(Visited 06/2015): Thirsty Monk is located in downtown Asheville on Patton Ave off Coxe. Street parking is available in the surrounding area.
The building is bright purple with the logo painted on the side. The main floor opens to a bar with some tables past the entrance and the bar toward the left side farther back. Lots of breweriana, stickers and the like on the walls, and a large collection of tap handles. The beer list is on multiple chalkboards behind the bar. Downstairs is the Belgian bar, with a much darker and cozier atmosphere and its own bar. A couple couches for seating along with tables, and ceiling fans like upstairs.
The beer selection at Thirsty Monk is fairly robust and eclectic, numbering at over 25 taps. Samplers are available. On our visit the breweries represented included Thirsty Monk of course, plus Haw River, Highland, Foothills, and Black Mountain Ciderworks. Well over 100 bottles options too, including many North Carolina brewers, plus many domestic and imported (lots from Belgium) craft beers.
Service at both bars on a relatively busy Friday was good. The bartenders were friendly and knowledgeable.
We did not have food on the visit.
Overall this place has a well deserved spot near the top of the list of good beer places to visit in Asheville.
Great multi level place. We did the American beers on the ground floor and the Belgians in the basement, which is where we hung out (on the big leather couch to boot). Impressed with the quality of the house beers, and a fairly extensive guest list as well. We liked this place enough to visit the Biltmore location on the way out of town.
Visited a couple times. First time was on a Monday and Second time was on a Tuesday. Both days were shortly after they opened, and I had similar experiences each time. The beers available were excellent. Great diversity of styles and many breweries were showcased. We were here for what they were calling Sour Fest. This is where they have 4 new sour beers on tap each day of the week. I think the goal was to have a lot of sour beers on tap by the end of the week if the kegs held up. The days I went, they tap list changed a bit, but mostly they just added the sour stuff. Great bartenders that were very knowledgeable. There is two floors to this place. Downstairs had a cooler vibe to me and came across more as the European style locale with lower light, bottles on shelves and cushy seating. This place was great and I would come here all the time if I lived close by.
Solid beer bar with two bars - American and Belgian - on two different levels and then a cocktail bar on the third flood. Solid selection overall and solid prices. When not busy, the servers downstairs will get you a beer from upstairs. No super rare Belgians, but nice selection.
This place is really quite cool. It’s sort of divided into three main parts. The downstairs is sort of the "Belgian beer bar" and they have, you guessed it, mostly Belgian beers available. At the street level is the more typical American beer bar and you can try the Thirsty Monk beers here. Upstairs they have a cocktail bar which serves excellent drinks and has sort of a cool, speakeasy feel to it. It was actually my favorite part of the place.
Anyway, my primary focus here was to try the house beers. Everything on draft is available in a flight, which is always appreciated (pretty good pricing, too). They only had three house beers on, so had to pick another offering to fill it out. Good service as well. The ambiance here is a bit generic, sadly, as the other two portions of the business are quite cool and enjoyable, I thought.
It’s a good place as you can almost certainly find something to enjoy here, regardless of your taste. Definitely worth a stop, particularly given the proximity to other things to do/places to go.
I spent my time in this place in the Belgium bar down stairs. Didn’t 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 doesn’t stick out like it might have 5 to 6 years ago. I’d still recommend a visit, but there are lots of breweries in Asheville and I probably recommend going to them first.