Best Asheville, NC Nightlife

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    10. Ben's Tune Up

    It's hard not to feel hip at Ben's Tune Up, an almost completely outdoor bar and raman eatery converted from a bygone auto shop. Inside the 3,500-square-foot courtyard, folks take their pick of any number of upcycled...

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    9. The Imperial Life

    Set above Table restaurant, this sophisticated haunt features lots of local beers on tap, an interesting wine list, and cocktails crafted from small batch sprits and backyard herbs. Small plates, including sashimi,...

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    8. Lexington Avenue Brewery

    The revelry spills out onto the sidewalk of Lexington Avenue making it nearly impossible to walk by Lexington Avenue Brewery without being tempted to go inside. Known by locals as simply 'LAB,' this open-air brewpub...

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    7. Sky Bar

    What Sky Bar lacks in square footage it makes up in views. Access to this outdoor spot comes via a ride up a vintage elevator inside Asheville's historic Flatiron Building, where a friendly attendant (worthy of a...

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    6. MG Road

    This stylish downtown lounge was created by the Chai Pani team and focuses on munchies-type fare and creative cocktails. Inside the Wall Street locale, a wide selection of Indian-style bar snacks blend in well with...

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    5. Thirsty Monk

    With more than a thousands different beers on offer each year, Thirsty Monk has earned national recognition as one of the best beer bars in the world. Besides a slew of beers by the bottle (about 150 different...

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    4. Nightbell

    This new cocktails and dining spot created by the C├║rate family boasts a speakeasy feel bolstered by inventive drinks and imaginative small plates. Chef Katie Button, whose award winning culinary prowess placed...

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    3. Grey Eagle Tavern

    This popular, unpretentious concert hall in the River Arts District hosts local and touring live acts showcasing an eclectic array of musical genres from bluegrass and jazz to rockabilly and folk. Besides a checkered...

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    2. Orange Peel

    This first-rate live music venue -- widely regarded as one of the best in the Southeast -- hosts a wide range of acts week to week, from regional faves like Acoustic Syndicate to national acts like Ben Harper, Damien...

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    1. Wicked Weed Brewing

    A two-storied restaurant and brewery, Wicked Weed Brewing is one of the newest craft breweries on the local beer scene but a huge selection of delicious brews has quickly catapulted it onto the list of area...

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About Asheville, NC Nightlife

Nightlife in Asheville isn't a big-city production, full of raucous clubs and exclusive hideaways. Instead, it's more laid-back, generally characterized by socializing in pubs, bars, and cafes. That said, a solid population of college students ensures that the scene isn't staid by any means, and energetic dance clubs like Scandals promise the motion and excitement that young fun-seekers are craving. Live music is, however, Asheville's claim to fame, and the city gives up-and-coming musicians lots of places to test their talents. The Orange Peel is one of the most well-known venues for bigger-name bands to play, and good acoustics make any experience a memorable one. On the local front, the New French Bar gives all comers a voice and keeps the kitchen staff serving late. If you'd rather relax in a more intimate club, consider Tressa's, which presents awesome live jazz and blues, or restaurants like Vincenzo's, which brings in well-received performers, often without a cover charge, to treat patrons to signature sounds. If catching up with friends over a drink or two is your favorite after-hours practice, Asheville is ideal for that too. Barley's is a perennial haven for good times, especially when they involve beer and pizza, and Zambra kicks up the style quotient with exotic ambience, tapas, and sensational wines. Another classic, Jack of the Wood, is devoted to one-on-one conversation, not to mention seduction by well-poured pints of local ales.

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