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Ashley's

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Ashley'sAshley's
BA SCORE
96
world-class

107 Ratings
Ratings: 107
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.56%
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 emerge077
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%

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!

emerge077, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

TurdFurgison, May 09, 2008
Photo of robbyc1
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

robbyc1, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of 86sportster883
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

86sportster883, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of knight84
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

knight84, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of Pointman
4.58/5  rDev +6%

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.

Pointman, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of BMoney575
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

BMoney575, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of zdk9
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

zdk9, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of MathTeam
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

MathTeam, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of BigAl723
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%

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!

BigAl723, May 10, 2007
Ashley's in Ann Arbor, MI
96 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.