The 1950s-style soda fountain in Grandin Village offers mixed-to-order sodas in 25 flavors, including the standard cola, cream, root beer, and vanilla, along with more adventurous flavors like Green River Lime, Licorice, Red Grapefruit, and Bubble Gum.
Pop's Ice Cream & Soda Bar
1916 Memorial Avenue SW.
Roanoke, VA 24015
(540) 345-2129
The local craft brewery on the edge of downtown Roanoke offers brews, music, and a visit from a local food truck—check the schedule online for details. The brewery has a range of rotating craft brews, so on-tap beers can include Tinker Creek Kolsch, Switch- back India Pale Ale, White Top Ale, TrailHead Nut Brown Ale, Twisted Stump Porter, and more.
Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers
523 Shenandoah Avenue
Roanoke, VA 24016
(540) 339-9776
This small watering hole downtown is a great place to enjoy fine crafted ales and lagers brewed on-site. Growlers and fills based on supply.
Big Lick Brewing Company, LLC
135 Salem Avenue SW.
Roanoke, VA 24011
(504) 562-8383
Blue 5 offers a large variety of brews on tap—46 at last count—from local favorites to international classics. Can’t decide? Order a flight of four samples for only $10. To go with it, the pub serves hearty recipes like chicken-and-sausage gumbo, steak and bleu cheese salad, and a signature Blue 5 Blackened Burger. Two seatings are offered—one for meals and another for guests staying to hear live tunes.
Blue 5 Restaurant
312 2nd Street SW
Roanoke, VA 24011
(540) 904-5338
This gastropub has enchanted the city with inventive cocktails and creative entrées. Start off with the Handsome Devil (a smooth concoction of Old Scout, Lillet Blanc, sugar, mint, and peach bitters) or a Vieux Carré, a riff on the patron drink of New Orleans—the Sazerac. The menu changes daily, but popular items like the fried chicken, roasted oysters, and marrow show up regularly.
Lucky Restaurant
18 Kirk Avenue SW.
Roanoke, VA 24011
(540) 982-1249
Built as a residence in 1922, this quaint community coffeehouse has plenty of nooks for enjoying a caf- feine pick-me-up or soothing herbal tea. Relax by the wood-burning fireplace, or head outside to colorful Adirondack chairs set on the front lawn.
Sweet Donkey Coffee House
2108 Broadway Avenue SW
Roanoke, VA 24014
(540) 491-0004
Enjoy 32 taps of local and international beers and ciders (and a draft root beer) plus a dozen or so hand- crafted cocktails made with fresh juices. For dinner, locals recommend the pork carnitas tacos and salsa verde.
Wasena City Tap Room & Grill
806 Wasena Avenue SW.
Roanoke, VA 24015
(540) 562-8584