Stopped in for a beer after some shopping. Nice selection of imports, micros, and local beers. Good service. Kind of a sports bar feel, a little dark. Do have some smokers in there, too.
agl108 (30) Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania | June 23, 2009
Stop #4 of Asheville bar tour. This place had the best beer selection of any bar I visited in Asheville. Tons of local beers here but also the best selection of other American micros. Crowd seemed different here than the other bars - more frat guy type of place.
Tip: park in the Rankin Ave. garage directly across the street on level 5. This is very cheap parking which is a very short walk to the door. This place really loans itself to a spot to hang out with a group of friends. Itís always bustling with activity and there is a large projection TV in the middle of the lobby area. The beer selction is very extensive, but doesnít have the more interesting imports that Hannah Flannagans may get or the more interesting NC brews that Barleyís frequently offers. Still, there are around 150 beers or so and anyone should find something good to drink here.
We saw an advertisement that said this place had the biggest selection in town. I guess thatís technically true. The food was decent, and I guess so was the beer list ... not the strongest regional selection, but yes they do have a long list, many of which youíd see elsewhere in the country. Hot waitresses might make it worth stopping in.
Sportsbar and restaurant in the heart of downtown Asheville. Pretty cool place with big panel-type windows that open up to the street when the weather is nice. Watched a few World Cup matches as I sampled their draught selection. Lots of regional and local brews on tap from places like Pisgah and Sweetwater. The best I had was Oskar Blues Old Chub. Food was okay.
It does look like a bit of an indoor bier garden with separate rooms for pool tables and darts. The bar in on the left side from the Haywood street entrance. They have a number of taps although as others have said thereís a lot less emphasis on local craft as their is on national craft. They have a large bottle list but nothing to rare or easy to find the way the organize the list. The food is solid pub grub. Itís a decent enough place if you happen to be in the neighborhood to grab a pint but I donít see this as a destination place.
A generally friendly place with a decent selection of beers. Not much that you canít find elsewhere. I didnít have the food so I canít really comment on that. Prices seems a touch higher than elsewhere. Not a bad place to stop though.
Good beer selection overall, though the taps didnít offer much that wasnít at Barleyís or Mellow Mushroom. Slow service and a little pricier than the other bars in town. Still definitely worth a stop on an Asheville bar tour.