Our Favorite Rooftop Cocktail Spots in Virginia

Few hedonistic pleasures can compete with clear skies, fine libations and friendly company. Whether you're into the club vibe, private partying with a few close friends or simply a lover of all things pleasurable, these open-air drinking and dining spots in Virginia were made with you in mind.

Sky Bar, Virginia Beach


Virginia Beach has a little bit of everything for folks who dig the island lifestyle. Virginia Beach, a.k.a. Resort City, greets you with three miles of stunning coastline, secluded beaches and a gorgeous wildlife refuge you just have to observe. But for those who want to shake the refuge, relish the wild life and observe gorgeous people, go to Sky Bar on the oceanfront.

If you want to revel at Sky Bar, get cozy with a member. An ultra-private refuge in its own right, Sky Bar allows members to bring one guest Wednesdays through Saturdays. And once you get there, you'll see why it's a private club.

Sky Bar sits 21 stories above the boardwalk, where you can take in Virginia's Eastern shoreline, the North Carolina border and the Atlantic Ocean's horizon, all while sipping signature cocktails & bangin' to beats from slammin' DJs and mingling with the beautiful people.

Quirk Hotel, Downtown Richmond


The hours of the Q Rooftop Bar might change with the whims of mother nature, but that's a small sacrifice when you partake in the mother of all parties. Atop the Quirk Hotel, itself a grandiose structure designed in the Italian Renaissance aesthetic, Q Bar grants hotel guests priority entry. Go ahead and make a reservation -- chances are you'll need it after a hot night at the Q.

Q Bar supplies craft cocktails from master mixologists and offers street fare executed in the style of haute cuisine. Overall, an ideal spot for those wishing to lounge in style whether it be for an after work cocktail or a classy birthday celebration with your fav 10 fashionistas. And the view? Open skies all the way.

Chill in the air tonight? Quirk's got you covered in their ever so stylish Maple & Pine restaurant located on the ground floor of Quirk Hotel. Maple & Pine features a true farm to table from-scratch menu led by Executive Chef David Dunlap and one of Richmond's most extensive wine lists.

Grain, Norfolk


Hopheads, cellar dwellers and gueuzestronomers, unite! At Grain rooftop lounge and biergarten, located on the fifth floor of Hilton The Main in downtown Norfolk, you'll find yourselves blessed with over 80 local craft beers. With choices like Commonwealth Brewing Company's Supernaculum, Devil's Backbone Brewing Company's Vienna Lager and O'Connor Brewing Company's Dry Irish Stout available on tap and in growlers, Grain offers arguably the most diverse selection of crafts in Norfolk. And chef Chris Sigler's menu? Eclectic, rustic elegance at its finest.

Chef Sigler curated his menu with dishes like Nashville hot chicken, Norfolk cheese steak and the quarter-pound Wagyu all-beef chili cheese dog to pair harmoniously with Grain's craft beer selections. Open skies, open beers and an open culture of craft philosophy makes Grain the place to commiserate for lovers of original brews and upscale dining.

Virginia has something for anyone who enjoys the finer things. Whether you're a club-hopping VIP, a hotel guest looking for a quiet place to relax or a hophead searching for the next best IPA, you can find it al fresco in Virginia. For more info on what the Mother of States has to offer, check out Virginia Is For Lovers.

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