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Beer Available At Slows Bar BQ (arranged by most recent)
North Peak Hoodoo Midwest Wet Hop IPA 96, Atwater Winter Bock 45, Epic Hopulent IPA 98, Right Brain Stowaway Reclaimed Saison , Great Lakes Engine 20 Ale 88, Livery/Brewery Vivant/Corner Brewing Eruption , Meantime Old Smoked Bock 53, Bells Octoberfest Beer 56, Saugatuck Bonfire Brown 82, Founders Black IPA 94, Stone R & R Coconut IPA 96, Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca 96, Strohs 2, Greenbush Brother Benjamin 97, Odd Side Ales Mayan Mocha Stout 95, Shorts Cup A Joe (Coffee Creme Stout) 98, Blue Point Toxic Sludge 91, Odd Side Ales CPA 96, Big Sky Ivan the Terrible Imperial Stout 100, Witch’s Hat Train Hopper IPA
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KickInChalice (20) Chicago, Illinois | February 17, 2012
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
As an out-of-towner, I had an impression of Slows before I even walked in the door. My cousin had cautioned me that the area was less than stellar, just to be a little careful.
The area around Slows is not built up, but the inside is very urban chic. A host stand sits in front of you with the bar to the left as you walk in to a brightly lit wood and exposed brick interior with high ceilings. It has quite the loft feel throughout.
The food definitely deserves its reputation. The ribs were delicious, and I was disappointed that I could not try all of the BBQ on the menu. The mac and cheese and cheese fries are their two signature sides, so I really loaded up on the health food.
Their tap list is well thought out, with around 20 taps of local and seasonal beer on tap. They skip the Michigan beers you have had a million times already and go for Short’s, Jolly Pumpkin, and Rochester Mills Brewing Co., to name a few. Their draft beers were reasonably priced, so I did not even need to dive into the bottles, although they had a good selection.
The service was fairly friendly and prompt. The bartender (while we waited for our table) and the waitress (once we sat down) were both able to make friendly suggestions without being overbearing.
Recommended for sure.
Sammy (497) Toronto, Ontario | December 2, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
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.
mrjaxson (28) .08 Junction, Wisconsin | October 13, 2013
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Truly, truly, truly outstanding combination of spectacular food (if barbecue is of even passing interest to you) and a beer list to die for. Slows is in a typical downtown Detroit neighborhoods where the vacant lots and abandoned buildings are always nearby. Definitely follow the instructions on Slows’ website of where to park for $3.
jercraigs (255) Toronto, Ontario | September 17, 2013
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
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.
bartlebier (25) , Germany | September 11, 2013
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Go-to beer & BBQ place near the iconic derelict train station that was recommended to us on 3 separate occasions by people not even all that into craft beer. Happy to pay $3 for guarded parking near the back and then discover an oasis of great, lovingly prepared BBQ food & expertly served beers inside: a place with 2 separate 25+ tap bars that turned out much bigger that it looks from outside. Friendly and knowledgable staff while sitting at the bar, handing out samples unasked. Decent prices for the sandwiches, OK value-for-money for their rib specialties. The Chuck Norris Oreo Cake with bacon and chocolate stout was a desert revelation... Glad we weren’t handed a 1hr+ waiting beeper like the groups arriving after us for early dinner, though.
JFGrind (79) Glenside, Pennsylvania | July 28, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Had a free night in Dearborn while in town for work. After a Metro Detroit search search on RB.com I ’discovered’ Slows. Located in Corktown near the Michigan Central Station. Parked on Michigan Avenue and after two tries found the door to get into Slows. Place was bumping on an early Thursday evening. Large selection of beer including many Michigan brewed micros. Food was quick, ample, great BBQ and sides. Staff was attentive, and even stocked an old hometown favorite, Stroh’s.
Tmoney99 (375) Cincinnati, Ohio | July 28, 2013| Updated December 3, 2013
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
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.
marcus (159) Sacramento, California | July 12, 2013
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 18/20
I was pleasantly surprised to find this gem in a rather forlorn downtown Detroit locale. There is a fine selection of local and not so local brews on tap, as well as bottles. There is a fairly extensive menu of barbequed and deep fried dishes that are quite tasty. There was a lively crowd filling the bar and most tables on a Friday afternoon. An amazing place.
KPD (142) Michigan | January 30, 2013
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
Have been several times now and always impressed with the excellent food and killer beer selection. Just visited last week to check out the new expansion and have a couple. They added a small bar area with a few more tables . Very nice addition to an already great place, came in after a Wings game on a Saturday sat at the new bar and had now 36 taps! YES! The already excellent beer selection got better!
solidfunk (122) Ottawa, Ontario | January 20, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Nice place near where I was staying in Detroit. Food is great, nice neighbourhood atmosphere. No sample flights here but bartenders provide small samples if you ask nicely. Food is amazing - lots of smoked, barbecue offerings here. Beer menu is about half local and half mixture between national and international.
ryanlovesyou (8) , | August 15, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Really impressive tap list consisting of mostly (but not exclusively) Michigan beers. Also, a respectable bottle list. The food is great. They give you like 6 or 7 different types of bbq sauce when you order. Also, like the ambiance and the service. Well worth a visit.
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