Richmond Bachelor

Best Bars in Richmond for Pickups

Posted in Uncategorized by richmondbachelor on May 4, 2009

I often get asked “You seem to constantly have a new woman by your side. Where are you meeting all these girls?” Well I realized there is no definitive list to be found on the internet ranking local venues on success for the masses. These bars are ranked by % of visits where I walk out of there with either a phone number or a girl by my side.

1. Banditos
Location: Museum District

For the longest time I regarded Banditos as an age 35 up bar but recently got exposed to it again. A social sports league I played in had sponsorship from Banditos and my team would come here to socialize. I quickly learned my impression from 3 years ago wrong and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights you can find quite a mix of women here. Some cougars, some well dressed hotties, and some tattooed/artsy girls. There is a dance floor here for you to spin your newly-met girl around. Don’t leave her standing alone for too long – this bar is so stock full of girls even a few ghetto bastards awkwardly stand at the edges of the dance floor and attempt to grind on anything from behind they can, creeping out girls and males alike. It’s humorous.

2. Blackfinn
Location: Shockoe Slip

Blackfinn is a newer bar located on Brown Isle. Although paying for parking in their lot sucks, it is key at the end of the night if you aren’t leaving alone. Blackfinn’s exciting nights are Thursday – Saturday. The scene reminds me of a college house party except everyone is dressed nicer and 90% of the girls are “7”s and up. The attire is a bit dressier here – khakis and a collared shirt are typical for guys. There are always girls aplenty and after enough approaches you should be able to get a phone number or 2. The dance floor here is always packed. Occasionally there are lines or covers here, but not lately.

3. Delux
Location: Fan

A newer bar often compared to the Black Fin of the Fan district. The atmosphere here is impressive. Upstairs seems to yield more single girls looking to get approached opposed to downstairs which seems to be couples. The dress here is a bit classy. Khakis and a dress shirt are recommended. Occasionally a line to get in or get upstairs, but never unreasonable.

4. Tiki Bobs
Location: Shockoe Bottom

Tiki Bobs will always hold a special place in my heart as my 21st birthday destination. If you miss frat parties you’ll love this place. They regularly have events like jello wrestling, bikini contests, etc. Warning: the male to female ratio is usually terrible on those event nights. They have an awesome happy hour 7 pm – 9 pm of $1 rail drinks to get you started. I often come here for this, stick around until 11 pm, then head to the next venue. The scene is more of a college age and is one of the few 18 and up bars. There are some country folk here who seem to be there week after week. I believe weekends its something ridiculous like 18+ for girls, 21+ for guys but I may be wrong. If you need to get your fix on a Tuesday, cheap drinks and tacos attract a crowd. If you want “easy” girls this is the place to go. There aren’t a whole lot of college degree holding, or degree seeking females here. Be sure to wrap it up if you take one of these girls home. There is a dance floor here and I think the only time I’ve ever seen random guys walking up and starting to dance with a random girl ever work. Occasionally a line here and sometimes a $5 cover. I really hate paying covers in this city and it pretty unreasonable this place charges it.

5. Cha Chas
Location: Shockoe Slip

Cha Cha’s attracts a good mix of people. Lots of girls, and an assorted mix of guys. Ordering drinks here can be tough, so you milk the ones you manage to get. The ratio here can get bad, and you have 6s acting like they are 9s as the males become drunk, gain alcohol confidence, and start trying to hit on them. Wed – Saturday seem to be the nights for this place. If you walk out empty handed, check in Lucky Buddha next door (but usually has a terrible ratio)

6. Starlite
Location: The Fan

A smaller bar located across from 3 monkeys. You’ll find this bar packed nearly every night of the week, especially during the summer. A lot of VCU and U of R girls come here, but the classiness level far exceeds similar aged customers at Tiki Bobs.

7. 3 Monkeys
Location: The Fan

Another small fan bar like so many in that area. This one is full nearly every night of the week as well with customers. The crowd again is college aged but with class.

8. Tobacco Company
Location: Shockoe Slip

Upstairs you can find a few roaming cougars, and downstairs you’ll find a mix of races. It seems every Indian in Richmond that drinks comes here on Friday and Saturday nights. They have a very popular $1 drink special downstairs from 8 – 9 on Friday and Saturday nights. They occasionally have ratio problems here, especially later on in the night, so do your work early. This is one of the most famous bars in Richmond, and consequently there is certainly a bit of an elitist feel here. Be prepared for some snobby girls acting annoyed you are trying to talk to them as they sip their $9 Long Island Iced Tea. A lot of the same girls go out exclusively here weekend after weekend and nowhere else.

9. New York Deli
Location: Carytown

The only bar to place from Carytown, this relative newcomer shows a lot of potential. I’m going mostly on here-say on this one, but from what I understand it’s a classier joint with a great ratio.

10. Richbrau
Location: Shockoe Slip

Richbrau has gone through quite a transition in the years that I’ve known it. 5 years ago it was an awesome place with a cover charge no one complained having to pay. Soon after the place started getting over-run with ghetto bastards who couldn’t find their way to 3-2-1 Supper Club on Main St. I went there again 6 months ago and talked to a bartender who said they had removed select drinks from the menu (see: Hennessey, Covosier, Alize, etc) and said ghetto bastards completely stopped coming, leaving a few pool enthusiasts. Lately it’s been picking back up and has a fun arcade, comparable to Dave and Busters. A great bar to pop in after Tobacco Company on your way home. Summary: If you are like me, you like to barhop between 2-3 bars in a night over a few hours. If you want to prevent driving, you have 3 main choices. Central Fan (Banditos, 3 Monkeys, Starlite), Shockoe Slip (Tobacco Co, Richbrau, Blackfinn, Cha Chas), or Shockoe Bottom (Tiki Bobs). All of them have more bars nearby that are always worth checking out once or twice just to see what the make-up is, and find a new place to take dates.


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