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The Definitive Nightlife-Lover’s Guide to Virginia Beach

You may think this East Coast destination is all about surf and sun, but it’s got a great nightlife scene, too. Here’s how to make the most of it

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It’s a cruel summer-vacation-planning paradox: Some of the most inviting summer beach destinations that shine during the day (smooth sand, stellar waves) can be either a bit snoozy or overrun when the sun sets, and your nightlife options are limited to a pizza-and-pitchers place or a boardwalk filled with kiddie rides and waffle fries. In search of a seaside spot that’s as worthy of your precious PTO after the sun sets as well as when it shines? You’d be wise to check out Virginia Beach.

This beach city is a vacation classic for good reason: beautiful beaches, great waves, a fantastic boardwalk, delicious local seafood and a sun-drenched vibe that hums year-round. But better still, the fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down—Virginia Beach also hums with after-dark fun, from its strong brewpub scene, to beach bars (and beloved cocktails), to live music venues and outdoor music events that drive passionate crowds. Here are seven of the best ways to make a real night of it after you pull yourself off your beach towel.

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Toast to an Unforgettable Getaway

In the Chesapeake area, Pleasure House Brewing Company focuses on small batches and cozy digs (their 32-ounce “crowler” is a way to take the party back with you). For a bolt of an Oktoberfest vibe year-round, Wasserhund Brewing Company is a German-inspired brewpub in the Hilltop part of town that offers classic brews like Doppelbock and Hefeweizen and German food (including the cross-cultural Wasserhund Pizza, topped with bratwurst, sauerkraut, and a seasonal beer mustard).