Universal Joint

784 Haywood Road
Asheville, North Carolina United States 28806
bar  4.05/5.0 11 reviews
Mon-Thu 11:30a-1:00a, Fri-Sat: 11:30a-2:00a, Sun: 12p-12a

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Mayor: Travlr (3) | Taps: 16 | Bottles: 30
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Travlr  (2984) Charlotte , North Carolina | August 3, 2017| Updated August 4, 2017
In a former 1940s gas station. L-shaped bar with some restaurant tables, front room with more restaurant tables, covered tables outdoors with more dogs than people. Which is OK, since I like dogs way more than I like people. Food looked tasty, but I had already eaten at Up Country so I’ll be back. Taplist was the flagships of eight local breweries, nothing exciting at all. Good service. Update one day later: food was very tasty, apparently they smoke their own trout. Service was even better. After visiting the rest of the dismal pubs in the area, this one really stands out.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
JStax  (561) Devola/Marietta, Ohio | March 17, 2016
This place is located just across the street from the homebrew shop, so it was a convenient stop. Pretty small place, but the patio out front opens up the seating drastically. A few bar seats are available, and I took one. The draft selection was pretty good, but compared to the big hitters in Asheville, they don’t really compare. This place has one of the best vibes going, though. It reminded me of being in the Caribbean at one of the beach bars, but much less sand, and a vastly superior beer menu. Service was attentive and pleasant. One guy was singing along with the Spanish radio station the whole time. For some reason that was a bit comforting. Regardless, this is a cool place and worthy of a visit. Just don’t expect mind blowing taps.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
Suttree  (221) Knoxville, Tennessee | April 29, 2014
Stopped by for lunch on a Friday Afternoon. It’s a converted gas station and definitely has a worn down vibe. Well, maybe "broken in" is a better way to put it. The service was attentive, the food was tasty, and the selection was Asheville average, which is pretty good everywhere else...
80
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
rondphoto  (213) Lakeside Park, Kentucky | February 14, 2014
Converted gas station with a good deal of character. Lots of regional taps plus good and not good (Bud, etc) bottles. Service was friendly and knowledgeable, food was unique and well-presented, overall experience was what I have come to expect in Asheville. Good stuff!
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Drake  (831) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | February 9, 2014
Stopped by with jackl on the way out of town after RBWG. Nice tap selection with lots of local stuff and some cool non-local things, including Hopslam on our visit. Prices on beer were fairly decent. Bartender was pleasant but was busy and seemed like she could have used some help. Definite garage vibe and on a Sunday afternoon the place was packed. Extensive food menu, burgers, sandwiches and the like. I had an excellent quesadilla. Food prices were solid. Considering the disappointing experience I had at another place across the street, this was a pleasant experience.
76
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
tmongoose  (116) Louisville, Kentucky | August 31, 2013
refurbished garage..stopped because we were there. nice outdoor patio area and we walked into the old garage bays to the bar. lots of locals on draft with reasonable prices. didn’t eat but the food looked very good even the tater tots. had only one beer but it was good and local. will make it stop next time in the area. oh yea this is in west Asheville. another cool vibe for the area.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
DiarmaidBHK  (929) Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | December 19, 2012
I love that they repurposed an old garage. It gives the bar an intimacy that makes it perfect as a place to hang out with friends and enjoy a couple of local craft beer. They have mostly local craft that I assume from the board are dedicated but rotate with the seasons. The food tends to be on the hot side which suits me just find. The jalapeno sliders were especially tasty. Like many places here the prices are incredibly reasonable especially compared with what you pay in the northeast. It may not be a beer destination place, but if you’re in West Asheville you could do hell of a lot worse for a Tuesday night.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
magsinva  (180) Virginia | December 18, 2012
A converted gas station with mainly local tap lines and decent grub. Not a destination place, but we must complete our Asheville collection.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
planbee  (38) North Carolina | July 5, 2011
Last time I went to UJ they had Olde Hickory Stout on tap. Nuff said. Seriously, it’s a great place but not a must, although I’m a huge fan of how this place, Westville Pub, and Hops and Vines for a nice "Beer-muda Triangle" in West Asheville. Selection tends to be a little more interesting here than at Westville.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
mstoffan  (10) North Carolina | June 9, 2011
Another great local joint. The outside patio is packed on nice evenings. Beer choices are excellent and change frequently. Food is typical pub fare and quality can vary from visit to visit. Service is always good and the staff know their beer. A nice place to hang in funky West Asheville.

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