This prohibition-era saloon turns moonshine bar, complete with Appalachia cuisine and live performances of traditional and fusion jazz.
Lex 18 breathes new life into a former prohibition-era speakeasy while retaining its old-world atmosphere. Antique furnishings, dim lights and a historic charm infuse this bar. It features a selection of moonshine beverages, local beer and wine, and signature cocktails. Chef Edwin Bloodworth is at the helm of its kitchen, offering a prix fixe and a la carte menu with Appalachia-inspired contemporary specialties. Opt for a charcuterie plate or artisan cheese board, or savor Beef Ribeye with mashed potatoes and bacon jam, or Maine Bay Salmon with sides. This venue is famous for its nightly jazz performances across an array of genres including Gypsy Swing Guitar, Spanish, Andalusia and Latin Jazz.
Address:18 North Lexington Avenue, Asheville, 28801
phone:+1 828 575 9494
Try their much-talked-about Bombaloni, and an array of coffee, spirits and sandwiches, at this lively downtown cafe by Hector Diaz.
Located on Pack Square, in the heart of the city, Bomba is a great place for coffee and quick bites. Another feather on Hector Diaz's hat, this cafe features hot and iced beverages, beer and spirits. Enjoy an espresso, cappuccino or iced dirty chai with great recommendations by the friendly baristas. Daily specials include sandwiches, grilled hot dogs and small plates that can be savored while people-watching on their patio.
Address:1 North Pack Square, Asheville, 28801
phone:+1 828 254 0209
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Duncan & York
Gifts, gifts and more gifts! If you are looking for a unique present for someone special, Duncan & York is for you.
Duncan & York is more than your average gift store. It wants to be a one-stop-shop, offering sundries, food and drink along with their amazing selection of gifts. Plus, they try and make sure that everything they carry is truly unique, with a focus on American made items. That way you as the customer feel more connected to the things you buy.
Address:13 Rankin Ave, Asheville, 28801
phone:+1 828 575 2441
Eating Asheville Walking Food Tours
Set out by foot on Eating Asheville's tour of Downtown's culinary scene. The trek also gives a glimpse of the city's food heritage.
Build an appetite for Asheville with Eating Asheville Walking Food Tours that take you on a two and a half hour gastronomical journey through Downtown. Operators Joshua Bailey and Stephen Steidle, culinary connoisseurs themselves, have fostered relationships with a plethora of restaurants and bars in the historic neighborhood. The establishments illustrate the farm-to-fork philosophy, ensuring your meal is high on the freshness radar. Sample an array of cuisines, from Indian to Tuscan, that sum up Ashville on a plate. Don't fret if you're not much of a foodie, the informative guided tour will get you acquainted with the town's rich history and local culture.
Address:63B Curve Street, Asheville, 28801
phone:+1 828 489 3266
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World Coffee Cafe
People-watch from the sidewalk coffeeshop by day and head to the rooftop, mountain-view bar for cocktails by night at this historic address.
Located in the historic Flatiron Building in downtown Asheville, World Coffee Cafe is a great place to slow down with a cuppa. Friendly baristas brew iced and hot specialty coffee and tea. Select from Cappuccino and Mocha Latte, Happy Belly and Lady Grey Tea, and pastries, croissants and sweet treats. The antiquarian decor has a world cultures feel to it, replete with an Indian sitar, Japanese fan, Buddha statue and Tibetan prayer flags. At sun down, head to the rooftop Skybar where you can enjoy cocktails and appetizers in view of the picturesque mountains in the horizon.
Address:18 Battery Park Avenue, Asheville, 28801
phone:+1 828 225 6998
This cafe advocates healthy dining with a farm-to-table menu and sustainable practices. Kickstart your day with their signature breakfasts.
The culinary ethos at Green Sage is in keeping with its carbon footprint. This cafe features a vegan and vegetarian menu without compromising on variety and flavor. Prepared from locavore and organic ingredients, they guarantee freshness and quality. Wash down burgers, sandwiches and wraps with delicious juices, smoothies and hot beverages. For meat lovers, they offer a limited menu prepared with ethically-raised meats.
Address:5 Broadway Street, Asheville, 28801
phone:+1 828 252 4450
Moog Music Factory and Showroom
Tour the Moog factory and store for a chance to compose your own tune on the historic synthesizer and a glimpse into Dr. Moog's rich legacy.
Dr. Robert Moog's breakthrough invention in the 1960s, the Moog synthesizer, changed the face of the music industry. To this day the electronic device, albeit an upgraded version, is painstakingly manufactured by hand at the Moog factory. Book a tour at this historic landmark in downtown Asheville, managed by Moog Music Inc, for an enriching and melodious experience. Before you actually see the system, the exterior facade is painted to look like it. Inside the establishment, witness the designing and assembling process of the instrument. In addition, don't miss the opportunity to produce your own sounds on the synthesizer at the only store of its kind.
Address:160 Broadway Street, Asheville, 28801
phone:+1 828 239 0123
This store is the beer capital of Asheville, carrying more than 10,000 types of beer from around the globe.
Bruisin' Ales carries an astoundingly large assortment of bottled beers. They carry over 1000 different kinds, so you could spend an entire day browsing. Choose from craft brews made around the world and even mix and match to create a six-pack of your favorites. Pick up the perfect glassware to enjoy your newly purchased brews from, or show your love for your favorite beer by buying a t-shirt here.
Address:66 Broadway Street, Asheville, 28801
phone:+1 828 252 8999
La Zoom's comedy tour truly is the best way to see Asheville. Learn the local lore, and get an added thrill on the ghost tour.
Hop into La Zoom's bus and explore some fun and interesting places around the city. The bus leaves from the French Broad Food Co-op and the Thirsty Monk pub and follows an almost circular route. The ghost bus tour will take patrons past haunted houses that provide a scary, thrilling experience. This tour is good for a hearty laugh as patrons will be thoroughly entertained by the animated guides.
Address:90 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, 28801
phone:+1 828 225 6932
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Appalachian Craft Center
See beautiful works by local craftspeople at this charming store. Pick up a souvenir or gift that will last for generations!
Originally established to help folk potters sell their works in western North Carolina, Appalachian Craft Center has grown into much more than that. These days, they sell mugs, rugs, quilts, glass etchings, jams and jellies, books written by local authors, and much more. These items are all created in the region and make great gifts for anyone. This 2,000-square-foot (186-square-meter) store offers a lot to explore!
Address:10 North Spruce Street, Asheville, 28801
phone:+1 828 253 8499
Off the Wagon
There are gun and sword duels, but what about piano duels? Those are the most fun! Have a drink and watch your favorite songs performed.
Off the Wagon is a high energy dueling piano bar. If you don't know what a dueling piano bar is, picture this: two skilled pianists face off by trading off playing songs the audience requests. That's right, you can ask them to play any of your favorite songs, and they'll do it live. You're even encouraged to sing along. Great drinks being served all night are sure to increase your confidence in your singing abilities. The pianos are playing Wednesday through Saturday, so come in and enjoy.
Address:22 North Market St., Asheville, 28801
phone:+1 828 785 1390
Chef Hugo Ramirez provides a modern perspective to his mother's traditional Mexican recipes. Signature margaritas are a worthy mention.
Mexico City native, chef Hugo Ramirez is at the helm of Limones' kitchen. Its cuisine reflects traditional Mexican flavors, but with a contemporary take on the same. Black Angus Beef Tenderloin with Lobster Macaroni and Cheese, Tequila-lime beef fajitas with chipotle salsa, and BBQ Fish Tacos are on their eclectic menu. Complement your meal with signature margaritas such as the Carrot-Habanero and Peach-Chipotle for a refreshing twist on a classic drink. The rustic-yet-refined decor of chandeliers and wrought iron elements forms the backdrop of home-style dining.
Address:13 Eagle Street, Asheville, 28801
phone:+1 828 252 2327
Open for lunch and dinner, Twisted Laurel is just a quick walk from the hotel. Plentiful seating inside and out!
With seating upstairs, downstairs, and on the patio, Twisted Laurel is a great place to gather a group or enjoy yourself at the bar. With a Mediterranean-inspired menu going until 2 a.m., you are sure not to go hungry in downtown.
Address:130 College St, Asheville, 28806
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