Let me be clear from the start. This list is neither objective nor exhaustive. These are my favorite dining, drinking, and happy hour specials in and around Richmond, Va. I will continue to update as I find more favorites.
Multi-Day Happy Hours, Prix Fixe Menus, Etc. in Richmond, Virginia
Amuse at the VMFA Happy Hour
Saturday-Wednesday 2:30-4:30, Thursday and Friday 2:30-6
One of the earliest happy hours in town features $2 off signature cocktails, craft beers and champagne. The cocktail menu here changes with the art exhibits, so this is a perfect opportunity to try the latest selections.
Dutch & Company Prix Fixe Menu
Available by table nightly
The three-course prix fixe menu at Dutch & Co. is one of the best ways to experience a multi-course menu in town. It’s $29 per person and available nightly by the table. Each guest gets to choose an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Sure, your entrée portion is a bit smaller, but you still end up with plenty of food. You can’t beat it for a delicious, chef-crafted dinner out.
East Coast Provisions Happy Hour
Monday-Friday, 4-6:30 p.m.
Enjoy $4 glasses of The Curator Red or White blend, $2.50 domestic bottles, $2 off selected craft cocktails, $3 house brand cocktails, and $2 off draft beers. In addition, there’s a nice food menu. My food picks include a dozen Chesapeake oysters for $12, $4 truffle Parmesan fries, $6 tuna tartare tacos, and $6 ECP burger sliders.
Garnett’s Date Night
Get any two menu items and a bottle of wine for $30. Can’t beat it for dinner for two. Two of my menu picks are the Cobb Salad, which is rich with Gorgonzola and thick-cut bacon, and the Croque Garnett, which features ham, Gruyere, cheddar, apple, and sage mayo on Italian bread topped with Mornay sauce. The $30 will also leave a little money left to split one of the ridiculously indulgent homemade desserts.
Greek on Cary Happy Hour
Monday-Friday 3-6 p.m. in dining area, til 7 in the bar
Enjoy $3 rail shots, $3 shooters (I’m not usually a shooter fan, but cinnamon toast crunch sounds enticing!), $6 selected cocktails like Old Fashioneds, palomas, Medusa mules, and grapefruit fizzes. There’s also $2 off all wine and draft beer, plus $4 Founders IPA, $4 Guinness, $5 PBR and rail shots, and $3 select craft bottled beer. For food, enjoy $6 Greek fries, $3.50 mini Yeeros (lamb, chicken or falafel) and $7 spread trios.
The HofGarden Happy Hour
Monday-Thursday 3-6 p.m.
Half off all drafts and wine by the glass, plus $2 slides and $6 pizzas. Hard to beat that!
Kuba Kuba Happy Hour
Daily 4-6 p.m.
Selected wines by the glass are $4. This one made my list because you should stop in and try the Portuguese red wine varal. Normally $7 glass, it’s served chilled and its wonderfully light, dry red and black berry flavors pair perfectly with the Cuban flavors on the menu.
Latitude Seafood Co. Happy Hour
Monday-Friday 3-6:30, Saturday 12-4, Sunday 1-8 p.m.
Worth the drive to the South Side (or just a hop and skip down 288 if you work in West Creek), enjoy $6 Hellfire Shrimp, calamari, smoked salmon dip, 6 raw or steamed oysters, and chicken lettuce wraps; half off all beer; $2.95 selected wines by the glass, and well liquor plus one mixer for $2.25.
Lemaire Bar Menu Happy Hour
Daily 4-7 p.m.
Choose any three appetizers for $20. This makes happy hour a perfect time to soak up one of Richmond’s most elegant bars.
Level Restaurant & Bar Happy Hour
Tuesday-Sunday 4:30-7:30 p.m.
First off, who doesn’t love a happy hour that runs until 7:30 for those of us who sometimes work past 5? Level offers $4 select draft beers, $5 house wine pours, $6 house cosmopolitans and vodka martinis, along with food specials such as $2.50 edamame, $4.50 ahi tuna chips, $4.50 salmon kickers, and $5 duck bao. On a recent visit, I fell in love with the $5 Wasabi PingPong and not just for the name. Balls of pork and vegetables are combined with a spicy dollop of wasabi and deep fried til hot and crispy, a perfect appetizer if you ask me.
Little Saint Happy Hour
“Good Morning”: 10-11 a.m. daily
$3 Bloody Marys and mimosas, 1/2 price oysters, $5 chicken biscuits on Saturdays and Sundays
“Good Evening”: Tuesday-Friday 3-7 p.m.
$3 highballs, $5 daily red/white house wine, $3 ‘Gansett tallboys, $7 craft cocktails “of an Era”
Max’s on Broad Happy Hour
Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at the bar
The Max’s on Broad happy hour includes three specials with food and drink specials for $3, $5, and $7. Highlights include $3 pommes frites or French onion soup, $5 glasses of wine and Belgian draughts, and $7 Maxhattans, burgers, and moules.
Nota Bene Happy Hour
Tuesday-Sunday 5-7 p.m., at the bar
Enjoy $7 bartender’s choice sangria, $6 by-the-glass wine specials, an $8 Frico sparkling wine and Italian amaro pairing, an $8 rotating house cocktail, and $2 rotating draft beers. I’d call that something for everyone.
Pasture Happy Hour
Monday-Friday 4-7 p.m.
Pasture has one of the best food happy hours in town with half off all snacks, meaning you can score the restaurant’s famous pimento cheese with Ritz crackers for just $3 and add cured ham for another $1.50. In addition drink specials include $5 featured wines, $2 off drafts, $1 off rails, and featured daily craft cocktail specials.
Rappahannock Happy Hour
Sunday-Thursday 4-6 p.m.
This happy hour includes $1 oysters (!!!), $5 on-draft Italian sparkling wine, $5 Old Fashioneds, and $3 craft canned beers.
Rapp Session Happy Hour
Sunday-Thursday 3-6 p.m.
Similar to Rappahannock Restaurant but worthy of its own call out, Rapp Session also offers $1 selected oysters during happy hour. In addition the menu includes varying drink specials.
Richmond Wine Station Happy Hour
Tuesday-Thursday 5-7 p.m.
Enjoy 20 percent off all dispenser wines and food. Sounds like the perfect time to taste that $10 and ounce bottle you’ve been eyeing.
Sabai Happy Hour
Sunday-Wednesday 5-7 p.m.
$5 Old Fashioneds, choose Whiskey or Rye. $2 off wines by the glass and draft beers. Plus, choose from a menu of appetizers for $5. On my last visit, Look Chin Thai meatballs did not disappoint.
The Savory Grain Happy Hour
Monday-Friday 4-7 p.m.
The drink specials include $4 draft beers and a featured $4 red, white and sparkling wine alongside $4 rail drinks. In addition, there’s a special happy hour menu with $5 bar snacks, including a smaller portion of my favorite cheese-stuffed, bacon-wrapped grilled jalapeno poppers, which are worth the trip alone.
Unplug & Uncork Happy Hour at Secco
Monday-Friday 5-7 p.m.
Put your phone in the box on your table, focus on your drinking companions, and you’ll be rewarded with quality conversation (I hope!) and a dollar off drinks and small plates.
The Stables at Belmont Happy Hour
Tuesday-Friday 4-7 p.m.
Stop by the Stables for $2 off all small plates, $2 off all craft cocktails and $1 off wines by the glass and draft beers. Wondering what to order? Check out my post.
Stella’s Meze Ora
Monday-Friday 4-6 p.m.
If you work in the West End like me, you might have to sneak out of the office a little early to hit this happy hour, but trust me it’s worth it. Drink specials include a selected cocktail of the evening for $6, $4 selected beers, $10 carafes of house wine (this is basically an entire bottle of wine for ten bucks), and $5 ouzo service. In addition, there’s a wide selection of small plates. My favorites so far are the Garides & Skordalia—grilled shrimp paired with an addicting sauce made of pureed bread, lemon and garlic ($4); the grilled octopus with fried artichokes ($6); the feta, kasseri cheese and olives ($4); and the keftedes meatballs ($4).
Tazza Kitchen Happy Hour
Short Pump: Monday-Friday 4-6:30, Scott’s Addition/Alverser Plaza: Monday-Thursday 4:30-6:30, Friday 4:30-6 p.m.
I like Tazza Kitchen’s happy hour because the menu generally includes several rotating featured craft cocktails priced somewhere between $4 and $6 which is kind of fun. In addition there are generally featured wines for around $5 and discounts of around $1 off drafts. There’s also a food menu with inexpensive tacos and flautas and my favorite, $5 guacamole.
Temple Happy Hour
3-7 p.m. every day
Enjoy $5 tropical sangrias, $2 off draft beer and $2 off wine.
Richmond Dining Deals and Drinking Deals By Day of the Week
Monday Richmond Dining and Drinking Deals
Discounted Wine and $10 Paella at Kuba Kuba Dos
On Monday nights Kuba Kuba Dos offers select discounted bottles of wine for as low as $12. In addition, any of the paellas are just $10. I suggest the paella valenciana, which features chorizo, clams, mussels and shrimp.
Half Off Wine Night at Tarrant’s Cafe Downtown
All bottles of wine are half off at Tarrant’s downtown. With a competitively priced wine list to begin with, there are some really, really good deals to be had.
Half Off Wine Night and Oyster Mondays at Max’s on Broad
All bottles of wine at Max’s on Broad, excluding the reserve list, are half off on Monday nights. In addition, you can enjoy $3 glasses of sparkling wine, half off raw oysters, oysters Rockefeller, and oyster pan roasts.
Steak Night at The Franklin Inn
Twelve dollars gets you an 8-ounce hand-cut sirloin steak, fries, and a side salad. Bring a friend, add a bottle of Kenwood Jack London Zinfandel for around $30 (or check out the rotating bourbon specials on Monday night) and you’ve got solid good date night for around $60.
Burger Night at The Liberty
From 5 to 10 p.m., enjoy a $7 house burger alongside rotating specialty burger discounts. If you like a beer with you’re burger, you can also enjoy $1 off cans.
Half Price Draft Happy Hour at Garden Grove
Select drafts are half off from 4 to 7 p.m., plus it’s game night.
Tuesday Richmond Dining Deals
$5 Bourbon and Burger Night at The Savory Grain
Choose from two to three selected bourbons and ryes for just $5. Is the liquor going straight to your head? For just $5 as well, grab a basic burger. What more do you need in life?
Half Off Wine Night at Wine Loft
Stop by The Wine Loft on Tuesday nights for half off bottles of wine between $50 and $150. It’s a great opportunity to try something you might not normally splurge on.
Tapas Tuesday at The Caboose
Head up to Ashland for a night of wine and snacks at this cute cafe. On Tuesdays, buy two tapas and get your third one free.
Dollar Oyster Night at Metzger
Selected oysters $1 each every Tuesday.
Half off Wine Night at Nota Bene
Enjoy half off all bottles of wine under $75.
Taco Tuesday at The Liberty
Rotating taco specials all day along with discounted sides and appetizers, such as chips and salsa or chips and guacamole.
Taster Tuesday at Garden Grove
Half pours are half price (maximum of one of each beer per person) from 4 to 7 p.m., plus live bluegrass.
Wednesday Richmond Dining Deals
Dollar Oyster Night at The Savory Grain
One dollar Anderson’s Neck Oysters all night (raw or fried), plus happy hour drafts all night long. Love it!
Date Night at Metzger
Enjoy two appetizers, two entrées, a shared dessert and a carafe of house wine for $50. This is one of the best deals in town. Make reservations because it gets busy.
Burger Day at The Franklin Inn
Five dollars gets you a half-pound hand-pattied basic burger with lettuce, tomato and mayo from 11 a.m. through 10 p.m. Add your choice of toppings, cheeses, and sides for additional upcharges. On a recent visit, I was extremely impressed with the flavor of my burger—both the meat and the seasoning—and the fact that when I asked for it to be prepared “medium” it did, in fact, arrive perfectly cooked. My burger, with the addition of American cheese, bacon and steak fries ended up costing $9, and the well-balanced fruity Italian red blend I chose to accompany it was $7, making for a pretty solid $16 supper.
Thursday Dining and Drinking Deals
Conch Republic Half Off Wine Night:
Enjoy half off bottles of wine starting at 5 p.m.
Kitchen on Cary Half Off Wine Night:
Stop in for half off select bottles of wine.
Level Half Off Wine Night:
Half off all bottles of wine, plus enjoy live jazz music starting at 8 p.m. Yes, wine and sushi can be friends.
Weezie’s Burger Night
Snag a $5 burger from 5 to 9 p.m.
Friday Richmond Dining and Drinking Deals
Flight Fridays at Garden Grove
Enjoy a flight of four 4-ounce brewer’s choice beers for $3 from 12 to 6 p.m. along with live music.
Sunday Richmond Dining Deals
Half Off Wine at The Savory Grain
Half off all bottles of wine all afternoon and evening. This is my favorite during patio weather.