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Ascent Lounge: A Swanky, Romantic Cocktail Lounge With an Amazing View

Ascent Lounge: A Swanky, Romantic Cocktail Lounge With an Amazing View


Ascent Lounge is located on the fourth floor of New York City’s Time Warner Center in the space that was previously home to Stone Rose. Thankfully, City Nights Hospitality, the group that took over the space from previous owner Gerber Group, only made some minimal changes. It’s still a spacious, classy destination to enjoy a great cocktail and solid small plates, and it is undoubtedly one of the best date-night spots in the city.

The dim space has a few different seating options, including seats and standing room at the bar, plush chairs, couches, and banquettes, but the best seats in the house are the ones next to the huge wall of windows that overlook Columbus Circle.

Cocktails are in the $17 to $19 range, and there’s a nice mix of plays on classics, original creations, and seasonal specialties. “Neoclassic Cocktails” include a Manhattan Mule (Woodford Reserve Bourbon, ginger beer, strawberry, and lime); Fred & Ginger (Hudson Baby Bourbon, Amaro, orange bitters, and fresh ginger); and The Trifecta (The Botanist gin, fresh grapefruit juice, muddled fresh grapefruit, and basil). Signature Cocktails include the Violet Kiss (Grey Goose vodka, crème de violette, St. Germain, and white cranberry juice, below); The Ascent (gin, ginger liqueur, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, muddled fresh raspberries, and Champagne), and the $25 Va Va Voom (Stolichnaya Elit vodka, Bombay Sapphire East gin, Lillet Blanc, gold flakes).

Seasonal cocktails include Cinnamon Spiced Cider (cinnamon tea-infused Mount Gay black rum, fresh lemon juice, apple cider, and Ancho Reyes liqueur); Golden Delicious (Macallan 10, honey syrup, peach tea, apple juice); and La Poire Cider (Grey Goose La Poire, St. Germain, hard apple cider). Pitchers of margaritas and sangria are available, as is a decent selection of wines, beers, and bottle service. The cocktails were well-made and nicely balanced, and though they don’t approach the level of cerebral, chef-like creativity that goes into designing cocktails at say, Pegu Club, they were certainly a lot of fun to drink.


There’s also a surprisingly expansive food menu to complement the cocktails, with a nice selection of small plates and snacks along with panini and pizzas. If you’re with a small group, a great way to sample the kitchen’s offerings is the Ascent Platter ($70), which comes with roasted almonds, olives, cheeses, roasted baby carrots, shrimp and chorizo skewers, mango chipotle barbecue chicken skewers, honey and pineapple glazed meatballs, filet mignon skewers, and lobster tail skewers. It provides a nice cross-section of the menu, and can easily serve as dinner for two.

There’s no shortage of classy lounges to splurge on for date night, but nothing else compares to Ascent when it comes to spaciousness and views. It’s classy, swanky, not nightclub-thumping at all, and should certainly be on your radar when Saturday night rolls around.


Best Rooftop Bars in Asheville, NC

Take your Asheville experience to the next level! Discover incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the city skyline from Asheville’s growing selection of unique rooftop bars.

With 10 rooftop bars (nine in the਍owntown alone), Asheville makes it easy for you to feel on top of the world in the "Land of Sky."

The Best Rooftop Bars in Asheville

𠂺ntidote is a relatively new bar that has opened next door to The Chemist in a three-story building in the South Slope District. The turn-of-the-century decor provide great ambiance to enjoy the robust variety of cocktails. The intimate rooftop patio has its own bar and accommodates about 20-30 people.

One of Asheville’s newest rooftop bars has already earned one of the biggest accolades. U.S. News and World Report has named Capella on 9 one of the � Best Rooftop Bars in the World.” From this swanky bar on the ninth floor terrace of the AC Hotel, enjoy handcrafted cocktails and a tapas-style menu showcasing locally-sourced ingredients.

Havana native Tony Fraga has brought the Cuban nightlife experience to Asheville. The full-service restaurant and bar at Hemingway&aposs Cuba serves authentic Cuban cuisine. The bar is known for its delicious signature Cuban-inspired cocktail, the Cuban Daiquiri. With indoor and outdoor seating, you have plenty of choices for spots to enjoy watching the sun set over the Blue Ridge Mountains. You’ll find Hemingway&aposs on the fourth-floor terrace of the new Cambria Hotel, which is just across the street from the historic Grove Arcade.

The Highland Brewing rooftop bar is the only bar on this list not located in downtown Asheville. Just minutes from downtown, surround yourself with sweeping mountain views from this rooftop perch. Highland Brewing’s rooftop is open seasonally from April through October.    

Experience the panoramic views from this elegant and cozy indoor/outdoor spot atop the 8-story Hyatt Place Hotel. The Montford is a contemporary, rustic speakeasy serving up artistically presented small bites and seasonal craft cocktails made with local ingredients from Asheville farmer’s markets. 

Pillar Bar prides itself on “garden to glass” craft cocktails and southern fusion small plates. This bar sits atop the Hilton Garden Inn on the eastern edge of downtown. Cozy up to the outdoor fire pit and enjoy the sounds of local musicians. Pillar Bar offers a relaxed and casual vibe as you watch the sunset.

Chef Anthony Cerrato leads this rooftop bar that sits adjacent to his Italian restaurant, Strada. The Social Lounge is known as Asheville’s “original craft cocktail lounge.” String lights and beautiful views add to the ambiance.

Enter through the elevator door on Patton Avenue and make your way up the stairs to this mid-century style bar. Sip on handcrafted cocktails while sitting on the roof-deck patio with a view of the mountains. The bar offers a unique experience as each cocktail comes with a small, old-fashioned key that you can use to unlock an antique post office box. Inside the box are sweet and savory snacks!

This salon and gift shop has a "hidden" rooftop bar where you can enjoy wine or beer while enjoying views of downtown Asheville. Shop for unique giftsਊnd purchase your drinks from the shop before heading upstairs to the roof to sit back and relax.

At the super pet-friendly Aloft Hotel, the WXYZ Lounge is a great spot for drinks and live music. During warmer weather months,਌heck out the Sunday night Live at Aloft Concert Series. Listen to live performances as you enjoy the views of Biltmore Avenue in the heart of downtown Asheville. Enjoy craft cocktails, craft beers and small plates.

Take a Tour

Visit three or four rooftop bars in one afternoon with the help of Asheville Rooftop Bar Tours. The tour provides you a driver, giving you the chance to enjoy these rooftop spots to the fullest. 

This one-of-a-kind city tour gives you a blend of history, sightseeing, and of course, a chance to enjoy adult beverages at Asheville&aposs best rooftop bars. 

Photo credits: Top photo and WXYZ Lounge photo਋y Jared Kay. Capella on 9 photo by Erin Adams. Hemingway&aposs, Highland Brewing, The Montford, Pillar Bar, Social Lounge photos by Emily Chaplin. Top of the Monk photo by Mike Belleme. SkyBar photo by Art Meripol.


Best Rooftop Bars in Asheville, NC

Take your Asheville experience to the next level! Discover incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the city skyline from Asheville’s growing selection of unique rooftop bars.

With 10 rooftop bars (nine in the਍owntown alone), Asheville makes it easy for you to feel on top of the world in the "Land of Sky."

The Best Rooftop Bars in Asheville

𠂺ntidote is a relatively new bar that has opened next door to The Chemist in a three-story building in the South Slope District. The turn-of-the-century decor provide great ambiance to enjoy the robust variety of cocktails. The intimate rooftop patio has its own bar and accommodates about 20-30 people.

One of Asheville’s newest rooftop bars has already earned one of the biggest accolades. U.S. News and World Report has named Capella on 9 one of the � Best Rooftop Bars in the World.” From this swanky bar on the ninth floor terrace of the AC Hotel, enjoy handcrafted cocktails and a tapas-style menu showcasing locally-sourced ingredients.

Havana native Tony Fraga has brought the Cuban nightlife experience to Asheville. The full-service restaurant and bar at Hemingway&aposs Cuba serves authentic Cuban cuisine. The bar is known for its delicious signature Cuban-inspired cocktail, the Cuban Daiquiri. With indoor and outdoor seating, you have plenty of choices for spots to enjoy watching the sun set over the Blue Ridge Mountains. You’ll find Hemingway&aposs on the fourth-floor terrace of the new Cambria Hotel, which is just across the street from the historic Grove Arcade.

The Highland Brewing rooftop bar is the only bar on this list not located in downtown Asheville. Just minutes from downtown, surround yourself with sweeping mountain views from this rooftop perch. Highland Brewing’s rooftop is open seasonally from April through October.    

Experience the panoramic views from this elegant and cozy indoor/outdoor spot atop the 8-story Hyatt Place Hotel. The Montford is a contemporary, rustic speakeasy serving up artistically presented small bites and seasonal craft cocktails made with local ingredients from Asheville farmer’s markets. 

Pillar Bar prides itself on “garden to glass” craft cocktails and southern fusion small plates. This bar sits atop the Hilton Garden Inn on the eastern edge of downtown. Cozy up to the outdoor fire pit and enjoy the sounds of local musicians. Pillar Bar offers a relaxed and casual vibe as you watch the sunset.

Chef Anthony Cerrato leads this rooftop bar that sits adjacent to his Italian restaurant, Strada. The Social Lounge is known as Asheville’s “original craft cocktail lounge.” String lights and beautiful views add to the ambiance.

Enter through the elevator door on Patton Avenue and make your way up the stairs to this mid-century style bar. Sip on handcrafted cocktails while sitting on the roof-deck patio with a view of the mountains. The bar offers a unique experience as each cocktail comes with a small, old-fashioned key that you can use to unlock an antique post office box. Inside the box are sweet and savory snacks!

This salon and gift shop has a "hidden" rooftop bar where you can enjoy wine or beer while enjoying views of downtown Asheville. Shop for unique giftsਊnd purchase your drinks from the shop before heading upstairs to the roof to sit back and relax.

At the super pet-friendly Aloft Hotel, the WXYZ Lounge is a great spot for drinks and live music. During warmer weather months,਌heck out the Sunday night Live at Aloft Concert Series. Listen to live performances as you enjoy the views of Biltmore Avenue in the heart of downtown Asheville. Enjoy craft cocktails, craft beers and small plates.

Take a Tour

Visit three or four rooftop bars in one afternoon with the help of Asheville Rooftop Bar Tours. The tour provides you a driver, giving you the chance to enjoy these rooftop spots to the fullest. 

This one-of-a-kind city tour gives you a blend of history, sightseeing, and of course, a chance to enjoy adult beverages at Asheville&aposs best rooftop bars. 

Photo credits: Top photo and WXYZ Lounge photo਋y Jared Kay. Capella on 9 photo by Erin Adams. Hemingway&aposs, Highland Brewing, The Montford, Pillar Bar, Social Lounge photos by Emily Chaplin. Top of the Monk photo by Mike Belleme. SkyBar photo by Art Meripol.


Best Rooftop Bars in Asheville, NC

Take your Asheville experience to the next level! Discover incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the city skyline from Asheville’s growing selection of unique rooftop bars.

With 10 rooftop bars (nine in the਍owntown alone), Asheville makes it easy for you to feel on top of the world in the "Land of Sky."

The Best Rooftop Bars in Asheville

𠂺ntidote is a relatively new bar that has opened next door to The Chemist in a three-story building in the South Slope District. The turn-of-the-century decor provide great ambiance to enjoy the robust variety of cocktails. The intimate rooftop patio has its own bar and accommodates about 20-30 people.

One of Asheville’s newest rooftop bars has already earned one of the biggest accolades. U.S. News and World Report has named Capella on 9 one of the � Best Rooftop Bars in the World.” From this swanky bar on the ninth floor terrace of the AC Hotel, enjoy handcrafted cocktails and a tapas-style menu showcasing locally-sourced ingredients.

Havana native Tony Fraga has brought the Cuban nightlife experience to Asheville. The full-service restaurant and bar at Hemingway&aposs Cuba serves authentic Cuban cuisine. The bar is known for its delicious signature Cuban-inspired cocktail, the Cuban Daiquiri. With indoor and outdoor seating, you have plenty of choices for spots to enjoy watching the sun set over the Blue Ridge Mountains. You’ll find Hemingway&aposs on the fourth-floor terrace of the new Cambria Hotel, which is just across the street from the historic Grove Arcade.

The Highland Brewing rooftop bar is the only bar on this list not located in downtown Asheville. Just minutes from downtown, surround yourself with sweeping mountain views from this rooftop perch. Highland Brewing’s rooftop is open seasonally from April through October.    

Experience the panoramic views from this elegant and cozy indoor/outdoor spot atop the 8-story Hyatt Place Hotel. The Montford is a contemporary, rustic speakeasy serving up artistically presented small bites and seasonal craft cocktails made with local ingredients from Asheville farmer’s markets. 

Pillar Bar prides itself on “garden to glass” craft cocktails and southern fusion small plates. This bar sits atop the Hilton Garden Inn on the eastern edge of downtown. Cozy up to the outdoor fire pit and enjoy the sounds of local musicians. Pillar Bar offers a relaxed and casual vibe as you watch the sunset.

Chef Anthony Cerrato leads this rooftop bar that sits adjacent to his Italian restaurant, Strada. The Social Lounge is known as Asheville’s “original craft cocktail lounge.” String lights and beautiful views add to the ambiance.

Enter through the elevator door on Patton Avenue and make your way up the stairs to this mid-century style bar. Sip on handcrafted cocktails while sitting on the roof-deck patio with a view of the mountains. The bar offers a unique experience as each cocktail comes with a small, old-fashioned key that you can use to unlock an antique post office box. Inside the box are sweet and savory snacks!

This salon and gift shop has a "hidden" rooftop bar where you can enjoy wine or beer while enjoying views of downtown Asheville. Shop for unique giftsਊnd purchase your drinks from the shop before heading upstairs to the roof to sit back and relax.

At the super pet-friendly Aloft Hotel, the WXYZ Lounge is a great spot for drinks and live music. During warmer weather months,਌heck out the Sunday night Live at Aloft Concert Series. Listen to live performances as you enjoy the views of Biltmore Avenue in the heart of downtown Asheville. Enjoy craft cocktails, craft beers and small plates.

Take a Tour

Visit three or four rooftop bars in one afternoon with the help of Asheville Rooftop Bar Tours. The tour provides you a driver, giving you the chance to enjoy these rooftop spots to the fullest. 

This one-of-a-kind city tour gives you a blend of history, sightseeing, and of course, a chance to enjoy adult beverages at Asheville&aposs best rooftop bars. 

Photo credits: Top photo and WXYZ Lounge photo਋y Jared Kay. Capella on 9 photo by Erin Adams. Hemingway&aposs, Highland Brewing, The Montford, Pillar Bar, Social Lounge photos by Emily Chaplin. Top of the Monk photo by Mike Belleme. SkyBar photo by Art Meripol.


Best Rooftop Bars in Asheville, NC

Take your Asheville experience to the next level! Discover incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the city skyline from Asheville’s growing selection of unique rooftop bars.

With 10 rooftop bars (nine in the਍owntown alone), Asheville makes it easy for you to feel on top of the world in the "Land of Sky."

The Best Rooftop Bars in Asheville

𠂺ntidote is a relatively new bar that has opened next door to The Chemist in a three-story building in the South Slope District. The turn-of-the-century decor provide great ambiance to enjoy the robust variety of cocktails. The intimate rooftop patio has its own bar and accommodates about 20-30 people.

One of Asheville’s newest rooftop bars has already earned one of the biggest accolades. U.S. News and World Report has named Capella on 9 one of the � Best Rooftop Bars in the World.” From this swanky bar on the ninth floor terrace of the AC Hotel, enjoy handcrafted cocktails and a tapas-style menu showcasing locally-sourced ingredients.

Havana native Tony Fraga has brought the Cuban nightlife experience to Asheville. The full-service restaurant and bar at Hemingway&aposs Cuba serves authentic Cuban cuisine. The bar is known for its delicious signature Cuban-inspired cocktail, the Cuban Daiquiri. With indoor and outdoor seating, you have plenty of choices for spots to enjoy watching the sun set over the Blue Ridge Mountains. You’ll find Hemingway&aposs on the fourth-floor terrace of the new Cambria Hotel, which is just across the street from the historic Grove Arcade.

The Highland Brewing rooftop bar is the only bar on this list not located in downtown Asheville. Just minutes from downtown, surround yourself with sweeping mountain views from this rooftop perch. Highland Brewing’s rooftop is open seasonally from April through October.    

Experience the panoramic views from this elegant and cozy indoor/outdoor spot atop the 8-story Hyatt Place Hotel. The Montford is a contemporary, rustic speakeasy serving up artistically presented small bites and seasonal craft cocktails made with local ingredients from Asheville farmer’s markets. 

Pillar Bar prides itself on “garden to glass” craft cocktails and southern fusion small plates. This bar sits atop the Hilton Garden Inn on the eastern edge of downtown. Cozy up to the outdoor fire pit and enjoy the sounds of local musicians. Pillar Bar offers a relaxed and casual vibe as you watch the sunset.

Chef Anthony Cerrato leads this rooftop bar that sits adjacent to his Italian restaurant, Strada. The Social Lounge is known as Asheville’s “original craft cocktail lounge.” String lights and beautiful views add to the ambiance.

Enter through the elevator door on Patton Avenue and make your way up the stairs to this mid-century style bar. Sip on handcrafted cocktails while sitting on the roof-deck patio with a view of the mountains. The bar offers a unique experience as each cocktail comes with a small, old-fashioned key that you can use to unlock an antique post office box. Inside the box are sweet and savory snacks!

This salon and gift shop has a "hidden" rooftop bar where you can enjoy wine or beer while enjoying views of downtown Asheville. Shop for unique giftsਊnd purchase your drinks from the shop before heading upstairs to the roof to sit back and relax.

At the super pet-friendly Aloft Hotel, the WXYZ Lounge is a great spot for drinks and live music. During warmer weather months,਌heck out the Sunday night Live at Aloft Concert Series. Listen to live performances as you enjoy the views of Biltmore Avenue in the heart of downtown Asheville. Enjoy craft cocktails, craft beers and small plates.

Take a Tour

Visit three or four rooftop bars in one afternoon with the help of Asheville Rooftop Bar Tours. The tour provides you a driver, giving you the chance to enjoy these rooftop spots to the fullest. 

This one-of-a-kind city tour gives you a blend of history, sightseeing, and of course, a chance to enjoy adult beverages at Asheville&aposs best rooftop bars. 

Photo credits: Top photo and WXYZ Lounge photo਋y Jared Kay. Capella on 9 photo by Erin Adams. Hemingway&aposs, Highland Brewing, The Montford, Pillar Bar, Social Lounge photos by Emily Chaplin. Top of the Monk photo by Mike Belleme. SkyBar photo by Art Meripol.


Best Rooftop Bars in Asheville, NC

Take your Asheville experience to the next level! Discover incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the city skyline from Asheville’s growing selection of unique rooftop bars.

With 10 rooftop bars (nine in the਍owntown alone), Asheville makes it easy for you to feel on top of the world in the "Land of Sky."

The Best Rooftop Bars in Asheville

𠂺ntidote is a relatively new bar that has opened next door to The Chemist in a three-story building in the South Slope District. The turn-of-the-century decor provide great ambiance to enjoy the robust variety of cocktails. The intimate rooftop patio has its own bar and accommodates about 20-30 people.

One of Asheville’s newest rooftop bars has already earned one of the biggest accolades. U.S. News and World Report has named Capella on 9 one of the � Best Rooftop Bars in the World.” From this swanky bar on the ninth floor terrace of the AC Hotel, enjoy handcrafted cocktails and a tapas-style menu showcasing locally-sourced ingredients.

Havana native Tony Fraga has brought the Cuban nightlife experience to Asheville. The full-service restaurant and bar at Hemingway&aposs Cuba serves authentic Cuban cuisine. The bar is known for its delicious signature Cuban-inspired cocktail, the Cuban Daiquiri. With indoor and outdoor seating, you have plenty of choices for spots to enjoy watching the sun set over the Blue Ridge Mountains. You’ll find Hemingway&aposs on the fourth-floor terrace of the new Cambria Hotel, which is just across the street from the historic Grove Arcade.

The Highland Brewing rooftop bar is the only bar on this list not located in downtown Asheville. Just minutes from downtown, surround yourself with sweeping mountain views from this rooftop perch. Highland Brewing’s rooftop is open seasonally from April through October.    

Experience the panoramic views from this elegant and cozy indoor/outdoor spot atop the 8-story Hyatt Place Hotel. The Montford is a contemporary, rustic speakeasy serving up artistically presented small bites and seasonal craft cocktails made with local ingredients from Asheville farmer’s markets. 

Pillar Bar prides itself on “garden to glass” craft cocktails and southern fusion small plates. This bar sits atop the Hilton Garden Inn on the eastern edge of downtown. Cozy up to the outdoor fire pit and enjoy the sounds of local musicians. Pillar Bar offers a relaxed and casual vibe as you watch the sunset.

Chef Anthony Cerrato leads this rooftop bar that sits adjacent to his Italian restaurant, Strada. The Social Lounge is known as Asheville’s “original craft cocktail lounge.” String lights and beautiful views add to the ambiance.

Enter through the elevator door on Patton Avenue and make your way up the stairs to this mid-century style bar. Sip on handcrafted cocktails while sitting on the roof-deck patio with a view of the mountains. The bar offers a unique experience as each cocktail comes with a small, old-fashioned key that you can use to unlock an antique post office box. Inside the box are sweet and savory snacks!

This salon and gift shop has a "hidden" rooftop bar where you can enjoy wine or beer while enjoying views of downtown Asheville. Shop for unique giftsਊnd purchase your drinks from the shop before heading upstairs to the roof to sit back and relax.

At the super pet-friendly Aloft Hotel, the WXYZ Lounge is a great spot for drinks and live music. During warmer weather months,਌heck out the Sunday night Live at Aloft Concert Series. Listen to live performances as you enjoy the views of Biltmore Avenue in the heart of downtown Asheville. Enjoy craft cocktails, craft beers and small plates.

Take a Tour

Visit three or four rooftop bars in one afternoon with the help of Asheville Rooftop Bar Tours. The tour provides you a driver, giving you the chance to enjoy these rooftop spots to the fullest. 

This one-of-a-kind city tour gives you a blend of history, sightseeing, and of course, a chance to enjoy adult beverages at Asheville&aposs best rooftop bars. 

Photo credits: Top photo and WXYZ Lounge photo਋y Jared Kay. Capella on 9 photo by Erin Adams. Hemingway&aposs, Highland Brewing, The Montford, Pillar Bar, Social Lounge photos by Emily Chaplin. Top of the Monk photo by Mike Belleme. SkyBar photo by Art Meripol.


Best Rooftop Bars in Asheville, NC

Take your Asheville experience to the next level! Discover incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the city skyline from Asheville’s growing selection of unique rooftop bars.

With 10 rooftop bars (nine in the਍owntown alone), Asheville makes it easy for you to feel on top of the world in the "Land of Sky."

The Best Rooftop Bars in Asheville

𠂺ntidote is a relatively new bar that has opened next door to The Chemist in a three-story building in the South Slope District. The turn-of-the-century decor provide great ambiance to enjoy the robust variety of cocktails. The intimate rooftop patio has its own bar and accommodates about 20-30 people.

One of Asheville’s newest rooftop bars has already earned one of the biggest accolades. U.S. News and World Report has named Capella on 9 one of the � Best Rooftop Bars in the World.” From this swanky bar on the ninth floor terrace of the AC Hotel, enjoy handcrafted cocktails and a tapas-style menu showcasing locally-sourced ingredients.

Havana native Tony Fraga has brought the Cuban nightlife experience to Asheville. The full-service restaurant and bar at Hemingway&aposs Cuba serves authentic Cuban cuisine. The bar is known for its delicious signature Cuban-inspired cocktail, the Cuban Daiquiri. With indoor and outdoor seating, you have plenty of choices for spots to enjoy watching the sun set over the Blue Ridge Mountains. You’ll find Hemingway&aposs on the fourth-floor terrace of the new Cambria Hotel, which is just across the street from the historic Grove Arcade.

The Highland Brewing rooftop bar is the only bar on this list not located in downtown Asheville. Just minutes from downtown, surround yourself with sweeping mountain views from this rooftop perch. Highland Brewing’s rooftop is open seasonally from April through October.    

Experience the panoramic views from this elegant and cozy indoor/outdoor spot atop the 8-story Hyatt Place Hotel. The Montford is a contemporary, rustic speakeasy serving up artistically presented small bites and seasonal craft cocktails made with local ingredients from Asheville farmer’s markets. 

Pillar Bar prides itself on “garden to glass” craft cocktails and southern fusion small plates. This bar sits atop the Hilton Garden Inn on the eastern edge of downtown. Cozy up to the outdoor fire pit and enjoy the sounds of local musicians. Pillar Bar offers a relaxed and casual vibe as you watch the sunset.

Chef Anthony Cerrato leads this rooftop bar that sits adjacent to his Italian restaurant, Strada. The Social Lounge is known as Asheville’s “original craft cocktail lounge.” String lights and beautiful views add to the ambiance.

Enter through the elevator door on Patton Avenue and make your way up the stairs to this mid-century style bar. Sip on handcrafted cocktails while sitting on the roof-deck patio with a view of the mountains. The bar offers a unique experience as each cocktail comes with a small, old-fashioned key that you can use to unlock an antique post office box. Inside the box are sweet and savory snacks!

This salon and gift shop has a "hidden" rooftop bar where you can enjoy wine or beer while enjoying views of downtown Asheville. Shop for unique giftsਊnd purchase your drinks from the shop before heading upstairs to the roof to sit back and relax.

At the super pet-friendly Aloft Hotel, the WXYZ Lounge is a great spot for drinks and live music. During warmer weather months,਌heck out the Sunday night Live at Aloft Concert Series. Listen to live performances as you enjoy the views of Biltmore Avenue in the heart of downtown Asheville. Enjoy craft cocktails, craft beers and small plates.

Take a Tour

Visit three or four rooftop bars in one afternoon with the help of Asheville Rooftop Bar Tours. The tour provides you a driver, giving you the chance to enjoy these rooftop spots to the fullest. 

This one-of-a-kind city tour gives you a blend of history, sightseeing, and of course, a chance to enjoy adult beverages at Asheville&aposs best rooftop bars. 

Photo credits: Top photo and WXYZ Lounge photo਋y Jared Kay. Capella on 9 photo by Erin Adams. Hemingway&aposs, Highland Brewing, The Montford, Pillar Bar, Social Lounge photos by Emily Chaplin. Top of the Monk photo by Mike Belleme. SkyBar photo by Art Meripol.


Best Rooftop Bars in Asheville, NC

Take your Asheville experience to the next level! Discover incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the city skyline from Asheville’s growing selection of unique rooftop bars.

With 10 rooftop bars (nine in the਍owntown alone), Asheville makes it easy for you to feel on top of the world in the "Land of Sky."

The Best Rooftop Bars in Asheville

𠂺ntidote is a relatively new bar that has opened next door to The Chemist in a three-story building in the South Slope District. The turn-of-the-century decor provide great ambiance to enjoy the robust variety of cocktails. The intimate rooftop patio has its own bar and accommodates about 20-30 people.

One of Asheville’s newest rooftop bars has already earned one of the biggest accolades. U.S. News and World Report has named Capella on 9 one of the � Best Rooftop Bars in the World.” From this swanky bar on the ninth floor terrace of the AC Hotel, enjoy handcrafted cocktails and a tapas-style menu showcasing locally-sourced ingredients.

Havana native Tony Fraga has brought the Cuban nightlife experience to Asheville. The full-service restaurant and bar at Hemingway&aposs Cuba serves authentic Cuban cuisine. The bar is known for its delicious signature Cuban-inspired cocktail, the Cuban Daiquiri. With indoor and outdoor seating, you have plenty of choices for spots to enjoy watching the sun set over the Blue Ridge Mountains. You’ll find Hemingway&aposs on the fourth-floor terrace of the new Cambria Hotel, which is just across the street from the historic Grove Arcade.

The Highland Brewing rooftop bar is the only bar on this list not located in downtown Asheville. Just minutes from downtown, surround yourself with sweeping mountain views from this rooftop perch. Highland Brewing’s rooftop is open seasonally from April through October.    

Experience the panoramic views from this elegant and cozy indoor/outdoor spot atop the 8-story Hyatt Place Hotel. The Montford is a contemporary, rustic speakeasy serving up artistically presented small bites and seasonal craft cocktails made with local ingredients from Asheville farmer’s markets. 

Pillar Bar prides itself on “garden to glass” craft cocktails and southern fusion small plates. This bar sits atop the Hilton Garden Inn on the eastern edge of downtown. Cozy up to the outdoor fire pit and enjoy the sounds of local musicians. Pillar Bar offers a relaxed and casual vibe as you watch the sunset.

Chef Anthony Cerrato leads this rooftop bar that sits adjacent to his Italian restaurant, Strada. The Social Lounge is known as Asheville’s “original craft cocktail lounge.” String lights and beautiful views add to the ambiance.

Enter through the elevator door on Patton Avenue and make your way up the stairs to this mid-century style bar. Sip on handcrafted cocktails while sitting on the roof-deck patio with a view of the mountains. The bar offers a unique experience as each cocktail comes with a small, old-fashioned key that you can use to unlock an antique post office box. Inside the box are sweet and savory snacks!

This salon and gift shop has a "hidden" rooftop bar where you can enjoy wine or beer while enjoying views of downtown Asheville. Shop for unique giftsਊnd purchase your drinks from the shop before heading upstairs to the roof to sit back and relax.

At the super pet-friendly Aloft Hotel, the WXYZ Lounge is a great spot for drinks and live music. During warmer weather months,਌heck out the Sunday night Live at Aloft Concert Series. Listen to live performances as you enjoy the views of Biltmore Avenue in the heart of downtown Asheville. Enjoy craft cocktails, craft beers and small plates.

Take a Tour

Visit three or four rooftop bars in one afternoon with the help of Asheville Rooftop Bar Tours. The tour provides you a driver, giving you the chance to enjoy these rooftop spots to the fullest. 

This one-of-a-kind city tour gives you a blend of history, sightseeing, and of course, a chance to enjoy adult beverages at Asheville&aposs best rooftop bars. 

Photo credits: Top photo and WXYZ Lounge photo਋y Jared Kay. Capella on 9 photo by Erin Adams. Hemingway&aposs, Highland Brewing, The Montford, Pillar Bar, Social Lounge photos by Emily Chaplin. Top of the Monk photo by Mike Belleme. SkyBar photo by Art Meripol.


Best Rooftop Bars in Asheville, NC

Take your Asheville experience to the next level! Discover incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the city skyline from Asheville’s growing selection of unique rooftop bars.

With 10 rooftop bars (nine in the਍owntown alone), Asheville makes it easy for you to feel on top of the world in the "Land of Sky."

The Best Rooftop Bars in Asheville

𠂺ntidote is a relatively new bar that has opened next door to The Chemist in a three-story building in the South Slope District. The turn-of-the-century decor provide great ambiance to enjoy the robust variety of cocktails. The intimate rooftop patio has its own bar and accommodates about 20-30 people.

One of Asheville’s newest rooftop bars has already earned one of the biggest accolades. U.S. News and World Report has named Capella on 9 one of the � Best Rooftop Bars in the World.” From this swanky bar on the ninth floor terrace of the AC Hotel, enjoy handcrafted cocktails and a tapas-style menu showcasing locally-sourced ingredients.

Havana native Tony Fraga has brought the Cuban nightlife experience to Asheville. The full-service restaurant and bar at Hemingway&aposs Cuba serves authentic Cuban cuisine. The bar is known for its delicious signature Cuban-inspired cocktail, the Cuban Daiquiri. With indoor and outdoor seating, you have plenty of choices for spots to enjoy watching the sun set over the Blue Ridge Mountains. You’ll find Hemingway&aposs on the fourth-floor terrace of the new Cambria Hotel, which is just across the street from the historic Grove Arcade.

The Highland Brewing rooftop bar is the only bar on this list not located in downtown Asheville. Just minutes from downtown, surround yourself with sweeping mountain views from this rooftop perch. Highland Brewing’s rooftop is open seasonally from April through October.    

Experience the panoramic views from this elegant and cozy indoor/outdoor spot atop the 8-story Hyatt Place Hotel. The Montford is a contemporary, rustic speakeasy serving up artistically presented small bites and seasonal craft cocktails made with local ingredients from Asheville farmer’s markets. 

Pillar Bar prides itself on “garden to glass” craft cocktails and southern fusion small plates. This bar sits atop the Hilton Garden Inn on the eastern edge of downtown. Cozy up to the outdoor fire pit and enjoy the sounds of local musicians. Pillar Bar offers a relaxed and casual vibe as you watch the sunset.

Chef Anthony Cerrato leads this rooftop bar that sits adjacent to his Italian restaurant, Strada. The Social Lounge is known as Asheville’s “original craft cocktail lounge.” String lights and beautiful views add to the ambiance.

Enter through the elevator door on Patton Avenue and make your way up the stairs to this mid-century style bar. Sip on handcrafted cocktails while sitting on the roof-deck patio with a view of the mountains. The bar offers a unique experience as each cocktail comes with a small, old-fashioned key that you can use to unlock an antique post office box. Inside the box are sweet and savory snacks!

This salon and gift shop has a "hidden" rooftop bar where you can enjoy wine or beer while enjoying views of downtown Asheville. Shop for unique giftsਊnd purchase your drinks from the shop before heading upstairs to the roof to sit back and relax.

At the super pet-friendly Aloft Hotel, the WXYZ Lounge is a great spot for drinks and live music. During warmer weather months,਌heck out the Sunday night Live at Aloft Concert Series. Listen to live performances as you enjoy the views of Biltmore Avenue in the heart of downtown Asheville. Enjoy craft cocktails, craft beers and small plates.

Take a Tour

Visit three or four rooftop bars in one afternoon with the help of Asheville Rooftop Bar Tours. The tour provides you a driver, giving you the chance to enjoy these rooftop spots to the fullest. 

This one-of-a-kind city tour gives you a blend of history, sightseeing, and of course, a chance to enjoy adult beverages at Asheville&aposs best rooftop bars. 

Photo credits: Top photo and WXYZ Lounge photo਋y Jared Kay. Capella on 9 photo by Erin Adams. Hemingway&aposs, Highland Brewing, The Montford, Pillar Bar, Social Lounge photos by Emily Chaplin. Top of the Monk photo by Mike Belleme. SkyBar photo by Art Meripol.


Best Rooftop Bars in Asheville, NC

Take your Asheville experience to the next level! Discover incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the city skyline from Asheville’s growing selection of unique rooftop bars.

With 10 rooftop bars (nine in the਍owntown alone), Asheville makes it easy for you to feel on top of the world in the "Land of Sky."

The Best Rooftop Bars in Asheville

𠂺ntidote is a relatively new bar that has opened next door to The Chemist in a three-story building in the South Slope District. The turn-of-the-century decor provide great ambiance to enjoy the robust variety of cocktails. The intimate rooftop patio has its own bar and accommodates about 20-30 people.

One of Asheville’s newest rooftop bars has already earned one of the biggest accolades. U.S. News and World Report has named Capella on 9 one of the � Best Rooftop Bars in the World.” From this swanky bar on the ninth floor terrace of the AC Hotel, enjoy handcrafted cocktails and a tapas-style menu showcasing locally-sourced ingredients.

Havana native Tony Fraga has brought the Cuban nightlife experience to Asheville. The full-service restaurant and bar at Hemingway&aposs Cuba serves authentic Cuban cuisine. The bar is known for its delicious signature Cuban-inspired cocktail, the Cuban Daiquiri. With indoor and outdoor seating, you have plenty of choices for spots to enjoy watching the sun set over the Blue Ridge Mountains. You’ll find Hemingway&aposs on the fourth-floor terrace of the new Cambria Hotel, which is just across the street from the historic Grove Arcade.

The Highland Brewing rooftop bar is the only bar on this list not located in downtown Asheville. Just minutes from downtown, surround yourself with sweeping mountain views from this rooftop perch. Highland Brewing’s rooftop is open seasonally from April through October.    

Experience the panoramic views from this elegant and cozy indoor/outdoor spot atop the 8-story Hyatt Place Hotel. The Montford is a contemporary, rustic speakeasy serving up artistically presented small bites and seasonal craft cocktails made with local ingredients from Asheville farmer’s markets. 

Pillar Bar prides itself on “garden to glass” craft cocktails and southern fusion small plates. This bar sits atop the Hilton Garden Inn on the eastern edge of downtown. Cozy up to the outdoor fire pit and enjoy the sounds of local musicians. Pillar Bar offers a relaxed and casual vibe as you watch the sunset.

Chef Anthony Cerrato leads this rooftop bar that sits adjacent to his Italian restaurant, Strada. The Social Lounge is known as Asheville’s “original craft cocktail lounge.” String lights and beautiful views add to the ambiance.

Enter through the elevator door on Patton Avenue and make your way up the stairs to this mid-century style bar. Sip on handcrafted cocktails while sitting on the roof-deck patio with a view of the mountains. The bar offers a unique experience as each cocktail comes with a small, old-fashioned key that you can use to unlock an antique post office box. Inside the box are sweet and savory snacks!

This salon and gift shop has a "hidden" rooftop bar where you can enjoy wine or beer while enjoying views of downtown Asheville. Shop for unique giftsਊnd purchase your drinks from the shop before heading upstairs to the roof to sit back and relax.

At the super pet-friendly Aloft Hotel, the WXYZ Lounge is a great spot for drinks and live music. During warmer weather months,਌heck out the Sunday night Live at Aloft Concert Series. Listen to live performances as you enjoy the views of Biltmore Avenue in the heart of downtown Asheville. Enjoy craft cocktails, craft beers and small plates.

Take a Tour

Visit three or four rooftop bars in one afternoon with the help of Asheville Rooftop Bar Tours. The tour provides you a driver, giving you the chance to enjoy these rooftop spots to the fullest. 

This one-of-a-kind city tour gives you a blend of history, sightseeing, and of course, a chance to enjoy adult beverages at Asheville&aposs best rooftop bars. 

Photo credits: Top photo and WXYZ Lounge photo਋y Jared Kay. Capella on 9 photo by Erin Adams. Hemingway&aposs, Highland Brewing, The Montford, Pillar Bar, Social Lounge photos by Emily Chaplin. Top of the Monk photo by Mike Belleme. SkyBar photo by Art Meripol.


Best Rooftop Bars in Asheville, NC

Take your Asheville experience to the next level! Discover incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the city skyline from Asheville’s growing selection of unique rooftop bars.

With 10 rooftop bars (nine in the਍owntown alone), Asheville makes it easy for you to feel on top of the world in the "Land of Sky."

The Best Rooftop Bars in Asheville

𠂺ntidote is a relatively new bar that has opened next door to The Chemist in a three-story building in the South Slope District. The turn-of-the-century decor provide great ambiance to enjoy the robust variety of cocktails. The intimate rooftop patio has its own bar and accommodates about 20-30 people.

One of Asheville’s newest rooftop bars has already earned one of the biggest accolades. U.S. News and World Report has named Capella on 9 one of the � Best Rooftop Bars in the World.” From this swanky bar on the ninth floor terrace of the AC Hotel, enjoy handcrafted cocktails and a tapas-style menu showcasing locally-sourced ingredients.

Havana native Tony Fraga has brought the Cuban nightlife experience to Asheville. The full-service restaurant and bar at Hemingway&aposs Cuba serves authentic Cuban cuisine. The bar is known for its delicious signature Cuban-inspired cocktail, the Cuban Daiquiri. With indoor and outdoor seating, you have plenty of choices for spots to enjoy watching the sun set over the Blue Ridge Mountains. You’ll find Hemingway&aposs on the fourth-floor terrace of the new Cambria Hotel, which is just across the street from the historic Grove Arcade.

The Highland Brewing rooftop bar is the only bar on this list not located in downtown Asheville. Just minutes from downtown, surround yourself with sweeping mountain views from this rooftop perch. Highland Brewing’s rooftop is open seasonally from April through October.    

Experience the panoramic views from this elegant and cozy indoor/outdoor spot atop the 8-story Hyatt Place Hotel. The Montford is a contemporary, rustic speakeasy serving up artistically presented small bites and seasonal craft cocktails made with local ingredients from Asheville farmer’s markets. 

Pillar Bar prides itself on “garden to glass” craft cocktails and southern fusion small plates. This bar sits atop the Hilton Garden Inn on the eastern edge of downtown. Cozy up to the outdoor fire pit and enjoy the sounds of local musicians. Pillar Bar offers a relaxed and casual vibe as you watch the sunset.

Chef Anthony Cerrato leads this rooftop bar that sits adjacent to his Italian restaurant, Strada. The Social Lounge is known as Asheville’s “original craft cocktail lounge.” String lights and beautiful views add to the ambiance.

Enter through the elevator door on Patton Avenue and make your way up the stairs to this mid-century style bar. Sip on handcrafted cocktails while sitting on the roof-deck patio with a view of the mountains. The bar offers a unique experience as each cocktail comes with a small, old-fashioned key that you can use to unlock an antique post office box. Inside the box are sweet and savory snacks!

This salon and gift shop has a "hidden" rooftop bar where you can enjoy wine or beer while enjoying views of downtown Asheville. Shop for unique giftsਊnd purchase your drinks from the shop before heading upstairs to the roof to sit back and relax.

At the super pet-friendly Aloft Hotel, the WXYZ Lounge is a great spot for drinks and live music. During warmer weather months,਌heck out the Sunday night Live at Aloft Concert Series. Listen to live performances as you enjoy the views of Biltmore Avenue in the heart of downtown Asheville. Enjoy craft cocktails, craft beers and small plates.

Take a Tour

Visit three or four rooftop bars in one afternoon with the help of Asheville Rooftop Bar Tours. The tour provides you a driver, giving you the chance to enjoy these rooftop spots to the fullest. 

This one-of-a-kind city tour gives you a blend of history, sightseeing, and of course, a chance to enjoy adult beverages at Asheville&aposs best rooftop bars. 

Photo credits: Top photo and WXYZ Lounge photo਋y Jared Kay. Capella on 9 photo by Erin Adams. Hemingway&aposs, Highland Brewing, The Montford, Pillar Bar, Social Lounge photos by Emily Chaplin. Top of the Monk photo by Mike Belleme. SkyBar photo by Art Meripol.


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