Visit Detroit’s breweries using 24-hr public transit.
Detroit has twelve 24-hr bus routes and and you can use most of them to reach the city’s most popular breweries. Use www.transitapp.com to plan your trip & check schedules. SMART & DDOT DART passes cost $2 per person which grants you up to 4 hours of unlimited bus rides. For $5 you can purchase a 24 hour pass! Just be sure to ask for the DART pass before you pay. A phone app will launch summer 2019 so you won’t need cash. Want to buy passes in advance? Buy passes in person at a SMART or DDOT transit center or buy online & keep them in your wallet or purse.
Board this bus on SB Washington just south of Michigan Ave near the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel. #1-Vernor bus runs between the Rosa Parks Transit Center and East Dearborn by way of Lafayette, Trumbull and Bagley to Vernor through Mexicantown ending at Schaefer & Michigan Ave.
- Brew Detroit 1401 Abbott St. Detroit, MI 48216 — Exit at Trumbull & Abbott (across from Trumbull & Porter Hotel), take a short walk down Abbott and you’re right there!
- Batch Brewing Company 1400 Porter St, Detroit, MI 48216 — Exit at Trumbull & Abbot (across from Trumbull & Porter Hotel) walk to Porter (how appropriate), walk one block and you’re right there!
Hop on this bus on Michigan Ave at the corner of Cass & Michigan Ave (outside AT&T) #2 runs between Detroit and Fairlane Town Center until 11:30pm and between Greenfield and Detroit after midnight.
- Downey Brewing Company 13121 Prospect St, Dearborn, MI 48126 — For an adventurous trip, check out this brewery in Dearborn. Exit on Michigan and Lois & walk a few blocks south. #1 Vernor is also an option for reaching this brewery.
Hop on this bus at Jefferson and Griswold, across from Cobo Center or anywhere along Cass Ave. #16 runs between Detroit and the former Northland Mall all day and night along Cass Ave. Use TransitApp to look up stops and nearby Mogo stations.
- Traffic Jam & Snug 48201, 511 W Canfield St, Detroit, MI 48201 — Convenient stop at Cass & Canfield.
- Founders Brewing Co. Detroit 456 Charlotte St, Detroit, MI 48201 — Exit at Cass & Peterboro when headed south and at Cass & Temple when headed north.
Honorable Mention: 8 Degrees Plato Detroit 3409 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201 — The #16 bus stops right in front of 8 Degrees Plato, at Peterboro & Cass, a unique beer store with a huge variety of beer that also serves beer on tap.
There are no breweries on Woodward but there are plenty of places to drink. Hop on this bus at Woodward between Larned & Congress (outside of Townhouse), next to the Kern’s Clock or all along Woodward. #4 Woodward runs between Detroit and the former State Fairgrounds all day and night.
Honorable Mention: HopCat 4265 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201 — Although HopCat doesn’t brew beer, they boast 130 taps + bottles and limited releases. #4 Woodward stops right next to the QLINE station.
Hop on this bus at Larned & Woodward (Coleman A Young Municipal Center), or along Gratiot. #6 Gratiot runs between Detroit Police Department (3rd and Abbot) and 8 Mile all day.
- Detroit Beer Co 1529 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226 — Exit at Gratiot & Brush or Randolph & Monroe and walk two blocks north on Broadway.
- Eastern Market Brewing Co. 2515 Riopelle St, Detroit, MI 48207 — Exit at Gratiot & Russell and cross the Fisher Freeway bridge, then right on Winder then left on Riopelle. (Take a stroll around Eastern Market and check out the amazing murals! Artists from around the world are invited to paint murals at the annual festival) If you want something a little stronger you can also check out Detroit City Distillery across the street.
- Collect 1454 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI 48207 — Exit at Russell to reach this new beer hall above the restaurant, Gather.
- Atwater Brewery 237 Joseph Campau Ave, Detroit, MI 48207 — Exit at Jefferson & Joseph Campeau, head south two blocks and you’re there.
- Atwater in the Park 1175 Lakepointe St, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230 — Exit at Jefferson & Maryland. Its a 1/2 mile walk, quick bus trip on SMART 610–615 or a quick Uber/Lyft ride to Kercheval.
Bonus Section: Regional Transit!
Starting Jan 1st, 2018 SMART bus introduced new regional service called FAST (Frequent, Affordable, Safe, Transit). With routes on Michigan, Woodward and Gratiot, these buses run 20 miles or more out from the city center making limited stops with no system transfers. You can use your $2–4 hour or $5–24 hour DART passes on SMART’s FAST buses also!
Easily hop on a FAST bus in front of the David Whitney Building (A-Loft Hotel), Rosa Parks Transit Center, near Cobo, the Foundation Hotel, on Larned or on Jefferson.
Hop on FAST Michigan at several downtown stops along Jefferson, Washington (north of Cobo), Woodward (outside of David Whitney bldg.) and on Michigan just west of Cass. Buses depart every 30–45 minutes.
- @Schaefer Road — Downey Brewing Company was discussed above.
- @Mason St — This stop puts you one block past Dearborn Brewing.
- Bus continues to DTW airport and back. No further breweries on this route.
Hop on FAST Woodward at several downtown stops along Jefferson, Washington (north of Cobo or south of Michigan Ave) or on Woodward near the QLine station. Peak buses depart every 15 minutes and 30 minutes off peak.
- Woodward Avenue Brewery — 22646 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI 48220. The W.A.B. has been a Ferndale staple for over 20 years now, just one block south of 9 Mile bus stop.
- Axle Brewing — 567 Livernois Ave, Ferndale, MI 48220. A newer addition to the area, you may need to hail an Uber or transfer to the #17- 8 Mile bus to get to this one.
- Urbanrest Brewing — 2615 Wolcott St, Ferndale, MI 48220. Exit at 9 Mile and its a mile walk. Transfer to #710-9 Mile SMART to get closer.
- ROAK Brewing Co— 330 E Lincoln Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48067. Exit at Woodward & Washington by L.A Fitness and its a short walk.
- Jolly Pumpkin Royal Oak / Bastone — 419 S Main St, Royal Oak, MI 48067. Exit at 11 Mile and its less than 1 mile walk into town.
- Royal Oak Brewery — 215 E 4th St, Royal Oak, MI 48067. Exit at 11 Mile and its less than 1 mile walk into town.
- River Rouge Brewing Co — 406 E 4th St, Royal Oak, MI 48067. Exit at 11 Mile and its less than 1 mile walk into town.
- Griffin Claw Brewing Co— 575 S Eton St, Birmingham, MI 48009. Exit at Maple and its exactly one mile. Pro tip, transfer to the 15 Mile crosstown to get closer!
- Exferimentation Brewery — 7 N Saginaw St, Pontiac, MI 48342. Exit at the Phoenix Center stop and walk a few blocks north on Saginaw St.
*562 is weekday, peak hours only.
Hop on FAST Gratiot at several downtown stops along Larned, Randolph and St Antoine at Gratiot. Peak buses depart every 15 minutes, 30 minutes off peak.
- Detroit Beer Company — 1529 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226. Exit at Randolph and Monroe and walk a few blocks north.
- Eastern Market Brewing Company — 2515 Riopelle St, Detroit, MI 48207. Exit at Russell and its a short walk.
- No other breweries north of Eastern Market close to Gratiot. There are some accessible however by transferring to SMART crosstown routes like Jamex Brewing, Dragonmead, Baffin Brewing and Kuhnhenn Brewing Co (east).