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The LAB (Lexington Avenue Brewery)
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
39 N Lexington Ave
phone: (828) 252-0212
(Place added by: mikesgroove on 01-11-2010)
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Gotta love Asheville. I swear everytime I get near the place there is another brewery or brewpub that opens up, its just uncanny. But the town has room for them all so bring it on. The latest is the Lab. Nicely located right on Lexington this place has an upscale feel to it. Dimly lit with lots of artistic flare it reminded me more of a martini bar at first. Metal everywhere, metal stools, sheet metal bathrooms, with blue lighting that changed to different colors highlighting the tanks behind the glass, very cool look I have to admit. Large and full bar that was very well stocked and their 6 offerings were the only things on the taps. Great food, nice menu that really blends classic sandwiches and meat dishes with a new flare. Reasonably priced with a burger running about 8 bucks and the beer 3 a pint, I was fairly impressed. Seems like a really nice place to take a date and certainly a welcome addition to the town.
01-14-2010 02:01:52 |
More by mikesgroove
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This might be one of my new favorite places to visit in Asheville, with one caveat; outdoor seating is a must. The outdoor area borders and faces the road so there is plenty of pedestrian traffic intermingled with the bikes and the cars. Asheville seems to have a lot of dogs (both human and non human), though! The inside area was void of any atmosphere or personality. Steel and metal everywhere with a very industrial feel. Loud music, no TV's, and an awkward setup. Booths are in the back with no lighting, and the bar is up front with minimal seating. What seating there is consists of cocktail tables and one long concrete bar area. Not my thing. Outdoor is where its at!
The beers were well made and seemed fresh and on the most part, very good. I specifically enjoyed the IPA and the Blonde ale. Both were decently hopped and very enjoyable. I will certainly revisit here later this summer. As long as I can sit outside, this is one of my favorite places in Asheville.
06-30-2010 20:37:25 |
More by SaCkErZ9
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
The LAB mixes a traditional decor of exposed brick and a concrete floor with some more eclectic and creative features including a funky bar and a great set of windows with an indoor/outdoor seating area in between. Both sets of windows can be opened up to create a very open feel in the right weather. Even the restrooms are pretty cool with corrugated metal stalls and an industrial feel.
They had eight of their own on tap. Unfortunately they were out of the IPA so we went with the Pale Ale and a Golden Strong. Both were pretty good but not outstanding.
The LAB is a decent stop on any Asheville pub crawl but it's not yet a primary destination.
08-27-2011 02:02:09 |
More by GJ40
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
A new brewpub in Asheville with great potential. We stopped in on 2/4/10, about three weeks after LAB opened.
What a great looking space. Exposed brick walls, open ceiling, a cool bar with great lighting, comfortable stools. I was not so crazy about the carved rats on the tap handles (LAB-get it?) but. Our bartender was friendly and welcoming and always there when we needed something.
The beer needs some work. Only four beers were on tap of the six on the list, which is understandable in a new place. But the only memorable beer of the four, to our tastebuds, was the White. The pils was good enough but the IPA was underhopped and soapy and the chocolate porter too thin and overdone with vanilla.
I look forward to checking in here next time through.
UPDATE: We revisited in September and had a great meal. An excellent local artisan cheese plate started us off. The flatbread pizzas were really nice, and the burger was outstanding. Beer was still just alright for me, but a great visit all in all.
02-15-2010 19:26:46 |
More by sholland119
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
Located, appropriately enough, on Lexington Avenue. With our unofficial tourguide, our first destination.
Atmosphere: I love the patio area - a breezeway between Lex Ave. and the dining area that has a few tables and seats right along Lex. Perfect place for people watching. Inside, past the bar, seating and brewing areas is a dance hall that I'm sure gets out of hand later at night. We spent an inordinate amount to time watching the people though. There are also some stray boulders that you can sit on.
Quality/Service: We were greeted and seated and then visited often - no complaints on that front. It was also too early for the lunch rush. The neon in the brewing area is a nice touch.
Selection: A little disappointing - only 4 beers on tap: A white, an IPA, a black IPA and a stout. None were stand outs unfortunately.
Food: There is a full menu, both lunch and dinner, but we didn't eat.
05-29-2012 17:45:08 |
More by akorsak
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | $$
LAB was in walking distance of a couple of our other Asheville destinations, so we decided to poke our heads in. Atmosphere...really wasn't my thing here. There's a nice large bar, and plenty of seating room, but the place looks like it was converted from an old grungy strip club, and the colorfully-lit bar could easily be the stage/walkway for the girls. Maybe my mind was just in the gutter, but that's the first thing I thought of. But hey, maybe they have something planned for the future!
The beer wasn't that great, and there wasn't much to choose from. Selections were: cream ale, amber, rye pale ale, hefe, IPA, porter. Nothing shocking, and nothing better than average as far as quality goes, and everything seemed to have a honey-like house flavor.
Service was fine. The bartender was a bit distant, but he served our beer quickly and with an explanation of the styles--not that we needed it, but it's good to know that they know about their own beer.
The food menu didn't look too interesting, so we decided to eat at a different venue. Prices seemed reasonable.
I wasn't too impressed by this place at all, and I'd have no problem passing it over on any future visits to Asheville.
06-18-2013 01:54:20 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Located on the north side of Lexington Ave as it rolls downhill towards the highway, LAB is one of the newer spots in a steadily expanding scene.
The brewpub sports a sleek, fairly modern decor with some brick and wood to keep things from becoming too cold - but the place still has a fairly distant vibe, lacking in the unconventional down-to-earth feel that really makes Asheville such a great place to be. The bar is kinda cool - its under-structure designed to resemble a wooden barrel. Most impressive is the front section, with full sized bay doors opening onto the lively street outside, chairs lined up along the openings provide prime people-watching territory - this is nice and all, but it's unfortunate that the only atmosphere in the place literally comes from outside. It's obviously going for a more upscale vibe than the other breweries in town, for better or worse.
Service was pretty standard. We ordered at the bar and carried our drinks to the front "patio" area. People were friendly enough.
Didn't really care for any of the beers I tasted - the IPA was my choice and it was just too cloyingly floral, the wit was okay, and the stout may have been the strongest of the trio. Selection was around 5 or 6 standards, and they were out of the seasonal Marzen. Both full and half-pours available.
LAB won't make it into my rotation of Asheville stops with their current beer selection, but the food gets strong reviews and may be worth a try in the future.
09-26-2010 16:54:59 |
More by blackie
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
This is a great find in downtown Asheville, adding to their already outstanding beer scene.
Very nice outdoor seating area the converts to "indoor" for the winter. Large curvy bar that settles around the glassed in brewery.
5 taps running on my visit. All good beers, with a very nice stout, pale ale, and IPA pouring.
Food menu is not large, but covers all the bases with good sandwiches, soups, and salads. I had fish tacos, which were outstanding. Downside for me is that there was a limited kids menu.
Add this to my must stop list when visting Asheville. That list is getting pretty long!
01-17-2012 17:54:10 |
More by beer2day
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Interesting lay out, and overall appearance of the bar. It looks very "club" like, with lights lining the underneath of the bar, and strobe light like fixtures all over the place. They have numerous TV's, including one really big like 10 foot projection screen. Once again, definitely has a rather club feel to it, even during the afternoon when we stopped in.
The bartender was nice enough, albeit not really a beer geek. We talked sports more than we talked beer (which is fine with me).
We sampled their sliders, and they were very good. I was actually impressed with the quality and taste of the beef. I appreciate that. It's a nice stop, again easy access right in the middle of downtown, but not a destination by any means. The Imperial Stout I had was enjoyable, and worth trying again.
12-26-2012 18:34:23 |
More by MarcatGSB
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75 | $$
I liked the place - modern and industrial with both indoor and outdoor seating areas which was great considering how nice a day it was. I visited in the early afternoon and while it was not too busy it had a pleasant buzz/energy about the place.
The beers were all served at the proper temperature but it seems like they only serve in pint glasses. The pours were generally pretty good leaving the proper amount of room for a nice head to form on the beers.
The bartender we dealt with was knowledgeable about the beers (and the Asheville area in general) and helpful in making suggestions on different beers the people in my party might enjoy. Friendly and attentive without being overbearing.
All of the beers available on draft are the beers for this brewery and they cover a range of styles, so everyone that I was with could find something they enjoy.
The food was hit and miss at this place, some was excellent and some was not too great. On the positive side, we had the seared watermelon salad that was excellent. While the pork bbq nachos were not something that I would order again - did not taste like it was made with fresh bbq but rather something that came out of a can. Presentation on both dishes was clean and nice.
Prices were reasonable and in line with what other breweries in Asheville are charging.
08-16-2013 11:37:47 |
More by dbrauneis
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