Richmond Dive Bar Guide

Divey Food Spot Stronghold

Richmond excels in maybe not the pure dive bar but a divey twist on a corner bar with surprising food.
Painted Lady Lounge - Detroit Dive Bar - Interior
Rose Marie Inn

Matching Richmond’s laid back vibe, the city’s dive bar inventory runs a little more polished than usual thanks to a seeming specialty in hybrid corner restaurants that run just slightly on the divey side. Richmond is a comfortable town populated with these cozy options to yes, definitely grab a High Life, but also get an above average burger too.

Bamboo Cafe, Joe’s Inn and others circle Richmond’s downtown core providing exactly that experience, dimly lit surroundings hiding a not-quite-polished but not-quite-dive-bar interior. A distinct lack of grime is really nothing to hold against a good neighborhood hub and Richmond is filled with options that hit that attractive sweet spot.

Anchoring the opposite end of that spectrum is The Locker Room Bar, the city’s most popular answer to the question of best local dive bar thanks to a long history and legacy status that permits smoking on the premises. Still divey but without quite the same reputation, Rose Marie Inn on the fringes of the city lives up to its slogan of “where friends meet” thanks to a low key atmosphere and sprawling strip mall patio.

Dive bars are so often a reflection of the city they sit in and Richmond’s collection is no exception, most of them dangerously close to ranking as “too nice” to be on this list but offering an authentic spot to grab a beer all the same.

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Our Richmond Dive Bar Recommendations

While we’ve done our fair share of drinking, we haven’t yet hit every Richmond Dive Bar. The recommendations below are sorted into tiers to help guide your choices depending on how much time you have to explore Richmond. Where we’ve reviewed a location, a score is given.

SFG Reviews

We’ve been lucky enough to visit the locations below in Richmond. Each location includes a full review and SFG score to help you decide on how to prioritize your travels.

Rose Marie Inn

SFG Rating: 8 out of 10
Richmond's hub for "where friends meet" since 1958.

SFG Recommendations

We have not yet been lucky enough to visit the Richmond options below, but research, word of mouth and reader submissions have led us to recommend these must-visit options.

Bamboo Cafe

Less a dive and more a dimly-lit, cozy corner pub.
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Subterranean sandwiches just hit a little bit different.
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Joe's Inn The Fan

Another one of Richmond's signature divey eating spots.
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The Locker Room Bar

Richmond's purest dive bar with the smoke to prove it.
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Other Options

Below you’ll find the truly deep cuts, gems in waiting that we have not yet been able to visit. Let us know if you find a particularly potent destination.

Bubba's Bar & Grill

4000 Williamsburg Rd, Richmond, VA 23231
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13312 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113
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City Beach

2416 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23220
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City Dogs

1309 W Main St #4851, Richmond, VA 23220
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Cobra Cabana

901 W Marshall St, Richmond, VA 23220
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Daddio's Grille

12385 Gayton Rd, Henrico, VA 23238
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Dugout Bar & Grille

1510 Mountain Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23060
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Gus' Bar & Grill

2701 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220
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217 W Clay St, Richmond, VA 23220
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Honey Whyte's All American Cafe

2116 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23223
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Lakeside Tavern

5406 Lakeside Ave, Henrico, VA 23228
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McCormack's Irish Pub

12 N 18th St, Richmond, VA 23223
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Patrick Henry's Pub & Grille

Patrick Henry's Pub & Grille
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Poe's Pub

2706 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23223
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Rock Falls Tavern

2813 Hathaway Rd, Richmond, VA 23225
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Shamrock Pub

10016 Robious Rd, Richmond, VA 23235
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Sportsman Restaurant and Lounge

3306 Williamsburg Rd, Henrico, VA 23231
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The Sidewalk Cafe

2101 W Main St, Richmond, VA 23220
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1727 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23223
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