Thirsty Monk - Downtown

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Thirsty Monk - DowntownThirsty Monk - Downtown
BA SCORE
95
world-class

134 Ratings
Ratings: 134
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4.31
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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Reviews by DCon:
Photo of DCon
4.7/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

First word that can come to mind, Impressive! While not sure how this place worked, I parked right next to the Hearn Cycling/Rental store and came into the basement first. The walkway coming down (handicap accessible) was lined with Rare bottles the staff must have enjoyed over time. The "basement" bar was dimly lit and was decorated appropriately (belgian & international beer logo signs, "old style" bar stools, all wooden and bricked basement, and much more). After enjoying a Surly Bird Wild Ale and ringing up a BFM beer to-go, I found my way up the stairs to the Upstairs (American Bar). Upstairs, it was bright and overly lit even and had the kitchen visible to everyone. A New Belgium bicycle hung, American Brewery logos were everywhere, and next to my table was every brewmaster/founder of each Brewery they sold here. I enjoyed one beer here and took one to-go. So much to chose from, I will have to be back again!

Both locations (downstairs and upstairs) served their beers in appropriate glassware and knew how to keep the right size of head on the beer with each pour. Very friendly servers and were quick with service and available to answer any questions!

Their selection was Outstanding! Reminding me of the iTap House in St. Louis/Chesterfield, MO, it was tough to pick brews to enjoy both at the Thirsty Monk and to-go. I decided to enjoy the beer they had on-tap and then take two local brews to go in both can and bottle.

The pricing was a bit high on each serving but their vibe and environment quickly made me forget about my tab cost. I would suggest coming here multiple times and will be coming back. Next time, I may visit the South location since I didn't have time this trip.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mordinoj87
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of italianstallion
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of jjboesen
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

Photo of MOVERTON1284
3.75/5  rDev -13%

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.

Photo of Majesty
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of nleaders
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of RyanGuynn
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of rolltide
3.2/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of chinchill
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

Photo of RochefortChris
5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Irishace9
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of humuloner22
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

Photo of ncstateplaya
3.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of dailyminefield
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of JLSIV
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of elkinbrown
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of BigGingDrinker
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of gatornation
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

An open bar upstairs with lots of seating a good selection of American taps both local and regional we chose to sit downstairs where they serve Belgian sours and barrel aged brews had a nice cellar feel downstairs with a coffee house feel cool and dark with a smaller bar than upstairs and a different vibe a nice selection of sours with all the samples you would like to try , TM is a good stop especially downstairs bot nothing over the top upstairs but recommended

Photo of memphischas
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of eerickson7
3.33/5  rDev -22.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.5

This seems like the kind of place that used to be great before Asheville was a great beer town. The upstairs bar was 85% American beers that are widely available nationally (or nearly nationally).

Sour fest was going on downstairs when I visited, and that selection was somewhat lacking for a bar that's supposedly world class. It was not busy, yet the bar service was slow. If you live in a decent beer town, skip this place.

Photo of emeyer
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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Thirsty Monk - Downtown in Asheville, NC
95 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.