Asheville Dive Bar Guide

Potent Array of Mountain Dives

There are few cities more fun to visit with drinking in mind than Asheville, a mountain town that embraces beer culture, food culture and, it turns out, dive bar culture. The city’s downtown area has exploded in the sheer number of increasingly upscale bars and restaurants, some of them coming at the expense of what some locals would call true Asheville originals. And thought outside investment continues to come to Asheville to match increasing tourist interest, there are some potent dive bars around town well anchored to the city.

Burger Bar is king among Asheville dive bars, a shack-like, squat blue building a bit off the beaten path that serves no hamburgers but does offer a microwaved corndog for the hungry. Asheville natives own both Double Crown and downtown’s Lazy Diamond, that rare combo of dive bars opened fairly recently that feel like they’ve been open for ages. And Asheville Yacht Club rolls out a tiki vibe downtown, an area that sorely needs a little roughing around the edges.

All told, Asheville may not have the sheer scale to compete on number of dive bars available, but Asheville’s dive bars are potent, funky and formidable.

Asheville Dive Bar Reviews

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Johnnie's Glenn Avenue Grill - Columbus Dive Bar Exterior

Burger Bar

They don't serve burgers. But they do serve the best dive bar experience in Asheville.
Review Rating: 10 of 10
Johnnie's Glenn Avenue Grill - Columbus Dive Bar Exterior

Double Crown

In a building that has hosted a bar since the 1960s, Double Crown stands on those divey shoulders well.
Review Rating: 9 of 10
Johnnie's Glenn Avenue Grill - Columbus Dive Bar Exterior

The Lazy Diamond

Like drinking inside a disco ball, come for the vinyl DJ sets and stay for the relentless tinsel.
Review Rating: 9 of 10
Johnnie's Glenn Avenue Grill - Columbus Dive Bar Exterior

Asheville Yacht Club

A wildly dense nautical theme dive bar adjacent to downtown Asheville's upscale core.
Review Rating: 7 of 10

Asheville Dive Bars Not Yet Reviewed

Must Visit Recommendations

Unfortunately, we have not yet been to every single dive bar in the city, but there probably a few more punch cards on our livers, so we’ll make it there soon. In the meantime, the curated list of dives below comes highly recommended by a variety of friends, online sources and drunks.

Parkway Forest

Root Bar

1410 Tunnel Rd
Asheville, NC 28805
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Other Dive Bar Options

27 Club

180 Patton Ave
Asheville, NC 28801
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Broadways

120 N Lexington Ave
Asheville, NC 28801
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Desoto Lounge

504 Haywood Rd
Asheville, NC 28806
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Frazier's Tavern

389 Merrimon Ave
Asheville, NC 28801
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The Odd

1045 Haywood Rd
Asheville, NC 28806
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Tiger Mountain

112 N Lexington Ave
Asheville, NC 28801
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