Asheville is known for both its selection of craft beers and having more breweries per capita than any other city, yet there is a growing demand for sipping wine locations. Sparking new life into the adult beverage industry are these upcoming Asheville wine bars as well as established local classics.
L’Ecluse – Located above French comfort food restaurant, Bouchon, is the cozy wine establishment L’Ecluse. This is the perfect place to sip on a cocktail or glass of wine, whether inside or on the covered patio. The design is sophisticated, reminding of Europe, while maintaining the Southern Asheville charm. Rumor has it, Bouchon will be opening a second location in East Asheville.
Battery Park Book Exchange – Located in the Grove Arcade, this specialty coffee shop and wine bar is in a league of its own. It is Asheville’s champagne bar, and the perfect place to meet for a before brunch champagne split, or late afternoon unwind. Sip on wine, purchase a book, and enjoy free champagne on your birthday.
5 Walnut – Located on Walnut Street, this is still an all time classic in Asheville with live music almost every night. It has been a local hot spot for many years. Get there early to grab a seat at the open-air window, or enjoy a band during an after dinner nightcap. For the beer lovers, you will be happy to know beer is also served, and local cheese selections are divine.
Virgola – Located in Biltmore Village area, Virgola is one the of area’s new comer’s. Serving its own private label wines including Virgola Prosecco, Spumante Rosato, Vermentino, Rosato, and Sangiovese, this upscale wine bar also serves Oysters. One of the only wine bar chains.
Sante Wine Bar – A wine bar, tap room, and bistro in the Grove Arcade with both indoor and outdoor seating. It can often be overlooked as a place to visit, however the bar serves lunch daily beginning at 11:00 a.m.
Zambra – Not a dedicated wine bar, however it’s low lighting and ability to order tapas at the bar makes this restaurant a nice alternative when you are looking for a little more intimate atmosphere. Located in downtown Asheville.
The Montford Rooftop Bar – Located on the Roof of the Hyatt Place hotel, this offers one of the best sunset views in Asheville and valet parking. With small bites to order, as well as a great cocktail menu, this is a perfect place to meet up with friends after work.
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