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B.O.B.'s House Of Brews

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32 Ratings
Ratings: 32
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 22.98%
Active Beers: 11
Beer Ratings: 33
Beer Avg: 3.29
Taps: 10
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

20 Monroe Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49503
United States
phone: (616) 356-2000

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Reviews by ElizabethCraig:
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3.1/5  rDev -3.7%

We hit B.O.B. post 11pm when food service was done and the party was in full swing.

Now, I'm going to confess: I'd had a very long night before I got there. A. Very. Long. Night.

But my palate I think was at least 50% intact.

The building is gorgeous! The service was very good and the patrons were all having a good time. The music was good, and loud - which is crucial for a club-bar like this. The peoplewatching was pretty interesting.

The beer I found average. I had something that I was told was a Rye but I could not find on their website.

It wasn't bad! But it wasn't exceptional!

I'll have to go again in the daytime so I can really sit and have a conversation with one of their beers. When I do, I will definitely revise this review.

ElizabethCraig, Jul 08, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

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lemieuski, Jul 11, 2014
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3.66/5  rDev +13.7%

At the recent NHC in Grand Rapids, three of us headed across the street to have lunch at The Bob. An acronym for Big Old Building, this is a large 1903 grocery warehouse turned into a strange collection of venues. A small brewery lurks in the basement, Bobarino's pizza place is upstairs, a comedy club, dueling pianos, a steak house, and more! The brewery was closed (they should have opened up for NHC!) so we went to Bobarino's instead. We shared a sampler of their beers and those were all across the board: a nasty diacetyl IPA, but Crimson King Amber and Spaceboy Stout were both decent. The food was also decent but not special.

Jackofallbrews, Jul 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

midlifec, Jul 05, 2014
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3.26/5  rDev +1.2%

Another stop in during NHC and just a few blocks away from the convention center, B.O.B.'s House of Brews is in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids on the second floor of a 5? story building.

The bar was mostly empty except for a few handful of folks at the bar so I pulled up a seat. The waitress, while cute, was one of those that feels obligated to call every person of the opposite sex, hun, babes, darlin', <fill in the blank> which got old quick but I ordered the IPA per her recommendation out of the 7 beers on tap from the brewery. Nothing really that out of the ordinary, pretty typical line-up. (IPA, stout, brown ale, amber, blonde ale, etc). The IPA was fresh and had a nice hop flavor to it but nothing ground breaking.The interior was kind of generic, pool table, beer signs, it reminded me of a college-y spot. The sandwhich I ordered however was very tasty, pork belly.

In all I'd say if you're in GR for a decent amount of time check it out, but if your time is limited, there are so many other great places in the area - Don't bother.

guityler83, Jun 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

BcOneSeven, Jun 11, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

beertasterb, May 19, 2014
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1/5  rDev -68.9%

Fcolle2, Mar 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +39.8%

GRFounder, Mar 25, 2014
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3.05/5  rDev -5.3%

Wasn't too impressed with this place. Seems more like a typical bar/night club trying to jump on the craft beer bandwagon. Their beer is decent/good, however not nearly as good as other breweries within walking distance. The majority of the patrons seemed more interested in Miller lite or Bud Light.

scm3, Mar 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

Mxsluis, Mar 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

leprechaunandfatman, Mar 14, 2014
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1/5  rDev -68.9%

David_G, Mar 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

Danielr26, Nov 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

Rons35, Nov 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Zaphog, Nov 12, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

BreakfastStout, Oct 15, 2013
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3.35/5  rDev +4%

A: The place has a pretty fun and exciting atmosphere if you go there on the weekends; good for a kind of classier college/tourist bar feel. Not my favorite place but overall quite fun.

Q: Decent quality, everything (ie food and beer) is decent but not great.

S: The service is my least favorite part of the place; the servers seem bored and disinterested, and they have little to no knowledge of beer.

S: Selection is okay, they have the bob brews and a couple others on tap as well as a decent food menu.

F: For a GR downtown place they are okay, but not nearly as good as some other places you could go to get a meal and a beer.

Overall an okay place, but the beer isn't that good and I'd rather just go to Hopcat.

jt31914, Feb 08, 2010
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3.4/5  rDev +5.6%

Situated in a "big old building"-hence the name, in downtown GR the BOB is in the middle of the action by the Van Andel Arena and some other hip local bars. Atmosphere is kind of cool-there are 3 or 4 restaurants in the building and all are open to the hallways and extrerior spaces. Looks like it could get a bit stuffy and yuppified, though when I was there a city wide art show was going on and there was an infinite variety of people coming thru.

Service was ok at the bar-pleasant enough but basically just doing their jobs. A decent selection of 8 styles of beer. The Oktoberfest had a sort of "twang" going on I could not place. I also had the IPA which was good and we got a growler of Porter which we were told was more of a brown ale. It was good, needed a bit of roastedness for me though it was quite malty and good as well.

We had some happy hour food specials-sliders, fries and mini pizza. Pretty standard. Beers were only $2 then too. Our bill for happy hour was very resonable. Did not see the regular menu.

Nice place and different sort of atmosphere. Beers were pretty pedestian though good. Worth a stop if you are nearby, though I would hit Founders first!

lackenhauser, Oct 13, 2009
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B.O.B.'s House Of Brews in Grand Rapids, MI
78 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.