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Thirsty Monk - Downtown

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78 Reviews
Reviews: 78
Visits: 155
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: n/a
Taps: 35
Bottles: 196
Cask: N
[ 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

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Place added by: thirstymonk on 05-03-2008

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Excellent selection of both Belgian and American draft options. The Belgian bar downstairs is dimly lit and kind of feels like you're in a cave. The American bar is upstairs, and has your typical craft bar vibe with beer paraphernalia all around. They had Bomb! and Eric's Ale on tap, so I was happy. (300 characters)

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4.15/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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3.61/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

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vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

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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. (1,714 characters)

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Thirsty Monk - Downtown in Asheville, NC
95 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.