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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Beer Available At The Thirsty Monk (arranged by most recent)
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 58, 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

tronraner  (109) Walland, Tennessee | March 17, 2009
This is pretty high on my list of favorite bars. It’s in a two-level building. Upstairs/street level, it’s a sort of yuppie-magnet bar well-stocked with American micros. Downstairs, friend, is a different world entirely. It’s a cave-like half basement specializing in Belgians. All beers are served in appropriate glassware, usually down to specific brand. Selection is outstanding. And the bartenders are impressively knowledgeable about the beers they have, many of which are somewhat obscure. Great place, and a must for beer in Asheville. I haven’t eaten there yet, but will at some point.
  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 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
Butters  (180) Richmond, Virginia | October 13, 2008
Probably my favorite bar I’ve ever visited. I was fortunate enough to visit late on a tuesday night. So I was the only patron downstairs! Needless to say, the service was spectacular. My bartender, Zoe, was extremely friendly and, while not the most knowlegeable about beer, was hands down the coolest bartender I’ve ever come across. I’ve never seen so many belgians on draft. The Upstairs also had some rare regional beers. I could easily have spent an entire evening upstairs, and then gone back the next day for the downstairs. Prices were not unreasonable (especially if you do the flights for only $9). This place is a MUST.
brentfeesh  (80) Gadsden, Alabama | September 24, 2008
Visited twice during Brewgrass. Two pubs in one…How can you beat that!? I guess you could say it is like the Bick Store in Atlanta only much larger. The upstairs has American micros and craft brews (mostly on tap) and the down stairs has the Belgian Bonanza. I actually liked the atmosphere of down stairs better, but my friends wanted to stay with American brews…So there you are (though you can take beers between levels). Friendly knowledgeable staff and it looks like they have some good snack food. The beer selection is second to none in Asheville. Outstanding selection of Belgians and a very good selection of American craft. Well worth you stop!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela  (102) Orlando, Florida | September 3, 2008
Really is two pubs with American micros on the top floor and Belgians in the basement. Upstairs had some cool rare local micros on tap and were featuring a family happy hour that was more for families to have a pint. We then ventured downstairs and found a wonderful selection of tap and bottled Belgians. The staff was courteous and helpful. A must try when in town.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 3/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 3/10   OVERALL 8/20
unclemattie  (112) Georgia | August 26, 2008
Contemporary vibe. Very nice selection of beers. Surprising West Coast selections available. bright white walls kinda scared me off. the large open windows and siddwalk seating was attractive. Prices were not. I’ll stick to the pub across the way.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 16/20
KommieBob  (1) | July 25, 2008
Was in town for a show and to taste Asheville’s beers. Downstairs is primarily Belgian beers, upstairs was just recently opened with American beers. Belgian selection, both domestic and foreign, was amazing. Great selection of taps and bottles. Staff was knowledgeable and willing to give samples. Prices reasonable based on the the half- or full-pour model. Upstairs selection of micros was compelling, though there was a discrepancy between the menu and what was available on tap. Nice cheese plate selection. Overall, a very memorable experience.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
Nate  (269) Indiana, Pennsylvania | May 31, 2008
Great place for Belgian beers, both by the bottle and on tap. Went here first thing after our drive up from SC and had a few flights each. Great draught selection, including some stuff that I’d never heard of - nice bottle selection, too. Limited food, but well prepared. Friendly service and knowledgeable. Saw the one waitress looking at a beer site on the cash register computer to answer a question for someone. Great place to hang - I imagine it gets pretty busy at night. We were there around 4pm on a Saturday, and there were only maybe 10 people in the place.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 3/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 3/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 10/20
azazel24  (4) | April 9, 2008
my wife and i came up for 3 day weekend and had to check this place out. the place has a cave feel to it and a the decor is great, however when we sat at the bar for sandwich’s and good abby beers things took a turn for the worse. the bartenders really didn’t know much about what they we serving, they are more than willing to give you a taste:-). don’t even ask to have a bottle recoomendedb cause neither bartender had tasted most of the bottles they offered. we tried to order the crepe’s but were steered(only after the bartender had told us that they were only reheated) towards the french bread sandwichs. sandwich’s were ok for bar food but what pushed us over the line was when the bartender stop making our sandwich and cheese plate and started pouring beer. she then resumed making our sandwich’s without washing her hands or gloves. the wife almost lost All in all it’s hard to stomach paying $6.5-$35(over double then what they charge in the stores) for great beer and bad food and unknowledgable nosense from the bartenders. frankly i was stunned.
gueuzeisgod  (3) Graham, North Carolina | March 28, 2008
We visited Asheville for a three day relaxer, went on a wednesday night, luckily it was not crowded at all, maybe a dozen people there, so we got immediate attention by the wait staff at the bar. Great ambiance, thank God there was no smoking because I really like to smell my beer. The selection was great- Chimay, DuPont, many others on tap. Bottle selection was superb- they had Cantillon Grand Cru, Iris and Classic Gueuze in 750ml. Oud Beersel Gueuze, some other standard lambics, most everything available in this state. Prices were acceptible, but if I lived in Asheville, I couldn’t visit nearly as often as I would like- my paycheck would disappear. Really wish every city had a place like this. Visit them if you can.

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