Looking for a list of Asheville Breweries & Lounges? Look no further! Many of the following establishments offer amazing food, music, games, and stunning views. A few even have playgrounds for the kids. Asheville is definitely ‘Beer City’, but you’d be hard pressed to find food this outstanding anywhere else.
*Denotes South Slope location known as the Brewery District.
Aloft WXYZ – hip cocktail lounge in downtown Asheville with a fun view of Biltmore Avenue below. Great spot to people-watch on the terrace. Their bar food is actually pretty tasty.
Archetype – 10 barrel brewhouse in Beecham’s Curve in West Asheville offering Belgian beer and snacks. They offer live music and a cool outdoor space.
*Asheville Brewing Company – beer, pizza and a movie. Visit the location on South Slope to enjoy the shade from their large covered patio.
Barn Door Cider Works – if cider’s your thing, you’ll love this brewery that makes heritage craft ciders on site, and offers beer, wine and small bites too.
*Ben’s Tune Up – where the cool people meet for liquid refreshments. Eclectic beer & sake garden in the back with live music. They offer a menu with surprising Asian entrees like Pad Thai and a PuPu Platter.
Bier Garden – over 200 beers from around the world in a great location in downtown Asheville. Pub food with the atmosphere to match.
*Bhramari Brewing Company – located at the gateway to South Slope behind the Orange Peel. Unique brews with a burger you don’t want to miss. Check out their Sunday Brunch.
*Burial Beer Co – beer like you’ve never tasted before on the South Slope. Offers a full service kitchen. The menu is designed by the owner of Cucina 24, a James Beard Nominee. Great outdoor beer garden with games and jazz during Sunday Brunch.
*Catawba Brewing – slide down the South Slope to find 30 unusual taps. Buxton Hall BBQ is next door and rotating food trucks are outside with picnic tables and hammocks during the summer and fall.
Capella on 9 – gorgeous rooftop lounge on the top of the AC Hotel overlooking Pack Square and Beaucatcher mountain. Catch a sunset and nice views of the Grove Park Inn on clear days. The tapas are unique and delicious. Beautiful atmosphere at night when the weather is nice.
Cellarest – a new West Asheville beer project on the popular west side of town brewing farmhouse inspired ales and lagers. Across the street from W.A.L.K which provides pub food service to this location.
Dssolver – the hippest brewery in town highlights the best of old school and new school brews. Described as ‘surreal’, their brews match their eclectic taproom and vibe in downtown Asheville.
*Eurisko Beer Company – a great outdoor space, upstairs taproom and downstairs lounge area opening soon, this new brewery is making its mark on the South Slope.
French Broad Brewing Co – traditional European style beers hidden around the corner in Biltmore Village. One of Asheville’s original breweries, try their Gateway Kolsch and Wee Heavy-er Scotch Ale.
*Funkatorium – sour and funky beers on the South Slope by Wicked Weed. Features 21 sour beers on draft with a full service restaurant open 7 days a week, including Sunday Brunch.
Ginger’s Revenge – unique tasting room in a huge warehouse that serves spicy ginger beer and good eats from their rotating food trucks. Live music most weekends.
*Green Man Brewery – the grandfather of breweries in downtown Asheville since 1997. This huge, 3-story brewhouse has a rooftop garden with views of the mountains and traditional English style ales on tap. Be sure to visit Dirty Jack’s next door (the original Green Man location), but don’t tell the locals I sent you.
Hemingway’s Cuba – high upon the roof of the Cambria Hotel is a terrace with toasty fire pits and one of the best spots to catch a sunset in Asheville. Stay for their Seafood Paella, or order their famous Cuban Daiquiri and enjoy the views.
Highland Brewing – this original Asheville brewery is still one of the best. Known for their Cold Mountain phenomena and yummy food trucks, you could easily spend the evening here just hanging around. There’s always something going on, including awesome concerts and live music every weekend.
Hillman Beer – small, family owned business focusing on the pub style experience. Popular weekend spot with lots of picnic tables for outdoor seating.
*Hi-Wire Brewing – handcrafted lagers and ales found in two locations in Asheville. Visit the taproom on the South Slope specializing in sour and wild ales, or stop by the production facility (Big Top) near the Biltmore Estate. They host a burger and pint special at their Big Top location every Monday night.
Jack of the Wood – cozy Celtic pub specializing in hand crafted English ales since 1996. It’s one of Asheville’s favorite spots to relax and enjoy live music. They also have some pretty incredible pub fare which is house-made and true to its roots.
Lazoom Room Bar – the ultimate in funk and fun, this groovy bar will lift your mood when you walk in the door. Grab a beer or glass or wine and relax in one of their velveteen chairs while waiting on your comedy tour. Or, drop by to watch a hilarious show like their Home-Groan Pun Battle which will amaze and amuse you.
Little Jumbo – warm and inviting cocktail bar on Broadway Street. Music on Mondays from 7 to 10 pm. Drinks and service are excellent, so don’t miss this cozy little spot.
Lookout Brewing Company – stellar small batch brewery in Black Mountain using GMO free ingredients and half-off wine bottles every day!
Montford Bar – experience magnificent views of the Blue Ridge mountains as you sip cocktails and snack on small bites like Fried Gnocchi, Bison Meatballs and Charcuterie Boards.
Nantahala Brewing Outpost – located on Haywood Road in West Asheville, Nantahala maintains a satellite site for their mother brewery in Bryson City, TN. In addition, they serve meals that compliment their brews.
New Belgium Brewery – gigantic brewery in the River Arts District with a 200 barrel brewing system. Bring a frisbee, the kids, and your furry friends while you relax on their huge grounds overlooking the French Broad River. Enjoy live music on the weekends. Food trucks are always nearby.
Noble Cider Downtown – downtown Noble cider taproom featuring up to 14 ciders on tap and delicious cheese charcuterie boards.
One World Brewing – tucked away in a corner on Patton Avenue, half the fun of this brewery is getting there. Meander to the entrance, go through a tunnel..and find your way under the city. How cool is that? You’ll love that there’s no crowd and you can sip a variety of beer while chatting with their friendly servers.
Oskar Blues – about 30 minutes away in Brevard, NC, but worth the trip for their craft beers in a can. Try their Ten FIDY.
Oyster House Brewing Pub – local seafood pub with stellar food (their oysters rock) & potent oyster beer. It’s our favorite ‘Cheers’ neighborhood spot…the place to go where everybody knows your name. Try their Supermoon Stout, a high gravity beer brewed with oyster shells and hints of cocoa and coffee. But, don’t leave without ordering the best burger in town!
Pillar Rooftop Libations – another incredible rooftop bar that shows off our beautiful city. Cozy up to the fire pit and listen to live music as you watch the sun go down. Located in the Hilton Garden Inn, Pillar offers small plates from its downstairs kitchen.
Pisgah Brewing Company – located in beautiful Black Mountain, Pisgah specializes in brewing certified organic beer and hosting awesome entertainment.
Riverside Rhapsody Beer Company – Riverside Rhapsody is a small craft brewery that provides Woodfin and the surrounding communities with a casual and comfortable community hub and local “watering hole. Riverside specializes in IPAs and Belgian style ales, with the ability to expand into lagering and sour beers.
Rye Not – a kitchen, brewery and distillery on the North side of town which features a meat curing cabinet and some of the best food Asheville has to offer. They brew their own beer and make their own spirits, so there’s something for everyone here.
Sierra Nevada Brewery – there aren’t enough words to describe this impressive brewery that stretches the length of several football fields. Eat. Drink. Chill. Hike. Listen to music. Play a game. Go on a Brewery Tour that will blow your mind. Hang out on the back porch in the beer garden. They even have a kid’s playground. It’s like an amusement park!
Social Lounge – great rooftop bar that overlooks the happening part of town. Enjoy bar snacks or order from Strada Italiano next door. Sunday Brunch offers a wide range of breakfast pizzas, pastas, omelettes and hearty meals.
*Storm Rhum Bar & Bistro – delicious cocktails and eats in a gorgeous setting at the gateway of South Slope, Asheville’s brewery district.
Sovereign Remedies – exceptional handcrafted cocktail lounge featuring regional culinary delights by Chef Graham House. Enjoy a lovely brunch on Sundays or late night ‘bites’ until 2 am.
Thirsty Monk – one of the coolest beer bars around – choose from a constant rotation. Visit Top of the Monk for a nice city view & handcrafted cocktails.
TreeRock Social Cider House – serves local, domestic and international craft ciders with over 24 taps. Discover what all the fuss is about when you check out their Mead Honey Wine. They’re pet friendly…inside and out.
Twelve (12) Bones Brewing – the best part about this brewery is that it is adjacent to the most amazing barbecue in Asheville! You can grab a BBQ plate and drink a great beer at the same time.
*Twin Leaf Brewery – Try their 144 IPA with the code name of Juicy Fruit. Be sure to visit during their donut pairing with DoughP Donuts. Or, gather friends to play a game of giant Jenga in their spacious tasting room.
*Urban Orchard Cider Bar – they make their own delicious hard ciders (which just happen to be gluten free). Their sandwiches and salads are some of our favorites!
UpCountry – a fun West Asheville brewery that creates beers which play well with outdoor activities. Catch live music most nights in this funky little space. The food is pretty swell too.
Vault Cocktail Lounge – winner of the Battle of the Burger several years in a row makes The Vault even more appealing. They feature signature drinks, martinis, beer, and wine as well as an expansive snack menu including all of your favorite bar food.
Wedge at Foundation – a historic building in the River Arts district with beautiful murals and lots of eats and beverages.
Wedge at Wedge Studios –River Arts beer joint near the railroad tracks known for their Golam Belgium and huge outdoor space. Lots of food trucks hang out here, so it’s the perfect spot to chase the day away.
Westville Pub – All Sevens Brewing- local dive with a funky vibe that stays open till 2 am daily.
Whistle Hop Brewing Company – travel east to find this adorable taproom made from train cars.
Wicked Weed – fun tasting room in the basement with a bar & restaurant upstairs. Try their Freak of Nature IPA.
Zillicoah Beer Company – just a little north is the most laid back brewery in town featuring corn hole, a fire pit and a huge grassy field on the banks of the French Broad River. Did I mention their food truck has the best tacos ever?
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