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Thirsty Monk - Downtown

Not Rated.
Thirsty Monk - DowntownThirsty Monk - Downtown
BA SCORE
96
world-class

126 Ratings
Ratings: 126
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.88%
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:
None, yet.

(Place added by: thirstymonk on 05-03-2008)
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Reviews by commis:
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3.45/5  rDev -20.1%

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.

commis, Apr 23, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of chinchill
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

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, Tuesday at 02:21 PM
Photo of Irishace9
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Irishace9, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of humuloner22
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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
Photo of ncstateplaya
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

ncstateplaya, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of dailyminefield
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

dailyminefield, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of JLSIV
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%

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
Photo of elkinbrown
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

elkinbrown, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of BigGingDrinker
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

BigGingDrinker, Aug 11, 2014
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Thirsty Monk - Downtown in Asheville, NC
96 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.