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Thirsty Monk - Downtown

Not Rated.
Thirsty Monk - DowntownThirsty Monk - Downtown
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

78 Reviews
Reviews: 78
Visits: 162
Avg: 4.27
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 | map
www.monkpub.com

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Place added by: thirstymonk on 05-03-2008

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Reviews: 78 | Visits: 162
Reviews by commis:
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3.45/5  rDev -19.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

This place is ok.
The physical atmosphere is really quite nice, especially downstairs where there are large sofas and a dimly lit cave-like bar featuring a good selection of Belgian beers. The vibe though, is not as appealing. Upstairs, there can be a large population of douchebags in the bar at times who like to think they know their shit. Normally I wouldn't blame this on the bar but in this case the Thirsty Monk tends to facilitate this type of drinker. Many of the bartenders are this type of person and so droves of like-minded friends take to the bar and get pampered while other customers wait with empty glasses for their chance to be grunted at in response to their order.
The selection is usually pretty good, and they focus on out-of- state breweries more than anywhere else in Asheville while still keeping the worthwhile locals in rotation as well. The upstairs bar has many good choices but the Belgian bar downstairs is where the selection is above and beyond. The service downstairs, I should add, is NEVER like it is upstairs. Downstairs they are serious about beer and what it tastes like as opposed to how rebellious they are serving you cans of Dales without a glass to pour it into. (FYI check the freshness info on bottles..I was served a can of Gordon that was more than 18 months old once)
I don't eat at the Monk. They changed the menu a while back and it's not very appealing anymore. It used to be great, but now it's one of those menu's that I've looked at dozens of times and nothing ever sounds like something I want. The Bentons ham sandwich is pretty good but I don't get it anymore because it just isn't worth the price. And, I don't really want a ham sandwich with most of the beers I drink.
The prices at the Monk are great for beer. Not quite worth it for the food that they serve, however. Food-wise, it isn't that the plates cost a lot, it's just that the stuff isn't worth the 8 or 10 bucks they want for it, and I'm not cheap when it comes to food. The beer prices though, are great and they pour full pints of many things that most places would be pouring 10oz of, like Sexual Choc, Smutty Imperials, 10-fidy etc. and also offer half-pours of all of it, which I love. I'll be nice and rate value taking no consideration of the food since I don't go there for food.
Overall I really wish the whole place was of the same quality as the downstairs bar, but I still like it and go regularly.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Tate21
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of klgh07
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of Jason_cs
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Bcraft11
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of target88
4.4/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of yaksurf
3.26/5  rDev -23.7%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

Photo of jbaker67
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of ox1574
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of JMUbrewz
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of tedvr
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of VeganUndead
3.61/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of xJMFCx
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of Jfishe13313
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of KingEdward
3.61/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Eziel
4.57/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of tridge85
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of JustinSparks
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of WarEagleJeep
4.57/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

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4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

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