Slows Bar BQ | Detroit, Michigan
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Slows Bar BQ
World Class based on 55 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: ccex (1) | Taps: 56 | Bottles: 90+

Slows Bar BQ

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Beer Available At Slows Bar BQ (arranged by most recent)
Founders Dark Penance Imperial Black IPA 98, Jolly Pumpkin Luciernaga (The Firefly) 98, Frankenmuth Oatmeal , MillKing it Productions Unite Red , Odd Side Ales Mayan Mocha Stout 96, St. Bernardus Extra 4 80, Original Gravity Root Down , Kuhnhenn Double Rice India Pale Ale (DRIPA) 97, Bells Le Contrebassiste 86, Great Lakes Engine 20 Ale 80, Jolly Pumpkin / Upland Persimmon Ship 95, Brewery Vivant Tart Side of the Moon 95, Latitude 42 Island Fever 86
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55 reviews for Slows Bar BQ
 Ambiance  87%
 Service  79%
 Selection  85%
 Food  88%
 Value  75%
 Overall  87%
 Rating  97%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
ccex  (12) Chicago, Illinois | June 14, 2015
A local brought me here for dinner at 6:15 on a Saturday night, and the hostess asked if we wanted to wait 35 minutes for a table. She seated us at the bar, where we had two excellent servers and met some interesting other people. There were almost 50 beers on tap, mostly from Michigan, so I didn’t even look at the bottle list. My friend took the waiter’s excellent suggestion of Chicken Strut, and I tried the half slab of St. Louis cut ribs with our choice of 5 sauces in front of us. The food was great, especially this sides, but the beer selection and knowledge of the staff was even better. We were not rushed, and didn’t have to wait long for anything (including finding free parking across the busy, street in a neighborhood near downtown, yet bleak enough to remind us that we were in Detroit). A very enjoyable hour spent here, with no regrets at all. It’s not cheap, but not too gentrified either.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
Marheb  (304) San Diego, California | January 14, 2015| Updated January 20, 2015
Ce restaurant vaudrait la peine juste pour les brisket mais la liste de fût en fait un incontournable à Detroit. Situé dans un quartier en ébullition mais qui flirt avec le côté sombre de Detroit. Laissez votre voiture dans le stationnement ’’surveillé’’ derrière le Mercury Bar.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris  (892) 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 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 17/20
tectactoe  (73) Michigan | October 14, 2014
Don’t know how I haven’t rated this place yet. Been here tons of times. Amazing food, amazing beer. Always a great tap list. I recommend the Chicken Strut (smoked Amish half chicken) or the regular Pulled Pork. The mac n’ cheese & sweet potato mash are excellent side dishes, too. Tap list rotates often with lots of gems popping up now & then. They recently had bottles of King Henry for only 30$ (cheap, considering the current aftermarket price). Service is dependent upon the day you go, the server you get, & how busy they are. Food generally comes out quick, as most of it is obviously "done" already. Prices are a touch high & the wait time to get in can be long on weekends or during sporting events. But a must-stop for people who love good beer & BBQ.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 18/20
SpongeRuiner  (16) Michigan | September 27, 2014
A nice popular stop in Detroit. You can usually expect a bit of a wait here as it’s usually pretty packed. A cool look inside and patio area. A nice big brew selection of taps on the chalk board. Also a pretty big bottle selection with bombers. A lot of locals and others. The service is usually pretty average with a nice staff. The food is really good with a nice BBQ style selection. I’ve had things from fish to sandwiches to ribs all good stuff. The best thing in the whole place is the mac and cheese. Absolutely amazing. Most dishes come with choice of two sides and I usually have to go with two macs. A couple negatives are the usual long wait, pretty high prices, and can get very hot in the summer. Overall a nice place and I will continue to visit.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine  (303) 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 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier  (291) 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 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
ARH  (98) Chicago, Illinois | January 21, 2014
Excellent tap selection, and traditionally uncommon - the most "common" beer I saw on tap here was Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald. Most of the beers are Michigan-centric with a sprinkling of non-MI. The first time I stopped by here I was lucky enough to stop by on the day when they were tapping KBS ’13. It’s covered in wood paneling giving it a cabin-esque feel. It always seems to be crowded when I go here (even on a Tuesday night), but I think that says more about this being an oasis in a relatively run-down part of Detroit (a little more than most - be careful about where you park there are "break-in" warning signs). Well worth the trip , and the potential wait - the brisket and baby back ribs are excellent!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
salvaticas  (20) , | January 12, 2014
Great place in new detroit. Awesome, bustling atmosphere with a constantly changing and diverse tap list.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy  (611) 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.

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