Ashley's

BA SCORE
95
world-class

135 Ratings
Ashley'sAshley's
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(734) 996-9191 | map
ashleys.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
95
Ratings:
135
Reviews:
82
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
6.78%
 
 
Taps:
72
Bottles/Cans:
200
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Ratings: 135 |  Reviews: 82
Photo of slander
4.58/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Brewpub, brewpub, and now what? We're still in Ann Arbor, but I think we've got some time yet. The bright, hot yellow-orange thing is still up there in the sky so it can't be too late. I think we're now moving in a different direction than where we left the car...
The bartender was drinking Bell's Two Hearted Ale on cask. I immediately asked het to marry me, but she didn't reply (She, deep in thought, contemplating my offer, to be sure). The "L" seat bar seats about 10, with 7 raised bar and some shorter tables in the adjacent pen beneath a massive mirror. Brick walls, stucco ceiling, duct work, colored glass lamps and track lighting, beer signs, placards, mirrors, a good juke box, stained glass panels to the rear facing into the far room, and a single TV above rear the corner of the bar.
The rear room holds 12 booths and a handful of tables, the walls decorated with mirrors, and beer bottles lining the room and the posts over the entranceways. Likewise with the forward rooom, a 6 table nook along the front windows. Downstairs, there's a room with another "L" shaped bar, this one seating a dozen. Phil's golf game and foosball but otherwise, dark, dim, and creepy. I'm a-scared, I'm goin' back upstairs.
70 taps and 3 casks (Bell's Two Hearted Ale & Porter, and the DogFishHead 90 Minute IPA). Taps behind the bar in a single row beneath shelves of booze runs the length. Blackboards above list the specials. A very good collection of Michigan beers (Arcadia, Dark Horse, Bell's, New Holland, Motor City, Short's, Dragonmead, Founders, King Brewing, Joly Pumpkin), micros near and far (DogFishHead, Harpoon, Great Lakes, Sierra Nevada, Celis, Anchor, Sam Adams, Lionheart), Belgians (Delirium Tremons, Gulden Draak, Piraat, La Chouffe, Hoegaarden, Duchesse De Bourgogne), Germans (Franziskaner, Weihenstephan, Ayinger, Warsteiner, Reissdorf Kolsch, Spaten), a hat trick of Irish Stouts (Guinness, Beamish & Murphy's), ciders and more.
60 plus bottles show a larger selection of Belgians (Achel, Westmalle, Rochefort, Orval, Chimay, Triple Karmeliet, Piraat, Caracole, Fantome, Duchesse, Delirium, Duvel, Chouffe, Gulden Draak), English & Scottish, and a nice focus on Porters & Stouts.
They've also got wines, small batch bourbons, single malts, and do Martini's. A late night munchies menu shows Fries, Stix, Nachos, Wings & Rings. Service was pleasant, beer was outstanding. The deal!!

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Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped here for lunch on a recent excursion through Michigan. I was mainly interested in regional taps, and Ashley's didn't disappoint. Sort of typical english pub atmosphere, the real eye candy were the 60+ tap handles at eye level. There was an interesting and eclectic bottle collection lining the walls of the seasting area. Front windows faced the open campus, otherwise it was more dim bar lighting in the back. Jukebox music was slightly loud, but this is a bar not a library...

Service was really great. We were practically the only group at the bar, so we were taken care of well. Our bartender was quick to offer tastes, which was a plus. He even googled one rotating beer to find out the beer style for us.

Sampled JP Weizen Bam and Short's Soft Parade here. A good group of rotating locals, varied imports, and even a mead. Big beer menu, with descriptions and a draft/bottle symbol key. They had 3 cask selections, which was also impressive.

Food was tasty, I had bbq pork "wings" which were excellent. Juicy on the inside, with a smoky char on the exterior. Stilton fries were also tasty. Restrooms were slightly nasty.

Recommend this place if you are passing through. The locals have it pretty good here!

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

In the heart of Ann Arbor, across the street from U of M. This is a very cozy, comfortable brew stop. 60 taps, with three on cask when I visited. Nice. Fine selections O' pleanty. They also have an extensive bottle list. Food was not sampled but the menu and food being munched all around me looked diverse and tasty. Very friendly staff, good music in the background, what else could you want? I visited in the afternoon, so crowd was moderate and mellow. I was told this place is mobbed in the evenings, I can understand why.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.28/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Whew, did I need this place after the previous night! It was centrally located to the U of M campus, on one of the main thoroughfares. I entered through a short vestibule, up a short passageway with its left wall being one side of a six-table, non-smoking dining area that overlooked the street. The maitre d’ station sat just before the “L”-shaped wood bar with twenty (20) taps and three (3) cask engines attached to it. The back bar included another forty-five (45) taps and the selection ranged from Michigan-produced beers to German, English, and Belgian imports, to Dogfish Head to Stoudt’s and Victory (hooray for the home teams). I began with H2O and Jolly Pumpkin on draft. My bartender was highly energetic and it wore me out watching her flit around. Ohh, my head.

To the left of the bar, facing aft, were more restaurant tables and chairs and continuing aft was a large stained glass panel with more restaurant seating past the panel with booths along the right wall. They had lots of blackboards throughout the place, listing specials (both bottle and weekly) and the rotating taps. I also found it notable that spent bottles seemed to line every horizontal space in the overhead.

What about the washrooms? They were down a flight of steps to the right of the non-smoking section, in an area designated as “Ashley’s Underground”. There was also a foosball table, and another bar with about twenty (20) taps. The left wall, facing aft, was painted to look like a London subway station. Nice.

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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 WillieThreebiers
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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

I finally stopped at Ashley's, after about 3 years of good intentions during business trips to the Detroit area. This restaurant is nice and dark, with lots of wood and stained glass going on in the interior. The crowd was mostly college students I think, plus a couple quirky looking college professor or dropout types, plus me and a coworker (normal). The food was good and very reasonably priced, about $8 for a burger and <$15 for anything else on the menu. The beer list was extensive, and about 70 beers were available on draft. The list included notables from North America (Stone, DFH, Unibroue, Ommegang, etc), Belgium (St Bernardus, Kasteel, etc), Germany & UK (many good beers I'm in danger of mis-spelling). Most drafts were $5-7, and were served between 10oz and 18oz depending on ABV.

I definitely recommend a stop here, there's a beer for every palate.

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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 tommy5
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of orangesol
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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 Spaceman_Jer
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of 86sportster883
4.15/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The Ann Arbor Ashley's is a college town bar with a great selection of beers in both bottles and on tap. In fact, there were almost 70 beers on tap and trying to decide which beer to drink took more time than deciding what to eat for lunch. I wound up with a Belgian sampler of beers, most of which I had only had in bottles prior. For lunch I ordered the smoked turkey wrap with fries that I found to be quite good. The service was friendly, the atmosphere (on a late weekday afternoon) was subdued, and the draft beer list was outstanding. I'd have to agree that Ashley's of Ann Arbor is a must stop for all BAs.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

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 MarcatGSB
4/5  rDev -6.5%
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 slasich
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

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 BMMillsy
4.15/5  rDev -3%
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 CraigTravor
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

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 JackNip
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Brenden
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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.

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Ashley's in Ann Arbor, MI
4.28 out of 5 based on 135 ratings.
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