Nightlife in Asheville

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Adam Dalton Distillery's namesake aims to concoct craft liquor with a special distillation method that increases quality and decreases hangovers, according to Mountain Xpress. The spirited establishment's handcrafted rum pours as freely as the sky every time Fred Astaire performed his rain dance, along with an expansive roster of other drinks at a full-service bar, including beer, wine, and whiskey. As guests sip, their minds are free to wander to football games broadcast from televisions, warm paninis that complement cold brews, and regular live music or open-mic nights. Beer caps stud the corrugated-metal bar's surface, stretching out with colorful logos like a racecar driver's sleeve of corporate tattoos.

251 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville,
NC
US

Praised by Mountain Xpress for having one of the best beer selections in town, The Bier Garden complements its many brews with a menu of dressed-up comfort classics. From the tap or in a bottle, sip on porters and cloudy Belgian ales while browsing the menu of sophisticated bar fare, ranging from wings in a soy-ponzu sauce to oven-roasted prime rib served only on Friday nights. Flat-screen TVs dot the space, broadcasting live sporting events or marathons of Suddenly Susan.

46 Haywood St
Asheville,
NC
US

Brian and Tiffany Lee, the husband-and-wife team behind Green Room Bistro & Bar, prepare familiar comfort-cuisine using ingredients that stand up to scrutiny. They source many ingredients locally, from the bison that goes into juicy burgers to the local feta cheese in freshly tossed salads. Fresh, nitrate-free meats gain deep flavor in the smoker before they're layered onto deli sandwiches.

Though the menu has lots of healthy options, it also has an indulgent side?take the smoked fried chicken, for example, which gets slow-smoked before it's battered for maximum flavor. Belgian-style pommes frites are another indulgent specialty; they're cut by hand, fried twice in beef tallow, and served with a choice of 11 sauces. ?If you're going to pay the calorie penalty for something fried, it might as well be really tasty,? Brain told the Mountain Xpress.

12 Church Street
Asheville,
NC
US

Outside The Mill Pizzeria & Pub stands a rustic sign that bears the eatery's name and a disc painted to resemble a giant pizza. The sign was clearly made by hand, perhaps to hint at the handcrafted menu of oven-baked pizzas and sandwiches sizzling just inside. Nearly all the ingredients the kitchen uses are either made by hand or delivered fresh, and each pizza and sub is prepared only once it's ordered, rather than being made ahead of time and being forced to hug each other to keep warm. A $1,000 prize is offered to any two people who complete their two-topping, 40-inch pizza eating challenge. The spartan dining room exudes a homey feel, inviting diners to pull up a chair at either the knotted burl counter or the simple wooden booth near the fireplace.

29 Vance Ave Ste B
Black Mountain,
NC
US

At Aerial Space, workouts unfold in midair. Practitioners weave through suspended silks, flow through yoga poses supported by hammocks, or practice acrobatic moves on the static trapeze and lyra, a suspended hoop. Aerial Space's aerial circus-arts classes, offered privately and for groups of children and adults, instill equal parts grace, fitness, and newfound skill.

46 New Leicester Hwy
Asheville,
NC
US

Flickering neon lights illuminate the faces of pool players at Fat Cats Billiards, their brows furrowed in concentration as they hunch over the deep-green tables. Others engage in lively games of darts and pause now and then to cheer for a particularly good shot or steal a glance at the game playing on one of the 15 flat-screen televisions. After games, friends gather at the bar for frosty beers, plump chicken wings, and juicy Angus-beef burgers to swap tips on making bank shots or harpooning any sharks that somehow swam into the billiards hall.

2345 Hendersonville Rd
Arden,
NC
US