The Best Views from Rooftop Bars in Asheville

While Asheville is known for its breweries, try having your drink served with one of the best views from a rooftop bar.  From a brand new rooftop bar to the 110 year old Grove Park Inn, options abound at these rooftop bars.  DIY your pub crawl or take a tour with a guide who provides transportation and history with your cocktails.

Asheville Rooftop Bar Tours

Founded by a local in 2018, this company elevates your experience with transportation, drinks, and a guide knowledgeable about downtown.  Book an afternoon or sunset tour with Asheville Rooftop Bar Tours.  You’ll make three stops for the best views from rooftop bars in Asheville.

New for 2024 is High Art:  A Rendezvous with the Asheville Art Museum.  This one-of-a-kind tour includes two stops before arriving at the Museum.  Enjoy drinks with a city view from their rooftop café then get a peak behind the scenes of the Library wing, usually not open to the public.  Finally finish the evening with complimentary evening admission to the galleries.

a glute of champagne with a bar and sunset in the background

The Montford

On the north side of downtown, this popular spot is the closest rooftop bar to Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast.  Leave your car parked and take a pleasant one mile walk to The Montford Rooftop Bar.  Besides libations, their menu of small plates, cheese, and charcuterie changes with the seasons.  Arrive one hour before sunset as it’s first come, first served and can hit capacity.  Be certain to linger longer as the best sunset colors are often after the sun sets.

Soprano Rooftop Cucina

Opened spring of 2024, this may have the best view of all the rooftop bars in Asheville.  With an expansive outdoor patio facing west, there are large couches and long tables that could accommodate a group of ten people.  However be aware it may be oppressively hot in the summer afternoons and evenings.  To be sure to secure your seat, Soprano Rooftop Cucina accepts reservations on Resy.  Their specialty is brick-oven pizza and seasonal small plates.

Hemingway’s Cuba

Why not have dinner at one of the best views from rooftop bars in Asheville?  Hemingway’s Cuba Restaurant & Bar offers a full dinner menu of Cuban favorites.  It is also a fun stop for a daiquiri or other rum-based cocktail with a nice bar and outdoor seating.  The Hemingway’s Sunset even comes with sunglasses (while supplies last.)

The Observatory

Overlooking Pritchard Park in the heart of Asheville, The Observatory Rooftop Bar & Lounge has city views looking north.  Indoor seating can be reserved (Resy) or there are tables and lounge seating outdoors.  Order snacks like the slider trio to accompany your cocktails.  Plan a visit on Friday evening so you can also experience the iconic Drum Circle.  If the weather is less than ideal, take the elevator to the basement to their sister bar, The Draftsman, replete with pinball, pool table and even two lanes for bowling.

a glass of red wine with a sparkly chandelier looking out a large window

Capella on 9

Also downtown, this rooftop bar has a small covered patio with city views facing west and a large indoor bar with a cosmopolitan vibe.  Capella on 9 has another larger outdoor patio to the rear with lounge seating and firepits.  A hostess is available to seat patrons on a first come, first served basis.  Menu options include cocktails on tap, small plates, salads as well as entrees with many sourced locally and seasonally.  We recommend the patatas bravas with smoked tomato jam.

Pillar

With its location on the eastern edge of downtown, Pillar Rooftop Bar & Kitchen is a little off the beaten path plus there is a parking deck.  This can be a good option to avoid the bustling busy crowds on the weekends if you forgo reservations.  Cozy up to an outdoor firepit, listen to local musicians, or enjoy a full service from their dinner menu.

The Roof at The Radical

This new gem in Asheville is the first rooftop bar in the River Arts District with views of the French Broad River.  The Roof at The Radical is completely open-air so service is weather dependent.  There is a menu of snacks, cocktails, and even zero-proof options for those skipping the alcohol.  Come to The Roof for a pre-dinner cocktail if dining at Golden Hour located on property.

Full glowing sunset view from the best rooftop bar in Asheville at the Grove Park Inn

Sunset Terrace

While technically not a roof top bar, one of the oldest views is also one of the best.  Finished in 1913, the Grove Park Inn has sweeping views looking west to downtown Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Although dinner is served on the Sunset Terrace, simply grab a drink at the lobby bar to wander the hotel property.  Another option is Edison, Craft Ales & Kitchen with full dinner service, a bar, and also some lounge areas for an indoor/outdoor vibe.  This is a popular spot in Asheville so make your reservations early if choosing to dine rather than drink.

Stay at Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast

Add one (or more) of these rooftop bars to your itinerary that includes a peaceful stay at our bed & breakfast.  Built in 1905, our English-Tudor has a desirable location in a quiet neighborhood yet close to many rooftop bars as well as other area attractions.  Friendly innkeepers not only make breakfast but also have plenty of suggestions to help personalize your vacation in Asheville.