Staunton After Dark: Tastes and Tours to Savor and Explore

Unlike some cities, Staunton comes alive after five. Tasting and touring your way around after dark gives you a whole new perspective of just how great the Queen City really is. Nights on the town anywhere are best experienced with others, so bring your whole crew or make it a date night!

Manse by Flashlight

Did you know Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States, was born in Staunton? His Presidential library and the manse he was born in are located on Coalter Street. The manse will be open November 11 and 12 for flashlight tours between 7 and 9 p.m. If you’ve toured Wilson’s birthplace before, we can guarantee you’ve never seen it like this.

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum at Night
Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum at Night

Ghosts of Staunton

Ghosts of Staunton Tours
Ghosts of Staunton Tours
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Staunton offers three tours to choose from, but of course, we recommend trying all three. For more history, choose the Downtown Historical Walking Ghost Tour. To focus on the super cool lore of the Depot, try the Haunted Depot Tour. For a great overview of all of Staunton’s spooky tales, join in the Haunts of the Queen City Ghost Walk. All three occur Fridays and Saturdays at 7, 8, and 9 p.m. during the month of October.


Traipse the Town

“Take your brain for a walk” at dusk when you use Traipse, an app that unlocks the city with history and quirky, fun brain teasers. 

Dine Around

While it’s certainly lovely to enjoy a meal in one spot, why not jazz up your night with a dine around featuring a different course at various restaurants? For example:

Drinks, Appetizer, Soup, or Salad: Zynodoa (115 E. Beverley)

Main Course: Aioli (29 N. Augusta)

Dessert: Emilio’s Italian Restaurant (23 E. Beverley)

Delicious blueberry stuff! 🍸

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Dancin’ in the Dark

Bruce Springsteen would be so proud of you. Staunton has plenty of places to choose from for live music. Tap your toes or all out shake your bon-bon, for which Ricky Martin would be equally proud. A few ideas:

Baja Bean Co. 

Queen City Brewing

Redbeard Brewing

Byers Street Bistro

The Pompei Lounge

Mill Street Grill