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5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The parties are great, but never party on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Asheville is a big town.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: I don't usually go out but there are a lot of places to go in Asheville which is about 20 minutes away.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I do not participate in much of the "night life" but the people that do seem to enjoy it off campus.

5 College Junior

Party Scene: The night life is in a safe area in Black Mountain, NC. They have a few bars that are great places to check out.


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Nightlife, in the form of bars and clubs, is nonexistent in Montreat. Students wanting a drink have to head to Black Mountain, a tiny neighboring town just minutes from the College. Those seeking a party scene, though, drive 20 minutes to Asheville, for the most part, though occasional parties happen at the houses of off-campus and former students. Montreat is a dry campus, so no alcohol is permitted on the grounds.

Many students at Montreat find the 20-plus-minute ride to Asheville well worth it for new scenery and a night away from school and drama; many go clubbing, while others simply want a good brew with good company. An eclectic city, Asheville is the place for both. Groups at Montreat often spend a few nights partying during the semester, especially as a welcome break after tests or before finals. Those just looking for a good drink go to a number of locations in Black Mountain and Asheville, to restaurants, bars, and the "Brew and View" (Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company). The under-21 crowd can be found (with many drinking-age students) at Denny's, a favorite student hangout, or at the Creatures Café, a Christian alternative nightclub that serves "mocktails" and other refreshments.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Asheville
  • Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company
  • Denny's
  • Drum Circle (Asheville)
Other Places to Check Out
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
  • Camino's
  • Hickory Tavern
  • Jack of the Wood
  • Las Cazuelas
  • Ole's Guacamoles
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • The Watershed
  • Wild Wing Café
Local Specialties
  • Pisgah Nitro Stout: This black brew has a nice creamy white head. The aroma and taste consist of a mix of coffee, mocha, caramel, and roast malt.
  • Pisgah Pale Ale: This amber brew smells somewhat grainy and husky, with a spicy earthy taste and an undertone of citrus.
Favorite Drinking Games
Beer bong
Useful Resources for Nightlife
The Dripolator
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Town Pump Tavern
Organization Parties
Since Montreat is a dry campus, parties containing alcohol are not hosted by any college organizations, and student parties containing it are punishable. Instead, campus parties hosted by the different departments and for events during the year (e.g., Welcome Week) tend to be coffeehouse-, luau- or barbecue-style.
Did You Know?
The Town Pump Tavern is the oldest bar in Black Mountain, N.C. (just down the road from Montreat).

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Magnolias Raw Bar & Grille

Magnolias has a full service beer, wine, and liquor bar open starting at lunch. The house band, A Social Function, play every Friday and Saturday night, playing cover music, '80s, '90s, rock, and whatever else is requested. The band starts at 10 p.m., stopping at 2 a.m. Students 21-and-up who bring their ID get in free on Fridays and Saturdays, and can enter in a $200 drawing on Friday nights. Also free to 21-and-up students with their ID on Fridays and Saturdays is the Cinjades Danceclub, adjacent to Magnolias, which features various styles of music.

26 E. Walnut St.


(828) 251-5211

The Orange Peel Social Aid & Pleasure Club

The Orange Peel is a music club in downtown Asheville. It has a private 75-person club, PULP, in the lower levels, as well as the main stage and a smoking deck. It has been featured and highlighted in such publications as, "USA Today," "Southern Living," and "GQ." Various artists and bands have played there, including the Smashing Pumpkins, Ice Cube, Bob Dylan, Modest Mouse, the Beastie Boys, and more. It was named one of the top rock clubs in the nation by "Rolling Stone" in 2008.

101 Biltmore Ave.


(828) 225-5851

Scandals Nightclub

Scandals Nightclub is in the Grove House Entertainment Complex. It is known for its drag performances and cabaret shows, as well as a large dance floor. Weekly events, including DJ dance parties, are available during the week and are posted on the Scandals website. Guests must be at least 18 or older, and bring a valid ID.

11 Grove St.


(828) 505-1612

Cinjades Danceclub

While Magnolia's (right next to Cinjades) has a live band, Cinjades has a fully-equipped DJ booth, playing the top pop, hip-hop, and Euro music. With two full bars and 4,500 square feet of space, Cinjades is a hangout for 21-and-up students. Friday is "College Night"; on both Friday and Saturday nights, students can get in free with their ID. Parking is free on the street and in the adjacent parking lot (on weekends and after 5 p.m. on weekdays). Private events are also available for booking.

22 N. Market St.


(828) 251-5211

Club Hairspray

Club Hairspray is a private club named after "Hairspray." It was started in 1993 and features, along with the main bar, a backyard patio for smoking. It is open seven days a week; applications for membership are available online.

38 N. French Broad Ave.


(828) 258-2027

The Grey Eagle

The Grey Eagle is a listening room-style concert venue with events open to all ages (unless otherwise specified) for a cover charge and ticket prices for events. Different artists are featured, as well as events such as contra dancing. The bar serves beer and wine in addition to nonalcoholic beverages.

185 Clingman Ave.


(828) 232-5800

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Vincenzo's Ristorante & Bistro

Vincenzo's features live jazz, blues, and standards every night of the week. A nice, casual restaurant, it also features full-service alcohol.

10 N. Market St.


(828) 254-4698

White Horse Black Mountain

The White Horse is a music and arts venue just a couple of minutes from Montreat College. Past shows have included jazz, blues, Irish, master puppeteers, and more. It features open seating and snacks. The White Horse has server or bar service, fine beer on draft, and fine wines. Nonalcoholic beverages include soda, coffee, and tea.

105C Montreat Road

Black Mountain

(828) 669-0816

Town Pump Tavern

After 8 p.m., only 21-and-up students are allowed in this bar. Town Pump often has live music.

135 Cherry St.

Black Mountain

(828) 669-4808

Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company

Known as the "Brew and View," this dine-in theater has $3 movie tickets, award-winning pizza, and beer on tap, all in one favorite location. Tours of the brewery are available.

675 Merrimon Ave.


(828) 254-1281

Shovelhead Saloon

The Shovelhead Saloon, a small biker bar, is a small beer-only bar, and includes a jukebox, karaoke, a poker machine, four pool tables, video arcades, four dartboards, and a horseshoe pit out back.

2898 US 70 Highway

Black Mountain

(828) 669-9541

What to Do if You're Not 21What's This?

Drum Circle

The Drum Circle is an Asheville tradition. Weather permitting, citizens can gather to play, dance to, or simply enjoy the music. Some Montreat students enjoy joining the crowd; sometimes, they'll bring a drum or will dance for a few hours.

Patton Ave.



Because of its 24-hour service and close proximity to the College, Denny's is an ever-popular hangout for students, both under and over 21. The casual environment and menu (which includes $2 choices) makes it an ideal location for students to study or hang out.

581 S. Hwy. 9

Black Mountain

(828) 669-0770

Creatures Café

Creatures Café was founded by Montreat alum Joe Dohmann. It's open to adults 18-and-over after 9 p.m. This Christian alternative to a nightclub is growing in popularity among Montreat students; it is an alcohol-free environment that offers coffee, soda, and "mocktails." Creatures Café sometimes gets speakers and artists to come in; in addition to the music and dancing, guests are welcome to play games and discuss the questions of life. It looks like an ordinary night club on the surface; however, the music, videos, and entertainment are intended to be thought-provoking and point people to Jesus.

81 Patton Ave.


(828) 254-3636

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 21 responses

Very poor
  • Convenience to get to
  • Cover charges
  • Distance from campus
  • Drink prices
  • Fun
  • Variety/number of options

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 21 responses

  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 0% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 19% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 29% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 52% Parties? What parties?
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