Saw this list in WNC mag...some were new to me. Especially looking forward to 5 Walnut...hope it has more ambiance than Sante.
Lexington Avenue (shown above) & Craggie Breweries
Consider them early gifts; these two microbreweries are set to open in time for the holidays. Lexington Avenue Brewery houses a 7,500-square-foot restaurant, 100-capacity music venue, and a 44-bed hostel on the second floor. 39 N. Lexington Ave.; (828) 252-0212. You’ll find the other new watering hole brewing suds on Hillard Avenue. Look for session beers, which are lower in alcohol, but fuller in flavor. 197 Hillard Ave.; (828) 254-0360
Sazerac owners Jack and Lesley Groetsch will be serving Southern comfort fare in time for New Year’s Eve at Tingle’s Café next door. The all-night diner will mimic the 1930s design of the original Tingle’s Café, which occupied the same building for 32 years. 27 Broadway St.
Located on the fringe of the much-anticipated Pack Place Park (opening this spring), this bar and eatery will give patrons a prime vantage point of the new green space. At 6,000 square feet, it’s going to be one of Asheville’s largest restaurants, with a 3,800-square-foot event space on the second floor. The tavern will offer 40 taps of local beer and a reasonably priced menu of tavern fare. It’s set to open in early January.
20 S. Spruce St.
You won’t have trouble finding 5 Walnut, a funky wine bar expected to open in late November. “We’re the anti wine bar,” says bartender Kristin Welch, noting that the emphasis will be on affordability. The bar will serve a revolving selection of wines by the glass and bottle, as well as a menu of light bites created from local ingredients.
5 Walnut St.
Black Market Pizza
This soon-to-open West Asheville pizzeria has a few surprises in store, namely wild toppings. Located in the old Organic Mechanic building, this eatery will serve East Coast-style pizzas, with toppings such as soy meat alternatives, and even bananas. With local beers on draft and PBR by the can, Black Market Pizza is set to become another neighborhood gathering spot.
631 Haywood Rd.
Asheville Ale House
Fans are rejoicing over Asheville’s newest sports bar, which opened in September. Conveniently located near McCormick Field for pre- or post-Tourist game toasts, Asheville Ale House has 19 HD screens and beer on tap and by the bottle. Nosh on fried pickles or calamari, share a mound of nachos, or dig into an Angus burger. They serve until 2 a.m. for the late-night crowd.
144 Biltmore Ave.; (828) 251-1153