The Thirsty Monk | Asheville, North Carolina
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The Thirsty Monk
World Class based on 101 ratings
Type: Bar

92 Patton Avenue
Asheville, North Carolina United States 28801 [ print map ]
828 254 5470 | facebook | twitter | food menu | beer menu

Hours: M-Th 4pm-12am, F-Sa Noon-2am, Su Noon-10pm

Mayor: Theydon_Bois (4) | Affiliated user(s) here monkpub | Taps: 30 | Bottles: 150+

The Thirsty Monk

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Beer Available At The Thirsty Monk (arranged by most recent)
New Belgium Hop Kitchen #10 - Hop Stout 96, Thirsty Monk Must Love Coconut IPA , Black Mountain Ciderworks Zephyrus , Foothills Foot Men Series: Red Rye Pale Ale , Highland Little Hump with Vanilla and Orange , Foothills Jade IPA 97, Thirsty Monk / Oskar Blues Trolley Crawl Belgian IPA , Blowing Rock Grandfathers Breakfast Stout , Thirsty Monk Monk in Black , Thirsty Monk CocoNorm , Haw River Newlinís Original Belgian Oatmeal Pale , Black Mountain Ciderworks Pomona 75, Thirsty Monk Cherry Gose , Allagash Session Brett Ale 98, Stillwater The Devil is People 93, Victory Anniversary 19 Ale Session IPA 87, Foothills IPA of the Month: February 2015 (Charlie) 80, Boojum Triclops Belgian Tripel , Blind Squirrel Belgian Tripel , Big Boss Prometheus Unbound
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101 reviews for The Thirsty Monk
 Ambiance  82%
 Service  81%
 Selection  87%
 Food  74%
 Value  73%
 Overall  82%
 Rating  96%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
katmandu72  (17) , | November 16, 2015| Updated November 23, 2015
Wow. This place just makes you happy. The atmosphere is amazing and the beer selection is just fantastic. Pick a spot and hang out all night. This place rocks!
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
JCW  (129) Cincinnati, Ohio | October 15, 2015
I spent my time in this place in the Belgium bar down stairs. Didnít have the food or frankly spend much time upstairs. Bar had five or six tap handles, a couple were Belgium imports. It had lots of Belgium style bottles. Ambiance was rustic, very low lighting. Years ago I would have given this place a much higher rating, but now it just doesnít stick out like it might have 5 to 6 years ago. Iíd still recommend a visit, but there are lots of breweries in Asheville and I probably recommend going to them first.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
radio_nowhere  (88) Maryland | September 12, 2015
Final destination one night during our long weekend in Asheville. We opted to go downstairs to the Belgian bar. The bar had a darker íBelgianí atmosphere with a long bar and some tables. Obviously the focus was on Belgian beers; some imports, US made and even Monks Cafe made. Sharing two flight the beer was great and so was the service. Downstairs seemed more laid back and quieter than upstairs. Overall a great experience and would love to come back.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Pivoyager  (88) Gaithersburg, Maryland | March 18, 2015
The Thirsty Monk is a well-loved downtown craft beer bar and was the first stop on my recent Asheville Beercation. You cannot miss it: located on the busy corner of Patton Avenue and Coxe Avenue (the latter will take you a few short blocks to the South Slope District and several breweries), the Monk does business in a quaint lavender brick building complete with a large painting of himself on the outside. Upon entry is the first floor bar area, a single room furnished with several hightops and tables comfortably surrounded by the inevitable array of beer paraphernalia. At the far end of the moderate-sized bar is the open kitchen, where eclectic and cheap grub can be had and enjoyed. There is also a water station from which thirsty patrons may hydrate themselves. (I noticed plenty of these throughout San Diego Ė a good idea, too!) Downstairs is the more intimate Belgian bar Ė and the restrooms. And if you seek whiskey or a cocktail, there is another floor upstairs (through the elevator door) called ďTop of the Monk.Ē As of late, they now brew their own beer a few miles south near the Biltmore Estate and offer about 36 taps (20 upstairs, 16 downstairs) and a worthy choice of bottled brews. During my visit (upstairs and downstairs) I enjoyed: Thirsty Monk Autumnal Ale, Sierra Nevada Celebration, Highland Thunderstruck, Stillwater Brontide, Ommengang Valor and a rarity to the East Coast, something wonderful from Coloradoís Crooked Stave. The Monk has a pretty reasonable pricing system for a full pour or a half pour dependent on the beer (of course!) Ė I mean, címon, $6.00 for a pint of Founderís Breakfast Stout! In any case, the Thirsty Monk is a MUST when in Asheville.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
Ieatplates  (12) , | January 21, 2015
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth  (190) the Containment Area, North Carolina | October 28, 2014
decent place, Upstairs gets the benefit of daylight, service has been mixed for me here, this last trip had no problems, other visits, been slow. selection is good, though maybe not as unique as it once was. no food, prices are inline with area, Iíve havenít had the chance to sit outside here, could be good people watching, first floor has a section autographed by various brewers that have done eventís there, kind of cool. fine place, good place to start a crawl as they open earlier than most of the breweries.
rosenbergh  (618) Tampere, Finland | October 26, 2014
Rather big bar divided into two. American and Belgian bars. For me the Belgian one wasnít that interesting so I hit the American one. Nice selection of no so common brews, friendly service and rather cozy atmosphere. Not a bad combination.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 17/20
chinchill  (143) South Carolina | September 13, 2014| Updated September 16, 2014
Two bars in one place, but the Belgian bar in the lower level largely accounts for the fame of this outstanding pub. Limited but tasty food selections. The downstairs Belgian bar is quieter and more sedate than upstairs. The service people are very knowledgeable: good thing given the number of strange and rare beers that come to their taps. They have up-to-date printed lists with descriptions for the beers on tap. Acceptable but not low pricing in a city with fairly low priced beer.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 7/20
Beerenberger  (66) Fischer, Texas | August 16, 2014
Good selection of beers up stairs and a good selection of Belgian breers down stairs. Dissapointsing that they s Didnít have any of their beers on tap. Probably wouldnít go back.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo  (158) decatur, Tennessee | July 27, 2014
Great local selection. Great expanded selection. Tasters available. Service was top notch. Server was knowledgeable. Didnít make it down stairs. I will go back every time Iím in Asheville.

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