The Best Bars for Foodies in Asheville

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Asheville, located in the far west of North Carolina, has a different pace from the state’s other urban hubs, Raleigh and Charlotte. Its mountainside location makes it an ideal starting point for excursions on the Blue Ridge Parkway and into the Great Smoky Mountains. The main tourist attraction in town is the Biltmore Estate, home of the Vanderbilts. Many points around the city have gorgeous views of the surrounding landscape, including Chimney Rock. Asheville also houses the Western North Carolina Nature Center, a 42-acre facility dedicated to the area’s animal life and natural habitats. For a dose of culture, head to Pack Place Education and Arts Center, which hosts the Asheville Museum of Art, the Colburn Earth Science Museum and the Diana Wortham Theatre. The funky, artsy and eclectic downtown area of Asheville has over 30 locally-owned shops and boutiques and a trendy selection of restaurants, bars, and cafes. But where are the smartest and savviest heading out for a drink? Welcome to the Tastemaker Lists. If you’re wondering where the locals go for drinks and entertainment in the evenings, check out our list of the best bars in Asheville.

Restaurants:Hemingway's Cuba, Aux Bar, Storm Rhum Bar and Bistro
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Cuban, Contemporary American, American
Neighborhoods:Asheville

Hemingway's Cuba

$$$$·Cuban·
Asheville
1,152 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
Hemingway’s Cuba is without a doubt one of the best bars in Asheville. Havana native and Founder of Hemingway's’ Cuba, Tony Fraga, grew up enjoying exquisite meals with his father Read more
87% recommended
Great for Brunch in Asheville / Western North Carolina
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Aux Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Asheville
181 reviews
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
AUX Bar is an American restaurant located on Lexington Avenue downtown. It’s a go-to spot for drinks and dinner and they offer a seasonally driven menu of unique Contemporary AmeriRead more
85% recommended
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Storm Rhum Bar and Bistro

$$$$·American·
Asheville
862 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Casual
Storm Rhum Bar and Bistro, located on Lexington Avenue, is a unique dining and bar experience offering an exciting approach to food and drink. Opened in 2011, this bar offers a chaRead more
100% recommended
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The Scarlet Bee

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Asheville
98 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
Located in North Asheville in the former Northside Bar and Grill space on Merrimon, The Scarlett Bee is a casual spot for delicious food and drinks. Many locals think it’s one of tRead more
95% recommended
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The Bull and Beggar

$$$$·European·
Asheville
1,436 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
For a killer bar with an awesome happy hour and fantastic food, check out the Bull and Beggar. Set in a warm warehouse revamp in the River Arts District, this casually elegant restRead more
100% recommended
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Red Stag Grill-Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville

$$$$·American·
Asheville
3,911 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
Located inside the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Biltmore Village, the Red Stag Grill is an elegant place for dining and drinks. This chich rustic lodge offers Asheville’s finest dining Read more
87% recommended
Best Ambiance in Asheville / Western North Carolina
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Benne on Eagle

$$$$·American·
Asheville
763 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
Benne on Eagle, set in the Foundry Hotel, is the perfect place to enjoy drinks and celebrate a new era of Appalachian cooking. With a unique, regionally inspired menu by Chef FleerRead more
84% recommended
Great for Brunch in Asheville / Western North Carolina

Brio Italian Grille - Cherokee - Cherokee Casino

$$$$·Italian·
Cherokee
992 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Great for Lunch
BRIO Tuscan Grille is one of the more elegant spots in town to grab a drink. Located in Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, the restaurant offers special Italian grilled entrees, pasta disheRead more
92% recommended
Best Food in Asheville / Western North Carolina
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Cedric's Tavern - Biltmore Estate

$$$$·American·
Asheville
2,576 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual
Named for George Vanderbilt’s beloved St. Bernard, Cedric, this warm, relaxing tavern is definitely one of the best bars in Asheville. It overlooks the village green at Antler HillRead more
94% recommended
Great for Lunch in Asheville / Western North Carolina
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Vivian

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Asheville
889 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
Taking a spin on classic, mostly French dishes, Vivian is doing something totally new in Asheville! The restaurant has a minimal and cozy setting with bright lights, great music anRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall in Asheville / Western North Carolina
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Milton's Black Mountain

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Black Mountain
439 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic
Milton’s Cuisine and Cocktails is a popular restaurant with one of the best bars in Asheville. The restaurant features contemporary New Southern cuisine using fresh, local ingredieRead more
91% recommended
Romantic in Asheville / Western North Carolina

Edison - Omni Grove Park Inn

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Asheville
1,856 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
Edison, craft ales and kitchen is an inventive restaurant and bar that brings together the food culture and local flavors of the region. The bar is super popular with locals and seRead more
93% recommended
Best Ambiance in Asheville / Western North Carolina
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Twisted Laurel Downtown

$$$$·American·
Asheville
234 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Daphne at Twisted Laurel in Downtown Asheville focuses on casual, creative, farm-to-table, New American cuisine for lunch and dinner. Recently reimagined into a new concept, it feaRead more
88% recommended
Good for Groups in Asheville / Western North Carolina
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Village Social-Biltmore Estate

$$$$·Seafood·
Asheville
1,220 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
Village Social, located on the ground of the Biltmore Estate, is one of the best atmospheres for relaxing with a cocktail in Asheville. Not only do you get to enjoy the beautiful bRead more
90% recommended
Romantic in Asheville / Western North Carolina
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Isa's Bistro

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Asheville
931 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Located in the heart of downtown Asheville, Isa’s Bistro strives for the perfect combination of unique setting, great service and culinary excellence. The cuisine here is seasonallRead more
87% recommended
Great for Lunch in Asheville / Western North Carolina
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