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Taps: 36 / Bottles: 240
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar ]
4961 N High St
phone: (614) 888-9073
(Place added by: Dogbrick)
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| Reviews: 28
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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...
02-22-2010 02:54:43 |
More by ne0m00re
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
One of the better local hangouts if your priority is beer. They have one of the best draft selections in the city, though the bottle offerings are lacking usually.
Don't bother with the website, it is nothing more than a guideline as to what type of beer they offer, it is never updated with the current selection.
The bar is old, dingy, and not very welcoming or clean. It is a place patronized mostly by locals. This is a split between after-work yuppies and biker gangs it seems like.
Service is serviceable, but not quick, attentive, or very knowledgeable.
Go for the selection, but don't expect a nice environment or exceptional service.
No food. Parking is a pain as their lot only fits a half dozen cars or less.
09-08-2011 10:07:02 |
More by Spider889
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
04-09-2013 11:58:55 |
More by dougnboston
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.
09-18-2004 17:24:36 |
More by Ahhdball
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
I went Friday to Bob's for there Stone extravaganza.
They were packed but I got my beer fairly quick. I enjoy this place more when I don't have to fight for a seat but it was worth drinking some Stone's smoked porter on draft...mmm
They have a great selection of micros but I tend to shy away from bottles at the bar because of the price. I would like to see more tap selection. They carry Great Lakes, Stone and Dogfish Head but nothing that jumps out at me.
I will continue to go back because of the good atmosphere and decent prices on the tap. It's good to support the cultural hub of the Midwest.
04-15-2008 13:06:01 |
More by jmacdaddy2008
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
05-18-2011 20:08:01 |
More by TurdFurgison
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.
08-31-2008 23:23:28 |
More by Dogbrick
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.
05-21-2011 03:34:28 |
More by ChrisPro
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!
09-14-2010 02:59:03 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
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 Columbus..beer 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.
06-01-2011 03:31:14 |
More by smithm1970
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