Jason Sandford

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

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There’s been a serious lack of accessible rooftop venues in Asheville for years. That’s about to change.

New Asheville hotels are planning rooftop venues. And two of Asheville’s craft breweries – Highland Brewing and Green Man Brewery – are planning new spaces with sweet mountain views.

If you’re looking to scope the beautiful mountains around Asheville, you don’t have many choices. You can hang off a fire escape-turned-bar at Skybar, eight floors up at the Flat Iron building. With westward views, the Skybar definitely offers the best mountain views of all, and killer sunset views.

Top of the Monk above Thirsty Monk downtown has a sweet little rooftop space, but the views are limited. Still, it’s a nice little getaway.

The Social Lounge (formerly Sazaerac) has tables where you can sit, sip a great cocktail and check out downtown Asheville architecture, but you won’t see much of the mountains. live@aloftevent1

This fall, Aloft Hotel in downtown Asheville has opened up its third-floor pool deck to the public twice (it will be open again Sunday for an event) for music, beer and pet-friendly fun. The space affords nice views south and west.

And the Capital Center has a killer venue atop its downtown building. But it’s a private space that you have to rent out, and I hear it’s pricey.

Word on the street is that at least a couple of the new hotels planned for downtown Asheville have plans that include new rooftop bars/restaurants. I’ve also heard rumors about a new rooftop venue planned for the building under renovation on Roberts Street in the River Arts District.

Asheville’s craft breweries are getting in on the action, too. Green Man Brewing recently started construction on a major expansion on the South Slope that will include a new rooftop beer garden. And the Buncombe County Tourism Development Agency just awarded Highland Brewing $850,000 for a big expansion that includes a rooftop venue.

Jason Sandford

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

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  1. RedHotPoker October 28, 2014

    Because controlling democrackkks like to pick winners and losers with taxpayer money…that’s how they roll…
    over the rest of us…

    Understand just what a CHOKEHOLD the elected democrakkk criminals have over this city/county…

  2. Roger October 26, 2014

    Why are hotel tax dollars being used to help Highland expand their business in a competitive market where other breweries like Green Man are doing this on their own dime?


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