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Brown Jug Restaurant

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1204 S University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2524
+1 734-761-3355
11:00 - 02:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 02:00
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 02:00
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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73 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 December 2016

I have been drinking at the Brown Jug for a while now, usually too intoxicated to take a moment to appreciate the atmosphere, service, or even the drinks themselves. For my first relatively sober time there, I was surprised by the quality of the place. They accommodate for a huge influx of college student drinkers very well, and my server... More 

Thank TheCrazyCam
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2016

After a long walk in the cold (hardly the restaurant's fault), I was hoping for a decent meal at the end of the road, but I was sorely disappointed. It took 45 minutes to get the most disappointing burger I've ever had, complete with cold chips that tasted somehow less impressive than a bag of Lay's in place of the... More 

Thank Cody R
Chesterfield, Missouri
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52 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016

Returned after 30 years to find the pizza as yummy as remembered. Early dinner on a Friday evening (5pm-ish) for a family of 3 (myself, husband, and 12 year old) - no wait time and the crowd wasn't too rowdy - yet (it wasn't a football weekend). Also ordered the Ruben with fries - also yummy.

Thank Mary R
Rochester, NY
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779 reviews
455 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 261 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016

We met an old friend here for drinks on Friday night. This place is a classic college bar with sports playing on the TVs and college banners and pictures on the wall. It was pretty jammed at 5:30. We did not even look at the menu so I cannot comment on the food quality nor selection but the beer and... More 

Thank Fondue4two
Toronto, Ontario
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55 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Lots of mixed reviews of this place. We have been here many times before a football game and have never had a bad time. The beer was cold, I expensively priced and tasted great. We had Hoagies to eat and they were both delicious. Special thanks to our waiter Johnny who did amazing job considering he was alone on the... More 

Thank Saraboo
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

I dined here when I was in college in the 70s, and came back to Ann Arbor for the Art Fair last week. We decided to have lunch here and beat the rush to get a table. Our server was wonderful and the marinara sauce on my chicken parm was outstanding. Things that I think could be better: #1: The... More 

Thank DrummerElders
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2016

I go here because they have New Castle on tap. We tried to go here in 2014 to watch Michigan play in the final four, FORGET ABOUT IT unless you go camp out in front of the door or go get a seat hours before the game starts. Lines went around the block to get in just 3 hours before... More 

Thank Jason A
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21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2015

Visited the brown jug the sunday after the Michigan vs Osu game and was surprised at how empty the bar was for a Sunday afternoon around 1 30. Being from New England all are bars are packed watching the NFL games, now i know the Lions are having a tough year!!! anyways its a very small bar and tough to... More 

Thank patscouple
Cleveland, Ohio
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110 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2015

Went to school in Ann Arbor 30+ years ago and often ate at the Brown Jug. I return frequently to the area, most recently to attend the Ann Arbor Art Fair. Stopped in at the Brown Jug for breakfast one morning. On the plus side, at least for the Fair, they had outdoor seating. However, the inside is very dated;... More 

Thank jwclevelander
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54 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2015 via mobile

Waitress we had was awesome. Food was great! Prices were reasonable. Parking can be difficult, but we used a near by parking ramp. Other staff asked if everything was good whenever they walked past. Saturday night around 7:00 pm and no wait! Highly recommend! Loved the memorabilia & the food item names.....GO BLUE!

Thank jeffrey l

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub, Pizza, Delicatessen
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
12:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1204 S University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2524
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Ann Arbor
  • Phone Number: +1 734-761-3355

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?