[caption id="attachment_8343" align="alignleft" width="300"]<a href="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2014\/11\/ASYLUM-PIC-2.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-8343" alt="Colin Rose and Paula Thomas have recently opened their new bar, The Asylum." src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2014\/11\/ASYLUM-PIC-2-300x300.jpg" width="300" height="300" \/><\/a> Colin Rose and Paula Thomas have recently opened their new bar, The Asylum.[\/caption]\r\n\r\nBy Sarah Mansheim\r\n\r\nIt is often said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results, and when Greenbrier Countians enter downtown Lewisburg\u2019s latest drinking and dining establishment, The Asylum, they can expect a variety of different experiences all under one roof. Equal parts eatery, local pub, coffee bar and live music venue, The Asylum offers lunch, dinner and drinks in the main bar and an expansive deck outside with built-in heating units. Although the main bar and deck are open for business, The Asylum is still under construction. By spring, customers will enjoy a sipping room and wine cellar in the basement, and a roof-top deck for sunning, studying and partying all day and into the night.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt\u2019s a something-for-everybody kind of place,\u201d says owner Colin Rose. \u201cIt doesn\u2019t fit into a set category. It\u2019s not a sports bar. It\u2019s not a permanent live-music venue. It\u2019s all that. I even see it as part coffee shop, where O-school students can come in on Saturday morning and study inside or out on the deck.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe main bar, beautifully trimmed in salvaged walnut wood (acquired after the 2012 derecho, kiln dried in Monroe County and milled in Rose\u2019s back yard), easily holds 150 people, and the 1,500 sq. ft. main deck can accommodate 76 more outside. The deck features rooftop radiant heaters. \u201cIt can be a three-season deck,\u201d says Rose.\r\n\r\nUpstairs on the roof, another 1,500 sq. ft. deck will house another bar with poolside-style lounge chairs and a large, round sectional sofa with a cantilever umbrella. The lower, basement bar will feature an expansive stone fireplace and wine cellar. \u201cIt will have a quiet, sipping-room feel for when customers want to get away from the noise upstairs,\u201d says Rose.\r\n\r\nRose has linked up with Casasanta productions, and the Bob Thompson Jazz Trio is slated to perform at The Asylum on Dec. 10. Meanwhile, the 80-inch flat screen television in the main bar means it\u2019s all football, all the time, says Rose. With five other smaller TVs in the room, sports fans have a great view of the game from anywhere in the main bar.\r\n\r\nRose also installed small, flat screen TVs over the urinals in the men\u2019s restroom so they don\u2019t have to miss the game while they use the restroom. That innovation had an unexpected effect over The Asylum\u2019s opening weekend, when Rose entered the men\u2019s room to find seven men standing together watching Ultimate Fighting on the bathroom TVs.\r\n\r\n\u201cOne of my friends told me, you just built the ultimate man cave,\u201d Rose says about The Asylum. \u201cHe\u2019s right.\u201d\r\n\r\nAs for the bar\u2019s name, Rose says his girlfriend and business partner, Paula Thomas, came up with it, \u201cbecause she says I\u2019m crazy for opening this place.\u201d\r\n\r\nBut really, he said, The Asylum was inspired by the little bar behind Robert\u2019s Antiques in Lewisburg. \u201cIt had become our little clubhouse, and when Robbie closed the bar, we lost our clubhouse. So, I was going to put in a little bar, and then I thought we needed a deck. Once we got involved, it just grew and grew.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe Asylum features a full lunch and dinner menu prepared by Chef Ethan Thomas. The menu is full of classic comfort food including fried chicken and mac and cheese, fish and chips, The Asylum burger topped with bacon and house-made pimento cheese, sweet potato fries, and more. The full service bar holds an array of beer and spirits, including those from Smooth Ambler and Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company. The Asylum is open seven days a week, every day except Christmas.\r\n\r\nSo, if insanity means doing the same thing over and over and expecting something different, then The Asylum can offer its customers all that and then some, every day (except Christmas).