Grand Trunk Pub
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Taps: 19 / Bottles: 57
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 15 | Show All Ratings:
4.34/5 rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75 | $$
24 taps of all Michigan beers, occasional tap takeovers from different brewers. Can't beat being in an old train ticket officer with plaster vaulted ceilings!
Service can be great sometimes, other times just good. Large menu of food available, with many daily specials.
Beer prices are okay, about on par for microbrews.
Crowd can be a great bunch of Detroiters, or can be the awful ignorant Quicken faux-Detroit boosters.
02-18-2014 23:27:28 | More by importedfromdet
4.21/5 rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$
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. And tons of Michigan brewed beers beyond that.
02-09-2013 10:03:39 | More by RblWthACoz
3.8/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
12-30-2011 23:07:11 | More by cratez
3.41/5 rDev -16.6%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
There's alot to like about the Grand Trunk Pub, but I didn't really enjoy my visit. The building is beautiful with high vaulted ceilings, nice woodwork and neat classic signs. The service was decent enough: friendly, but not overly knowledgable. There was a really good selection, loaded with Michigan made beer.
My issue with Grand Trunk had nothing to do with the pub itself. The patrons were the problem. Let's just call it a high d-bag quotient. Being surrounded by obnoxious people wasn't fun.
The pieces are there, and I would give it another chance. Just not late on a weekend night.
10-23-2011 04:28:00 | More by frazbri
4.33/5 rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
09-07-2011 17:38:16 | More by jayhawk73
4.15/5 rDev +1.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I have been to this place easily 40 times. The bartenders are all characters and make each visit a good one. I applaud dedicating all 15 taps to beer brewed in Michigan.
The reuben is the best i've ever had and its only $9. The fish n chips and shepherds pie are excellent also at around $10 each. Happy hour specials are great as is the bottle selection, where else can you get a bottle of Jolly Pumpkin La Roja for $13?
If you are anywhere downtown you need to check out the Grand Trunk Pub. And one more thing, they sell beer to go so you can take a 6 pack to your hotel room or wherever. This is key as finding good beer late night in Detroit can be tricky.
08-25-2011 03:15:45 | More by detroiter
3.48/5 rDev -14.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
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.
08-04-2011 21:00:26 | More by steebo777
3.93/5 rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
The atmosphere is tied with the beer selection for the best part of this place. The bar is in a converted 19th century ticket office of the old the Grand Trunk Railway. It's long and narrow, has lots of original architetcural details, and the view out the front window is of beautiful downtown Detroit. (For people who have never been to Detroit, I'm not being sarcastic. It actually is beautiful.)
They have about 15 taps and all of them are dedicated to Michigan microbrews. The choices rotate with selections from Bell's, Founder's, Short's, MBC, Atwater, New Holland, and other Michigan breweries.
The food is quality bar food. Don't expect to be blown away by the food, but you won't be disappointed either. The fish and chips are solid, as is the shepherd's pie. And the prices are extremely reasonable, with specials on some nights.
I've had incredible service, and terrible service; but more often than not the service is good.
Overall, I recommend this place if you are anywhere near downtown Detroit.
06-20-2011 22:22:26 | More by
4.38/5 rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
Suprised to see I've never reviewed this place! Its been a staple visit on every Detroit trip.
A: As others have mentioned in more detail, this is an old train ticket booth. Its really long and narrow. the archetecure is fantastic. Recently there has been an expansion and takeover of the place next door, so there is a lot more room now. Pool tables upstairs, which is a cool place to chill out and overlook the rest of the bar.
Q: The beer is always fresh local selections. You'll only find high quality brews here from Bells, Founders, Kuhnehen, etc
S: The bartenders and wait staff are all exceptional. Very friendly and knowlegeable about beer.
S: Bottle selection is a mystery to me, but they do have most regular Jolly Pumpkin selections. The tap/cask list is why I love this place. Always rotating, always somthing intresting.
F: Food is exceptional and comes out hot and fast. The ruben sandwich is a particular favoirite of mine.
05-21-2011 14:38:48 | More by uno99
4/5 rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Very unassuming from the store front, it didn't even look open when I arrived around 5PM. A cool old converted train depot that dates back to 1879, bartender said the foundation is pre-civil war. Nice vaulted ceilings and woodworking on the walls give this bar lots of character.
15 taps, all of them Michigan, 8 breweries were represented on this particular night. A good representation of styles, lots of summer beers on tap. They have a good bottle list, which features Michigan beers as well.
This place has a small local feel to it. The bartender there that particular night was very beer knowledgeable. To update an earlier review I saw, there is no smoking. Only complaint was there did not appear to be any A/C and it was quite warm there this evening as it was a sweltering earlier.
Food was typical Irish pub food. Had the Reuben, which was quite good.
All in all, a very nice place worth a visit if you're in downtown Detroit. I enjoy places like this when I'm on the road, where you can get a good variety of local beer
07-25-2010 18:46:51 | More by FLBeerGuy
Grand Trunk Pub in Detroit, MI
91 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.