The Paddy Wagon is ran by two criminal justice professors at Eastern Kentucky University. It has been existing in Richmond since around 2003-2004. They've moved from a great dive location, to a beautiful street location that unfortunately, was destroyed in a fire and are currently in their newly built location on Main Street in Richmond, KY.
They offer live music most nights and the rare special concert. A nice patio outside.
They offer pub fare like beer cheese, nachos, pizza's, fried fish, sandwiches, etc. A decent beer selection... though they can't make up their minds whether or not to keep Strongbow on tap. :(
Get there early enough and free entry. 2-3$ after hours.
St. Patricks day is done up big time! They did have a paddy wagon that ran its sirens at different times on the day... they've upgraded to a double decker bus!
They also plan annual trips with a lot of their friends/patrons to Ireland each year.
This is my favorite place to go out and meet friends.
Dress Code: Like a pheonix, The Paddy Wagon has raised itself from the ashes. After a disasterous fire in March of 2007, the Paddy Wagon has rebuilt and is now grander than ever. Lots of brass accents the new double bar, and the live music can't be beat. Drop in for a cold beer (or a warm Guinness), and experience the true Richmond!
We used to have three movie theatres in Richmond but one’s been turned into a church and the other was torn down years ago so now we only have the one at the mall. They try to do a pretty good job of bringing in the new releases, but they’re main audience is made up of high schoolers and middle schoolers so they tend to get more blockbuster-type movies than anything else. Of course, if an independent movie comes out and starts making big bucks they will eventually latch onto it, but this has been rare. The theatre was built around 1988 and as far as I know they haven’t refurbished it, although the entrance has changed many times. No stadium seating. The best value is to go to a matinee. Regular prices are Adult: $6.50 and Child: $4.00.
THE PLAYER'S CLUB IS A GREAT PLACE TO GO ANYTIME OF THE WEEK. THEY OFTEN HAVE LIVE BANDS ON WEEKENDS. THEY HAVE GREAT FOOD! THEY ARE OPEN 11AM-MIDNIGHT MON-FRI. SAT. THEY ARE OPEN AT 2PM - MIDNIGHT. OF COURSE SINCE RICHMOND IN BEHIND ON THE TIMES THIS BAR IS CLOSED ON SUNDAYS.
IF YOU LIKE A CROWD 25 AND UP THEN YOU WILL ENJOY THIS BAR. THERE ARE NOT A LOT OF COLLEGE KIDS HERE, SO COME ON DOWN!
Dress Code: CASUAL
The 32-lane bowling alley is more than just bowling. Champion’s Sports Bar and Grille has reasonable pub grub and a great karaoke night. It can get very packed. They also feature disco bowling and other theme nights. It’s probably the best family place in town, except for the Sports Bar and Grille which can host some pretty crazy drunk people at times. (especially on karaoke night.)
The most popular aspect of Richmond nightlife is First Street. Originally built to be a place where people could go in between court hearings in the 1800s to eat and congregate, it now hosts a wide variety of bars and pubs. Occasionally it can get overrun by college students and Greek people, but there are still a few bars that cater to the older crowd. I especially like the Buddha Belly which also has a lunch menu. Sometimes they have live music and it can get pretty interesting on Monday’s Open Mike night.