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Dec 19, 2010 12:41 PM

bars in downtown Asheville

I am going with a group of friends and we were thinking of seeing what is in store for the nightlife in downtown Asheville on a Sunday. They are thinking about going bar hopping but didn't know how late or if bars are open on Sunday night especially the day after Christmas. Any suggestions on places we can go?

We are also looking for dinner recommendations for somewhere in downtown Asheville, we are staying at the Holiday Inn on Tunnel Rd if that is of any help. I would love to do Admiral but a lot of us are on a budget and can not afford that. So somewhere like $10-15 for entrees would be good.

Also what is good on the Biltmore grounds? We will be there on Dec. 27 and probably be spending the whole day there.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. I like Lexington Avenue Brewery but recent reviews have not been too good. Maybe they had a bad night. Vincenzo's is a good Italian joint two blocks E of LAB with music nightly and a good happy hour. Mo Daddy's is a good bar with good live music acts near by also.

    Lexington Avenue Brewery @ 39 North Lexington Ave., Asheville, NC 828 - 252 - 0212.
    Vincenzo's @ 10 North Market Street, Asheville, NC 828 - 254 - 4698.
    Mo Daddy's Bar @ 77 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC 828 - 258 - 1550.

    Mela's is an Indian Restaurant just N of LAB that should take care of your budget dinner needs.

    Mela Indian Restaurant @ 70 North Lexington Avenue, Asheville, NC 828 - 225 - 8880.

    Market Street Cafe
    17 Lagoon Rd Apt 12, Hilton Head, SC 29928

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    1. re: Littleman

      I'd suggest LAB, The Southern (cool bar in the back with a great jukebox and a pool table), Rankin Vault, Jack of the Wood and Thirsty Monk for bars. LAB, Southern and JOW have good food too. If your crew will like Indian, Mela is fun, has great cocktails and excellent food and would fit your budget,. A new place, Boca (right next door to Mela) would fit the bill as well for price, food and drinks. All but Jack of the Wood are on Lexington Avenue for easy bar hopping (Rankin Vault is actually on Rankin, but it's just behind The Southern). JOW is on College Street which is a little walk but not too bad.

      Not a fan of Vincenzo's, sorry. Also, not sure if all these places are open on Sunday, so check ahead of time.

      1. re: Littleman

        thanks for the suggestions. LAB and The Southern both sound really good. I wish I was a beer drinker but hopefully others are while I can enjoy the food.

        But keep the suggestions coming.

        1. re: Littleman

          The half price appetizers at Vincenzo's happy hour are awesome.

        2. Sazerac, located on Broadway, is a nice spot. They have a creative cocktail menu. I haven't been there, but there's a nice looking wine bar on Walnut St. right around the corner from Sazerac. I'll second the suggestions of the Rankin Vault and The Southern, too.

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          1. re: JKidd

            I would second Sazerac. Went on a Sunday night during the last week of October and had a good time. I don't recall a beer list but they have great cocktails and a nice wine and bubbly selection.

          2. If you're interested in belgian beers, don't miss the Thirsty Monk. Open until 11:00 on Sundays. Boca is a new restaurant downtown that is within your price range and has been getting some good buzz.

            1. well looks like the snow has changed our plans. will definitely be keeping these places in mind when we go in the spring.