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Chowning's Tavern, Williamsburg

109 E. Duke of Gloucester Street
Williamsburg , Virginia
Tel: 800 828 3767 (toll-free)
Tel: 757 229 2141's insider take:

Next to the courthouse, this is the rowdy one, complete with balladeers in the evening and interactive entertainment. From 5 pm on, expect to be roped into games and sing-alongs—sort of Revolutionary karaoke. It's the best place for families, with its draft root beer and casual food barely trying to be authentic (Brunswick stew and Smithfield ham biscuits are as 18th-century as it gets). After 8 pm, though, the entertainment takes a turn for the bawdy. During the day, Chowning's is a BBQ joint serving "Gunpowder Chili," dogs and burgers (also in kids' sizes), beef brisket, and pulled pork, either inside or from speedy garden and cider stands.

Snack bar open daily 11:30 am to 5 pm ; cider stands open 10 am to 6 pm, weather permitting; dinner 5 to 9 pm daily.

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