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We know you want to get your grog on in a Colonial tavern—who wouldn’t want to slam down their pewter mug and call for another brew. But do too much of that in Colonial Williamsburg, and ye may be carted off by ye olde constabulary to ye olde drunke tanke. Restaurants like Second Street become pretty popular for drinks, come evening. Otherwise, the going-out scene here is, unsurprisingly, largely tied to William & Mary, so you better get ready to relive some college daze.

Corner Pocket

Neighborhood: Williamsburg

Again: Use those deductive skills and try and imagine, based off a name, what this bar may be like. If you start imagining clacking pool balls, dim lighting and just the right amount of seediness, well done, and rack ‘em up—although we don’t want to give the impression of a dank tavern. Live music acts that you can nod to (blues) or boogie to (zydeco) regularly roll through, which makes this a fun spot for more than potting balls. That said, there are over a dozen tables here on which to shoot some stick, plus a restaurant doling out fried something that tastes good with beer. Located about 3 miles west of the city center.

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College Delly & Pizza

Neighborhood: William & Mary

We’re not trying to be facetious here or anything, but with a name like this, what do you expect? Artisanal cocktails shaken by hip Manhattanite mixologists? Or a bunch of kids scarfing pizza and throwing back pitchers of High Life? If you picked option B, gold star. Good mindless fun, and if you’re over 23, you may feel a bit old. The seafood Sunday platters are a cheap way of getting lots of fried fish and shellfish down your gullet.

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Alize Bistro

Neighborhood: William & Mary

The Alize is as much restaurant as bar, but we mainly come here for the excellent wine and martini list. Well, any cocktail really; these guys know how to mix a drink. But it’s the martinis that will knock you on your butt and have you coming back for more. Drink purists, avert your eyes, but we thought the candy bar—reminiscent "Snickertini" was truly impressive, while the "Some Like it Hot," which mixes Absolut with (oh, God) Goldschläger, was just evil. Good. But evil.

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Green Leafe Cafe

Neighborhood: William & Mary

We’re not sure why they threw an extra "E" on leaf. In any case, the Leafe is a good American bar—dark paneling, surprisingly excellent pub grub (or tavern fare, if you please) and an impressive beer list. The William & Mary crowd tends to dominate on the weekend, but on weekdays you might just catch your costumed interpreter from earlier in the day throwing back a few at the bar—in modern clothes, of course.

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