It’s fairly safe to say that if you love food, beer, and Detroit, then you probably love sports bars. And when it comes to sports bars, few in downtown Detroit are as accommodating as The Detroit Pub.
Located at 1326 Brush Street on the edge of Greektown at the corner of Gratiot, this almost five-year-old pub stands out in the crowd of bars in downtown Detroit. The real estate is its most noticeable attribute, just a stone’s throw from Ford Field and a hop, skip and a jump from Comerica. Helloooooo pregame!
Aside from location, the size of The Pub alone is worth mentioning. Larger than most around town, it’s open and airy with – gasp! – windows on all sides!
On game days it’s pretty nuts, so if you plan on setting up shop there for the delicious food and one of seventeen TVs (or the projector), you better get there early.
The menu is more than you would expect from a sports bar, which are notorious for fried and greasy bits to snack on. We’re talking fresh made-to-order burgers, and the “Detroit Dog” made with Dearborn Brand Franks – the same ones used at the legendary American Coney Island.
The support for Detroit doesn’t stop there; The Pub serves Faygo beverages and Better Made Chips – as every local restaurant should.
The menu is short but sweet, with all items carefully selected and perfected. The appetizer roster includes favorites like chicken wings, jalapeno poppers, cheese sticks and onion rings, with the ballpark fries taking over as the star. (They’re tossed in garlic butter and parmesan cheese. Yea, you heard me.)
The entrees include the aforementioned Detroit Dog, Fish & Chips, and the unexpected steak or chicken Panini. Another welcome surprise is the baby back ribs; who knew you could find decent barbeque at a sports joint?
Other sports-complimenting grub featured on The Pub’s menu is the nachos, tacos, quesadilla and the Reuben. A fan favorite is the tenderloin steak bites served Cajun style with fried onion straws – a satisfyingly fancy choice for the not-into-bar-food sports fan.
The beer selection is as impressive as the food menu, with several Michigan beers from Founders, Bell’s, Dragonmead and others. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 2-6 (excluding game days), where you can get your mitts on half-off appetizers and $2 domestic drafts.
The Detroit Pub also has plenty of signature cocktails, a decent wine list, tons of specials and even the option to rent the place out. To top it off, no entrée costs more than $11. This just may be the perfect place to enjoy a game, or anything, really.
The Detroit Pub is located at 1326 Brush Street in Detroit’s Greektown neighborhood. They are open Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. – 2 a.m. They can be reached at (313) 963-3500 or www.detroitpubgreektown.com.