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Thirsty Monk - Downtown

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Thirsty Monk - DowntownThirsty Monk - Downtown

126 Ratings
Ratings: 126
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.88%
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

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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 +8.8%

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.

DCon, Jan 17, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of chinchill
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

chinchill, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of RochefortChris
5/5  rDev +15.7%

RochefortChris, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of Irishace9
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Irishace9, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of humuloner22
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

humuloner22, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of ncstateplaya
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

ncstateplaya, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of dailyminefield
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

dailyminefield, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of JLSIV
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

JLSIV, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of elkinbrown
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

elkinbrown, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of BigGingDrinker
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

BigGingDrinker, Aug 11, 2014
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Thirsty Monk - Downtown in Asheville, NC
96 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.