Nightlife in Williamsburg


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It's a good idea to arrive early at Movie Tavern, and not only if you hate missing the opening credits. Early birds can peruse the extensive menu of chef-crafted American cuisine, from kobe beef sliders to pizza and sandwiches. But even after the show begins, the snacks keep coming. Unobtrusive servers slip in during the show to deliver orders, and can be called on for more drinks or dessert with the push of a button. Guests can even sip margaritas or signature cocktails at the full bar before heading in to the theater. The family-friendly establishment also serves finger food for kiddies.

As for the entertainment, audiences get to enjoy all-digital presentations of first-run films any day of the week, plus Retro Cinema every Wednesday morning at 11:30 a.m. as well as Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Audiences also benefit from Movie Tavern's membership program. Anyone can sign up for free online to receive one free bag of popcorn, plus a free ticket every year on their birthday, special offers, movie news, and invites to screenings and other special events.

1430 Richmond Rd
Williamsburg,
VA
US

Green Leafe thwarts thirst with an expansive fleet of domestic and international beers and quells hunger with a menu of American cuisine.

765 Scotland Street
Williamsburg,
VA
US

The Cornet Pocket lodges pool sharks, upscale-pub-grub imbibers, and dart sharpshooters in a hybrid pool-hall-cum-restaurant environment. Adjoined to the dining chambers, a billiards room shelters 13 Connelly drop-pocket tables flanked by cue-wielding participants and dejected 16 balls watching each round. The Corner Pocket's appetizer menu dispenses a wide array of upscale pub-style appetizers including cornmeal-fried wings slathered in sweet and spicy chili sauce ($9.95/full dozen), waffle fries drenched in melted-cheese dip and scallions ($6.50), and turrets of beer-battered onions rings ($5.95).

4805 Courthouse St
Williamsburg,
VA
US

Although it now has more than 430 locations in 28 countries, Hooters wasn’t always welcomed by the public. In fact, when it opened in October 1983 in Clearwater, Florida, the founders of the restaurant were “quickly detained for impersonating restaurateurs,” according to the company's website. But the restaurant was able to prove it was more than just a pretty face—that it was serious about serving tasty American food and frosty brews—and its popularity exploded in the decades to follow.

Amid its beach-themed vibe and flat-screen TVs, Hooters still fuels appetites with original chicken wings, burgers, sandwiches, and fresh salads. Of course, nobody carries those casual eats and icy pitchers better than the Hooters girls. To complement their friendly smiles, their uniforms harken back to the ones the original waitresses wore in 1983: orange hot shorts and white tank tops with the emblematic owl on the front—though that owl has lost its Lionel Richie perm.

112 Bypass Rd
Williamsburg,
VA
US

Brickhouse Tavern draws inspiration from New York pizzerias and roadside diners in equal measure, compiling a menu of familiar American comfort foods. The eatery demonstrates its commitment to the region by sourcing as much produce from local farmers as possible, supporting growers who embrace organic and eco-friendly practices in particular. These ingredients lend vibrant flavors to the tavern's signature pizzas, which are created using generations-old family recipes as well as a bit of New York flair. With more than 20 toppings available, guests can design personalized pies with anything from meatballs and fresh garlic to salami and jalapeños. Classic pasta dishes also allow the tavern's Italian origins to shine through an otherwise all-American smorgasbord of burgers, wings, and french fries that don't understand the metric system.

755 Scotland Street
Williamsburg,
VA
US

Fireside Chophouse embraces famished guests in its intimate, warmly lit space and touts premium-cut steaks, fresh seafood, and hearty homemade dishes. Start off with the jumbo shrimp cocktail ($8.95) or the hot spinach-and-artichoke dip flanked with chips and a heated exchange between verdant veggies ($5.95). Carnivorous cravings can be quelled after grappling with the filet mignon ($24.95) or the grilled pork chop, a boneless cut delicately cooed to a tooth-worthy tenderness and brushed with an apple-butter glaze ($15.95). The sesame-seared tuna ($18.95) is ammunition for fork-trebuchets to launch palate-pleasing protein at your vulnerable taste buds. Ravenous tykes can dig into the junior steak and fries ($7.95) or the chicken strips and fries ($6.50), and dessert doyens can fill hourly cocoa quotas with the triple-chocolate ice-cream cake ($5.50).

1995 Richmond Rd
Williamsburg,
VA
US