Roanoke is a nightlife hotspot in Virginia’s Blue Ridge, and for good reason. Our neon lights are not only historic, but beacons in the night for those looking for late night snacks, drinks, and maybe a little live music and dancing.
Stash away this list of 20 places for late night fun in downtown Roanoke. You never know when you might need to entertain an old friend or enjoy a night on the town with your BFF.
1. Texas Tavern
Home of one of those aforementioned neon signs, Texas Tavern is always open and serving their famous chili and dogs. A frequent winner of the “Best Late-Night Dinner” award by readers of The Roanoker, Texas Tavern is one of those quintessentially Roanoke bucket list items you’d remiss to omit.
Texas Tavern is open 24/7.
Enjoy creative drinks and unique pub fare at this European inspired spot on 1st Street. They feature small plates, and a variety of unique ales, wines, and cocktails.
Choose from more than 100 beers and four rotating taps at Jack Brown’s. Their burgers are crazy good 100% Wagyu beef, also known as American Kobe. You won’t find a better burger anywhere. At least, not in our opinion.
Jack Brown’s is open until 2 a.m. daily.
A 1985 Roanoke mainstay, some of us have a hard time remembering Roanoke without Corned Beef & Co. It’s a local favorite for lunch, dinner, and late night. Strike up a game of billiards, enjoy the cigar bar, or just come for the food and music. Don’t miss the rooftop view in warm weather.
Corned Beef is open until 2 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and until midnight Monday and Tuesday.
On the corner of Market Street and Salem Avenue, Billy’s is an easy-to-find, prominent Georgetown-style pub in downtown Roanoke. Elegant in presentation and cuisine, you can expect Billy’s to be a winner for a first date or special occasion.
Billy’s is open until 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and 9 p.m. Sunday.
Y’all. If country music is your jam, there’s nowhere else to be than Sidewinders. It’s the only “exclusively country” restaurant and venue in downtown Roanoke. Jump in for Tuesday line dancing or head out Thursday for “live and local.” Check the calendar for nationally-known performing artists. As for the food, choose from a traditional American menu of chicken, ribs, and steaks.
Sidewinders is open until 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, midnight Wednesday, 11 p.m. Tuesday, and 3 p.m. Monday.
Signature cocktails, a 75-deep craft beer bottle list, and eight rotating taps are just the beginning of the fun that awaits at Martin’s. If you have a hankering for a hamburger, Monday is your night. That’s when burgers are half price. And tacos don’t fall on Tuesday at Martin’s, rather, you’ll want to aim for Thursday when you can choose from a dozen gourmet taco arrangements. So good. It’s also one of the best spots in Virginia’s Blue Ridge for live music, with acts from around the Mid-Atlantic performing multiple nights a week.
Martin’s is open until 2 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 10 p.m. Monday.
8. Beamer’s 25
Hokie fans know where to go when in Roanoke: Beamer’s 25. As in legendary Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer. Frank’s Fries and Hokies Wings are necessary appetizers to accompany your choice of beer or wine. From there, it’s pizza, burgers, salads, and sandwiches.
Beamer’s 25 is open until midnight Friday and Saturday, and 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.
Hookah enthusiasts will find their hook-up at Shishka, an authentic hookah lounge. More than 40 hookah flavors and 20+ signature cocktails work together to make your night a pretty chill experience. Don’t skip the authentic Mediterranean menu of wraps, pizzas, pastas, and subs, or the delectable desserts.
Shiska is open until 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.
Modern Latin American food served in a comfortably souped up garage … er, garaje … is an artsy, how-long-can-I-stay experience. Tacos and tequila are the theme, and there’s plenty of both on the menu. Delicioso.
Tuco’s is open until midnight Thursday through Saturday, and until 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday.
Traditional Italian rolls off the line at Fortunato, an authentic Neapolitan style pizzeria in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. Italian wine and house cocktails pair perfectly with the authentic dishes.
Fortunato is open until 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.
You'll love the new menu, atmosphere and flavors at the 1882 Bar at The Pine Room, located in the historic Hotel Roanoke. They feature a beautiful indoor bar space as well as a gorgeous outdoor patio, and all kinds of great options for food & drink.
13. Lucky Restaurant
“Southern American/Country French” sounds divinely delicious, which makes us think Lucky is more than a restaurant name. It’s a feeling … maybe more than a feeling. You’ll strike gold with a very Virginia menu of oysters, farm-fresh tapas, fried chicken, pork, and more. At the bar you’ll find a nice array of cocktails and wine are an excellent night cap.
Lucky Restaurant is open until midnight Friday and Saturday, and until “last call” Monday through Thursday.
A glimmer of world-famous Bourbon Street can be found in downtown Roanoke at Crescent City Bourbon & BBQ, featuring amazing BBQ, great drinks, including a huge selection of bourbon, and beautiful outdoor courtyard space that regularly hosts live music.
Consider Stellina (featured in header photo) to be Roanoke’s speakeasy. A tiny, hidden bar beside Fortunato, Stellina is cozy with seating for no more than 20. Dimly lit red, the bar is somewhat swanky. Cuddle with a cocktail and your main squeeze for a late night delight in downtown.
Stellina is open until 11:30 Wednesday through Saturday.
16. Benny Marconi’s
New York-style pizza in Virginia’s Blue Ridge is a reality at Benny Marconi’s. Get a slice from a 28” pie and choose your favorite brew to go with it.
Benny Marconi’s is open until 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and until midnight Sunday through Thursday.
Brick oven food is accompanied by local wine and beer on twelve taps. There’s often live music to keep the atmosphere electric, too.
Fork in the Market is open until 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and 9 p.m. Sunday.
A spot of tea or a coffee to warm you up on a chilly night are within reach at Mill Mountain Coffee & Tea! They’re open until midnight Friday and Saturday, until 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 p.m. Sunday.
A menu that goes on and on ensures you have plenty of choices for a late night dinner or app attack. The full bar with sports on the tube ensures you have something to laugh at or cheer for. Bring a friend to ensure you have a designated driver. Those hurricanes and beer mugs catch up with you pretty quickly.
Macado’s is open until 1:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.
Bringing the sea to the mountains, Awful Arthur’s dishes out fresh seafood daily, including a raw bar. From live music to televised sports, there’s always some sort of entertainment, too.
Awful Arthur’s is open until 2 a.m. daily.
Late nights are fun times, for sure, but always remember to bring a few friends along and demonstrate responsible adulthood. Share your good times with us by tagging #BlueRidgeDay on your pics. We love to see what you’re up to!
Header photo of Stellina by Brett Winter Lemon Photography