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

Photo by Rebecca Maguire
Concert at the NorVa, photo by Rebecca Maguire

Downtown Norfolk
Downtown Norfolk

Mermaid Winery
Dinner and drinks at the Mermaid Winery in Ghent.


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 & 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.

Late Night Bites

Hungry & looking for some late night grub after an evening out on the town? These eateries are open til at least 1:00 a.m. in the morning:

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