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

Carmel's whips together a menu of traditional Southern favorites with fresh, forward-looking ingredients fortified in cross-cuisine partnerships with locavores including Imladris Farm, Sunburst Trout Company, and Short Street Cakes. Ceremoniously cut the duct tape over a mouth to usher in the cornmeal-fried-chicken sandwich's apple-and-cheddar battering rams ($9.50), or fire up Sunday brunch with the shrimp and grits' spicy poblano pyre ($10). Evening ingesters, meanwhile, may retire to the warm incandescence of Carmel's ornate dining room to feast on savory mainstays, including the Hickory Nut Gap beef-and-mushroom jus of Carmel's meatloaf ($16).

1 Page Ave
Asheville,
NC
US

The Magnetic Field showcases all-original plays, stand-up, musical, and dance performances. Browse the busy calendar of events slated to take the stage of The Magnetic Field's intimate theater. The Labyrinth, a dark comedy, follows an asylum patient as he scours the underworld in search of his best friend. A cadre of strange and wonderful characters stitch together scenes that move from a mental hospital to the River Styx to a television studio to a desert, much like Edward R. Murrow's eyewitness account of Burning Man. Though this Groupon is not valid for food and drink, enthused audience members can nosh and sip at the sleek café and bar on the premises.

372 Depot St
Asheville,
NC
US

Cracker brings their signature brand of irony and irreverence to a performance of their 1993 platinum album release, Kerosene Hat, which produced three radio hits including ‘90s alt-rock jam “Low.” The band’s power-pop-punk tunes have been bopping heads for more than 15 years and over the course of eight albums—making the musicians veterans of the rock scene. The indie-rock showcase includes a performance from Camper van Beethoven, a band that shares a lead singer and a backstage bathroom with Cracker.

101 Biltmore Ave
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