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Type: Bar, Eatery

54 S Main St
Clarkston, Michigan, 48346-1526
United States

(248) 620-6100 | map

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 19
Reviews by nortmand:
Photo of nortmand
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Cool little place in the "booming metropolis" of Clarkston.
Atmosphere- Slightly older crowd, family friendly, smoke free and occupying a former church. Awesome strike against the puritans.
Quality- Did a sample and a pint and was impressed with the freshness of each brew.
Service-Knowledgeable, quick staff.
Selection- For such a small place, the selection rocked. In Michigan, Rogue brews are rare on tap, and this place had I2PA on when I was there. Awesome!
Food- Had the highly recommended Mac and Cheese and was impressed.
Pretty fairly priced and a must stop for a pre-tailgate drink before going to Pine Knob.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Zaphog
4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Fahrn13
4.2/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Travler
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

A renovated church, with all the old pews repurposed into booths. A great feel that put in Europe somewhere.
Great beer selection with about 40 drafts. I'd have given them a .25 higher on selection, if they hadn't been out of Unibroue La Fin du Monde. Plenty of other choices though.
The food was delicious, creative, and cooked just right. Our server was friendly, engaging, and beer smart.
I can't think of any cons to this place, other than it's not closer to where I live.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

I saw an episode of Diners, Drive ins, and Dives, which I never watch, and this place happened to be featured. I filed that in the brain bank until I had the opportunity to check it out. I am a huge fan of comfort foods, as I am sure most people are.

The opportunity to visit finally arose after staying in Lake Orion after a Pistons game. I had no idea that they had beer. I just wanted to eat there. My girlfriend and I rolled up on what appeared to be an old church. I was even more intrigued. We walked in and I saw the bar. I was in heaven! They had a whole bank of taps behind the bar. I counted 32 in total. They also had bottle and can selections.

The tap selection seemed to focus on Michigan beers. I settled on an Aphasia from Short's. Our bartender was super friendly. I ordered the meatloaf which she explained was different each day. Mine was a chicken andouille meatloaf and of course a half order of mac & cheese. My girlfriend ordered a turkey sandwich and a half order of mac & chese with ham. We ate about half of our food and had to lug the leftovers home because there was no damn way we weren't eating every scrap of food that they brought out. The food was awesome. The macaroni and cheese lived up to its reputation. It blows Slow's BBQ's away.

I will mention that our lovely bartender did forget to put in my girlfriend's sandwich originally. We didn't care because the mac & cheese was so delicious. But our bartender comped the sandwich and threw in two cupcakes because she felt so bad.

The service was excellent. The food was fantastic. The beer selection was well above par with a lot of Michigan breweries being represented on tap or in bottle/can. I only had two beers. I would go back in a heartbeat. Actually, my girlfriend insists that we go back. It is great place for comfort food and great craft beer. The only drawback is that there is nothing around it as far as things to do. The Palace of Auburn Hills is within 20 minutes. I may become an NBA fan just to go to this place again.

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Photo of loganburgh
4.39/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of Jas45678
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of _morandi_
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of tommy5
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of kirkfrailey
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of fishmich
4.83/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

a hidden gem. world class beer that can be tough to find and lots of it to choose from. food that is entirely housmade from the smoked meats all the way down to the pickles. great service, very cool seating and structure, tv, bar in basement with pool table. right down the street a couple hundred feet from its sister restarant with more great beer and some of the best BBQ you will ever consume. all of this at a very fair price. love it.

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Photo of Hazer115
4.08/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This in one of our go-to places in our home town. This place has good food, a good story and an even better beer selection. The food and beer selection is seasonal and ever-changing. Two of my favorite dishes are the Meatloaf da jour and the Plow Share. The Meatloaf is always changing and if I’m not mistaken, the meat is ground in-house every day. The Plow Share is more or less a fancy cheese, cracker and meat tray. Nothing too fancy, just a great dish to sit and share with some friends while enjoying one or more of the many quality beers that they have on tap or in bottle.

Unlike almost every other watering hole that I have ever seen, The Clarkston Union is a converted church. Many church goers may have found it blasphemous that a church was turned in to a “bar” but personally I don’t see any harm in it. The dining room is the old sanctuary and rather than using chairs, the owners have used the old church pews for seating. The one complaint that I have about this place is the acoustics, because the entire dining room is the old sanctuary it is always loud.

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Photo of jpalarchio
4.68/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

There's something about this place that I like; it has a very "home-like" quality to it.

The pew seating is nice, you get to see all the good food that everyone else is eating which makes it difficult to pick an item off the menu. Whenever I'm there, I have about three items that I want and wish I had room in the stomach for all of them.

Beer selection is pretty impressive, changes fairly often and it's nice to have things you just don't find on draft normally such as Liberty Ale, some of the less common Bells and as someone else stated, Rogue.

They're pretty well known for their mac-n-cheese. How good can mac-n-cheese be? Stop in and find out.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.63/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Very neat place located right in downtown Clarkston. Located in waht used to be a church so the ceilings are very high with large windows. Seating is either at pews that are pulled up to tables, or longer communal like pews that divide the bar from the tables. The food was outstanding, I had a burger that was served without a bun, just on top of some mashers along with a side of carrots, wife went for the macaroni and cheese, which was huge! Service was great as well, we got there right as they were getting opened and they were tapping a large number of new items and our server was kind enough to get them to tap the ones we were after so we could sample right away. As far as the beer, the list was incredible. Lots of bottles available, but the tap list was where its at. They had lots of one-off beers such as the MI Brewers Guild Strong Belgian style, Bell's Wedding Ale, Bells Batch 7000 (I couldn't resist two of these), as well as a long list of others. Not sure if this sort of tap list is normal here or if we just lucked out, but this was definitely one of the best beer bars in the state when we visited.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I stopped here with some coworkers while in Auburn Hills on business. This is the second church I've had the pleasure of drinking inside (the first was Church Brew Works in PA), and in this case I actually sat on a pew while doing it. It only feels slightly damning, and anyways everyone else is doing it...

The beer selection was really good, maybe 25 taps and 50+ bottles to choose from. I tried the Final Absolution (tripel), Reissdorf (Kolsch), and Wehenstephaner (hefeweizen) on tap and Orval from bottle. My liver was crying but I was laughing.

I absolutely recommend this place, good food, great beer, etc. This is now the Slow's BBQ of the northern Detroit area for me.

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Photo of jimbotrost
4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is a bar in an old church in a trendy/artsy just on the Northern Edge of sprawling Detroit Metro area. The setting and building are nice, there are still pews used for booths, wooden floors, overall a nice place. 30 or so taps pouring micros, imports, cider, etc. You will definitely find something to your liking. Beer seems to be handled very well and with care. This is an expensive part of the world and the Union is in line with the area, a tad pricey for me, but I am cheap. Food is good, many menu choices but a bit pricey. Service is always good and this makes a nice weekend afternoon stop. Not tooo busy, but busy enough to strike up a conversation with a fellow beer lover.

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Clarkston Union in Clarkston, MI
4.45 out of 5 based on 19 ratings.
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