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Ashley's

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Ashley'sAshley's
BA SCORE
96
world-class

112 Ratings
Ratings: 112
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.8%
Taps: 72
Bottles: 200
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ 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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Photo of botham
3.48/5  rDev -19.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Ashley's Pub is right in Downtown Ann Arbor, across the street from the University. The atmosphere inside is fairly laid back, with wood being fairly ubiquitous, and an ambiance of amiable comradery. the bar is straight ahead as one enters, with seating on the streetside and a dining room in back. the bar area is nicely open, to show off the sixty-plus taps available.

quality is decent. with this many taps, one must question how often the lines get cleaned, especially when most of them are permanent taps. this BA stuck to the rotating taps, to be sure that they were fresh. One hand pump cask was available, which was quite good. the service was lacking quite a bit. the bartender would disappear for minutes at a time doing something in the back, leaving those at the bar without service, usually when it was needed most.

selection was great. a good variety of food offerings with sixty-plus taps. impressive while considering the context. food was good. the BBQ pork wings were good, albeit a bit dry.

overall, this is a solid stop for those in and passing by Ann Arbor. its location in proximity to the University is quite nice, and the offerings for beer are notable. cheers!

Photo of ballewblake
3.78/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

I'm actually a bit mixed on the atmosphere here. The smoke was bad in the place, almost like half the bar was smoking. The food was okay, I got a burger that was decent, and about what you'd expect from a bar, nothing fancy or really great. When I showed up on a Friday afternoon around noon the bartender was the manager, whom didn't even drink, therefore knew nothing of the selection of beers, styles or anything. I got a Michigan sampler to start, which took her about 4-5 minutes to find all the taps (with the help of a local) and fill the 4 ounce tasters. After about an hour of this the normal bartender showed up from moving kegs around in the cooler. The service bumped up a notch after that. Fuzzy on his name at this point but I stayed until his shift ended. Met lots of students and interesting people. The selection was a bit middle of the road for me on this visit, which I'm sure isn't really the standard based on the other reviews. There were lots of mediocre labels or starter beers, and no American macros, mostly euro or British macros, which makes me think I just happened to come at a bad time. Most of the interesting bottles I wanted they were out of. Everything I had tasted fine and of the quality I expected. I'd go back and likely have a good time, and raise the rating of the review.

Photo of tadowdaddy
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Ashley's has opened a restaurant/bar in Westland Michigan. They frequently change "what's on tap", often offering some of the local IPA's. For example, over the last month, I've enjoyed Stone IPA, Short's Huma Lupa Licious, and Bell's Two Hearted Ale.

Their menu, especially the pizza is tremendous. Warning: You must like Deep Dish Chicago Style Pizza to feel the same way. The bar is small, yet comfortable, well lit, and offers many televisions showing a wide range of sports. Any bar that has NTN Trivia gets bonus points as well.

If you're ever in the mood for some excellent and reasonably priced food, or would just like to try some different beers, Ashley's is definitely the place for you. They also have a wide variety (OVER 100) of bottled beer if you're not a fan of what they have on tap. The bonus here too is that they'll give you a small glass of whatever you are thinking about tasting prior to you ordering it, so you're able to determine if you like the beer prior to purchasing one.

Ashley's is my go to place for good food and great beer!

Photo of gboyd
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

My wife and I went to Ashley's on a Sunday night. We were greeted by a person passed out on a table and a couple of seasoned regulars at the bar telling us "don't mind him, he just needs a couple of doughnuts!" Needless to say...I immediately liked the place.

That being said...

The draft selection was great! I very nice representation of craft beer. The menu was not only easy to read but also informative. I was a little disappointed in some of the swag they offered, but different strokes and all! We had a St. Bernard draft (very nice) and an Allagash Witte (also very nice)

The food was good. The turkey Rueben was decent, and their version of the "everything" burger was good too. It was piled high with all sorts of stuff and cooked to temperature (correctly too!) The fries with bleu cheese on them was my favorite dish.

The service was attentive, but not extremely informative. I think they rely too much on the menu explaining things. Even after I showed an above average interest in what they were doing there, our server didn't get the clue and try and shine me on to what made their beer bar "special."

All and all a good experience, but I will continue on with my quest for exceptional beer bars, before returning (and I will) to Ashleys.

Photo of guntherhophead
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Ashley's on State St in Ann Arbor is a great place to sample some awesom beer from around the globe with a good traditional pub atmoshere and a great view of the U. of Michigan campus. My first real beer experience was from this place about 13 years ago with a good friend of mine. I was beer ignorant but was introduced to Duvel and was forever hooked on quality brews. The staff is friendly and knowlegeable and they encourage you to sample anything your curious about or unsure of. The beer is a bit pricey but quality usually is. The food is good bar food and if if you are so inclined, they have a nice scotch menu too.

Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped here for lunch on a recent excursion through Michigan. I was mainly interested in regional taps, and Ashley's didn't disappoint. Sort of typical english pub atmosphere, the real eye candy were the 60+ tap handles at eye level. There was an interesting and eclectic bottle collection lining the walls of the seasting area. Front windows faced the open campus, otherwise it was more dim bar lighting in the back. Jukebox music was slightly loud, but this is a bar not a library...

Service was really great. We were practically the only group at the bar, so we were taken care of well. Our bartender was quick to offer tastes, which was a plus. He even googled one rotating beer to find out the beer style for us.

Sampled JP Weizen Bam and Short's Soft Parade here. A good group of rotating locals, varied imports, and even a mead. Big beer menu, with descriptions and a draft/bottle symbol key. They had 3 cask selections, which was also impressive.

Food was tasty, I had bbq pork "wings" which were excellent. Juicy on the inside, with a smoky char on the exterior. Stilton fries were also tasty. Restrooms were slightly nasty.

Recommend this place if you are passing through. The locals have it pretty good here!

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I finally stopped at Ashley's, after about 3 years of good intentions during business trips to the Detroit area. This restaurant is nice and dark, with lots of wood and stained glass going on in the interior. The crowd was mostly college students I think, plus a couple quirky looking college professor or dropout types, plus me and a coworker (normal). The food was good and very reasonably priced, about $8 for a burger and <$15 for anything else on the menu. The beer list was extensive, and about 70 beers were available on draft. The list included notables from North America (Stone, DFH, Unibroue, Ommegang, etc), Belgium (St Bernardus, Kasteel, etc), Germany & UK (many good beers I'm in danger of mis-spelling). Most drafts were $5-7, and were served between 10oz and 18oz depending on ABV.

I definitely recommend a stop here, there's a beer for every palate.

Photo of robbyc1
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited this place on a Saturday evening for dinner, a noisy and smoky bar, which does allow kids in until 9pm, self-described as Michigan's best multi-tap. With 70 beers on tap, 15 rotating regularly, and decent bar food with good burgers for the price, I couldn't complain.

Thankfully, the back area wasn't even smoky (we are getting spoiled here in IL). You can find to your liking on the tap list, mostly local micros and a few Belgians, but great locals from Bells, Jolly Pumpkin, Dark Horse, etc. No need to see the bottles, all taps are great. Had good service from our waitress, and prices are decent. Overall a great college bar, wish this was here when I was getting my MBA at UM.

This place is comparable to sticking a combination Maproom/Clark Street/Twisted Spoke together in Evanston at NU. Solid A.

Photo of 86sportster883
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The Ann Arbor Ashley's is a college town bar with a great selection of beers in both bottles and on tap. In fact, there were almost 70 beers on tap and trying to decide which beer to drink took more time than deciding what to eat for lunch. I wound up with a Belgian sampler of beers, most of which I had only had in bottles prior. For lunch I ordered the smoked turkey wrap with fries that I found to be quite good. The service was friendly, the atmosphere (on a late weekday afternoon) was subdued, and the draft beer list was outstanding. I'd have to agree that Ashley's of Ann Arbor is a must stop for all BAs.

Photo of knight84
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Ashley's is my go-to bar in Ann Arbor, I'm there at least twice per week and I only hope that the next town I live in has a comparable bar.

The atmosphere is sort of dark with a definite pub feel to it. Lots of different style tables, chairs, booths, etc give it a bit of a small town pub feel. Definitely not corporate feeling at all. It is a smoking restaurant which is my only complaint (not a fan) but other than that it is a fun place to hang out.

The selection is incredible! There are over 60 taps with about 20 of them rotating weekly or bimonthly it seems. I drink almost exclusively from the rotating taps as they usually have excellent choices from Bells, Rogue, Shorts, Kuhnhenn, Dragonmead, New Holland, Jolly Pumpkin, and many others.

The service is very good, most of the servers have been working there for quite a while and have a good handle on what the different beers are like and can make recommendations based on your preferences. The food is standard pub fare and while it's not the best food in Ann Arbor it certainly is nothing to complain about either.

My take: if you're visiting Ann Arbor and can only visit one bar, this is the place to go. If you live in or around Ann Arbor and have never been there then you owe it to yourself to check it out.

Photo of Pointman
4.58/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Ok - enough of the BS....This is where I had my graduation party in April of 1984 - less than 8 months after they opened. This has remained THE place for great beer in Ann Arbor. What is this crap about grimey or other BS - you are in a college town...you are drinking great beer...college kids will smoke...DEAL with it!

Don't come here if you want to drink with your pinky up...but if you want a great selection of beer - draft and bottle, then come here.

The bartender(s) and some of the wait staff KNOW beer. I found them to be very knowledgeable. Some of the wait staff doesn't...REMEMBER YOU ARE IN A COLLEGE BAR....most of the staff has been LEGALLY drinking less than a year.

Food is ok/good. Pizza very good, Chowder is great. But did I mention the beer selection is AWESOME....one of the best selection's in MI, or for that matter, most anywhere I have been.

They have 20 rotating taps, and probably another 50 regular taps.

I love this place, come in and enjoy...try some of the GREAT MICHIGAN BEERS!!!!

BTW - you can get great flights too....Beer flights - e.g. IPA, Belgians, Stouts, Porters,... You can also get great Bourbon and Scotch Flights...this is a great place...

As a side note - back a million years ago in 1984 for my graduation party we drank them out of Tequila...they had to run to the package shop next door to but more...lol

One more funny side bar....they had Kuhnhenn's Aldebaran on tap...20 oz pint = $6. At Kuhnhenn's in Warren, a 12 oz tulip is....$6...Kuhnhenn Brothers need to quit raping us at the brew pub....
Stop in...you'll love this place.

Photo of BMoney575
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

I visited Ashley's (and Ann Arbor) for the first time last weekend. Immediately, I liked it. The atmosphere was quite nice, maybe a little more upscale than I'm used to. The upstairs has a central bar with about a million taps, surrounded by tables. The basement provides a darker, seedier side for when you're feeling a little more divey. The quality was good, they seemed to take care of each different beer, even serving it in the correct glassware. The service was average, but the selection was almost mind-blowing. With choices from breweries like Jolly Pumpkin and Kuhnhenn on tap, they carried many beers you don't see often. There is a huge selection of bottled beers as well, and even many on cask. I didn't get to sample many, as my visit was short, but I'll definitely have to stop by when I'm in the area.

Photo of zdk9
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Ashley's is the bar to have a beer. They have an awsome selection full of Michigan brews, along with stuff from the west coast, Colorado, east coast, and Europe. I have had many a delicious beer there and could never hope to make it all the way through the menu. Service is the best at the bar where the bartenders can give you the down low on rotating taps, casks, and what's fresh. The rest of the staff has a rather high turnover and isn't as knowledgable. Food is nothing special but not bad. Prices are normal for area, 4.50-6 for normal pints, with some of the special stuff more (especially the bottles). Sun-Thursday features a dollar off something each night (local, ciders, porters, Belgians, etc...). The darker and smaller downstairs area is open on the crowded weekends, where there are about 6 taps, usually macros and a couple Bells. Very highly recommended.

Photo of MathTeam
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

I've read a lot of people on here talking about the servers' lack of beer knowledge and the smokiness/griminess of the atmosphere, but Ashley's is a place that you have to take as it is; a college bar dedicated to good beer and good times, and a hell of a bar at that. This is not a place that you would go on a Friday or a Saturday night looking for a quiet booth with some friends. You can see the main campus from the front windows and the student union is less than a block away. You're going to be surrounded by loud, smoky college students -- albeit a much more desirable crowd for the non-college student than any other of the campus bars. There isn't much you can do about that, but for a college bar, Ashley's does its job extremely well. The staff is generally very nice, and the pretension (in a town that is often ridden with it) is thankfully low. Their extensive selection of beers, and an accompanying menu describing each, is a great welcome to any beer enthusiast, and if you're much of a whiskey drinker, you'll feel right at home as well. I'll admit that the food is not the greatest, but when accompanied by the beer and fries, it's well worth the money.

My advice? Grab a table by the window on a Sunday morning/afternoon for a coffee (not much of a coffee drinker so I can't comment on the quality) and a Bell's Double Cream Stout, stay for a hand-pulled Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA and a turkey reuben (ask for jalapeño ranch for the fries), and if you've got a day to waste, stick around even longer for a couple beers off the rotating tap board, or others from their selection. It's much quieter and much less smoky on Sundays, and if need be, it'll cure the hangover from the night before. Plus, you won't get a headache from your bill since every draft (possibly every beer if I remember correctly) is $1 off on Sundays, so the more you drink, the more you save, right?

Granted, Ashley's is going to be more enjoyable for your college student than any other demographic, but don't write it off as a college bar. Hit it at the right time, and it can and will be a great time for anyone looking for a good beer.

Photo of BigAl723
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Wow what an amazing place! This is not your typical bar. Right around the corner from a few head shops on State Street you will conveniently find a small bar with the name of Ashley's. On the inside it is a very old dark structure with a selection that will blow your mind. With just about 70 beers on tap you are sure to find something you will absolutely enjoy.

The service is a thing I tend to hear the most complaints about here on BA and for good reason. When this place gets busy it's like a mad house. The servers are definitely overwhelmed at times but pull through to get you your brew. The key at Ashley's is to try to go when there aren't a lot of people. Sure most people like to go on a Friday or Saturday night to get the full experience but a Tuesday afternoon is when you can walk right up and sit at the bar.

I have found myself being a regular now for over six months, showing up once or even twice a week. The bottom line is when I want to drink good beer and can't always find it right around the corner I settle for a half hour trip south to Ann Arbor.

A few of my favorites on tap include Bell's Best Brown, Third Coast Old Ale, Expedition Stout, Hop Slam, Double Cream Stout, Java Stout, Two-Hearted Ale, and Oberon. Founders Breakfast Stout, Pale Ale, Dirty Bastard, and Red's Rye. Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald, Nosferatu, and Blackout Stout. Stone Arrogant Bastard, Ruination IPA, Smoked Porter, IPA, Pale Ale, Oaked Arrogant Bastard, and most recently Imperial Russian Stout.

Now I’m sure you can get a gist of the style beer I like but they have much more. You can’t always get all these beers on tap there though, most of them have been on the rotate list, but that’s the perks of being a regular. This is probably one of the best bars I have ever been to in my short life and seriously can’t get enough of it. If anyone out there likes beer in the slightest bit, you will love this place!

How can I forget Hop Wallop!

Photo of CortexBomb
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Craft brew / whiskey / bourbon fan heaven, flat out.

This is the place to visit for beer fans who find themselves in Ann Arbor. A decent, standard pub with the accompanying, mildly overpriced food (albeit tasty) pairs with an unearthly number of taps, almost all of which are craft brews. Some of the taps are etched in stone, but most of them rotate with the seasons, and there are a number of things available here that you will not find on tap anywhere else in Michigan (i.e.: Big Foot, Maudite, St. Bernadus ABT 12, Delirium Tremens, hand-pulled Rogue Imperial Stout and Dogfish 90 minute, all kinds of out of state seasonals). Beyond the taps, they have a huge range of bottles, and stuff from JW Lee's Harvest Ale to Kuhnhenn's Raspberry Eisbock were available. On top of that, if you like other kinds of alcohol, they have an extensive single malt scotch whiskey and bourbon selection.

The overall atmosphere is a fairly standard bar (tap handles on display), but I like the smallness of the place, it's quite intimate. A small bar, booths, the entire place is pretty small, and I like that a lot. The only thing that would gain it the additional half point is less light and a bit less polish, it's just a touch upscale, and that's fine, I'm never uncomfortable here, but I like things a touch more old-fashioned.

The servers here are random, I have had exceptional service, I have had average service. This place gets jammed, so it can take a while on a busy night, the bartenders always seem knowledgeable and friendly when I sit up there though, so it averages out to 4.

Overall: if you've got some time, stop by this place, you will not be disappointed.

Photo of tapman
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

My new number one stop when visiting family in Ann Arbor.

At the time of my patronage 70 taps were available approximately. Many I had heard of and many I haven't which is usually surprising for most of the bars I have been in in the last year, even strictly beer bars. They have rotating sampler trays which have a common theme. I tried the stout & porter sampler and found my next love, Arcadia's Starboard stout, so if you're out lookin for that special beer, there is a good chance they'll carry it potentialy if not right now.

The food is decent and certainly hits the spot after a long morning of U of M graduation ceremony and is not unreasonably priced. Also they have a great selection of whiskey's at a competitive price. A definite must when visiting Ann Arbor. Go BLUE!

Photo of bklynbeerbaron
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Visiting the girlfriend's alma mater across the street, went on a Saturday night with five people. The place was jammed, had to wait about a half-hour for a table. Atmosphere was well, collegial. There servers were a little overwhelmed by the crowd.

Phenomenal tap selection (60+), one of the best I've ever seen, and reasonably priced. Had a Bell's Two-Hearted, a Fuller's ESB and a Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald, if I didn't have to make it an early night, I would have sampled a lot more. Didn't sample the food besides some waffle fries.

Good thing I didn't go to Michigan, I would have wasted a lot of time and money here. A definite stop if you're in the area.

Photo of david131
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The place was pretty packed when I went with my girlfriend, so instead of waiting for the non smoking section, we elected to sit in the smoking section. Although, there wasn't much difference between the two environments though. Why indoor smoking is still allowed in Michigan is beyond me, but that's for another time. The service was a little slow, but when you got their attention, you got your beverages fairly fast. The beer selection was among the best that I have seen, especially the amount on tap. A good selection of Bell's, Rogue, Founders, Kuhnhenn, Delirium, Fantome, Unibroue, Arcadia, Dogfish, Thomas Hardy, St. Bernardus.. I could go on. Check out their website for a good idea of their "permanent" menu. Pricing was fair, and I didn't really see much in terms of specials, but with a selection like they have and with as busy as it was, why would they have to have specials? Worth going to at least once to see the amount of beers they have. I'm sure I'll be going back.

Photo of Higravity
3.86/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

A welcome site in the Ann Arbor area. The place is a little small and there are a decent amount of seating for the resturant crowd but he upstairs bar is a touch small, which is a bummer since it holds the vast majority of the taps at the place. There is a bar down stairs with more room but a far more limited selection on the tap and bottle list. We ended up downstairs and it was good at first but the single bartender got overwhelmed as the crowd rolled in and we ended up trying to get upstairs but there was no room so we beat it out of there. The weekend night might be a bit crowded but it should be fun to checkout and enjoy during the non-rush time. Man am I getting old.

Photo of alexgash
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
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!

Photo of Gaisgeil
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Welcome to the dao of beer drinking.
It's high time I get around to reviewing this spot. Definitely one of the better beer bars in the state in terms of selection. I haven't had a single stale beer from Ashley's despite how many tap lines they run. There is always something new and interesting everytime I go in and they seem to get kegs of new beers before anyone else. They also tend to get beers from small breweries that I've not seen anywhere else in the area. Short's is a great example of that. Service tend to be young and uneducated in the Kung Fu ways of the malt & hop, but at least they manage to pour a pint without scratching their heads and that's as much as one can expect this close to a college campus. Food is a bit pricey for what it is, but quite good and face it, restaurants in A2 just ARE expensive. (Don't believe me? Go to Zingerman's. Just be sure not to choke on your garlic pickle when you see your bill.) At any rate, this is THE spot for good beer in town.

Just mind some of the regulars... There are some characters in this joint. Notably the little old guy who pulls his trousers up to his teets and plays polka and oompa band music on the jukebox and proceeds to dance around like a five year old knocked up on cherry Kool-Aid.

Slàinte!

Photo of woodychandler
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Whew, did I need this place after the previous night! It was centrally located to the U of M campus, on one of the main thoroughfares. I entered through a short vestibule, up a short passageway with its left wall being one side of a six-table, non-smoking dining area that overlooked the street. The maitre d’ station sat just before the “L”-shaped wood bar with twenty (20) taps and three (3) cask engines attached to it. The back bar included another forty-five (45) taps and the selection ranged from Michigan-produced beers to German, English, and Belgian imports, to Dogfish Head to Stoudt’s and Victory (hooray for the home teams). I began with H2O and Jolly Pumpkin on draft. My bartender was highly energetic and it wore me out watching her flit around. Ohh, my head.

To the left of the bar, facing aft, were more restaurant tables and chairs and continuing aft was a large stained glass panel with more restaurant seating past the panel with booths along the right wall. They had lots of blackboards throughout the place, listing specials (both bottle and weekly) and the rotating taps. I also found it notable that spent bottles seemed to line every horizontal space in the overhead.

What about the washrooms? They were down a flight of steps to the right of the non-smoking section, in an area designated as “Ashley’s Underground”. There was also a foosball table, and another bar with about twenty (20) taps. The left wall, facing aft, was painted to look like a London subway station. Nice.

Photo of beerinator
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Ashley's has the atmosphere and character of an old bar across the street from a typical college campus. This is a good thing, since Ashley's IS an old bar across the street from the University of Michigan. I wouldn't recommend dropping anything on the floor of the men's restroom, but if you like to read drunken teenage slang you might enjoy a trip past the urinal.

The tap selection is great. They have lots of year-round Michigan beers available on tap, and there is a rotating list that brings in seasonals or specialty beers from breweries like: Kuhnhenn, Jolly Pumpkin, Dragonmead, Bell's... The list is a very solid representation of area beers.

We had lunch and enjoyed our food. The fries were as good as expected after reading the raves/awards about them on the wall. We sat at the bar and received good service. I will definitely be back here in the future when I'm back in the area.

Photo of isubsmith
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Another visit to Michigan and another visit to Ashley's. I don't know why I didn't review it after the last trip...

Anyway, we went during the Ann Arbor Art Fair, so the streets around the place were packed. However, it was a brief wait to get seated and overall very good service. There were fewer people inside than I expected actually.

Food is good - We had a pretty large breakfast late so we weren't too hungry for food, but still ordered some sandwiches. They were prepared well and very tasty and arrived quickly.

The tap beer selection is very impressive - 60+ beers on tap. Lots of local beers and a few taps dedicated to local beers (ie, one rotating tap for New Holland, etc). Lots of good stuff in bottles as well. They were out of one of our selections, but our waitress suggested a reasonable alternative.

Prices were maybe a little high, but not bad ($4-5 for a pint typically, bottles about the same, except for exotics that went up to $17 for the DFH World Wide Stout and the DFH 120 minute).

Next time I am in Ann Arbor, I will be at Ashley's again. If I lived here, having Ashely's near by would be dangerous I'm sure.

Ashley's in Ann Arbor, MI
96 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.