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Thirsty Monk - Downtown

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

80 Reviews
Thirsty Monk - DowntownThirsty Monk - Downtown
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

92 Patton Ave
Asheville, North Carolina, 28801-3315
United States

(828) 254-5470 | map
www.monkpub.com

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Added by thirstymonk on 05-03-2008

PLACE STATS
Place Score:
94
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
171
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
9.6%
 
 
Taps:
35
Bottles/Cans:
196
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 80 | Ratings: 171
Reviews by ToasterChef:
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3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

After reading the reviews here, and finding myself in Asheville for a night, I wanted to check this place out. I enjoyed the place well enough, I don't think it would make it my regular pub though. I think it may be a bit too laid back for me. We walked in to the upstairs bar and spent all of our time there. The service was good, just at a slower pace than I was used to. The crowd was full of young, hip people; my wife and I got a table to ourselves, played cribbage and stole a nearby wireless connection.

There were lots of good beers, just not much local to NC. Everything offered was of top quality though. I really liked the promo the run every Wednesday; one beer on draft comes witha free pint glass. After I finished my Coney Island Lager, the bartender brought me over a clean glass, which was very nice of him. I was prepared to stuff my dirty glass with napkins so I didn't get beer all over the inside of my bag.

Taking the recommendations of other reviews, we left before dinner, although we got a plate of pretzel bites. It was ok, but the mustards were too spicy for me and I expected more bites for the price I paid.

I would return here again, most likely in the afternoon. I don't think I would enjoy it as much if it were really crowded in here.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of HeartofMiami
3.24/5  rDev -24.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.75

Photo of Hayden34
4.74/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Johntomk
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of cadaugherty
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of RUN-4-B33R
4.84/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Gavage
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

This was a must stop on my tour of Asheville. Open doors in the front allow fresh air to flow. I found a seat at the long bar. There were tap handles hanging from the ceiling along with brewery flags and signs. Loads of stickers on the cold box behind the bar. Downstairs is a Belgian Bar, but I didn't venture down. Kitchen is just off the bar.

There were about 40 beers on draft covering American and Belgian breweries. There was 6 house beers on draft here, and I enjoyed a few of them on my visit. Service was good but not overly friendly. Overall this was a worthwhile stop.

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Photo of dwagner003
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of wapcap
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

A great place in Ashville. They have several locations. I visited one of the other locations and than this one. This location is awesome and worth checking out. The selection is quite good and the bartenders quite knowledgeable. Worth several visits!

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Photo of Tate21
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of klgh07
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of Jason_cs
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Bcraft11
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of target88
4.4/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of yaksurf
3.26/5  rDev -23.7%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

Photo of jbaker67
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of ox1574
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of JMUbrewz
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Excellent selection of both Belgian and American draft options. The Belgian bar downstairs is dimly lit and kind of feels like you're in a cave. The American bar is upstairs, and has your typical craft bar vibe with beer paraphernalia all around. They had Bomb! and Eric's Ale on tap, so I was happy.

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Photo of tedvr
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of VeganUndead
3.61/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of xJMFCx
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of Jfishe13313
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of KingEdward
3.61/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

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Thirsty Monk - Downtown in Asheville, NC
94 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.
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