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Taps: 19 / Bottles: 57
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
612 Woodward Ave
phone: (313) 961-3043
(Place added by: SaucyA on 06-29-2008)
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| Reviews: 14 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
After reading BeerFly reviews on Detroit beer spots, I decided Foran's was going to be first on my list during a trip to the D. Amazingly it was a mere 3 blocks from our hotel in downtown, close to Cobo and Joe Louis. +1 for the easy location!
Atmosphere: This place is really unique. The vaulted ceilings, lofted seating area, dim lighting and intricate columns and carvings made us wonder first if it used to be part of a church. The bartender knew the building's history, and told us it used to part of an old train station in Detroit. Very cool feel. The bar was long and well-loved, as were the seats with their ripped covers. The only downer in the atmosphere is more of a personal preference - Michigan, when are you going to jump on the smoke-free bus with the rest of us? I'm just used to smoke-free Ohio bars, so this might not bother others as much.
Quality/Service: The quality seemed pretty good - no complaints. Everything tasted fresh, and everything was served in the proper glassware. The service was pretty good. The bartender was also our server, and he did a pretty decent job of juggling us at our table with the patrons at the bar. He was pretty knowledgeable about all the beers, and he was able to give us good recommendations and insight into the Detroit beer scene.
Selection: Really great respect and attention at Foran's to the Michigan beer industry. All their drafts (save some Irish imports) were Michigan beers, and they were listed on the board by brewery - very cool. They had on-tap offerings from Shorts, Bells, Dark Horse, Motor City, and more. My only complaint with the on-tap selection was variety, but that just might have been that day. There were lots of heavy-hopped and sweet/fruity beers on tap. I would have liked to see a greater range of styles. They also had a great bottle selection, again with a lot of things from Michigan. Really enjoyed my Scotty Karate from Dark Horse.
Food: Food was good, typical pub grub. I can't pass up fish and chips on any menu, and their version was pretty good and battered in MCBW Ghettoblaster. Not bad at all and pretty reasonably priced.
I would definitely recommend this stop for anybody visiting the D. If I worked downtown, I'd be a regular at 5:05 every day lol...
01-31-2009 15:53:06 |
More by kels
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I've never been a huge fan of visiting Detroit but Foran's is helping to change that. I stopped by while in town on business after finding it on BA.
Foran's is in an old train station ticket office. It's got a great architectural appeal and loads of charm. The exposed brick, natural woods, high vaulted ceiling and dim lighting make it a very comfortable environment. And the crowd was mostly locals that were happy to rave about Foran's and the Michigan beer scene.
Foran's best feature is their large selection of local, Michigan brewed beers. Other than Guinness, it's all MI beer on tap. I loved the Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA and also liked the Crooked Tree IPA, Arcadia Hopmouth DIPA and Atwater Voodoo Vator.
The service is great too. Pauly is as good a bartender as you'll find and all of them know their beer. And Rodney in the kitchen makes some great bar food. The food is almost as good as the beer. I had a corned beef sandwich and it was by far the best I've ever had. On another visit, I had the "Little Pauly". It's not on the menu but if Rodney's in the kitchen, you can request it. It's a burger topped with corned beef, bacon, swiss, egg, an onion ring, sauerkraut and basil aioli. A fried pickle is then tacked to the top of the bun. Wow!
I wasn't expecting a lot but I really liked Foran's. It's a true local beer bar and well worth a visit.
01-13-2009 11:53:47 |
More by GJ40
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Forans is a hidden gem in downtown Detroit. It was once the grand trunk railroad and the place has tons of atmosphere. It is very relaxed no matter what night you are there and i have found that the people behind the bar are knowledgeable about the tap selection.
Speaking of which Forans has an impressive selection of microbrews on tap. The emphasis is on Michigan products which is fine by me as that state produces some amazing beers so there is always lots of bells, new holland, arcadia, dark horse ect on tap. They change the taps fairly regularly so you can always find something new and interesting to try.
I have never seen Forans really busy no matter what night of the week you go and as a result the service from behind the bar is great. They know their beer and are more than happy to let you sample something if you are unsure about it.
I have yet to order food from the place but i hear it is excellent also.
All in all Forans is a terrific laid back old school type of place with a lot of character, tons of great beer, knowledgeable and friendly staff and is well worth a visit if you are downtown.
10-21-2008 04:34:50 |
More by exbrit
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I really enjoyed this place, and couldn't believe it wasn't already in here. The tap list and bottle list are both great, in fact, everything here is pretty conducive to drinking a beer in a nice, quiet hangout.
It is in a great building that's nearly 130 years old, and the architecture and craftsmanship are really something to appreciate. Looking around the place takes you back to a day when people made things for aesthetic reasons, not just functionality. When I went in on a Saturday night, the crowd was very subdued and good music played at a very reasonable volume. It's a definite beer-drinkers bar, despite the smoking.
The tap quality is wonderful with many great MI beers on tap. Two taps devoted to Short's (reason to go right there), among Dark Horse, Founder's, Bell's, New Holland, Atwater, Motor City... the only non-micro on tap is Guiness. Lots of rotating kegs, so the best way to keep up on them is to call ahead. They have a nice bottle list as well, of mostly MI micro's.
Our bartender was a really cool guy named David that was quite personable.
All in all, a nice spot to get a brew while downtown. Good beer, good service, good atmosphere.
06-29-2008 18:37:00 |
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