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Whiskey Light

April 23, 2023

Photo Of The Whiskey Light At The Roundhouse Bar

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 146 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 is a local and tourist favorite. The actual lighting of the Whiskey sign starts at 2 pm. 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 Whiskey Light History

Constructed in 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.

The Greunke family purchased the Round House for $11,000 in 1944. The Greunke’s had the circular bar built by the Cincinnati Brewing Company. With that said, Mrs. Greunke was truly a talented musician and played her piano to entertain the bar-goers “in the round.” The stage was moved to its present location because the first space required Mrs. Greunke to play with her back to the crowd.

Additionally, the Greunke’s were responsible for the acoustic canopy inside the cupola that remains to this day. In the 1950s, the McCann family purchased and currently owns the Round House and is responsible for the iconic RED Exterior. Except for the floor and front porch, most of the original building and plaster walls remain as they are today. For many years the Round House Bar has been one of the most visited establishments at Put-in-Bay.

Accommodations Near the Whiskey Lighting at the Round House Bar

The Edgewater Hotel is the closest modern hotel to the Roundhouse Bar just 40 yards away on Delaware Avenue. They offer suites that sleep 6 adults and rooms that accommodate 4. It’s also home to Lesters Taco Shop, a popular late-night food joint. Put-in-Bay Resort is just one block away, and for Put-in-Bay Home Rentals, the island’s most popular group lodging, the Put-in-Bay Villas are a block away!

Their modern 4 & 5-bedroom rental homes are the only ones within walking distance from the strip, with a swim-up bar and the most modern luxury rentals on the island.

Join us for the most anticipated Put-in-Bay Ohio celebration of the season! Check out additional hotels and rental home options on our Put-In-Bay Lodging resource page. See you at the Whiskey Light Celebration!


April 23, 2023


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