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Alexandria Nightlife


In Alexandria, Virginia, located just minutes from Washington, D.C. and with four Metro stations, a night on the town means everything from live jazz to country line dancing. Catch live performances most nights of the week (and karaoke on Sundays!) at The Light Horse Restaurant, where locals gather for music, pool and shuffleboard, or The Birchmere, where music legends from Johnny Cash to Esperanza Spalding have performed in an intimate setting.

Feel like dancing? Grab your boots and hit the dance floor at Nick’s Nightclub, northern Virginia’s only country-western bar, which also has weekly swing dancing. In Old Town you’ll find dozens of restaurants in a walkable setting with live music, from Blackwall Hitch on the Potomac River waterfront to Irish restaurant Daniel O’Connells219 Restaurant’s Basin Street Lounge has live jazz and blues music every Friday and Saturday night while its Bayou Room has a DJ and dancing.

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Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub was opened by friends and family with a passion for their Irish heritage and a desire...
713 King Street
The Light Horse features classic American pub fare in the bar alongside modern American cuisine in the dining room, all...
715 King Street
219 Restaurant is located in an elegant Victorian setting, serving modern Southern cuisine. The Basin Street Lounge has live jazz...
219 King Street
In a nod to both Alexandria’s history as a port city and to the legendary ship captain who converted his...
804 N. Henry Street
Serving classic American cuisine. Best brunch in Old Town, Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kitchen open ’til...
203 The Strand
Doyle’s Outpost is Alexandria’s first state-of-the-art entertainment facility, featuring a 5,500 square feet, two story “Battle for D.C.”-themed laser tag...
4620A Kenmore Avenue Alexandria, VA 22304
Historically themed and wonderfully immersive, our Old Town Alexandria location has rooms with themes involving Sherlock Holmes, Professor Moriarty, Edgar...
814 King Street 2nd Floor
Nightly Spirits offers a 2.5 hour haunted pub tour. Guests will be led by a costumed tour guide along a...
203 Strand Street
A neighborhood fixture since 1989, Rock It Grill offers friendly service, great drinks, and, of course, good times. From old...
1319 King Street
The Birchmere is a world-famous concert venue known for a nightly line-up of classic as well as up-and-coming jazz, country,...
3701 Mount Vernon Avenue Alexandria, VA 22305
A dining experience blending the area’s finest in tastes & talents, Blackwall Hitch is a coastally inspired concept that creates...
5 Cameron Street
In a nod to both Alexandria’s history as a port city and to the legendary ship captain who converted his...
804 N. Henry Street

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