Slows Bar-B-Q

BA SCORE
97
world-class

92 Ratings
Slows Bar-B-QSlows Bar-B-Q
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

2138 Michigan Ave
Detroit, Michigan, 48216-1305
United States

(313) 962-9828 | map
slowsbarbq.com

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Added by putnam on 09-26-2005

PLACE STATS
Score:
97
Ratings:
92
Reviews:
43
Avg:
4.4
pDev:
7.27%
 
 
Taps:
56
Bottles/Cans:
52
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 43
Reviews by alexgash:
Photo of alexgash
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Stopped by on a beautiful Sunday afternoon after a Twins/Tigers game at Comerica. Not too hard to find (just look for non-abandoned buildings), not far from the old Tiger Stadium and across the street from the eerily abandoned architectural gem of a railroad station. Anyways, modern, brick and wood exterior with a fenced-in patio. Inside has same wood and brick look with a large, horse-shoe shaped bar with variously-sized tables scattered around it. We sat at the bar since the table wait was over 45 minutes. Place was busy, but not crazy. Took the bartender a few minutes to help us but after that he did a decent job of attending to our needs. Nice tap selection of good, old standbys (Great Lakes Edmund, Bell's Oberon, Arcadia IPA, etc.) and some exciting rotating taps (Short's, Atwater, Rogue). Big bottle selection as well, laid out in a multi-page beer menu.

From our angle, the taps were hard to see and they did not have a board menu, so we couldn't tell what all the rotating seasonals were, so they could fix that. My only real complaint though! Beer was fresh and delicious (I had a Short's Huma...IPA). But the food was exceptional! The best BBQ I have had in a long time! Great beer, great food, desolate location. A must-visit place when in Detroit.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Photo of JuiceMan818
4.4/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of orangesol
4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of AndyEdgar
4.75/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of fredmugs
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Nowhere good as I was expecting based on the hype. Telling me to look up the draft list online is never a good start. The food good but not above average but there were large portions. Definitely not a place I would ever go to again.

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Photo of ssimpson89
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of onespartan
4.49/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Gemini6
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of chuckgietzen
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of rkf1976
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of smbslt
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Pretty busy for a Tuesday night in what seems to be a small dining district in Corktown. At least ten maybe twelve taps - some local some not, a good cross section of styles. Bottle list was extensive but stuck with taps.

Food was good but don't know how authentic. Only menu shortcoming was no collards.

Friendly staff that was more than happy to talk about food and beer.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Look, they carry lots of local brews, which is great. also, great not so local ones. But the best part is getting some of that BBQ to go with it. Many of us have driven down from the burbs on lunch hour just to pick up some Slows and boogie back to work. Many have gone out of their way just for Slows BBQ.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Arguably Detroit's best BBQ spot. Great food, and one of the best tap lists in metro Detroit. 50+ taps, usually some rarities on as well. Occasional cask and cellar-pull offerings. Tap-takeovers an patio parties from time to time as well. Great spot to grab a beer and some good cue.

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Photo of ZachDow7
3.79/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

Great food great beer, just too many waiters pushing the flavor of the month beer from Atwater when there are so many great options on the boars. Yardbird sandwhich and a beer is a great end to the work week :)

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Photo of slasich
4.75/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Great food, great brews, great feel to the place.

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Photo of awilkie23
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Visited at 5pm on a wednesday, after seeing how busy this place is.

Ordered a half-rack of baby back ribs with sides of potato salad and wedge fries. Amazing. the sauces they had at every table were delicious. Enjoyed a Rogue 7-hop with my ribs, it was so freakin' fresh.

Perhaps the only con about this place was the server. She wasn't knowledgeable about beer... My friend asked for a hoppy IPA, which they were sold out of, so she suggested Stone's Crime 2013 beer instead! Little did we know that it came in a 500ml bottle (17.99!) and it wasn't a hoppy substitute - its stupidly spicy!

Apart from that, I would definitely return here. Place has a very classic Motown feel.

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Photo of cryptichead
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of jrs3994243
3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of psweendogg
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of tommy5
4.31/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of loganburgh
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of n2492004
5/5  rDev +13.6%

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Slows Bar-B-Q in Detroit, MI
4.4 out of 5 based on 92 ratings.
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