ASHEVILLE – It’s not far-fetched to believe that Asheville would be popular among the supernatural.
The Pisgah Forest offers ample room for werewolves to roam. Local bar mixologists’ have cocktail-concocting skills that would impress even their most witchy patrons. And Dracula would have no problem finding a place to grab a bite and dance the Monster Mash all night.
This Halloween, visit local haunts possessed with an air of mystery, witches’ brews and BOO-ze, and plenty of food to feed the hungriest creatures of the night.
These 13 restaurants, breweries and bars are where you want to be for a wickedly good time in Asheville.
Halloween is more than a day; it’s a lifestyle at Fleetwood’s in West Asheville.
“We’re big lovers of Halloween and all things funereal and haunted,” co-owner Christi Whiteley said.
Fleetwood’s, a former pawn shop, was transformed into a vintage clothing boutique, dive bar, music venue and wedding chapel. The decor is an eclectic mix of vintage and antique accents and rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia.
And, year-round, there’s a hearse in the parking lot and a coffin on display inside.
“There’s always tons of great photo ops at Fleetwood’s, Halloween or otherwise, for people to take their photos,” co-owner Mary Kelley said. “If people want to come by in their costumes at any point, stand on stage in front of the skeletons, have a drink and mill about and shop we’re totally open for that, as well.”
During the Halloween season, the team is amping up things with macabre music events and marriage ceremonies.
On Oct. 29, Fleetwood’s will host “A Night of Thrills” beginning at 5 pm, to include deejay and local bands sets, and a costume contest at midnight with a $100 cash prize and merchandise at stake. The event is free.
Musicians will play on a stage set with a huge monster, casket and skeletons. And a 7-feet tall reptilian monster will be positioned to welcome guests.
Beer, wine and champagne cocktails are regularly poured at the bar.
On Oct. 31, Fleetwood’s is performing Halloween-themed weddings from 11 am-3 pm To make a reservation, email email@example.com.
Fleetwood’s is at 496 Haywood Road. For details, visit fleetwoodschapel.com or call (828) 505-5525.
More venues with vintage motifs and shadowy corners
If Edgar Alan Poe was looking for a place to pen a thrilling tale he may slink away to:
The Crow & Quill. 106 N Lexington Ave. thecrowandquill.com
Sovereign Remedies. 29 N Market St. sovereignremedies.com
The Times Bar & Coffee Shop. 56 Patton Ave. thetimesbarasheville.com
Little Jumbo. 241 Broadway St. littlejumbobar.com
Beetlejuice and Lydia Deetz would fit right in at these “strange and unusual” places:
The Odd. 1045 Haywood Road. facebook.com/ashevilleodd/
Culture. 147 Coxe Ave. culturaavl.com
Places to conduct an interview with a vampire:
Battery Park Book Exchange. 1 Page Ave. inside Grove Arcade. batteryparkbookexchange.com
Red Stag. 11 Boston Way. redstaggrill.com
One may find a lurking ghost ― or at least delicious spirits ― at:
Zambra. 85 W Walnut St. zambratapas.com
Chemist Spirits/Antidotes. 151 Cox Ave. chemistspirits.com
Burial Beer’s Forestry Camp. 10 Shady Oak Dr. burialbeer.com
Omni Grove Park Inn. 290 Macon Ave. omnihotels.com/hotels/asheville-grove-park
Tiana Kennell is the food and dining reporter for the Asheville Citizen Times, part of the USA Today Network. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter/Instagram @PrincessOfPage. Please help support this type of journalism with a subscription to the Citizen Times.