Ashley’s motto is: “Celebrate the simple pleasures of life … good food, good drink, and good friends!” And it shows. Walk into Ashley’s and you’ll be greeted by a friendly (usually bearded) man checking IDs. Behind him are three sections of tables in a tavern-like room with dark wood and brick walls. Beer bottles line the rafters. Comic carvings of names, puns and pictures are etched into the tables.

Though Ashley’s is known for their extensive list of draught beers (including Brown, Gold, Pale, Scottish and Belgian Ales, Lagers, Specialty & Fruit, Wheat Beers, Porters or Stouts) they also offer classic cocktails and bottled beer. The options might be overwhelming if it wasn’t for the bar’s highly knowledgeable staff. Tell them the color or flavor you’re thinking of, and they’ll find you the perfect beer.

Ashley’s is on South State Street, making it the closest bar to Central Campus. Pop over after class to try their potato skins and beer. If potatoes aren’t your thing, go for the wings, pub bites, pizza or sandwiches.

A community of regulars comprised of undergrads, graduate students and a few professors make Ashley’s seem like an episode of “Cheers“”. It’s a happy medium between dive bars with chipped beer mugs and the upscale bars downtown with their pretention and overpriced cocktails. That’s why Ashley’s is one of the best places in Ann Arbor to pass time with good beer, good food and good friends.

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