1. Jack of the Wood
95 Patton Ave., Asheville, 252-5445Longtime local favorite Jack of the Wood's Green Man Beer, Irish-style pub food, trivia nights and live performances are a combination that's won our readers’ hearts.
1. The Admiral
400 Haywood Road, Asheville, 252-2541Since it opened in 2007, The Admiral has tried, along with fine dining, for a dive-bar feel. Apparently, they've succeeded, as the West Asheville hotspot convincingly won this new category.
113 Broadway or 120 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville, 285-0400
3. Fred's Speakeasy
122 College St., Asheville, 281-0920
11 Grove St., Asheville, 252-2838This nightclub brags that it's the state's "hottest dance club." With drag shows and a large dance floor, it’s famous as a local mainstay and now officially WNC’s favorite GLBT bar.
2. Club Hairspray
38 N. French Broad Ave., Asheville, 258-2027
3. Smokey's After Dark
18 Broadway, Asheville, 253-2155
1. Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge
7 Rankin Ave., Asheville, 254-4993The Vault's 1930s speakeasy feel — right down to the old liquor prescriptions on the bathroom walls — is a hit with diners and drinkers alike.
2. Sky Bar
18 Battery Park Ave., Asheville, 225-6998
3. Frog Bar
1 Battery Park Ave., Asheville, 225-4857
1. Margaret Gibbs at Dynamite Roasting Company
There's a lot more to being a great barista than just knowing how to brew java: For starters, there's finessing the finicky espresso machine and remembering customer orders (all Cheers-like). Margaret Gibbs (wife of Dynamite's co-owner, Josh Gibbs) is known for making a good coffee drink every time, but also for her smile and her interest in the community. And, says Josh, the iced vanilla "Marga-Latte" (named for the barista) "drives people crazy."
1. Izzy's Coffee Den/Izzy's Coffee House
74 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville, 258-2004 and 373 Haywood Road, Asheville, 258-2004The style and intimacy of both Izzy’s locations — not to mention the coffee — draw an artistic crowd that keeps coming back for refills.
2. Dripolator Coffeehouse
190 Broadway #102, Asheville, 398-0209 and 221 W. State St., Black Mountain, 669-0999
Various locations (www.starbucks.com)
1 Page Ave., Suite 305, Asheville, 254-8188A self-described mid-life crisis project by several California émigrés and wine lovers, Santé's ever-changing, ever-refined wine selection makes it a local favorite.
2. Hops and Vines
797 Haywood Road, Asheville, 252-5275