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Best Asheville Cocktail Bars

Our 5 Favorite Cocktail Bars in Asheville, NC


Sovereign Remedies

29 North Market Street #105

Asheville, NC 28801


Asheville is not just for breweries.  Craft cocktails are also huge in Asheville, giving creative leeway to savvy bartenders who take pride in subtle flavors and distinct concoctions of liquor and mixers.  Sovereign Remedies is at the top of our list.  On a side street in Downtown Asheville, Sovereign takes you back in time a little bit when you enter the bar.  Tall, light-filled windows dominate the historic building they’ve renovated into a rustic yet chic bar scene.  While they do have plates of food, people go for the cocktails.  Don’t bother ordering anything traditional here, like a gin and tonic or a rum and coke.  Try the Dark Horse – Cynar, Ginger, Lemon, Mint, Stiegel and Radler.  Also try the No 27 – Sour Mash Whiskey, Ginger, Cardamaro, Lemon and Bitters.


Social Lounge

29 Broadway Ave

Asheville, NC 28801


Formerly Sazarac, The Social Lounge enjoys a great rooftop bar on Broadway Ave., just around the corner from Sovereign Remedies.  The first floor is a long bar with vintage style furnishings.  Definitely don’t stay downstairs, however.  Go to the back and head upstairs to the small bar and the rooftop patio.  Wait service will fetch your drinks at the rooftop and you’ll have a view of the streets below, which is great for people-watching in Asheville.  Try their truffled popcorn as a snack, but for drinks,  try the Blue Monday if you like Gin, or the St. Elders Fire if you want to try tequila’s crazy uncle, Mezcal. 



MG Road Bar & Lounge

19 Wall Street

Asheville, NC 28801


MG Road is a different experience entirely from the others on this list.  This is not your typical vintage chic cocktail bar.  They may describe themselves as “rustic chic” (you pretty much have to, in Asheville) but MG Road is like a Bombay disco club on acid.  Don’t go if you are afraid of neon.  Lots of neon.  They have a menu the size of the New York Times that looks like a comic book.  Sure, you can get craft cocktails like the Flirt Alert (Pisco, Grapefruit, Spicy Syrup and Elderflower) but you can also get tiki shots, jello shots, and a boozy slushie.  



32 South Lexington Ave

Asheville, NC 28801


If you don’t mind a bit more of an older, more refined crowd, check out the Nightbell for premium craft cocktails.  Hidden upstairs off of South Lexington Ave, Nightbell has a single room entryway at street level and then takes you to an upstairs bar.  Try their amazing desserts, like the French Broad Chocolate Mousse Cake.  Their food is also great.  But the drinks menu is exceptional.  Try the Roomful of Weather – Cachaca, sweet corn, lemon, and wild thyme.  Also try the Land of Perpetual Blossoms – Vodka, Dry Vermouth, Sourwood, and Honeysuckle.


The Junction

348 Depot Street

Asheville NC 28801


When you are tired of drinking downtown and fighting tourists for room at the bar, go to the river arts district and grab a drink at the Junction.  A small space in the Arts District with an outside patio, the Junction has an intimate little bar and great food too.  The Junction is totally unpretentious, and you won’t feel scorned if you don’t know what in the world Cynar is (looking at you, Sovereign Remedies…).  Try the train hopper – Rye Whiskey, Campari, Pineapple Juice, Lemon, Angostura, and Ginger Beer.



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