Visited mid afternoon/early evening on a Thursday. Plenty of room in a spacious joint, although getting more crowded when we left. The monthly beer feature was North Carolina so, whilst there were "only" 27 listed, they were nearly all from NC, which was just what I wanted. Including Pisgah, Catawba Valley, French Broad, Foothills, Highland, Duck Rabbit & Edenton. Efficient service. Solid food. Have to go back tomorrow to get some more beers.
Visited here on a Sunday afternoon in mid June. Nice little downtown pizza place with plenty of local taps. Not sure if there was 40 - but I’ll let a local make that call. Ordered a Duck Rabbit Porter - instant vinegar - brought it to attention of server and she told the manager and they agreed - curiously - they just changed the keg on Friday....need to look into their distributor - or is it thier taps?. Everything else I had was just a little "off" or perhaps it was the vinegar lingering - but did not want to be the whiney old man at the bar. Food was good - had a jerk chicken sandwich - pretty tasty. Recommended - hope the dirty tap thing was just an abberation.
Visited on a Thursday night. It was crowded, but there was no wait for a table. A jazz band was playing. They have about 40 taps with some good selections not available down in Durham including 4 from Catawba Valley and 3 from Pisgah. My girlfriend and I shared a pizza, which was good, but not spectacular. Service was excellent. Our waitress provided us with a map of downtown Asheville and pointed us to a few places we might not otherwise have found.
I will leave my previous rating here. WE went back and had one hell of a server the beer was good the food was good live entertainment. Man the differnece was night and day. I love this place now.===Made the mistake of coming here on a Saturday evening. The downstairs area was full. The hostess made it clear she had no time to answer questions, you either needed to go upstairs for smoking and no food or stay downstairs and wait on a table or 1st come 1st serve at the bar. Ended up going upstairs. One bartender trying to serve the entire area (about 30-40 people). First beer came in plastic cup he had glasses but said the dishwasher was broken. Wouldn’t give up a glass so I left. I hope to go back earlier in the day someday when they’ve got time to fool with you. They have a huge selection but if its crowded get what you really want first don’t start out small hoping to go to bigger beers later, you may never get there.
This is pretty much the bar to go to in Asheville for a variety of beers. This is the smallest Barley’s location, but they have, by a very large margin, the best draughts of the three. NC has been going nuts on the high alcohol beer ever since they passed that legistlation and this place reflects that well. They always have a good selection of fine ridiculous American brews. I even got mead on draught here once. I had some really tasty humus here one night as well. I always come to Barley’s when I’m in Asheville to see what wonderful offerings they may have on their ever-changing draught menu.
Fish (11) Vancouver, British Columbia | January 4, 2006
With 55 taps, Barley’s is by far the best place to go in Asheville for draught beer in terms of pure selection. The food is really pretty good too. There aren’t any house brews but the Highland Brewing Company lives in the basement. There are a couple of nice pool tables upstairs and smoking and more taps. The pool ain’t free, but the price on the beer is right. They have some $3 local pints (and also some high gravity $5.00 12 oz pours). Also, I recommend the nachos. They good!
Definately my favorite place for beer in Asheville. I’ve been there 5 or 6 times (always during the afternoon). Comfortable, laid-back atmosphere. OK service. Great beer selection!!! Very tasty pizza that beats other local places (no names here). I like that they highlight a "Brewery of the Month".
this is scored vs. other beer bars in the asheville / western NC area. very large and spacious inside. free music most nights of the week. was nearly empty when we went there today. we were the only ones at the bar, so service was pretty good until someone came in to order a pizza to go and changed their order about 5 times as our server tried to get away from him. good selection of beers on tap and in bottles. only had nachos - and as far as bar nachos go they were good.
Huge open area greets you as you see the bar in the distance. As expected, crowd is the eclectic mix that embodies Asheville. Staff a little jaded and slow. Better than average bar food, and all the local beers are available. And that is just downstairs...
This is THE public house in town.