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Asheville Nightlife: Live Music & Dancing

Also See: Downtown Asheville Wine & Cocktail Bars | Beer & Brew Pubs | Downtown Asheville | Performing Arts | Asheville Civic Center | Events & Festivals | Art Shows & Festivals | Contra Dancing | Downtown Coffee Shops & Bakeries | Asheville Top 50 Restaurants | Moogfest | Bluegrass & Appalachian Mountain Music

Asheville offers a mulitude of places to go for live music and dancing any day of the week. Here are some of our favorite nightlife spots. Many restaurants and beer pubs have live music. Check out Highland Brewing's cool tasting room for live music on weekends.

Asheville Clubs & Bars for Live Music
Tressa's Jazz & BluesTressa's Downtown Jazz & Blues
Top Pick! At Tressa's in downtown Asheville, listen (and dance) to live jazz and blues every night. They offer an impressive selection of fine spirits such as single malt scotches, small batch bourbons, estate rums, and sipping Tequilas; as well as their famous martinis and light fare menu. The multi-cultural and diverse clientele who frequent Tressa's enjoy an ambience not found elsewhere in the city. The softly lit, Old New Orleans elegance together with the truly impeccable service and great live music create an oasis many of Asheville's famous and infamous have and will continue to enjoy for years! 28 Broadway Street
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Orange PeelThe Orange Peel Social Aid & Pleasure Club
This downtown live music club features state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment rarely found in a club of its size. The smoke-free facility has a beautiful interior, creating a fabulous setting for enjoying the premier musicians who perform here. The Orange Peel Social Aid & Pleasure Club's capacity is 1200 standing, and it is the nation's premiere Live Music Hall and Concert Venue featuring the very best in live music and cultural arts. The dance floor is several hundred square feet of springy wooden slats, and the stage is in perfect view from any angle on the floor. Dancing is a big part of the live music experience, so dancing styles are as varied as the music played at the club!
101 Biltmore Avenue
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Jack of the WoodJack of the Wood
This cozy, Celtic style pub in downtown Asheville featured handcrafted English style ales that are brewed at their nearby brewing facility and served fresh daily. On a typical evening at Jack's you will find many of the patrons gathered around the black walnut bar or at long tavern tables, engaged in conversation through which the taboo subjects of art, religion and politics are heavily woven. Others play darts or scan the papers while sipping pints of ale or munching on a plate of fish and chips. When the local musicians are fiddling away on Irish reels or picking some olde time mountain music in the corner. 95 Patton Avenue  
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Grey EagleThe Grey Eagle
This listening room-style concert non-smoking venue just outside of downtown Asheville features national and regional groups. It's a short drive from downtown. Capacity is 550 standing room only. Seating arrangement varies according to event. All concerts and events are open to all ages unless otherwise specified. While they are a non-smoking venue, smoking is permitted outdoors on the patio and backstage in the green room. Parking is available in the lot in front of the building, with overflow parking available in the lots adjacent to the building, across Roberts Street, across Clingman Avenue at The Silver Dollar, and on Roberts Street. The Grey Eagle is proud to be home to Twin Cousins Kitchen, a Southern Louisiana eatery. 185 Clingman Avenue
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Asheville Music HallAsheville Music Hall
This mid-size concert venue is in the middle of downtown with a 360-person capacity. They host many musical legends and have a full restaurant and bar downstairs. Its an all-genres venue that provides an intimate, live music experience for all music fans. 31 Patton Avenue
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Westville PubWestville Pub
Discover funky and fun West Asheville with great food, beer, wine, and music.Westville Pub is proud to host a wide variety of national and local acts. Blues, Reggae, Rock, Bluegrass, Country, Folk and Hula all make appearances on their stage. There is an extensive menu to choose from and specials every day. Their located on Haywood Road, in the very heart of West Asheville, just a few miles from downtown. Westville Pub is in the middle of the historic Bledsoe Building, beside the Haywood Market Food Co-op. 777 Haywood Road
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Dueling Piano BarOff the Wagon Dueling Piano Bar
Their musicians will impress you with their repertoire of thousands of popular songs from the last 50 years. It's an all request show. Rock-and-roll and sing-along while you enjoy cocktails, wine or a craft beer in their beautifully restored historic building on one of the last brick-paved streets in downtown Asheville.Piano show starts at 9 PM Wednesday-Sunday. 22 North Market Street
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Also see: Downtown Wine & Cocktail Bars | Beer & Brew Pubs | Bluegrass & Appalachian Mountain Music
Asheville Contra Dance
Old Farmers Ball Contra Dance in Asheville
No experience is necessary to enjoy on the area's contra dances. Enjoy great live blue grass music and friendly folks willing to help you with your steps. Monday evenings at the Grey Eagle and Thursday evenings at Warren Wilson College.
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