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 77, 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 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
RobChase  (6) Florida | December 27, 2009
Fantastic spot to grab a few pints, relax, and learn about whats good locally from the super friendly and knowledgable staff. First visit was for a Sam Calagione event, which was utter chaos. Every other visit has been busy, but not overwhelmingly so. Killer selection upstairs and down.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
Gmku  (27) Iowa City, Iowa | December 6, 2009
Decent little place in the heart of lovely Asheville. Caters to the high gravity lover, with particular attention to Belgian ales. Unfortunately everything is rather expensive (around 7-8 bucks a pour!), so I wouldn’t say this is your best everyday Asheville beer-drinking value. For that, head to the Wedge, young man.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare  (105) Tallahassee, Florida | July 6, 2009
best of the bars we visited on a brief asheville trip. had a monday special tap sampler deal - smutty nose star island, avery 15 and left hand st vrain. good selection of american craft brew on the top floor and a decent selection of belgians on the bottom - what you would expect: rochefort, westmalle, cantillon, etc. talked to the bartender a bit and seemed iffy knowledge-wise. service was helpful and good overall though. food turned out to be surprisingly good: tapas, beet salad and mac and cheese were top notch. cool place.
  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 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 20/20
groovinhigh  (1) Asheville, North Carolina | June 28, 2009
One of the few Belgium beer bars in the USA downstairs and an American Micro bar upstairs. Constantly rotating tap list.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 15/20
agl108  (30) Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania | June 23, 2009
Last stop on Asheville beer tour. Best selection of Belgians in Asheville. American micros at the bar upstairs, Belgians on draft downstairs. Preferred the downstairs vibe better. Some beers were crazily overpriced. Bartenders (owners?) seemed like they were all pissed off.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
timsilvia32  (37) from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina | June 15, 2009
I can’t remember what this building was before the Thirsty Monk, but I’m sure it is being put to better use now. As everyone has mentioned, almost 2 seperate tap rooms here. The downstairs cave for the Belgians and the upstairs for the Crafts, which if an American brewer has made a Belgian style, you will find it up there. A lot of interesting stuff on draft and some good bottles. Especially upstairs, which I prefer that style of beer, had some surprisingly hard to find beers on bottle, Dark Island is what sticks out in my mind. Had a Terrapin Scotch ale on draft, which was good. Best thing is the availability of half pints for their drafts. Service was very good, but the bartender was only so-so knowledgeable about the beer. The downstairs bartender seemed to be a little more knowledgeable. The front of the upstairs has windows that open completely, which is kind of nice, that is also where they allow smoking, so outside but near inside. After Barley’s, I would say this is the second place to stop other than the brewers in Asheville.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
branimal9  (14) Greenville, South Carolina | June 8, 2009
been to the monk several times, but this weekend was the first time i had a chance to hang out in the upper floor. this is where they serve american microbrews; the lower level is the nice little belgian bar. tried the brooklyn cuvee cardoz, which was very nice. also tried their monk n’ cheese with smoked salmon. that was really tasty. they have a great brew selection on both floors, but the upper floor could definitely use more ambiance. but when you’ve got great beer & great food, that pretty much trumps cosmetics.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
elihapa  (65) Honolulu, Hawaii | May 29, 2009
Thirsty Monk cares about their beer. Spread over two floors of beer-centric bars, you can find anything from the newest American release (SN Southern Harvest), to a uncommon American tap (Oak-aged Samaels), to a great Belgian (Bernardus abt 12 on tap comes to mind). Match that with a great indie vibe, cool decor, and a very knowledgeable bartender, and you have a new beer mecca for the area. Oh, and while you are in Asheville check out the numerous other craft-beer offering establishments.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
demdeac40  (4) Etowah, North Carolina | May 19, 2009
I love this place. One of my favorite bars in Asheville. You can always try the latest and greatest beers. Just a great place to hang out and drink.

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