Bob's Bar


49 Ratings
Bob's BarBob's Bar

Type: Bar

4961 N High St
Columbus, Ohio, 43214-1523
United States

(614) 888-9073 | map

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This is my favorite bar in Columbus to get good beer. There is always something different.

They sell bombers but for me when Im going to Bob's I want to try 2 or 3 different beers.

The beer selection is the best in town. They have all the common Unibroue, Hoppin Frog, DFH and lots of other beers that you would never expect to see in a bar.

The atmosphere is nice and calm. Lots of folks that look like this is their local watering hole. Not crowed. There are a few booths to sit and enjoy some good beer. Free darts and a coin operated pool table or two.

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Photo of mwa423
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

My girlfriend's main haunt while she lived in Columbus, and thus far my favorite beer bar to come back to in Columbus. The selection is great, 30+ on tap at all times, almost all craft plus the Bob's Bar World Tour which is a huge list of beers to try. Their taps even include some rarer things like the vertical epics, and seasonals from GLBC and lots of others.

The bartenders are knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. They might not be complete beer geeks, but they know enough to be conversational. They also do a good job of helping customers quickly even when they are busy.

The atmosphere is very stereotypical for a bar. Loud music, pool tables, dart boards, and lots of alcohol. It's not a big bar but it uses the space it does have well.

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Photo of Fezfreak
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Visited the The Cultural Hub of the Midwest yesterday. I'm guessing it was my third or fourth time in. The setting has a lot of character. It's the missing puzzle-piece that all those excessively sprawling, modern neighborhoods will never have.

Bob's Bar doesn't pretend to be anything other than what it is: a nice clean, neighborhood bar that cares about serving world-class beers. It is smallish but adequate. Service is good and they don't slack.

Lots of regulars in there. All seemed dry and in need of a whistle-wetting. I am envious of those who live within walking distance.

No food available, however, as you probably know by now, Bob's has a BYOF (bring your own food) policy. That's a welcome feature for a bar that has none of its own grub.

The draft beer selection is one of the best, most carefully thought-out in Central Ohio, at 30 handles. Aside from the mainstays, these are rotated with regularity to keep it interesting and fresh. Oh, and one of them dispenses that lovely C-Bus IPA nectar!

Overall, Bob's does way more than "just fine" for their size and their location. They are part of the neighborhood fabric.

STRONGLY recommended!

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Photo of OSUBeerStudent
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

It is the cultural hub of the midwest. Despite the outrageous lie on all of the logos, Bob's is a good place to go for someone looking for a relaxed bar.

There are about 30 beers on tap typically. Many of them are around for long periods of time (Flying Dog, Stone, Dogfish, locals like Elevator, CBC, etc) but there are decent rotations on the taps. The bottle selection is impressive. There's a world beer tour with two stages totaling 132 beers (all bottles) plus many other seasonals and such at all times. Most recent visit had the normal bottles like DFH 90 Minute and some Rogues, plus rarer ones like Peche Mortel and Barrel-Aged BORIS, and I've even had Kentucky Breakfast here in bottles - yes, you read that right.

The bartenders are all at least knowledgeable, and the manager, Jim, is stellar. Unlike a lot of places, though, the focus is on being a bar. There are a good number of nice TVs for the small bar, all tuned to various sports, plus a couple dart boards and pool tables. Even the liquor selection is decent, especially on the whiskey side.

Bottom line, Bob's is great if you're looking for good beer. It is a dive, but it's a good dive.

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Photo of Knecht
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

In the interest of full disclosure, I am a regular here. That said, if you're an avid beer-drinker in Columbus, this is undoubtedly the place to be.

There are about 30-35 different draft beers offered, including one on cask (all craft/micros), which tend to be rotated often (for example, I had HopSlam on tap one week, Flying Dog's Double Dog Double Pale Ale and Ruination the next week, and then Green Flash's Double Stout on tap the week after that), and about 200 beers by the bottle. If you pick the wrong night, the atmosphere isn't always a winner... if you come in on a Friday or Saturday night, it will seem like everyone in there is drinking a Miller Light. But come in during the week, and the place is everything you would hope it to be: your fellow patrons will be knowledgeable, drinking fantastic beer, and probably trying to complete their "world tour of beer" cards to earn their personalized mugs. The bartenders (with the possible exception of the owner, ironically) all know their beer inside-and-out, and can make excellent recommendations. Nate, Flo and Paul in particular are all top-notch bartenders. Service isn't always light-speed, but if you're polite, courteous, and relatively patient with the bartenders, they will eventually return the favor in spades. The bar also features a couple dart boards and pool tables.

I spend significant portions of the year in both Columbus and St. Louis, and this bar is by-far-and-away my favorite in either city, and the only place I feel confident they'll have at least one great beer I haven't tried yet. I highly recommend going at least once, and I would thoroughly recommend going during the week in order to avoid the Friday-Saturday night crowd.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Finally made it to the "Cultural Hub of the Midwest" recently. The bar is located on Rte 23 just a couple miles south of the north end of I-270. There is a small lot in front and some street parking nearby, but I imagine finding spots can be tricky at busy times.

After passing their small patio to the interior, you can see a long space with the bar along the left with some table seating across from it. Past that are dart boards and pool tables. The bar offers a good view of the coolers full of bottled beer, as well as the current draught selection.

The bottle selection is impressive, with local/regional favorites from Elevator, CBC, Great Lakes, Hoppin' Frog, Bell's, etc. Also some national beers like Stone, Green Flash and Rogue are represented, as are imports. The tap beers are maybe not as varied but still some solid offerings.

Service on a weekday evening was good, and the bartender was knowledgeable about all the beers that were ordered. This place definitely gets a service industry crowd later in the evenings, and the interactions between the staff and customers reflect it. We were well taken care of the whole evening.

I did not have any food on this visit, and frankly I am not sure if they have food or if you can order it in from elsewhere.

Overall this bar is definitely going to get worked into my rotation and is a highly recommended stop for anyone near the north end of the city.

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Photo of jmacdaddy2008
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I went Friday to Bob's for there Stone extravaganza.

They were packed but I got my beer fairly quick. I enjoy this place more when I don't have to fight for a seat but it was worth drinking some Stone's smoked porter on draft...mmm

They have a great selection of micros but I tend to shy away from bottles at the bar because of the price. I would like to see more tap selection. They carry Great Lakes, Stone and Dogfish Head but nothing that jumps out at me.

I will continue to go back because of the good atmosphere and decent prices on the tap. It's good to support the cultural hub of the Midwest.

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Photo of Ahhdball
3.74/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I was very surprised to see this here, I used to live right down the street from this place and it only took me once to decide I'd never go in again. Turns out the BA forced a new interest on me so I decided to meet a few friends for a couple cold ones.
Bob's is located 2 lights north of Morse and High in an old Big Bear (RIP) shopping center. It's easy to see but not very inviting but you have to give it a chance this time around. Small, 8 car parking lot but another is located adjacent within walking distance. The place is dimly lit with a concrete floor, two pool tables, a few video and dart games, and a bar that extends about half the building area (approx. 24 feet). 8 taps adorn the bar and 4 were macros. Two others were: Great Lakes Moondog, and Bell's Oberon, the rest I can't recall. (CRAP!) The bottled brews went from 3 different Chimay's to some Avery's, more GLBC, some Dirty Dick's and few doxen more. I didn't count but it appears they have close to 100 or maybe more selections. The selection has changed but its patrons haven't. Good mix of college kids, "older barflies", and "good ol' boys". The staff that I talked to were very friendly and knowledgeable. Prices are very competitive ($3.00 draft micros).I had a good time and will definitely stop in again when I'm in the area. Remember it's just an average drinking hole with a great selection of beers.

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Bob's Bar in Columbus, OH
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