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Taps: 72 / Bottles: 200
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
338 S State St
phone: (734) 996-9191
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 80 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75 | $$
I went to Ashley's before a Michigan game. I read that they had 70 beers on tap and that was good enough for me to check it out. I expected a bigger place. It was average sized, but I did see that there was also a bar downstairs that was not being used in the early afternoon. I loved the beer selection. As I mentioned, they have 70 taps, and they also have 90 bottle selections. There is a beer menu with descriptions of the beers that are permanently in stock. They also have rotating taps, so they keep a nice variety of seasonals.
I started with a flight of rotating taps (Short's Key Lime Pie, DFH Funkin Punkin, Pumking, and a chocolate porter). Then I had to sign up for the Ultimate Beer Tour. This will keep me coming back for each trip to Ann Arbor.
I had a buger that was good. The service was a bit slow, but I didn't die of thirst. This is a must see attraction in the Ann Arbor beer scene.
09-05-2010 04:33:22 |
More by buschbeer
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
In Ann Arbor to check out the beer scene and despite the many brew pubs this is the best place to head by far, however, it totally has its downsides. First of all we were there two consecutive nights and it was just way to crowded, I can't imagine it when school is in session. The atmosphere was nothing special at all, almost down right boring...The quality and selection of beer was pretty good. They have something like 70 taps and a couple hundred bottles which is impressive, but almost too overwhelming. The taps were of decent quality and lot of local stuff, but also a lot of easy to find bs that really shouldn't be there. They did have dragonsmeade and Kuhnhenn, which is really nice. The bottle list was nothing great, I didn't see anything I had to get. Now I am being pretty picky, this place has nice beer that anyone can find something good to drink.
My real problem with this place comes down to the service, again two nights at least four different bartenders who didn't know jack about beer. We constantly asked them for suggestions and they always kept offering us easy to find crap. Me and my friend told them each, hey we've had a ton of stuff, show me something good and local. The first clown goes why don't you try a delirium tremens, we say no, then he goes how about a delirium nocturnum? REALLY GUY? REALLY?
So basically, get better service, offer a little higher standard on taps and this place could be world class.
07-24-2010 14:22:56 |
More by jrallen34
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$
I find myself at Ashley's regularly which probably leads me to be more critical than many. I also live 5 minutes from Hopcat in Grand Rapids so I get spoiled.
Ashley's keeps the rotating tap list pretty interesting and the bottle list is certainly the most substantial in the area. If you like beer and you're in Ann Arbor then this is the stop to make. The atmosphere is laid back, sometimes it gets a little loud. They always have a few casks...badass, and the beer tour? I'll take free stuff for beers I would have drank anyways.
You never know how the service is going to be; some nights I'd give it a 5, other nights a 1. On more than one occasion we've gotten the wrong beers brought to us and the beer list is updated rarely (the rotating taps listed online were last updated december 2009). Always pick out two beers because often enough they won't have the first one you chose. While the food is pretty average, the late-night food menu should generally be avoided. Save yourself the money, go home and microwave some frozen TV dinners. Same quality. Also, this last remark is more observation than criticism, but if there's any sort of a wait the line gets jammed into a space about 3 ft x 10 ft, not for the claustrophobic.
07-23-2010 00:23:56 |
More by liquidcraft
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
It's a loud college bar on the end of the Diag--when I went, my friend and I were trying to have a conversation, but having a hard time between the trivia competition, the music, and the sheer crowd of people. Our service was friendly, but a bit slow, and I didn't ask him any questions about the beer, so no comment there.
Not great points for atmosphere, but this is the best-stocked college bar I've ever been in, with over 60 beers on tap and maybe another 60-something in bottles. The food is also superb, especially the fries with creative toppings--stilton? pesto? chicken curry? wow!--and the burgers and pizzas.
If I live in Ann Arbor next year (I'm checking out the graduate school) I could easily see myself being a regular here.
03-09-2010 23:17:02 |
More by lstokes
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This is one of my favorite bars in Ann Arbor. As an undergraduate in a fraternity most of my buddies like the louder party-like atmosphere of Rick's, Good Time Charley's, 5th Quarter etc. I don't really like slamming pitchers of Natty Light though, and I'd much rather enjoy a few pints here any night. It definitely has more of a grown up feel, more grad students and older customers are usually here than undergrads. Don't fool yourself into thinking this is just another college bar because its in a college town. I suppose it can get a little bit crazy sometimes on the weekend, but it's nothing compared to the aforementioned bars. Haha now that I think of it one my old GSIs used to old his office hours here...he was a pretty cool guy.
Anyways the selection is great and is frequently changing and the beer menu is extremely descriptive. 70ish beers on tap and 50+ bottles. One cool thing they do here is the world beer tour, giving you free stuff for trying more beers. I use it as a good excuse to try beers that are new to me. The food is pretty good, especially for bar food. Definitely not fine dining, but very tasty stuff. Pub fare done right in my opinion. As has been mentioned the service is really my only gripe. That being said I usually go to Ashley's to relax so the sometimes slow service doesn't bother me a whole lot. If it's busy just order your next beer while your still working your current one. With luck it will show up by the time you are done.
12-27-2009 19:57:28 |
More by Shumista
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Ashley's is a great bar that anyone would be happy to have in their hometown. I first checked it out when I was interviewing for my job here in Ann Arbor, actually, based on Beer Advocate reviews. It did not disappoint - a tremendous selection of full-time drafts (around 60, I believe) and a good selection of rotating taps, somewhere in the 8-10 range. The full-time taps are a great range of quality craft brews from America and around the world - I believe the only macro at all is Labatt's. They get some interesting and exclusive drafts, and have three cask ales pulling all the time. Additionally, their single malt scotch selection is excellent, if you want to experiment past beer.
The atmosphere is a bit lacking, in that it's essentially a large, loud, college bar close to UM campus. It gets full when you'd expect it to, and the jukebox is sometimes too loud for decent conversation. It's not exactly attractive inside, but there are a number of tables of different sizes to accommodate groups, couples, etc.
One thing I don't love about Ashley's is the service, which can be hit and miss, but I think it's more a staffing issue - sometimes they simply didn't have enough servers on the floor. The servers usually know a decent amount about the beer they are serving, but I've been poured a beer I knew was wrong, and they didn't really seem too sorry about it in the least. Usually they are nice enough college-age servers and come around enough to keep a beer in your hand, but other times you'll be waiting longer than you'd like. Honestly, I don't like bars with table service, but it wouldn't work as a bar service place.
The food is overall pretty solid. I like the pesto chicken pizza a lot, the appetizers are tasty, and the fish and chips is good. The pizzas are a good price and a good size for splitting, so that's my usual go-to.
An enjoyable aspect of Ashley's is the Beer Tour, which is much like other beer tours - drink different beers, get them checked off your list, and earn prizes as you go along. A benefit of Ashley's beer tour is that, instead of Budweiser, Michelob, etc, you have stuff like Schneider Aventinius, Founder's Pale Ale, Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald, and so on. The prizes start pretty good, too, with a free appetizer and pizza being the first two things you earn, and those are at 5 and 10 beers!
It's a great place to go if you want a few good drafts and some eats, but are willing to take the chance on a crappy experience.
12-25-2009 04:34:53 |
More by Telix
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Edit: Just found my notes taken that day here in their unedited form:
10 15 09 visit. Referred here by Jolly Pumpkin Ann Arbor waiter who said that it was 4 blocks away. It was more like about 7 blocks but it was a welcomed walk none the less. On State Street, opposite commons of University of Michigan, nice bustling location, lots of foot traffic. Great amount of taps. Delirium Tremens, Aventinus, Arrogant Bastard, lots of local Michigan beers, Rogue and that is all on tap....did not even see their bottles.
Atmosphere: Smokey but wonderfully cluttered with beer bottles, signage, hard wood furniture, crusty bar, friendly, attentive people on a Thursday afternoon pretty much on the campus of U of M.
College atmosphere with band signage, bulletin board for lessons of various sorts.
Based on a visit there 10 15 09. Review from limited notes, mainly memory.
Atmosphere This is certainly a college bar with a better selection of beer than any college bar that I have ever been in. Notifications of apartments, happenings on campus at University of Michigan (the place is across from a huge commons area of campus) and other services are on a cork board as you enter and there are paraphernalia from all manner of breweries, bottles also from hundreds, if not a thousand, breweries as well. I really like the atmosphere but I like the selection of taps probably more. 4.5
Quality Good with proper glassware and a beer advocacy that you do not often find in a place so close to a major campus. 4.0
Service Good. Several people, including someone who turned out later to be a patron, offered the beer list which is a small book. 4.0
Selection The best part of the place. As stated, I have never been to what is essentially a college bar with such an incredible selection. Two rows of craft, imported taps including Aventinus, Delerium Tremens, a lot of local Michigan beers and even Great Lakes Brewing Company (sort of my hometown brewery) were represented. Really, really good. 4.5
Food Did not order any food.
11-24-2009 05:28:17 |
More by adamette
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
found ashleys on Friday night for a pint and spent the better part of saturday afternoon here for 4 more.
quirky place - a waitlist for a beerbar. there is no loitering allowed - no standing at the bar. while this seems to be a good trait, it's also extremely annoying. If they care that much about beer culture, then at least get rid of all the damn smoke in here.
otherwise - the atmosphere is good enough. lots of beerschwag present. the beer menu presents tons of information and is great for novices and noobs. as you wait in line, the chalkboards on the wall outline the rotational taps.
selection was great - for sure. 70ish taps - tons of attractive stuff. in two visits i kicked back a few shorts ipas, an arcadia hopmouth cask, a jolly pumpkin bam biere, a third coast old ale. there was a lot of other stuff of interest too - sipped on a ruination and shorts soft parade. there were interesting highlights from southern tier and great divide as well as enough belgian schwag to keep you interested
everything tasted great and when a cute blonde is ignorantly asked what her favorite beer is and responds "ruination", the place gets a point.
didnt eat - menu looked average
09-15-2009 04:51:35 |
More by dirtylou
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Outstanding bar in beautiful Ann Arbor. Lots of people here always. Decent sized bar, with lots of tables. Lots of taps. Lots of bottles, though the bottles are the Shelton brothers lineup that can be bought elsewhere. Bartenders are very knowledgeable about the beers and the craft beer scene. I heard it rumoured, and I did see staff sit down with people and help host little parties of people. Great little street with little groceries, Ben and Jerries, parking available. Mostly local Michigan stuff, but there were some good nationals as well, i.e. Southern Tier creme brullee. An ongoing craft beer party. The food is supposed to be very decent.
08-07-2009 02:28:32 |
More by Sammy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in for a few pints and lunch during our tour of downtown A2.
Nice,homey old English style pub inside. Quite small and I am sure this place could get crazy crowded. We choose to sit at the bar and was well attended to by the bartenderess.
A CRAZY tap menu with tons of Michigan beers to include 3 Short's, numerous Bell's, Founder's, JP, New Holland and a few others. All in all--70 taps. Then, the bottles...if you couldn't find something on tap to enjoy! Oh, and if that is not enough they have a selection of over 60 single malt Scotches!
Food was tasty and well presented. I had a Stilton Chicken Salad and C had some "special" salad, it had dried fruit and pecans and she claimed it was quite nice.
Everything seemed fresh from the beers to the food, no complaints here.
I really liked our visit to this place. If I lived in the A2 area I am sure I would be a regular patron. The incredible selection alone would bring me back over and over again!
07-19-2009 12:14:10 |
More by Deuane
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