Thirsty Monk - Downtown
Taps: 35 / Bottles: 196
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 109 | Reviews: 69 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by MarcatGSB:
4.23/5 rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Much, much hype over Thirsty Monk. Coming from the Great Lakes region, and having the opportunity to frequent places like HopCat, Local Option, the Hop Leaf, etc, I was expecting alot. Thirsty Monk gets better rankings than most of those places, but falls very, very short of any of the above options.
Like stated, the bar is broken down into really two separate bars...The upstairs bar has all American Craft beer, with I'd say half NC local's and half quality craft from various places in the US. The two nights I spent at the bar, I noticed they sold alot of Bells. They had Double Cream Stout, and Christmas Ale on, and both were selling very well, just an observation. They have about 20 bottles for the upstairs bar.
The downstairs bar focuses on Belgian and Belgian Style ales, and a huge bottle selection. The layout is not normal, but it actually works well. If you want a bottle from the bottle list downstairs, you walk down there, and order it from the downstairs bartender. Why not make the customer do the work? It keeps your staff behind the bar where they can service the customer, and saves on time, which ultimately lowers over head, and keeps beer prices low.
The food was rather lack luster again. Nothing special, maybe slightly above average pub food.
It's a great stop, no doubt about it. It does not however, match the level of Beer Geekdom like the great stops in the Midwest...
12-26-2012 19:17:24 | More by MarcatGSB
More User Reviews:
3.84/5 rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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
3.61/5 rDev -16.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
Caught them on Monday after the Memorial Day Weekend. They had run out of a number of Belgium drafts which was disappointing. The bartender in the basement (Belgium beer location) was nice and very knowledgeable. If I had been there on Friday night before, the beer selection would have gotten a higher rating.
05-28-2014 23:50:53 | More by meigs3
Thirsty Monk - Downtown in Asheville, NC
96 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.