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Thirsty Monk - Downtown
Taps: 35 / Bottles: 196
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
92 Patton Ave
phone: (828) 254-5470
(Place added by: thirstymonk on 05-03-2008)
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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This place was absolutely amazing! I went here with my friend on our "beer quest" to Asheville a few days ago. It was well worth the time and adventure it took to find. We ended up walking waaay out of the way to find another place, then just gave up and decided to go on here since the other place was not that important (to our trip). It still took a while to find.
They have two floors like others have stated with the bottom having all the Belgians and the top everything else.
I absolutely loved the down stairs! This is where we came in and it looks like the basement of a monastery. I would have been happy staying here for the rest of the night. It was very cozy and I just brought anything I got upstairs down.
Some great Belgians on tap and in bottles (maybe 15-20 taps, ~100 bottles), all served in the proper (in most cases branded) glass. I had some kind of Belgian style Scottish ale, and bought a bottle of Rochefort 10, which was definitely the best Belgian I have ever had!
They had Anchor Old Fog Horn on tap upstairs, but unfortunately I got the very last ounce out of the keg, so instead I had what my friend wanted which was a Dog Fish Head Chicory Stout.
I will definitely be going back!
02-15-2009 15:11:16 |
More by hitokiri
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I stopped in here yesterday for two reasons. One I had never been in here, and two, they had Pauls day off on tap, nuff said. I walk in downstairs and the place looks like a cave, awesome, only complaint the door sticks! Lots of bottles lining the walls and a very friendly staff that directed me upstairs. I walk up into a very nicely sunlit cafe with taps in front of me. A dozen or so people littering the inside. A five dollar pint of pauls was amazing and the bartender had no issue in chatting me up, Overall this is a fantastic place. Seriously one of the best beer bars I have ever been to. Looks alone are killer here. I cannot wait until my next trip
04-23-2009 00:30:17 |
More by mikesgroove
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
My Girlfriend (now Fiancé) and I visited Asheville back in July of 2011 for her Birthday. it was our first time together. We considered going on a paid bar crawl but decided against it because we consider ourselves BEER EXPERTS, and it wasn’t worth the price they were asking, so we made our own Bar Crawl adventure. It was our goal to have a Beer in every Bar. Which we accomplished I think!!! Now, as we walked along the streets of beautiful downtown Ashville we noticed the Thirsty Monk from across the street, we decided to cross over and check it out, to our surprise it was not open yet. (I don’t remember what time it was because we were well lit at this point) As we got closer I remember telling her that this place looks crappy and I was glad it was closed. The appearance from the outside looked run down and old, with what seemed like a small doorway leading into a place I wouldn’t visit. So onward we walked, It wasn’t until about four hours later we happened to walk past the Thirsty Monk Again which was now open so we decided to try it out, so against my better judgment we walked inside.
First impression... WTF. (Sorry Thirsty Monk)
The bar was well lit and very long, the bar on the left and one row of tables along the wall on the right. What to our wondering eyes did we see at the first table.... A young couple with a baby in a car carrier on top of the table (that’s my WTF) we walked quickly passed them only to notice two other babies at two other tables. (WTF X2 again)
We decided to stay anyway and sat at the way end of the bar away from the small children. We were handed a menu of all these great beers and to my Fiancé’s surprise they had her favorite Belgium Beer KWAK. We ordered it promptly. The bar tender said if we wanted that beer we had to go downstairs. (we had no idea there was a downstairs in the Thirsty Monk)
We walked down these old creaky wooden steps that looked like they belonged in a dungeon. To our surprise the downstairs bar was the Highlight of our visit... First off no kids, secondly the atmosphere was so F...ING amazing. Dark, Quiet, friendly people, and staff. The downstairs bar should be its own entity, and not be associated with the upstairs bar.
So Many Beers to choose from we decided on the KWAK to start. Served in the correct flute with wooden holder and ICE COLD. WOW!!! The Bartender was this amazing bearded guy who took interest in all of our questions about all the different beers and my beard that I had just started to grow. We stayed here for quite a few hours and had lots of laughs with the bearded man. Bartender of the Year should go to this guy. Hopefully we will see him again as we are going back next week.
All in All... DO NOT MISS VISITING THE THIRSTY MONK. ITS IS A BLAST!!!
Atmosphere... We gave a 4.5 because of the 3 babies in the upstairs bar.
Quality... Great selections of Beer
Service... Outstanding. Thank you Bearded One
Selection... Disney World of Beers
Food... We had 2 pretzels. and they were great.
Prices... We don’t care about... Great beer is worth the price.
09-13-2012 18:47:42 |
More by MattN373
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
A- Obviously a place you want to come and drink in when you are in asheville. Big bar upstairs and down. The open front patio thingy is a great place to knock down a couple when the weather is nice. Perfect for people watching, and asheville has plenty to discuss. Don't be surprised if a man in a nun outfit ends up joining you for a bit, it's party of a comedy troupe that goes around the city on a bus and The Thirsty Monk is a stop on their tour.
S- Never had a problem that I could complain about.
S2- Come on, a dedicated belgian bar and tons of bottles with appropriate glassware? Definitely a five.
F- Never ate there. Although they do use Lusty Monk mustard which I couldn't recommend higher. Pick some up, trust me.
V- Reasonable for asheville.
02-10-2012 18:46:19 |
More by JdoubleA
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
My first trip to Asheville and to the Thirsty Monk this past weekend certainly didn't disappoint. While the downstairs Belgian beer bar seemed to be more popular, the main floor bar was more my style. It was surprisingly empty for a Saturday night. The bartender was very friendly, not overly chatty, and very knowledgeable. The selection is what impressed me the most. The beer cooler just outside the bar (available for takeout) was incredible... first bottles I noticed were Hopslam, Founders KBS, Breakfast Stout, and Nemesis. Bell's Batch 9000 was on draft. They'd just tapped a cask of Two Hearted Ale. They were also doing a Rogue theme, with close to 10 Rogue beers on tap. Very good local NC selection as well. If I lived locally, I don't think I'd every leave. I'll be back!
03-31-2010 13:04:09 |
More by HopSlamHokie
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I just got back from my first trip to Asheville and the Thirsty Monk was my favorite bar. The upstairs bar features American craft beers and the downstairs bar serves only Belgian ales. I spent all my time in the downstairs bar. The server was extremely nice and helpful. I could tell she really cared about the beers and the customers enjoyment of them. They have a nice tap selection and a huge bottle selection. Many of the beers are hard to come by in N.C. This is definitely the place to come have some special, hard to find Belgian beers. I wish I had been able to spend more time here and hope to go back. It is a must stop in Asheville.
06-18-2011 16:04:55 |
More by thegodfather2701
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
An unpretentious beer bar partly hidden in downtown Asheville, and happily within staggering distance of a reasonably priced hotel. The purple exterior scarcely reveals what lies within. When you walk in, it looks like a typical neighborhood bar, beer advertisements for decor, a bit run-down. However, the laid-back appearance merely adds to the appeal. Their selection is absolutely amazing, including lots of brewskis I have never seen before. Do try some of the local brews! I haven’t tried any food yet, so my personal jury hasn’t assembled for that. However, their service is very good, alert and quick, friendly and welcoming. If you plan to stay in Asheville for any appreciable length of time, this is a must!
12-29-2011 02:55:04 |
More by Cyberkedi
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I love this place.
Not many good beer bars where I live so I wind up in Asheville with a group of friends about once or twice a month, and it's gotten to where I couldn't imagine a stop in Asheville without at least dropping in to the monk for a pint or three.
With an American craft centric upstairs bar and a Belgian/Belgian style bar downstairs with an always rotating tap selection on both floors, it really cant be beaten. In fact, sometimes its hard to leave. A month or so back, I went there twice two weeks apart and the tap selection was almost entirely different.
Upstairs has a vivid, funky restaurant vibe to it with a lot of 4 tops, some elevated window seats and a few outdoor benches with armrest sized bars for your beers. Downstairs has an almost medieval, earthy feel with stone walls and wooden bench seats.
My brother spent last summer in Belgium and from what he's told me, the downstairs is about as belgian as you can get in the states- they have appropriate glassware for nearly every beer, and even the water jet glass rinsing mechanism (I have no idea what its actually called).
Very knowledgeable bartenders and great food- sometimes they make dishes based on the beers they're currently featuring, such as rogue chipotle ale chili. The only 2 Things i would change would be more taps, and an upstairs restroom, but those things aren't even necessary. I highly recommend this place to anyone interested in beer, it even warrants a trip to Asheville just to go there- not gonna lie, I've done it.
UPDATE- Went back again this past weekend- I withdraw the wanting of an upstairs restroom. Just when I think I've seen all the new stuff downstairs I go down to use the restroom and I see something I didn't (or couldnt- beer goggles CAN be useful) see before that makes the experience even better.
04-05-2010 04:35:59 |
More by SmasNadroj
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Visited in late August for a night of drinking with friends. We primarily did flights (awesome option, 4 small beers - your choice of anything on draft). The selection is excellent, with many beers on draft I can't get at home in a bottle let alone in a keg. The upstairs bar is nice, though the night we were in the front awning was up and the temperature was a bit hot (sweating inside with low airflow and drinking hi grav isn't the best combination).
Belgian bar downstairs is beautiful, and the selection there is as impressive as upstairs. Flights/half glasses as well there.
Staff was pleasant and knowledgeable, and very willing to answer questions.
A note: You can drink at both the upstairs and downstairs bar on one tab, but you do have to go up or down respectively on your own to snag something that isn't on draft where you're sitting.
A must stop imo for Asheville.
08-26-2011 04:13:45 |
More by Fulkrum78
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
First word that can come to mind, Impressive! While not sure how this place worked, I parked right next to the Hearn Cycling/Rental store and came into the basement first. The walkway coming down (handicap accessible) was lined with Rare bottles the staff must have enjoyed over time. The "basement" bar was dimly lit and was decorated appropriately (belgian & international beer logo signs, "old style" bar stools, all wooden and bricked basement, and much more). After enjoying a Surly Bird Wild Ale and ringing up a BFM beer to-go, I found my way up the stairs to the Upstairs (American Bar). Upstairs, it was bright and overly lit even and had the kitchen visible to everyone. A New Belgium bicycle hung, American Brewery logos were everywhere, and next to my table was every brewmaster/founder of each Brewery they sold here. I enjoyed one beer here and took one to-go. So much to chose from, I will have to be back again!
Both locations (downstairs and upstairs) served their beers in appropriate glassware and knew how to keep the right size of head on the beer with each pour. Very friendly servers and were quick with service and available to answer any questions!
Their selection was Outstanding! Reminding me of the iTap House in St. Louis/Chesterfield, MO, it was tough to pick brews to enjoy both at the Thirsty Monk and to-go. I decided to enjoy the beer they had on-tap and then take two local brews to go in both can and bottle.
The pricing was a bit high on each serving but their vibe and environment quickly made me forget about my tab cost. I would suggest coming here multiple times and will be coming back. Next time, I may visit the South location since I didn't have time this trip.
01-17-2012 23:37:24 |
More by DCon
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