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  • 1. Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company

    The combination of a movie theater, pizza joint, and a brewery makes this a popular spot to catch new releases while lounging on a sofa, drinking a microbrew, and scarfing a slice. Kids and dogs are welcome, but movies are often sold out, so buy tickets before the show.

    675 Merrimon Ave., Asheville, North Carolina, 28804, USA
  • 2. Bottle Riot

    In a city of breweries, this is the place to bring your friend who only drinks wine—although there's also one of the city's best European beer selections and a few charcuterie plates. Sit inside the brick warehouse interior or snag a picnic table outside by the river.

    37 Paynes Way, Asheville, North Carolina, 28801, USA
  • 3. Bywater

    Metro North | Bars/Pubs

    An unusual combination of outdoor picnic grounds and dive bar, Bywater is on the French Broad River and near the River Arts District. Bring your own food and cook it on one of the charcoal grills beside the bar, or buy from a local food truck. Some folks tube or raft down the French Broad River and stop here for a cold one.

    796 Riverside Dr., Asheville, North Carolina, 28804, USA

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    Rate Includes: Free
  • 4. Crucible

    There's no sign outside this speakeasy serving both classic and off-the-wall cocktails. It's equally dark and shady inside, but the bartenders are top-notch. Order a signature cocktail or tell the bartender what you like and trust them—they won't fail you.

    140A Roberts St., Asheville, North Carolina, 28801, USA
  • 5. DSSOLVR


    This is one of the most exciting breweries to come out of the Asheville area in recent years, with a taproom open nightly (and all day weekends) right downtown. Branding is wacky and irreverent, and beers manage to be both inventive and traditional (there are also ciders and meads). The taproom has a small patio as well. There's plenty of merchandise to take home, including six-packs.

    63 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville, North Carolina, 28801, USA
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  • 6. Fleetwood's

    West Asheville

    This venue encompasses all that is good, holy, and hipster about West Asheville. Is Fleetwood's a dive bar? Vintage clothing store? Rock 'n' roll hall? Wedding chapel? The answer is, a resounding: all of the above.

    496 Haywood Rd., Asheville, North Carolina, 28806, USA
  • 7. Forestry Camp

    Burial Beer Co. transformed their Biltmore-area production facility—once the building that housed laborers constructing the Blue Ridge Parkway—into this casual hangout spot known for wild and sour beers and a kitchen dishing out entrées like cassoulet and pan-roasted sea trout. 

    10 Shady Oak Dr., Asheville, North Carolina, 28803, USA

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    Rate Includes: Closed Mon.
  • 8. Nightbell

    Downtown | Bars/Pubs

    Run by the owners of nearby Spanish tapas hotspot Cúrate, Nightbell is combination lounge and mid-tier restaurant. While sipping and snacking the night away in an interesting second-floor warehouse space, you can try savory and sweet snacks, such as a lobster roll, steak tartare, and petits fours. The drink menu shuns standards, with lots of obscure rums, agaves, single malts, and ryes.

    32 S. Lexington, Asheville, North Carolina, 28801, USA

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    Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues., Free
  • 9. One World Brewing West

    One World's wide-open space hosts live music nearly every night of the week. Order a pint and boogie onto the dance floor for Grateful Dead covers and Latin Night dance parties or kick back for the Sunday Jazz Jam.

    520 Haywood Rd., Asheville, North Carolina, 28806, USA
  • 10. Sovereign Remedies

    Offering creative craft cocktails and a classed-up cool atmosphere (though it's still Asheville casual), this is one of the city's best spots for locally sourced farm-to-glass delights. The light-filled space boasts high ceilings, large mirrors, locally built furnishings, and a huge array of spirits. Servers and bartenders are friendly and knowledgeable.

    29 N. Market St., Asheville, North Carolina, 28801, USA
  • 11. The Crow and Quill

    This speakeasy is one of Asheville's best-kept secrets; there's no sign on the door, and inside it's so dimly lit you could go incognito. The bar offers more than 600 whiskeys, and a ragtime band makes surprise appearances.

    106 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville, North Carolina, 28801, USA
  • 12. The Grey Eagle

    This venerable Asheville institution features popular regional and national bands on its intimate stage, with contra dancing and patio concerts on certain nights. During the day the space doubles as a taqueria.

    185 Clingman Ave., Asheville, North Carolina, 28801, USA
  • 13. The Orange Peel

    Bob Dylan, Modest Mouse, and the Beastie Boys have played at this now-legendary venue. There's a great dance floor with springy wood slats, two bars serving wine and beer, and a speakeasy-style bourbon bar, PULP, on the bottom floor.

    101 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, North Carolina, 28801, USA
  • 14. Isis Restaurant and Music Hall

    West Asheville
    Closed Permanently

    What was once a movie house—the marquee is a dead giveaway—is now an upscale music club. Early in the evening a full dinner menu is available. At night it's bar snacks and live music: bluegrass, blues, reggae, jazz, or rock. The venue also hosts lawn concerts.

    743 Haywood Rd., Asheville, North Carolina, 28806, USA

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