Taps: 72 / Bottles: 200
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 87 | Reviews: 80 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by alexgash:
4.28/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
Hard to miss location right across from the Diag. and a busy part of town. Cozy, dark, narrow place with lots of old wood and sticky tables can accomadate more customers than you would guess. Medium-sized bar showcases close to 100 tap handles. There are 2 or 3 chalkboards that list rotating tap choices and specials. I love these boards as the rotating taps are always changing and the choices are typically excellent (i.e. Bell's Hopslam, Founders Strong Ale, Kuhnhenn Nine, Rogue Imperial Pilsner, Stone Oaked AB, etc.). The "permanent" beer menu is big and well put together with nice descriptions and categorizations. I've had many pints and bottles here and I have yet to have an infected, old, or stale one. Impressive considering the number of choices they have, and it also says something about the volume of business they do. Service is friendly and the beer knowledge, though it varies from server to server, is pretty good. They will let you sample anything before buying too! Most beers come in Shaker glasses, but they bring out the tulips for stronger Belgians. In my opinion they could improve upon this. The place can get a bit smoky, so I try to avoid busy times (lunch and early evening 4-6 pm are good and during happy hour every beer is a buck off). Food is average pub fare with the Stilton fries being exceptional, especially with a nice barleywine!
11-20-2006 15:16:12 | More by alexgash
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4.59/5 rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
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
4.86/5 rDev +13.3%
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
Ashley's in Ann Arbor, MI
95 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.