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Gusoline Alley

Dive Bar and Bar$$$$
Downtown Royal Oak, Royal Oak
  • Erik M.
    "best jukebox in metro Detroit"(9 Tips)
    B. Nektar Meadery
    "Great MI beer selection."(2 Tips)
    Rick Z.
    "great beers on tap and a pinball machine."(2 Tips)
    Nicole R.
    "Awesome hole in the wall serving a large range of beers including..."(2 Tips)
57 Tips and reviews
  • jukebox
  • beer
  • pinball
  • hole in the wall
  • great value
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  • Mahmoud M.
    Mahmoud MaanJanuary 21, 2014
    I always have a corona with line at any bar. So nothing new to say here except that it's a really cool place to hang out with friends and meeting some really laid back friendly people!
  • Nicole R.
    Nicole RayJuly 23, 2012
    Awesome hole in the wall serving a large range of beers including lots of local MI beers. Homely and easily lovable. Go to the shitter for a good read
  • Evan B.
    Evan BellJune 2, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Unassuming dive bar in a sea of douchey college bars. Good drinks, great vibes.
  • Réjane P.
    Réjane PierreMarch 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Years later, STILL my favorite dive bar of all time. Beer, friends, kick ass jukebox, and lovely bartenders. I heart you, Gusoline.
  • Brian D.
    Brian DurhalNovember 15, 2013
    Good beer for a great price! Awesome dive bar in such a trendy hipster- esque city
  • Doug B.
    Doug BulthuisSeptember 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the table by the front window for some of the best people watching in the city.
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan MNovember 12, 2012
    Hole in the wall, but love the beer, staff, and memories from college there! Hope they stay opened forever!
  • Joe G.
    Joe GFebruary 23, 2016
    Best place in RO for a good beer and great music (jukebox is legendary)
  • Tom H.
    Tom HeinrichDecember 18, 2013
    They have the brand new Wizard of Oz pinball game. Spent three hours playing it tonight and I'm sure I'll spend many more!
  • Nick S.
    Nick SAugust 1, 2016
    Fun place. No longer cash only, as mentioned in previous tip
  • Michael C.
    Michael CipielewskiOctober 22, 2010
    Great beers: from local micro like Dragonmead, Delirium Tremens to "Cheap Ass Wine" and PBR, something for everyone.
  • Stephanie
    StephanieJanuary 5, 2010
    It's a divey little gem in the middle of trendy Royal Oak. Come here for the beer and the jukebox. If you're lucky, you'll get a stool or a booth.
  • Erin H.
    Erin HarwoodJuly 23, 2013
    It's like a little biker bar but has a great atmosphere and nice people!
  • Samir N.
    Samir NazirJune 13, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    don't fiddle with the cocktails - michigan beer is a great bet
  • N L.
    N LitteralNovember 20, 2014
    The beer, jukebox, atmosphere, bartenders.
  • Scott D.
    Scott DaultonSeptember 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best "real" bar in Royal Oak hands down!
  • Paul K.
    Paul KampeDecember 4, 2011
    Doesn't take credit cards, but you might have guessed. Jukebox is phenomenal and cheap.
  • Rick Z.
    Rick ZOctober 9, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    great beers on tap and a pinball machine. what more do you need?
  • Heather S.
    Heather SchwenckAugust 22, 2012
    Me and my honey's first date night was here...this is a great place to meet someone you hardly know lol...
  • Rob M.
    Rob MooreNovember 25, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    This place was a lot more fun before it got taken over by scenesters and drama queens.
  • N L.
    N LitteralNovember 20, 2014
    This place rules. A must check out. Very cool.
  • Jimi O.
    Jimi OOctober 18, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Come for the beers and stay for the atmosphere and wondrous aromas.
  • Jesse A.
    Jesse AtkinsonOctober 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Order beer from a local brewery. Support Michigan brewing!
  • Monique C.
    Monique CzarneckiJune 15, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Have an official UP pickled egg - available for a short time only. Be sure to ask for hot sauce
  • Lisa N.
    Lisa N.July 23, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    It's always shot-thirty at Gus'. I recommend the espresso vodka. Delish.
  • Dan M.
    Dan McMillanOctober 1, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    It may smell funny, but the atmosphere is awesome.
  • Jason H.
    Jason HornJuly 20, 2010
    Great beer list at the only bar that has not gone trendy. They finally painted the bathroom!!!
  • Trevor L.
    Trevor LalondeSeptember 24, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Golden Monkey's! Awesome IPA, and it fucks u up quick!
  • Veronica M.
    Veronica MrozJuly 29, 2012
    They have a great juke box!
  • Chuck G.
    Chuck GreenMay 2, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Best advice ever
  • B. Nektar Meadery
    B. Nektar MeaderyDecember 18, 2011
    Great MI beer selection.
  • Christina S.
    Christina SkopJanuary 20, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Tip Coleen and Carrie BIG. They are the best!
  • Tony L.
    Tony LoweApril 3, 2011
    Ask for a Sharpie to write on the bathroom wall.
  • Jeffrey B.
    Jeffrey BuckMay 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Bring money for the Jukebox. You wont be disappointed.
  • Ali R.
    Ali RoseDecember 10, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Colleen is a gem! She found a beer I actually enjoy! Whoa!
  • Sarah O.
    Sarah O.September 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Trivia on Monday nights!
  • Brandon L.
    Brandon LintonJuly 22, 2012
    Scum fuck bar, full of Oompa Loompas that try to steal your money and the bartenders play along, enabling the scum fuck behavior. My friend and I ran the show at this dick house dressed as sailors.
  • Alex B.
    Alex BarnesAugust 17, 2014
    Beer. Just beer.
  • Brian A.
    Brian AshleyJanuary 3, 2010
    Best jukebox in town. Always an eclectic crowd.
  • James W.
    James WailinMay 16, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Ask to share some Crown Royal with Thurston Preston Glasswick III
  • Tifini K.
    Tifini KamaraOctober 26, 2013
    Bring cash and your rage face
  • Chuck G.
    Chuck GreenApril 25, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Happy Freaking Birthday Gus...
  • Tom G.
    Tom GOctober 16, 2012
    It's nice to know that this place hasn't changed at all!!!!
  • Guido
    GuidoJanuary 17, 2012
    "Luckily there is an ATM behind you"
  • E M.
    E McApril 3, 2013
    Best Bathroom Graffiti.
  • K A H.
    K A HFebruary 28, 2010
    grab JVaughn for a cocktail. he keeps a backgammon board on-site.
  • Lisa L.
    Lisa LangeSeptember 7, 2013
    Get the Hamm's
  • Trevor L.
    Trevor LalondeSeptember 27, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    JK, Golden Monley is a Triple Ale....
  • Monique C.
    Monique CzarneckiOctober 12, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Mmm my favorite.
  • Katie H.
    Katie HepfingerDecember 31, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    $2.50 strohs :)
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