Bob's Bar


33 Reviews
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 DoubleSimcoe
4.2/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

WOW! Thanks fellow BA's for reviewing this place- I LOVE it!

I already knew Columbus has some really good beer choices- Bodega, Mellow Mushroom, Gallo's Tap Room, the breweries... this is another great addition. Almost 30 taps! Dogfish Sah'tea, Thirsty Dog Siberian Night, Southern Tier Pumpkin, Bear Republic Racer X, Stone Ruination, Founders Nemesis Black Barleywine, Sierra 30th Anniversary Jack and Ken's Barleywine... nice!

Service is prompt and efficient, no beautiful bartenders here, just two dudes who know their beers.

I love the atmosphere! An old-fashioned bar with dim lights, rock music out of a jukebox, working-class types (and students from OSU) and just a good vibe going on. Refreshingly simple!

No food, alas, but you can go to the gyro place next door, get some yummies and bring them to the bar.

Now for the price- WOW and WOW!!! Pints range from $4.25 to $5.75. A full pint of Siberian Night is $4.25, and a full pint of Ruination is $5.75. Compare to the "premium" beer places like Bodega or Mellow Mushroom where these beers cost six or seven bucks and you got a deal of a bar!

Also, Happy Hour runs until eight, yeah! Great deals here. One thing I do not like is that they serve their beers in chilled, almost frosted glasses. That's a little too cold!

I love the pool tables on the back and the jukebox with nice selections.

All in all, the self-billed "Cultural Hub of the Midwest" delivers. Probably my new fav bar in Columbus!!! Cheers!

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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 TurdFurgison
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Surprisingly close to my place, surprising in that I've never stopped here before now. This is a classic bar in the old school USA sense, long central bar with tons of tall chairs along it, some tables against another wall, and a few pool tables in back. Juke box too, although it looks pretty new.

One strong point is that they have a cask! While I was there they served CBC Dry Hopped Bothi (great DIPA, especially on cask). Another strong point is the plethura of standard taps, strong focus on midwest beers like CBC, Founders, Bells, etc. Reasonable pricing too, something like $5-6 per pour.

The clientelle is more blue color that usual for a high quality beer bar, which I actually like. Nothing blows like hanging with the crowd at Bodega, I hope hipsters move on to other drink styles soon.

I will be back, this was a very nice find in northwest Columbus.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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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 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 dougnboston
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of Spider889
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

One of the better local hangouts if your priority is beer. They have one of the best draft selections in the city, though the bottle offerings are lacking usually.

Don't bother with the website, it is nothing more than a guideline as to what type of beer they offer, it is never updated with the current selection.

The bar is old, dingy, and not very welcoming or clean. It is a place patronized mostly by locals. This is a split between after-work yuppies and biker gangs it seems like.

Service is serviceable, but not quick, attentive, or very knowledgeable.

Go for the selection, but don't expect a nice environment or exceptional service.

No food. Parking is a pain as their lot only fits a half dozen cars or less.

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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 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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Photo of jp32
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

This place has a dark, dirty, dive-bar feel. One that doesn't bother me the least bit. About 20 or so beers on tap... some are great, quite a few others are mediocre. You won't see very many (if any) domestic macro's taking up space on these 20, so that's a plus for this place.

We each ordered 2 beers and I bought another bottle to take home. The place was relatively busy, but at some point during our stay I did a head count... 28 guys and 2 girls. It's a very "dude-heavy" bar, don't plan on seeing a girl here.

Bartender was friendly, knowledgeable, and quick.

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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 j_hollings13
3.08/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

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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 is pretty remarkable.

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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 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 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 ne0m00re
3.34/5  rDev -20.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5

Bob's Bar looks--from the outside--like your typical local dive in Beechwold in Northern Columbus. From the appearance of the building and the name, you'd expect there to be a few old guys slouched over their stools... but the place was actually pretty hopping when we arrived there around midnight.

The bar was filled with a middle-aged crowd with a blue-collar mentality. I winced as one man next to me ordered a bottle of La Fin Du Monde and rejected the glass offered with it (the proper Belgian tulip displayed on the damn bottle). Another fellow was drinking straight from a bomber... The scene wasn't that great, although the bar was busy.

There was a decent selection of taps, totalling a couple dozen, with some peculiars on-tap including Delerium Tremens and Chimay Red. The selection of bottles and taps combined was almost at par with a decent beer store. I remember specifically that they had Hoppin' Frog's barrel-aged B.O.R.I.S. in bottles, which is released in an extremely limited quantity. Other taps of notoriety include Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald and Conway's, Left Hand Milk Stout, New Holland's Dragon's Milk, Two Brothers' Cane and Ebel, Dogfish Head 60 Min, Magic Hat 9, Dark Horse Dopplebock, Elevator's Dopplebock, and Barley's Scottish Ale.

They served their non-Belgian beers in chilled (not frosted) glasses, and so I docked some points from their service section. The bartenders were nice; it was just a little surprising considering the quality of some of their taps.

I'd recommend this bar only for the selection; maybe this place just isn't my scene...

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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 ChrisPro
4.03/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

A - this is what I want in a beer bar. Homey but not dirty. Dart boards, pool and a great beer list.

Q - solid place that doesn't feel lik a dump and not exactly trendy.

Ser - this was mixed. First bartender sort of ignored me for a but while talking to another patron, but I think he had a reason. Other bartender was friendly, knowledgeable and speedy.

Sel - fantastic! Best I've seen in Columbus. Great taplist and a solid bottle list for any bar.

V - tough to judge coming from pricey Philly but two pints of CBC were $4.5 each which is simply amazing.

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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 smithm1970
4.2/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

A - Bobs is an unpretentious place. Great beer in an atmosphere that won't make you feel people are beer snobs.

Q - Has the feel of a college bar, but a superior selection of beers is always available.

Service- Bob's is usually good service, but it gets busy and sometimes the layout of the place makes its difficult to get to the bar and order readily.

Selection - One of the best selections in is always fresh.

Value- very good value for the offerings available.

I truly think Bob's is definitely a great place to enjoy some great beers.

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Photo of CapitalGains
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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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 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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4.2 out of 5 based on 49 ratings.
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