The Thirsty Monk | Asheville, North Carolina
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The Thirsty Monk
World Class based on 101 ratings
Type: Bar

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

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

Mayor: Theydon_Bois (4) | 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 Belgium Hop Kitchen #10 - Hop Stout 96, Thirsty Monk Must Love Coconut IPA , Black Mountain Ciderworks Zephyrus , Foothills Foot Men Series: Red Rye Pale Ale , Highland Little Hump with Vanilla and Orange , Foothills Jade IPA 97, Thirsty Monk / Oskar Blues Trolley Crawl Belgian IPA , Blowing Rock Grandfathers Breakfast Stout , Thirsty Monk Monk in Black , Thirsty Monk CocoNorm , Haw River Newlin’s Original Belgian Oatmeal Pale , Black Mountain Ciderworks Pomona 75, Thirsty Monk Cherry Gose , Allagash Session Brett Ale 98, Stillwater The Devil is People 93, Victory Anniversary 19 Ale Session IPA 87, Foothills IPA of the Month: February 2015 (Charlie) 80, Boojum Triclops Belgian Tripel , Blind Squirrel Belgian Tripel , Big Boss Prometheus Unbound
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101 reviews for The Thirsty Monk
 Ambiance  82%
 Service  81%
 Selection  87%
 Food  74%
 Value  73%
 Overall  82%
 Rating  96%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
zizzybalubba  (72) Raleigh, North Carolina | June 22, 2010
Recently visited The Thirsty Monk and at first I was not overly impressed. The street level entrance leads you into the main bar which has a diner-like feel. The tap selection was fairly impressive enough but I had hoped for more. The basement, however, is where I totally understand the hype surrounding this place. One of the coolest bar settings this side of Belgium and with an impressive array of Belgian beers. Prices were reasonable and the selection was impressive for the area. Worth the hype and a must visit.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna  (79) Georgia | June 16, 2010
Just like the fabled Brick Store to the south in the metro Atlanta area, The Thirsty Monk has two floors with one floor focusing on American craft beer and another floor focusing on Belgian ales. One difference is that for The Thirsty Monk, the American beer is upstairs and the Belgian beer is downstairs. Another difference is that you actually have to go the different floors to get the different beers, unlike the Brick Store where the bartender will send down or up for the beer that isn’t available at their floor’s bar. That’s a little annoying. The beer selection is great and the bartenders were good, but my macaroni and cheese was a little bland.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee  (62) Chapel Hill, North Carolina | March 24, 2010
I like the two tiered aspect with the mostly US craft stuff up top with some all Belgian/Belgian inspired brews downstairs. Nice sidewalk view with the option to sit on benches outside. Some cheeses and such. Some great deals on Belgians downstairs, found a 750 of Brouscella Grand Cru for about 25 dollars which was nice. A couple of interesting things upstairs. Could have a lot more interesting stuff.
  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  (132) Columbus, Ohio | 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  (477) 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.

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