The Bier Garden

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The Bier GardenThe Bier Garden

Type: Bar, Eatery

46 Haywood St
Asheville, North Carolina, 28801-2836
United States

(828) 285-0002 | map

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 46
Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Huge place that had one bar open and another one that was closed. Plenty of TVs, and plenty of tables filled with patrons. There are about 20 beers on draft here with numerous bottles. Lots of local beers but some macros too. The beers we had were fresh, and didn't eat any food. So many places to hit up in town I only stopped here once.

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Photo of mlockman
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Food was phenomenal, and the selection of beer was very good by all means. Comfortable atmosphere, but the service was just a tad slower than I would have preferred.

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Photo of PaleHorse
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.25

I really like that this place has put a lot of effort into focusing on beer. They haven't slacked in other areas: plenty of big TVs, ample room on a week night, pool table, etc., but they have a good selection of good beer. I would recommend, and will go back.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

This place was right next to our hotel, so it was the last stop before crashing. It's pretty wide open and they have a wide selection, albeit mundane. Lots of macro and lots of low gravity craft. There's definitely something for most, but you won't find many sought after items here. They have pool tables, dart boards and lots of TV's, which makes it a lot like a sports bar. And I wasn't 100% sure, but I think it was connected to a mall? It was after hours so that door was closed off. Either way, it's a nice casual stop for a pint, better suited if you're staying in the vicinity, not necessarily as a destination.

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Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Vibe: This is more of a sports bar than a beer destination, but being Asheville it has a pretty good beer selection and as an added bonus the place opens at 11:00 am while many other bars in the city don't open until well later in the afternoon. I came in here around lunchtime on a Saturday and also returned later that evening. The evening crowd mainly seemed to be there to watch sports on the multiple TVs or play in the game room, some of which were drinking macro lagers.

Quality: Beers were served in the proper temperature, although one beer seemed to be coming off the keg flat. When I sat at the bar I received a snifter glass for a whiskey barrel aged beer.

Service: When I sat at the bar, the bartenders were very friendly and promptly came over to see if I wanted another beer. Service at the tables was a little slower.

Selection: The Bier Garden has 30 beers on-tap, approximately eight of which were from local Asheville breweries; a few others were also from North Carolina breweries elsewhere in the state. They also had an extensive selection of about 150+ bottled beers.

Food: I tried a couple of the appetizers, including the Bier Battered Vegetables, Smoked Gouda & Bacon Mac & Cheese, and Nachos. It wasn't overly fancy, but it was nice to have something to munch on while sampling beers.

Value: This place seemed a little bit pricier compared to some of the other bars in Asheville, but it wasn't expensive. It's not a bad selection if you are looking for a place that's open early or want to have a few beers while watching a game on TV.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Kind of an interesting atmosphere, as it is located inside like an old downtown mall or something? Nice floors, and kind of a historic look.
They have a long wood bar, and maybe 30 taps or something. They have mostly local beers on tap, well representation from NC and the south Atlantic.
We sat at the bar, and the bartender was "courteous". She didn't really talk to us too much about beer, or anything for that matter. She wasn't exactly busy, but busy enough to not pay much attention to us.
We had some food, which was actually pretty disappointing. The Cuban was pretty bad, and the salad was past it's prime to be honest. Just another average stop in Asheville.

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Photo of JdoubleA
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

A- Really varies. You can either be stuck out in the open hall, which sucks, be at the bar which is a little cramped unless you're there at off hours, or in one of the few tables that are technically inside the restaurant. Best case scenario you are at a table by the window for some people watching while sipping on something nice and catching a cool asheville breeze.

Q- Good.

S- Alright, but every time I go they are slammed and possibly a bit understaffed. The servers themselves are good.

S2- Decent, maybe 30 taps focusing on local brews most of the time, but with a good variation.

F- It's typical stuff done ok. Some of their apps aren't that great.

V- In line with asheville.

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Photo of russpowell
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped in for lunch today, it was plan C, but it worked out

Lots of beer memorabilia & sports bar sums it up, but it worked for me

All the beers seemed in fairly good shape

Service at the bar was friendly & prompt

Selection was fairly good, if I was grading on the Asheville scale probably a 3.5, but good to me. Nice, not mid-blowing selection of draft & bottles

Food was very tasty had white been & ham sup & choclate mousse cake, yum!

3 pints & the food $25 after tax, so bordering on expensive...

Would be a great option of checking out a game or of the Green Man & Thirsty Monk aren't open :P

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Photo of thagr81us
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Stopped in here on a recent trip to Asheville. Had been meaning to stop in for quite awhile but usually am in no shape to make the walk... Upon walking in this place is fairly open. I took a sit at the bar which was a little dark and started to look over the beer menu. Nice selection going on here of locals and Belgian brews. I stuck to the locals myself and actually found a few harder to find ones on the list as well. The bartender was very nice and knowledge about all the beers he was serving. The waitstaff was also very nice and polite with the ones that I chatted with while I was there. Did not try any of the food nor did I look at the menu so I can't attest to the quality of their food unfortunately. This was a pretty nice spot to stop in and have a brew without doubt. I would suggest it as a stop in Asheville to anyone.

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Photo of mbrown26
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

A pretty fun restaurant with a nice beer list. I had the Catawba Valley pumpkin ale while I was there two weeks ago that paired nicely with the fish and chips. I believe my wife had the cuban.

Decent size restaurant and bar. Asheville has a nice selection of local breweries and The Bier Garden does a good job of having a nice selection. Even had two meads available.

The menu had a good variety of options and the prices were reasonable for a pub style restaurant that attracts both locals and travelers.

Not quite a place to go if you only had one day in Asheville, but certainly worth a visit on a weekend stay.

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Photo of Schwab
2.9/5  rDev -25.3%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

For some odd reason we ended up in this place for a short amount of time the other night. Not sure how we got there or even why we stayed for a drink. Service was alright but people were friendly for the most part since we sat at the bar. Place looks dirty at least at night but they manage to keep a pretty good beer selection IMO. One thing I still don't get is why the place is called Bier Garden. There is neither a garden nor is any of it outside. I definately have no desire to go back even though it really could have been worse. I just think that there are better places just around the corner. If they clean up that place a bit it could be nice.

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Photo of atsprings
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Visited here for the second time as it is near the parking deck we use to go to Bruisin' Ales. The atmosphere is rather quiet during the afternoon, a little dark, but that's not too surprising. The service is decent, but the staff does not seem to know the beer as well as other places. The selection is decent, but like too many places, they seem to stick with the most well known selection from each brewery they carry. Honestly, I certainly prefer Barley's. We checked out the food menu, but nothing jumped out and it was a bit pricey, the beer was reasonable, however.

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Photo of GJ40
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I stopped in with my wife while visiting Asheville. It was late on a Friday night (later than we're usually out) and it was roaring with a young, college aged crowd.

The Bier Garden has an odd mix of rooms. The bar area has a decent feel to it but the main area is a bit like drinking in a mall food court. They do have a back room or two with pool tables. But overall, I think it's more about body count than atmosphere.

The Bier Garden does have a decent beer selection with 20+ taps focusing mostly on local beers. I went with a Catawba Valley Fire Water IPA. They have bottles as well.

The Bier Garden is worth a stop for the beer but don't expect much more.

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Photo of baby4rose
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

This place is right on Haywood. They dinning area has glass sliding doors that can be opened during different parts of the year. The beer is L shaped with TV's and numerous taps along the wall. The interior is dark wood and copper with a fireplace to keep you warm during the winter. It is definitely a place to check out. The food portions are a little on the small size and are a little more expensive for my taste. Beer prices are average. I frequented the same for lunch a few time while working down town.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Walked in later on a Saturday night. We weer able to get a table in the non-smoking area and the place was packed. Very loud with lots of tv's tuned to the evenings sporting events. Tap list was big but not overly impressive with a mixing of locals and alot of your more mainstream national microbrews. Also plenty for the BMC crowd. Bottle list was pretty impressive as well. Prices were all reasonable and service was prompt. A little too loud and sports-barish for what my wife and I were looking for, but definitely a good place to stop by.

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Photo of drperm
4.88/5  rDev +25.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Excellent beer destination in Asheville! Right downtown, across from Malaprop's Bookstore.
Roomy -- if anything, it's TOO roomy, lending a certain reclaimed-retail-mall-space feel that one might not want in their watering hole of choice. However, the bar proper is cozy and just-slightly-Victorian-enough to be inviting, and there's no fear of bumping elbows and spilling your pint. Game room in the back, nice clean restrooms, and lots of European football (the one with the round ball) on the telly.

The bartender was one of the most friendly, engaging, energetic I've seen recently. Bravo.

The selection -- well, it's the (technically) widest tap-and-bottle selection in town. What's to complain about? We were also there (who knew??) on "Irish night" -- special prices on Smithwicks and Guinness pints, as well as on Jamesons! Prices (even without the Irish specials) were, for the most part, quite reasonable. The high-gravities seemed a bit silly ($11 for a Chimay Blue? Give me a break!) but most of the standard session draughts and bottles where quite reasonably marked.

Didn't try the food, but the table next to us had some good-looking snacks on their plates. Definitely going to try out the menu next time.

Going to be returning soon, I trust!

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Photo of blackie
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

atmosphere: Adjacent to and adjoining some shops, The Bier Garden has an attractive though maybe smaller wooden bar in a nice dining room. A large TV sits behind the bar. There is also an airy overflow dining room with a cement floor and 5 or 6 TVs on the wall.

quality: All the beers seemed fine, and were served in standard pint glasses.

service: I went here to watch an NC State game and have dinner while in town. After unsuccessfully trying to find the game myself with the remote the waitress gave me, and after the bartendress told me definitively that they did not carry that channel, one of the waiters was able to find it for me after switching inputs. Aside from that minor frustration, the service was fine.

selection: Pretty good, and nice if you want to have dinner here, but there are much better selections to be had in town. Not to say that I felt misled by the name "Bier Garden," but I guess I was a little spoiled by Barley's wide range of locals. A nice range of local breweries were found here, but with only one or two taps from each. Bell's Two Hearted was also found on tap. There were also some others that I missed. If I had to guess I'd say maybe 20 taps. Just check the establishment link for their beer menu. There was a large bottle selection, but I guess I just prefer taps.

food: Wings were quite tasty, and my grilled portabella was pretty good.

value: Food was a touch pricey but the beer was reasonable.

Overall a good place to stop to watch a game and have some good beers at the same time. In fact, aside from Asheville Brewing's Coxe location, it was the only place I could find to watch this particular match. Barley's informed me that they "don't run a sports bar" (no shit) and has only one tiny TV, and Jack of the Wood focuses on English sports.

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Photo of jaco677
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Visited the Bier Garden on a sunny Saturday afternoon around lunchtime. You usual beery psuedo german brew hall decor. Got a table by the front windows facing the street, which on this day was pretty nice because the waitress came be and slid the floor to cieling windows to the side turning the front seating area into basically an outdoor patio. Decent beer list, certainly large, I guess part of my disappointment was in the realization that North Carolina has very similar distribution to Maryland, so there wasn't a lot of new things to me on the menu. Fair amount of locals, and nice selection of Belgians and 750s. Certainly broad enough for a geek to go and enjoy a drink with a meal. Waitress was mildly knowledgable but not overly so to the point of what I would expect from an establishment with that size menu. The food was great! Semi gourmet salads and sandwiches for lunch. Server forgot one of my sides and the timing seemed to be off for the meal delivery, entree coming before we were halfway thru our salads. No big deal really, and like I said the food was worth it. Bottom line, certainly drink and meal satiating if you are looking for good food and good beer in Asheville.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Was walking around during Bele Chere last night and stumbled upon the Bier Garden. I had wanted to try this place out before, but never really got a round to it, so I was psyched to get to go in. Through the lobby it is quite noisy. On the left is a decent bar with a ton of tables surrounding it. Open air seating all around. Decent selection of local taps and high gravity beers. Lots of bottles as well that are a little harder to find in the area(Aventinus, celebrator). In the back and right are three little game rooms. I counted 3 pool tables, foosball, air hockey and some misc video games(golden tee). Did not have any food, and did not notice if they even had it. Decent place, albeit noisy and very smokey. Games were a cool touch and the selection was decent. Lots of plasma TV with sports on. If you are in the area, stop in, not a bad place.

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Photo of ByTor2112
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I brought my wife and 5-year old here to eat and get a few good craft brews. we got a nice table in the non-smoking area right at the fireplace. Low lighting made it very cozy. they have a great selection of draft and bottles. Many countries, states and styles.
They also represent NC beers very well. I had DFH 90 on tap for the first time and tried the Pisgah Porter. waiter was very friendly and helpful. Their beer list read well and described all beers very well, also gave different sizes to order and the prices for draft selections. Bottle prices were reasonable. I will go back but after I hit Jack of the Wood first( have not been yet ).

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The Bier Garden still has an awesome selection when you include bottles. Unfortunately on this revisit the tap list was kind ho hum. Also on this visit the atmosphere was very, very loud and the place smelled like an ashtray or a smokehouse. Service was still good and I still haven't eaten here. Check it out, but you may want to find a quiet corner away from the smoke if possible if you want to enjoy your beer.

From 6-29-04
overall: 4 [ atmosphere: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: n/a

The Bier Garden is an interesting place. Lots of hanging plants and it spills out onto an indoor mall and has openings to the sidewalk outside as well. Folks at the bar were smoking, but it didn't get smoky, but it also just had an odd vibe to the place.

I do have to give them credit for the selection. They have it in bottles and on the wall taps. Several NC micros are represented as well as some Regional beers you don't see everywhere. Our bartender did a good job and he was the only one taking care of the entire bar. The quality seemed good and I would suggest a visit to The Bier Garden.

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Photo of SERowe
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

One could easily walk past The Bier Garden and miss it
completely. There are no big signs to guide the thirsty
hordes to its doors. So pay attention. We stopped in for
a beer in the mid-afternoon, then returned for dinner
(and more beer) later, after a bit more sight-seeing.
There is a nice selection of draught beers, with 28 taps
in all. Local and regional beers are well represented.
They also have a huge selection of bottled beers! Thankfully,
they have a nice beer menu which lists the draughts separately
and the bottles by beer style.
I sampled several of the local offerings, my favorite being the
Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing. My wife enjoyed the
Catawba Valley King Kharma, a summer wheat ale.
The food menu offered quite a variety. I had the gumbo and my
wife had the pasta primavera. She liked it so much that we
returned several days later so she could have some more.
I would definitely recommend The Bier Garden to anyone in
search of good beer (and food).

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is a sort of oddball style beer garden/hall/bar/pub/sports bar/restaurant. The beer selection is really outstanding – both draught and bottled. There's a solid Western NC offering, so you can get the flavor (so to speak) of the area. There are two levels of seating plus a large L shaped bar, along with seating in a hall-like area. There are plenty of TVs to watch sports on. On the Sunday we were there, 6 different NFL games were in progress and the fans were pretty lively. One thing my astute son noticed was that all the waitresses and bartenders were good looking young women. Upon further scrutiny, we noticed that they all looked amazing similar...brown hair, cute and nice figures. The food was quite good and the service was efficient and friendly. Did I mention that our waitress was cute? She let me take a beer menu home with me. I didn't particularly enjoy the fact that the restaurant allows smoking, but being that it is NC, I guess that goes with the territory. If you’re in the Asheville area, I highly recommend a visit to the Bier Garden.

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The Bier Garden in Asheville, NC
3.88 out of 5 based on 46 ratings.
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