“For being a town mostly known for being heavy on the gay more than straight ratio — where are our safe places?”
Asheville Bar Wars is back for its third year, inviting local imbibers to vote for their favorite Manhattan cocktail as presented by participating Asheville mixologists.
Since 2013, bars in North Carolina that operate as private clubs have been exempt from having health inspections — even if they have full kitchens and serve food. Some Asheville business owners talk about the law and its implications for the service industry.
Asheville’s past meets its present at the historic Burger Bar, where co-owners Celeste Adams and Chris King have worked to build a business that’s “short on frills, but long on character.”
Under state law, businesses that do not serve a certain amount of food are required to be members-only clubs. Local bar owners and bartenders say the law causes more problems than it’s worth.
Smokey’s Tavern brands itself as Asheville’s oldest continuously operating bar — “same location, same name, same everything” since the 1950s, says owner Gene Masters. But after 60 years of beer and booze, Asheville’s oldest bar will close its doors forever on Wednesday, April 15.
Chilly night time temps didn’t keep the party goers at bay last night as libations flowed, DJs and bands performed, and people celebrated as the clock struck midnight in Asheville. Revelers rang in the new year in style for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue’s masquerade fundraiser at Celine and Company. In typical Brother Wolf style, people […]
After several months of anticipation, Sovereign Remedies, Asheville’s new farm-to-glass cocktail haven, opened last week.
The butchery buffs behind The Chop Shop will pair house-made charcuterie with beer and cocktails.
Xpress’ latest Eats & Drinks guide is now available across Western North Carolina and in cases mounted atop Xpress boxes throughout downtown Asheville.
Yesterday marked the 75th anniversary of the ratification of the 21st Amendment, ending Alcohol Prohibition nationwide. That makes it an excellent time to celebrate one’s right to personal enjoyment in the form of delicious, intoxicating beverages. For those looking for leads on local watering holes and drinks, the archive of Xpress’ Bar Beat articles is an good place to start.
The Joli Rouge—a popular hangout for countercultural Asheville—has closed its doors for the last time. Many a punk show, drag show, fashion show and even fetish freak show played out within the cavernous black-and-red, two-story bar on College Street in downtown Asheville, which opened in 2005. Up in flames: Fire spinners were a regular spectacle […]