Jack of the Wood

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49 Reviews
Jack of the WoodJack of the Wood

Type: Bar, Eatery

95 Patton Ave
Asheville, North Carolina, 28801-3316
United States

(828) 252-5445 | map

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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 84
Photo of Gavage
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Stopped here mid afternoon on a Saturday and the place was rather quiet as only about 5 patrons were here. Big U shaped wooden bar can seat about 20. Loads of dark woods here and a small stage sits in the corner. Irish music was playing non-stop. I hear there is a lot of good live music here, but not when I was here.

There were about 20 beers on tap here. A nice mix of local offerings with a few from Stone, Troegs, and Sierra Nevada. I had two pints of local brews and both were fresh so beer seems to turnover well here. If you want a cool Irish bar vibe, this one will hit the spot.

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Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Nice mellow bar at least until the live entertainment kicked in at 130 PM. Very good acoustic duo, sure it can get lively the evening seemed to be a good mix of locals & tourists

Both beers I had were in fine form

Service friendly & helpful

Good selection draft, locals & regionals dominate

My goat cheese salad was tasty & pricey

I lot of choices around there, but I would go back again

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Photo of khargro2
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Visited on a Tuesday afternoon when the Jack was pretty quiet. It was perfect for what my group was looking for. Great beer selection of locals and some normal beer as my friends called it. Wicked Weed, Green Man, Highland, etc. They seem to have a good music setup at night.

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Photo of wapcap
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

A dark bar, and they serve Green Man brews. Seemed from the service like a dive bar. They do serve food, and it fits the atmosphere. A good place to check out if you can't make Green Man.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Decent late night dive bar. About 20 taps, with the entire lineup from Green Man. Overall it was not bad, we went on a Sunday night when most everything else was closed.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Originally the home of Green Man Brewing, this is now a gastropub that features Green Man beers, as well as other craft brews on rotating taps. This place has a great feel; dark and cool, with music playing low, and lots of wood and stone throughout. One of my favorite bar atmospheres of all-time! The staff was great; very helpful and very prompt. There were 4 Green Man beers on tap, as well as an additional 8 from other breweries around the country. They have food, but we weren't eating on this trip. The calendar seems like there are constantly events and live music going on. Awesome place to stop, and right in the middle of any beer tours you may want to do in Asheville.

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Photo of gatornation
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

stopped in here after visiting Thirsty Monk its across the street it was low lit with a hippie vibe and lots of wood it was late afternoon so no band was playing several local and guest taps along with green man we had the IPA and it was very good more hoppy than malt tasty and tropical we did not stay long and had nothing to eat but the food looked good but just standard pub food worth a visit but green man brews are on tap elsewhere as are there guest taps just an OK place IMO

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Photo of meigs3
1.21/5  rDev -68.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1.25 | service: 1 | selection: 1

I had been told at work this was a great place to go to. At the B&B we were staying another couple said they had a great time listening to music the night before. We were downtown in the afternoon and stopped by for a beer at 2:58 PM. The sign on the door said it opens at 3PM and there were apparent patrons walking around inside. I stuck my head in the door and heard someone ask the bartender what time they open and he curtly said 3PM. He was asked what time is it and walking away said over his shoulder, he didn't care. With that all of us walked out and basically thought this place should have been named "Jack Off in the Woods". This was on Memorial Day

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Photo of TheDeuce
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

One of the best overall bars in Asheville, tied to the history of the Green Man brewery but you can find all sorts of beers here.

Laid back place, bar and a bunch of long communal tables. They have music most nights of the week and the night I was there had a very good bluegrass trio.

Prices were great, 3 bucks a pint for basic 4 to 5 for the harder and rarer stuff, service was good.

Overall, a great choice in Asheville if you are looking for variety but also has a better atmosphere than most bars. I recommend a stop.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

I stopped for a beer here after a long night of great beer in Asheville, before heading back to the hotel. The decor is set up like an English style pub and they had some live music playing which was nice. Their tap list was (fortunately) much more than just Green Man, although I opted for the Green Man Mikey's Big Mouth Malt Liquor, which was surprisingly pleasant. The place is nothing extravagant and I don't think you'd get blown away by the beer here, but if you like Green Man and/or you just want a chill pub to grab a beer or a bite, this is ideal.

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Photo of rtrasr
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Great atmosphere. Sunday nights are the best with an irish music session featuring local artists. Food is good. The best thing though is the Greenman ESB on cask. All the time. That merits an outstanding rating by itself. My favorite place to drink in Asheville.

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Photo of arizcards
4/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited here on May 31 while spending the week at Sapphire Mountain.

Atmosphere was very cool, very dark with the bar being the center point.

Quality of the brews was mixed. The Green Man Porter i had i thought was outstanding but i was very disapointed by the Duck-Rabbit Porter.

Service was good, our server was knowledgable and was able to offer Da Boss some advice on the brews available.

Selection was pretty good. If i recall there were at least 15 taps available.

Food was standard pub fare focusing on the Irish theme. Our burgers were quite tasty!

Overall a reasonably priced place. I think an establishment would have to be in a town like Asheville!

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Photo of lcplvr
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in at Jack of the Wood after spending most of the day hiking on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Our server was VERY knowledgeble of all the beers on tap and was very helpful in picking brews after a day of hiking.
The selection was plentiful and very satisfying. I chose the the ESB and man did it hit the spot.
The food selection was very nice and the hamburger I ordered was as good as I have ever had.
I will make it a point to stop in at Jack of the Wood every time I am in Asheville in the future.

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Photo of akorsak
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Just up the block from Green Man is its distant cousin Jack of the Wood. Friday afternoon, FTB and JBug and Raquel joining ksak and I.

Atmosphere: A corner pub, wooden and a little dark. The bar is located in the middle of the joint. We settled into a group of stools directly to the right of the bar - a narrow little table. Outside seating, all around the windows, also available.

Quality/Service: Table service was prompt with a few more stops before we called it a day.

Selection: A few Green Man taps, IPA and ESB and Porter. The highlight was Catawba's Strawberry Rhubarb Berliner Weisse, a sickly pink-looking ale that tasted quite acidic and tart with a fruity undertone. Interesting even if it wasn't a joy to look at. The tap list was larger, befitting the public house name.

Food: We didn't eat here.

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Photo of raszputini
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Cool place. You can walk in at random times and cool things are happening. My last visit I rolled in at about 4PM and saw a cool blues band. Beer selection is rock solid, particularly the bottle selection. There's usually 8-12 taps on and they are always of interesting options. This place is the "bar" for Green Man Ales, although there is a tasting room at the brewery. As a result, they usually have more than a few Green Mans on tap (which is one of my favorite Asheville breweries) - that's always a plus.

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Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My wife and I spent a few days in the Asheville area. Had dinner the first night at Jack of the Woods. Nice dark woody pub atmosphere. They had a stage for live entertainment but we had recorded music, mostly old classic country...Hank Sr, etc. Good selection of local beers, had Green Man porter on cask.

The service was excellent even though the place was packed. A pretty eclectic / Asheville clientel. The waitress was beer savvy. The food was good and very reasonably priced.

I would recommend this place for those traveling to Asheville.

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Photo of DCon
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

While driving into town, this and the Thirsty Monk were the first two places we came to. Managing a Public House last year (2011), this was a "must-visit".

Walking in, it was very dark and lit almost like the average "speak easy" lounge. Lined with Christmas lights around every wooded wall and terrace, these were the main lights except for spotlights on the stage. Had a homely feel to it and very inviting. There was a jam session that night and bluegrass wasn't all that bad to listen to!

With only having 2 bartenders, these guys worked extremely tough at getting drinks out and caring for each customer. One of the bartenders actually looked like Jack of the Wood (or the Green Man from Green Man Ales). Funny.

From what was listed, they had a decent selection on-tap with a ton of locals but then didn't offer much in bottle/can... Was a bit disappointed but only stayed for one brew so enjoyed the Old Victory Barleywine. Single malt scotches and many other limited bourbons were available also.

I suggest you check out their music calendar and come later at night! This place was very cultured and had great vibes coming from the street.

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Photo of babaracas
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Nice location in central downtown Asheville. Decent sized pub, typical look. Big bar in the center, vegetarian restaurant upstairs, band stage in the corner. Ok so the second one of those isn't typical. They had four Green Man beers on tap (and the stout was also on cask) and another five or so outside beers on tap. Wait staff was attentive. Beer was average. Only had appetizers, mostly typical pub food but fairly tasty. Was there around 5-6pm one day, only a trickle of customers, so I wouldn't mind a repeat visit at night though I wasn't impressed with the Green Man lineup.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Not a bad spot in a town with quite a few nice beer locales in close proximity to each other. Really has a neat English pub vibe going for it. That is until the bands start. Stage area is in the front left corner when you enter the establishment. Nothing seemed to be going on when I arrived, so I was a bit confused by the $5 cover charge....bu a few minutes later the band started. Don't get me wrong, the music was good, but man, was it extremely loud for such a small place. We were all the way in back, right corner booth and it was still hard to hold a conversation. Good selection of house beers and locals as well. Hipster beers were seen, also.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

What a great little pub Asheville has here. We went here for two reasons - one, we wanted some place that served local beers, and that was fairly cozy, and two, they have cask ale, which I miss sorely living as I do in Tennessee.

What we got was a nice, cozy pub that fits the city very well. Laid back, friendly, and a nice british-pub vibe, though the crappy ceiling tiles do get in the way a bit. Our server was friendly, did her job well, though we didn't ask many questions and ordered no food. The first round of beers - Green Man ESP on tap and Porter on cask - arrived and were both very tasty. The cask in particular really hit the spot for me, very well done. I assume we came during happy hour, given the fact that our beers were $3.50 each, which is ridiculously inexpensive for a quality pint of well-done cask ale.

Overall selection beyond the Green Man lineup was ok, but having 4 to try from Green Man, as well as another on cask, was very nice, and was all we were really interested in anyway.

Overall, I can pretty much guarantee we'll be back here on any return trips to Asheville. It was mellow, laid back, cozy - exactly what I was looking for on this particular visit, and exactly what we got.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I have stumbled into and out of this place on a few occasions and, without question, it is likely my favorite haunt in Asheville. The pub is rich and deep in wooden heartiness. A thoroughly cozy place to enjoy some pints and brews, you will not find a single solitary television here - and that is fine by me. Apparently in the minority here, I find the house beers (Green Man Brewing) to be a good bit above average. The ESB, Porter and particularly the IPA are very solid. During one recent visit, the cask offering was a dry-hopped Green Man IPA. Outstanding. The food offerings are numerous and all of solid quality. Recent additions include a Scotch Egg (great foundation for a night of drinking or a night cap so to speak) and well-crafted garlic cheese fries. The selection of musical acts playing JOTW is vast and we have always had a great time here. A comfortable place like this is something I wish I had here in South Carolina. Thankfully, it is not too far away.

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Photo of DrMalt
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in for a lunch. A little hard to find...down some stairs in another restaurant.
Began with their own cask-conditioned IPA (Green Man?). An excellent IPA with lots of Cascade hop.

Ordered a ploughman's lunch with home made bread and a local artisan cheese. Served with an excellent ground mustard.

Finished off with a Brooklyn winter ale.

Many other seasonal winter warmers to choose from.

Other beers included Flying Dog's Horn Dog Barley wine, Delerium Tremens,a few porters I cant recollect

Overall a very worthwhile experience.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

visited this joint in between visits to Barley's.

atmosphere was interesting. got here around 9 and they tried to charge us a cover. i explained that i just wanted one freaking pint and someone else jumped in and said it was cool and that i had 30 minutes. the music looked, well, like something i wouldnt enjoy - 5 massive scott's in kilts.

inside was a pretty rustic interior and a total of about 6 green man ales, including 1 cask. There were probably 8 or so guest taps, but nothing you cant find elsewhere.

we grabbed our pints and returned to the small seating area out front - wood benches. unfortunately this turned out to be little more than a smoking section.

we also walked into the thirsty monk across the street but i didnt see much on the board that i cant drink in madison, so we passed.

if you come here, come early to avoid covers and crowds. its location is great, but i wouldnt plan for more than a pint

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Photo of GJ40
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

I stopped in with my wife while visiting Asheville. The first time I tried to stop in they had a band and a cover so we passed. But we made it back the next night (a little earlier) and stopped in for a pint.

The room is fairly large with a center bar surrounded by table seating. It's got exposed brick walls, a simple concrete floor and a nice neighborhood feel to it. They had Irish music playing while we were there.

Jack of the Woods is a Green Man pub with their full lineup on tap (seven by my count) as well as six on tap from other breweries. The others included Guinness, Harp and four local beers. They probably had bottles as well but I never really care to look. I had a Green Man IPA which I enjoyed quite a bit.

I really like Jack of the Wood's commitment to local beer. It's a nice place to sample the Green Man lineup as well as other locals.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

I came in on a short visit to asheville. It was in the afternoon, and it was nice and comfortable on the inside. There were a few tables of people, and I don't know how it is late at night, but there wasn't much noise. The waitress let me try a few of the beers before choosing one, but I went with the ale on cask. I believe there is always something on cask here. There are probably around 6 on premise brews and a few outside brews. They were good and I would go back if I were around more often.

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