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John Cowley & Sons Pub and Coolhenry Restaurant

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33338 Grand River Avenue, Farmington, MI 48336
+1 248-474-5941
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Description: Established in 1972 John and Marie Cowley opened a small classic Irish pub...
Established in 1972 John and Marie Cowley opened a small classic Irish pub in Farmington, Michigan in 1972. This traditional watering hole became a cornerstone in the Farmington community. In early 2002, the second generation of Cowleys stepped in to build upon the foundation that was laid down by John and Marie. The old pub was torn down and a new beautiful two story building was constructed. Fast forward 8 years of giving the Metro Detroit area a consistent dose of Irish hospitality, the third generation of Cowleys have come home to help expand John and Marie's legacy. Brendan Cowley and his wife Amy Cowley are now driving the business into the future. Both are graduates of one of the best culinary schools in the world, The Culinary Institute of America, and are using their training and experience to bring a new vision to John Cowley and Sons. As Brendan has put it, "Our mission, is to provide a pub with a warm and inviting atmosphere that serves high quality, unpretentious food and drink."
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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You can't miss John Cowley & Sons Irish Pub, with it's two story bright blue facade standing out from it's neighbors. Once inside the interior transports you to Ireland, with many pieces having been brought from there to build the Pub and give it a more authentic flavor. My friend an I were hear... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

A local pub with just a wee touch of the Irish to it. The wait staff is friendly, the food is pub fare, and the prices are reasonable. The best parking is behind the establishment. It's great on St. Patrick's Day!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

You can't miss John Cowley & Sons Irish Pub, with it's two story bright blue facade standing out from it's neighbors. Once inside the interior transports you to Ireland, with many pieces having been brought from there to build the Pub and give it a more authentic flavor. My friend an I were hear for lunch and the place filled... More 

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Farmington Hills, Michigan, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

We have enjoyed our outings to Cowley's Pub for lunch, dinner, and great night spot for light food and beer in a warm Irish atmosphere. Quite often you will be able to enjoy some great music by local entertainment groups. The food is delicious Pub food and the potato soup is wonderful! Excellent service and atmosphere make this a favorite... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015 via mobile

Used to love the menu and food, it was a must go to. But the quality and menu has really changed. Everything was cold and not cooked to order. I was embarrassed for myself and my gf.

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Farmington, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Cowley's is a favorite whenever strolling through downtown Farmington. Favorites on the menu are the Traverse City salad with dried cherries and the potato soup. They also have good Irish appetizers. It's fun to get a table by the window and people watch or to sit outside in nice weather.

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Novi, Michigan, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Nice pub with decent food. Good salads and potato soup. Hamburgers large and typical pub fare. Good selection of beer.

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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We often meet friends at Cowley's, as there is always something good on tap, and the prices are reasonable. We love the fish dishes.

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West Bloomfield Township, Michigan, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

John Cowley & Sons Pub transformed a few years ago from just another neighborhood bar and grille into a modern Irish Tavern design. This is not one of the "out of the box" Irish pub installations but a thoughtful, family oriented, multi-functional restaurant that can satisfy a variety of tastes. Downstairs is a good old fashioned Irish dining room with... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

As always an EXCELLENT experience. In town for a funeral (normally warm in AZ this time of the year) and our only "real" evening meal (we came in town Thursday eve and left Sunday morning) it did not disappoint. My mom and sister had the steak and I went for the fish and chips All were excellent We were able... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

We try to make it here at least once a month. Great local place that supports the community. Lots of Michigan beers and the fish and chips is always good

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 33338 Grand River Avenue, Farmington, MI 48336
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Farmington
  • Phone Number: +1 248-474-5941

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 20
  • Cuisine: American, Irish, British, Pub

Description

Established in 1972 John and Marie Cowley opened a small classic Irish pub in Farmington, Michigan in 1972. This traditional watering hole became a cornerstone in the Farmington community. In early 2002, the second generation of Cowleys stepped in to build upon the foundation that was laid down by John and Marie. The old pub was torn down and a new beautiful two story building was constructed. Fast forward 8 years of giving the Metro Detroit area a consistent dose of Irish hospitality, the third generation of Cowleys have come home to help expand John and Marie's legacy. Brendan Cowley and his wife Amy Cowley are now driving the business into the future. Both are graduates of one of the best culinary schools in the world, The Culinary Institute of America, and are using their training and experience to bring a new vision to John Cowley and Sons. As Brendan has put it, "Our mission, is to provide a pub with a warm and inviting atmosphere that serves high quality, unpretentious food and drink."

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