Locally known as "the LAB," Lexington Avenue Brewery is in what was once Asheville's oldest store. The beer (microbrewed on-site) and the decor (original brick walls, high ceilings, and a 92-foot-long gracefully curving bar) are backdrops for the eclectic food menu that includes everything from beef sliders and Salvadoran coq au vin to Mongolian tacos. A late-night menu includes mostly snacks. About a quarter of the seating is on the covered patio; the rest is inside,
where the noise level is high. There's live music most nights.