Best Places to Drink in Hendersonville, NC

two golden colored beers in glasses rest on a grey outdoor table. In the background is an open door brewery with people hanging out in the open window. There are some pretty golden lights blurred out.

The beer scene in Asheville gets a ton of attention but there are also a bunch of great breweries and wineries in Hendersonville, NC. (Hendersonville is about 35 minutes south of Asheville.) These are our top picks for the best places to drink in Hendersonville, NC. Whether it’s a beer or a glass of wine, there are numerous options to choose from.

Best Places to Drink in Hendersonville, NC

Appalachian Ridge Artisan Hard Cider | 749 Chestnut Gap Road

The hard ciders at Appalachian Ridge are made by combining the “…farming traditions from Hendersonville with the classic Cider making techniques that were created in Normandy, France.” And what you get is nothing short of bubbly goodness from no less than 14 varieties of apples on the farm. And the best part is, you can enjoy a glass from one of the prettiest outdoor patios in Hendersonville, NC. There are frequently live music events Friday-Sunday so check their website before you go if you’re looking for entertainment.

Blue Door Bottleshop and Beer Hall | 146 3rd Avenue East

The inside of Blue Door bottle shop, there are lots of six packs on a metal shelf. The shelf has four shelves and the beers are various sorts and colors in bottles and cans. To the right of the shelves is the entrance which is a glass door surrounded by a wooden frame. The whole exterior has lot of glass. The logo for the shop is on the door but backwards so visitors approaching can read it.

Craft beer enthusiasts are sure to love Blue Door. They’ve got over 500 craft beers in stock as well as wines from all over the world. They’re sake collection is growing, too! And if you want something they don’t have, you can put in a request and they’ll do their best to source it for you. In addition to all these take-home beers you can also get a a beer on tap – they’ve got 20 to choose from in this dog-friendly place. Oh and while they don’t serve food you can bring it into their space from one of the neighboring restaurants.

Burntshirt Vineyards | 2695 Sugarloaf Road

If wine tours and wine tastings are your thing, you’re going to want to pay a visit to Burnshirt Vineyards. Their trained staff offers guided tastings but if you’re not feeling that, you can also do a flight or just go for a glass or even a bottle. The space is great for weddings and events and they even have their own lodging on site. Food trucks are frequently on-site but you can also order a boxed lunch to eat with your wine if you place your order 24 hours in advance. Burnshirt Vineyards is also dog friendly.

Dry Falls Brewing Co. | 425 Kanuga Road

The exterior of Dry Falls Brewing Co. A sign bearing the logo hangs from the corner of the building from a black wrought iron hanger. The building itself is red brick and has a wooden awning over the side facing us. There's a bike rack to the left of the entrance and lots of seating to the left of that. In the foreground is a handicapped parking area.

The Oates Paint and Body Shop was a fixture in the Hendersonville community for nearly 70 years but the spot, with a lot of its original character, lives on as Dry Falls Brewing Co. There’s a ton of outdoor seating, lots of beers to choose from, and there’s a food truck on site daily. Friday and Saturday nights typically have live music and there’s often other events like Bingo during the week. Check out their events calendar for more info.

Marked Tree Vineyard | 623 Deep Gap Road, Flat Rock, NC

Marked Tree Vineyard near Hendersonville, NC.

In the spring of 2022, Marked Tree Vineyard was nominated by USA Today for their Readers’ Choice for the Top 10 Best New Wineries in the Country. Now technically Marked Tree Vineyard is located in Flat Rock, NC but it’s just a ten minute drive east of downtown so we’ve added it to our list of the best things to do in Hendersonville. Reservations are recommended for the weekend but walk ins are always welcome. Reservations are required for tours. Kids and dogs are also welcome at Marked Tree but pets are not allowed in the tasting room. Bonus points: this is an LGBTQ safe space.

Oklahawa Brewing Company | 174 1st Avenue East

Two cold IPA’s await you at Hendersonville’s Oklahawa Brewing Company.

The beers are tasty and there’s outdoor seating at Oklahawa but beyond those two basics, there’s a lot to love about this local business. For starters, they’re supportive of the LGBTQ community and beyond just stating it in their FAQ section and posting about it on Instagram, they are also involved with Pride events in the Hendersonville community such as hosting Gay Trivia. This is a great spot to visit after walking or riding on the Oklahawa Greenway.

Shine | 202 North Main Street

Two words: Rooftop bar. This is one of the best places in Hendersonville to get a drink, whether it’s a beer or a craft cocktail. They have a good selection of bourbons and the classics like Negronis, Sazeracs, and Dark and Stormys, as well as wines and beers. They’ve got a solid food menu as well so we recommend coming hungry.

Best Places to Drink in Hendersonville, NC Recap

Whether you’re in town for the weekend or just for the day, there are some really great spots to grab a beer or cider or wine. Keep an eye out for updates on the Best Places to Drink in Hendersonville, NC as we’ll do our best to add places when we find another we like. And if you’re reading this and have a recommendation, please send it our way! We love hearing from our readers.

Published by Erin McGrady

Erin McGrady is a filmmaker, photographer, and writer exploring Asheville and beyond. My work focuses on sharing about LGBTQ safe spaces, camper van life, and the outdoors.

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