The Town Pump Tavern


14 Ratings
The Town Pump TavernThe Town Pump Tavern

Type: Bar

100 W Montcalm St
Detroit, Michigan, 48201-3425
United States

(313) 961-1929 | map

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of cryptichead
3.39/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Photo of rkf1976
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of FaradayUncaged
3.49/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25

Photo of oneaday
1.28/5  rDev -61.3%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 2

No service, can't handle anything close to a game night crowd. Walk past this one.

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Photo of tommy5
3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of beornagain
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of CaptainFleeker
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of A_Ondersma
2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of Jas45678
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

It's been a while since I've been here, but I have great memories. My first time here, we were seated through the entrance all the way to the left by the blues ensemble, sipping Ghetto Blaster. It just felt right. The time after, straight through on the right by the window across from the bar. Sometimes it's standing room only as well (wasn't even game day when that happened).
The service is fine, but when the crowd picks up, the level of service drops, and the overall atmosphere suffers due to crowding. If you come here when it's moderately busy, and there's live music, you will have a good time. Note: we used to take pride in knowing where to park for free in Detroit. Just pay the fee for the structure. We've gotten a few too many windows broken, and two too many cars stolen in this city. Unless your comprehensive deductible is $0, it's worth your while to find pay parking that's over-watched.
The beer selection is limited, but there's some local brews that make it worthwhile, as well as a decent mix of macros and micros that should satisfy most people. If it doesn't tough shit, you're in Detroit, deal with it. Prices are typical bar prices for the area, and I don't even know if they serve food.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.6/5  rDev -21.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2

Right off the bat (no pun intended), this place suffered (in my eyes) from its proximity to Comerica Park and by extension, Ford Field. Game days here have been a mess both times that I have visited. Entering, I passed through a right-angled vestibule where a bouncer usually sets up shop and then the horseshoe-shaped bar was directly in front of me with the open end to my left. Continuing left/aft, were a bunch of circular restaurant tables, some with chairs, others with booths along the wall. The left side of the bar had a chandelier hanging from the overhead, recessed into the pressed-tin ceiling. Eighteen (18) taps and eighteen (18) bottles – nice balance, lousy selection. They were mostly all macros. The windows were shaded by Venetian blinds, giving the place a film noirish-look in the afternoon sun. There was additional seating on the right side of the bar, but it was crowded. Finally, the washrooms were off to the left, down a short passageway.

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Photo of olacub
3.41/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

A few blocks down from Comerica, this could be a great place to have a few before or after the game. Old brick building, and lots of wood inside, the atmosphere would be terrific if not for the clouds of cigarette smoke billowing from every corner of the place. Decent beer lineup, including Bell's Oberon and Amber, Hoegaarden, Hacker-Pschorr, Young's Oatmeal Stout and some others.

Service was great (and easy on the eyes, too), despite the fact that it was packed. We didn't try any food - maybe next time.

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Photo of marburg
3.81/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Great atmosphere. Lots of younger folks. And who can knock a place whose ads have included a man's feet showing from under a tablecloth and a woman sitting up and smiling from at the same table with text that reads something about "eating out?"

Dimly lit, lots of small tables for conversation. You could probably meet people here if you were trying, though it doesn't seem like a big singles sort of place. It's just got that kind of back alley trendiness to it.

Great beer selection though the bartender didn't seem to know anything about any of them. They had Hoegaarden on tap among about a dozen others when I was there. Not bad.

This is a perfect spot for a beer after catching something at the Fox Theater (right around the corner), watching a ballgame (right near Comerica Park), or wandering around FoxTown for whatever...

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The Town Pump Tavern in Detroit, MI
3.31 out of 5 based on 14 ratings.
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