Effective December 1, 2009 most restaurants and bars in Virginia will no longer be asking “smoking or non?”. This is great news to non-smoking bar hoppers who regrettably wake up the morning after smelling of booze and cigarette butts. One of those issues is now resolved. The change is monumental for a state whose roots were founded on capitalizing the tobacco leaf. The new law didn’t come into effect without a struggle in the Virginia House of Delegates and a strong opposition from tobacco giant, Phillip Morris, throughout the last two years. Non-smokers can’t rejoice too much because there are some exceptions to the law. Private clubs, outdoor patio areas and restaurants with completely separate rooms with their own ventilation systems are considered exempt. The Tobacco Company, located in Shockoe Slip, the pre-civil war headquarters for tobacco trading, is maintaining its right to allow smoking in the downstairs nightclub. Just down the street, Europa is also allowing smoking after 10 pm in its downstairs bar area. For the most part those who insist on smoking will have to take their butts outside.
If you’re looking for somewhere to flaunt your ghoulish rags this Halloween, the following is the Top 5 List of the hottest after dark spots to trick and treat.
# 1 The Bank & The Vault
1005 E. Main Street
Come enjoy four freaky floors of Halloween mayhem this October 30th & 31st at The Bank & The Vault. 7-9pm Dollar drink specials with no cover charge before 10pm. There will be two $500 cash prizes each night for the best costume of the evening. Everyone gets a free treat bag at the door.
# 2 Carnival of 5 Fires Halloween Party
200 W. Marshall Street
Gallery 5 is hosting a Halloween bash weekend filled with art, fire performers, séances, burlesque dancers, puppeteers, live music, and sideshow freaks.
Friday October 30th is the Dark Queen’s Boudoir: A Burlesque Variety Show
Saturday October 31st Circus of Lost Souls Halloween Party
Sunday November 1st Gumbo & Ghosts: Dinner Theatre & Séance
# 3 & 4 Lucky Buddha & Cha Cha’s Halloween Bar Crawl
1419 & 1421 E. Cary Street
Join Cha Cha’s & Lucky Buddha for their annual Halloween Bar Crawl. Bring your most original and sexiest costume for your chance to win a $200 cash prize and two tickets to Matisyahu at the National on November 18th.
# 5 Tobacco Company Night Club
1201 E. Cary Street
The Shockoe Slip’s staple, Tobacco Company, is giving away big prizes including cash, gift certificates, and electronics to the creative, sexy, and sinister costumes this Halloween. $5 Cover charge.
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