Is The Bywater the ‘World’s Greatest Bar’?

Located along the banks of the French Broad River in Asheville, The Bywater is a popular destination for boaters during the summer months. Photo by Jake Frankel.

A recent story in Paste Magazine declared that The Bywater in Asheville is the “World’s Greatest Bar.”

An excerpt from the Georgia-based national media outlet’s story:

But the best thing about the World’s Greatest Bar is that it’s next to a river—a big, slightly dirty, Southern river—with canoe access right there at the bar, so you can put in upstream and paddle a few miles down, then take out and get a beer in your bathing suit. In my mind, this is the best of what America has to offer. And it’s truly glorious.

Naturally, a lot of people tube the river during the summer, so there are women walking around the huge outdoor park-like bar in bikinis, drinking beer and playing lawn games. Did I mention that this is the World’s Greatest Bar?

What do you think Asheville – do you agree that The Bywater is the World’s Greatest Bar? Share your thoughts in the comments field below.


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10 thoughts on “Is The Bywater the ‘World’s Greatest Bar’?

  1. Steven

    Sanchez (the dog in the photo) is like, “Man, I can’t wait to get out of this boat and see what kinda hamburgers and hot dogs peoples got cookin up there.”

  2. When my dad came to visit, I took him to The Wedge. He hated it. I took him to Sunny Point. He called it “weird hippie food” and poked around at it with his fork. I took him walking around downtown. Too many people; hated it; didn’t want to go in anywhere. I made him try a local IPA. Not Budweiser; made a face; hated it. Took him to Biscuit Head. He said, “Pulled pork on a biscuit? This is weird.”

    When I took him to the Bywater, he sat by the river with a whiskey ginger cocktail and said, “This is nice. I like this.”

    I think that says something.

  3. drdr13420

    what??…they failed to mention all the little kids screaming and running around unsupervised whose parents use the place as a “suds n sitter”?? …used to be a great place…like so many other “pre-invasion” places around town…

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