Asheville drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Microbrewery in Asheville


This ever-progressive brewery gives experimental batches of Belgian-leaning styles – farmhouse saisons, strong dubbels and tripels – a Southern kick in the pants, using local ingredients such as wildflower honey, ch…
Top Choice Microbrewery in Asheville


If you need the funk, you gotta have that funk…and you'll find at it at the East Coast’s first taproom dedicated to sour, wild ale, Brett and funky beer. For fans, it’s pilgrimage-worthy. The rough-and-ready, old wo…
Top Choice Wine Bar in Asheville

Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar

A charming champagne bar, sprawling through several opulent vintage-furnished rooms of a glorious old downtown shopping arcade, with every nook and cranny lined with shelves of neatly cataloged secondhand books cove…
Microbrewery in Asheville

Wedge Brewing

Unlike the spit-shined, well-oiled breweries elsewhere in Asheville, the grungier Wedge in the River Arts District is happy to keep things edgy. The beers are excellent – especially the Iron Rail IPA – but it’s the …
Microbrewery in Asheville

Wicked Weed

Henry VIII called hops ‘a wicked and pernicious weed’ that ruined the taste of beer. His subjects kept quaffing it anyway – just like the lively crowd in this former gas station, which overflows with hoppy brews. Eq…
Coffee in Asheville

Trade & Lore

Deft baristas dole out serious java in this trendy downtown coffeehouse, drowning in industrial cool but leavened by occasional fits of vintage furniture. Espresso comes courtesy of a top-end La Marzocco machine, an…
Craft Beer in Asheville

Thirsty Monk

This scruffy but lovable downtown pub nails a fine drinking trifecta. Downstairs you’ll find 16 taps and nearly 200 bottles of Belgian ales; at street level, 20 taps of proprietary, North Carolina and regional craft…
Gay in Asheville

O. Henry’s

Open since 1976, North Carolina's longest-standing gay men’s bar is an Asheville institution, with ‘Take the Cake’ karaoke on Wednesdays – winners earn a fresh-baked cake – and drag at weekends. Its Underground danc…
Microbrewery in Asheville


Set in what used to be a mechanic’s garage, this popular South Slope brewery offers a choice array of easy-drinking brews. Its taproom makes a mellow spot to hang with friends on a Saturday afternoon.
Craft Beer in Asheville

Westville Pub

There's no better spot in West Asheville to bond with local 20- and 30-somethings, over a bottle or two of organic ale, than this veteran neighborhood bar.