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Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(734) 996-9191 | map

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Photo of DrJay
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
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 +1.2%
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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Photo of buschbeer
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

I went to Ashley's before a Michigan game. I read that they had 70 beers on tap and that was good enough for me to check it out. I expected a bigger place. It was average sized, but I did see that there was also a bar downstairs that was not being used in the early afternoon. I loved the beer selection. As I mentioned, they have 70 taps, and they also have 90 bottle selections. There is a beer menu with descriptions of the beers that are permanently in stock. They also have rotating taps, so they keep a nice variety of seasonals.

I started with a flight of rotating taps (Short's Key Lime Pie, DFH Funkin Punkin, Pumking, and a chocolate porter). Then I had to sign up for the Ultimate Beer Tour. This will keep me coming back for each trip to Ann Arbor.

I had a buger that was good. The service was a bit slow, but I didn't die of thirst. This is a must see attraction in the Ann Arbor beer scene.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.74/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

In Ann Arbor to check out the beer scene and despite the many brew pubs this is the best place to head by far, however, it totally has its downsides. First of all we were there two consecutive nights and it was just way to crowded, I can't imagine it when school is in session. The atmosphere was nothing special at all, almost down right boring...The quality and selection of beer was pretty good. They have something like 70 taps and a couple hundred bottles which is impressive, but almost too overwhelming. The taps were of decent quality and lot of local stuff, but also a lot of easy to find bs that really shouldn't be there. They did have dragonsmeade and Kuhnhenn, which is really nice. The bottle list was nothing great, I didn't see anything I had to get. Now I am being pretty picky, this place has nice beer that anyone can find something good to drink.

My real problem with this place comes down to the service, again two nights at least four different bartenders who didn't know jack about beer. We constantly asked them for suggestions and they always kept offering us easy to find crap. Me and my friend told them each, hey we've had a ton of stuff, show me something good and local. The first clown goes why don't you try a delirium tremens, we say no, then he goes how about a delirium nocturnum? REALLY GUY? REALLY?

So basically, get better service, offer a little higher standard on taps and this place could be world class.

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Photo of liquidcraft
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I find myself at Ashley's regularly which probably leads me to be more critical than many. I also live 5 minutes from Hopcat in Grand Rapids so I get spoiled.

Ashley's keeps the rotating tap list pretty interesting and the bottle list is certainly the most substantial in the area. If you like beer and you're in Ann Arbor then this is the stop to make. The atmosphere is laid back, sometimes it gets a little loud. They always have a few casks...badass, and the beer tour? I'll take free stuff for beers I would have drank anyways.

You never know how the service is going to be; some nights I'd give it a 5, other nights a 1. On more than one occasion we've gotten the wrong beers brought to us and the beer list is updated rarely (the rotating taps listed online were last updated december 2009). Always pick out two beers because often enough they won't have the first one you chose. While the food is pretty average, the late-night food menu should generally be avoided. Save yourself the money, go home and microwave some frozen TV dinners. Same quality. Also, this last remark is more observation than criticism, but if there's any sort of a wait the line gets jammed into a space about 3 ft x 10 ft, not for the claustrophobic.

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Photo of lstokes
4.28/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

It's a loud college bar on the end of the Diag--when I went, my friend and I were trying to have a conversation, but having a hard time between the trivia competition, the music, and the sheer crowd of people. Our service was friendly, but a bit slow, and I didn't ask him any questions about the beer, so no comment there.

Not great points for atmosphere, but this is the best-stocked college bar I've ever been in, with over 60 beers on tap and maybe another 60-something in bottles. The food is also superb, especially the fries with creative toppings--stilton? pesto? chicken curry? wow!--and the burgers and pizzas.

If I live in Ann Arbor next year (I'm checking out the graduate school) I could easily see myself being a regular here.

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Photo of Shumista
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is one of my favorite bars in Ann Arbor. As an undergraduate in a fraternity most of my buddies like the louder party-like atmosphere of Rick's, Good Time Charley's, 5th Quarter etc. I don't really like slamming pitchers of Natty Light though, and I'd much rather enjoy a few pints here any night. It definitely has more of a grown up feel, more grad students and older customers are usually here than undergrads. Don't fool yourself into thinking this is just another college bar because its in a college town. I suppose it can get a little bit crazy sometimes on the weekend, but it's nothing compared to the aforementioned bars. Haha now that I think of it one my old GSIs used to old his office hours here...he was a pretty cool guy.

Anyways the selection is great and is frequently changing and the beer menu is extremely descriptive. 70ish beers on tap and 50+ bottles. One cool thing they do here is the world beer tour, giving you free stuff for trying more beers. I use it as a good excuse to try beers that are new to me. The food is pretty good, especially for bar food. Definitely not fine dining, but very tasty stuff. Pub fare done right in my opinion. As has been mentioned the service is really my only gripe. That being said I usually go to Ashley's to relax so the sometimes slow service doesn't bother me a whole lot. If it's busy just order your next beer while your still working your current one. With luck it will show up by the time you are done.

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Photo of Telix
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Ashley's is a great bar that anyone would be happy to have in their hometown. I first checked it out when I was interviewing for my job here in Ann Arbor, actually, based on Beer Advocate reviews. It did not disappoint - a tremendous selection of full-time drafts (around 60, I believe) and a good selection of rotating taps, somewhere in the 8-10 range. The full-time taps are a great range of quality craft brews from America and around the world - I believe the only macro at all is Labatt's. They get some interesting and exclusive drafts, and have three cask ales pulling all the time. Additionally, their single malt scotch selection is excellent, if you want to experiment past beer.

The atmosphere is a bit lacking, in that it's essentially a large, loud, college bar close to UM campus. It gets full when you'd expect it to, and the jukebox is sometimes too loud for decent conversation. It's not exactly attractive inside, but there are a number of tables of different sizes to accommodate groups, couples, etc.

One thing I don't love about Ashley's is the service, which can be hit and miss, but I think it's more a staffing issue - sometimes they simply didn't have enough servers on the floor. The servers usually know a decent amount about the beer they are serving, but I've been poured a beer I knew was wrong, and they didn't really seem too sorry about it in the least. Usually they are nice enough college-age servers and come around enough to keep a beer in your hand, but other times you'll be waiting longer than you'd like. Honestly, I don't like bars with table service, but it wouldn't work as a bar service place.

The food is overall pretty solid. I like the pesto chicken pizza a lot, the appetizers are tasty, and the fish and chips is good. The pizzas are a good price and a good size for splitting, so that's my usual go-to.

An enjoyable aspect of Ashley's is the Beer Tour, which is much like other beer tours - drink different beers, get them checked off your list, and earn prizes as you go along. A benefit of Ashley's beer tour is that, instead of Budweiser, Michelob, etc, you have stuff like Schneider Aventinius, Founder's Pale Ale, Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald, and so on. The prizes start pretty good, too, with a free appetizer and pizza being the first two things you earn, and those are at 5 and 10 beers!

It's a great place to go if you want a few good drafts and some eats, but are willing to take the chance on a crappy experience.

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Photo of adamette
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Edit: Just found my notes taken that day here in their unedited form:

10 15 09 visit. Referred here by Jolly Pumpkin Ann Arbor waiter who said that it was 4 blocks away. It was more like about 7 blocks but it was a welcomed walk none the less. On State Street, opposite commons of University of Michigan, nice bustling location, lots of foot traffic. Great amount of taps. Delirium Tremens, Aventinus, Arrogant Bastard, lots of local Michigan beers, Rogue and that is all on tap....did not even see their bottles.

Atmosphere: Smokey but wonderfully cluttered with beer bottles, signage, hard wood furniture, crusty bar, friendly, attentive people on a Thursday afternoon pretty much on the campus of U of M.

College atmosphere with band signage, bulletin board for lessons of various sorts.

Based on a visit there 10 15 09. Review from limited notes, mainly memory.

Atmosphere This is certainly a college bar with a better selection of beer than any college bar that I have ever been in. Notifications of apartments, happenings on campus at University of Michigan (the place is across from a huge commons area of campus) and other services are on a cork board as you enter and there are paraphernalia from all manner of breweries, bottles also from hundreds, if not a thousand, breweries as well. I really like the atmosphere but I like the selection of taps probably more. 4.5

Quality Good with proper glassware and a beer advocacy that you do not often find in a place so close to a major campus. 4.0

Service Good. Several people, including someone who turned out later to be a patron, offered the beer list which is a small book. 4.0

Selection The best part of the place. As stated, I have never been to what is essentially a college bar with such an incredible selection. Two rows of craft, imported taps including Aventinus, Delerium Tremens, a lot of local Michigan beers and even Great Lakes Brewing Company (sort of my hometown brewery) were represented. Really, really good. 4.5

Food Did not order any food.

Value Reasonable.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

found ashleys on Friday night for a pint and spent the better part of saturday afternoon here for 4 more.

quirky place - a waitlist for a beerbar. there is no loitering allowed - no standing at the bar. while this seems to be a good trait, it's also extremely annoying. If they care that much about beer culture, then at least get rid of all the damn smoke in here.

otherwise - the atmosphere is good enough. lots of beerschwag present. the beer menu presents tons of information and is great for novices and noobs. as you wait in line, the chalkboards on the wall outline the rotational taps.

selection was great - for sure. 70ish taps - tons of attractive stuff. in two visits i kicked back a few shorts ipas, an arcadia hopmouth cask, a jolly pumpkin bam biere, a third coast old ale. there was a lot of other stuff of interest too - sipped on a ruination and shorts soft parade. there were interesting highlights from southern tier and great divide as well as enough belgian schwag to keep you interested

everything tasted great and when a cute blonde is ignorantly asked what her favorite beer is and responds "ruination", the place gets a point.

didnt eat - menu looked average

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Photo of Sammy
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Outstanding bar in beautiful Ann Arbor. Lots of people here always. Decent sized bar, with lots of tables. Lots of taps. Lots of bottles, though the bottles are the Shelton brothers lineup that can be bought elsewhere. Bartenders are very knowledgeable about the beers and the craft beer scene. I heard it rumoured, and I did see staff sit down with people and help host little parties of people. Great little street with little groceries, Ben and Jerries, parking available. Mostly local Michigan stuff, but there were some good nationals as well, i.e. Southern Tier creme brullee. An ongoing craft beer party. The food is supposed to be very decent.

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Photo of Deuane
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Stopped in for a few pints and lunch during our tour of downtown A2.

Nice,homey old English style pub inside. Quite small and I am sure this place could get crazy crowded. We choose to sit at the bar and was well attended to by the bartenderess.

A CRAZY tap menu with tons of Michigan beers to include 3 Short's, numerous Bell's, Founder's, JP, New Holland and a few others. All in all--70 taps. Then, the bottles...if you couldn't find something on tap to enjoy! Oh, and if that is not enough they have a selection of over 60 single malt Scotches!

Food was tasty and well presented. I had a Stilton Chicken Salad and C had some "special" salad, it had dried fruit and pecans and she claimed it was quite nice.

Everything seemed fresh from the beers to the food, no complaints here.

I really liked our visit to this place. If I lived in the A2 area I am sure I would be a regular patron. The incredible selection alone would bring me back over and over again!

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Photo of lamarr04
4.58/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Ashley's is my favorite bar in Ann Arbor. Amazing tap and bottle selection and surprisingly good food. Atmosphere is quite nice with a comfortable interior, and older clientele. Memorable experiences I have had there are having Harry magills spiced stout on-tap on a day when they had something like 20 bells beers on tap. Having my first russian imperial stout, Old Rasputin, on-tap. There are too many great beers that I have had on tap to name. In terms of food, their waffle fries are the ultimate in late night bar food. Only complaint would be staff that sometimes has very little clue about what they are serving.

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Photo of AVDeuph
3.4/5  rDev -20.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Well there isn't too much to say about Ashley's that hasn't been said already. Beer selection, particularly tap, is very good. They have 3 beers on cask, include 90-minute. I've had Founder's KBS, Goose Island Imperial IPA (underrated!), and other great beers on tap here as their rotating selection is ever-changing and excellent.

Main issue with Ashley's (besides crazy crowds essentially every day) is the service. I understand it gets ridiculous in there but I can't believe that they aren't able to just throw in a few more waitstaff sometimes to get things running more smoothly.

A perfect place to have dinner and great beer on a weekday at 5pm.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.15/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped in here on my way to Founders. Great place on one of the greatest campuses there is around. Smack in the middle of the University of Michigan's campus. Great list of tap beers. I went straight for the Short's offerings, then went with a Dark Horse Crooked Tree. The food was solid, but the place can get pretty crowded as you can imagine from it being on a college campus.
Plenty of great beers on tap and a great environment, locale. What else can you ask for in a beer bar?
I'll stop here whenever I'm anywhere near the place.

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Photo of SaucyA
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Ashley's is a cool little bar on State, right in the heart of Ann Arbor. Seems like there's a nice mix of students, locals, and average joes.

I went in on a nice spring afternoon... sat at the bar and immediately spotted the beers I wanted to try on the chalk board. A quick glance over their taps definitely lets you know this place is all business. Stone, Shorts, Bells, Founders, Chimay, Goose Island, and Jolly Pumpkin were all well represented.

I was greeted quickly and after having a sample and perusing the menu, I went with a lunch special. $10 total got me a PINT of Goose Island Imperial IPA, and a nice 1/2 turkey wrap and a cup of white bean chicken chili. A well-known regular was an awesome conversationalist, and made my time there that much more fun. I managed to get samples of Perseguidor, Goose Island IIPA and Night Stalker.

I have absolutely no complaints about Ashley's, and I honestly can't wait to make it out there again. This place is a real gem, especially on a beautiful afternoon.

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Photo of bsand2053
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I've been going to Ashely's for about a year a now, and I've yet to find a better bar anywhere. The amount of beer is staggering, and they are all excellent brews. I think the most low-brow beer they serve is Labatt's Blue Light, which I'm sure is only on the menu for people unfamiliar with craft beer. They have everything from local micro brews (Bell's, Jolly Pumpkin, Founders, etc), to Trappist ales. They also have an excellent selection of Scotch.

The service is generally very good, I have only ever had a problem once, and even then, it wasn't a big deal. It can get a little loud, I wish they would lose the jukebox, and sometimes people can be noisy, but never out of control. Its not that kind of bar. The food is solid, nothing out of this world. The interior is just dark enough, with great brick walls, nice tables, and beer signs all over.

All in all, this is a great place. It is where I began my beer education and it is where I continue it to this day. When I graduate from Michigan, Ashley's will one of the places I miss the most.

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Photo of foggymountainman
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

great place. attractive and usually packed.

the quality of Ashley's is wonderful. good people, great selection of beer with a good menu that has accurate descriptions of each beer choice. i don't think they have PBR, which is too bad, but i wouldn't order it anyway.

the service is good. friendly staff, and are pretty well on the ball.

the selection of beer at this bar is the best in A2. some 60 beers to choose from and a number of rotating taps that amount to anywhere from 10-15, and rotating bottles.

The food is delicious, which is just icing on the cake.

check it out, it won't disappoint.

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Photo of thekanna
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I used to go here all the time during my college years. This place started cultivating my interest in domestic craft brews and Belgian beers, and is a wonderful introduction for college students at the University of Michigan to expand their horizons beyond Natty Light or Busch.

The atmosphere of this place is wonderful; it really has the whole thriving college brewpub feel to it. The place comes alive with its clientele and community-like interaction. The selection is exquisite: more Bell's (and other local midwest brewers) on tap than you can count, wonderful bottled Belgians, fresh English ales. The food is pretty good pub fare but that's not why you're here, is it? The servers are always good to suggest a great beer catered to your taste, even if you aren't a beer drinker. I've brought so many people here before and none of them have ever had a bad time. Overall, highly recommended if you're on a trip to Ann Arbor.

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Photo of westernseraph
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I visted Ashley's while I was on a business trip to Ann Arbor.

Aside from being COMPLETELY blown away by their selction on tap they came at you with a full list of bottled beers. Living in the Southwest there was an insane amount of beer that I have wanted to try in a bottle, but to have the ability to have it on tap was that much sweeter. I never thought I would see some Founder's Breakfeast Stout on tap :)

Their service was great the waitress was right on top of our glasses whenever they were empty. My two traveling mates got food there and I tried a little and it was pretty tasty....But not as tasty as the beer was!

I will definately be going back to visit when I am in the state again--Hopefully I can bring more people with to share in an awesome experience.

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Photo of botham
3.48/5  rDev -18.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Ashley's Pub is right in Downtown Ann Arbor, across the street from the University. The atmosphere inside is fairly laid back, with wood being fairly ubiquitous, and an ambiance of amiable comradery. the bar is straight ahead as one enters, with seating on the streetside and a dining room in back. the bar area is nicely open, to show off the sixty-plus taps available.

quality is decent. with this many taps, one must question how often the lines get cleaned, especially when most of them are permanent taps. this BA stuck to the rotating taps, to be sure that they were fresh. One hand pump cask was available, which was quite good. the service was lacking quite a bit. the bartender would disappear for minutes at a time doing something in the back, leaving those at the bar without service, usually when it was needed most.

selection was great. a good variety of food offerings with sixty-plus taps. impressive while considering the context. food was good. the BBQ pork wings were good, albeit a bit dry.

overall, this is a solid stop for those in and passing by Ann Arbor. its location in proximity to the University is quite nice, and the offerings for beer are notable. cheers!

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Photo of ballewblake
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

I'm actually a bit mixed on the atmosphere here. The smoke was bad in the place, almost like half the bar was smoking. The food was okay, I got a burger that was decent, and about what you'd expect from a bar, nothing fancy or really great. When I showed up on a Friday afternoon around noon the bartender was the manager, whom didn't even drink, therefore knew nothing of the selection of beers, styles or anything. I got a Michigan sampler to start, which took her about 4-5 minutes to find all the taps (with the help of a local) and fill the 4 ounce tasters. After about an hour of this the normal bartender showed up from moving kegs around in the cooler. The service bumped up a notch after that. Fuzzy on his name at this point but I stayed until his shift ended. Met lots of students and interesting people. The selection was a bit middle of the road for me on this visit, which I'm sure isn't really the standard based on the other reviews. There were lots of mediocre labels or starter beers, and no American macros, mostly euro or British macros, which makes me think I just happened to come at a bad time. Most of the interesting bottles I wanted they were out of. Everything I had tasted fine and of the quality I expected. I'd go back and likely have a good time, and raise the rating of the review.

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Photo of tadowdaddy
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Ashley's has opened a restaurant/bar in Westland Michigan. They frequently change "what's on tap", often offering some of the local IPA's. For example, over the last month, I've enjoyed Stone IPA, Short's Huma Lupa Licious, and Bell's Two Hearted Ale.

Their menu, especially the pizza is tremendous. Warning: You must like Deep Dish Chicago Style Pizza to feel the same way. The bar is small, yet comfortable, well lit, and offers many televisions showing a wide range of sports. Any bar that has NTN Trivia gets bonus points as well.

If you're ever in the mood for some excellent and reasonably priced food, or would just like to try some different beers, Ashley's is definitely the place for you. They also have a wide variety (OVER 100) of bottled beer if you're not a fan of what they have on tap. The bonus here too is that they'll give you a small glass of whatever you are thinking about tasting prior to you ordering it, so you're able to determine if you like the beer prior to purchasing one.

Ashley's is my go to place for good food and great beer!

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Photo of gboyd
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

My wife and I went to Ashley's on a Sunday night. We were greeted by a person passed out on a table and a couple of seasoned regulars at the bar telling us "don't mind him, he just needs a couple of doughnuts!" Needless to say...I immediately liked the place.

That being said...

The draft selection was great! I very nice representation of craft beer. The menu was not only easy to read but also informative. I was a little disappointed in some of the swag they offered, but different strokes and all! We had a St. Bernard draft (very nice) and an Allagash Witte (also very nice)

The food was good. The turkey Rueben was decent, and their version of the "everything" burger was good too. It was piled high with all sorts of stuff and cooked to temperature (correctly too!) The fries with bleu cheese on them was my favorite dish.

The service was attentive, but not extremely informative. I think they rely too much on the menu explaining things. Even after I showed an above average interest in what they were doing there, our server didn't get the clue and try and shine me on to what made their beer bar "special."

All and all a good experience, but I will continue on with my quest for exceptional beer bars, before returning (and I will) to Ashleys.

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Photo of guntherhophead
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Ashley's on State St in Ann Arbor is a great place to sample some awesom beer from around the globe with a good traditional pub atmoshere and a great view of the U. of Michigan campus. My first real beer experience was from this place about 13 years ago with a good friend of mine. I was beer ignorant but was introduced to Duvel and was forever hooked on quality brews. The staff is friendly and knowlegeable and they encourage you to sample anything your curious about or unsure of. The beer is a bit pricey but quality usually is. The food is good bar food and if if you are so inclined, they have a nice scotch menu too.

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Ashley's in Ann Arbor, MI
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