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Charlottesville is home to the prestigious University of Virginia, so much of its nightlife is filled with college kids. If you’re looking to relive your glory days, head to “The Corner” to find places like Boylan Heights, Trinity Irish Pub and Christian’s Pizza, where you can have a late-night slice after the bars.
If you’re looking for live music, head to the Historic Downtown Mall. Charlottesville may be famous for its university, but in the music world, this Southern city is known as the home of Dave Matthews. You can even visit the dive bar Miller’s, where Matthews worked and started his band. Though it’s a dive, its combination of live music and an outdoor patio make Miller’s a prime spot. Also on the pedestrian mall are Rapture and X Lounge, which are both swanky nightclubs.
Like any college town, the nightlife in Charlottesville is diverse and plentiful. The Jefferson and the Southern Café and Music Hall are favorite venues for live music across a variety of genres while Fellini’s #9 frequently offers live jazz. Or just stroll the Downtown Mall and hop into any of the restaurants and bars that catch your eye and capture your mood.