The way I always describe this place to friends is "It’s not a beer bar. It’s a bar with a lot of beer." They usually have a pretty solid tap list with a wide range of styles. The bottle list is large, but there are a few holes, most notably off the top of my head...Jolly Pumpkin. Maybe there’s a story to this that I’m not aware of, but any craft beer bar in MI should at least carry something from JP from time to time. I’ve never seen anything. They also need to do a better job of getting rid of old beer. Charging full price (in the area of $4-$5) for bottles from King Brewing Company (they went out of business 3-4 years ago...maybe longer???) looks really bad to anyone who knows what it is. I also wouldn’t recommend ordering a bottle of anything hoppy and expecting it to be fresh. On the positive side of this...you can order an Expedition Stout, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, St. Bernardus Abt 12, older Barley Wines, etc. and probably get one with a couple years on it. Having said that, I do visit semi-regularly for the solid rotating tap list and the service has always been friendly and great. The food is also good and reasonably priced.
everything average except for beer selection. Good place to try different beers.
flatmatt (88) Northville, Michigan | August 30, 2009| Updated July 24, 2016
First time I’ve been here since I started drinking. Very impressive bottled beer list, along with some good tap selections. I was a bit apprehensive having read some reviews around the Internet regarding their current service and food, but it was all good when I was there tonight. Took a little while to get our first beer, but service was pretty quick after that. Food seemed good enough as well. I would prefer a bit more detail in the beer list, as it’s kind of hard to process without any styles listed. But the Box Bar generally seems like a good place for a great beer selection, while everything else if at least decent if not better.
Update: Went back, sitting at the bar tonight. Great beer, good service, with knowledgeable bartenders. Had a nice vintage Gale’s Prize Old Ale 1998 and discovered how amazing Samuel Smith’s Imperial Stout can be; hadn’t decided to try it until tonight. Good time.
I think that the owner of this place should start reading the reviews regarding the service! I went in there, having read the reviews, and low and behold, the service was horrible! But the bit about the waitstaff not knowing anything wasn’t true about my waitress. I ordered a Samuel Smith India ale, and then asked if they had any more IPA’s and she suggested Lagunita’s IPA, which was fantastic. so, overall I would say they put too much into beer(which isn’t a bad thing) and not enough into who they hire.
Food is generic bar food. Tons of bottles and lots of rarities. Good place to sit and drink, plus you can carry out bottles of anything in stock. retired bells stouts and other rarities arnt bought by the locals and are therefore often in stock.
clark has most of these on the money. 40 taps, nothing too special on draft. tons of rare bottles, i had a 94 thomas hardy’s, and old beers that are either no longer available or no longer brewed anywhere else. the food was decent at best, but the server was at least attentive if unknowledgeable about the beer he was serving. worth going to this place just to drink some rare bottles.