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18 West Adams, Detroit, MI 48226
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Ranked #230 of 980 Restaurants in Detroit
Price range: $7 - $20
Sun 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Delivery, Late Night
Description: When you combine the atmosphere of a local Detroit hangout, the excitement of watching the game on a 65” flat screen, and the taste of an old school smokehouse, you have found Rub. At Rub BBQ we are proud to show our Detroit heritage. From the original character of our down town location, to the Detroit history hanging from our walls, we are proud to be Detroiters. We use local Michigan suppliers to bring you the best BBQ around. We mix our own rubs and sauces from scratch using over 20 different varieties of herbs and spices. Our eco-friendly ideas let us bring you unforgettable taste while still contributing to a greener Detroit. So come on down and watch the game and enjoy one of our 30 beers on tap. Ask one of our friendly staff about reserving our Private V.I.P. Banquet Lounge. Have us plan your next event and we will provide you with your favorite food, spirits, and fun. Tailgating packages are available that include all your pre-game musts, so leave your grill at home, because at Rub BBQ we have all your smokehouse needs.
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015 via mobile

i should have known not to go when the place was empty at 7:30 on a Saturday night. The service was as bad as the food. The pulled pork was micro waved and served cold. The burnt ends were chunks of fat that weren't burnt and cold. When we asked our waiter what wines they had he started with "vodka... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Three of us guys stopped by Rub to get some drinks and eats before the MAC Championship at Ford Field. I've eaten there before. Instead of getting entrees we settled for appetizers. Everything we ordered was fantastic. The burnt ends were phenomenal, as well as the mac & cheese, fried pickles, and BBQ Nachos. We were stuffed. The Long Island... More 

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Shelby Township
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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Okay, I give places the benefit of the doubt. Granted, the reviews of this joint were mixed at best, but it stretched even my ability to see it through my glass half full perspective. Bathrooms. Any more neglect would have required a call to the local health authority. Bear in mind this is Detroit. I'm accustomed to rugged johns. Service.... More 

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West Bloomfield, Michigan
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Worse food and service. Everything was cold. The wait staff needs to go back to waiter school as the food is thrown at you. We went with 10 people and all of us hated this place. Too bad, there are so many cool restaurants in Detroit now We even had an $8 mistake on our bill Horrible place!!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I thought it was delicious. The staff was very friendly and helpful when making some of our food choices. 6 different BBQ sauces to choose from is pretty cool. Try the potato skins appetizer. So good!

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Lansing, Michigan
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43 reviews 43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

First sign that we should've walked away was when they brought out a Guinness in a plastic, disposable cup. It was thin, watery and just plain bad. A place this close to Ford Field and Comerica Park should be able to do it right with as much business as they take in. The place was packed. The food was served... More 

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Billings, Montana
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59 reviews 59 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Very friendly place to have a brew and some really good BBQ! The staff was on the ball, and the crowd was nice...everyone seemed to have a good time watching the game and enjoying the food.

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Miami Beach, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

The ribs were cold, dry and hard. The rub on top was cakey and just bad. The mac and cheese was runny. It was like the kind you buy frozen and warm up. The corn on the cob was not fresh and they drowned it in seasoning salt. Yuck!!! I don't like seasoning salt on anything. I don't like salt... More 

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Taylor, Michigan
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26 reviews 26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

My husband and I stop hear all the time when we go downtown for a Tigers game. This time we asked for a Guinness on draft. What they brought us was not Guinness. If you are a Guinness drinker you know the signs of what it should look like. Thicker stout, dark in color...what we received was thin, watery, and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We had a great experience. Our food was absolutely delicious and came out quickly. It's a sports bar kind of place, maybe not ideal for a romantic evening, but definitely a good place to catch up with friends or grab a bite before a game. We'll be back!

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Additional Information about RUB BBQ and PUB

Address: 18 West Adams, Detroit, MI 48226
Phone Number: 3139640782
Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Detroit
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Average Prices: USD 7 - 20
Cuisine: Barbecue

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