The tree isn't the only thing getting lit this year! Get into the holiday spirit at these Richmond-area bars that are bringing the holiday cheer, with happy hours and/or festive themes and décor.
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Holiday Bars With Happy Hours
Address: 101 West Franklin Street, Richmond, Virginia, 23220
Happy hour: Monday-Saturday from 4-7 p.m. More details here.
Get into the holiday spirit with a stroll through the lavishly decorated Jefferson Hotel on the way to the lobby bar, Lemaire, for a taste of their spirits. Every inch of their lobby is sprinkled with poinsettias, garland and twinkling lights. But the real show-stopper is the 30-foot Christmas tree at the bottom of the main stairs in the middle of the rotunda.
Island Shrimp Co. - Rocketts Landing
Address: 11 Orleans St, Richmond, VA 23231
Happy hour: Thursday & Friday from 4-6 p.m. More details here.
Ready for the season, but not the cold temps? Transport yourself to the tropics at Island Shrimp Co's Rum & Reindeer holiday pop-up. Enjoy seasonal cocktails in decorative cups and dine on all your favorite island delicacies (thinking of you, hot crab dip with wonton chips). Optional, but highly recommended: book one of their igloos for you + 3 friends to really spice up the evening.
Address: 508 E Franklin St, Richmond, VA 23219
Happy hour: Wednesday-Friday from 5-7 p.m. & Saturday from 3-5 p.m. More details here.
Is apres golf a thing? Fulfill your dreams of a white Christmas at Hotel Greene's Winterfreuden pop-up. Play a round of mini-golf and enjoy holiday drinks at this hotel-turned-golf park that's decked out like a ski lodge for the holiday season.
The Lobby Bar at Quirk
Address: 201-07 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
Happy hour: Every day from 3-5 p.m. More details here.
If you're looking for a little more refined relaxation for your happy hour, try posting up in the Lobby Bar at the Quirk Hotel. This pink-themed hotel is full of cute details, especially during the holidays. Stop by their gigantic pink Christmas tree at the front of the lobby for the perfect holiday photo.
Address: 1603 Ownby Ln, Richmond, VA 23220
Happy hour: Thursdays from 5:30-8:30 p.m. More details here.
Very into vodka? Check out Richmond's potato vodka distillery during December for their Santa's Cocktail Shop pop-up. Their pop-up menu features four expertly crafted holiday vodka cocktails like a Peppermint White Russian and a Saint Nicholas Hot Cocoa. You can sip your cocktails inside the distillery or outside on their covered and heated patio.
The Tobacco Company
Address: 1201 E Cary St, Richmond, VA 23219
Happy hour: Wednesday-Friday & Sunday from 4-6 p.m. More details here.
This historic Richmond restaurant with a 3-story atrium in the middle is grand, but it really shines when the holiday decor is up. Pro tip: After you're nice and warm from your drinks, walk next door to the James Center for an iconic Richmond light display.
Explore More Options
BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THESE FESTIVE BARS AND RESTAURANTS ACROSS THE RICHMOND REGION.
The Evergreen at Birdie’s
Address: 305 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220
Miracle on Cary at the Jasper
Address: 3113 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221
Address: 2527 W Main St, Richmond, VA 23220
Address: 11861 New Kent Hwy, New Kent, VA 23124
Island Shrimp Co. (Chesterfield Location)
11500 Midlothian Tpke, Richmond, VA 23235
Casa Del Barco (Short Pump Location)
11800 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23223
The Henry Clay Inn
Address: 114 N Railroad Ave, Ashland, VA 23005