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Taps: 72 / Bottles: 200
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
338 S State St
phone: (734) 996-9191
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 80 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I would like to start this review by saying I am definitely biased when reviewing this establishment. I frequented this bar quite a bit over the two years I was at grad school at the U of M, knew most of the staff, and even a bunch of the regular's. Ashley's was the place where I first discovered that there were beers outside of Yuengling, Coors, and Miller. The 60 or so beers on tap accompanied by just as man in bottle overwhelmed me at first. After sampling a few of the beers; however, it became evident that I knew nothing about good beer and needed to do some more investigating. I got more than just a master's degree at Umich, I got a beer education. The food at Ashley's was above average, with fancier pub fare encompassing most of the menu. The staff, from my experience, were a bunch of beer nuts who worked there because they loved what they did. They could come off as snobby to those less in the know, but were always very knowledgeable when approached with questions. As is with all college towns, this could have changed with student turn over since I have been there. Overall my favorite bar and would be there at least once a week if I lived in AA again.
02-01-2011 02:25:42 |
More by Bslied
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5 | $
With 65 draught beers available this place is amazing. It was my first port of call when I arrived in Ann Arbor. It's an extremely friendly place to just sit back and drink and chat with those who are regulars or just visiting. I went with the intention of noting the cask ale they had available. Sadly, after two pints of something that was amazingly in the 8 or 9% range I don't remember what it was. I remember getting to the second pint and thinking, "This is like wine". After two amazing pints pulled from one of two or three beer engines, (which looked like six by the time I left), I decided that two was going to be my limit when normally 3 or 4 is enough. Fortunately I had time to wander around Ann Arbor to walk it off before heading back to my hotel. The food isn't great but the beer more than makes up for it. Being in Ann Arbor for 5 days I tried a few of the other places that sells cask and all of them excellent, but I couldn't resist making one more call there just before I left.
06-03-2005 18:40:46 |
More by JohnnyAngel
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
We love Ashley's in Ann Arbor. Tremendous selection and great value. Order the cheese plate with a flight and you'll be in heaven. Especially now they have the Chimay cheese on the plate.
I prefer bottled beer to draft and they have a good bottle selection too - of course not as good as the draft selection. The staff is knowledgeable and helpful.
Sit at the bar and you'll be able to strike up a conversation with other beer geeks.
05-15-2013 01:46:41 |
More by hotsudge
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Craft brew / whiskey / bourbon fan heaven, flat out.
This is the place to visit for beer fans who find themselves in Ann Arbor. A decent, standard pub with the accompanying, mildly overpriced food (albeit tasty) pairs with an unearthly number of taps, almost all of which are craft brews. Some of the taps are etched in stone, but most of them rotate with the seasons, and there are a number of things available here that you will not find on tap anywhere else in Michigan (i.e.: Big Foot, Maudite, St. Bernadus ABT 12, Delirium Tremens, hand-pulled Rogue Imperial Stout and Dogfish 90 minute, all kinds of out of state seasonals). Beyond the taps, they have a huge range of bottles, and stuff from JW Lee's Harvest Ale to Kuhnhenn's Raspberry Eisbock were available. On top of that, if you like other kinds of alcohol, they have an extensive single malt scotch whiskey and bourbon selection.
The overall atmosphere is a fairly standard bar (tap handles on display), but I like the smallness of the place, it's quite intimate. A small bar, booths, the entire place is pretty small, and I like that a lot. The only thing that would gain it the additional half point is less light and a bit less polish, it's just a touch upscale, and that's fine, I'm never uncomfortable here, but I like things a touch more old-fashioned.
The servers here are random, I have had exceptional service, I have had average service. This place gets jammed, so it can take a while on a busy night, the bartenders always seem knowledgeable and friendly when I sit up there though, so it averages out to 4.
Overall: if you've got some time, stop by this place, you will not be disappointed.
05-08-2007 00:08:16 |
More by CortexBomb
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Wow what an amazing place! This is not your typical bar. Right around the corner from a few head shops on State Street you will conveniently find a small bar with the name of Ashley's. On the inside it is a very old dark structure with a selection that will blow your mind. With just about 70 beers on tap you are sure to find something you will absolutely enjoy.
The service is a thing I tend to hear the most complaints about here on BA and for good reason. When this place gets busy it's like a mad house. The servers are definitely overwhelmed at times but pull through to get you your brew. The key at Ashley's is to try to go when there aren't a lot of people. Sure most people like to go on a Friday or Saturday night to get the full experience but a Tuesday afternoon is when you can walk right up and sit at the bar.
I have found myself being a regular now for over six months, showing up once or even twice a week. The bottom line is when I want to drink good beer and can't always find it right around the corner I settle for a half hour trip south to Ann Arbor.
A few of my favorites on tap include Bell's Best Brown, Third Coast Old Ale, Expedition Stout, Hop Slam, Double Cream Stout, Java Stout, Two-Hearted Ale, and Oberon. Founders Breakfast Stout, Pale Ale, Dirty Bastard, and Red's Rye. Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald, Nosferatu, and Blackout Stout. Stone Arrogant Bastard, Ruination IPA, Smoked Porter, IPA, Pale Ale, Oaked Arrogant Bastard, and most recently Imperial Russian Stout.
Now Im sure you can get a gist of the style beer I like but they have much more. You cant always get all these beers on tap there though, most of them have been on the rotate list, but thats the perks of being a regular. This is probably one of the best bars I have ever been to in my short life and seriously cant get enough of it. If anyone out there likes beer in the slightest bit, you will love this place!
How can I forget Hop Wallop!
05-10-2007 21:26:41 |
More by BigAl723
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
I used to go here all the time during my college years. This place started cultivating my interest in domestic craft brews and Belgian beers, and is a wonderful introduction for college students at the University of Michigan to expand their horizons beyond Natty Light or Busch.
The atmosphere of this place is wonderful; it really has the whole thriving college brewpub feel to it. The place comes alive with its clientele and community-like interaction. The selection is exquisite: more Bell's (and other local midwest brewers) on tap than you can count, wonderful bottled Belgians, fresh English ales. The food is pretty good pub fare but that's not why you're here, is it? The servers are always good to suggest a great beer catered to your taste, even if you aren't a beer drinker. I've brought so many people here before and none of them have ever had a bad time. Overall, highly recommended if you're on a trip to Ann Arbor.
01-24-2009 04:17:53 |
More by thekanna
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
With 70 taps and 50+ bottles, there aren't many people who won't find something new to drink here. Coming in through a pretty nondescript entrance from the street, the place has a pretty rustic vibe. It's mostly brick and wood, not polished but adding to the rustic vibe. It's the kind of place that has a mixed clientele, but the words carved into the table definitely says some college students go there pretty frequently. TVs are around but silent and out of the way, so to speak. There's a nice stained glass window splitting two areas. Service is good, quick and very helpful, and they know as much as any bar I've been to and more than most in Toledo. The tap list is huge, of course, and it's all craft. There's an impressive drink repertoire all around, including dozens of whiskeys and the like, and there's even an absinthe on the menu. One of my favorite things about the place besides the huge selection of great beer is that there are nitro taps at all times and always two beers on the beer engine. Ashley's is the kind of place I can't imagine thriving in Toledo but I wish was here somehow. Prices are really reasonable, so it's affordable to drink good stuff. I'll save the 5s for places with 100+ (very rare), but this place is close.
09-22-2013 19:21:59 |
More by Brenden
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Brewpub, brewpub, and now what? We're still in Ann Arbor, but I think we've got some time yet. The bright, hot yellow-orange thing is still up there in the sky so it can't be too late. I think we're now moving in a different direction than where we left the car...
The bartender was drinking Bell's Two Hearted Ale on cask. I immediately asked het to marry me, but she didn't reply (She, deep in thought, contemplating my offer, to be sure). The "L" seat bar seats about 10, with 7 raised bar and some shorter tables in the adjacent pen beneath a massive mirror. Brick walls, stucco ceiling, duct work, colored glass lamps and track lighting, beer signs, placards, mirrors, a good juke box, stained glass panels to the rear facing into the far room, and a single TV above rear the corner of the bar.
The rear room holds 12 booths and a handful of tables, the walls decorated with mirrors, and beer bottles lining the room and the posts over the entranceways. Likewise with the forward rooom, a 6 table nook along the front windows. Downstairs, there's a room with another "L" shaped bar, this one seating a dozen. Phil's golf game and foosball but otherwise, dark, dim, and creepy. I'm a-scared, I'm goin' back upstairs.
70 taps and 3 casks (Bell's Two Hearted Ale & Porter, and the DogFishHead 90 Minute IPA). Taps behind the bar in a single row beneath shelves of booze runs the length. Blackboards above list the specials. A very good collection of Michigan beers (Arcadia, Dark Horse, Bell's, New Holland, Motor City, Short's, Dragonmead, Founders, King Brewing, Joly Pumpkin), micros near and far (DogFishHead, Harpoon, Great Lakes, Sierra Nevada, Celis, Anchor, Sam Adams, Lionheart), Belgians (Delirium Tremons, Gulden Draak, Piraat, La Chouffe, Hoegaarden, Duchesse De Bourgogne), Germans (Franziskaner, Weihenstephan, Ayinger, Warsteiner, Reissdorf Kolsch, Spaten), a hat trick of Irish Stouts (Guinness, Beamish & Murphy's), ciders and more.
60 plus bottles show a larger selection of Belgians (Achel, Westmalle, Rochefort, Orval, Chimay, Triple Karmeliet, Piraat, Caracole, Fantome, Duchesse, Delirium, Duvel, Chouffe, Gulden Draak), English & Scottish, and a nice focus on Porters & Stouts.
They've also got wines, small batch bourbons, single malts, and do Martini's. A late night munchies menu shows Fries, Stix, Nachos, Wings & Rings. Service was pleasant, beer was outstanding. The deal!!
09-25-2005 18:48:16 |
More by slander
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
Ok - enough of the BS....This is where I had my graduation party in April of 1984 - less than 8 months after they opened. This has remained THE place for great beer in Ann Arbor. What is this crap about grimey or other BS - you are in a college town...you are drinking great beer...college kids will smoke...DEAL with it!
Don't come here if you want to drink with your pinky up...but if you want a great selection of beer - draft and bottle, then come here.
The bartender(s) and some of the wait staff KNOW beer. I found them to be very knowledgeable. Some of the wait staff doesn't...REMEMBER YOU ARE IN A COLLEGE BAR....most of the staff has been LEGALLY drinking less than a year.
Food is ok/good. Pizza very good, Chowder is great. But did I mention the beer selection is AWESOME....one of the best selection's in MI, or for that matter, most anywhere I have been.
They have 20 rotating taps, and probably another 50 regular taps.
I love this place, come in and enjoy...try some of the GREAT MICHIGAN BEERS!!!!
BTW - you can get great flights too....Beer flights - e.g. IPA, Belgians, Stouts, Porters,... You can also get great Bourbon and Scotch Flights...this is a great place...
As a side note - back a million years ago in 1984 for my graduation party we drank them out of Tequila...they had to run to the package shop next door to but more...lol
One more funny side bar....they had Kuhnhenn's Aldebaran on tap...20 oz pint = $6. At Kuhnhenn's in Warren, a 12 oz tulip is....$6...Kuhnhenn Brothers need to quit raping us at the brew pub....
Stop in...you'll love this place.
03-08-2008 04:31:53 |
More by Pointman
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Ashley's is my favorite bar in Ann Arbor. Amazing tap and bottle selection and surprisingly good food. Atmosphere is quite nice with a comfortable interior, and older clientele. Memorable experiences I have had there are having Harry magills spiced stout on-tap on a day when they had something like 20 bells beers on tap. Having my first russian imperial stout, Old Rasputin, on-tap. There are too many great beers that I have had on tap to name. In terms of food, their waffle fries are the ultimate in late night bar food. Only complaint would be staff that sometimes has very little clue about what they are serving.
06-07-2009 09:41:58 |
More by lamarr04
Ashley's in Ann Arbor, MI
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