Home of the longest bar in the world, the Beer Barrel Saloon is a lively venue with excellent live music in downtown Put-in-Bay. Located right on Delaware Avenue, this spacious venues is home to some of the best live acts on the island.
The Beer Barrel Saloon Details
Hosting live entertainment from April to October, the Beer Barrel is open from 11 am – 1 am everyday. Live music begins in May on the weekends and expands to daily events June through August. The calendar is then paired back once fall rolls around.
The best musicians and bands in the region play at the Beer Barrel. This includes Dan Stewart, Captain Sweet Shoes, Kenny Kidd, and Mustang Sally, just to name a few. There is also an outside patio, a perfect place to enjoy those island breezes.
Next door Tipper’s serves mouthwatering buffets all day long from prime ribs to seafood.
If you stood a bar on end at the Beer Barrel, it would stand over 50 feet taller than Perry’s Victory and International Peace Monument. That’s how tall it is!
This 405 foot, 10 inch bar includes 160 bar stools, 56 beer taps and a seating capacity of 1,200. On a busy night the bar employs over 20 bartenders and opens two extra bars in the back and side of the building. Needless to say, this is a popular spot.
The Beer Barrel Saloon History
On the early afternoon of May 27, 1988, a devastating fire ripped through the prized Colonial Building. Within 45 minutes, this historic building was reduced to mere rubble. The Colonial Housed many different businesses throughout the years including a dance hall and skating rink.
Tragically enough, the first two buildings located at this site burned down prior to the event in the 80’s. The Put-in-Bay House burned in 1878 primarily due to the lack of a fire station on the island and then again in 1907.
The Colonial House was then built by Valentine Doller and survived for many years. After the depression the Lonz family, of the Lonz Winery on Middle Bass Island purchased the building. This striking building was owned and managed by a variety of Put-in-Bay luminaries until that fateful day in 1988.
A great loss to the region, the Beer Barrel Saloon looks to memorialize all the great memories of the Colonial in the wonderful atmosphere and joyful music that plays throughout the summers.
The Beer Barrel Neighbors
The Jet Express Ferry is one of the most popular ways to travel to the island. It conveniently lets travelers off right in downtown Put-in-Bay, which means the Beer Barrel is only a short walk away.
Grab a bite before heading to a night of live music at one of the many fine restaurants close by. Hooligans serves up delicious Irish pub fare. Pasquale’s makes amazing pizzas and sandwiches (their breakfast is pretty amazing too). The Put-in-Bay Brewery and Distillery makes some mighty fine craft beer along with an extensive and delicious menu.
There is no end to summertime fun on Put-in-Bay. And the Beer Barrel Saloon is certainly a testament to the summertime spirit on the island.