The Whiskey Light, over the Round House Bar entrance,
is one of the most symbolic treasures of Put-in-Bay. When the Whiskey light is lit, local islanders, visitors, and boaters know that ‘the Roundhouse is officially open’ and the season has officially begun. This tradition dates for several decades and is one of the most anticipated weekends of the year. With over 145 years of rich history, the Round House Bar has become a Put-in-Bay Ohio landmark. Originally built with hospitality in mind, the round building a local and tourist favorite.. The actual lighting of the Whiskey sign starts at 2 pm, and local bands and musicians entertain the crowd throughout the day. Visit our entertainment page for additional details and to find out who is playing. Put-in-Bay Hotels offer discounted rates by calling 888-742-7829
The Round House Bar History
Constructed 1873, The Columbia Restaurant opened in downtown Put-in-Bay. They were known for their vast selection of beer, wine, and ice-cold treats, such as ice cream and cottage cheese. Around 15 years later, they renamed the Round House Bar. The Greunke family purchased the Round House for $11,000 in 1944.