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
www.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 uno99:
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4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Suprised to see I've never reviewed this place! Its been a staple visit on every Detroit trip.

A: As others have mentioned in more detail, this is an old train ticket booth. Its really long and narrow. the archetecure is fantastic. Recently there has been an expansion and takeover of the place next door, so there is a lot more room now. Pool tables upstairs, which is a cool place to chill out and overlook the rest of the bar.

Q: The beer is always fresh local selections. You'll only find high quality brews here from Bells, Founders, Kuhnehen, etc

S: The bartenders and wait staff are all exceptional. Very friendly and knowlegeable about beer.

S: Bottle selection is a mystery to me, but they do have most regular Jolly Pumpkin selections. The tap/cask list is why I love this place. Always rotating, always somthing intresting.

F: Food is exceptional and comes out hot and fast. The ruben sandwich is a particular favoirite of mine.

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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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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%

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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%

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%

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
91 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.
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