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Cary Town Bistro - 13 Reviews - 3200 W Cary St, Richmond, VA - Bars, Pubs & Clubs Reviews - Phone (804) 340-0272

Cary Town Bistro

3200 W Cary St
Richmond, VA 23221
(804) 340-0272
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I have been going to this establishment for a few years now. Yes it may be a little run down, but hell, it's Richmond- what place isn't run down in the Fan/Carytown area? The serv...


The place was in a great location. Music wasn't that great. To much old school mixed in. The women were typically 'clicky'. This bar had a small town feel to it. Too small tow...

Editorial review from Citysearch 1/15/2014

These folks don't even deserve one star! This was the worst experience I've ever had at any establishment anywhere, and I've traveled all over the US, Europe and South Africa. This place has the absolute rudest staff I've ever encountered - not just rude but argumentative, confrontational, and outright belligerent. Also, it's grungy, the vegan snacks are dry and tasteless, and they actually used an unsanitary stapler to staple the tea bag holding my loose leaf tea! Disgusting!!! Avoid, Avoid, Avoid. more

Miserable Staff 8/3/2010

I go to this bar to hang out with friends and also because it is the only lesbian bar in Richmond, but the service is horrible. The staff will bad-mouth you and each other til the cows come home. more

Typical... 3/6/2010

The place was in a great location. Music wasn't that great. To much old school mixed in. The women were typically 'clicky'. This bar had a small town feel to it. Too small town for Richmond. I've been in bars that have made everyone, new or regular feel welcome and this is not one of those places. Pros: Nice location Cons: Typical more

Babe's of cary town 3/5/2009

They don't staff the bar well and everyone that works there is rude. It takes forever to get an order at the bar. And Yes I was tipping.The last situation that happen was where there were about 40 people in the club and they were closing. Rather than working on getting those people out of the bar faster. One of the Aholes came over and pulled our last 3 b@lls of out pool game. We were going to be done long before the crowd cleared but he wanted to be an ahole. We paid for the game he could have given us a few more minutes. It's not like we were forcing the place to stay open when there still were over 40 people in the place. Food == Good Music == Good Service === BAD, Very unhappy staff and it shows! Pros: Great food, nice place to hang out Cons: Staff is rude as heck. The Staff there are very unhappy! more

Drunks Beware 12/31/2007

They will kick your a$$ out! I know more ppl that have been thrown out of that place than actually go there anymore. Yes Babes keep that up and soon enough you wont have a soul left in this god forsaken city to wonder through the threshhold of your bar and spend money on your pathetic excuse for a bar... other than that its a nice place if you can stand all the evil conniving dks and fgs that go there. Food and drinks are good I know that for a fact. And yeah don't be an idiot and order meatloaf (who the hell does that at a bar anyways?) Sat nights fun and crowded. Bartenders could use a lesson in manners, yeah how about learn to say "thank you" or at least acknowledge my existance when I tip your a$$es. Pros: volleyball court and pool tables. nice size dance floor Cons: bad bad bartenders more

Relaxed, inviting... 11/20/2007

Last nite was my first time at Babes. I really like the atmosphere. Very friendly toward ALL. Last night (Tuesday) was Line Dancing... Damn! I haven't done that in a long time. I'd like to try out Karaoke on Wednesdays... since I karaoke all around town, but haven't at Babes yet. I'm really hoping my experience with Babe's food last night was a fluke... 'cause it sucked! Don't order the Meatloaf! But hey... Great Gin & Tonics! Pros: atmosphere, drinks, fun crowd Cons: food (so far... I'd give it another shot) more

Good improvements lately 10/21/2007

If you haven't been to Babes in a while, you should go check it out. The management has done some improvements that really make the bar take a "step up." Flat screen over the dance floor bar to not miss an important game and the volleyball court has been spiffed up - new fencing and a new net. There are also a few more TVs above the pool tables. Great job! Keep up the improvements! Pros: The DJ, when they are "on" Cons: The DJ, when they are "off" which is more often than "on" more

Fourth Friday's is where it's at 9/27/2007

This is the place to be on the 4th Friday of every month. I love the bar food. They have the best chicken wings. Plus the bartenders know how to make a drank. On the 4th Friday of every month they have a Drag King show and it is the best place to be just to have fun. And afterwards it's Flashback Friday's, so you can dance even if you don't know how. It's a great environment with pool tables, beer and even a volleyball court out back (who knew?). I'd reccomend it as a place to stop in and hang out with friends and just be yourself, whoever you are. Pros: Cover Charge, Drag Shows, Bartenders, Wings Cons: Smoke more

fun place to hangout 4/16/2007

I have been going to this establishment for a few years now. Yes it may be a little run down, but hell, it's Richmond- what place isn't run down in the Fan/Carytown area? The service is great. Maybe if rude people who don't know how to tip wouldn't push their way to the front of the bar line the servers would have an easier job. The food is pretty good during the day, it's mostly Southern fare, at night it's the usually bar food. If you like fun, I would reccoment this place. Pros: service, drinks, price, vollyball court in back, dance floor Cons: it can be very crowded sometimes more

Place and Con tense 8/24/2006

I just came back to Richmond to visit friends. I was horrified in the condition of Babes and the staff that works there. I used to come to this place back in 94 through 98. This was a place where you could go straight or gay(lesbian) and have a good time. The food was excellent and the place was clean. Now it is run down and the place is a dump it's food is below par. Oh don't let me forget my feet stuck to the floor when I walked across the carpeting. Thank god I was wearing shoes not flip flops. I used to know the owner of babes Daigo. She ran a tight ship and she had a good cook with great food. This place use to have nostalgia as well as being clean. When I ask the unfriendly bar tenders where was Daigo?? They sad who???????? I said the owner!!! She sad Vicki owns this place. That is all she had to say. Daigo, I MISS YOU!!!!!!!!!! more

Best Place to hear Geriatric 70's Music 7/27/2006

Twice I have moved away fro Richmond fo years at a time. And guess what when I got back Babbe's was playting the SAME OLD SAD music. It is like a step into the twilight zone. Welcome to the 21st century please. And for Gawd's sake it is not the L Word so stop dressing like it. You women are not that hot. And what is with this little skater boy look? Must we all dress and act alike. Now don't get me started on all the little "cliques". Women here are not the friendliest I've ever met. Thank Gawd I've known Vicki since before time. It's the only reason to show up for those watered down drinks. So if ya dig this throw on the flannel, comb the mullet and dance your heart away. Pros: Only place for in Richmond to meet Women (and I use this term loosely) Cons: Only place in Richmond to meet Women (and I use this term loosely) more

Thursday night in Carytown 5/2/2006

Vicky runs a great little establishment in Carytown and has now for some time. It sits on the corner of Auburn and Cary Street and Carytown. Parking is ample and well-lit, and the drinks are cheap. Erin and Liz do a nice job behind the bar although they aren't the fastest bartenders in town....The interior is getting a little rundown and the place is in dire need of a makeover, but I wouldn't call it dirty, just old and dated. My main criticism is that DJ Eric and Trampolina play wayyyy too much hip-hop on Thursdays. Babes could use a "real" DJ abnd not just someone pushing buttons up there. Also, what's with the ridiculous rule of "no requests after midnight"? Pros: Great owner, Ample parking, Excellent location Cons: Nearly all girls, Dated and worn, Need better DJ's more

Thur Night Is The Night 7/20/2003

If you are looking for a fun, mixed crowd, go on Thursday nights when it is most packed and fun. Other nights that are fun are Drag Volleyball and Sunday night drag show. The rest is mostly for women but I do recommend the more mixed Thursday nights when the crowd is young and hip and mixed. Food is good and cheap! Pros: Music, Thursday Nights, Cheap Eats Cons: Not much athmosphere, A/C is weak- gets hot, Not enough hot guys! more

Good Dancing, good fun 12/28/2002

This place offers many booths and a large dance floor that fills up around 12:30-1:00. It also has a few pool tables and a volleyball sand pit for the warm nights. The DJ's are pretty good. You know you'll always hear some Melissa Ferrick at some point, it's enevitable. The scene has mostly women. Thursday nights are 18 and up. All else 21. Pros: Good Parking, Low Cover more
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  • The Bar
    During the day, lunchtime revelers pack it in while take-out orders of home-cooked meals fly out with hungry haste. At nighttime Babe's becomes what Richmonders hope, fear and imagine it to be: an alternatively hip lesbian bar. The beauty of this place is that every type of lifestyle is welcome--as one of the city's best places to see live music, it's a shame for anyone to be excluded.

    The Live Music Scene
    Think Babe's is too small to attract a crowd? Think again. The main bar area has the typical booths and tables, but another oversized room holds a stage and has enough room for a large number of live music fans. Regardless of your lifestyle, you'll feel comfortable in this smoky, relaxed but loud spot. The bar is no-nonsense, clean and attracts everyone from hard-core lesbians to straight-laced music lovers.

  • 8/17/2003 Provided by Citysearch

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    Carytown, Carytown - Museum District - Scotts Addition