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Thirsty Monk - Downtown

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Thirsty Monk - DowntownThirsty Monk - Downtown
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95
world-class

143 Ratings
Ratings: 143
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: n/a
Taps: 35
Bottles: 196
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

92 Patton Ave
Asheville, North Carolina, 28801-3315
United States
phone: (828) 254-5470

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @monkpub

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Place added by: thirstymonk on 05-03-2008

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Ratings: 143 | Reviews: 77
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Winston3737
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

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4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

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4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

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4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

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4.3/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of jjboesen
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

The Thirsty Monk is a well-loved downtown craft beer bar and was the first stop on my recent Asheville Beercation. You cannot miss it: located on the busy corner of Patton Avenue and Coxe Avenue (the latter will take you a few short blocks to the South Slope District and several breweries), the Monk does business in a quaint lavender brick building complete with a large painting of himself on the outside. Upon entry is the first floor bar area, a single room furnished with several hightops and tables comfortably surrounded by the inevitable array of beer paraphernalia. At the far end of the moderate-sized bar is the open kitchen, where eclectic and cheap grub can be had and enjoyed. There is also a water station from which thirsty patrons may hydrate themselves. (I noticed plenty of these throughout San Diego – a good idea, too!) Downstairs is the more intimate Belgian bar – and the restrooms. And if you seek whiskey or a cocktail, there is another floor upstairs (through the elevator door) called “Top of the Monk.”

As of late, they now brew their own beer a few miles south near the Biltmore Estate and offer about 36 taps (20 upstairs, 16 downstairs) and a worthy choice of bottled brews. During my visit (upstairs and downstairs) I enjoyed: Thirsty Monk Autumnal Ale, Sierra Nevada Celebration, Highland Thunderstruck, Stillwater Brontide, Ommengang Valor and a rarity to the East Coast, something wonderful from Colorado’s Crooked Stave. The Monk has a pretty reasonable pricing system for a full pour or a half pour dependent on the beer (of course!) – I mean, c’mon, $6.00 for a pint of Founder’s Breakfast Stout!

In any case, the Thirsty Monk is a MUST when in Asheville.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Nothing really special here. The upstairs is all American taps, but nothing special on draft. The downstairs was all Belgian taps and much cooler, but I did not stay very long and was not overly impressed. Bartenders seemed knowledgeable, but there was much better options in town.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.2/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of chinchill
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

Review based on several visits, but mostly based on a Sept, 2014 visit to the downstairs Belgian bar. This is quieter and more sedate than upstairs. The service people are very knowledgeable: good thing given the number of strange and rare beers that come to their taps. They have up-to-date printed lists for the beers on tap. Acceptable but not low pricing in a city with fairly low priced beer.

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Irishace9
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of humuloner22
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Great environment to drink a beer. I love the lower level dungeon. It makes me feel like I am drinking a beer in some Trappist monastery hidden away in some small village in Belgium. But, in fact you are at the confluence of the Asheville beer cosmos. In any direction you can walk or stagger to innumerably great places to drink or eat once you leave this place. Regardless if you love this place it is a good place to begin your bar crawl through downtown Asheville.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of JLSIV
4.04/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

This is the pub that opened my eyes to what a decent downtown Asheville has. Earlier reviews give it higher marks for the basement taps, but I think they do a good job upstairs as well.

It is one of the many good beer pubs Asheville has, I always visit TM when wife is wandering the craft stores or festivals.

I also like the fact that younger bar staff treated a middle aged guy pretty well, friendly service.

The also do some food, good, but go mostly for the beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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Thirsty Monk - Downtown in Asheville, NC
95 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.