The Thirsty Monk | Asheville, North Carolina
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The Thirsty Monk
World Class based on 88 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: BrettTaylor (2) | Affiliated user(s) here monkpub | Taps: 30 | Bottles: 150+

The Thirsty Monk

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New Holland Barrel Aged Blue Sunday 13 (2010 - * ) 97, Sierra Nevada Wolfinanny 86, Fonta Flora Wisteria Porter , Ballast Point bOOb Check Ale 57, SKA Hibernal Vinifera Stout 94, Green Flash Double Columbus IPA 97, Ilkley Siberia 76, Local Option Sweet Leif 76, Foothills Jade IPA 97, Beer Army Fat Cow Brown Ale , Stone 17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA 98, New Belgium Lips of Faith - Lindsey’s S’more Porter 79, Founders Backstage Series #8: Sweet Repute 98, Troubadour Magma Special Edition 2013 Galaxy 97, Off Color Troublesome 89, Mort Subite Kriek 57, Fonta Flora Local Kiwi , Ballast Point Homework Series Batch #2 - Belgian Style Double India Pale Ale 87, Off Color Cat-Sip Hibiscus Gose , Foothills Cottonwood Endo IPA 78
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88 reviews for The Thirsty Monk
 Ambiance  82%
 Service  81%
 Selection  88%
 Food  74%
 Value  72%
 Overall  83%
 Rating  96%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr  (1381) 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 can’t 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  (1271) 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  (720) 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 they’ll 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  (697) 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 should’ve been painted darker to give it more of a cellar feel, and it’s not exactly the nicest setting. But they’ve 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  (621) 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 it’s 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. It’s very much like a Belgian brown café in fact. There’s 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  (559) 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  (550) 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 don’t 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 haven’t updated about the Thirsty Monk.They have gone balls to the wall in the past two years. Of course, they’ve 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  (453) 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 Ommegang’s 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 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 19/20
phaleslu  (388) Cincinnati, Ohio | July 1, 2009| Updated February 17, 2014
Great bar in downtown Asheville, right in the heart of it all. The downstairs bar focuses on Belgians, while the upstairs is mostly American craft stuff. There were so many beers I’d never had, so I was delighted they offer flights of four. Higher prices than other places in town, but not like NYC or DC or SF. Service was good, though they accidentally charged my card twice. I always stop here at least once when I’m in town. Great bar.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
jrallen34  (377) Chicago, Illinois | April 12, 2014
Cool atmosphere, very chill. Nice chatty service. I’d like to hang out here but there just wasn’t enough locals to make it interesting, really a weak list. Disappointing.

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