The Thirsty Monk | Asheville, North Carolina
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The Thirsty Monk
Excellent based on 93 ratings
Type: Bar

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

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

Mayor: b3shine (3) | Affiliated user(s) here monkpub | Taps: 30 | Bottles: 150+

The Thirsty Monk

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Coronado Sock Knocker IIPA 97, Fonta Flora Brass Monkey , Fonta Flora Appalachian Ramp Table , SKA Mexican Logger 30, Fonta Flora Brutus , Fonta Flora One Piece , Fonta Flora Rust Never Sleep , Fonta Flora Mycelium, or Yours? , Stillwater Gose Gone Wild 99, Fonta Flora Saltasaurus Brett , Fonta Flora Mega Flora , Uinta Sumír 45, Starpoint Morniní Wood Belgian IPA , Petrus Aged Pale 96, New Belgium Lips of Faith - Gruit 86, New Holland Barrel Aged Blue Sunday 13 (2010 - * ) 98, Sierra Nevada Wolfinanny 86, Fonta Flora Wisteria Porter , Ballast Point bOOb Check Ale 57, SKA Hibernal Vinifera Stout 94
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93 reviews for The Thirsty Monk
 Ambiance  82%
 Service  80%
 Selection  87%
 Food  73%
 Value  73%
 Overall  82%
 Rating  95%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr  (1505) Washington, Washington DC | July 15, 2012
Large place with Belgians and Belgian styles downstairs, and American stuff upstairs. All available as flights of four, individual five ounce tasters, or full pours. But, NC law says you canít get two five ounce tasters at once - stupid laws. Service was outstanding, and selection was unmatched in the entire region, not just Asheville. A must-stop while in the area, and worth going out of your way to try.
3fourths  (1270) Boulder, Colorado | February 27, 2014
Central Asheville dedicated beer bar. Belgian imports and Belgian styles downstairs. Anglo-American stuff upstairs. Saw a lot of barrelled and strong beer on the menu. Struggled to find something to drink. Picked a NZ pale ale from an English brewer which was oxidized :/
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
DiarmaidBHK  (732) Pennsylvania | August 27, 2011| Updated August 29, 2011
This place has two different vibes. The upstairs area serves local craft beers with a modernist vibe and has close to a 50/50 male-female ratio. The basement served the Belgian stuff looked like a bar out of the old country and was a veritable sausage factory. Still the basement had the superior beer selection and a fairly solid selection of lambiks. The menu was not terribly extensive but the pretzels and the potato salad were both very flavorful. You can make your own flights plus theyíll sell anything they have on tap in half sizes. Definitely the highlight of the trip so far.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog  (704) Hampton, Virginia | October 5, 2011
October 2011. Right in the heart of the city, this is a cool, two-level beer mecca. Upstairs focuses on regional favorites. We went downstairs to check out the Belgian selection. The basement shouldíve been painted darker to give it more of a cellar feel, and itís not exactly the nicest setting. But theyíve got what we came for -- a sturdy lineup of continental ales, in the right glassware. The bartender was friendly and beer-smart, too, which always helps. No food after 9 though -- bummer.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 13/20
Boudicca  (688) London, England | April 12, 2014
The Thirsty Monk has an impressive range of beers with at least 20 on tap and about 200 bottles. Upstairs itís spacious and airy, whilst the downstairs room is like a dungeon - long, dark and narrow with lanterns, a large Belgian flag and lots of little models of monks. Itís very much like a Belgian brown cafť in fact. Thereís also a small patio at the front. (Last visited 9 February 2014).
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton  (583) London, England | February 14, 2014
I had a great time here. They have an extensive draft list featuring beers from the local area in addition to esoteric stuff from around the USA. They offer a four-beer flight, which was handy. Great value. Friendly and attentive service. Very convenient location. Well worth seeking out if you are in town.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 20/20
NachlamSie  (582) Denver, Colorado | March 5, 2008| Updated January 5, 2011
Clearly The Thirsty Monk has the widest Belgian beer selection in Asheville, so if I have that craving I will likely end up here. The dark, cave-like ambiance is a huge plus as well. The tap selection is fair with a reasonable selection of styles and just pricing. I found the prices for larger bottles to be rather high, reflecting about double the cost at a nearby bottle shop. I donít mind shelling out $10 or even maybe $12 for a 750ml of Allagash Trippel, but higher than that seems a bit much. That seems to be a common problem among a few bars downtown. Anyway, by sticking to the taps and some of the smaller bottles I was able to enjoy a wide variety of Belgian brews served in brand appropriate glassware while relaxing in the dark and keeping a fair bar tab.
I cannot believe I havenít updated about the Thirsty Monk.They have gone balls to the wall in the past two years. Of course, theyíve added an upstairs which focuses solely on American craft beer and they have also added a kitchen which serves up mouthwatering food. Thirsty Monk went from being a good bar that specializes in Belgian beer to being a force to be reckoned with when it comes to all things beer. Superbly bad ass place now. They have become a mandatory beer destination.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 16/20
Drake  (476) Free Union, Virginia | March 14, 2009
Very nice place. One of my favorites from Asheville. Service was a bit slow, but pleasant. What follows is my review from The Thirsty Monk also has two levels. The downstairs level is devoted to Belgian beers. It is here that I sampled Ommegangís Inauguration Ale (Obamagang). Upstairs is dedicated to non-Belgian selections. Here I tried the Wedge Doppelbock and Terrapin Oak Aged Big Hoppy Monster. Very nice ambience on both levels. The salmon sliders were magnificent.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris  (447) Burnaby, British Columbia | February 10, 2014
Upstairs is American beer with lots of wood and bright. Downstairs is Belgian with lots of stone and dark. Both fun and great. Service was more help yourself and food was passable, but beer list and atmosphere were top notch.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
jrallen34  (436) Chicago, Illinois | April 12, 2014
Cool atmosphere, very chill. Nice chatty service. Iíd like to hang out here but there just wasnít enough locals to make it interesting, really a weak list. Disappointing.

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