Asheville's downtown is full of life, art and culture -- and the mountain views aren't difficult to come by even while you are exploring the city. One excellent way to complement your city exploration with Asheville's beautiful backdrop of mountain scenery is with a visit to the area's many rooftop bars.
Situated on top of World Coffee in Asheville's historic Flatiron Building, the Asheville Skybar was one of Asheville's first rooftop bars and includes four balconies with western views, offering a perfect spot to sip on a craft cocktail, glass of wine or enjoy a local brew while watching the sunset.
The Montford sits on the 8th floor of the Hyatt Place, located at 199 Haywood Street. They have a selection of cocktails, beer and wine. Their cocktails are excellent -- try the Montford Mule to get the taste of one of their staples.
They also have small bites such as roasted brussel sprouts, blue crab fritters, locally raised chicken wings, and other tastes with a southern flair. It's also a great spot to sit and watch the sunset.
If you are a fan of Italian food followed by wine on a rooftop, this may be your perfect spot. The Social Lounge is located directly beside Strada Italiano (really delicious Italian food) and sets you directly in the center of the downtown action. Both bar menu options and Strada Italiano food options are available along with wine, beer and cocktails. They also offer handcrafted cigars form Carolina Cigar Company.
From high atop the Hilton Garden Inn, Pillar dishes out southern food, local beers and cocktails and plenty of space to enjoy some wonderful views, overlooking the Pack Square Park area and the surrounding mountains.
Other popular Asheville area rooftop bars include Hemingway's Cuba, Bargello, and Capella on 9.
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