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Thirsty Monk - Downtown

Not Rated.
Thirsty Monk - DowntownThirsty Monk - Downtown
BA SCORE
96
world-class

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @monkpub

Notes:
None, yet.

(Place added by: thirstymonk on 05-03-2008)
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Reviews by MarcatGSB:
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4.23/5  rDev -2.1%

Much, much hype over Thirsty Monk. Coming from the Great Lakes region, and having the opportunity to frequent places like HopCat, Local Option, the Hop Leaf, etc, I was expecting alot. Thirsty Monk gets better rankings than most of those places, but falls very, very short of any of the above options.
Like stated, the bar is broken down into really two separate bars...The upstairs bar has all American Craft beer, with I'd say half NC local's and half quality craft from various places in the US. The two nights I spent at the bar, I noticed they sold alot of Bells. They had Double Cream Stout, and Christmas Ale on, and both were selling very well, just an observation. They have about 20 bottles for the upstairs bar.
The downstairs bar focuses on Belgian and Belgian Style ales, and a huge bottle selection. The layout is not normal, but it actually works well. If you want a bottle from the bottle list downstairs, you walk down there, and order it from the downstairs bartender. Why not make the customer do the work? It keeps your staff behind the bar where they can service the customer, and saves on time, which ultimately lowers over head, and keeps beer prices low.
The food was rather lack luster again. Nothing special, maybe slightly above average pub food.
It's a great stop, no doubt about it. It does not however, match the level of Beer Geekdom like the great stops in the Midwest...

MarcatGSB, Dec 26, 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, Tuesday at 01:21 PM
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
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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.