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Grand Trunk Pub

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

19 Reviews
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

612 Woodward Ave
Detroit, Michigan, 48226-3450
United States

(313) 961-3043 | map
grandtrunkpub.com

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Added by SaucyA on 06-29-2008

PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
37
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
6.39%
 
 
Taps:
19
Bottles/Cans:
57
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 37
Reviews by cratez:
Photo of cratez
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of ssimpson89
4.07/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of Steamerm3
4.79/5  rDev +17.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of onespartan
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been going to this place since it was Forans (former owners) and have always enjoyed the architecture. However, the inside still feels quite worn and dirty. The food is decent and the taps are all Michigan beers. It is a nice place to stop before/after downtown sporting events as it is far enough way to not get crazy busy.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Awesome historical train ticketing office rehabbed into detroits premier craft beer spot. Almost all Michigan selections on tap, and usually good ones at that. In the heart of downtown, great bar food menu- sandwiches, burgers, etc. Occasional beer/brewery events.

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Photo of acostuhhh
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
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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Photo of cryptichead
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of n2492004
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of tommy5
4.03/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of HJayS
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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 -1.7%

Photo of emilybeehagen
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.44/5  rDev -15.5%
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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Photo of Daniellobo
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of A_Ondersma
5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of importedfromdet
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
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%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Grand Trunk Pub in Detroit, MI
4.07 out of 5 based on 37 ratings.
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