Wine Down at One of Asheville’s Top Wine Bars

Asheville is known as Beer City USA. It’s also known for its food culture, various tours, and outdoor experiences. So who has time to wine down at a wine bar? You do! Wine Bars in Asheville are being uncorked all over our beautiful city and they are such stellar spots for date night. Here are some great date night options for people who love wine, sultry spaces and good company.

Downtown Asheville

Rustic Grape Wine Bar

Sip, Taste, Gather is the mantra at Rustic Grape Wine Bar. Located on the cutest corner of downtown Asheville, the backside of the ALOFT hotel.

Wine flights and local cheese boards!

This sweet intimate wine bar is all the way charming with a laid back vibe and a tasty, housemade snack and dessert menu that pairs thoughtfully with the wine list. Take comfort in knowing that sipping wine at the Rustic Grape means you are supporting female winemakers, sustainability and small production wines from all over the world. You can go for brunch (mimosa flights!), stop in for after work sips or enjoy a housemade dessert with a glass of wine. Also, keep up with their Facebook page for weekly events such as themed wine tastings on Saturdays and live music Fridays.

Live music and patio life at Rustic Grape Wine Bar.

Pro tip: Stop in any day of the week (Closed Wednesday) to enjoy housemade warm, baked to order buttermilk biscuits with award-winning pimento cheese! The local cheese and charcuterie boards have gluten-free options as well.

Housemade, warm buttermilk biscuits and pimento cheese.

Rustic Grape Wine Bar
14 Aston Street
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 424-7707

Hours:
Sunday 2 – 8pm
Monday 4 – 10pm
Tuesday 4 – 10pm
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 4 – 10pm
Friday 4 – 11pm
Saturday 2 – 11pm

5 Walnut Wine Bar

5 Walnut Wine Bar is located at 5 Walnut Street. Duh.

Searching for a wine, cheese, and music scene? Then 5 Walnut Wine Bar should be your hangout, located in the heart of downtown Asheville where the people watching is epic and wine is the main event. This sweet, little nook has a fantastic wine list, great music, and sexy mingling. A favorite for many locals because the atmosphere is vibrant, the staff is fun and well versed on its extensive wine list.

Fromage and charcuterie boards galore! Photo credit via Instagram: @5walnutwinebar

For eats, local, local, local takes priority to the owners of 5 Walnut and it’s obvious when you see the menu which features everything local and is nothing short of tasty with a persuasive snack section. Yummy local cheese and charcuterie boards served with fresh neighborhood bread.

Nothing short of amazing wine. Photo credit via Facebook: 5Walnut Wine Bar.

5 Walnut Wine Bar
5 W. Walnut Street
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 253-2593

Hours:
Sunday 2 – 10 pm
Monday – Thursday 2 – Midnight
Friday – Saturday 2 – 1:30am

Santé Wine Bar and Tap Room

One of Asheville’s early wine bars, Santé Wine Bar and Tap Room is nestled in the corner of the Grove Arcade on the very opposite side from the Battery Park Champagne Bar & Book Exchange. Two birds, one stone! The atmosphere is elegant and romantic, perfect for a first date or one hundredth. The staff is always pleasant and brushed up on their wine list which is extensive and reflects their love of the old world and new world wines.

Everything about wine.

Select your vintage from an excellent list of wines on tap, wines by the glass or go big and select a gorgeous bottle, then head to the outside patio which you will find is relaxing, great for people watching, adept at helping you decompress after work or perfect for an evening of catching up with your favorite gal pals.

Insider scoop, don’t miss out on their monthly flight nights where you’ll get schooled on unique wines from around the world and meet other wine fanatics. Fulfill your curiosity for exclusive vintages!

Santé Wine Bar and Tap Room
Grove Arcade
1 Page Ave #146
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 254-8188

Hours:
Sunday – Thursday Noon – 10pm
Friday & Saturday Noon – Midnight

Battery Park Champagne Bar

Turn the page, take a sip. You will find that the sophisticated setting at Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar is one of the more unique experiences in downtown and is a must do on your Asheville bucket list. Charming and low key, a favorite place to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon with your sweetie, your dog or by yourself. Grab a book, a glass of champagne or a mimosa and just chill.

Books and Champagne, the perfect match. Photo credit via Instagram: @katieriley1

Battery Park Champagne Bar
Grove Arcade
1 Page Ave #101
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 252-0020

Hours:
Sunday 11 – 7pm
Monday – Thursday 11 – 9pm
Friday & Saturday 11 – 10pm

Cork and Keg Bar at Weinhaus

A locals favorite hangout in Asheville. Great music, friendly people. Where the atmosphere is comfortable and has a relaxed ambiance. A great place for a beer or glass of wine with a rustic, down-to-earth feel and evidence of their love for local musicians everywhere and dimmed lighting. The old-time jams are on point and the performers are always super entertaining and talented.

Cork and Keg Bar at Weinhaus
86 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 254-6453

Hours:
Sunday Noon – 6pm
Monday 10 – 6pm
Tuesday 10 – 6pm
Wednesday 10 – 9:30pm
Thursday 10 – 9pm
Friday & Saturday 10 – 11:00pm

The Wine and Oyster

Visit The Wine and Oyster’s new location conveniently located on Biltmore Avenue in downtown Asheville. The vibes are cool and fresh, the perfect spot for oysters, wine and cheese. The menu has an emphasis on sharing plates, so it’s a perfect date night option for you and your sweetie.

Looking for music? Choose your day. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, The Wine and Oyster has local singer-songwriter, jazz, and acoustic musicians and it is always a fun experience.

Also, find Charcuterie and goods eats on the menu! Photo credit via Instagram: @thewineandoyster

The Wine and Oyster
3 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 505-8332

Hours:
Tuesday – Thursday 11:30 – 2:30pm, 4 – 10pm
Friday – Saturday 11: 30 – 2:30pm, 4p – Midnight
Sunday 10:30 – 3pm

Asheville Wine Market

It’s not just a wine market! A hop, skip, and a jump from everything downtown, stop in to shop for wine then sit and enjoy the sips at the Asheville Wine Market where the staff is always up on the latest and excited to chat with you about their assortment of wines.

Sip then shop all in one wine market.

Asheville Wine Market
65 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 253-0060

Hours:
Sunday Noon – 6pm
Monday – Saturday 10 – 7pm

River Arts District

District Wine Bar

When your art stroll comes to an end, follow through with a stop at District Wine Bar conveniently located at the Wedge Studios building next to The Bull and Beggar and the original Wedge Brewing. From the moment you walk into District Wine Bar, you immediately feel the sense that this is where you belong.

The wine list is extensive and well thought out where the focus is small production, female winemakers, biodynamic, and natural, organic wines from around the world. They pair well with the food menu which is mostly made up of locally made cheeses and charcuterie’s, light snacks and a few sweets.

A great outdoor space to enjoy with friends!
Nothing but chill atmosphere at District Wine Bar.

The atmosphere is rustic and cozy mostly as a result of exposed aged brick, eclectic vintage decor, and friendly staff that welcomes you the second you step to the edge of the bar. Because of its spacious setting, District Wine Bar is often the arena for tasty social events, wine dinners, and collaborations. Be sure to follow their social media handles, such as Facebook and Instagram, to keep up with all the fun.

District Wine Bar
37 Paynes Way #009
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 505-8606

Hours:
Sunday 2 – 10pm
Monday – Thursday 4 – 10pm
Friday & Saturday 2 – Midnight

Plēb Urban Winery

Plēb Urban Winery is the newish kid on the River Arts District block making their debut back in 2018 with its approach and focus on locally grown North Carolina grapes through great respect and admiration of the global winemaking process and its rich history. Supporting local farms situated from Henderson to Watauga Counties, Plēb is determined to showcase small-batch wine varietals produced in our region following all the way through to their very special final product of ‘wine in a can’ and ‘wine on tap.’

Cutest little wine flights.

Whichever your preference, Plēb Urban Winery will not disappoint. Their space is open and bright with ample seating and tables for gazing over the French Broad River and its passer-by-ers.

Plēb Urban Winery
289 Lyman Street
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 774-5062

Hours:
Sunday Noon – 8pm
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday & Thursday 4 – 10pm
Friday & Saturday 2 – 10pm

West Asheville

West Asheville. Where someone needs to open a Wine Bar Pronto!!!

Biltmore

The Biltmore Estate Winery

Get swept away to another time at the Biltmore Estate Winery. Whether you’re a pass-holder or a visitor, the Estate Winery is something to experience and taste. Relish in history and learn about the winemaking process at the one and only romantic Biltmore Winery.

SO many wines, SO little time at The Biltmore Winery. Photo credit via Instagram: @mimama_max

Biltmore Estate Winery
1 Lodge Street
Asheville, NC 28803
(800) 411-3812

Hours:
Every day 11 – 7pm

Biltmore Village

Margaret & Maxwell: A Wine Salon

If you’re looking for a wine bar with a cozy, neighborhood feel, look no further than Margaret & Maxwell’s Wine Salon. Known for their great selection and great prices, you can’t go wrong stopping into this adorable wine spot. Located near the Biltmore entrance, Margaret & Maxwell’s is a one-stop shop for sipping great wines, tasting small bites, and relaxing at the end of a long day visiting at the Biltmore property!

Situated near the entrance to the Biltmore. Margaret & Maxwell. Photo credit via Instagram: @avlwinesalon

Margaret & Maxwell: A Wine Salon
5 All Souls Crescent
Asheville, NC 28803
(828) 552-3905

Hours:
Tuesday – Sunday 11 – 7pm
Monday Closed

Appalachian Vintner

An area favorite for finding excellent wines especially when needing to add to your own vintage collection, Appalachian Vintner on Biltmore Avenue will never disappoint. The staff is courteous and well educated about the latest, global and regional wines. Helpful is an understatement when it comes to describing the staff. They know what you are looking for!

Photo credit via Instagram: @appalachian_vintner

Appalachian Vintner
745 Biltmore Avenue #121
Asheville, NC 28803
(828) 505-7500

Hours:
Thursday – Saturday 10:15 – 9:30pm
Sunday Noon – 6pm
Monday – Wednesday 10:15 – 8pm

 

More options…

Metro Wines
169 Charlotte Street
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 575-9525
Hours:
Monday – Saturday 10 – 7pm
Sunday Noon – 5pm

Crocodile Wines
27 Biltmore Avenue #003
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 505-2551
Hours:
Thursday – Monday Noon – 6pm
Tuesday & Wednesday Closed

Table Wine
1550 Hendersonville Road Suite #102
Asheville, NC 28803
(828) 505-8588
Hours:
Tuesday – Friday 11 – 7pm
Saturday 11 – 6pm
Sunday & Monday Closed

Vaso De Vino Wine Market
75 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704
(828) 687-3838
Hours:
Monday – Saturday 11 – 7pm
Sunday Closed


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