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Thirsty Monk - Downtown

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

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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Reviews: 78 | Visits: 155
Reviews by tclapper:
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4.28/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I've been stopping in regularly since moving into the area and there is always something good on tap. The upstairs bar has mostly American micros and usually one or two Euro micros thrown in the mix. The bottle selection is ok, there's a few gems in there but overall it doesn't seem too exciting.

The downstairs bar is all belgian style ales and definitely has its own vibe going on with some couches and being darker. The taps down here are always solid and the bottle selection can be even better. A ton of good beer here.

I've only eaten here once, and it was pretty good. I had sliders, lamb and beef w/bleu cheese, and both were good. I always take a look at the food menu when I'm here but most of the stuff on there doesn't stick out so I usually move on to liquid bread.

Overall this is a great bar, with good service. Just be careful if you plan on heading out late night early in the week because they'll close early if it's slow. (944 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of jbaker67
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of ox1574
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of JMUbrewz
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)

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

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

Photo of xJMFCx
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of Jfishe13313
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of KingEdward
3.61/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Eziel
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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3.64/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of WarEagleJeep
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of HookemHoos
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of jshusc
3.98/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of austen_d
4.41/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

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4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Winston3737
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

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4.11/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Harvest06
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

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4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

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4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of jjboesen
4.75/5  rDev +11%

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.