Let Loose And Unwind At Alexandria's Best Nightlife Spots

Whether its turning off the work computer following a hectic or clocking out after a busy shift, the feeling you get leaving your job walking toward a wide open weekend is pretty euphoric. ( I see you nodding your head in agreement.) But where should you and your pals go to celebrate?

Minutes away from Washington, D.C., Alexandria, Va. has a bustling nightlife just waiting to be explored. During our own downtown, 10Best went in search of the top nightlife spots in the city. Tough job, we know.  

When you think nightlife, live music venues pop to the front of most folks' minds so we included several in our list such as Birchmere which has been bringing in nationally and internationally known talent for more than 50 years.

Some folks enjoy restaurants for their late night destinations so we included a few like Hank's Pasta Bar, Daniel O'Connell's and Fish Market because foodies need to indulge after a long week.

If you are looking to play, be sure to head to The Light Horse which has multiple games to try including skeeball and shuffleboard while you sample their menu and drink at their upstairs bar.

So no matter what your ideal nightlife evening looks like, Alexandria has got you covered.



Osteria Marzano
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Whether a dish is a pasta, pizza or bread, Chef Carmine Marzano uses only the best seasonal, local and organic produce paired with authentic Italian ingredients. The dinner menu features a wide selection of salads, cold cuts, cheese, soups,...  Read More

Nick's Night Club
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For those in the Metro region looking for some good, old fashioned country music, this is the late night destination you want. Tuesday is karaoke so be sure to practice your Johnny Cash, George Straight, Garth Brooks and Reba McIntyre songs...  Read More



With more than 400 seats spread across five dining rooms, sea folk and landlubbers alike may enjoy treats from Poseidon's domain at this Old Town Alexandria spot. There are dishes for those who prefer land animals but seafood is the main...  Read More

Daniel O'Connell's Restaurant and Bar
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Named for the famed Irish political leader, this antique restaurant/pub is right at home in historical Old Town. Featuring a modern fusion of Irish cuisine and culture, folks may order new dishes including daily specials yet also favorites like...  Read More

Port City Brewing Company
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One of Alexandria's largest employers in the 19th century was the Robert Portner Brewing Company. After nearly 50 years, prohibition lead to the business shutting its doors. Nearly 100 years later, Port City Brewing Company is reviving the...  Read More

Hank's Pasta Bar
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When it comes to pasta dishes, most restaurants feel that huge heaping helpings are best. Personal trainers and your waistband may think differently. Thankfully for pasta lovers, we have this Old Town Alexandria destination offering homemade...  Read More

The Light Horse
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Looking for a late night destination to get your game on? Head to this Old Town Alexandria spot to try your lucky at skeeball, shuffleboard and other games. Refuel downstaris with either small or large plates of their American seasonal menu...  Read More

Blackwall Hitch
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Dedicated to blending the area's finest tastes and talents, this restaurant showcases seasonal menu items made from local sources. Start off your meal with a trip to their raw bar. On a recent summer menu, guests could try oysters, chilled Maine...  Read More

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Harking back to the days of Prohibition, you'll find this Old Town speakeasy by looking for the blue light in a second floor window. Celebrating a rebirth of the golden age, guests will find creative cocktails mingled with a glamorous yet...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Birchmere


When Gary Oelze bought The Birchmere in 1966, he didn't change the restaurant's name but decided to add live music acts. That fateful move to boost business more than 50 years ago has lead to the venue becoming one of the most beloved stages for...  Read More


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