bar hours

Monday - Sunday:  11am - 2am

kitchen hours

Monday - Sunday:  11am - 11pm

happy hour

4pm - 7pm


DJ on both Friday and Saturday nights

front door

low tops and bar

our resident gargoyle


club chairs

high tops

bar and high tops



fun facts

A brief history of the Town Pump

Located in the ground floor of the historic Park Avenue House (formerly the Royal Palm Hotel), built in 1924, the original Town Pump occupied less than half of its present size. The current Library was a small barber shop and the southern entrance to the Royal Palm was on Montcalm in the space across from the fire station.

Following the prosperity of the second World War, the Town Pump was renovated in the 1940's. It expanded into its present size, and it became a fine dining restaurant with live entertainment. In keeping with the times, the proprieters chose to brick up the windows for ambiance, and they also changed the decor.

As Detroit's Park Avenue declined in the late 1960's, the Town Pump tranformed itself into a gay go-go bar, and closed in the early 1970's after a suspicious fire gutted the interior. Through the 70's and 80's the space became the headquarters for the Detroit Chapter of the Guardian Angels, and then a laundromat.

After much hard work, in 1996 The Town Pump Tavern reappeared as you see it today. The windows were uncovered once again returning light to the space. The original domes over the pillars were also restored, as they were the only items of architectural interest that had survived the fire years earlier.

Aside from the brief hiccup in the 70's and 80's, the Town Pump has been raising spirits for thousands of Detroiters through the decades.


The Town Pump Tavern
100 W. Montcalm  •  Detroit, MI  48201
(313) 961-1929

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