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Ashley's

Ashley'sAshley's

Taps: 72 / Bottles: 200
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
95
world-class

89 Ratings
Ratings: 89
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.64%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

338 S State St
Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48104-2412
United States
phone: (734) 996-9191

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @a2ashleys

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Brenden

Ohio

4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$

With 70 taps and 50+ bottles, there aren't many people who won't find something new to drink here. Coming in through a pretty nondescript entrance from the street, the place has a pretty rustic vibe. It's mostly brick and wood, not polished but adding to the rustic vibe. It's the kind of place that has a mixed clientele, but the words carved into the table definitely says some college students go there pretty frequently. TVs are around but silent and out of the way, so to speak. There's a nice stained glass window splitting two areas. Service is good, quick and very helpful, and they know as much as any bar I've been to and more than most in Toledo. The tap list is huge, of course, and it's all craft. There's an impressive drink repertoire all around, including dozens of whiskeys and the like, and there's even an absinthe on the menu. One of my favorite things about the place besides the huge selection of great beer is that there are nitro taps at all times and always two beers on the beer engine. Ashley's is the kind of place I can't imagine thriving in Toledo but I wish was here somehow. Prices are really reasonable, so it's affordable to drink good stuff. I'll save the 5s for places with 100+ (very rare), but this place is close.

09-22-2013 19:21:59 | More by Brenden
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linnymtu

Michigan

4.86/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25 | $$

My absolute favorite place to have a beer. The atmosphere actually inspired the way I finished my basement. They've got the largest beer menu I've ever seen with dozens on tap and a few on cask. The service has always been great, and the waiters always know at least as much about beer as I do and can make a good recommendation of something I haven't had before.

The selection is nearly perfect, but they recently started focusing more on Michigan beers, which isn't entirely a bad thing, but I really enjoyed having Dogfish Head 90 and 120 on draft.

The food is definitely above average for a pub, my favorite is their specialty fries, particularly the pesto fries, but my friends love the stilton fries.

The beer is by no means cheap, but it isn't inflated either. I'm never "sticker shocked" when I get the bill.

Again, my favorite place to have a beer. It's not even close.

06-14-2013 00:06:40 | More by linnymtu
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BeerMeAndRepeat

New Jersey

4.94/5  rDev +15.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

Ashley's is probably my favorite bar in the country. Perfect atmosphere to come hang out, grab a good beer with friends, have some good conversation, and have over 70 taps of great beer from across the country to choose from. The late night bar menu is good for snacking and even has some interesting stuff like chicken curry fries. I've spent countless nights here with friends and it's still great every time I come back.

06-10-2013 02:55:14 | More by BeerMeAndRepeat
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MichiganBeerAddict

Michigan

3.69/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

This place is the beer Mecca of southeastern Michigan. If you are fortunate enough to get a server or bartender that know their beer it will be a great time! I love stopping in for a beer or two every time I'm in AA. Lucky for me, my wife enjoys this place as much as I do!

06-06-2013 12:34:35 | More by MichiganBeerAddict
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SportsandJorts

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$$

Atmosphere: nothing special, loud music, no dancing some tvs. not a college bar but nothing that makes it special or stand out.

Quality: They usually have a few gems on the rotating tap board but the regular menu can be bought at most bottle shops for much less

Service: sometimes its good sometimes it bad. no different from any other place

Selection: I generally will only go for tap takeovers now. They have some very good events at a good frequency that just can't be found elsewhere

Food: average bar food with some pretty disappointing items for a high price

Overall: I have very mixed feelings about Ashley's. Their regular beer menu is not hard to find and very overpriced, the rotating tend to have a few rarer beers for a high price, but they have very good and frequent tap events.

06-05-2013 03:43:01 | More by SportsandJorts
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hotsudge

Ontario (Canada)

4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

We love Ashley's in Ann Arbor. Tremendous selection and great value. Order the cheese plate with a flight and you'll be in heaven. Especially now they have the Chimay cheese on the plate.

I prefer bottled beer to draft and they have a good bottle selection too - of course not as good as the draft selection. The staff is knowledgeable and helpful.

Sit at the bar and you'll be able to strike up a conversation with other beer geeks.

05-15-2013 01:46:41 | More by hotsudge
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ohiobeer29

Ohio

4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 2 | $$

beer heaven great selection and you can sample before you buy a glass.they have a rewards program for drinking beer gotta love that.def recommend going here at least once great old school place in downtown near all the other fun stuff to do.craft beer drinkers will love this place

04-02-2013 06:38:02 | More by ohiobeer29
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cratez

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

When I visited: March 2012.

What I had: Bell’s Third Coast Beer (draught), Founders All Day IPA (draught), Bay Chowder, Yardbird Sandwich, some of my friend’s Flander’s Red Ale.

What I liked: Massive tap list with excellent representation of Michigan crafters, tasty pub grub, ample seating, fun and approachable atmosphere, great location in the heart of downtown.

What I disliked: Mediocre and somewhat neglectful service, getting the stare down from a group of locals because we took their regular seats, bottles and draughts are extensive but I had tried almost everything on the menu (very few rarities).

Would I go back? Yes.

Overall Rating: 80

07-22-2012 18:07:36 | More by cratez
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JDizzle

Indiana

4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

I stayed in Ann Arbor for business last week and looked up where to go on here. Ashleys poped up with great ratings, so I checked out thier website. Well Holy Shit!!!! It just so happened that the night I was staying there, Ashley's was holding a Founders event with KBS, CBS, Better Half, Nemesis, + other killer Founders beers along with the other awesome taps!

The service was unreal! I sat at the bar and was served the rare beers as soon as they were available. The price was great and I talked to a lot of cool people during the night.

I didn't try the food, but it looked good.

What a great place with a great beer selection!

05-24-2012 14:39:50 | More by JDizzle
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HopSteppa


4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$$

Ashley's. I must have celebrated all of my going away festivities at this place. I was not so much of a beer fan before Ashley's but between the wide selection of local Michigan brews, great folks to chit chat with, and helpful bartenders, now I am a huge beer fan!

I even had the bright ideal of signing up on their "beer tour" where you get some quirks for every 5, 10, 20, eventually 100 beers you drink.

Great beer selection of all the best local knowns and unknowns: Bell's & Founders never dissapointed. Their serving sizes were pretty generous. Beer menu broke down all of their beer styles on tap and bottles.

Watch out for Trivia nights mid-week from 7PM to 9PM, the tables and bars max out and it might be a 5min to an hr wait. During weekends the bottom bar opens up with some pretty good deals. It's right on U of Michigan's campus so you get a mostly older college crowd and can hear many laments from lots of graduate students over some great tasting beer. Definitely will miss Ashley's and will look forward to going back whenever I get the chance to.

05-24-2012 07:42:00 | More by HopSteppa
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Ashley's in Ann Arbor, MI
95 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.