Tiger Mountain Thirst Parlour, Asheville
Everything is interesting in Asheville (it was after all dubbed the America’s New Freak Capital in 2000 by Rolling Stone, a title the city still wears proudly), but as far as bars go, you can’t really beat Tiger Mountain Thirst Parlour for sheer weirdness. Owner Sean Bickford said of the bar when he was designing it, "We just want it to be the type of place David Lynch would frequent." The bar is spottily lit by kitschy nativity sets and lamps purchased from Goodwill, which is also where most of the artwork was sourced, including, among other gems, an oil painting of Jesus on a highway with two tractor trailers, and a portrait of Paula Deen riding a giant stick of butter. Like every bar worth its salt, it also has a photo booth where you can document drunken memories you would otherwise almost certainly forget, especially since the drinks here are delicious and dirt cheap — a dangerous and increasingly rare combination.
What to Order: The bartender will probably talk you into trying a Pickleback, which for the uninitated is a shot of whisky chased with pickle juice. Follow that up with any of their craft cocktails (e.g. “The Peruvian Bear Fucker”).