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Oct 11, 2006 01:58 PM

Ann Arbor area pubs?

I'm looking for a cute, cozy pub to have a delicious and reasonably priced meal on a chilly autumn evening. Any suggestions? I'm looking for something off the beaten path. There must be some gems in the small towns around Ann Arbor but I haven't found any yet.

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  1. I have always been rather partial to the Arbor Brewing Company (114 E. Washington). There is also the Grizzly Peak Brewing Company (120 W. Washington), but I have only been there once, for lunch.
    For a more traditional pub (that would probably more closely fit your idea of cute/cozy) there is Conor O'Niell's (318 S. Main)

    Though none of these is really off the beaten path.

    1. The Brecon Grille in Saline might fit your idea of a pub, and Saline might be considered by some to be "off the beaten path". The food is decent enough. I think that on Friday evenings they have an all-you-can-eat fish and chips special. They have a nice bar with a good beer selection and some wine, and the owner is friendly.

      1. Arbor Brewing and Grizzly Peak are both brewpubs. I am not a fan of either one, neither beer nor food.

        Conor O'Neil's is an Irish bar, with better than average pub fare. But it becomes a bit of a meat market in the evenings.

        1. Casey's Tavern near the Ann Arbor train station. The burgers come highly recommended.

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          1. re: bellmont

            Sandwiches too ... Casey's is a gem. From the very northern end of State St., take a left.

            In Chelsea, Seitz's Tavern is ridiculously cheap and has loads of character. The only adjective from your list I might not use is "delicious," but it's still worth a visit.

            1. re: Jim M

              LOVE Casey's... food isn't really anything to write home about, but their onion rings are great. Casey's is one of the few things I miss about Ann Arbor.

              I'll also agree with ABCs and suggest the Sidetrack in Ypsilanti, though I've seen some recent hemming and hawing on here about that one.

              I know there are some others in Dexter, Chelsea, etc., but I've never been... hopefully someone else will chip in.


              1. re: gromit

                If I'm not mistaken, Casey's has gone smoke free too(?). In the past I was not fond of all the smoke in there, but I haven't been in quite a while.

          2. Conor O'Niell's is one of our favorites to hit in the area. We live about 30 minutes away and we run there 5 or 6 times a year.