Word on the street is that a speakeasy style bar is set to open the first weekend of September above the Thirsty Monk Belgian beer bar in downtown Asheville. The bar has been talked about for months and was originally going to be called Nuns on Top, a play off the Thirty Monk name. Backlash ensued. The new name of the bar is Top of the Monk.
If you haven’t noticed, the Thirsty Monk is kicking some ass. Earlier this week, owner Barry Bialik announced he was opening a Thirsty Monk North in Reynolds Village. He’s already got Thirsty Monk South in Gerber Village off Hendersonville Road, and he’s building a new restaurant/bar/brewery in Biltmore Park.
Now comes Top of the Monk, a warm and inviting space with a speakeasy feel. There will be cool touches. For example, the bar will feature a bank of old post office boxes. You know, the kind with brass doors that you need a key to open. Here’s the deal – you order an appetizer and receive a key and box number. You’ll go get your pre-packaged appetizer out of the PO Box.
There’s also a door that opens from the bar to a rooftop patio with a sweet view of the mountains to the south and west. Can’t wait to see this place open.