Grand Trunk Pub

BA SCORE
91
outstanding

20 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:
20
Ratings:
38
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
6.39%
 
 
Taps:
19
Bottles/Cans:
57
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 38
Reviews by detroiter:
Photo of detroiter
4.15/5  rDev +2%
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.

Cheers

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mschultz88
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Bit of a dark unknown, Grand Trunk is a good place to go after a hard day of work. Plenty of local beers on tap, friendly staff, and decent bar food. Menu changes from time to time, and usually stays pretty local. I always suggest this place to people who are new to the downtown area of Detroit

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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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Photo of mikediesel124
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of emilybeehagen
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of beornagain
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of styleisking
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%

Photo of 98green
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of CaptainFleeker
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of A_Ondersma
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of Jas45678
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%

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Grand Trunk Pub in Detroit, MI
4.07 out of 5 based on 38 ratings.
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