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Top bar recommendations from locals

Speakeasy
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“Seafood & French. Cool spot down an alley on the famous Charlottesville Downtown Mall. Atmosphere is smoky (without the smoke) with a throwback vibe.”
  • 58 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Yum, yum, yum. Light, sophisticated Italian- with an amazing wine list. Widely considered one of Charlottesville's best restaurants. Doesn't take reservations and gets crowded, so go early for dinner, or put your name in and head to the patio at Mas for a pre-dinner drink.”
  • 53 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Great ambiance, good food, broad menu using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible”
  • 51 locals recommend
Bar
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“This is a Charlottesville tradition. White table cloth restaurant upstairs, old school, casual bar (where you can dine) in the basement. Super charming, good food. French.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Cinema
“DOWNTOWN - Upscale and lovely. Enjoy a local wine, cider or beer and good food while movie-ing. ”
  • 41 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“A skybar in Charlottesville? Well, it's an open air rooftop bar off the Downtown mall.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Bar
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“The cover photos speaks for itself. All the beer you could ever want from all over the world (local faves also featured)! Eclectic menu. Also good for brunch. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Local VA brewery. now located at the iX park off the downtown mall. If you like Micro brews this is good quality.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Check out their schedule and see a show! Generally pretty cheap and a good crowd.”
  • 16 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Sunday brunch is amazing - you have to try the fried chicken and waffles! ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bar
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“Shared plates with unique flavors, vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free friendly. Craft cocktails and outdoor patio.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Best margaritas in town! The food is amazing! They don't take reservations though. We usually put our name on the list and go to the bar at Parallel 38 next door for a drink while we wait.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Café
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“OKAY, some of my friends roll their eyes when I bring up La Taza, but I can't get enough of their breakfast tacos and breakfast potatoes. If you're here on the weekend and are willing to wait a little while (because they are usually busy), it's worth the wait. If you're lucky and you are here during the week, you'll have no problem getting a table or placing a take-out order! If you want to enjoy a nice cold drink around a fire conversing with locals, check our the Tikki Bar at La Taza. It's an outside bar with a tropical theme and relaxed atmosphere in the heart of Belmont.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
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“This is both a restaurant and a bar, which accurately itself as a "locally sourced Southern fare & imaginative cocktails offered in a refined exposed-brick setting." Friendly crowd for late night hanging out. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Champion has been serving up local beer in Cville since 2012. There are many other breweries in the area too, but this is one of our favorites!”
  • 15 locals recommend
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Bar
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“A personal favorite for it's Virginian-French food and it's cozy atmosphere!”
  • 22 locals recommend