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Top bar recommendations from locals

Outdoor Event Space
“I call it the Willy Wonka factory for beer. On the weekends there is almost always live music in their outdoor amphitheater, and the lower park on the river is open too! They also have an excellent restaurant. This one could have gone in our breweries section, but it's worth going even if you never have a sip.”
  • 225 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Great craft beer, bought out by Anheuser Busch but no major changes and still worth a visit ”
  • 169 locals recommend
Rock Club
“Asheville's most popular downtown music venue with local, national, and international acts almost every day of the week. ”
  • 161 locals recommend
Spanish Restaurant
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“This place gets all the press. You need a reservation way ahead of time but early or late you might get a spot at the bar”
  • 197 locals recommend
Bar
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“Cuisine for the sophisticated palate. Menu changes frequently. Delightful. Small space, need reservation. $$$”
  • 171 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“The Isis a restored movie theater is a great place to listen to bluegrass! They also have a wonderful upstairs Piano-lounge where they feature dinner and a show in an intimate space”
  • 127 locals recommend
Taco Place
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“Delicious tacos in an eclectic Asheville style environment. Three locations; Riverside drive in the River Arts District, Downtown Asheville and a new location in South Asheville. Highly recommend. ”
  • 119 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Highland Brewing is a family-friendly brewery, especially in the summertime. They have a nice outdoor meadow often with free live music(on the weekends) and the kids are free to run and play. They also have a roof-top bar, but kids are not allowed up top. During events, there will usually be a food truck and a sweet treat vendor. Check their Facebook page for more up-to-date info!”
  • 109 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Best pizza in the area and they have a $2 movie theater so you can watch new movies while enjoying your pizza and locally crafted beer. Their beer is amazing too!”
  • 122 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Unique, distinctly Asheville original. A great start to a SouthSlope experience!”
  • 102 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Asheville's oldest music venue and taqueria. Awesome live music, fun atmosphere. ”
  • 83 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
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“Long time favorite, make sure you go the the original at 12 College St., be prepared to wait”
  • 80 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“A classy joint in Downtown Asheville that puts care into their craft cocktails. ”
  • 84 locals recommend
Wine Bar
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“-Check out the chalkboard next to the long tables in the back for their $5 wine specials. -They have snacks, or head over to the cheese place next door and they'll bring your order over. -Live music every night. No cover. -Great place for a solo person to hang out at the bar--all kinds of nice people to meet. -Sit by the open windows on a warm night for people watching both inside and out.”
  • 91 locals recommend
Bar
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“Consistently voted Asheville's most romantic restaurant! Wonderful atmosphere, inventful tapas.”
  • 81 locals recommend
Wine Bar
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“EVERYTHING...Great atmosphere, kind helpful staff, adult beverages and a variety of reading material and sitting space. ”
  • 83 locals recommend