The city of Roanoke, Virginia is one of historical significance and great physical beauty. In addition to its historical tales, Roanoke offers historic homes, trails to explore and great nightlife. Roanoke bars and restaurants are some of the best in the region.
The Texas Tavern
114 W. Church Ave
Roanoke, VA 24011
For simple but great-tasting food in an electric environment, BBOnline recommends the Texas Tavern. It's collected more awards and accolades than nearly any other bar in the state of Virginia. Their Cheesy Western's Hamburger was featured in George Motz's book, Hamburger America. John T. Edge wrote about the Texas Tavern in his book Southern Belly, noting the charm, character and the food as its strongest selling points.
The food is incredibly tasty and will leave your mouth watering for more. Throughout its long history, the Texas Tavern has earned the reputation for being the most photographed building in Roanoke. Some famous names have crossed the threshold looking for simple food done to perfection. Among these are the 3 Stooges, Glen Miller and former Virginia Governor Lynwood Holton. The owners recommend keeping your camera handy, as Elvis seems to make an appearance every now and then. The Texas Tavern is a great place of Roanoke history and is a favorite of the Roanoke bars. Staying in a Roanoke bed and breakfast will offer you the opportunity to stay late into the night at the Texas Tavern.
Annie Moore's Pub
3555 Electric Road
Roanoke, Virginia 24018
For an authentic Irish Pub experience in the heart of Roanoke, BBOnline recommends Annie Moore's Pub. The pub is dedicated to the memory of Annie Moore, who was the first registered immigrant to pass through Ellis Island. Annie was only 15 years old at the time. She had made the journey from country Cork Ireland with her two younger brothers. She traveled aboard the U.S.S. Nevada on a two-week harrowing journey to join her parents already living in New York City. Although Annie never traveled to Roanoke, the Irish pub is named after the brave girl who was a source of inspiration for other immigrants in pursuit of the American dream.
Annie Moore's pub is Irish to the core, offering traditional fish and chips, shepherd's pie and pork tenderloin marinated in Irish whiskey. There are several American dishes as well including burgers, fries, wraps, soups and salads. The pub is known for far more than just great food. Music events are held several times per week, featuring a great mix of local talent. Celtic and Appalachian bands are in frequently. Annie Moore's pub is a one of the best Roanoke bars. A Roanoke inn will no doubt be nearby.
Martin's Downtown Bar and Grill
413 First Street, S.W
For some of the best entertainment in the heart of downtown Roanoke, BBOnline recommends Martin's Downtown Bar and Grill. Martin's is know for booking some of the best live entertainment in the region. Bands from all musical types take the stage, offering guests the chance to dance the night away. The food choices are excellent with an all you can eat pasta bar, burgers, sandwiches and ribs. Martin's asks that guests email their reservations in and not phone for the live entertainment.