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Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

91 Reviews
Barley's Taproom & PizzeriaBarley's Taproom & Pizzeria
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(828) 255-0504 | map
barleystaproom.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Reviews:
91
Ratings:
148
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
5.46%
 
 
Taps:
43
Bottles/Cans:
100
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews by kkipple:
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3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Finally made a stop by Barley's after a wonderful day knocking about Asheville. For a description of the place, Slander's review is pretty spot on. The short version is: this place won't blow your socks off but is solid in every respect.

We arrived on a Thursday night to a packed house around 7, and immediately went upstairs with our beer to get out of the noise. 3 beers and a mead later, the crowd had thinned out and a band started covering Bob Marley. (Note: If you don't like Bob Marley, Asheville is not the town for you.)

Upstairs boasted some 20 beers on draft, darts, pool tables, and a horde of (I assume) retired taps along the ceiling. The local beer selection was good, with multiple offerings from Highland, Foothills, Pisgah, Duck Rabbit and Catawba being featured prominently. Some other notable draft beers were Weihenstephaner Hefe, Bigfoot, and Redstone Black Raspberry mead (delectable.) Nary a Bud or Coors in sight! I would venture a guess that some 50 beers were on tap total and another 60 or so in bottles. I spotted Delirium Tremens, Lindemans, Sam Smith, Chimay, and some Victory in bottles. A well-written beer menu gives the price per pint / bottle / pitcher for the beers along with a good description and alcohol content. The beers were reasonably priced; most were $3.50 a pint.

The service was reasonably fast and friendly. I had a pint from the bottom of the keg and brought it to my servers attention, and it was promptly substituted. My friends and I shared an "All American" pizza, which was hot, fresh, and quite ample. Overall the food seemed to be a notch above your usual pub fare.

I quite enjoyed Barley's and will return next time I'm in town. This is a great place to take your family if you happen to be passing through; but for a more pub-like atmosphere, try Jack of the Wood.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of scottspencer
4.25/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Miles_in_beer_city
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of RochefortChris
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Johntomk
4.25/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of redfish2942
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of MasterRigger
5/5  rDev +18.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of OldhouseRecs
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of younggun
3.35/5  rDev -20.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of mlockman
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
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 -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of ADTaber
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of AJNIDEK
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
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 -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of italianstallion
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of MaximumYuks
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of WarEagleJeep
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of DuaneL
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
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 +18.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of wapcap
3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
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 -2.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of iiaudio
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of MOVERTON1284
4/5  rDev -5%

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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Photo of ThurstonHowell3
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria in Asheville, NC
4.21 out of 5 based on 148 ratings.
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