25+ spots to grab a drink after work in Asheville

On the rocks, neat, dirty, frozen, or zero proof — we’re spilling the Long Island iced tea on the best spots to grab a drink after work in Asheville.


There’s no such thing as an average cocktail in Asheville. | Photo by @sovereignremedies

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Can we interest you in a post-work beverage? Gather your closest friends and colleagues (read: drinking buddies), and hit the town with this guide in tow.

Whether you’re hankering for a locally brewed IPA, a chilled glass of sauvignon blanc, or a gin and tonic featuring gin distilled right here in Asheville, grab a drink at these 27 places around town.

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The Crow & Quill is open Tuesday-Saturday. | Photo by @paigemindsthegap

Keeping spirits up

Antidote, 151 Coxe Ave. | Drink we love: The Navy G&T
Travel back in time to the era of Prohibition at this speakeasy-style bar in South Slope. Antidote offers upscale vibes and historic charm as well as an expertly crafted drink menu featuring cocktails made with the award-winning Chemist spirits, plus wine, beer, and non-alcoholic options.

The Crow & Quill, 106 N. Lexington Ave. | Drink we love: Osaka Manhattan cocktail
Stop into this downtown watering hole for a cozy atmosphere, unique seasonal cocktails, and even try your hand at a cocktail crafting class. This blank-faced speakeasy offers 600+ varieties of whiskey, as well as hundreds of rums, mezcals, and bourbons — offering a little something for everyone to enjoy.

Little Jumbo, 241 Broadway St. | Drink we love: Spicy Dead Lady cocktail
Enjoy live jazz music every Monday and Tuesday from 7-10 p.m. along with delicious craft cocktails at this quaint Five Points bar. Pro tip: Ask about the absinthe menu.

Storm Rhum Bar, 125 S. Lexington Ave. | Drink we love: Red Rhum cocktail
Storm Rhum lives by the mantra, “eat + drink locally, think globally” and is known for classic American cocktails and dishes with a worldly twist.

Sovereign Remedies, 29 N. Market St. | Drink we love: Blackberry Shrub cocktail
The concept of this upscale cocktail lounge is based on Asheville’s rich history of Appalachian folk medicine. Housed in an old drug store off Market Street, Sovereign Remedies crafts their own “remedies” with fresh, local ingredients.

Session Café & Bar, 14 O’Henry Ave. | Drink we love: Saturn in Retrograde cocktail
Located inside Citizen Vinyl record studio, Session invites you to experience laid-back nostalgia in a café setting. Try one of its many cocktails, coffees, or deli items, all while listening to curated playlists on vinyl.

The Montford Rooftop Bar, 199 Haywood St. | Drink we love: Montford Mule
This downtown bar (inside the DoubleTree by Hilton) boasts some of the best sunset views in town along with complimentary parking, craft cocktails, and a curated selection of small plates, flatbreads, and shareables.

Post 70, 1155 Tunnel Rd. | Drink we love: Amberstition cocktail
An East Asheville staple with a cocktail menu that rotates with the seasons. Pro tip: Go with a group and split an order of tapas.


The Golden Pineapple boasts a beautifully stocked bar. | Photo by @andrewthomaslee via @thegoldenpineapplebar

Late-night gems

The Times Bar & Coffee Shop, 56 Patton Ave. | Drink we love: A classic Old Fashioned
Located in the old S&W Cafeteria building, The Times is an ironically timeless spot to grab a cup of coffee or a cocktail. With seasonally-inspired fun drinks, it’s a great place to hang with friends after work.

Foggy Mountain Brew Pub, 12 Church St. | Drink we love: Grapefruit Mule
This lively watering hole offers classic American fare, beer on tap, wine, and cocktails in a casual neighborhood pub setting. Pro tip: Pair your drink with the award-winning chicken wings.

The Rankin Vault Lounge, 7 Rankin Ave. | Drink we love: House Margarita
Step into The Vault for an inviting, neighborhood atmosphere, locally sourced food, and plenty of options when it comes to beer, wine, and cocktails. The Vault has a large cocktail menu, an award-winning burger, daily specials, and even a late night menu that is only available during the weekend.

Ben’s Tune Up, 195 Hilliard Ave. | Drink we love: Yu-Tang Sake Spritzer
A beer and sake garden sporting a full bar, freshly brewed sake, and Asian fusion eats. Be sure to try the Wonton Nachos and Fried Tofu.

The Golden Pineapple Bar, 503 Haywood Rd. | Drink we love: Herb Your Enthusiasm cocktail
This trendy yet unpretentious West Asheville cocktail bar boasts a substantial wine list, unique house cocktails, and a rotating tap list. Bonus: It’s a great spot for a late night bite the kitchen doesn’t close until 11:30 p.m.


Select half bottles of wine are $15 on Tuesdays at Leo’s House of Thirst. | Photo by @leos_houseofthirst

Off the vine

Leo’s House of Thirst, 1055 Haywood Rd. | Drink we love: Cortese on tap
Cheese and wine, anyone? This West Asheville wine bar offers a wide variety of natural and organic wines in an intimate setting — perfect for unwinding after a long day.

WALLS Wine Bar, 38 Broadway St. | Drink we love: Rotating selection
Located inside the Benjamin Walls art gallery, this spot is much more than a wine bar — it’s an experience. Sip on your wine while enjoying nature photography, people watch from the heated outdoor patio, or even rent out a room for you and friends.

Bottle Riot, 37 Paynes Way | Drink we love: French 75
With plenty of weekly guest DJs, wine, and spirits, Bottle Riot is one of the River Art District’s premier listening lounge and bar.

plēb urban winery, 289 Lyman St. | Drink we love: Rotating selection
This industrial chic locale in the River Arts District isn’t your average winery. It’s dedicated to sustainability and is committed to supporting farmers, harvesters, and winemakers in NC and beyond. Pro tip: Order a flight to sample multiple wines.

The Social Lounge, 29 Broadway St. | Drink we love: Pistachio Alexander cocktail
Unwind after a long day and head to The Social Lounge for a glass of wine and live music. This downtown spot is lauded for its extensive wine list, signature cocktails, and plush atmosphere.

5 Walnut Wine Bar, 5 Walnut St. | Drink we love: A glass of sparkling wine
An art-centric wine bar with an impressive live music schedule and wine list, as well as bar snacks and a rotating tap list.


The Buchi Bar serves mocktails made with kombucha and various mixers. | Photo by @rosettaskitchen

Mocktail musts

Asheville Dispensary Elixir Bar, 919 Haywood Rd. | Drink we love: Relaxation Margarita
Head to this West Asheville spot for a hemp-infused mocktail. Locally sourced sweets and snacks are also available, as well as CBD products from the Asheville Dispensary shop.

The Buchi Bar, 68 N. Lexington Ave. | Drink we love: Happy L’il Cloud spirit-free cocktail
Grab a bite to eat at Rosetta’s Kitchen and try one of this local spot’s kombucha cocktails, non-alcoholic options, or a kombucha on tap.


Asheville Pizza and Brewing also sells tons of fun merch. | Photo by @brewdadfl

Beer lovers

Cellarest Beer Project, 395 Haywood Rd. | Drink we love: Rotating selection
A West Asheville beer parlor that prioritizes craft beer that is regionally focused and inspired by the community. A rotating selection of cider and wine is also available.

Archetype Brewing, 265 Haywood Rd. + 174 Broadway St. | Drink we love: Cowboy Poet
Archetype is known for its experimental beers, each crafted to have its own personality or “archetype.” With both seasonal and core beers, there is a brew for everyone.

Asheville Pizza and Brewing, Multiple locations | Drink we love: Carolina Mountain Monster
Stop by one of Asheville Pizza and Brewing’s three locations to enjoy award-winning craft beer and scratch made pizza. Bonus: You can also catch a movie if you’re visiting the North Asheville location.

DSSOLVR, 63 N. Lexington Ave. | Drink we love: Rotating tap list
An out-of-this-world brewery that strives to highlight the best parts of both old school and new school brews. Bonus: Service industry workers receive reduced prices on select beers on Tuesdays.

Hillman Beer, 25 Sweeten Creek Rd. | Drink we love: ESB
A family-owned brewery with locations in Biltmore Village and Old Fort. Small bites, salads and bowls, burgers, and sandwiches are available in addition to beer, wine, and cider.


Forestry Camp’s Harry Styles Made Me Do It cocktail features flavors of watermelon and lime. | Photo by Forestry Camp

Stay for dinner

Ukiah Japanese Smokehouse, 121 Biltmore Ave. | Drink we love: Purple Rain cocktail
Order a craft cocktail (or two) and get comfortable because you won’t want to miss Ukiah’s fusion of Japanese soul food and southern barbecue. Pro tip: Visit them for brunch on the weekend and try the breakfast ramen with tonkotsu-egg broth, maple shichimi bacon, and a sunny side egg.

Vivian, 348 Depot St. | Drink we love: Crop Circles cocktail
An upscale, River Arts District restaurant and bar with a Southern and European culinary influence. Order the Nordic deviled eggs, the broiled grouper, and save room to have the blackberry buttermilk panna cotta for dessert.

Forestry Camp Taproom + Kitchen, 10 Shady Oak Dr. | Drink we love: Harry Styles Made Me Do It cocktail
A rustic space with 24+ taps, vast cocktail list, full-service kitchen, and a curated wine list featuring the newest varietals from VISUALS winery.

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