Bob's Bar

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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 -2.6%
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 -7.2%
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 -8.6%
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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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
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 Cynic-ale
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of jrallen34
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
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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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of WesMantooth
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
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 BeerMeBro720
3.75/5  rDev -13%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of dougnboston
3.68/5  rDev -14.6%
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 nrbw23
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
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 -13.2%
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 -5.3%
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 ScottJWing
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Fezfreak
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
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 -28.5%
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 -0.7%
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 +13.2%
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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5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Driver8rws
3.72/5  rDev -13.7%
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...

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Photo of remy28
5/5  rDev +16%

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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