Slows Bar BQ | Detroit, Michigan
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Slows Bar BQ
World Class based on 54 ratings
Type: Restaurant

2138 Michigan Avenue
Detroit, Michigan United States 48216 [ print map ]
313 962 9828 | facebook | twitter | food menu | beer menu

Hours: Sun - Wed 11am - Midnight, Thu - Sat 11am - 2am

Mayor: umich03jm (3) | Taps: 56 | Bottles: 90+

Slows Bar BQ

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Beer Available At Slows Bar BQ (arranged by most recent)
Great Lakes Engine 20 Ale 84, Jolly Pumpkin / Upland Persimmon Ship 95, Brewery Vivant Tart Side of the Moon 96, Latitude 42 Island Fever , Epic Big Bad Baptist 100, Great Lakes Spacewalker American Belgo 82, Epic Brainless on Peaches 92, Bells Amber Ale 87, Jolly Pumpkin / Anchorage Calabaza Boreal 99, Anderson Valley Featherleggy Bulrusher 83, Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout 98, Saugatuck Maggie’s Irish Ale , Odd Side Ales Wrath of the Grapes , Short’s Yosemite Scooter 72, Right Brain Firestarter Chipotle Porter 85, Founders Barrel Aged Red’s Rye 99, Brewery Vivant Cave Blend , Blue Point Sour Cherry Imperial Stout 91, Brewery Vivant Maize and Blueberry
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54 reviews for Slows Bar BQ
 Ambiance  87%
 Service  78%
 Selection  84%
 Food  88%
 Value  75%
 Overall  87%
 Rating  97%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris  (746) Burnaby, British Columbia | December 18, 2014
An oasis in the wasteland of Detroit. Sketchy and interesting neighborhood, parking is not the issue people make it out to be. This single gentrified block houses this quite nice and very busy location. Tap and bottle list are expansive and great. No samplers so it limits your drinking. Food is great, mac and cheese way over hyped. For what you get a good deal and service was nice and friendly. Except for the food coma afterwards a great place to visit.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy  (577) Toronto, Ontario | December 2, 2013
Friendly, bright revamped (earlier in 2013) spot downtown. Eye opening tap selection of styles and fresh beers. worth going out of the way for, one of the best selection in Detroit area if not the best. I am told the food is great.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
Tmoney99  (479) Cincinnati, Ohio | July 28, 2013| Updated December 3, 2013
Easy to find location with easy street parking. Busy but got two seats at bar. Friendly staff and good service. Good draft and bottle selection. Food was delivered quickly and was nice portions at a very fair price. Well worth the visit and rating.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
jrallen34  (457) Chicago, Illinois | December 22, 2011
people had been very insistent that I go there so we finally made the trek on a Wednesday, not thrilled by the long wait time but in the end it was well worth it... the food is outstanding, some of the best bbq I’ve had period, the sauces are all great... the draft selection is decent but they don’t provide a beer list and the chalk board is really hard to read so it makes ordering difficult, decent bottle selection as well... good service... come for the food but you can get a good beer as well
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla  (350) Minneapolis, Minnesota | May 17, 2012
A nice place in Detroit is always a plus. Good ambiance and service. Selection is good but not great. I have not been overly impressed with the BBQ, but most are. Prices are good.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
jercraigs  (330) Toronto, Ontario | September 17, 2013
Arrived around dinner time on a Saturday night and there was a pretty long wait list already. We managed to get a table on the patio fairly quickly though, we gambled on the rain holding off and did well. Patio is nice, you wouldn’t really know that you are in Detroit! Tap list is impressive, with a decent mix of great beers I knew and local stuff I had never heard of. I tried Stone, Founders, Odd Side, and Motor City brews this visit. Most of our table got the "Your choice" plate of ribs, a second meat, and two sides. This is a ton of food. The mac and cheese was so big that it is almost entree sized elsewhere. The cornbread was some of the best I have ever had - light and fluffy and delicious. Ribs were very good, pulled pork was excellent. They have an assortment of sauces you add yourself. Overall, a great stop. Staff was friendly and relatively knowledgeable about the tap list, though our server confused a few beers with each other at one point. Will definitely come back here the next time I am in Detroit.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
nbutler11  (316) Wiesbaden, Germany | July 28, 2009
Best BBQ I’ve ever had inside a really well designed space. Stacked with some fine taps from the Great Lakes region. Nothing rare on tap or in bottles, but everything is above average, for sure. Not to be missed.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier  (287) Clevelandish, Ohio | March 6, 2014
Immediately after you set foot inside the smell of amazing food overwhelms the senses. Next you see a top notch tap list that is a combination of the best in Michigan and a few from further afield. Put together it would be hard to come here without finding at least one worthwhile draft. Prices are typical of a high end place with the more limited going up to about $8.

The neighborhood itself is a little rough but there should be ample parking. While I may not go on a Friday night this is a definite stop in Detroit for Sunday brunch. Come hungry and leave full of great pork, ribs, and a couple pints of your favorite Midwestern styles.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine  (278) Indiana | May 1, 2014
A solid spot in the D with a great tap list. The atmosphere and food are good and service is solid. A good beer spot, but there are better BBQ spots out there.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
cratez  (256) Toronto, Ontario | December 29, 2011
Visited with my girlfriend before heading to the Wings & Jets game on December 10th. Atmosphere: finished-wood-on-worn-brick decor gives the place an inviting "down home" feel that works well for a barbecue joint. Lots of tables surrounding a U-shaped bar with some light coming in from outside. Only complaint is that we felt a bit cramped since the restaurant was jam packed. Service: our waiter was a really funny and jovial guy who provided great recos and lots of laughs. Food came out quickly and after we finished our meal the server assured us that we still had plenty of time to enjoy a few drinks (but we had a game to catch!). Selection: went with an Arbor Brewing Milestone Porter on cask and a pint of Larry Hoppe Double IPA from the same brewery. Both beers paired beautifully with the BBQ and my girlfriend liked her white wine. Other standouts were Southern Tier Mokah, Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald, and Weihenstephaner White Hoplosion on tap and Stone 15th Anniversary in bottles. Food: ordered the three dishes that were featured on MVF Nation (Brisket Enchilada, Slow’s Mac-N-Cheese, Triple Threat Pork); each one was incredibly good. The pork was super tender and juicy and I couldn’t get enough of the delicious spicy sauce on the Enchilada. First-rate fare. Overall: Slow’s combines my two favourite things like no other. This would be my regular hangout if I lived in the area and it’s probably even better during down times (if they have any). A mandatory stop for beer and barbecue lovers with the best micro lineup in Detroit.

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