Asheville Cocktail Week is about to be in full swing starting Wednesday, May 4th and ending May 8th! The Asheville beer scene has generated buzz far and wide, but this week it’s all about the craft cocktails in our city! There are a large number of places you can get superb craft cocktails around Asheville. This week those places and their fabulous bartenders are celebrated, as a precursor to the main event, the Asheville Wine and Food Festival. Some major distilleries are also represented at Asheville Cocktail Week events such as Marker’s Mark, Knob Creek, and Cathead Vodka.
Asheville Cocktail Week features a multiple events spanning over the week, starting with the Best Bloody Mary contest, which is already underway! Now you have an excuse to try Bloody Marys around town! Go here to vote for your favorite one. Other events are the Cocktail Theatre, Cinco de Mayo parties, Southeastern Distilling Expo, Asheville Derby party, and more! The ELIXIR bar competition is a collaboration between the distilleries and the local bar talent that combines demonstrations with drink sampling, food, and fun. Why not end the week with the Hangover Brunch at The Imperial Life.
If you’re looking for some unique cocktails downtown head to Sovereign Remedies, Nightfall, or Imperial Life during Asheville Cocktail Week or anytime! They each have diverse flavors to suite any palate and preference or if you’re looking for something unusual. Social Lounge has amazing cocktails and differnet cocktails, and also rooftop seating overlooking downtown. Storm Rhum Bar makes fantastic mojitos and you can sample rum from a flight. Top of the Monk offers delicious cocktails that are prepared with care, pair with a unique “speakeasy” experience. Plus each cocktail comes with a key. With the key you can unlock a small bite to have with your beverage!
What a whirlwind of a week! Enjoy!