Bob's Bar

BA SCORE
92
outstanding

49 Ratings
Bob's BarBob's Bar
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar

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

(614) 888-9073 | map
bobsbar.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
92
Ratings:
49
Reviews:
33
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
9.52%
 
 
Taps:
36
Bottles/Cans:
240
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Ratings: 49 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of Shmantha
5/5  rDev +19%
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!

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Photo of mlgraef
5/5  rDev +19%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I've been drinking here for about 8 years, they've seen the best of me and the worst of me and never judged me once for it. This is that bar you bring every good friend who comes to town to, meet your pals after work or stay out all night at. Cozy little unassuming joint in the northern part of the city that have bartenders who can recommend you the perfect beer from the hundreds of choices. They generally have something on cask, always a featured bottle list and over 30 draft choices. I haven't met a person yet who didn't like this joint.

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5/5  rDev +19%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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Photo of remy28
5/5  rDev +19%

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.

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Photo of Texas0718
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of polio
5/5  rDev +19%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I LOVE BOB'S BAR!
i basically live here.
this bar has a very friendly staff (as long as you dont act like and idiot and an ass) and a very friendly environment.
the have a huge selection of bottled beers and beers on draft.
they have something called the "Bob's Bar World Tour" where you can try a ton of beers from around the world and get a shirt and a mug. im about an 8th of the way done with the tour and so far it has been an awesome experience trying new beers and learning about how people drink around the world.

go to bobs

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Photo of LabBrewer
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of brandie
4.86/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Hope it's ok to post my review from Yelp on here too. :)

I've been thinking about my review of Bob's for a while. To be honest, I doubt if this is an unbiased review, because Bob's is my favorite bar in the entire world. But in the interest of trying to be fair, let's get the bad stuff out of the way first.

The parking situation sucks. Bob's is located in a strip mall. They only have 4-5 spots in their portion of the lot out front, and the other half of the strip mall's lot has lots of signs making it clear that bar patrons shouldn't park there. Parking on the side street next to the bar is discouraged since the residents need to park there too. If it's a busy Saturday night, your best bet might be parking at the south end of the Graceland parking lot and walking over.

Like all bars, Bob's gets crowded on the weekends. It's a pretty narrow space, so you can expect some jostling as you're waiting for your beer or heading to the restrooms in the back. You have to do the whole negotiation with the people playing pool and darts on your restroom journey too.

For me, these minor drawbacks are worth it. I think the only places that rivals the beer selection in town are Bodega and Winking Lizard. Those are both great establishments, but Bob's is what feels like home to me. I usually go during happy hour, and I see the same folks there day in and day out.

I feel like I have friends when I go in there, not just with the patrons but with the employees. Since I'm a happy hour girl, I usually end up hanging out with Flo or Nate. You could tell them I said hi, but they'd just say "yeah, whatever." And that's what I love about this place. They're not trying to kiss your ass, so you know that if they treat you well, they really mean it. I guess there's something rewarding in knowing that these guys are talking to me because they *like* me, not just because they're trying to get a bigger tip. It's also nice that you'll often see the off-duty bartenders hanging out on their days off - another testament that it's actually fun to be there.

What else? Oh yeah - the tour. Like Winking Lizard and lots of other places, Bob's has a World Tour. You pay $10 to start it and get a card listing 88 beers. When you finish that, you get a t-shirt and move on to the second part. The addendum has 44 more beers. If you finish that, you get your very own mug. The mug is awesome. iYou can get it engraved with whatever you want (mine says ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED). It holds 23 ounces of beer, but the cost to fill it is the same as a pint. This means you're getting 7 free ounces of beer each time. (Please ignore the fact that it's not REALLY free since I paid for all those beers that I didn't want just to finish the tour.)

The tour is especially great for folks who are just getting into craft beer and want to get a good sampling of different styles. Since I was already a pro, there weren't a lot of styles on there that I hadn't already tried, but I suppose it got me more well-rounded in my knowledge.

Anyway - at the end of the day, I love Bob's. I really really do. If you want your bartender to be fakely nice to you, if you are incapable of sometimes waiting 5-10 minutes for a beer, or if you're wanting elaborate cocktails, this isn't the bar for you. But since that's not what I'm after, I kinda want to move in here.

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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 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 EvanMaldonado
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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

This is one of my favorite bars in the city, and it's a bar in the truest sense of the word. There is no pretentiousness just great beer at great prices. The service is great unless you're a prick, and there is a jukebox, darts, and pool tables to keep you occupied. However, the biggest reason I go to Bob's is for the tremendous draft selection. They have over 20 drafts (Flying Dog, Two Brothers, Heavy Seas) of great and interesting beers to try. Check it out if you're a beer lover in the area, you won't be disappointed.

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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 nrbw23
4.58/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Holy hole in the wall! This is a Columbus destination must and can best be described as the non-beer-bar beer bar. From the outside looks totally generic, hilarious sign. Walk in and looks like a complete local place. Sit down at the bar and greeted by some very friendly bar tenders who are not only knowledgable but have good suggestions. A really nice draft list of about 20 beers, local beers and very varied. A big bottle list of regulars and an even better list of seasonal bottles. Got to play some naked photo hunt as well.

I call it a non beer bar because half the people there are just locals drinking miller lite and crushing shots. However, top to bottom the beers stand with most top places. Not as many bottles as Bodega but no d-bag hipsters either so its a trade off win.

Go to this place when in Columbus.

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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 BaronRVH
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Best selection of beers in Columbus between bottled and drafts. They have closer to 200 beers by the bottle. Very reasonably priced, especially for happy hour. Bodega has a better happy hour but you have to like the sardine feeling with pretty poor service. Bob's always has some elbow room and the service is quick. No food available but a great, relaxed atmosphere. Eclectic crowd from Doctors and lawyers to recent parolees! Pool table, steel-tipped darts, and on-line juke box. Smoking patio includes heater and TV for watching sporting events and they'll give you the remote control if you want to sit outside while you imbibe!!!

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Photo of Inju
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of hobbit328
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of pBRale
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Bob's bar is a little hole-in-the-wall bar off High Street in Columbus, but it is a great place to find quality craft brews. While there I got my hands on some Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Bell's batch 10,000, Dogfish head hellbound IPA, Chimay White, and a couple other beers I didn't remember.

The selection is great, the service is okay (it was packed on a friday night), but the bartenders know their beer.

Atmosphere was okay, not the best for tasting/critically analyzing a beer, but great for enjoying a good beer. Several flat screen TV's at the bar, and a great area with several dart boards. A good place to have great beer and some entertainment.

Prices are decent, not getting any steals, but they don't gouge you either. A good place to get some quality beer.

Also, I stopped in on a Thursday afternoon when it was dead, and I was able to sample a few beers to select the one(s) I wanted to buy. Really nice, but I don't know if this is a common practice or not... Only one way to find out!

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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 WesMantooth
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Photo of movingtrain
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I just visited Bob's Bar again recently, and wanted to review this unique place in the middle of Ohio.

Bob's is located in Clintonville, a small town just North of the downtown area. From the outside, one would not expect such a vibrant taplist and unique atmosphere.

Claimed as being the "Cultural Hub of the Midwest," Bob's features an outstanding, everchanging taplist. I have been visiting this place since 2005 (walking distance from a great friend of mine who lives a few paces away). Each time I visit Bob's they have something new on tap...and it's always good.

They have the usuals, Bud, Miller, etc. But, Bob's goes beyond this. Their taplist is massive, including everything from Dogfish Head to Sierra Nevada to Stone to Columbus Brewing, you are certain to find something excellent running through the lines.

On this particular visit, I started off with a Founder's Red's Rye. After finishing my glass on the intimate front patio, I ventured next door with my friends to the Pita Hut (which Bob's allows you to bring in if you so choose).

Later in the evening I indulged in Sierra Nevada's 30th Anniversary Black Barleywine (exquisite), played some darts, and stepped out again to the front patio to meet some new, interesting folks from the area.

The bartenders here are friendly, and definitely remember the locals. Everything is served in chilled pint glasses, and most beers are served at reasonable prices.

If you are in the area, even visiting Columbus for a game or another event, do yourself a favor and swing up North to check this place out...it is pretty remarkable.

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Bob's Bar in Columbus, OH
4.2 out of 5 based on 49 ratings.
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