With the recent opening of Monk’s Flask in Biltmore Park Town Square, people may now have a place to go where everybody knows their name.
“We aim to be a neighborhood cocktail bar,” says manager Brandi Dean.
At the Thirsty Monk next door—the pub from which Monk’s Flask originated—the bar keepers and wait staff know many of their customers on a first-name basis, Dean says.
A lot of the folks who come into the brew pub live close by in the adjacent residential community, she says.
To give customers another option, Thirsty Monk owner Barry Bialik and his wife, Shelly, decided to create a bar and lounge where people can relax and enjoy a cocktail, a glass of wine or a craft beer.
“This is a slightly different concept,” Dean notes.
The spacious lounge next door to the Thirsty Monk has large rooms with a comfortable sofa and chairs in one area and plenty of tables and space for sitting at the bar.
Lead bar tender Jade Finn has created intriguing cocktails for the Monk’s Flask, some of which include locally distilled spirits. The Captain of Industry made with rye whisky that is smoked is one of the signature offerings. Another cocktail on the “modern” side of the cocktail list is the Mighty Sovereign, a blend of tequila, grapefruit and lime juices—with hoppy notes of an IPA. Classic offerings include daiquiris, Margaritas, pina coladas and Dark and Stormy, a cocktail with rum, lime juice, ginger syrup and soda water.
Wine and beer are also served at the bar and lounge.
“One of our main focuses is on wine,” says Dean.
Wines are carefully selected, she notes. The Monk’s Flask also has a few selections of craft beers for patrons who want that option.
Although the emphasis is on beverages, the Monk’s Flask has a creative bar menu that includes a Flask burger with a choice of side dishes, flights that feature either cheese or trout dip with accompaniments, roasted cauliflower, salads and frites with onion aioli. Bacon lovers also can order a pint of salt-and-sugar cured bacon.
Because the bar shares a kitchen with the Thirsty Monk, customers also can order from the menu at the pub, Dean says.
The Thirsty Monk has pub foods including tacos with a variety of fillings, barbecued wings, fish and chips, salads, pretzels and a kid’s menu for youngsters.
The brew pub specializes in crafted Belgian-style beers with names such as the Screaming Monk, Abby Blonde and Brother Noah. The pub also has selections of small batch crafted beers, some of which are seasonal.
Founded in 2008, the Thirsty Monk has locations in downtown Asheville, Denver, Colorado and Portland, Oregon, in addition to its Biltmore Park Town Square pub where Dean has worked for the past three years.
After moving to the Asheville area from Nashville, Tennessee, Dean initially started working as a bar tender at Thirsty Monk in Biltmore Park Town Square. Dean says she enjoys the neighborhood atmosphere of the pub in south Asheville and decided to stay there.
“I really like having people I know come in all the time,” she says.
The Monk’s Flask opens at 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and is closed on Monday after the News Years holiday. Closing time is generally at midnight and may vary with the season. The bar and lounge is at 2 Town Square Blvd. in Biltmore Park Town Square.
For more information, visit the website at https://monkpub.com/biltmore-park/ or call 828-687-3873.