Cocktails/Wine Bars in Virginia Beach, VA
Located about five minutes from the Oceanfront in the Hilltop section of Virginia Beach, Cobalt Grille offers several innovative drinks. Aside from creative martini and cocktail flavors, some of the most unique aspects of Cobalt's drink menu are the Herbal Sodas, a combination of fresh herbs, flavored vodkas, and soda water. Those with a sweet tooth may also be drawn to the Whipped Cream Pies, a special liquid dessert made with Pinnacle Whipped Vodka and cream in flavors such as chocolate, espresso, banana, and coconut. Not to be outdone, wine lovers are also sure to find something to meet their fancy at Cobalt with their extensive wine menu. Cobalt is a small, intimate, stylish place fitting for a girls night out or date night.
Hot Tuna has anchored the Shore Drive social scene for years and is generally regarded as a favorite Virginia Beach hang out. Their drink menu offers many unique choices in the form of margaritas, sangria, and specialty drinks in addition to the typical choices. However, Hot Tuna's real specialty is their made-from-scratch Mojito Supremo,a hand muddled combination of Bacardi, mint, sugar, and lime, which has been named the best mojito in the area. With live music every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday night, the place can get loud and crowded. Therefore, if you're looking for a quieter background to sample the made-from-scratch libation, be sure to come in another night. To complement the drink choices, Hot Tuna's menu is filled with wonderful choices.
Fire and Vine brings a unique concept to the Virignia Beach dining and drinking scene. While other drink choices are certainly available, the restaurant features several wine choices. With over 5000 choices in their cellar, vino lovers are sure to find something to satisfy their needs, especially if you're looking to discover something new. Fire and Vine offers over twenty wine flights, a group of sample-sizes of three different wines within one wine family, designed to allow you to try several choices for a much more reasonable price than purchasing a bottle. The "fire" part of the name comes from the restaurant's menu which features all grilled items including pizzas, entrees, and sandwiches. The menu also offers fresh skewers, an exciting option that is unique to Fire and Vine.
A little removed from the tourist-ridden Boardwalk and with a decidedly more grown-up vibe than most of Virginia Beach's other options, Pacifica is a hidden gem among the city's drinking options. Their drink selection is extensive and exciting with over 30 specialty martinis and cocktails available, some likely characters and others that are a little more creative. The restaurant itself is small and intimate, making it a prime location for a date night, girls night out, or any other occasion that calls for sophistication. Drinks here are nice and strong, but luckily their seasonal tapas menu provides plenty of sustenance to help you out. While there, be sure to try their tableside s'mores dessert -- complete with your own mini firepit.
Chick's bills itself as a "piece of paradise," and locals would probably agree. Located on the Lynnhaven River, Chick's Oyster Bar provides excellent drinks (and food) in a fun atmosphere with a picturesque backdrop. Sunday brunch is especially popular at Chicks because of their Bloody Mary Bar. Served in an Old Bay-rimmed glass, you can doctor up your own beverage with your choice of olives, hot sauces, spices and other extras. If Sunday morning sounds too early for you, have no fear. Chicks' open-air tiki bar is an ideal destination anyime serving cold beers and specialty beverages with views of the river, all the boating action and some of the best sunsets at the beach. One note of cauton: Due to its popularity, parking is only availabe by valet (unless, of course, you arrive by boat).