We often get asked what else to do, where to eat, and where to drink while in Asheville, so we made a list of some of our favorites. The below list is far from exhaustive, but check these folks out for a river pirate approved visit to Asheville!


River Arts District

French Broad Outfitters’ flagship location is located in this neighborhood and it is home to over 100 artist studios! Next to the French Broad River, this has scenic views and is very close to Downtown and West Asheville.

12 Bones
– Best barbeque around, a favorite of President Obama, closed weekends
White Duck Taco – Killer tacos with traditional and unique fillings (ever had a lobster taco?)
Clingman Cafe – Delicious coffee, sandwiches, and salads
Wedge – Great brewery, now available in to go cans
Bywater – Asheville’s favorite riverside bar just steps away from our takeout
Ol’ Shakey’s – A riverside bar for the workingman, next door to the sometimes crowded Bywater
SMAC – Climbing gym, coffee bar, yoga, and our summer time second location
Food Truck Park – Can’t decide? The food truck park has it all

South Slope

The most highly concentrated area of breweries in Asheville, the South Slope is barely south of downtown and has exploded in recent years. This is the easiest way to walk your way through the word renowned Asheville local beer scene.

– The favorite bar for kayakers and outdoor lovers, we’re regulars
Burial – Great atmosphere and often rated Asheville’s #1 bar, unique and classic flavors alike
Buxton Hall Barbecue – Right next door to Catawba, great barbecue open late night
Funkatorium – Wicked Weed’s second location, great sour beers
Asheville Pizza Co – Delicious pizza and beer, a classic combo


Downtown has always been popular, and for good reason! Park space, excellent food and brews, and a strong support of local businesses combine for a great neighborhood. The restaurant competition downtown is fierce, so even if it isn’t on this list, if a restaurant can survive in downtown, then you are guaranteed a stellar meal.


Friday night drum circle – An Asheville tradition
Wasabi Sushi – Best sushi in Asheville
Mela Indian – Best Indian food in town with a great lunch buffet and vegetarian options
French Broad Chocolate Lounge – A favorite after dinner spot, luscious drinks and desserts
Vault – Best burger in Asheville with a speakeasy vibe
Lazoom – A comedy bus tour which is lots of fun and laughs
Carolina Mornings Vacation Rentals –  Finest vacation cabin rentals in the Asheville area

West Asheville

West Asheville has exploded in recent years as the young, hip part of town. Cross the river for more great food and brews! Adjacent to the River Arts District, all are close to French Broad Outfitter’s location. Very dog friendly!

Oyster House – A FBO staff favorite, delicious food and great beer
9 Mile – Jamaican themed eats, great vegan options, large portions
UJ – Dog friendly restaurant with great, casual eats
Westville Pub – A West Asheville classic, great bar food and pool
Sunny Point or  Biscuit Head – Best breakfast in town, very popular
FBO @ Hominy Creek – FBO’s very own riverside bar with regular live music and daily food trucks! Come just for the atmosphere or stay a while after your Biltmore Trip!

Biltmore Village

The Biltmore Estate is credited for helping make Asheville the town it is today. That historic influence is most strongly seen in the neighborhood surrounding the entrance to the estate just south of South Slope.

Catawba Biltmore
– Same brews as the popular South Slope location, chiller location
Highlands Brewery – Wonderful location with new rooftop bar and lots of local music
Wayside Bar and Grill – Open until 2am, people-pleasing food in a historic train station
Biltmore Estate – Admittance is expensive, but with the mansion, winery, gardens, and more, it’s worth a full day’s visit. Or float through the estate on our Biltmore Float Trip.
Hi-Wire Brewing – A FBO favorite, great beer and atmosphere
Pour – Pour your own beer, pay by the ounce, tons of taps

Outside of Town

While Asheville is pretty cool, there’s ton to do and see right outside of town! Here are a few ideas to expand your visit.

– Ski those winter blues away in neighboring Maggie Valley
Dupont or Pisgah – Two neighboring national forests with waterfall hikes and mountain biking
Sierra Nevada – You know the beer, also known for great food and environmental innovation
Blue Ridge Parkway – A great American classic roadway with access to hundreds of hiking trails
Blue Heron Whitewater – The closest whitewater rafting to Asheville