Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria

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Barley's Taproom & PizzeriaBarley's Taproom & Pizzeria
BA SCORE
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136 Ratings
Ratings: 136
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: n/a
Taps: 43
Bottles: 100
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

42 Biltmore Ave
Asheville, North Carolina, 28801-3625
United States
phone: (828) 255-0504

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Ratings: 136 | Reviews: 91
Photo of DuaneL
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This is a wonderful place with great atmosphere to quickly taste a lot of the Asheville beers, so you can get an idea of which breweries to hit. Wait staff is extremely helpful, and pints are reasonably priced at $4 (spring 2015). Highly recommended! (Did not taste the food, which is why it's not rated).

Photo of wapcap
3.81/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A good place to visit when in Asheville. Several floors to choose from. Food was good, not Sure if they source local or anything , but seemed to be made from scratch. Beer selection was good. Had several locals to choose from. Prices were fair and good. I'd definitely check it out.

Photo of MOVERTON1284
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Was not aware this was a chain, it does not change my rating though. This place did not feel like a chain and felt right at home in downtown Asheville. I watched a football game here and was there for the better part of 4-5 hours. Pizza was good as was the beer selection. Lots of local and other NC brews available to try. We visited the pool room/bar upstairs as well as the downstairs dining room. Great service that was friendly and attentive.

Photo of gatornation
3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Just north of Wicked Weed on the opposite side of Biltmore Ave a very old building with Hardwood floors thru-out a beautiful ceiling and staircase that leads to another level pizza by the slice or pie with whatever toppings you want and loads of pub fare food, they have around 40 taps with emphasis on local brews they offer flights and have a great regional tap list this is a must stop both for food and brew if you are downtown nice service with tasty foods and tap list

Photo of meigs3
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

We tried to get into Wicked Weed but the line running outside put us off so went back up the hill and street to Barley's. Admittedly, it was Saturday night on Memorial Day. The first floor of Barley's was packed and we were directed to the bar upstairs which was great because there was just a few people there playing pool. The beer selection was good and the bartender knew his stuff

Photo of Rifugium
3.81/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

This was a pretty decent place, even if my impression of it was pretty mixed. There's a lot of space to work with here, with a good-sized bar and lots of table space downstairs for a more family-restaurant-with-a-bar feel, and a more game-room atmosphere and secondary bar upstairs. Seems like it could get rowdy during events, but I visited during a decent down-time hour, albeit unknowingly during Asheville Beer Week.

The beer selection was great, with a wide variety on tap, including many local options that you can't get outside the region. There was also a decent bottle selection, if the draught lineup isn't good enough for you for whatever reason.

The bartenders were a pretty on the ball for the most part. One that served us was pretty knowledgeable in the local beer scene, while another was a bit standoffish, and acted like she hated her job. Oh well, anyone can have a bad day I suppose.

My biggest gripe here was my food debacle. I figured I'd get something simple to go with my last beer, and though they seem to specialize in pizza, that was a little too big at the time. So I went with wings. Seemed simple enough. The bartender then told me they cook their wings a "special way" or something like that. Fair enough, I'll try some "special" wings. Well, apparently the definition of "special wings" in this case was "45 minutes to cook 'em wings." Seriously...it took 45 minutes at least for these wings to get made. They weren't that busy or anything, it really took this long. So as I finished my last beer and kept looking at my watch, the bartender came by every 5 minutes or so to tell me that they were "comin' right up." doo doo doo .... Ok, well, anyway, they finally came, and expecting the best darn 45-minutes wings in the world, I was instead greeted with the sorriest excuse for wings I've ever had in my life. So after one or two, I got the rest boxed up, and honestly I don't even remember if I finished them later. Anyway, that's the wing story.

The take-home message here is: this is a really great place to go if you want to sample a good number of local beers in one place. And it seems like they get some good events during Beer Week. Service may be hit or miss, though I can't make a full judgement on that, not being a regular. And if you're going for food, I'd just say, don't get the wings. x_x

Photo of claspada
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Large open room, bar to the left, dining on the right. Bar is really quite long.

Tons of draft selection. Somewhere between 20-40, dont recall exactly.

I love that most of the selections were local, which is the point. Much better than the Thristy Monk in that regard.

Had a sandwich that was fairly decent, nothing revolutionary. With so many other awesome food places this aspect can be skipped.

Servers were really patient while you examined the selections, there are so many, and they offer samples which is key in my opinion.

Definitely a must stop in Asheville IMO.

Photo of Treyliff
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

We went here on a Sunday afternoon and drank at the bar upstairs. My wife was on crutches and they were nice enough to let us ride the food elevator to the upstairs bar.

The upstairs bar is very big with plenty of pool tables and dart boards. We didn't play pool but I think I heard someone say it was only $0.10/minute per table, not bad at all.

The bartender was nice and knowledgeable of the beer he had to offer, but had a dry personality. As I was sitting at the bar, a group of craft beer noobs were asking for suggestions to try something new, the bartenders response seemed a little snobbish to me, and I later heard the noobs talking about how rude he was.

Upstairs had around 20 taps, 8 or so were NC beers. Overall it was a nice selection and I had a Lips of Faith beer that was brewed only once. One thing I loved was that there was no BMC to be found anywhere. Didn't try any of the pizza. Prices were pretty reasonable, $5-6ish per beer. Overall, a nice laid back place to drink a beer. I'll have to try the pizza next time.

Photo of rtrasr
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Great selection of beer and ale. The pizza is superb. This is a very busy place. A lot young college kids partying here. It is very loud. Expect a wait on the weekend. I drank the Highland Porter. Enjoyed it much. There is something for everyone here. I definitely plan on going back.

Photo of MarcatGSB
3.64/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Large space with a "historic" feel, with a nice long wood bar, tin ceiling, etc. Plenty of room, with well spaced tables. We went during the lunch hour and it wasn't all that busy.

This place has a boat load of taps. The overall quality and selection, left something to be desired. Alot of really nice NC brews, but nothing that was outstanding. I love how the culture in Asheville embraces the beer scene, but overall the beer being produced there falls behind the likes of Michigan, WI, and CA.
We did not try any food, and we did not return during our three day stay. Not that we didn't care of the place, it just didn't offer enough for us to return a second time. There are better options in Asheville, and they are close.

Photo of jfindley
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

We visited on a Friday evening and the place was hopping. We wedged our way into a couple of seats at the bar.

A - Large space that's mostly an open room on the main floor. Lots of wood and cool decorations. Long bar along one wall toward the back. Although it was crowded it felt warm and welcoming. Noisy, but you could still hold a conversation. Lot of college-ish people but also families and other people just out for dinner.

Q - The quality at this place is really good. They obviously know beer and are aware of keeping things fresh. This place is busy enough and they're paying attention enough that it's unlike to ever get an off beer here.

S - I can't say enough about the service. It was smokin' busy for the two bartenders but they kept on top of it as well as bantering with the 20 or so people at the bar. Their service and knowledge was impeccable. They could pick up for each other in the middle of helping somebody - one would pour beer, the other would pick up the empty glasses, and they kept all of it straight and were friendly in the process. Really and truly excellent. I hope I left a big enough tip...

S - The selection here is great. They had several locals as well as some one-offs like the New Belgium / Alpine collaboration. Everything was interesting and no fake craft beer or nonsense like that. There is also a good variety of styles so there is likely something on the menu for everyone.

F - I rated this down a little as we shared an appetizer and it was just okay. Pizza is clearly their thing here and they looked and smelled good. So there is food and I'll give it another try on another visit.

Overall we thought this was a great place and we had a great time. Friendly staff and patrons, great beer, and lots of fun. We should have gone here sooner and visited more often.

Photo of adam42381
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The wife and I were in Asheville a couple weeks ago and decided to check out BeerAdvocate to see where we should visit and Barley's was the first place we decided to check out. I loved the layout of the place and we decided to have a couple drinks upstairs before eating downstairs. The highlight of my day their was the New Belgium Lips of Faith Tart Lychee which was fantastic. The food was quite good as well. I had pizza and the wife had a grilled chicken salad (I think). Overall, I'd highly recommend this place.

Photo of JdoubleA
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A- Two levels, downstairs is food only, upstairs is for games (pool, foosball, and darts). Nice old wood walls and floors. College/arty crowd overall, but so is most of asheville, and I don't mean that in a bad way. Love late evenings of pitchers and playing darts by the open windows on the second floor.

Q- I go there every time I'm in asheville, so obviously I think it's good.

S- Only real problem I have with the place, which certainly has another side to it. Regulars get waaaay more attention than you and the bartenders are always luke-warm at best, completely disinterested at worst.

S- 20 taps up 20 taps down with an occasional repeat. Maybe 1 usually.

F- I've always had the pizza or calzones and thought they were great.

V- Right in line with everybody else in asheville.

Photo of Lantern
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Stopped in for a late lunch, and absolutely loved it! 

The place was quite busy, but my girlfriend and I promptly got one of the few tables left-and it was the best one of all- right next to the window with a clear view of the beautiful day outside! 

Our server wasted no time taking our drink order, and was really patient when I couldn't decide on a beer because the beer list was FREAKIN' HUGE!!! I finally decided on a Sierra Nevada Hoptimum on tap. (And later, a bottled Delirium Tremens)

Even though pizza is their thing, I'd eaten pizza the day before, so I didn't really want any. There was a lot on the menu that looked really good (sandwiches, subs, salads, pitas, pasta, calzones, etc.) I ended up ordering Pasta Primavera. It was very quick to be served, and tasted exactly as I'd expected (kinda hard to ruin it).

Our server was quick, patient and attentive, and always smiling. She really helped the already awesome experience. 

I can't wait to get back here and have a brew or five. Awesome establishment if you're in the area and in need of a place to kick back and have a great beer!

Photo of DCon
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Coming in for dinner on the second night in Asheville, NC, I saw this was rated high on BeerAdvocate, so thought we would check it out! Must have passed it twice before seeing it on the left hand side of the road, a couple blocks South from downtown. Great music coming from the street, there was no need to look at a menu.

We first started out at the bar, ordering a few beers but then the "Jazz Trio" (more like a Jazz Jam session) made us want a seat closer to the entertainment. Closed out at the bar and then sat closer to the front door and stage. Fun, music enthused crowd, we fit right in. The place was decorated with trophies (must have teams they sponsor) and tons of beer, obscure signs. Really felt inviting and cozy in here.

Quality was good. Could be cleaned up a bit but nothing wrong. The menu was a bit hard to read but the server was able to throw me in the right direction.

Both the bartender and the server were both great! Recommended their best in both the pizza and beer department. Always nice to be able to trust your server.

Had an extremely impressive tap line up. Enjoyed MANY of their beers and found myself tipsy. Good job Barley's! Luckily, everything is close in Asheville, so I didn't have to drive very far.

Enjoyed both the Garlic Knots and "Make-Your-Own" Calzone. The Garlic Knots could have been taken out of the oven a bit sooner (a bit burned) but the Calzone made up for it! Unreal. We added Pepperoni and Andouille Sausage to the already garlic, herbed, and multi cheesed Calzone.

With all of the pizza offered in Asheville, we took a break from the pie and the calzone made up for it! Try to come on a night they have music because the jazz was awesome the night we came. Another easy spot to get to from downtown, don't be afraid to explore!

Photo of PorterLambic
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Awesome place! You really need to come here if you fnd yourself in the area.
Ceiling is that cool hammered metal from like a century ago.
Downstairs is a big open room with wooden tables and chairs.
Service is great. Staff is friendly and attentive.
The pizza with beer malt dough is easily one of the 5 best I have ever had. The entire menu had me drooling. From jerk chicken to pizza to beefalo burgers. I feel like Homer Simpson.
Didn' t get upstairs but maybe next time I will.
Very family friendly place, too.
Most pints are $3.75 or $4. Pitchers are $12-$13.

Photo of JebediahScooter
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Ate and drank at Barley's many times before hitting a show at the Orange Peel while living in the area. I love the black bean hummus and the pizza is pretty solid (great deals on a plain old slice if you just want a snack).

There are tons of interesting taps at the main bar downstairs as well as upstairs with the pool tables and dart boards. I generally stuck to Pisgah brews, but there are always plenty of interesting selections.

It can be a bit crowded downstairs during the dinner rush, but the bar and wait staff are attentive and fairly knowledgeable about their tap list.

I moved away from the area but visit several times a year, and Barley's is always on the itinerary. Note that there are other locations (Knoxville & Greenville off the top of my head), but the Asheville spot is the best of the ones I've visited.

Photo of damjadi
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Wow! A real surprise! Great beer selection at very reasonable prices. Excellent tap selection with a local cask. You can get the higher gravity beers upstairs and bring them down or enjoy them there. Very good selection of locals. The menu has an excellent explanation of each draft most drafts are $3.75. Cheapest good beers in town!

The food was high quality and inexpensive. The appetizers, the sandwiches, and pizzas were all high quality. Portions were large. Came home with food for the next day.

Service was attentive and professional!

Photo of Reagan1984
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Asheville is one of my favorite cities and I need to try and accomplish three goals with one stop. Family atmosphere since I had the wife and kids with me, good food that would satisfy the kids……and MOST (selfish, yes) importantly good local beer on tap.

I asked the folks at Pisgah what would meet all these needs and they all proclaimed Barley’s Tap Room. I am happy to report that they were correct.

Very good pizzas and a very casual reasonable menu. The beer selection was fantastic. Mostly local brews that were fresh as the morning dew. Very good selection on tap. They also had a wonderful bottle list, but I had no interest in bottles on this day.

Service was fantastic. The waitress, host and even the bartender were all discussing beer, making suggestions and providing samples. Prices ere very reasonable and the quality was top notch… They were playing trivia that night so the place was hopping. Tall ceiling, a bit loud (which I don’t mind) and a beer hall atmosphere.

There are a lot of great places in Asheville and this is one of them.

Photo of n2185
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The atmosphere is pretty good, with a nice, open downstairs with a long bar and many tables. Upstairs is more like a typical bar with more taps along with pool tables, dart boards, etc. The only problem is that when it's crowded, it becomes VERY loud. Still, I'm as likely to go in the afternoon to try some new beer they have on tap than at night.

Service is usually pretty good. The waiters normally know the beer list pretty well and of all my times going there, I've only had poor service a time or two. The waiters and bartenders are usually too busy to stop and talk to you about beer.

The food is also quite good. It's nothing phenomenal, but I've yet to have bad food there. The pizza's great, the calzones are better, and they even make some good jerk tofu meals for the veggies out there.

The beer selection is awesome. They are pretty regularly changing their taps so you can get something new every week. They specialize in local beers, so most of their taps are from Pisgah, Catawba Valley, Foothills, Duck-Rabbit, Green Man, Wedge, etc. They have bottles from all over the country and world, though, and will often have rare beers on tap like Bell's Bourbon Barrel Hell Hath No Fury, Ballast Point Victory at Sea, Foothills Sexual Chocolate, etc. I often go there just to try a new specialty beer they got on tap. There's no BMC or liquor in sight. The only drawback is that they keep all of their clean glassware in the fridge (which is admittedly better than in the freezer).

Prices are all very reasonable on food and beer, especially the specialty beers. For example, Foothills Sexual Chocolate and Mother Earth were both $15-17 and $18-20 per bottle respectively but were $4.50 and $4.00 respectively for 10oz pours there.

Ultimately a must-stop for any BA in Asheville.

Photo of mbrown26
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This is one of my wife and I's favorite places. The pizza if phenomenal and the beer selection is good. If I were going to open up a restaurant, I would try to emulate this one. The place is clean and the people are friendly.

Downstairs: Features a large eating area that still maintains a local restaurant type feel. Has a stage toward the front door and bands will play every once and a while. Good beer selection. I don't think there was anything too rare, but I remember seeing local beers. While some bars want you to show up for the beer and then have some food to go along with it, their food is worth going for, even if you don't have a drink.

Upstairs: Features pool tables and a bunch of beer on tap. Last time I was there I had some sort of pumpkin beer while playing pool.

The atmosphere of this restaurant is laid back and a great place to eat.

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This was my fourth stop on a recent trip to Asheville. We have one of these establishments where I live and I am quite the regular there so I HAD to stop into this one for the first time. This location is very easy to spot with a nice large dark green awning with their logo on it. Upon walking in it is fairly similar to the Barley's I visit in a way with lots of wood flooring, bars, etc. I took a seat at the bar and started looking over the beer list. Very nice selection of locals (seems to be their focus). I helped myself to a custom built local sampler. The service from the bartender was good. Overall Barley's is and will always be a great place to stop for a brew or catch a bite to eat. Unfortunately the upstairs portion didn't open until 4PM and I was there way too early to check it out... Maybe next time.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.08/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

My wife and I made Barley's Taproom our only beer stop in Asheville (we spent less than two hours total in this beautiful town).

After reading some reviews of Asheville beer places, I decided on Barley's based on selection, local brews and high ratings.

Place is nice but nothing crazy-different. Just your typical woodsy brewpub, with lots of room.

Service was prompt, cheerful and efficient. She didn't seem to know a lot about beer, but enough. I asked her if there was anything new on tap beyond the printed beer list and she said no. However, I've read about the upstairs bar and now wonder if I missed a bunch of taps??

Beer list is quite impressive, I would say 90% local. I was very happy to try many different local beers, but I admit I would have liked to see some non-local rarities.

Most of the locals were around 5-6%. I favor high-ABV beers so was a lil' disappointed.

I got a $5 "Beer City Flight", in honor of Asheville having been named "Beer City USA", which included:

*Catawba Firewater IPA (didn't like)
*French Broad Rye Hopper (different and delicious)
*Olde Hickory Hickory Still Stout (watery and unremarkable)
*Pisgah Valdez Stout (coffee-y, balanced, exceptional)

We also got a pint of Aviator Brewing Hog Wild IPA, which was hoppy good, and a 10-0z pour of Catawba Valley Blackwater Uber Pale Ale, which was a kind of Black Double IPA. Tasty but difficult to drink...

Their food... mostly pizza, advertised as "New York style" but not at all. Much thicker. An interesting dough made with beer. Expensive! Our medium white pizza with three toppings was $18.50.

I liked Barley's but thought I would outright *love* it. Expected more from their beer list and food (pizza).

A bit of a letdown then, yet a very good beer place I would go back to.

Photo of John_M
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Clearly the preeminent beer bar in Asheville and one of the better beer bars I've seen. Looking up at Barley's out on Biltmore ave., you really have no idea just how sizeable this place is. Upon walking inside, there is very large dining area with an informal vibe. This place has almost something of a crackerbarrel vibe to it in the downstairs dining room, except that in this case there is a good size bar area in the back on the left, and then there is another good size pool room and tap room upstairs as well.

The draft selection here is large, diverse and well thought out, with a clear emphasis on local and regional breweries. I would add that just because there is an excellent selection of 20 or so beers downstairs, don't figure there's therefore no reason to go upstairs. There are another 30 or so beers upstairs, and from what I could tell, there is no overlap in the two draft lists. There is no crap on tap here, and while I'm sure they likely sell BMC products, I never saw anyone drinking any macro swill the two times I stopped by.

As for service, it was very good both days I was here. The first day the upstairs bartender was very, very knowledgeable, very quick and efficient, and more then willing to let me essentially buy sample glasses. The woman today was every bit as friendly, and while not quite as attentive and knowledgeable, I still felt as if I got good service.

As for food, I ordered the calzone. You have your pick of ingredients with your order, and in my case I got the Italian sausage and black olives. My calzone was enormous, and the young lad next to me blurted out "oh my God" when he saw it arrive. My thought was pretty much the same, and I was impressed by the size and quality of my order. Like their beer selection, it's apparent they take their food here very seriously.

One last thought. All of the places I visited in Asheville have been family friendly, and it only struck me as I was leaving here that the staff at Barley's had no problem with a young (maybe he was 9 or 10) lad with his dad at the bar next to me. Both were enjoying a slice, with the young man enjoying a coke while his dad had a beer. For a moment, I felt as if I'd been transported into some parallel universe, one where common sense and sanity were the order of the day. Ah well, not to worry, I know that feeling won't last for long.

In any event, this was a very impressive place, and one I would always visit whenever I'm in town.

Photo of titosupertramp
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

After reading several reviews, this was a must stop for me. Luckily, there was no let down with Barley's. They have a terrific selection of locals on tap and even more in bottles, almost all of which I would consider on the cheap side in terms of price. I had the much sought after Sexual Chocolate from Foothills and a terric Catawba Whiskey River IPA. Honestly, I could have stayed for hours trying several more, but time was short that day.

As for the food, it was very tasty and well priced also. I ordered a calzone roughly the size of a football(I ate all of it and at the end let out a hardy belch. No one seemed to mind.)

If you're visiting Asheville for the first time or have come before and have not eaten here, you have to make Barley's a priority.

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Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria in Asheville, NC
94 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.