Log in or Sign up
Grand Trunk Pub
No picture uploaded.
Upload it now
Taps: 19 / Bottles: 57
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
612 Woodward Ave
phone: (313) 961-3043
(Place added by: SaucyA on 06-29-2008)
Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev
| Reviews: 14 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Love this spot. Decor is prime, though the adjoining space next door kind of kills the romance just a little bit. No matter though; it's still nice looking. Excellent choice of beers. I think you may be able to get the freshest sample of Huma possible here. And tons of Michigan brewed beers beyond that.
02-09-2013 10:03:39 |
More by RblWthACoz
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $
Popped in with my girlfriend on a recent trip to Detroit.
The bad: couldn’t see the chalkboard from our table so I had to order from the bar to get an idea of the taps. Asked the female bartender for a Huma-Lupa-Licious, waited several minutes, eventually the male server snagged me a pint. She then scolded the two of us, claiming she had already poured the beer and it was on its way. They have a massive bottle list but we were not offered a bottle menu during our meal. Ordered the veggie omelette and hash browns while my girl had the French toast and bacon. Both dishes were lukewarm and lacking in flavour, but we bit the bullet since we were starving and in a rush.
The good: high ceilings, long narrow bar, and unpretentious crowd provide a great atmosphere. Good music and a comfortable, relaxed vibe. Our waitress saved the visit from disaster by serving our food quickly and making a solid reco for my second beer. $2.50 pints of Huma Lupa and Reserve Special were tasting lovely and the lady enjoyed her mimosa. All Michigan crafters on tap with a wide range of styles.
Overall: even though we weren’t blown away by our experience, I’d be willing to return as the selection is quite impressive. I’ll just be sure to *ASK* for a bottle list and avoid the mediocre food next time. Worth a shot if you’re looking for stellar beer in a cozy environment.
12-30-2011 23:07:11 |
More by cratez
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
There's alot to like about the Grand Trunk Pub, but I didn't really enjoy my visit. The building is beautiful with high vaulted ceilings, nice woodwork and neat classic signs. The service was decent enough: friendly, but not overly knowledgable. There was a really good selection, loaded with Michigan made beer.
My issue with Grand Trunk had nothing to do with the pub itself. The patrons were the problem. Let's just call it a high d-bag quotient. Being surrounded by obnoxious people wasn't fun.
The pieces are there, and I would give it another chance. Just not late on a weekend night.
10-23-2011 04:28:00 |
More by frazbri
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Very unassuming from the store front, it didn't even look open when I arrived around 5PM. A cool old converted train depot that dates back to 1879, bartender said the foundation is pre-civil war. Nice vaulted ceilings and woodworking on the walls give this bar lots of character.
15 taps, all of them Michigan, 8 breweries were represented on this particular night. A good representation of styles, lots of summer beers on tap. They have a good bottle list, which features Michigan beers as well.
This place has a small local feel to it. The bartender there that particular night was very beer knowledgeable. To update an earlier review I saw, there is no smoking. Only complaint was there did not appear to be any A/C and it was quite warm there this evening as it was a sweltering earlier.
Food was typical Irish pub food. Had the Reuben, which was quite good.
All in all, a very nice place worth a visit if you're in downtown Detroit. I enjoy places like this when I'm on the road, where you can get a good variety of local beer
07-25-2010 18:46:51 |
More by FLBeerGuy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited the Grand Trunk Pub for the Detroit Jazz Festival over two days (three visits). The bar area is a little narrow, but I ended up outside for two of the visits. Much more comfortable out there, and the weather was nice. The food is typical pub fare, but it's pretty good! The sandwich I had there rocked. All the taps are from Michigan (15 or so), but there are PLENTY of bottles as well. You can also buy beer to go- which I did.. Service can be a little slow at times, but one of the bartenders came over to my outside table and talked beer w/ me for a good 15 minutes on his break. That was pretty cool. I'm glad this place was only a couple blocks from my hotel- it rocked. All my buddies really liked the beer selection too. If you're ever in Detroit, you owe it to yourself to visit the Grand Trunk Pub.
09-07-2011 17:38:16 |
More by jayhawk73
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I really enjoyed this place, and couldn't believe it wasn't already in here. The tap list and bottle list are both great, in fact, everything here is pretty conducive to drinking a beer in a nice, quiet hangout.
It is in a great building that's nearly 130 years old, and the architecture and craftsmanship are really something to appreciate. Looking around the place takes you back to a day when people made things for aesthetic reasons, not just functionality. When I went in on a Saturday night, the crowd was very subdued and good music played at a very reasonable volume. It's a definite beer-drinkers bar, despite the smoking.
The tap quality is wonderful with many great MI beers on tap. Two taps devoted to Short's (reason to go right there), among Dark Horse, Founder's, Bell's, New Holland, Atwater, Motor City... the only non-micro on tap is Guiness. Lots of rotating kegs, so the best way to keep up on them is to call ahead. They have a nice bottle list as well, of mostly MI micro's.
Our bartender was a really cool guy named David that was quite personable.
All in all, a nice spot to get a brew while downtown. Good beer, good service, good atmosphere.
06-29-2008 18:37:00 |
More by SaucyA
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
I am torn on Grand Trunk personally. I have been coming to Foran's Grand Trunk for years, and it has changed its vibes a couple times. It used to be hardcore electronic music and a pretty good beer list. Nowadays, it is focused on better beer availabilty and cuisine. I love the atmosphere as it is an old train ticket station. They have cleaned it up and made it easier on weekends and busy times to get around. They also purchased the building next door and blew out the wall between the two buildings for more seating and kitchen area. However, there is still some old stuff around that needs some work, and the men's restroom is a prime example of this (it was voted the worst bathroom in Detroit 2005).
The selection really goes up and down at Foran's, but for the most part they have solid Michigan Craft beer choices. They also usually have a pretty good bottle list, albeit some of them get slightly old.
The food is quite good, and a definite great spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sunday brunch is always a good time and you get great beer specials.
The service is ually pretty good, but sometimes they can be understaffed.
All around, a great place to hit while in the D. You should be able to at least find a good beer or two on tap you'll like.
08-04-2011 21:00:26 |
More by steebo777
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
« first ‹ prev
Grand Trunk Pub in Detroit, MI
Your name or email address:
Do you already have an account?
No, create an account now.
Yes, my password is:
Forgot your password?
Stay logged in
Top 250 Beers
Change of Address