Richmond may be an old city, but it is certainly still young at heart—the area’s nightlife, which caters to both young and less young, is vibrant and just about anyone who wants to go out and have a good time will find something that suits their tastes.

For great live music and a relaxed atmosphere in one of Richmond’s youngest and hippest areas, check out the Canal Club on East Cary St. down near the river. The place is trendy but not affected, always crowded and good for both a beer after work or some serious dancing later on. The club is a showcase for up-and-coming local and national bands, and caters to a wide range of musical tastes. And the club’s Under the Stage Café (open Wednesday through Saturday) serves up reasonably priced snacks that surpass the usual club fare.

If jazz is your thing, Commercial Taphouse & Grill on North Robinson St. is both a a good beer bar and, on Sunday nights, an intimate jazz club.

A little more sophisticated than its downtown competition, the Tobacco Company Club attracts a more upper-crusty professional set to its dark wood-walled, stained glass and Victorian chandelier-adorned Shockoe location on 12th street. Still, the crowd knows how to let loose—the club’s sound system is state-of-the-art (and loud) and the dance floor is packed every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.