Moogfest 2012: Late-night eats in Asheville

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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Who’s open late during Moogfest–and anytime? We’ve got the answers in a post that updates BlogAsheville info from this summer.

For the purposes of this post, we’re defining “open late” as serving until at least midnight, preferably later.

Here’s the list, by part of town the eatery is in:


Twisted Crepe, special hours during Moogfest ONLY: Open to 2 a.m. Fri & Sat. Sweet and savory crepes, fast and affordable. Eat them like a sandwich or quesadilla. Great party food; veggie options; right across from the Cellular Center. Website here. Menu here.

Rosetta’s Kitchen: Vegetarian and vegan food, cheap, healthy and good: peanut butter tofu, sandwiches, veggie and rice bowls.  Great desserts and local beer, too. Monday- Thursday: 11 a.m.- 11 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 11 a.m.- 3 a.m.

The Lexington Aveneue Brewery: Great food, great beer brewed in-house.
Mon.-Sat. 11:30 a.m —2 a.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m —2 a.m.
Late Night Menu 11 p.m.—1:30 a.m.

Curate: Tapas bar with an El Bulli-trained chef. Open until they close Tue-Sun, taking reservations until 11:30 p.m. Reservations not required.

Barley’s Taproom: Good pizza, salads, calzones and beer. Mon-Sat 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sun 12 p.m.-12 a.m.

The Southern Kitchen and Bar: Slightly upscale Southern comfort food and beer. Open every day 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.

French Broad Chocolate Lounge: Handmade chocolate, cookies, cakes, brownies, fudge, creme brulee, pots de creme… Beer, wine, and coffee, too. (And a yummy cheese plate.) See you there.

Open Sun-Thu, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Fri & Sat: 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.

Creatures CafeCafe/coffee shop serving food late. Live music. Alcohol free. Organic coffee & desserts.

Wed – Thu: 6 p.m.–12 a.m.; Fri–Sat: 6 p.m. – 3:30 a.m.

Hannah Flanagan’s Pub: Irish pub with bar food & good outdoor seating. Open Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sun 12 p.m.-2 a.m.

Storm Rhum Bar: Upscale sandwiches and burgers, huevos rancheros, great cocktails. Late night menu available Sun – Weds 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.; Thu–Sat 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The Vault: Salads, $2 tacos, an avocado melt, bacon cheddar burger… Upscale bar food is served until last call, and it looks like that’s around 1:30 a.m. The Vault is open 7 days a week.

Circle in the Square (downtown location): Mon-Thu: 11:30-10; Fri 11:30-midnight; Sat. noon-midnight; Sun. 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

One Stop Deli & Bar: Sandwiches, burgers, onion rings, beer. Tues – Sat, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Scully’s Bar & Grille: Appetizers, soups, salads. Good if generic bar food, plus local/organic beers. Great Walnut Street location.  Mon-Tues: 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.; Wed-Sun: noon-2 a.m.

The Yacht Club: Tiki/nautical-themed bar. Good cocktails, plus sandwiches and salads. Mon – Fri: 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.; Sat: 1 p.m. – 2 a.m.; Sun: 5 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Baja Kitchen: Right next to the Orange Peel. Latin menu inlcudes tortilla soup, empanadas, queso, enchiladas and  more.

Tallgary’s Cantina: Downtown’s only Mexican restaurant. Beer, cocktails, fajitas, the usual. Mon- closed. Tues-Thu: 4 p.m.-midnight; Fri-sat:Noon-2 a.m.; Sun: noon-midnight.

Asheville Brewing: Pizza & salads, local beer. Mon-Wed: 12 p.m.-10 p.m.; Thu-Sun: 12 p.m.-12 a.m.

Carmel’s Restaurant and Bar: Casual upscale. Salads, wood-fired pizza, seafood, burgers, steaks. Mon-Thu: 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sun: 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Vincenzo’s isn’t open until midnight, but it is open until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Upscale Northern Italian, a classic downtown restaurant.

51 Grill: The greasy spoon that’s got what it takes. Located in a gas station on Merrimon, it’s technically North Asheville but close enough to downtown that it’s practically downtown. It’s open until the wee, wee hours every day but Sunday and Monday. Pizza, sandwiches, burgers, food is quite good & just what the doctor ordered for 2 a.m. party fuel.

Mon 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Tue-Thu 11 a.m. – 4 a.m.
Fri-Sat 11 a.m. – 5 a.m.


Charlotte Street Pub : Divey spot with a varied menu. Cheese sticks, nachos, fried mushrooms, hot wings, fries, salads, sandwiches, burgers, pasta, steak & seafood entrees.

Mon-Fri: 11:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Sat-Sun: 12 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Circle in the Square: Pizza, hot sandwiches, stromboli and calzone. Late-night menu is Fri & Sat only, 11 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Avenue M: Family-owned bar & restaurant. “An eclectic, reasonably priced menu, interesting cocktails, great wine list, and 14 drafts brews including 11 North Carolina brews.”
Tue – Sat: 5 pm – 1 am
Sun: 10 am – 9 pm

Also see 51 Grill above.


Westville Pub: Above-avergage pub grub (quesadillas, shrimp & grits), pool, live music, local beer and trivia.

Mon – Thu: 12 pm – 2 am
Fri – Sat: 11 am – 2:00 am
Sun: 12 pm – 2:00 am

Universal Joint: Burgers, sandwiches, salads, fish tacos, tater tots, local beer.

Monday – Thursday: 11:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Friday – Saturday: 11:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Standard Pizza: Hip indie pizza joint.  Cheap eats, veggie & gluten-free options. Mon-Thu, Sun: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.; Sun. 12 p.m. -11 p.m.

DeSoto Lounge:  Sandwiches, salads, wraps, appetizers. Nachos, grilled pimento cheese sandwiches, house-made desserts. And ping-pong. 3 p.m. – 2 a.m. daily.

WALK (West Asheville Lounge & Kitchen): Casual lunch and dinner (fish tacos, chicken sandwiches, killer chips & queso) plus beer, drinks, and pool. Mon-Weds: 11:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.; Thu-Sat: 11:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.; Sun:   noon- 1 a.m.

Isis Restaurant & Music Hall: Casual fine dining. Moderate portions, delicious food and good service. Mon.-Sun.: 5 p.m. – midnight.

Haywood Lounge: A private lounge, bar & grill that offers “the latest hip hop and r&b.” Limited menu includes sandwiches, entrees & wings. Mon – Sun: 10 a.m. – 2 a.m.

The Asheville Public (TAP): Dinner ’til 11 p.m. on Friday & Saturday night. So they sort of count.


Creekside Taphouse: Local beer, burgers, wings, chicken, veggie options and appetizers. Neighborhood bar.
Mon-Thu: 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m.
Fri-Sat: 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m.
Sun: 12 p.m.-1 a.m.


Village Wayside Bar & Grille: Upscale pub food. Burgers, sandwiches, soups & salads. Mon-Thu: 11 a.m.-12 a.m.; Fri-Sat: 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sun: 12 p.m.-12 a.m.


FYI, we also have two Cook Out restaurants and three Taco Bells.

Anything we missed? (South Asheville?) Comment and we’ll add anything we left out.

Menus and hours are subject to change. Call to double-check the info before making plans.

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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  1. Kristen O September 16, 2014

    King Daddy’s in WAVL is open until 3am Fridays and Saturdays for window/patio service (10 every other day)

  2. Nick October 26, 2012

    Village Wayside in Biltmore village runs full menu until midnight on weekends, and a late night menu until close..

    1. Jennifer Saylor October 26, 2012

      Thanks! South Avl represent.

  3. moi October 26, 2012

    51 grill is good but somewhat shady – last time I was their I ordered the cajun chicken sandwich, I heard the manager tell the cashier next time ring it up as another of their chicken sandwiches, which actually cost s more than what I ordered…

  4. Choya Harden October 26, 2012

    Creatures Cafe
    81 Patton Ave
    Asheville, North Carolina 28801

    Cafe and Coffee Shop serving food late. Music Venue. Alcohol Free.

    Wed – Thu:
    6:00 pm – 12:00 pm

    Fri – Sat:
    6:00 pm – 3:30 am

  5. Talaria9 October 25, 2012

    Creekside Taphouse, Haw Creek (East AVL)

    1. Jennifer Saylor October 26, 2012


  6. Eamon October 25, 2012

    Hey! You somehow got the Rankin Vault menu from a couple years ago again. Aside from the “apps,” and salads everything changed long ago. Check out the new and improved:

    1. Jennifer Saylor October 26, 2012

      Eamon, fixed it! Thanks!

  7. White Lightnin' October 25, 2012

    Never underestimate the appeal of Cook Out in the ultra late hours. -=WL=-

  8. Jennifer Saylor October 25, 2012

    How did I miss that??? Totally added.

  9. Orbit DVD October 25, 2012

    The Westville Pub’s food is good and they serve until 1 am I believe.


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