Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria
Taps: 43 / Bottles: 100
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 111 | Reviews: 88 | Display Reviews Only:
3.84/5 rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Just north of Wicked Weed on the opposite side of Biltmore Ave a very old building with Hardwood floors thru-out a beautiful ceiling and staircase that leads to another level pizza by the slice or pie with whatever toppings you want and loads of pub fare food, they have around 40 taps with emphasis on local brews they offer flights and have a great regional tap list this is a must stop both for food and brew if you are downtown nice service with tasty foods and tap list
06-21-2014 00:43:13 | More by gatornation
3.97/5 rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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
05-29-2014 00:06:44 | More by meigs3
3.81/5 rDev -10.1%
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
04-24-2014 12:46:04 | More by Rifugium
Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria in Asheville, NC
94 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.