Taps: 72 / Bottles: 200
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 100 | Reviews: 80 | Display Reviews Only:
3.1/5 rDev -28.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I have been an Ashley's patron (half the time reluctantly) for years. It's a love hate relationship. About 8:30 or so until midnight when it begins to clear out, the atmosphere is great. They have a solid selection of beers and their food is quite good, but I have never, EVER, had good service there, even when there were only half a dozen other occupied tables in the place. And for the most part, 3 out of 4 pours are short. Pay for a pint and receive 13 or 14 ounces. If I had only been there one or two times, I wouldn't write such a review, but I've been there dozens of times and they almost always disappoint when it comes to service and the kindness of their pours. And as far as knowledge of their staff toward the product they sell, one time a 30-something bartender told me that a beer cannot be both sweet and bitter at the same time. Really? If you're in A2 and have time to check out all the quality beer joints, stop by Ashley's, but if you don't have a lot of time, hit the more prominent breweries instead. You will be much better rewarded.
01-23-2011 02:43:50 | More by alebird
3.4/5 rDev -21.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Well there isn't too much to say about Ashley's that hasn't been said already. Beer selection, particularly tap, is very good. They have 3 beers on cask, include 90-minute. I've had Founder's KBS, Goose Island Imperial IPA (underrated!), and other great beers on tap here as their rotating selection is ever-changing and excellent.
Main issue with Ashley's (besides crazy crowds essentially every day) is the service. I understand it gets ridiculous in there but I can't believe that they aren't able to just throw in a few more waitstaff sometimes to get things running more smoothly.
A perfect place to have dinner and great beer on a weekday at 5pm.
05-05-2009 02:33:41 | More by AVDeuph
3.48/5 rDev -19.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Ashley's Pub is right in Downtown Ann Arbor, across the street from the University. The atmosphere inside is fairly laid back, with wood being fairly ubiquitous, and an ambiance of amiable comradery. the bar is straight ahead as one enters, with seating on the streetside and a dining room in back. the bar area is nicely open, to show off the sixty-plus taps available.
quality is decent. with this many taps, one must question how often the lines get cleaned, especially when most of them are permanent taps. this BA stuck to the rotating taps, to be sure that they were fresh. One hand pump cask was available, which was quite good. the service was lacking quite a bit. the bartender would disappear for minutes at a time doing something in the back, leaving those at the bar without service, usually when it was needed most.
selection was great. a good variety of food offerings with sixty-plus taps. impressive while considering the context. food was good. the BBQ pork wings were good, albeit a bit dry.
overall, this is a solid stop for those in and passing by Ann Arbor. its location in proximity to the University is quite nice, and the offerings for beer are notable. cheers!
01-03-2009 17:11:37 | More by botham
3.5/5 rDev -19%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$$
Atmosphere: nothing special, loud music, no dancing some tvs. not a college bar but nothing that makes it special or stand out.
Quality: They usually have a few gems on the rotating tap board but the regular menu can be bought at most bottle shops for much less
Service: sometimes its good sometimes it bad. no different from any other place
Selection: I generally will only go for tap takeovers now. They have some very good events at a good frequency that just can't be found elsewhere
Food: average bar food with some pretty disappointing items for a high price
Overall: I have very mixed feelings about Ashley's. Their regular beer menu is not hard to find and very overpriced, the rotating tend to have a few rarer beers for a high price, but they have very good and frequent tap events.
06-05-2013 03:43:01 | More by SportsandJorts
3.5/5 rDev -19%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$
I find myself at Ashley's regularly which probably leads me to be more critical than many. I also live 5 minutes from Hopcat in Grand Rapids so I get spoiled.
Ashley's keeps the rotating tap list pretty interesting and the bottle list is certainly the most substantial in the area. If you like beer and you're in Ann Arbor then this is the stop to make. The atmosphere is laid back, sometimes it gets a little loud. They always have a few casks...badass, and the beer tour? I'll take free stuff for beers I would have drank anyways.
You never know how the service is going to be; some nights I'd give it a 5, other nights a 1. On more than one occasion we've gotten the wrong beers brought to us and the beer list is updated rarely (the rotating taps listed online were last updated december 2009). Always pick out two beers because often enough they won't have the first one you chose. While the food is pretty average, the late-night food menu should generally be avoided. Save yourself the money, go home and microwave some frozen TV dinners. Same quality. Also, this last remark is more observation than criticism, but if there's any sort of a wait the line gets jammed into a space about 3 ft x 10 ft, not for the claustrophobic.
07-23-2010 00:23:56 | More by liquidcraft
3.53/5 rDev -18.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
When I first began my quest for beer perfection, Ashley's was my favorite bar, hands down. As an undergrad at U-M, it was right next to campus and thus a perfect place to grab a beer. With 60 taps, it seemed pretty daunting.
But as I began to leave the nest a bit, so to speak, and find other bars, I realized that the chairs were all breaking, the beer was getting more expensive, some of the kegs must have been ancient, beers were consistently being served at a variety of temperatures that weren't necessarily correct, there was little variety in glassware, if they run out of the proper glass you'll get your beer in a juice glass, and it was pretty smoky (which I'd never minded until it started impeding my beer drinking). Oh, and there are lots of beer bars in the world with better selections -- so even that wasn't too impressive anymore.
Definitely order two beers at once. Maybe your server will make it back by the time you're finishing that second brew. (OK, slight exaggeration.)
I still visit Ashley's -- but generally nowhere near peak times. Some of the food is pretty good (the Jerk Chicken sandwich is awesome), though it pales in comparison to the Heidelberg or even Conor O'Neill's, and they obviously have a good amount of beer for a Detroit/Ann Arbor area bar. But you can tell it's a student hang out because it gets run like one.
02-02-2003 20:08:10 | More by marburg
3.69/5 rDev -14.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place is the beer Mecca of southeastern Michigan. If you are fortunate enough to get a server or bartender that know their beer it will be a great time! I love stopping in for a beer or two every time I'm in AA. Lucky for me, my wife enjoys this place as much as I do!
06-06-2013 12:34:35 | More by MichiganBeerAddict
3.74/5 rDev -13.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
In Ann Arbor to check out the beer scene and despite the many brew pubs this is the best place to head by far, however, it totally has its downsides. First of all we were there two consecutive nights and it was just way to crowded, I can't imagine it when school is in session. The atmosphere was nothing special at all, almost down right boring...The quality and selection of beer was pretty good. They have something like 70 taps and a couple hundred bottles which is impressive, but almost too overwhelming. The taps were of decent quality and lot of local stuff, but also a lot of easy to find bs that really shouldn't be there. They did have dragonsmeade and Kuhnhenn, which is really nice. The bottle list was nothing great, I didn't see anything I had to get. Now I am being pretty picky, this place has nice beer that anyone can find something good to drink.
My real problem with this place comes down to the service, again two nights at least four different bartenders who didn't know jack about beer. We constantly asked them for suggestions and they always kept offering us easy to find crap. Me and my friend told them each, hey we've had a ton of stuff, show me something good and local. The first clown goes why don't you try a delirium tremens, we say no, then he goes how about a delirium nocturnum? REALLY GUY? REALLY?
So basically, get better service, offer a little higher standard on taps and this place could be world class.
07-24-2010 14:22:56 | More by jrallen34
3.78/5 rDev -12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
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.
12-01-2008 01:39:12 | More by ballewblake
Ashley's in Ann Arbor, MI
96 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.