Bar, Eatery

338 S State St
Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48104-2412
United States

(734) 996-9191 | map

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Reviews: 85 | Ratings: 141
Photo of VoxRationis
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I was visiting the U of M and Ashley's was recommended. Walking through the fairly unassuming exterior and entry hall, first sight is am old-fashioned, wood and brass bar on the right, a jukebox, stage center, and the entree to the restaurant to the left. My first impression was that it was a bit of a dive, but soon realized that this is a bit of an affection. The bar has 72 working taps and, with it canned and bottled beer, serves well over 100 varieties, to a large extent, but not exclusively, from Michigan breweries. It also has a full range of wines and liquors/mixed drinks. The table service was very solicitous. The waitress gave us as much time as we needed to digest the enormous number of choices. The food was also quite good. So good, that faculty from U of M were conducting an early evening professional meeting there. And I suspect they would know where to eat. This place is a gem.

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Photo of beardedbeered
4/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Great beer selection. Tons of options of all styles and from some really cool breweries. You're sure to find something familiar or new depending on your mood. It is a little loud and always packed, but it's worth swinging by.

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Photo of st8fan19
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Ashley's is a classic in the area. Always has many great offerings on tap. Food is good, friendly helpful staff and a really great atmosphere to have a beer or two and relax. There may be newer dogs moving into town but Ashley's in an Ann Arbor mainstay. Don't count them out!

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Photo of JasonR1975
4.61/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Great spot for the craft beer junkie, only knock from my perspective is location - basically center of UM campus makes getting around, parking, and overall crowd in the bar a little too cramped for me. Have had great service on every occasion, the taplist is usually ridiculous, and the food variety is extensive and tasty. Must stop place if in the area.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Love Ashley's, my first pub. This is the place where I was first introduced to Bell's Oberon, which opened the doors to there being something other than BMC for me. Huge draft and bottle selection, with lots of Belgians. If you just have a hour on campus and want beer, stop here.

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Photo of Brenden
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

With 70 taps and 50+ bottles, there aren't many people who won't find something new to drink here. Coming in through a pretty nondescript entrance from the street, the place has a pretty rustic vibe. It's mostly brick and wood, not polished but adding to the rustic vibe. It's the kind of place that has a mixed clientele, but the words carved into the table definitely says some college students go there pretty frequently. TVs are around but silent and out of the way, so to speak. There's a nice stained glass window splitting two areas. Service is good, quick and very helpful, and they know as much as any bar I've been to and more than most in Toledo. The tap list is huge, of course, and it's all craft. There's an impressive drink repertoire all around, including dozens of whiskeys and the like, and there's even an absinthe on the menu. One of my favorite things about the place besides the huge selection of great beer is that there are nitro taps at all times and always two beers on the beer engine. Ashley's is the kind of place I can't imagine thriving in Toledo but I wish was here somehow. Prices are really reasonable, so it's affordable to drink good stuff. I'll save the 5s for places with 100+ (very rare), but this place is close.

EDIT (7/7/17): The food is good, much better than typical bar fare and conforming to more of a new standard.

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Photo of linnymtu
4.86/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

My absolute favorite place to have a beer. The atmosphere actually inspired the way I finished my basement. They've got the largest beer menu I've ever seen with dozens on tap and a few on cask. The service has always been great, and the waiters always know at least as much about beer as I do and can make a good recommendation of something I haven't had before.

The selection is nearly perfect, but they recently started focusing more on Michigan beers, which isn't entirely a bad thing, but I really enjoyed having Dogfish Head 90 and 120 on draft.

The food is definitely above average for a pub, my favorite is their specialty fries, particularly the pesto fries, but my friends love the stilton fries.

The beer is by no means cheap, but it isn't inflated either. I'm never "sticker shocked" when I get the bill.

Again, my favorite place to have a beer. It's not even close.

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Photo of BeerMeAndRepeat
4.94/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Ashley's is probably my favorite bar in the country. Perfect atmosphere to come hang out, grab a good beer with friends, have some good conversation, and have over 70 taps of great beer from across the country to choose from. The late night bar menu is good for snacking and even has some interesting stuff like chicken curry fries. I've spent countless nights here with friends and it's still great every time I come back.

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Photo of MichiganBeerAddict
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!

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Photo of SportsandJorts
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.

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Photo of hotsudge
4.61/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

We love Ashley's in Ann Arbor. Tremendous selection and great value. Order the cheese plate with a flight and you'll be in heaven. Especially now they have the Chimay cheese on the plate.

I prefer bottled beer to draft and they have a good bottle selection too - of course not as good as the draft selection. The staff is knowledgeable and helpful.

Sit at the bar and you'll be able to strike up a conversation with other beer geeks.

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Photo of ohiobeer29
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 2

beer heaven great selection and you can sample before you buy a glass.they have a rewards program for drinking beer gotta love that.def recommend going here at least once great old school place in downtown near all the other fun stuff to do.craft beer drinkers will love this place

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Photo of cratez
4/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

When I visited: March 2012.

What I had: Bell’s Third Coast Beer (draught), Founders All Day IPA (draught), Bay Chowder, Yardbird Sandwich, some of my friend’s Flander’s Red Ale.

What I liked: Massive tap list with excellent representation of Michigan crafters, tasty pub grub, ample seating, fun and approachable atmosphere, great location in the heart of downtown.

What I disliked: Mediocre and somewhat neglectful service, getting the stare down from a group of locals because we took their regular seats, bottles and draughts are extensive but I had tried almost everything on the menu (very few rarities).

Would I go back? Yes.

Overall Rating: 80

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Photo of JDizzle
4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I stayed in Ann Arbor for business last week and looked up where to go on here. Ashleys poped up with great ratings, so I checked out thier website. Well Holy Shit!!!! It just so happened that the night I was staying there, Ashley's was holding a Founders event with KBS, CBS, Better Half, Nemesis, + other killer Founders beers along with the other awesome taps!

The service was unreal! I sat at the bar and was served the rare beers as soon as they were available. The price was great and I talked to a lot of cool people during the night.

I didn't try the food, but it looked good.

What a great place with a great beer selection!

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Photo of HopSteppa
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Ashley's. I must have celebrated all of my going away festivities at this place. I was not so much of a beer fan before Ashley's but between the wide selection of local Michigan brews, great folks to chit chat with, and helpful bartenders, now I am a huge beer fan!

I even had the bright ideal of signing up on their "beer tour" where you get some quirks for every 5, 10, 20, eventually 100 beers you drink.

Great beer selection of all the best local knowns and unknowns: Bell's & Founders never dissapointed. Their serving sizes were pretty generous. Beer menu broke down all of their beer styles on tap and bottles.

Watch out for Trivia nights mid-week from 7PM to 9PM, the tables and bars max out and it might be a 5min to an hr wait. During weekends the bottom bar opens up with some pretty good deals. It's right on U of Michigan's campus so you get a mostly older college crowd and can hear many laments from lots of graduate students over some great tasting beer. Definitely will miss Ashley's and will look forward to going back whenever I get the chance to.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

There is no better selection of beer in Ann Arbor. From Dogfish 120 and Dogfish World Wide to Trappiste Rochefort 10 and Double Crooked Tree, this place has it all. Recently tried beers from a brewery I had not heard of--Oddside Ales--and they were excellent.

The food is decent, but nothing to rave about. Pizza and burgers are good. I would go for the Lineman Burger if you like big sloppy ones.

They have a beer tour, where you are rewarded for trying a certain number of beers. Highly recommended for the beer buff (as well as the scotch/whiskey buff). Need to get there early, as it fills up quick once grad students head out of their office around 4:30 or 5 pm. Certainly the place to be for beer snobs.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Ashley's is awesome. I make it a point to go there every time I visit Ann Arbor. The atmosphere is great. Both inside and outside, it has sort of an old-fashioned feel to it - something that I'm a fan of. They also have a ton of different old beer bottles on a mantle that encircles the whole place. During peak hours and days, it does get very busy, loud, and you'll probably have to wait. This should be expected in a college town like AA. The only downside to this is that the waiting area is very small, and if there's too many people, you might have to wait outside - not very comfortable during the winter. However, any wait that you have to endure will be worth your while. The selection of beers is excellent, including many rotating beers on tap. There's also this cool perk-program that they have called "Beer Tour." Essentially, you gain different things (anything from a free appetizer to a sweatshirt to your name on a plaque) for trying different beers.

If you're ever in the Ann Arbor area, I would highly recommend paying Ashley's a visit.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
4/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Arrived at Ashley's shortly after the Jolly Pumpkin La Roja GR release. First time visit, and I was very pleased. The draft list is displayed by a chalk board on the wall, and appeared to be keep up to date.

They had some really nice draft selections, things that you won't find elsewhere, such as Short's Sour Puss, and La Parcela on cask. A real treat both of those were. The place is rather small, and kind of has a college bar feel to it. A few TV's, and a really nice whisk(e)y selection.

Server was cordial, and seemed interested enough in the beer she was serving. Somewhat knowledgeable. I will revisit whenever in the A2 area. Great little spot.

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Photo of SonnyBono
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

I really enjoy Ashely's. It's my go to beer bar in Ann Arbor, when I'm not hitting up the breweries. They have a very good selection but the service isn't all that quick. The servers are nice and have a working knowledge of beer (not stellar in my experience), but the place is too small for the demand on weekends.

Overall, this is the place I'd recommend to go if you want the best selection in town. Just be prepared to wait for a table or the bar if you come at peak hours. If you want to try the local Ann Arbor brews, walk a couple streets over to the brewpubs.

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Photo of Shibbykaiyai
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5

You go here for the beer selection....The beer list is a novel-length with beers that even the most knowledgeable BA poster has never heard of. As the tagiline on the radio spot states, "if you can't find it here, you probably don't want to drink it."

That being said, I was not too much of a fan of the place itself. You would think a place with this many options to offer a beer drinker would be mecca. But not really. Service was decent at best and the atmosphere was kinda pretentious.

Whenever I bring friends into A2, I bring em here for the stupidly long beer list. And then we head out to a neighborhood bar like Frasers or one of the ABC brewpubs to drink.

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Photo of patol8
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This is the bar any self respecting BA needs to go to when in Ann Arbor. The tap list speaks for itself and the bottle list is amazing as well. The food is decent pub fare, not too expensive. I usually go during happy hour when pints are $1 off and certains apps are half off. My favorite experience at Ashleys has been the Founders special tapping of KBS, Black Biscuit, and Backwoods Bastard. They also just happened to have Bells Wedding Ale on tap that night as well. The one complaint I would have about this place is it always seems to be very loud, even with a less than full bar. The noise does not matter though when you choosing from over 75 beers on tap and an amazing bottle list.

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Photo of Bslied
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I would like to start this review by saying I am definitely biased when reviewing this establishment. I frequented this bar quite a bit over the two years I was at grad school at the U of M, knew most of the staff, and even a bunch of the regular's. Ashley's was the place where I first discovered that there were beers outside of Yuengling, Coors, and Miller. The 60 or so beers on tap accompanied by just as man in bottle overwhelmed me at first. After sampling a few of the beers; however, it became evident that I knew nothing about good beer and needed to do some more investigating. I got more than just a master's degree at Umich, I got a beer education. The food at Ashley's was above average, with fancier pub fare encompassing most of the menu. The staff, from my experience, were a bunch of beer nuts who worked there because they loved what they did. They could come off as snobby to those less in the know, but were always very knowledgeable when approached with questions. As is with all college towns, this could have changed with student turn over since I have been there. Overall my favorite bar and would be there at least once a week if I lived in AA again.

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Photo of alebird
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.

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Photo of DrJay
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

We stopped in over the Xmas holidays after visiting the Jolly Pumpkin brewpub. Decent atmosphere, it really seemed like a bar near a college, lots of (what appeared to be) students hanging out with friends having a drink. Restrooms are located in the basement and the steep stairs seemed to serve a dual purpose as a soberness test. Great beer selection, dozens on tap and dozens more in bottles. It seems that the main list doesn't change much because the beer menus appear to be printed only once every few months, but there are new additions on the chalkboard that look like they rotate on a more regular basis. Local brews were well represented, as were larger craft brewers and foreign outfits. Just check out their website to see what I mean. Service was decent, quick and accurate though our server was clearly still learning about the craft beer scene. Prices were reasonable for both pints and bottles. This would certainly be a regular spot for me if I were attending U of M and I'll likely be back on my next trip to Ann Arbor.

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Photo of Rocks
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This place is located right across the street from the Michigan campus. I went here because I was only in the state for a couple of days and needed to get my fix of Bells beer before returning to Massachusetts where they don't distribute.

The place was fairly small, but it looked like they have a bar downstairs as well. The menu had pretty much any type of bar food you could ask for. I had a beef and cheddar which was so good I don't think I'll be able to eat what passes off as one at Arby's ever again.

Though I stuck with my promise of drinking all the Bells they had on draft (of which they had a bunch), the beer selection was excellent with 70 beers on draft, including a huge selection from around the state. Their beer menu doubles as a beer education guide and is good to keep your interest if bored.

I'd love to return here sometime when I can allow myself to try more of their diverse beer menu.

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Ashley's in Ann Arbor, MI
Place rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 141 ratings