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, antipasti, paninis, meat and seafood. When it comes to pizza, you may pick one off the menu or create your own. Pasta dishes give guests the opportunity to add on shrimp, chicken, salmon or meatball. To close out the meal, try their selection of desserts like Nutella pizza, chocolate cake or cannoli alla Siciliana and pair it with an after dinner coffee or liqueur.
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 before taking the stage. Dance lessons in swing, country couples and line are also a fun way to let loose. What most come for is the live music featuring local, regional and touring talent. Once you've danced and sung your heart out, be sure to grab a bite to eat off their menu which includes pulled BBQ sandwich, chicken tacquitos and Buffalo tender basket.
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 attraction here. House specialties include fresh whole Maine lobster, Alaskan king crab legs, dill seared salmon and fried fish Pontchartrain. Guests may also indulge in platters â" grilled items are served with sides of roasted red potatoes and asparagus while fried are paired with Captain's fries. Head to the Anchor's Bar for draft, bottle and craft beers and catch one of the local sports team's games on one of 16 televisions.
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 corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips and shepherd's pie. Now while most bars/pubs are for those who like to see and be seen, this venue offers four unique and cozy snugs (nooks) to customers. On tap, you'll find Irish favorites like Guinness, Smithwicks Ale, Harp and Magners Irish Cider but also a bevy of others by the bottle.
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 city's quality brewing tradition. Folks will find year round flagships like Optimal Wit - a Belgian style white ale and Ways & Means â" a session rye IPA. There are also must try seasonals like fall's Oktoberfest and the holiday season's Tidings Ale. But don't just taste the beer. Book and take a tour of the facility. Their Tasting Room is open seven days a week and features different events including BeerYoga Tuesdays and live music on Friday nights.
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 pasta in small plates. Those with a big appetite need not fret. They also have large plate offerings such as grilled shrimp and polenta, oven roasted fresh catch and rosemary grilled lamb chops. Add on some sides to your meal including broccoli rabe, Portobello mushroom, and roasted potatoes. Libations include seasonal cocktails, wines by the glass and beer
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 offerings such as mac & cheese, smoked chicken wings, baked crab cake on brioche or their double cheeseburger. Guests will want to head upstairs to the bar for craft beers including local flavors like Port City Optimal Wit and Hellbender Red Line Ale. This neighborhood staple since 2008 also offers a weekly entertainment lineup including a DJ, live music and sports.
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 lobster and crawfish. For those that want to go straight to entrees, you'll find plenty to tempt your tastebuds. Share (or keep to yourself) a chilled seafood platter of favorites like peel and eat shrimp, smoked salmon and Jonah crab claws or try the jumbo lump crab mac & cheese, crispy softshell crabs or rockfish. Coming on late week and weekend days are a must for the live music featuring local and touring musicians from a variety of genres.
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 intimate setting. Because only 25 people are allowed inside at a time, reservations along with a credit card number are required ahead of your arrival. Guests are encouraged to wear semi-formal attire to enhance the mood. Those wearing flip flops, baseball hats, jeans and tank tops will be turned away thirsty. For those who want to learn how head bartender/mixologist Todd Thrasher makes those lively libations, consider taking a mixology class.
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 musicians including Ricky Skaggs, Vince Gill, Seldom Scene, and John Hiatt. Once known as THE location for bluegrass acts, the site has branched out to other genres over the years but kept the intimate feel. The focus here is on the music so if you want to have a conversation with your friends, do it before or after the show.