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Ashley's

Not Rated.
Ashley'sAshley's
BA SCORE
96
world-class

103 Ratings
Ratings: 103
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.33%
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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knight84

California

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.

03-24-2008 14:35:33 | More by knight84
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Pointman

Michigan

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.

03-08-2008 04:31:53 | More by Pointman
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BMoney575

Texas

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.

01-14-2008 23:47:55 | More by BMoney575
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zdk9

Texas

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.

01-07-2008 03:20:01 | More by zdk9
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MathTeam

Michigan

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.

12-07-2007 01:03:52 | More by MathTeam
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BigAl723

Michigan

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!

05-10-2007 21:26:41 | More by BigAl723
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CortexBomb

Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

05-08-2007 00:08:16 | More by CortexBomb
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tapman

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -10.9%

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!

05-03-2007 13:46:28 | More by tapman
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bklynbeerbaron

New York

4.3/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

04-16-2007 02:59:54 | More by bklynbeerbaron
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david131

California

4.14/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

01-21-2007 18:18:12 | More by david131
Ashley's in Ann Arbor, MI
96 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.