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Thirsty Monk - Downtown

Not Rated.
Thirsty Monk - DowntownThirsty Monk - Downtown
BA SCORE
95
world-class

129 Ratings
Ratings: 129
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.9%
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:
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(Place added by: thirstymonk on 05-03-2008)
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Reviews by ToasterChef:
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3.78/5  rDev -12.3%

After reading the reviews here, and finding myself in Asheville for a night, I wanted to check this place out. I enjoyed the place well enough, I don't think it would make it my regular pub though. I think it may be a bit too laid back for me. We walked in to the upstairs bar and spent all of our time there. The service was good, just at a slower pace than I was used to. The crowd was full of young, hip people; my wife and I got a table to ourselves, played cribbage and stole a nearby wireless connection.

There were lots of good beers, just not much local to NC. Everything offered was of top quality though. I really liked the promo the run every Wednesday; one beer on draft comes witha free pint glass. After I finished my Coney Island Lager, the bartender brought me over a clean glass, which was very nice of him. I was prepared to stuff my dirty glass with napkins so I didn't get beer all over the inside of my bag.

Taking the recommendations of other reviews, we left before dinner, although we got a plate of pretzel bites. It was ok, but the mustards were too spicy for me and I expected more bites for the price I paid.

I would return here again, most likely in the afternoon. I don't think I would enjoy it as much if it were really crowded in here.

ToasterChef, Aug 20, 2009
More User Reviews:
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4.2/5  rDev -2.6%

nleaders, Today at 09:24 AM
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

RyanGuynn, Oct 14, 2014
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3.2/5  rDev -25.8%

rolltide, Sep 24, 2014
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.

chinchill, Sep 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16%

RochefortChris, Sep 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Irishace9, Sep 07, 2014
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.

humuloner22, Aug 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

ncstateplaya, Aug 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

dailyminefield, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of JLSIV
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%

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
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

elkinbrown, Aug 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

BigGingDrinker, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of gatornation
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%

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

gatornation, Aug 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

memphischas, Aug 08, 2014
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3.33/5  rDev -22.7%

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.

eerickson7, Aug 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

emeyer, Aug 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

jak, Aug 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

EConnOG, Aug 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

n00blar, Jul 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

Mantooth, Jul 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

wstein70, Jul 09, 2014
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1.25/5  rDev -71%

Krztin5, Jun 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

patre_tim, Jun 25, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

Jodi215, Jun 24, 2014
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Thirsty Monk - Downtown in Asheville, NC
95 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.