HopCat was envisioned, designed, stocked, and staffed with one mission in mind: To bring you great beer. What is great beer? It's a beer made with care and pride. It might be a local beer or one from across the globe. It could be your usual pint, or a beer that you had no idea existed. Every once in a while, it's a beer you never would have ordered but for the fact that your server or bartender suggested it.
HopCat Detroit opened on December 13, 2014 (yes, that was 12/13/14!) in a historic building at the corner of Woodward and Canfield. We offer Michigan's largest tap selection -- 130 craft beer taps -- and some pretty excellent food made from scratch in our kitchen. Our second floor features the Huma Room, an entertainment venue with a full bar and 30 beer selections which is available for corporate rentals, parties and other special events.
Just six months after opening HopCat was lauded for Best New Bar in Detroit, Best Beer Selection and Best Fries by Hour Detroit Magazine. Metro Times readers also named HopCat's craft beer selection best in the city. Such recognition builds on the praise we've received since opening our Grand Rapids location in January 2008. We’re listed as one of the Top 50 bars in the US by Draft Magazine. Beer Advocate Magazine has ranked us as the #3 Beer Bar in the world, CraftBeer.com has rated us the #2 beer bar in the U.S., and in 2012, 2013 and 2015 RateBeer.com ranked HopCat - Grand Rapids as the #1 Brewpub in the United States.
We’re humbled by the response that craft beer lovers all over the world have shown to our philosophy, and are truly grateful for the simple fact that we are lucky enough to be located in the Midwest, where craft beer is way of life.
Kids and Smoking
HopCat is a bar. If you’re under 21 you can come in before 9 p.m. (We ask people under 21 leave the building by 10 p.m.). After 9 p.m., we will not admit anyone under 21. We do have a limited number of high chairs for your little ones. We also have a children's menu.
Please note that you cannot smoke anywhere on our property, including the patio.
We're pretty biased, but we think HopCat is a pretty awesome place to work. If you're interested in joining the team at one of our locations, stop by or send us your resume and a cover letter with the subject line indicating the location you're interested in working at to firstname.lastname@example.org. To view our current openings, visit our Jobs page at hopcat.com/jobs.
We appreciate your feedback! Let us know how we are doing. Any questions or comments are welcome. Visit http://www.hopcat.com/contact/detroit for our feedback form.
Before emailing us, though, here are some answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ):
Q: Do you take reservations?
A: Yes. Sort of. We take a LIMITED number of reservations for groups of 8 or more. We generally do not take reservations on Friday and Saturday from 6-10 p.m.. Call us to find out if we have a slot available.
Q: Can I rent the Huma Room (our 2nd floor venue) for a private event?
A: Yes! Contact our manager, Bill Butler, to discuss your needs at email@example.com or click the red button.
Q: When will you have _____ on tap?
A: We strive to have all of our beers listed on our tap list on the website and on UnTappd, a sort of social networking app for beer lovers. We also post major beer releases on our Facebook, Twitter and instagram accounts (both are @hopcatd).
Q: Are you hiring?
A: We are usually looking for excellent people to join our HopCat family. If you think you've got the chops, please come in and talk to the manager (afternoons between 2 and 5 are often the best time to do so) or email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Do you have gluten-free beers and food?
A: Yes. We have a selection of gluten-free beers in bottles as well as some ciders on tap that are naturally gluten free. We also have wine and cocktails. Our gluten free menu items are limited, however we can adjust many of our regular items to make them without bread or other items containing gluten.
Q: Do you sell gift cards/T-shirts and other HopCat stuff?
A: Yes, we do. We sell gift cards in store and online (click the link in the lower left corner of this site). Each store has a unique merchandise selection, but we also sell some HopCat items in our online store.
Q: Can I fill a growler?
A: Yes. Our Local 30 growler fills are just $12 every day! Michigan law allows us to fill your clean growlers (and sell clean empty ones). Some limited release selections are not available in growlers. Ask your server or bartender for details.
Q: Will you donate to our charity/auction/fundraiser?
A: Maybe. Email all requests for charitable donations to email@example.com. We assess these requests on a case-by-case basis.
Q: Happy Hour?
A: 3-6 Monday-Thursday we have $1.50 off Local 30 selections, wines and wells plus $5 off burgers. Mondays we offer half off shareables and fries from 3-close along with $1.50 off Local 30, wines and wells. Late Night Happy Hour is Sunday-Wednesday 10-close with half off shareables and fries.