Asheville is full of spunky breweries and dive bars on nearly every corner, but you might want to treat yourself to something a bit more swanky from time to time. If you want to dress up and treat yourself to something one-of-a-kind, you should hit up one of the coolest bars in Asheville. They've got craft drinks with a fascinating twist, including majestic bubble cocktails.

District 42 is a classy bar with a spacious, modern atmosphere hidden in the Arras Hotel downtown. The bartenders are pros when it comes to mixing up super unique craft cocktails, but you will find more than your traditional Old Fashioned or Manhattan here.

The exclusive "Mountain Air" is a hit here because not only is it delicious, it's actually topped with a mystical, vapor-filled bubble.

The bartender uses what resembles a hot glue gun, fills it with a rosemary-infused liquid and "shoots" the vapor gun on top of the champagne flute to form a robust, smoky bubble filled with flavor.

The drink itself is packed with herbal, citrus notes crafted with Chemist gin, lemon juice, sage and sparkling wine. The rosemary bubble isn't just for show; once popped, it blankets the drink in an Earthy garnish. 

If you're looking to take your buzz to the next level, you can get the massive "Vanderbilt" with Aperol, strawberry, lemon juice and ginger beer, which serves six to eight people. 

Also serving a crowd is the "Ellington" with gin, Batavia Arrack, banana Carpano Antica, lime juice, citrus cordial and sparkling wine. These gigantic libations are only $60 to $65, so each person will spend around $10.

Another unique (and very nautical) option is "The Beginning & The End" featuring gin, Carpano Bianco vermouth, lemon juice, celery, lemon wheels and strawberry slices.

This fresh and fruity elixir is served inside of a porthole, which is the circular window on a ship.

With all the opportunities to go crazy on the booze here, you might want to fill your belly to soak it all up.

The eclectic plates include octopus fritters, Korean wings, Israeli salad, pork meatballs and much more. 

Grab your crew for a bottoms up and a pinkies out kind of night if you want to experience something a little more diverse than the typical Asheville scene.  

District 42

Price: 💸💸

Address: 7 Patton Ave., Asheville, NC

Why You Need To Go: Get your drink on with unique bubble cocktails and massive fish bowl-inspired concoctions at this swanky hotel bar.


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