Bob's Bar... The Cultural Hub of the Midwest

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Bob's Bar High St. Columbus - The Cultural Hub of the MidwestI have a listing right near Bob's Bar the self proclaimed 'Cultural Hub of the Midwest ' but I never thought I would actually go into Bob's Bar....  for so many reasons.  I was surprised when a co-worker sent the whole office an email on Friday morning saying "be there or be square"  about Bob's Bar.

The "be there or be square" was about meeting at the north Columbus bar for happy hour.

I have a picture of the Bob's Bar sign in a previous post about my listing at 301 Girard Rd. Columbus OH 43214.  Bob's Bar is walking distance to that home. An easy walk.

Why I never thought I would ever actually go to Bob's Bar?  Why I never thought I would actually set foot in  Bob's Bar...  "The Cultural Hub of the Midwest"

  1. I don't go to "bars" 
  2. I am not a beer drinker.
  3. A series of funny YELP reviews. The YELP reviews made me expect a dirty place with snotty, immature clientele and bad service. 

Here's just a snippet of one of the funniest YELP reviews of a Columbus business...  Melanie a 20 Something who has reviewed Bob's Bar three times on Yelp wrote:

"Every thirty-something on the north side whose biological clock is about to explode and / or who is recently divorced or cheating seems to hang out here.  I have only encountered skeezy people at this bar and all of them have bad taste in music. "

That is just a small piece of one of Melanie's funny reviews of Bob's Bar.  I wish I would have reread it before I went I could have looked for "skeezy people", I would have listened for those clocks ticking...  I worried I would feel very, very old at Bob's Bar...

Bob's Bar is at 4961 N. High St. Columbus Ohio 43214.  It is just south of Graceland, north of Morse Road.

I was pleasantly surprised by Bob's Bar.  Only five of us showed up.  The rest of the Real Living HER Worthington office are squares? To be fair it  was the second "Happy Hour" with the office we were invited to this week.  The first was in Powell...which while nice is certainly not The Cultural Hub of the Midwest.

Delawanda Park neighborhood the best of all worlds

Clintonville businesses don't judge a marquee by it's cover another funny YELP review of a N. High St. business... YELP calls it a "Clintonville business."

Edit May 2011 the link to the listing was going to Real Living's site... not my site on Real Living.  Not Real Living HER's site (local) but the brand's site.  Changes in late 2010 and early 2011 with Real Living websites... the old Real Living website the link would have gone to the Real Living Realtime  (Realtime?  Real Time ) Listing and showed that the property sold, when it sold. What it sold for.... you know transparency? Providing consumers information.  That was a feature we had long, long ago in Columbus... It was something that made Real Living HER so far ahead of other real estate companies.  It's gone links are forwarded to the national site.  



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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Expectations of a place can be misleading because conclusions drawn on not much. Glad you made the leap, posted about Bob's Bar. I've been there thru your eyes, words, images, reaction.

Aug 07, 2010 01:18 AM #1
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Funny how one person sees a place one way and somebody else a different age, personality, etc., will perceive it completely differently.

Aug 07, 2010 05:59 PM #2
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

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Aug 08, 2010 01:42 AM #3
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

I love wonderful surprises like this! Back in the day I played bars (and drank beer, still do on occasion). I have for several reasons not gone into places because I simply made a judgement based on an impression of what the place looked like only to find out when I did go in, it was delightful, fun, great service, and good food.

I got into a rather heated discussion one time with the president of an arts college I attended. I played clubs for a lot of years and and considered it an important part of my "artistic life and contribution"... He didn't think that way, "art does not happen in bars." I still laugh about that because it does... Fun post, thanks.

Aug 12, 2010 02:51 PM #4
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I love being pleasantly surprised by a place...much better than be disappointed.  I would visit Bob's Bar after reading your post!

Aug 13, 2010 11:33 AM #5
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Rene In other cities I've lived in I have been to some great bars... lots of places in Madison WI, Green Bay WI, Rockford IL, Akron OH... I wonder if I started being a tea totaler when I lived in Dayton OH? because although I lived there more recently I do not remember going to bars.  Older?  I used to love live jazz... and Green Bay and Akron I remember lots of fun places with great music. Rockford had a place called Jingles with song books and everyone would sing along.  Not something I'd want to do every night of the week but it was fun the few times I went. Before karaoke and everyone sang along. Even those like me who can not sing.  Madison I was in colllege and had so much fun I can't remember much of it.. drinking age was 18 and there were bars everywhere. 

Sharon    Bob's Bar was very clean and I am not a clean freak I enjoy a nice gritty restaurant... this seemed cleaner than a lot of my favorite restaurants.   We do not have smoking indoors anywhere in Ohio anymore...  legally or very few places anyway. Private clubs can allow smoking?  maybe?   I am not sure if I have really been in a bar since the smoking ban.  I have been in bars in restaurants....   more so now that bars are in the non smoking part now.  Every inch of a restaurant inside is non smoking.   

The outside area is different.  The patios are the smoking areas now.  Patios are very, very important now.  You can not see it in the photo here but Bob's Bar being in the middle of a "strip mall" has a unique smoking area out front.  My two friends who said "Be there or be square" are smokers and were sitting out front while I circled the joint trying to find a place to park.

Outside this whole strip mall is butt ugly IMHO, but that makes the Bob's Bar sign stand out.  I think of the parking lot of the whole strip mall as strewn with cigarette butts.  In a photo of the restaurant next door the ground is littered with cigarettes.

This "butt ugly"  strip mall is so funny because a very old, classy residential area is just south of this, Old Beechwold.  It is very lush and wooded with windy roads and it is right off High St,

Aug 14, 2010 02:45 AM #6
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