Drinks: Dive bar

  • Last year’s tie has been broken and DeSoto Lounge is now the best dive bar in Asheville. The West Asheville saloon has pinball machines a smoky back patio and a jukebox stocked with everything from The Beastie Boys to Patsy Cline with punk rock to fill in the gaps. On Tuesdays the bar turns out Ethiopian food from its kitchen which otherwise serves up BLTs and the like. Maybe it’s the chandeliers hanging from its aluminum-colored ceilings the taxidermied “conquistadeer” or the beer selection but the 3-year-old bar continues to rouse the neighborhood. — K.S.

    DeSoto Lounge

    504 Haywood Road Asheville NC

    255-1109
    desotolounge.com
    Directions
  • Broadway's

    120 N. Lexington Ave.

    285-0400

    Directions
  • The Get Down

    1045 Haywood Road

    505-8388
    getdownasheville.com
    Directions
  • The Admiral

    400 Haywood Road, Asheville NC

    252-2541
    theadmiralnc.com
    Directions