Motor City Brewing Works

Motor City Brewing WorksMotor City Brewing Works
Motor City Brewing WorksMotor City Brewing Works
Brewery, Bar, Eatery

470 West Canfield
Detroit, Michigan, 48201
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Photo of flagmantho
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
by flagmantho from Washington

I visited Motor City Brewing Works when I was in Detroit earlier this week. They had 8 beers on tap plus a hard cider. The beers covered a few styles including a couple IPAs and, notably, a dark mild. The mild is about average, but hey, points for effort here; evidently it is their flagship. The he pale is so-so — serviceable but not amazing. Got a taste of the IPA and the DIPA as well, which were perhaps a little bit better, if not outstanding.

This is basically a pizza joint - definitely part of the neighborhood's college vibe. Chill music inside and an industrial look outside with big tanks out front. I like feel of the place.

Apr 27, 2022
Photo of IMFletcher
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
by IMFletcher from Kentucky

Stopped in for a flight during Omicron. Beers were solid, service was friendly, the pizza smelled so good I ordered one to go and loved it when I got home.

Jan 21, 2022
3.75 by paulish from New York on Jul 25, 2020
3.97 by ikidunot from Canada (ON) on Oct 08, 2018
Photo of Lazhal
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5
by Lazhal from Michigan

Stopped by here a couple times after visiting Jolly Pumpkin which is right across the street. Haven't had any food here, can't recall if they even serve it.

Cool layout to this place with the 2nd floor. Pretty small floor and not much seating room. We happened to sit directly at the 2nd floor bar which had all of about 6 chairs. The band even plays about 5-10 feet away.

The beer selection was not much when we were there. went with a couple different styles and did enjoy both.

Us old folks like to have a seat/table to relax at. This place is so small that it can be tough to land one. If you land one, you'll have a good time.

Aug 04, 2018
4.25 by ksolekjr from Minnesota on Feb 04, 2018
Photo of Jim67
3.06/5  rDev -18.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3 | food: 3
by Jim67 from Michigan

Worth a try but better off at Jolly Pumpkin or Hopcat across the street if you at only in town once with no plan to return. Of course I went to all three

Dec 27, 2017
Photo of Penguins66
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75
by Penguins66 from Illinois

It's in a great location, more or less across the street from Jolly Pumpkin. It has a dive bar feel, complete with a fairly intense bleach smell when we walked in. That didn't really bother us because it seemed to fit the vibe. My wife & I plunked down on a couple stools at the smallish U-shaped bar and enjoyed a couple pints each. My personal favorite was the Ghettoblaster. True, they don't have the widest selection of beers, but the ones we tried were tasty and representative of their styles.

The bartender was nice and fairly chatty. Prices were quite reasonable given the downtown location. We also liked that they are within walking distance of Little Caesars Arena (albeit a fairly long walk). It's a worthy stop if you are in the area.

Dec 01, 2017
3.95 by Gagnonsux from Texas on Jul 07, 2017
3.86 by PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan on Apr 09, 2017
3.6 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas on Nov 30, 2016
3.49 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida on Aug 31, 2016
4.18 by Tomkob11 from Maryland on Feb 02, 2016
3.45 by importedfromdet from Michigan on Dec 30, 2015
Photo of tnelson1
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.75
by tnelson1 from Michigan

I've been here countless times, and it can get pretty crowded but the pizza is amazing and the beer is pretty good as well.

Oct 23, 2015
3.51 by chuckgietzen from Michigan on Sep 24, 2015
3.63 by Raime from Korea (North) on Sep 16, 2015
Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75
by SaisonRichBiere from Michigan

Cool spot near Wayne State University. Solid true-to-style beers, but nothing fancy or flashy. Cool rooftop available when the weather is nice, pretty reasonably priced. Snacks and artisan style brick oven pizzas.

Jun 20, 2015
4.36 by gotweid from Michigan on May 28, 2015
Photo of ARoman
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5
by ARoman from Illinois

Situated in a shack-looking building just outside of Wayne St University in the midst of an area becoming more developed with swanky bars and restaurants. It feels a bit out of place, but then again, it also has an interesting charm to it. The staff and patrons all seem very chill and friendly. Not a huge selection, three to four of their regular rotation, maybe a season or an experimental. They serve 10" pizzas as well as a selection of salads and a few side-like dishes. Everything was reasonably priced. Worth a quick visit for some brews and grub.

Apr 25, 2015
3.28 by cryptichead from Illinois on Feb 24, 2015
4 by n2492004 from Michigan on Feb 12, 2015
3.84 by jrs3994243 from Michigan on Feb 05, 2015
3.51 by Samurai_Jesus4 from Michigan on Jan 15, 2015
3.74 by tommy5 from Michigan on Jan 14, 2015
3.64 by Brandonparrent from Michigan on Dec 31, 2014
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3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4
by HJayS from Michigan

It can get crowded here, but that is a testimony to their great products and neat locale. The roof top is a great place to sit in warm weather, but otherwise, enjoy the bar. Well worth the trip.

Dec 24, 2014
3.49 by Pog-Mo-Thoin from Michigan on Dec 22, 2014
3.9 by loganburgh from Michigan on Dec 17, 2014
3.75 by goast8127 from Michigan on Dec 16, 2014
3 by moshea from Michigan on Dec 12, 2014
3.5 by Joonbabie from Michigan on Nov 16, 2014
5 by beornagain from Canada (ON) on Nov 08, 2014
4.75 by Indianpaleale from Michigan on Oct 04, 2014
3.75 by rjcoy06 from Michigan on Sep 13, 2014
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3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4
by Tiburon from Wisconsin

Ghettoblaster beer put this brewery on my radar. I was amazed that there was actually a beer w that name. We stopped in for lunch, on our way out of town. Parking is troublesome, and basically ignore the large lot in front and park in back. As you enter, you will find a large poured concrete bar. They prob had 6-8 beers available, and they are all reasonably priced. They also have a fine pizza selection on their menu. I got the meat lovers and my wife got the veggie. They offer growler fills, and basically a build your own six pack w singles also available. My pik six was four Ghettoblasters and 2 IPA's.

Staff are very friendly, though easily distracted. This place has the feel of a neighborhood bar. Overall I was happy w my visit, and would come back.

Aug 13, 2014
3.5 by 98green from Michigan on Jul 18, 2014
3.25 by _morandi_ from California on Jul 15, 2014
4 by A_Ondersma from Michigan on Jun 14, 2014
Motor City Brewing Works in Detroit, MI
Brewery rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 504 ratings