Asheville has been known for many years as "Land of the Sky", so it's appropriate that some great rooftop bars have opened downtown to showcase our famous Blue Ridge Mountains sunsets.
The Montford Rooftop Bar (199 Haywood Street) opened in late summer 2016 high atop the 8-floor Hyatt Place Hotel with stellar sunset mountain views from the outdoor terrace or indoor bar (photos above). Their cocktail menu is driven by the seasons and enjoy small bites with ingredients gathered at the nearby farmers market. The Montford opens at 4 PM every day and has handy free valet parking - just get your ticket validated at the bar. They even keep extra sunglasses for you to use. During busy seasons they open at Noon on Friday-Sunday.
Pillar (309 College Street) just opened for fall 2016 atop the new Hilton Garden Inn at the corner of Charlotte and College (pic above). This "garden-to-glass" has a delightful list of signature craft cocktails, regional beers and sustainable wines. Enjoy your drink with some small plates of southern fusion fare. The outdoor terrace is perched on the sixth floor with sunset views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. They also have an large indoor lounge with large windows to enjoy views year-round. It's an easy walk from Pack Square Park, home to many festivals and events. They open every day at 5 PM, closing at Midnight on Sunday-Thursday and 2 AM on Friday and Saturday.
Social Lounge (29 Broadway Street) has been a local's favorite for many years. It's owned by Chef Anthony Cerrato, who also owns Strada Italian next door. Enjoy an array of cocktails blended from fine liquors and house-made elixirs, international wines, and local beers on tap. Their small plates are designed to share. The stylish space has bars on two floors, complete with a cozy rooftop patio above the busy street. They open at 3 PM every day.
SkyBar (18 Battery Park Avenue) is a very unique venue situated on multiple fire escape terraces atop the historic Flat Iron Building. Ride the original elevator to the top for panoramic sunset views of the distance mountains. Their menu includes cocktails, beer, wine and appetizers. Be sure to get your picture made under their sign, complete with the year. They open at 4 PM Monday-Friday and 3 PM on Saturday and Sunday during the warmer months (no indoor space).