5 great after-work hangouts you should know about

Banish weekday blues at these evening pubs n’ grills! Unwind with a frosty beer and salty finger food at these social hangouts! Here’s where to loosen up around the New River Gorge:

1. Whitewater Grill, Fayetteville

Leave formality at the door at this casual watering hole. Catch up with football on TV and pick from a menu filled with basic, soul-satisfying grub, like wings smothered with bourbon sauce or Hawg Wild Pig Wings slathered in BBQ. Whitewater’s fresh tortilla chips and generous portions of fries hit the spot, too.

Or try the Mountaineer Burger (a patty served with bacon), ribs and BLTs. Whitewater has a decent beer menu, but they don’t neglect mixed specialties like margaritas, either.

Sometimes, the grill has zany themes like an 80s bash and Halloween party. Or check out their weekly specials, like Wing Nite Mondays.

2. The 35th Star Pub and Grill, Fayetteville

Park yourself at Cantrell’s Rafting for a leisurely evening of homemade finger food, imaginative drinks and live entertainment.

The woodsy ambiance really helps you loosen your tie. It’s renowned for homemade stuffed rolls and sparkling beverages. Ever tried their Pomegranate Basil Lemonade or Blackberry Clementine Fizz?

You can also chill off with craft and bottled brews. Try Mountain State Miner’s Daughter, a creamy oatmeal stout, or the zesty Illusive Traveler Grapefruit Shandy.

The 35th Star also keeps an active lineup of musicians on its roster, with acts covering reggae, rock, jazz, punk hybrids and more. Performers from West Virginia and beyond, like the Tom Batchelor Band, Joseph Huber, Qiet and The Kind Thieves.

3. The Grove, Fayetteville

This offbeat taproom has colorful, mismatched furniture and a casual vibe. Its scarred wooden floor, bright artwork and cheerful light strings make all that workweek stress vanish.

What’s on tap? Plenty. The Grove always has a lengthy beer selection. Pick growlers or bottles from local breweries like Bridge Brew Works. You can also order all kinds of cider.

The Grove’s lineup almost competes with their beer menu. They’ve featured the likes of Paul Nelson, Randy Gilkey Music and genres from country to indie grass.

4. Arrowhead Bike Farm, Gatewood

On a warm summer evening, you’ll find yourself looking forward to this casual hangout. Arrowhead Bike Farm’s covered deck with string lights cuts through all the fluff you find at fancier joints. It’s unpretentious and knows how to hit the spot with West Virginian bratwurst and sizzling finger food. On a balmy evening, what more do you want?

5. Chetty’s Pub, Lansing

Chetty's Pub at AOTG

End your day above the river at Chetty’s Pub, which has stellar views of the Gorge.

Their menu is pretty impressive, too. Chetty’s has a variety of wings, like the popular Thai peanut and Hot Mama. Or order up burgers, pretzels, sandwiches and Mediterranean dishes, like hummus with olives.

For drinks, Chetty’s has a great selection of draft and bottled beer. If you’re lucky, you might arrive on a build-your-own Bloody Mary day!

Where are you going to spend your Monday night?

Sam Babcock