The Beer Barrel Saloon Particulars
From April to October, the Beer Barrel is known for hosting live entertainment and is open from 11 am – 1 am daily’ Their live music entertainment schedule begins on weekends in May and expands to daily shows June through mid-September. In the late fall, entertainers perform Friday thru Sunday.
Some of the best bands and musicians in the USA perform at the Beer Barrel. It’s not unusual to see Kenny Kid, Mustang Sally, Dan Stewart, Captain Sweet Shoes, and local artists like That Girl Allie and Bob Gatewood performing. On peak season days there can be as many as three different performers doing shows in a single day!
The outside patio is a perfect place to enjoy the island breezes, sunshine and watch the tourists pass by. A nice view of the Put-in-Bay waterfront, docks & marinas compliments the outside bar area. Food is served from the kitchen located in the back of the Beer Barrel Saloon featuring pizza, chicken wings, and other bar food favorites.
Next door Tipper’s Steak And Seafood Restaurant serves mouthwatering buffets all day long from prime rib to seafood on weekends in an all you care to eat format.
Beer Barrel Saloon Bar – The Worlds Longest!
If you stood the serpentine bar on its end at the Beer Barrel Saloon, it would tower over 50 feet higher than Perry’s Victory and International Peace Monument. It’s really that tall!
Measuring 405 feet, 10-inches, the bar is lined with 56 beer taps, 160 bar stools, 56 beer taps, and a capacity to seat over 1,200 people! On busy nights the bar is staffed by over 20 bartenders and two extra bars in the side and back of the building are opened to handle the massive crowd. Aside from the Beer Barrel Saloon being a popular spot it is also the largest bar at Put-in-Bay and all of Lake Erie.
History of the Beer Barrel Saloon
On the early afternoon of May 27, 1988, a devastating fire ripped through the prized Colonial Building. In less than 45 minutes, the historical Colonial building was reduced to ashes. It was said the smoke from the massive fire could be seen from over 50 miles away. The Colonial Building was home to many different types of businesses throughout her years including a skating rink, bowling alley, and dance hall.
The first two buildings to be constructed at this site also burned down prior to the Colonial event in the ’80s. The Put-in-Bay House burned to the ground in 1878 due to the lack of a fire station located on the island, was rebuilt, and then burned again in 1907.
Valentine Doller then built The Colonial House and it thrived for many years. The Lonz family, of the famed Lonz Winery on Middle Bass Island, purchased the building after the depression years, The stunning Victorian structure was managed and owned by a variety of Put-in-Bay entrepreneurs until that terrible day in 1988.
The Beer Barrel Saloon memorializes the many great memories of the Colonial in the wonderful atmosphere and energetic music that plays throughout the summers.