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The Best Way to Explore Asheville’s Rooftop Bars

It’s so easy to think of Asheville as the #1 destination for brewery hopping – and it definitely is the best place in NC for that without a doubt. But that little city has so much more to offer than just good beer! My girls and I take a trip here almost yearly, and being that only a handful of us are craft beer drinkers, we find loads of other fun outings while in town.

One of the girls lives in Asheville full time, and when planning ways to celebrate a certain bachelorette in our group, she recommended partaking in a Rooftop Bar Tour for an afternoon. She’d enjoyed it before and thought it would be fitting for our group. She was so right. Y’all, it was a blast!

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Let me start by saying the owner of the company is an App grad – you automatically like them, right;)? But really, Kaye was the absolute sweetest. She was the perfect blend of being part of our group while still giving us our time to relax and enjoy each other. She also took pretty much every picture I’m sharing here- girl has some serious photo editing skills!

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Our specific tour went to three different rooftop bars, but they offer other options as well. You have a van that drives you to each location, and offers snacks and water for the quick drives. That definitely came in handy when you’re getting a beverage at each location – no-one wants an alcohol induced headache🙅🏼‍♀️. What sets this tour apart is that Kaye shares history of the views you’re taking in while at each rooftop. Our group took a ghost tour in Asheville a couple years back that also incorporated a bit of history, so this was right up our alley.

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Why pay when you can visit the bars on your own? I can’t tell you how nice the convenience was to have the afternoon planned out for us, to not have to worry about transportation or reservations, and to be able to fully enjoy our time. It was worth it, and I’d definitely pay to do it again.

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As for the bars we visited, I can’t really attest to their drink making abilities myself as I had beer (when in Asheville, eh?). We went to The Montford Rooftop Bar, Capella on 9, and Hemingway’s Cuba.

Montford was the smallest, but from what I could tell, the drinks were on point! They are super into the all-natural vibe, using fresh squeezed juice in all their mixed drinks. We got appetizers here and they were delicious! The view was lovely (it’s our group picture up top, and the picture of us lounging) and there was a glass shield to block wind, which was a great bonus. Easy to eat outside here!

Capella on 9 made me feel like I was at in an urban metropolis swanky restaurant! The inside itself is upscale and fancy, but the outside rooftop area was jaw-dropping. Drinks were average, but the experience was great. You can see from both the front and back of the restaurant as for outdoor seating and views. It’s ranked in the top 50 rooftop bars from USA Today.

Hemingway’s Cuba is not only our last stop, but also where we had dinner. I was a bit nervous with a more unique menu, but the food was delicious. They had fire pits and cute lounge areas; I people-watched lots of little dates happening🥰. We caught the sunset from this spot and it was perfect for that! It’s the last 3 pictures seen here.

You can check out the specific bars we visited here or the Asheville Rooftop Bar Tour company here. It really is the perfect thing for a group outing in Asheville, definitely for a bachelorette or similar get-together. This isn’t sponsored, just wanted to genuinely share our experience – we loved it!

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