Gal getaways: hit the town

Longing for a ladies’ night out? Hit the town with your gal friends.

Sophisticated wine tastings, casual bars and snazzy restaurants are right within reach. Take a look at our handy guide to West Virginia’s after-hours:

Huntington

Art and wine— these sophisticated luxuries pair together at Wine & Dine. Unwind with your friends, sip drinks and learn how to paint. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never held a brush. A local artist will guide you each step of the way, so there’s no pressure.

The V Club, the “Tri-State’s home for Rhythm and Brews,” is the place to go for hip live music and indoor-outdoor bars. There’s plenty of atmosphere, too— colorful lights in the dim setting really set the mood. Bring your friends and be the first to hear up-and-coming hits!

Flavorful beer and playful cocktails are just a few blocks away at The Lantern. It’s a quirky place where you can unwind after a hectic week. Sounds good, right? The ambience is a combination of modern aesthetic (exposed bulbs) and old-time nostalgia (red bricks and a 1920s recessed ceiling). They stay up extra late, too.

Sip Wine Bar has plenty of panache. Low lighting and hardwood floors create a warm, intimate atmosphere perfect for lingering. Sample more than 40 varieties of vino. The staff is eager to help, but try the wine flights if you can’t make up your mind: 3 small glasses will introduce you to different taste profiles. You can also order fine cheese trays, brews, desserts, snacks and more.

Morgantown

When it comes to casual sports bars and energetic nightlife, Morgantown has entertainment in spades.

If live music gets you going, check out 123 Pleasant Street. Jam out to rock, folk and other tunes all evening long, or try your luck at open mic night.

RockTop is a swanky California-style lounge and Cabana bar. Relax outdoors on the roof, where cocktails and hot tubs are at your service. You and your friends are more than welcome to stay for hours— no problem. They can keep the colorful cocktails and sample platters of stylish appetizers coming!

Before you hit the town, stop into Slight Indulgence. The playful boutique definitely knows the meaning of pleasure! You and your friends will find something tempting here, whether it comes in a wine bottle or a chocolate box. Start off with the wine tasting classes. Knowledgeable employees will guide you through a well-rounded menu.

Their café also has a delightful array of appetizers, main courses, salads and irresistible treats. Treat your friends to an indulgent cheese platter or a baked feta arrangement. Whatever you decide, don’t leave without some artisanal chocolate!

Charleston

Sleek and modern, The Block has all the right touches. Exposed brick walls, swanky leather chairs, sunken lighting and shiny marble countertops create a cozy but chic hangout. Kick back and enjoy a tall glass of beer or a snappy cocktail. The creative and sophisticated menu has a cascade of tempting dishes and appetizers, too. Get things started with cheese platters, watermelon-and-feta stacks and bruschetta.

On the flip side, the Red Carpet Lounge is extra-casual with a hometown touch. Chat over generous pours and listen to a jukebox play Sinatra, Elvis and modern hits. Or, challenge your pals to a game of darts!

You may hear any genre of music piping out of The Empty Glass, so walk on over for live music 7 nights a week. Discover someone new or hear stirring hits from musicians who’ve travelled the circuit. True to its name, The Empty Glass has an extensive beer menu. You can also share traditional bar fare like pizzas, wings, cream cheese jalapeno poppers and more.

Kick back for hours at Sam’s Uptown Cafe. The lengthy beer menu and wine selection will keep you coming back for more. But Sam’s also has lots of tempting dishes, too. Mull over traditional appetizers like fried mushrooms, onion rings and mozzarella sticks. There’s a long list of hot sandwiches, wraps, burgers and salads, too.

Where will you hit the town on your gals’ getaway?

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This post was last updated on October 19, 2017