Best Nightlife

Out of all the clubs and bars in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer a carefully vetted selection to let you explore Williamsburg nightlife on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Williamsburg Best Nightlife list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.


Located in Merchants Square, the historic Kimball Theatre offers an eclectic mix of entertainment. The theater's been operating since 1933, and on any given night you might catch a jazz performance, classic film screening, lecture or performance by students from nearby William & Mary. The building's crystal chandeliers, red curtains, wall sconces and warm lighting give it a classic feel lacking in most modern movie theaters.

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Italian and Greek cuisine rule here – pizza, subs, sandwiches, spaghetti and salads come out of the kitchen at a fast pace to keep the locals happy. The New England-style pizza is a favorite, as are the nine TVs for watching games. Located right across from the William & Mary stadium, students flock here at all hours.

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By day this is a busy local cafe, but by night the music, microbrews and pool cues rule. The age range is a wide mixture, ranging from college students to local business people who tune in for live blues, literary readings, pool games and single malt scotch tastings. This is not your typical pool hall, but it is an upscale and fun place to spend an evening.

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Colonial Williamsburg

Sports memorabilia, 18 TVs (one big screen), darts, and pools tables make this a popular local sports hangout. A variety of beers are available to accompany the events, and dinner is served until 10pm. Bourbon Street Bar & Grille is a fun, casual place that is frequented by students, locals and visitors.

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This is one of the 10 best bars in the country according to USA Today. With over 30 draft beers150 bottled beers and more than 40 wines from around the world, this place rocks with adult beverages. The atmosphere is cozy, woody, pubby and most of all – friendly. It is a favorite of locals, students and visitors. The food is eclectic and excellent. So settle in with one of the real ales and some fish and chips or crab cakes and enjoy yourself. They are open 365 days a year.

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A casual atmosphere, good basic food, great beer selections, and free wireless Internet service – what more could you want to party or relax? Locals like the burgers so much they have voted this place as having the "best burger" for nine consecutive years. The menu also includes huge salads, chicken, steak and gargantuan sandwiches. The crowd is young and fun, and a lot of locals bring the whole family. Early bird specials from 4-6pm.

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Based on the L.B. Taylor book "The Ghosts of Williamsburg," this tour is informative and fun! It is a walking tour of the historic area, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Reservations are absolutely required – about 85,000 people per year take this tour, so reserve as early as you can. Tours are held rain or shine. Most major holidays they are closed but do offer tours on Halloween and Thanksgiving.

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When a trivia game is broadcast across the country, you know it is serious! A little knowledge about a lot makes you the star here, and newcomers are welcome to join in – just be sure you are right! Some nights feature music and DJs, and this tavern is a popular spot with students since it is open until 2am. The food – from shrimp and scallops to gourmet pizza – is a cut above most taverns.

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The Dog Street Pub strives to be a place where people can relax over good food and good drinks, and in that, they succeed. The draft beer menu includes nearly two dozen craft offerings, many you may not see anywhere else. Two pages of bottled beers add to the selection. If you try a draft beer you like and want to take some home with you, Dog Street Pub will pour you a growler, a glass bottle of beer that will stay fresh in your fridge for over a week.

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Colonial Williamsburg

This cozy tavern harkens back to the Colonial days by offering a full slate of nightly gambols. What's a gambol? Gambols are fun, bawdy games and songs that were popular in 18th century taverns and pubs. Patrons are encouraged to participate – so order up a house ale and enjoy the scene. As for the atmosphere, the old pine floors, rustic walls and primitive furnishings provide the perfect setting for the fun and a meal of stew, sandwiches or other light fare. The gambols usually start around 9pm. Lunch is also served daily.

Read more about Chowning's Tavern →