May 31, 2024 - Food and Drink

Fanboy is one of the best new bars in America

Illustration of a cocktail with a star-shaped lime, pearls, and a boa

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Fanboy was named one of the best new bars in the country by Esquire in the magazine's big-deal annual best bars list.

Why it matters: It's the first time a Richmond restaurant has made the list since The Roosevelt landed a spot a decade ago.

The big picture: Esquire contributors crisscrossed the U.S. over the last year, sipping and sampling as they searched for the best of the best bars in America.

  • They narrowed it down to 42 that bring thoughtfulness, nuance, creativity and the "complete package" that make them a destination locals should want to make their watering hole.

And Fanboy brings it all.

  • Fanboy opened in November on Broad Street near the Science Museum and we loved everything about the vibey self-described "intimate cocktail bar and vinyl listening room" when we checked it out earlier this year.
  • So did Esquire. Writer (and Richmonder) Jason Tesauro praised Fanboy for its "thoughtful enhancements from the ground up" like room hues, vintage vinyl and, of course, vibes.

If you go: Fanboy is open daily for lunch and dinner at 2713 W. Broad St.

  • Our cocktail rec: the milk, mangoes and honey ($14, $8 for no booze).
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