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Midnight munchies: 15+ places to grab a late night meal in Asheville

@auxbaravl // @andylukacsormond

We’ve all been there. You’re leaving a late-night movie or a show downtown and the midnight munchies hit. Where to go? Despite being known as a music + arts hub, Asheville seems to close up shop on the early side as far as restaurants go.

But you don’t have to go hungry. Whether you’re in the mood for cheap, delicious bar snacks, breakfast for dinner, or a full-on meal, we rounded up 15+ late night joints where you can eat your way to a good night’s sleep.

From pizza to fine dining, bookmark this list for the next time you’re starving after hours.

Dinner of champions

Sovereign Remedies | 📍29 N. Market St.  | ⏰ 2 a.m.

Sovereign Remedies’ menu is driven by local produce and farm-fresh ingredients. Dinner is served until 10, and the the late night menu still includes burgers, sandwiches, burritos + small plates. Must try: crispy pig ears.

The Barrelhouse | 📍 1459 Merrimon Ave. | ⏰ 1 a.m.

The Barrelhouse kitchen stays open until 1 a.m. every night, and features classics like burgers, sandwiches, and BLTs, plus a variety of pierogies.

Aux Bar | 📍68 N. Lexington Ave. | ⏰ 2 a.m.

Aux Bar, the brick and mortar offshoot of the Blind Pig Supper Club, focuses on seasonal ingredients and unique pairings. Plus, oysters on a late night menu? Sign us up.

Mojo Kitchen and Lounge | 📍55 College St. | ⏰ Closes at midnight on Wednesdays, 2 a.m. every other night. No evening hours on Sunday.

Mojo has “kitchen” in its name for a reason. Their late night menu is extensive, including breakfast all day, plantain bowls, fried green tomatoes, sandwiches, pizza, and several variations on macaroni and cheese.

Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge | 📍7 Rankin Ave. | ⏰ 2 a.m. every night

Rankin Vault is beloved by locals and tourists alike for its award-winning burger, but the rest of the menu doesn’t shy away from greatness, either. Must try: pork tacos.

Bartaco |📍 121 Biltmore Ave. | ⏰ 12 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, 1 a.m. on weekends

⏰ 11 p.m. on weeknights, 12 a.m. on weekends  

Just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the Orange Peel, Bartaco is a good late night hotspot if you get out of a late night show and have the munchies. Their late night menu includes tacos + nourishing rice bowls.

Pizza, Pizza, Pizza

Asheville Brewing Company |📍77 Coxe Ave. | ⏰ Midnight

Snag a pint and pizza by the slice until midnight. Pairing idea: 828 Pale Ale + a slice of pepperoni.

Standard Pizza  | 📍 631 Haywood Rd. | ⏰ 12 a.m. weeknights, 2 a.m. on weekends

On the west side of town, Standard Pizza is the best pick for late night cheesy goodness.

Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria  | 📍42 Biltmore Ave. | ⏰ 12:45 a.m. Friday and Saturday; otherwise 11:45 p.m.

Crowned “the best taproom in the South” by Draught Magazine, Barley’s features drinks, eats + live jazz music several days of the week, making it a late night destination in and of itself. Jazz not your thing? Head upstairs and play pool while you wait for your food.

Pack’s Tavern | 📍20 S. Spruce St. | ⏰ 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday; otherwise 11 p.m.

Wood-fired calzones and pizzas to scratch the cheese + carb itch. Order premade combinations or build your own.

Good ole-fashioned bar food

Foggy Mountain | 📍12 Church St. | ⏰ 2 a.m.  

Downtown in a convenient-to-everywhere spot, Foggy Mountain covers all the bar food basics and does it well. Snag wings, gyros made to order, tater tots + more after hours.

Westville Pub | 📍777 Haywood Rd. | ⏰ 2 a.m.

Westville Pub’s late night menu offers standard Southern fare: wings, beer battered baskets, crab cakes, and chicken tenders. Protip: Get your health on with the Mediterranean plate with olives, pita chips, hummus, and veggies.

Bens Tune Up | 📍195 Hilliard Ave. | ⏰ 2 a.m.

Ben’s Tune Up may be known for its special brand of American sake, but they also serve food into the wee hours of the morning. Fried tofu with spicy mustard dipping sauce is a crowd-pleaser.

West Asheville Lounge and Kitchen | 📍401 Haywood Rd. | ⏰ 1 a.m. on weekends, midnight every other night

The WALK offers table service, bar high tops, or bar seating, plus quick service and good American cuisine. We especially love the fried pickles. Bonus: They have a ping-pong table for fierce midnight matches.

Universal Joint | 📍784 Haywood Rd. | ⏰ 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 1 a.m. on weeknights

The edamame and brisket tacos are phenomenal. Sit on the patio for optimal late-night people watching. 👀

The Social |📍 1078 Tunnel Rd. | ⏰ 2 a.m.

The Social is tucked away down Tunnel Road, but their wings, sandwiches, salads, and made-to-order burgers are tasty late night options.