Asheville has an eclectic and buzzing nightlife scene. The city is most famous for its beer, with more breweries per capita than anywhere else in the US. However, the beer capital of the Southeast also has excellent live music venues and bars, making for fun nights out.

    From classic concert venues to cosy local haunts, you can find any type of music being played almost every evening. Whether you’re after a relaxing drink date or a big night out with friends, Asheville’s nightlife never disappoints. Check out our top picks to the best nightlife experiences in Asheville below.


    Pack Square Park

    Enjoy a festival in this community green space

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    Pack Square Park is an open green space in the middle of Downtown Asheville. The public square has been a central component of the city since its creation in the late 1700s. The beautiful 6.5-acre park features a central fountain and large green lawn, with the Town Hall and County Courthouse as its backdrop.

    Pack Square Park hosts various festivals and events throughout the year. The most popular of these is Shindig on the Green, a free music and dance festival, and LEAF Downtown, a world cultural arts festival held in August. Whenever there’s a festival going on in the park, it’s certainly the place to be to enjoy the warm summer nights.

    Location: 80 Court Plaza, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

    Open: 24/7

    Phone: +1 828-259-5800


    The Orange Peel

    Watch a live concert at this iconic music venue

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    The Orange Peel is an 1,100-capacity live concert venue in Downtown Asheville. It’s an intimate space with a world-class sound system and is widely regarded as one of the best live music clubs in the US.

    It has seen many famous acts over the years, such as Bob Dylan, Arcade Fire, Smashing Pumpkins, Blondie and Post Malone. When a big act isn’t in town, you’ll also find stand-up comedy events and open mic nights at this Asheville icon. It’s typically a standing-only venue, though there are several stools around the perimeter for those who get in first.

    Location: 101 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

    Phone: +1 828-398-1837


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    The Grey Eagle

    Watch a live act at this popular music venue

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    The Grey Eagle is a popular music hall and taqueria in the River Arts District, west of Downtown Asheville. While there are more than 30 music venues in the city, this particular place has certainly become one of the local favourites for touring live acts.

    The hall has a 600-standing capacity, with an attached retro bar serving a huge selection of draught beers. It’s popular for its array of music genres, from bluegrass and jazz to folk. The onsite Mexican restaurant is also a hit with its meal-sized tacos and burritos – a perfect pre- or post-show snack. No matter who’s playing at the hall, it’s a great place to head for a night out.

    Location: 185 Clingman Ave, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

    Open: Daily from 11 am to midnight

    Phone: +1 828-232-5800


    Thirsty Monk

    Taste some of the city’s best craft beers

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    Thirsty Monk is a multilevel brewery, pub and bar on buzzing Patton Avenue in Asheville. It’s perfectly located in the heart of the city’s main nightlife district. It’s most popular for its choices of craft beer – many of which are brewed locally – with over 150 bottled beers to choose from.

    For a more sophisticated vibe, you can head upstairs to Top of the Monk’s rooftop bar, which has an extensive menu of classic and modern cocktails. If you get peckish, Thirsty Monk serves a range of sandwiches, tacos and pizzas.

    Location: 92 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 4 pm to 11 pm, Friday–Saturday from noon to 1.30 am, Sunday from noon to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 828-254-5470


    Off The Wagon Dueling Piano Bar

    Drink a cocktail in this unique bar

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    Off the Wagon Dueling Piano Bar is a casual cocktail bar tucked down a side street in the middle of Downtown Asheville. The unique bar has a distinct 1920s style, with a friendly and relaxed vibe.

    The bar is most known for its speciality cocktails, offering an extensive list of spirits and unique concoctions. However, its standout feature is its live piano shows – even for those who aren’t keen on classical music, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the variety of music and party atmosphere in the bar. It’s often crowded on a weekend, so it’s worth booking ahead if you’re in a group.

    Location: 22 N Market St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

    Open: Wednesday–Sunday from 7 pm to 2 am (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

    Phone: +1 828-785-1390


    5 Walnut Wine Bar

    Enjoy local music paired with some cheese and wine

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    5 Walnut Wine Bar is a cosy bar in Downtown Asheville. In a city that’s dominated by breweries, this bar offers a refreshing alternative with its wine and cheese speciality. The menu includes a variety of cheeses and charcuterie, designed to be paired with a glass of wine.

    In true Asheville style, this brick-walled rustic bar hosts informal live music performances every night. You'll mostly hear folk, jazz and soul music performed by local artists and bands. The owners are passionate about supporting native talent as even all the furniture, décor and artwork has been made by local makers and artists.

    Location: 5 W Walnut St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 2 pm to midnight, Friday–Saturday from 2 pm to 1.30 am, Sunday from 2 pm to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 828-253-2593


    Amazing Pubcycle Tours

    Go on a pub crawl with a unique twist

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    Amazing Pubcycle Tours are the wildly popular alternative to the standard pub crawl in Asheville. The tour takes place on a 13-person pedal-powered vehicle as you navigate the buzzing streets of Downtown.

    The pubcycle is BYO drinks and food, but you stop along the way at some of the best pubs in central Asheville to restock. It starts and ends in front of the Aloft Asheville Hotel every day of the week. You can book either a seat on the pubcycle or the whole bike, great for special occasions or group outings. It’s also motor-assisted, so you don't have to worry too much about being fit or able to pedal consistently the whole evening.

    Location: Founders Dr, Asheville, NC 28804, USA

    Phone: +1 828-214-5010


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    Wicked Weed Brewing Pub

    Have a tasting at one of Asheville’s premier breweries

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    Wicked Weed Brewing Pub is one of the hottest breweries and pubs in Asheville. Despite only being on the brewery scene since 2012, it has quickly emerged as one of the best places to go in Asheville for a beer tasting and local food.

    It has a huge selection of craft beers available along with a menu full of locally sourced American-style meals. Its outdoor patio area is the prime hangout location, especially with the open fire pit blazing on a weekend evening. It’s a popular place to meet before a live show at The Orange Peel, conveniently right next door.

    Location: 91 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

    Open: Daily from noon to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 828-575-9599


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    Ben’s Tune Up

    Have dinner and drinks at one of the city’s trendiest breweries

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    Ben’s Tune Up is a trendy sake brewery inside an old converted auto-shop in Downtown. The funky style of the place makes it a memorable evening in Asheville, with its industrial-style brick building, open courtyard and upcycled furniture.

    It’s not all about the design and décor though, with house sakes, craft beers and a fabulous Japanese-American fusion menu to try. They also have live music every night that they’re open and they serve food until closing time, making it one of the best places to be at night in Asheville.

    Location: 195 Hilliard Ave, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

    Open: Tuesday–Wednesday from 4 pm to midnight, Thursday–Friday from 4 pm to 2 am, Saturday from 2 pm to 2 am, Sunday from 2 pm to midnight

    Phone: +1 828-424-7580


    Jack of the Wood

    Enjoy a night at this classic Irish pub in Downtown

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    Jack of the Wood is an Irish pub on busy Patton Avenue in Asheville. Since it opened in 1996, it’s become a local favourite for a relaxing evening with locally sourced pub grub as well as live music entertainment. It’s considered one of the original pubs in Asheville.

    It's also home to Green Man Brewing, which specialises in handcrafted English ales. You can also find a rotating selection of craft beers from various local breweries. The informal acoustic jam sessions are popular every night, with genres like bluegrass and traditional Irish folk music attracting crowds from all over the city.

    Location: 95 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

    Open: Daily from noon to midnight

    Phone: +1 828-252-5445

    Elisha Donkin | Contributing Writer

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