It has certainly been exciting to see Asheville’s name graced upon several reputable publications these last few years- and we are particularly thrilled with this article by National Geographic naming our Foodtopia one of the best cities in the US! Amongst the top reasons for our excitement is the article’s featured photo of The Social Lounge rooftop- on of our favorite downtown spots! While several new hotels have opened in the last year all boasting rooftop bars- we’re still smitten with this local establishment offering views of downtown paired perfectly with creatively crafted cocktails.
More than three dozen craft breweries and brewpubs (the most per capita of any U.S. city) work hoppy magic in and around this North Carolina town. Many cluster in the South Slope, a former automotive zone where you can now walk between spots like Wicked Weed’s Funkatorium and Catawba Brewing Co., with a spacious deck boasting views of Mount Pisgah. Crafts of a less intoxicating sort also headline throughout the city, including at the historic Grovewood Village, with its artisan studios, art galleries, and sculpture garden.
PHOTOGRAPH BY CHRIS COUNCIL AND EMILY CHAPLIN
As you can see, Asheville’s beer scene has grown as swiftly as our beloved food scene! We couldn’t agree more with Nat Geo’s recommendation to check out the South Slope. Now home to over 10 breweries all within walking distance- we recommend checking out our personal favorites Bhramari and Ben’s Tune up!
A great way to see what impressed the writer’s of National Geographic so much is to join us for one of our daily walking food tours where we’ll explore 6-7 restaurants all while learning about Asheville’s unique history and fun culture! Our tours sell out quickly, so be sure to snag your spot!