices are reasonable, and they have a decent beer selection.

If you're looking for a boozy brunch I'd recommend Millie's, which is on Main St. near the Church Hill area. It's a staple. You'll have to wait like an hour, but they've perfected shepherding you to the bar for a stiff mimosa or bloody mary right when you arrive. The food is really good too.

If you're in that part of town, I'd recommend going up to Libbie Hill park (across the street and up the hill from Millie's) for an awesome view of the James River and downtown Richmond. From there you can hit up Proper Pie (which McVick mentioned and which is awesome). This area is called Church Hill. As the name suggests, it's a hill with a church on it, but the church is the church in which Patrick Henry gave the "Give me liberty or give me death speech" - if you're into that type of thing. Church Hill is a really cool neighborhood, but it has been recently gentrified. I wouldn't walk around there at night. That sounds worse than it is. It's block to block, so if you're unfamiliar with the layout it might be a bit dicey if you get too far north and east.

That being said, what I consider the best restaurant in town is in Church Hill: the Roosevelt. Kind of a "hipster-fancy" place, with really good food and drinks. Another place like that is Heritage, which is in the Fan.

If you're looking for a place with good cocktails check out Jasper in Carytown. Ms. Wahootiger keeps mentioning that they have some type of Christmas themed pop up there right now, so it might not be their typical fare. I'm sure it's good though. Rogue is another good cocktail bar.

As you can see, there are ample good places to check out. There are a lot of hipsters in Richmond, which most people don't realize unless they live here. And I mean that in a good way, because we have a ton of good food, beer, and cocktail options. Thanks, hipsters.

Enjoy, and let me know if you've got any specific questions.





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