Hunger can strike anytime, but it’s especially fond of evenings on the town. If you’re looking for late-night grub, try these local bars with food worth staying up late for.
GWARbar’s Hail Seitan, vegan barbecue served with tater tots (Photo by Sarah Walor)
2727 W. Broad St., 367-4992
Fan dwellers and Broadberry show-goers rejoice: From 10:30 p.m. until 1:30 a.m., nearby Sabai serves a modified — though by no means skimpy — version of its usual Thai street-food menu. Look for appetizers such as crispy pork belly and fried duck wings and entrées like ginger-poached chicken and a classic pad Thai.
Bar at Lemaire
101 W. Franklin St., 649-4629
If you prefer an atmosphere of opulence to complement your late-night cheeseburger, head to The Jefferson Hotel. At Lemaire’s bar, there are house-ground filet mignon burgers, as well as tuna tartare and crispy fried deviled eggs to be had until midnight every night.
EASY-ON-THE-WALLET HAPPY HOURS: Sedona Taphouse, 15732 WC Main St., 379-0037; Casa Del Barco, 320 S. 12th St., 775-2628; Stella’s, 1012 Lafayette St., 358-2011
217 W. Clay St., 918-9352
GWARBar’s late menu gets served from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily, and with offerings like Nachos Destructo and McDuckgets, it’s not for the weak of stomach — but who’s trying to order a salad at 12:30 a.m. anyway? No, what you need is a meat sandwich or a Hail Seitan, a vegan barbeque sandwich, to soak up the booze before you call it a night (or before starting the second leg of your evening — no judgment here).
Rapp Session (Photo by Jay Paul)
318 E. Grace St., 545-0565
Rappahannock’s casual sister restaurant serves its full menu until midnight daily; think bluefish dip, mussels and crab legs, and specials including soft-shell crabs and house-made hot dogs. If it’s oysters you’re craving, they’re half price from 11 p.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday, and from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. on weekends.
Boka Tako Bar/Boka Tavern
304 N. Robinson St., 937-8256 and 506 W. Broad St., 447-0469
Both of these Boka outposts serve their full menus until close — that’s 3 a.m., night owls — on Fridays and Saturdays, and until around 11 p.m. most other nights. Offerings vary based on location, but the brand’s signature tacos are always available. Add to that an array of burgers, sandwiches, burritos and rice noodle bowls at the Tavern, and quesadillas and snacks such as crab rangoon flautas at the Fan spot, and you’ve got yourself some solid midnight munchies.
Capital Ale House’s stuffed pretzel sandwich with kielbasa (Photo by Steve Hedberg)
Capital Ale House
623 E. Main St., 780-2537; 4024 Cox Road, 780-2537; 13831 Village Place Drive, 897-5815
All of Capital Ale House’s locations serve their full menus until 1 a.m. daily, meaning whether you’re downtown or in Innsbrook or Midlothian, you’re never far from quality late-night, beer-friendly eats like the Down South burger, topped with pimento cheese, caramelized onions and bacon, or the stuffed pretzel sandwich with kielbasa, havarti, sauerkraut and sweet mustard.
Bamboo Cafe (Photo by Jay Paul)
1 S. Mulberry St., 353-1609
Come for the drinks, stay for the grilled tomato and cheese. Industry favorite Bamboo has been a great, no-frills bar with a solid menu for more than 20 years, drawing folks from all over Richmond to the corner of Main and Mulberry. It serves a variety of appetizers, sandwiches and pizza until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays — with a crowd that’s blessedly more subdued than the typical Fan bar scene.
1323 W. Main St., 353-7678
This Main Street favorite serves food well into the evening every night of the week. Starting at 10 p.m., you’ll find an abbreviated menu of burgers, sandwiches such as the crab cake BLT, and bar snacks like frites with truffle, honey, herbs and Parmesan, all available until 1 a.m.