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Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria


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Barley's Taproom & PizzeriaBarley's Taproom & Pizzeria

Type: Bar, Eatery

42 Biltmore Ave
Asheville, North Carolina, 28801-3625
United States

(828) 255-0504 | map

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4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Barley's Taproom. Barley's Taproom. Why does that sound so familiar? Barley's Taproom. Wait. Didn't I... wasn't I just... that place yesterday, in Knoxville that made me all mad, wasn't that also called Barley's Taproom? Oh, it's a chain across a few states, in old renovated buildings, in towns that end in "ville". Now, had I known beforehand that this was the same in a group as the place from the day before, I surely wouldn'ta sought this one out but it's too late, I'm here, sitting at the bar, looking at the taps, looking at the taps, looking at the taps...

Big open space in an old appliance store from the 20's with a 12 seat straight wood bar to the rear on the left. A center 3' X 6' blackboard on the bar back wall lists the taps with similarly sized mirrors to each side, decorated with photos & holiday cards and bordered with foreign currency. The bottled selections line the unit way up high above and a shelf display with pint, tulip & Weisse glasses, mugs & growlers where no one is ever going to be able to get to them. Below, the taps running the length of the bar back wall spaced the whole way about a foot apart from each other. 2 dozen tables throughout the room and the raised beer hall style table I'm sitting at just adjacent from the bar. Pressed tin ceiling & trim done deep dark green, ceiling fans with lighting, wood plank floors, the walls wood slat lowers and painted beige uppers with old tin brewery signage & massive prints & mirrors here and there. Brewery T shirts displayed in the rear corner & 2 rows of tap handles displayed. Large front windows with drawn blinds but still giving great light to both sides of the vestibule entrance, trophies above and strung spruce & white Xmas lighting with red ribbons. An elevated stage area in the front left corner for live music.

The big board listed 28 taps here but I only see 21 taps, maybe the others are hidden or cleverly concealed. If the board (and beer menu listing the current tap selections) is accurate, than roughly 2/3 of the taps here are from North Carolina (Catawba Valley, Highland, French Broad, Pisgah, Foothills, Duck Rabbit), a very nice job showing the wares of the local & regional breweries. I had the Highland Gaelic as Mike (The Bue) has been going on about it since I told him I was coming down to NC. The rest of the taps down here consist of micros (Victory, Rogue, Sierra, Lost Coast, Thomas Creek, Magic Hat, Avery), a mead, a cider and a single import (Weihenstephaner Hefe), all taps priced by the pint or pitcher.

The bottle list holds some 40 choices, nearly half of them American micros (Anchor, Lakefront, Sierra Nevada, Left Hand, Abita, Victory, Lost Coast, Magic Hat, Otter Creek, Sam Adams, Pyramid), Belgians, English, Germans, and various beers of the world.

They've got another room upstairs, which opens later in the day, another large space with 4 pool tables up near the front windows, a foosball table and a bunch of dart boards. Towards the rear, a 12 seat "L" shaped bar pouring another 2 dozen + taps here, nearly an entirely different selection than that of downstairs, and in the same vein of strong representation of the North Carolina breweries.

Having done a lunch that saved my life at that other place before earlier, I abstained, but they do do food here; the standard apps, salads, wraps, burgers, sandwiches & subs, and pizzas (although I will add that I know "New York Style Pizza" personally and it doesn't live in Asheville, North Carolina).

Really good beer selection, 55 taps between the 2 floors. This place totally makes up for the Knoxville Barley's debacle.

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Photo of redfish2942
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of MasterRigger
5/5  rDev +18.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of OldhouseRecs
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of younggun
3.35/5  rDev -20.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of mlockman
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Tons of local brews on tap, and the pizza was really good!

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Photo of KingEdward
4.05/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of ADTaber
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of AJNIDEK
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Disclaimer, I am a Homer. Barleys is the standard by which I judge beer bars. Tap list and food always brings it.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of italianstallion
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of MaximumYuks
4.01/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of WarEagleJeep
4.6/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of DuaneL
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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).

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Photo of Keelin
4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of wapcap
3.81/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of Harvest06
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of iiaudio
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of MOVERTON1284
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.12/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria in Asheville, NC
94 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.