Thirsty Monk - Downtown
Taps: 35 / Bottles: 196
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 111 | Reviews: 70 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by DCon:
4.7/5 rDev +8.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
First word that can come to mind, Impressive! While not sure how this place worked, I parked right next to the Hearn Cycling/Rental store and came into the basement first. The walkway coming down (handicap accessible) was lined with Rare bottles the staff must have enjoyed over time. The "basement" bar was dimly lit and was decorated appropriately (belgian & international beer logo signs, "old style" bar stools, all wooden and bricked basement, and much more). After enjoying a Surly Bird Wild Ale and ringing up a BFM beer to-go, I found my way up the stairs to the Upstairs (American Bar). Upstairs, it was bright and overly lit even and had the kitchen visible to everyone. A New Belgium bicycle hung, American Brewery logos were everywhere, and next to my table was every brewmaster/founder of each Brewery they sold here. I enjoyed one beer here and took one to-go. So much to chose from, I will have to be back again!
Both locations (downstairs and upstairs) served their beers in appropriate glassware and knew how to keep the right size of head on the beer with each pour. Very friendly servers and were quick with service and available to answer any questions!
Their selection was Outstanding! Reminding me of the iTap House in St. Louis/Chesterfield, MO, it was tough to pick brews to enjoy both at the Thirsty Monk and to-go. I decided to enjoy the beer they had on-tap and then take two local brews to go in both can and bottle.
The pricing was a bit high on each serving but their vibe and environment quickly made me forget about my tab cost. I would suggest coming here multiple times and will be coming back. Next time, I may visit the South location since I didn't have time this trip.
01-17-2012 23:37:24 | More by DCon
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Awesome bar - upstairs has a good selection of drafts and the basement is where the magic happens - dark and cozy European vibe with a nice selection of Belgian brews. These guys scored a keg of Cantillon Fou' Foune for their Belgian sour week. I was in town for the week for work and I probably had six or seven glasses of the stuff. Wonderful bar that I never fail to miss when I'm in town.
I've never had any food there - but I know they serve a pint of bacon as an app. It's a pint glass full of strips of crispy bacon. Pretty cool.
07-18-2014 20:42:04 | More by Mantooth
3.84/5 rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
We ate lunch here and really enjoyed the atmosphere of this downtown beer bar. It has an upstairs and downstairs bar and each serves different types of beers. We sat upstairs and ordered lunch to go with our beer choices. The food is mostly small bites. I had a hot dog that was about half the size of a normal one but was very tasty. The guys had tacos and they seemed a little more substantial and flavorful. Beer selection was a solid 4. Value was very reasonable.
06-24-2014 21:37:15 | More by Jodi215
Thirsty Monk - Downtown in Asheville, NC
96 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.