Whisky Barrell (Sonya Johnson)

By Tristan Meiman and Stephanie Collins

Whiskey Barrel Bar and Dance

Every night is ladies’ night at Richmond’s newest bar located on East Main Street across from Saratoga Bar and Grill. Although it is distanced from downtown’s main strip of bars, it has a large parking lot and unique atmosphere. From mason jars to the “mean” mechanical bull, owner J.D. Bowling promises the spacious bar has something to interest every guest.

“We’re doing real well, weekends are bringing in about 400 people,” Bowling said. “We have a little bit for everyone.”

Taylor Pennie, 20, occupational therapy major from Versailles and server at Hanger’s Restaurant, said she is a shot girl at Whiskey Barrel to generate extra income.

“The weekends are more busy, we’re hoping our whiskey Wednesday nights will take off,” Pennie said.

She added the bar is looking for local bands to play.

Whiskey Barrel has several TVs, pool tables and a dance floor you can actually move on.

And let’s not forget the bull, which is $3 to ride but free to ladies on Thursday.

“Anyone that hasn’t been here should definitely come ride that bull, it’s a hell of a time,” Pennie said.

The bar is open 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday and currently permits indoor smoking.

The Copper Still

Once known as “Players,” The Copper Still continues to offer great services and great deals for the college wallet. While still owned by the previous owner, The Copper Still has had some big improvements over the course of its change.

With a new bar top, hardwood floors and bourbon bar, this place has really come around to fit everyone’s taste in liquor. 

“We have over 60 bourbons and 12 beers on tap,” said Casey Cooper, bartender at the Copper Still. “We have everything from drink specials, live music and for ladies that have been to Players before, actual stalls in the ladies room.”

The Copper Still have specials such as Tuesday $1 drafts, 50-cent Whiskey Wednesdays, Thursday two for one well drinks and Friday and Saturday fish-bowl Bacardi drinks.

Overall, this place has changed a lot since the days of Players. Even those who have had an emotional attachment to Players should rejoice in the improvements. From the extended liquor list to overall improvement of the atmosphere, this is the place to stop by and have a drink. Cheers.