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Taps: 19 / Bottles: 57
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
612 Woodward Ave
phone: (313) 961-3043
(Place added by: SaucyA on 06-29-2008)
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| Reviews: 14 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
formerly known as foran's irish pub, grand trunk is a great little bar in downtown detroit. the new owners have gone the extra mile to improve the space, including fairly recent improvements to the facade of the building and the addition of an outdoor patio, which is quite nice in the warmer months.
the space is a converted train depot, and the historic character really comes through. atmosphere is dark and relaxed with a lot of beautiful decorative woodwork inside. high vaulted ceilings and a long, long bar make the place feel expansive, though the space itself is not very large. there is a nice upstairs balcony area that overlooks the whole bar, which makes seating for large groups fairly convenient.
the beer selection is fantastic! grand trunk serves a nice variety and has michigan brewed beer exclusively on tap. there are 15 taps that cover quite a few styles, and brews rotate seasonally, so finding something you will enjoy should be fairly easy. my last visit included a few pints of arbor brewing espresso love, which i discovered for the first time at this very bar a few years ago. the bartenders are plenty knowledgeable about the products they serve and can answer your questions or even turn you on to a new beer should you so desire. there is also a wide assortment of liquor available, with a good selection of whiskeys, something i find to be lacking in most bars.
the food is also fantastic. a lot nicer than your typical bar food, and a lot more flavorful. on my last visit, i had the mcgee sandwich, which is roasted turkey, red pepper, avocado, swiss and mayo on toasted rye bread. needless to say it was delicious. the kitchen is open all night (2 am here in michigan) so you'll never have to worry about the kitchen being closed if you want to get some grub with your booze. and a nice tidbit - their food is sourced locally wherever possible, a testament to their commitment to being a michigan-based business.
prices are reasonable but certainly not cheap. 2 beers, a sandwich and tip ran me $24, but considering the quality, i'd say this is par for the course.
my only complaint is that due to the narrow profile of the space it can be challenging to get back and forth to the front/back of the bar and the bathroom if it gets busy, but this is pretty minor in light of an otherwise excellent watering hole.
if you're ever in in detroit and in search of beer, grand trunk should be your first stop.
03-05-2010 21:37:31 |
More by divineaudio
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 |
More by SaucyA
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
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