Downtown Asheville Pub Crawl
What's the best way to experience some of Asheville's most beloved beers all in one evening? Why not try an Asheville Pub Crawl? It's the perfect opportunity to try some of the area's best craft beers, get to know Asheville's locals and local establishments better, and have a fun night out on the town.
What Is a Pub Crawl?
If you're not familiar with a pub crawl, the concept is pretty simple. A pub crawl (also known as a bar crawl) is a sampling of local pubs, bars and breweries located within a reasonable distance of each other, where the idea is to have a beer or other adult beverage from each of the establishments before moving on to the next. The best pub crawls involve some willing (and thirsty) participants, an itinerary, a little bit of pacing, some flexibility, and an adventurous spirit. (Taking time to enjoy some food along the way also helps; and water, don't forget to drink water.)
The Asheville Brew Scene
A pub crawl in Asheville is a great way to get the tasty highlights of a city that has so much to offer when it comes to beer. Asheville has received numerous mentions for its brew culture, including the people's choice title of Beer City USA four years in a row. Asheville also has become a mecca for craft beer and craft breweries. We last counted 14 breweries, with new ones popping up annually.
Asheville Pub Crawl Basics
Now let's get back to the pub crawl. We've put together a Downtown Asheville Self Guided Pub Crawl, which includes some of our favorite local establishments all within reasonable walking distance of each other. The total time for this pub crawl in downtown Asheville takes approximately 30 minutes to complete if walked non-stop and adds up to just over a mile from start to finish.
Of course, we'd like to take a moment to stress responsible drinking. It's best to have a designated driver to drop you off and pick you up or a non-drinking friend willing to join you in the pub crawl for the tour, sans drinks. There are also plenty of taxi services available in Asheville, so feel free to take advantage of that option. We'd also recommended staying locally in a downtown Asheville vacation rental where you can have close, convenient access to the places you'd like to go.
With that being said, we've started our Downtown Asheville Pub Crawl so that it is conveniently located to the Asheville City Parking Garage located on Wall Street (the entrance is on Otis Street). You can start and end your tour here, while having ample parking space available to your designated driver. We'd also like to mention that there are some wonderful Asheville restaurants within walking distance of this area, so if you'd like to begin with a full belly (this is highly recommended), you're in the right place. The Laughing Seed Café offers fabulous vegetarian fare; the Early Girl Eatery plates up farm-to-table Southern comfort food; and Mayfel's is a fun and eclectic little restaurant with some delicious eats. You can eat along the way, which is also suggested. The pubs, bars and breweries listed on our walking tour offer excellent fare.
Let's get started! Here is the Downtown Asheville Self Guided Pub Crawl we've created for you and your friends to enjoy. Below we've included a little bit of information about each of the stops on the pub crawl in downtown Asheville. We've also included hours/days of operation to help you with your planning and pacing. Download the free pintable map here. And Have fun!
Downtown Asheville Pub Crawl Itinerary
Jack of the Wood
95 Patton Avenue, Asheville
Open Mon.-Thurs. 3pm-1am, Fri.-Sun. noon-2am
Jack of the Wood has been a mainstay in Asheville since 1996. This cozy Celtic pub offers local fare in traditional Irish style and specializes in handcrafted English ales. This is the original home of Green Man Brewing. Take some time to enjoy the informal acoustic jam sessions if you can.
Thirsty Monk Pub & Brewery
92 Patton Avenue, Asheville
Open Mon.-Thurs. 4pm-midnight, Fri,-Sat. noon-2am, Sun. noon-10pm
The Thirsty Monk offers a little bit of local brew and a lot of Belgians and other foreign favorites. Both the on-tap and bottled selection are pretty amazing. Keep an eye out for the man dressed as a nun. He likes it here.
Asheville Brewing Company
77 Coxe Avenue, Asheville
Open Sun.-Thurs. 11am-midnight, Fri.-Sat. 11am-2am
The Asheville Brewing Company offers a full bar and fresh brews on tap straight from the tanks. Take advantage of the huge covered patio and enjoy a game of Jenga or corn hole while you enjoy your pint. Don't forget to try a slice of pizza while you're here. It's a local favorite.
Wicked Weed Brewing Company
91 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville
Open Mon.-Tues. 3pm-11pm, Wed.-Thurs. 3pm-midnight, Fri.-Sat. noon-2am, Sun. noon-11pm
Wicked Weed Brewing recently opened in Asheville in 2012. Since then, it's quickly become a local favorite specializing in Belgians and West Coast-style IPAs. Serenity Wild Ale is an award-winning brew and the first to be bottled from this brewery, so give it a try.
Barley's Tap Room
42 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville
Open Mon.-Fri. 11:30am-2am, Sat. 11:30-midnight, Sun. noon-1am
Barley's Tap Room is an Asheville landmark located in a beautifully restored, historic building. Barley's offer over 40 taps between the upstairs and downstairs bars, and even more bottled beers. It's best to check out both levels. The food is good, too.
Well, there you have it. These are our recommendations for a walking tour of some of our favorite Downtown Asheville Pub Crawl destinations. Feel free to vary off course as you desire and make your own unique pub crawl in Asheville. Here's to new adventures, time spent with friends old and new, and a taste of Asheville's burgeoning brew culture. Cheers!
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