2015-07-04. Stopped in for Saturday brunch before the baseball game. The bar decor has tonnes of old wood and interesting features but is a bit rough around the edges. It’s very "Detroit" in the sense that there is a charmingly beautiful run down character to it but it also has a slight edge to it. The tap list was decent with a good range of styles of varying quality. Lots of Michigan micros on tap so at least the less awesome options were local. Breakfast was solid, not amazing but tasty. Server was friendly but a little over worked. I’d come back if in the neighbourhood again but I’d probably head up to Hop Cat or Jolly Pumpkin first.
A really cool older bar in downtown Detroit. The space has had many functions over the past 7 decades and it shows its history all over the walls. Service was good and prompt. 20 taps all with local Michigan beers that were at nice prices. Food was solid but not outstanding.
Pretty cool place to stop Downtown. Nice selection of taps; I believe this is where I first had "The Poet" before I was even a super hardcore craft beer guy. Really good food. A little pricey, but still fairly reasonable. Definitely a good place to stop if you’re visiting Detroit.
A good selection of Michigan beers, friendly service and good conversation at the bar. Too be honest there’s not much competition in this part of Detroit. Can get very busy at lunchtimes and expect a wait for the good quality bar food.
ARH (99) Chicago, Illinois | April 28, 2014| Updated December 6, 2014
It has a bit of a basement feel combined with an old-timey hole-in-the-wall bar. This place is basically split into two section, a traditional, classy bar section, and more of a quiet, rustic diner section. A couple TVs in strategic location allow you to catch the current sports scores, but the volume is turned down so the jukebox sounds dominate. Although I say dominate, it’s quiet enough for friendly conversation.It’s an interesting music choice - I would’ve pegged this place as a jazz or blues type music joint, but they were playing trance / ambient music. Not terrible, not offensive, borderline elevator just playing in the background. The staff are beer lovers - our server was eager and good at making recommendations. We also had a good conversation about what beers they choose to put on their nitro tap. The food isn’t going to win any awards anytime soon, but it’s hearty, and delicious; two steps above typical bar fare is a fair statement - although I recommend the jalapeno chips; if you like fried pickles and jalapeno poppers, these things are great, and pair ’em with a stout to make the spice really stand out. Because they’re a smaller bar, with frequently rotating taps, they don’t keep an official beer menu, just a chalkboard behind the bar, but this makes it really easy to justify frequent visits to see what they’re tapping.
Cool historical location in the centre of Detroit. Friendly knowledgeable staff. Great selection of Michigan beers on tap, and a hidden selection of bottles (no listing of them at all). Food was pretty good, but extremely well priced. The beer was also very well-priced; I was in on Sunday afternoon and it was $3 pints. And our food was unbelievably cheap. I even bought a Jolly Pumpkin bottle to take home with me because the prices were comparable to the liquor stores. I will definitely come back here any and every time I’m in Detroit.
I was in MI for about an hour before i finally made my way here. Cool bones to the place but with a charming amount of neglect which in my minds fits what i envisioned for detroit. If i hadnt been eath cornbeef all we from St Pattys leftovers i would have tried their house made but instead i got burger with homemade chilli quite good. nice amount of michigan locals and i grabbed a few Jolly Pumpkin bombers to go. nice
KPD (252) Michigan | February 19, 2012| Updated October 22, 2013
Really sharp place an easy walk (2 blocks) from Hart Plaza. Good selection of Michigan Micros on draft. Food ok bar grub, had a good rueben. Staff very pleasant as were the other bar patrons I had a great time and look forward to going back.
cratez (256) Toronto, Ontario | December 30, 2011| Updated January 7, 2012
Popped in with my girlfriend on a recent trip to Detroit.
The bad: couldn’t see the chalkboard from our table so I had to order from the bar to get an idea of the taps. Asked the female bartender for a Huma-Lupa-Licious, waited several minutes, eventually the male server snagged me a pint. She then scolded the two of us, claiming she had already poured the beer and it was on its way. They have a massive bottle list but we were not offered a bottle menu during our meal. Ordered the veggie omelette and hash browns while my girl had the French toast and bacon. Both dishes were lukewarm and lacking in flavour, but we bit the bullet since we were starving and in a rush.
The good: high ceilings, long narrow bar, and unpretentious crowd provide a great atmosphere. Good music and a comfortable, relaxed vibe. Our waitress saved the visit from disaster by serving our food quickly and making a solid reco for my second beer. $2.50 pints of Huma Lupa and Reserve Special were tasting lovely and the lady enjoyed her mimosa. All Michigan crafters on tap with a wide range of styles.
Overall: even though we weren’t blown away by our experience, I’d be willing to return as the selection is quite impressive. I’ll just be sure to *ASK* for a bottle list and avoid the mediocre food next time. Worth a shot if you’re looking for stellar beer in a cozy environment.