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33 Ratings
Ratings: 33
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: n/a
Taps: 19
Bottles: 57
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
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612 Woodward Ave
Detroit, Michigan, 48226-3450
United States
phone: (313) 961-3043

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Ratings: 33 | Reviews: 18
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4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Came during an Arbor Brewing takeover, with a few special sours on tap. I love the old-school copper top bar. Great selection of Michigan brews and local food options. Chicken sourced from Eastern Market.

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3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of HJayS
4/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Great place to go if you're in Detroit. The building is historic, the beer selection is very good, too

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.44/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

The wife and I were spending the night at a hotel in downtown Detroit- lovely, expansive views of the river and Canada. I didn’t want to stay inside so I walked over to Grand Trunk, nearby on Woodward Avenue.

It is an old, narrow pub. Worn-out and tight, there is very little space between the bar and the tables behind. The atmosphere struck me as average-lousy, with either corporate types or ghetto/white trash folks drinking cranberry-vodkas and shots of cheap liquor. Service was indifferent at best.

They serve All-Michigan beers, and according to their website they sell beer and wine to go at competitive prices. They say they have 170 bottles, although I didn’t see a menu for them.
The 23 taps include stuff from Bell’s, Arcadia, Dark Horse, New Holland, Jolly Pumpkin, Short’s, MillKing It and more.

Grand Trunk has the potential to be a cool joint, and I love their craft- and Michigan-focus, but as it is I am not enticed to come back.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of importedfromdet
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

24 taps of all Michigan beers, occasional tap takeovers from different brewers. Can't beat being in an old train ticket officer with plaster vaulted ceilings!

Service can be great sometimes, other times just good. Large menu of food available, with many daily specials.

Beer prices are okay, about on par for microbrews.

Crowd can be a great bunch of Detroiters, or can be the awful ignorant Quicken faux-Detroit boosters.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Love this spot. Decor is prime, though the adjoining space next door kind of kills the romance just a little bit. No matter though; it's still nice looking. Excellent choice of beers. I think you may be able to get the freshest sample of Huma possible here (I certainly did). And tons of Michigan brewed beers beyond that.

Photo of cratez
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Popped in with my girlfriend on a recent trip to Detroit.

The bad: couldn’t see the chalkboard from our table so I had to order from the bar to get an idea of the taps. Asked the female bartender for a Huma-Lupa-Licious, waited several minutes, eventually the male server snagged me a pint. She then scolded the two of us, claiming she had already poured the beer and it was on its way. They have a massive bottle list but we were not offered a bottle menu during our meal. Ordered the veggie omelette and hash browns while my girl had the French toast and bacon. Both dishes were lukewarm and lacking in flavour, but we bit the bullet since we were starving and in a rush.

The good: high ceilings, long narrow bar, and unpretentious crowd provide a great atmosphere. Good music and a comfortable, relaxed vibe. Our waitress saved the visit from disaster by serving our food quickly and making a solid reco for my second beer. $2.50 pints of Huma Lupa and Reserve Special were tasting lovely and the lady enjoyed her mimosa. All Michigan crafters on tap with a wide range of styles.

Overall: even though we weren’t blown away by our experience, I’d be willing to return as the selection is quite impressive. I’ll just be sure to *ASK* for a bottle list and avoid the mediocre food next time. Worth a shot if you’re looking for stellar beer in a cozy environment.

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3.41/5  rDev -16.4%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

There's alot to like about the Grand Trunk Pub, but I didn't really enjoy my visit. The building is beautiful with high vaulted ceilings, nice woodwork and neat classic signs. The service was decent enough: friendly, but not overly knowledgable. There was a really good selection, loaded with Michigan made beer.

My issue with Grand Trunk had nothing to do with the pub itself. The patrons were the problem. Let's just call it a high d-bag quotient. Being surrounded by obnoxious people wasn't fun.

The pieces are there, and I would give it another chance. Just not late on a weekend night.

Photo of jayhawk73
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited the Grand Trunk Pub for the Detroit Jazz Festival over two days (three visits). The bar area is a little narrow, but I ended up outside for two of the visits. Much more comfortable out there, and the weather was nice. The food is typical pub fare, but it's pretty good! The sandwich I had there rocked. All the taps are from Michigan (15 or so), but there are PLENTY of bottles as well. You can also buy beer to go- which I did.. Service can be a little slow at times, but one of the bartenders came over to my outside table and talked beer w/ me for a good 15 minutes on his break. That was pretty cool. I'm glad this place was only a couple blocks from my hotel- it rocked. All my buddies really liked the beer selection too. If you're ever in Detroit, you owe it to yourself to visit the Grand Trunk Pub.

Photo of detroiter
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I have been to this place easily 40 times. The bartenders are all characters and make each visit a good one. I applaud dedicating all 15 taps to beer brewed in Michigan.

The reuben is the best i've ever had and its only $9. The fish n chips and shepherds pie are excellent also at around $10 each. Happy hour specials are great as is the bottle selection, where else can you get a bottle of Jolly Pumpkin La Roja for $13?

If you are anywhere downtown you need to check out the Grand Trunk Pub. And one more thing, they sell beer to go so you can take a 6 pack to your hotel room or wherever. This is key as finding good beer late night in Detroit can be tricky.

Cheers

Photo of steebo777
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I am torn on Grand Trunk personally. I have been coming to Foran's Grand Trunk for years, and it has changed its vibes a couple times. It used to be hardcore electronic music and a pretty good beer list. Nowadays, it is focused on better beer availabilty and cuisine. I love the atmosphere as it is an old train ticket station. They have cleaned it up and made it easier on weekends and busy times to get around. They also purchased the building next door and blew out the wall between the two buildings for more seating and kitchen area. However, there is still some old stuff around that needs some work, and the men's restroom is a prime example of this (it was voted the worst bathroom in Detroit 2005).

The selection really goes up and down at Foran's, but for the most part they have solid Michigan Craft beer choices. They also usually have a pretty good bottle list, albeit some of them get slightly old.

The food is quite good, and a definite great spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sunday brunch is always a good time and you get great beer specials.

The service is ually pretty good, but sometimes they can be understaffed.

All around, a great place to hit while in the D. You should be able to at least find a good beer or two on tap you'll like.

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