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Thirsty Monk - Downtown
Taps: 35 / Bottles: 196
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
92 Patton Ave
phone: (828) 254-5470
(Place added by: thirstymonk on 05-03-2008)
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Reviews by Deuane:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Have visited TM multiple times during my visits to Asheville.Seems like every time we are in town The Monk has something special going! This time around was BrewGrass eve and they had, a first east of the Mississippi cask of New Belgium, a keg of Founder's Canadian Breakfast Stout, Ballast Point Sculpin and Duck-Rabbit Brown ale barrel aged in Raylin Cabernet Sauvignon. NICE!
This place is great, a quality Belgian bar downstairs and a quality American craft bar upstairs. Wow...this place has it all.
Service has always been solid despite the place usually being crowded and busy!
This is not a place to come and eat a meal....but if you get the munchies they offer a nice line of snacks---darn good pomme frites, and an excellent cheese plate.
If you are visiting Asheville and are looking for a one stop shop beer bar look no further than The Monk. Without question my favorite watering hole in a city filled with good watering holes!
09-29-2009 11:40:02 |
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More User Reviews:
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | $$
Visited November 2013
We went to the thirsty monk around lunchtime on a Friday afternoon. We went downstairs first, which was dead. I liked the vibe downstairs, though it's not to be confused with some of the premier Belgian bars in the country. We ordered a beer and enjoyed it with some pretzels - the pretzels were ok, but the mustard could double as paint thinner it was so abrasive. Downstairs beer selection was pretty good, varied in style. I didn't really like that we couldn't order beers from upstairs, so we schlepped back upstairs.
The upstairs bar was disappointing to me. The tap list wasn't very interesting, and few locals were represented. The bar was generic too. Really glad I knew about downstairs, because we might have left had we gone upstairs first. Service in both bars was ok, nothing good or bad. I think I'd rate the two bars at least a point different if they were listed separately.
Thirsty monk is ok - I think it also suffers from being a bit older in a town full of great bars. I'd go back, but with lower expectations
12-12-2013 01:20:40 |
More by jophish17
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Atmosphere: upstairs is a classic multi-tap bar with a nice vibe and decorations. Head downstairs and your in the basement of a monastery drinking beer. Very cool place
Quality: they represent all beer pretty well and showcase some of the best North Carolina has to offer along with a good look into the Belgian style
Service: no problems they were friendly, but didn't look for much help with beers
Selection: they don't have the most taps but they do the most they could. Upstairs seems to have tap events that showcase the big guns. Along with a highly varied selection. Down stairs I like that they get a lot of Belgians on tap. I don't like to buy bottles at a bar which can be tough with belgian beers.
Overall: definitely a destination for a beer drinker. There's a lot going on here and you could spend many nights just to get through it.
12-02-2013 16:13:32 |
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Surprisingly have not reviewed this joint, after many memorable (sans memory) nights spent in the basement here.
As many have indicated before, two levels, with the basement slanting towards Belgium and almost always more appealing from an atmosphere and selection standpoint.
Great bottle selection and selection of belgian and import taps are definitely wisely selected. There is no question this is the best 'beer bar' in Asheville. Unfortunately, it's not always the most Asheville-centric but you can get that at Barleys, if you can bear that place.
The vibe is great too - basement is sprawling with lots of room to sit, stand and fade into darkness
10-17-2013 23:34:58 |
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