Slows Bar-B-Q

BA SCORE
97
world-class

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

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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%
 
 
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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 43
Reviews by woodychandler:
Photo of woodychandler
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Wow, did we ever pass up a good thing when the people that I was with opted not to take me here in February! It sat a couple of blocks north of the former Tiger Stadium site, and boy, was it deceptive. The address (correctly) was 2138 Michigan Avenue, but the number was frosted into the upper glass panel at the end of a short vestibule. “What fronts said vestibule?” you may ask. Well, how does a huge, horizontally slatted, varnished blonde wood doorway with a small mail-sized slot marked “Pull” grab you? Yeah, me too. Fortunately, some of the staff were on break and pointed to the way in. Phew.

The whole place was dominated by blonde and light-brown wood and exposed, unfinished brick. Along the right wall, headed aft, were three extremely high-backed booths, followed by the kitchen, all of the way aft. Fronting the kitchen were wide strips of hammered copper, fastened by pop rivets. Turning left after entering the door, I encountered the elongated, “U”-shaped, copper-topped bar. The right side of said bar, facing aft, was the smoking section. There was a nice, open passageway that bisected the bar, which was buttressed in the overhead by heavy bolted and nailed wood plates. This was probably necessary because the left side of the space, facing aft, is/was 2140 Michigan Avenue! To the far left were their restaurant tables and chairs, followed by three big picture windows overlooking Michigan Avenue. There was also a biergarten under construction, ostensibly due to open after 04 July weekend of 2006, on the site of what would have formerly been 2142 Michigan Avenue. The washrooms were all of the way aft on the left-hand side and continued the industrial feel with rough welds and a tiny concrete sink. The ambiance was also very good, with soft jazz and blues being played as background music.

The beer (and bourbon and wine) list came sandwiched between two wood boards, hinged together like a hospital clipboard. Ha! They featured twenty (20) taps and one hundred (100) bottles, almost all micros and quality imports. Fabulous.

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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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