Ipanema Café attracts a largely collegiate and post-collegiate clientele, mainly by virtue of its location in an English basement in the heart of the Virginia Commonwealth University area. It's a hip-funky joint with excellent vegetarian and vegan fare (and there is also usually one flesh-food dish on the chalkboard menu for any hardcore carnivores who may be in your party). Service is variable and there is a frequent turnover in staff, because so many servers are also students, but all are personable and knowledgeable. Sometimes, later in the evening, it can get a bit crowded and noisy, and, yes, sometimes smoky, and the music is almost always turned up too loud for my sensibilities, but I'm 55 and most of the patrons are in their 20s, so I'm outnumbered. Hence, I tend to go earlier. They offer a nice array of microbrews and spirits (the ubiquitous flavored martinis!), but they're not much on wines -- again, probably because of the demographics of their clientele. You won't have a bad meal here.