Taps: 36 / Bottles: 240
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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Ratings: 28 | Reviews: 28
4/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
08-31-2008 23:23:28 | More by Dogbrick
4.2/5 rDev -3.2%
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
3.94/5 rDev -9.2%
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.
05-18-2011 20:08:01 | More by TurdFurgison
4.5/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
09-26-2010 22:14:54 | More by jrallen34
4.6/5 rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
This is my favorite bar in Columbus to get good beer. There is always something different.
They sell bombers but for me when Im going to Bob's I want to try 2 or 3 different beers.
The beer selection is the best in town. They have all the common Unibroue, Hoppin Frog, DFH and lots of other beers that you would never expect to see in a bar.
The atmosphere is nice and calm. Lots of folks that look like this is their local watering hole. Not crowed. There are a few booths to sit and enjoy some good beer. Free darts and a coin operated pool table or two.
12-15-2009 08:01:36 | More by MbpBugeye
3.68/5 rDev -15.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4 | $$
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
4.58/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
08-02-2012 10:48:49 | More by nrbw23
3.74/5 rDev -13.8%
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
3.68/5 rDev -15.2%
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
4.3/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
08-26-2009 20:41:30 | More by Fezfreak
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Bob's Bar in Columbus, OH
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