Rooftop bars Asheville

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7 best rooftop bars in Asheville, NC [2021 update]

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Last updated: March 3, 2020


Enjoy spectacular views over the Blue Ridge Mountains from some of the best Asheville rooftop bars. This charming city in North Carolina has a lot to offer, including some fantastic rooftop bar. But which is the best rooftop bar Asheville? Well, that's what we aim to help you find out.

Here you’ll find all the info you need about each Asheville rooftop bar worth visiting. Opening hours, dress code, pictures, maps and much more. Just scroll down and find the rooftop bar Asheville best suited for you.

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Rooftop Pillar Rooftop Bar in Asheville

Pillar Rooftop Bar

$$$ | 6th floor | Downtown
  • Highlights
  • Botanical rooftop bar
  • Local, live music

Pillar Rooftop Bar Asheville is a 'botanical rooftop bar', set on top of Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Asheville. Here you find a stylish and bright indoor lounge that leads out to a comfy and cosy rooftop terrace, equipped with fire-pits and fine views over the Asheville skyline. Southern fusion small plates are served from the ground floor kitchen, along with seasonal and well-crafted cocktails, local brews and usually also local, live music.

Rooftop Capella on 9 in Asheville

Capella on 9

$$$ | 9th floor | Downtown
  • Highlights
  • Amazing views
  • Breakfast to vibrant nights
  • Crafted cocktails

Capella on 9 is probably as close to a NYC-style rooftop lounge you can get in Asheville. With two different rooftop terraces offering fantastic views over both the mountains and the city skyline, here you can enjoy a tapas-style food menu with focus on locally sourced ingredients along with a nice set of tasty and handcrafted mixology cocktails. Come early to this AC Hotel rooftop to watch the magical sunset, and weekends for more poeple and higher vibes, with either live music or live DJs.

Rooftop Hemingway's Cuba Restaurant & Bar in Asheville

Hemingway's Cuba Restaurant & Bar

$$$ | 4th floor | Downtown
  • Highlights
  • Cuban food & drinks
  • Lovely views
  • Fire pits

Hemingway’s Cuba brings a large slice of Havana to downtown Asheville. A large and stylish indoor lounge, leading out to an equally spacious rooftop terrace with terrific views over Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains as a mighty backdrop. The Cuban influences are eminent in cocktails and food, but there is also local beers and wines. Come for Sunday brunch or just some nightly cocktails by one of the terrace fire pits.

Rooftop Highland Brewing Company in Asheville

Highland Brewing Company

$$$ | 2nd floor | East Asheville
  • Highlights
  • Local brewery
  • Family business
  • Fun & friendly

The oldest brewery in Ashville is found in East Ashville and offers a large indoor bar, concert venues and a rotating assamble of food trucks. But best of all, also a lovely rooftop terrace. Dig into 15 different beer selections on taps, and usually also some limited editions only available at the brewery. Expect a fun and friendly atmosphere, where community seating means you will probably make som new friends along the way.

Rooftop Social Lounge in Asheville

Social Lounge

$$$ | 2nd floor | Downtown
  • Highlights
  • Craft cocktails
  • Live music
  • Weekend brunch

Asheville's original, premier craft cocktail lounge is equipped with an excellent rooftop bar. Open afternoon / nightly for small bites and bar snacks (or full meals from sister restaurant Strada), the rooftop is mostly famous for its drinks. Crafted and creative house cocktails, a rotating list of 8 drafts from breweries around the region and a nice selection of wines is all available at the Social Lounge Asheville.

Rooftop SkyBar in Asheville


$$$ | 8th floor | Downtown
  • Highlights
  • Fantastic views
  • Casual
  • Classic building

Take the old fashioned elevator to the 8th floor of the historic Flat Iron Building, and find the seasonal World Coffee Cafe SkyBar. Voted "Best view with a drink", it should be no surprise that the vistas over Asheville and the surrounding mountains are fantastic. Relaxing, casual and with a speakeasy vibe, Sky Bar Asheville serves classically crafted cocktails, local beers, affordable wines and a tapas menu.

Rooftop Antidote in Asheville


$$$ | 2nd floor | South Slope
  • Highlights
  • Cocktail bar
  • Early 1900s setting
  • Fire pits

Set in a three-story building in the South Slope, Antidote is quite a new bar, but comes with an early 1900s setting. The cosy indoor lounge is also complemented with an intimate rooftop terrace. Foremost a cocktail bar, here you can enjoy interesting, creative and delicious drinks made by the skilled bartenders. Enjoyed best on the rooftop, either in the sun or by the cosy fire-pit.

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City info

Rooftop bar Asheville

Rooftop-grade: 7/10
Prime season: April-Oct
Residents: 100 000
Climate: Humid subtropical

The climate in Asheville is humid subtropical which means long and pretty hot summers and shorter mild winters. And that is good news for all rooftop bars in Asheville. The climate contributes so that the rooftops can stay open almost all year around.

Though not a huge city, there are still lots of great terraces located in this city. Most offer fantastic views over the surrounding mountains.

While Asheville is known for its breweries, and local beer is a given on any rooftop bar, there is also a lot of them offering great mixology.

About Asheville

Asheville is the 12th-most populous city in the state of North Carolina. Set in the Blue Ridge Mountains, if offers a beautiful and dramatic natural setting. Before visiting rooftop bars you can go on hikes and enjoy other experiences out in the wild. Music is also a large part of the city, with seasonal festivals and numerous nightclubs and performance venues.