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Thirsty Monk - Downtown

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Thirsty Monk - DowntownThirsty Monk - Downtown

136 Ratings
Ratings: 136
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

Place added by: thirstymonk on 05-03-2008

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Reviews by MarcatGSB:
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4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

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...

More User Reviews:
Photo of evan35
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Harvest06
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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

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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.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of jak
3.75/5  rDev -13%

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Thirsty Monk - Downtown in Asheville, NC
95 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.