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Bob's Bar

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Bob's BarBob's Bar
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32 Reviews
Reviews: 32
Visits: 48
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: n/a
Taps: 36
Bottles: 240
Cask: Y
[ Bar ]

4961 N High St
Columbus, Ohio, 43214-1523
United States
phone: (614) 888-9073

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Reviews: 32 | Visits: 48
Reviews by CapitalGains:
Photo of CapitalGains
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Bob's Bar, the Cultural Hub of the Midwest. Situated in Clintonville, this spot is absolutely worth checking out if you live in the general Columbus region.

To preface, my college friends and I started frequenting this fine establishment about two to three times per week when we were seniors in college about two years ago. It's only about a seven to ten minute drive from OSU's north campus. It was a great escape from the overwhelming mediocrity of most college bars.

The atmosphere of Bob's is contingent on when you show up and the day of the week. On most nights - especially weekends - the place is a total dive. It's a classic bar. The music is loud and patrons are usually obnoxious. However, this place is a gem during the various afternoon hours. Don't get me wrong - it's still a lot of fun during the evenings, but expect to be surrounded by some bros pounding Coors Light. The bar is usually crowded but oddly enough I've never felt overly crowded in the place as a whole. There are somewhere around 20-25 seats at the bar and maybe another 15-20 at the various tables near the entrance.

The service - especially considering how busy it can get - is significantly above par. I've had a good experience with every bartender I've encountered at Bob's (namely Jim and Nate). They are quick, knowledgeable, and friendly. I can't ask for much more than that. In fact, there have been several nights when Jim is the only bartender and he handles it like an absolute champ. It's really a sight to behold. Comparing this service to a spot like Bodega's, it's night and day.

With about 40 tap selections and approximately 200 bottles, you're likely to find something worth checking out here. The tap selections typically won't blow you away but there was always something good on tap (CBC IPA, Edmund Fitz, etc). I never ventured into the bottle selection too much so I can't comment on that in detail. However, Bob's does offer the "World Tour." The World Tour basically means you drink every single one of the offered bottles at Bob's and get a special mug that is effectively a 25% discount. If I had stay and lived in Columbus I would have definitely undertaken this challenge. If you're a transient or a visitor...not so much.

To give you some perspective, even though I no longer live in Columbus, I still visited Bob's on 5 or 6 of the 8 days I visited Columbus during this past Thanksgiving. It's a great place to go and hang-out with friends and enjoy some pretty damn good beer. It's not the best place to delve into the critical merits of a particular beer, but it is a great place to go and enjoy yourself with others. Highly recommended. (2,660 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of EvanMaldonado
4.61/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

One of my favorite places to go in Columbus. Atmosphere is always fun, and I love playing pool so their two tables are a major plus for me. Bartenders are very knowledgable and friendly, and treat me as family now that I've become a regular. Beer selection is always solid, with 25+ drafts of pretty unique stuff for the area, and always high ABV. (347 characters)

Photo of hobbit328
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Driver8rws
3.72/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.75 | service: 2 | selection: 5

Not dirty, but not clean. Total dive bar, dark, small, etc. But amazing beer selection, and decent prices.
NO FOOD. Get some taco bell after... (146 characters)

Photo of Bisco42
3.96/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of WesMantooth
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Photo of Inju
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of ScottJWing
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of remy28
5/5  rDev +15.7%

This place is the ultimate dive bar. Has 30+ beers on tap, seemingly hundreds in bottles. Pool tables, dart boards, and beef jerky. This place is the best. (158 characters)

Photo of BeerMeBro720
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Well
2/5  rDev -53.7%

Photo of Texas0718
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of vrbulldog22
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of j_hollings13
3.08/5  rDev -28.7%
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 5

Service and atmosphere were so bad that quality and selection didn't matter. It took me an hour to get served. I was impressed with the ridiculously huge selection, however, the staff were so busy screwing around with the promo checklists of the regulars that I wasn't able to just get a drink. (294 characters)

Photo of zimm421
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of MuscleConfusion
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Farky87
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.19/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Unassuming place from the outside. Claims to be "cultural hub of the Midwest."

A Saturday afternoon saw about 6 other people in the dimly lit bar. About 25 taps or so, all interesting stuff, although some of the really good stuff was kicked already. Settled on Fat Heads Trail Head, decent price for it. They have a pretty extensive coolers of bottles, which very conveniently can be purchased for carry-out. They don't mark the bottles up much at all- 4 bucks for Siberian Night, and 8 for Deschutes Hop Hendge. Very reasonable.

The bartender was nice, and indulged me asking about if they had any Three Floyds (I must have really looked like a choad this weekend asking for it, but I really wanted to try some), and gave me some good suggestions on other places to go. (772 characters)

Photo of Lynn
4/5  rDev -7.4%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of dougnboston
3.68/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4

Terrific bar with a very good selection. The bartender was a bit distracted and kept forgetting my order. They do have a very good selection, you won't be disappointed. One cask, was Jolly Pumpkin on this night, very tasty.

The crowd is a mix of locals just looking for a beer and to play pool along with some beery types tasting though new arrivals.

You can buy bottles to go and their markup is reasonable.

I'll go back. (427 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
4.58/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

The "cultural hub of the midwest" classic and I love it.

The atmosphere is a home town dive bar no food just great beer and booze. You can however order food from a couple places and they will deliver straight to the bar.

Quality of brew is awesome. Always changing handles and cask. Great selection of bottles on hand and ready to go if you'd like.

Service is awesome. They know what they are talking about and are just plain good people. I love just sitting there and shooting the shit with the staff.

They also have the Bob's world tour that you can sign up for. (572 characters)

Photo of LabBrewer
4.88/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Bob's Bar is one of the more unusual beer bars I've been to, but has been the best beer bar I've visited in Columbus so far by a pretty decent margin as well. If you are looking to have a beer in the Columbus area, this is the place I would tell you to go to.

The beer selection is really nice. Probably around 20 things on tap, a good mix of local and east coast beers, some west coast stuff and a few good imports. Things that I have had recently there on tap are Fathead IPA, Troeggs barleywine, Rodenbach Grand Cru, just to give you a taste of the kinds of things they have on tap. They also have a great bottle list. Last time I was in with the Mrs. we had a 2011 Pannepot and that was a fantastic beer. And the beer prices are really reasonable. I think everything on tap is in the $4-5 range.

I like the atmosphere of the place, even if it is non-standard for a beer bar with a great selection. It definitely has the feel of the neighborhood "old man" bar, seems to be a place that a lot of locals stop by on their way home from work, but it is a very welcoming place and everyone gets along. I'd say half the people are drinking craft beer and the other half are drinking BMC, but usually these two groups are intermingling so there isn't a Jets vs. Sharks vibe with craft and non-craft drinkers in the place.

Give it a visit, you won't be disappointed. (1,364 characters)

Photo of Shmantha
5/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Bob's is truely Columbus's gem for beer lovers young and old. Their selection is outstanding and their service is stellar. Pool tables, dart boards and TVs OH MY!
They also offer a World Tour of their bottles which is very educational for new beginners and always changing with the seasons. The bartenders will quickly win your heart and the regulars will keep you coming back.
I highly recommend the bar which is know for being the 'Cultural Hub of the Mid-West'. You will not be disappointed.
Cheers! (503 characters)

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Bob's Bar in Columbus, OH
95 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.