Up On the Roof

A round-up of some of Virginia’s most inviting rooftop bars and restaurants. 

A cool crisp evening just calls out for a cocktail, don’t you think? And a quaff that comes with a view during a glorious Virginia Autumn, well, it doesn’t get much better than that. To help you take advantage of the season here are some of the coziest rooftop bars and restaurants around the state.  

Supper Southern Morsels

319 W. 21st St., Norfolk

The 3,000-foot rooftop restaurant Supper Southern Morsels offers a spectacular view of downtown, not to mention an extensive menu featuring Southern classics like fried oysters and housemade pimento cheese. With more than a dozen beers on tap and housemade cocktails like the Southern Squall (Sailor Jerry rum, muddled lime and ginger beer) it’s the perfect spot for a nightcap, and in the coming colder months you can keep cozy at one of the tables with a fire pit.

“Our menu feels like home,” says executive chef Edward Storey. “It feels like sitting around the dinner table on Sunday night and talking about everything. It’s comfort food. It just warms your soul.” SupperEats.com

Kabana Rooftop

700 E. Main St., Richmond

Chase the sun with Richmond’s newest rooftop bar offering live music at night and morning yoga on Sundays. Kabana Rooftop opened in June of this year and has been in full swing ever since. Situated atop the Homewood Suites and Hampton Inn & Suites tower downtown, Kabana offers premium views to guests and Richmond locals alike. In addition to sweeping 360-degree views of the city, guests can enjoy cabana and lounge seating while sipping on drinks and snacking on Asian-inspired fare. Must-tries include the fish and chips and the black cat shrimp. Happy hour offered weekdays from 3-6 pm. KabanaRooftop.com

The New Bridge

29 Main St., Warrenton

Originally opened in 2007 as the Iron Bridge Wine Company, The New Bridge came under new ownership in September 2014 and reopened three months later, serving locally-sourced food with a view of historic downtown Warrenton. Standouts include Mussel Monday, which is exactly what it sounds like—all you can eat mussels for $14.95 (while supplies last). Menu mainstays include crab cakes, rack of lamb, and fried chicken and lobster mac and cheese. TheNewBridgeWarrenton.com

Boudreaux’s

205 N. Main St., Blacksburg

The oldest joint on the list, Boudreaux’s has been serving Cajun-inspired eats since 1995. Come early for brunch with a Bloody Mary, or sit back and enjoy the sunset at dinner from the rooftop deck. Curious about the name? “Boudreaux” is a common name in Louisiana that has come to mean “friend” or “buddy.” So order yourself a drink and remember that we’re all friends here. Boudreauxs.com

Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar

422 E. Main St., Charlottesville

Jalapeño hushpuppies? Yes, please. That’s just one of the indulgent items you’ll find on Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar’s upstairs bar menu—others include sticky lemon-pepper wings, decadent cheese boards and fries sprinkled with truffle oil. Located right on the Downtown Mall it’s the perfect spot for people-watching. Keep an eye on the website and Facebook page for events like DJ-hosted dance parties. CommonwealthSkybar.com

June 11, 2022

Star Gazing and Laser Nights

Virginia Living Museum
July 9, 2022

Star Gazing and Laser Nights

Virginia Living Museum
August 13, 2022

Star Gazing and Laser Nights

Virginia Living Museum