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Ashley's

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

110 Ratings
Ratings: 110
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.55%
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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5/5  rDev +15.5%

beornagain, Nov 08, 2014
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Stillyman11, Jul 15, 2014
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Abinlp, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of BeerMeAndRepeat
4.94/5  rDev +14.1%

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.

BeerMeAndRepeat, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of SaucyA
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%

Ashley's is a cool little bar on State, right in the heart of Ann Arbor. Seems like there's a nice mix of students, locals, and average joes.

I went in on a nice spring afternoon... sat at the bar and immediately spotted the beers I wanted to try on the chalk board. A quick glance over their taps definitely lets you know this place is all business. Stone, Shorts, Bells, Founders, Chimay, Goose Island, and Jolly Pumpkin were all well represented.

I was greeted quickly and after having a sample and perusing the menu, I went with a lunch special. $10 total got me a PINT of Goose Island Imperial IPA, and a nice 1/2 turkey wrap and a cup of white bean chicken chili. A well-known regular was an awesome conversationalist, and made my time there that much more fun. I managed to get samples of Perseguidor, Goose Island IIPA and Night Stalker.

I have absolutely no complaints about Ashley's, and I honestly can't wait to make it out there again. This place is a real gem, especially on a beautiful afternoon.

SaucyA, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of linnymtu
4.86/5  rDev +12.2%

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.

linnymtu, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of westernseraph
4.85/5  rDev +12%

I visted Ashley's while I was on a business trip to Ann Arbor.

Aside from being COMPLETELY blown away by their selction on tap they came at you with a full list of bottled beers. Living in the Southwest there was an insane amount of beer that I have wanted to try in a bottle, but to have the ability to have it on tap was that much sweeter. I never thought I would see some Founder's Breakfeast Stout on tap :)

Their service was great the waitress was right on top of our glasses whenever they were empty. My two traveling mates got food there and I tried a little and it was pretty tasty....But not as tasty as the beer was!

I will definately be going back to visit when I am in the state again--Hopefully I can bring more people with to share in an awesome experience.

westernseraph, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of bsand2053
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%

I've been going to Ashely's for about a year a now, and I've yet to find a better bar anywhere. The amount of beer is staggering, and they are all excellent brews. I think the most low-brow beer they serve is Labatt's Blue Light, which I'm sure is only on the menu for people unfamiliar with craft beer. They have everything from local micro brews (Bell's, Jolly Pumpkin, Founders, etc), to Trappist ales. They also have an excellent selection of Scotch.

The service is generally very good, I have only ever had a problem once, and even then, it wasn't a big deal. It can get a little loud, I wish they would lose the jukebox, and sometimes people can be noisy, but never out of control. Its not that kind of bar. The food is solid, nothing out of this world. The interior is just dark enough, with great brick walls, nice tables, and beer signs all over.

All in all, this is a great place. It is where I began my beer education and it is where I continue it to this day. When I graduate from Michigan, Ashley's will one of the places I miss the most.

bsand2053, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of foggymountainman
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%

great place. attractive and usually packed.

the quality of Ashley's is wonderful. good people, great selection of beer with a good menu that has accurate descriptions of each beer choice. i don't think they have PBR, which is too bad, but i wouldn't order it anyway.

the service is good. friendly staff, and are pretty well on the ball.

the selection of beer at this bar is the best in A2. some 60 beers to choose from and a number of rotating taps that amount to anywhere from 10-15, and rotating bottles.

The food is delicious, which is just icing on the cake.

check it out, it won't disappoint.

foggymountainman, Jan 31, 2009
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4.78/5  rDev +10.4%

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!

JDizzle, May 24, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

DanGeo, Jul 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

styleisking, Aug 13, 2014
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HardyA, Nov 09, 2013
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drbenderdo, Jun 07, 2014
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4.72/5  rDev +9%

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
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4.7/5  rDev +8.5%

Stopped in for the first time yesterday, and was very impressed. I was there for lunch, but first things first - I picked up their drinks menu (which was an entire binder). They have all of their beer selections neatly categorized with short descriptions of everything. With around 70 beers on tap, it is sometimes hard to decide. They make it easy by offering free samples. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the beers and was able to make good suggestions. He even brought me extra samples that I didn't ask for because he figured I'd like them (he was right). I had a burger and fries to eat, which was pretty good. The atmosphere is pretty cool - lots of breweriana, but not enough to make things cluttered. Also, there was some good music being played piped in. When I was paying attention, it was some good jazz and classic rock. The music was very quiet - it was not intrusive at all. I'm glad I'm not too far from Ann Arbor. I think I'm going to have to make a habit of this place.

BeerFink, Feb 06, 2005
Photo of zdk9
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%

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
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4.68/5  rDev +8.1%

I would like to start this review by saying I am definitely biased when reviewing this establishment. I frequented this bar quite a bit over the two years I was at grad school at the U of M, knew most of the staff, and even a bunch of the regular's. Ashley's was the place where I first discovered that there were beers outside of Yuengling, Coors, and Miller. The 60 or so beers on tap accompanied by just as man in bottle overwhelmed me at first. After sampling a few of the beers; however, it became evident that I knew nothing about good beer and needed to do some more investigating. I got more than just a master's degree at Umich, I got a beer education. The food at Ashley's was above average, with fancier pub fare encompassing most of the menu. The staff, from my experience, were a bunch of beer nuts who worked there because they loved what they did. They could come off as snobby to those less in the know, but were always very knowledgeable when approached with questions. As is with all college towns, this could have changed with student turn over since I have been there. Overall my favorite bar and would be there at least once a week if I lived in AA again.

Bslied, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of JohnnyAngel
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%

With 65 draught beers available this place is amazing. It was my first port of call when I arrived in Ann Arbor. It's an extremely friendly place to just sit back and drink and chat with those who are regulars or just visiting. I went with the intention of noting the cask ale they had available. Sadly, after two pints of something that was amazingly in the 8 or 9% range I don't remember what it was. I remember getting to the second pint and thinking, "This is like wine". After two amazing pints pulled from one of two or three beer engines, (which looked like six by the time I left), I decided that two was going to be my limit when normally 3 or 4 is enough. Fortunately I had time to wander around Ann Arbor to walk it off before heading back to my hotel. The food isn't great but the beer more than makes up for it. Being in Ann Arbor for 5 days I tried a few of the other places that sells cask and all of them excellent, but I couldn't resist making one more call there just before I left.

JohnnyAngel, Jun 03, 2005
Photo of hotsudge
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

hotsudge, May 15, 2013
Photo of buschbeer
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%

I went to Ashley's before a Michigan game. I read that they had 70 beers on tap and that was good enough for me to check it out. I expected a bigger place. It was average sized, but I did see that there was also a bar downstairs that was not being used in the early afternoon. I loved the beer selection. As I mentioned, they have 70 taps, and they also have 90 bottle selections. There is a beer menu with descriptions of the beers that are permanently in stock. They also have rotating taps, so they keep a nice variety of seasonals.

I started with a flight of rotating taps (Short's Key Lime Pie, DFH Funkin Punkin, Pumking, and a chocolate porter). Then I had to sign up for the Ultimate Beer Tour. This will keep me coming back for each trip to Ann Arbor.

I had a buger that was good. The service was a bit slow, but I didn't die of thirst. This is a must see attraction in the Ann Arbor beer scene.

buschbeer, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of thekanna
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%

I used to go here all the time during my college years. This place started cultivating my interest in domestic craft brews and Belgian beers, and is a wonderful introduction for college students at the University of Michigan to expand their horizons beyond Natty Light or Busch.

The atmosphere of this place is wonderful; it really has the whole thriving college brewpub feel to it. The place comes alive with its clientele and community-like interaction. The selection is exquisite: more Bell's (and other local midwest brewers) on tap than you can count, wonderful bottled Belgians, fresh English ales. The food is pretty good pub fare but that's not why you're here, is it? The servers are always good to suggest a great beer catered to your taste, even if you aren't a beer drinker. I've brought so many people here before and none of them have ever had a bad time. Overall, highly recommended if you're on a trip to Ann Arbor.

thekanna, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of CortexBomb
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

CortexBomb, May 08, 2007
Photo of BigAl723
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%

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
Photo of Brenden
4.59/5  rDev +6%

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.

Brenden, Sep 22, 2013
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Ashley's in Ann Arbor, MI
96 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.