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Weekly Scoop (Feb. 4-10) - Stir Up Your Cocktail Experience at The Workshop Lounge

Stir Up Your Cocktail Experience

The Workshop Lounge, housed in a 100-year-old building, is authentically Asheville.

The Workshop Lounge, an innovative cocktail bar located on South Market Street  between Eagle and Spruce streets, is housed within The Foundry Hotel, the newest luxury property to open its doors in downtown Asheville.

This 3,500-square-foot prohibition-style bar is the new neighbor of Benne on Eagle, an Appalachian-inspired restaurant owned and operated by John Fleer — the owner of Rhubarb and The Rhu.

Management of this rising star, which recently opened in December, didn’t just want to create another bar — they wanted to create a luxury atmosphere that was authentically Asheville. 

“Asheville has such great local products that we can offer and introduce to our guests,” Nicole Phillips, director of sales at The Foundry Hotel, said, “such as local spirits, beers and locally made snacks.”

The buildings in which The Foundry Hotel and The Workshop Lounge now stand formerly housed Asheville Supply & Foundry Co. which was built in 1919. This company used to produce steel for some of Asheville’s most prominent buildings, including the Jackson Building, the Courthouse and even some of the entities on the Biltmore Estate.

“You can even walk around downtown and see ‘Asheville Supply & Foundry Co.’ on some of the manhole covers on our busy streets,” Phillips noted. You can even  still see remnants of the original Asheville Supply & Foundry Co. sign plastered on the side of the new hotel. 

Management decided to buy the 3 historic abandoned buildings that once were Asheville Supply & Foundry Co. and build 2 new buildings within, creating a historic enclave-type campus for the new hotel.

The Workshop Lounge, a gorgeous 3,500-square-foot bar on the bottom floor of The Foundry Hotel.

During construction, The Foundry Hotel retained many of the architectural components that pay homage to the property’s roots, including the original pulley elevator, exposed beams, steel-star fastenings and industrial-style windows. 

And when you walk inside the hotel, you’re met with these historic early 20th century design elements, gorgeous modern comforts and a stunning craft cocktail bar that immediately takes you back in time.

The Workshop Lounge, located on the bottom level of the hotel, used to house the wood-working shop for the Asheville Supply and Foundry Co.

The bartenders on duty serve up delicious staples, such as the Old Fashioned, and even more intriguing modern cocktails, such as The Fig Derby, which is a delicious concoction of fig-infused bourbon, lime, sweet vermouth and grand mariner.

The Fig Derby, a delicious cocktail and the bar's signature drink.

Besides the amazing and innovative craft cocktails, the bar also offers special beers on contract — meaning you can’t get these unique brews anywhere else in the region — from BearWaters Brewing Company located a few miles to the west in Canton, NC.

“We have grown organically as a team during the process of opening,” Phillips said, “and have focused heavily on building and maintaining local relationships that have helped us along the way.”

The Workshop Lounge also currently hosts live music on Thursday nights with the Russ Wilson Band and is planning to add even more local music nights on Friday and Saturday in Spring 2019.

Make sure to head over to The Workshop Lounge this week and have one of the mixologists craft you something special. And, as always, you can learn more about events, specials and other happenings at The Workshop Lounge by keeping up-to-date with their Dig Local profile.

Below you will find one locally curated Scoop chosen for each day this week — but make sure to check out all the Scoops this week on our Dig Local Scoop Calendar.

Monday, Feb. 4

Half-priced Margaritas
at The Cantina Biltmore
Every Monday, grab a handcrafted margarita with freshly squeezed juices from The Cantina Biltmore for half price!
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Check out the rest of Monday’s Scoops here.

Tuesday, Feb. 5

Mario Kart 8 Tournament
at Asheville Retrocade
Are you a Mario Kart pro? Sign up for the tournament to win cash prizes!
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Check out the rest of Tuesday’s Scoops here.

Wednesday, Feb. 6

Fundraising Night for Asheville Middle School
at Bhramari Brewhouse

10% of all sales Wednesday will be donated to the Asheville Middle School trip fund.
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Check out the rest of Wednesday’s Scoops here.

Thursday, Feb. 7

Bear Can Blueberry Chocolate Wheat Ale Release
with Mount Inspiration
Head over to Catawba Brewing for the exciting release of this tasty new beer. And to help protect and maintain the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, $1 from each pint sold will be donated to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

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Check out the rest of Thursday’s Scoops here.

Friday, Feb. 8

Beer, Art and Desserts
at BAD Craft

What more could you ask for than beer art and desserts? Spend your Friday relaxing at BAD Craft over in Black Mountain.
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Check out the rest of Friday's Scoops here.

Saturday, Feb. 9

Sparkling Soirée: Gilded Age Masquerade
with Biltmore Wines

Don a mask and your most stunning attire for an evening of unparalleled elegance featuring live entertainment, dancing and refreshments.  
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Check out the rest of Saturday’s Scoops here.

Sunday, Feb. 10

The Music of Phish for Kids
at The Grey Eagle Music Hall & Taqueria
This family concert series allows kids of all ages to move, play and sing while listening to the songs from the classic-rock canon of Phish. Grab your tickets.
More details.

Check out the rest of Sunday’s Scoops here.
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