Beer Barrel Saloon

Famously known as the Home of the world’s longest bar, the Beer Barrel Saloon is a popular venue with live music in downtown Put-in-Bay. Nationally known acts are regularly seen on stage and local performers entertain on the outside deck. Beer Barrel Saloon is located on Delaware Avenue, this is the largest concert venue on the island.

Photo of the Beer Barrel Saloon at Put-in-Bay

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.

The Beer Barrel Saloon Neighborhood

The Jet Express Ferry is a popular way to get to the island. It is the only ferry that arrives and departs in the downtown Put-in-Bay area. When you arrive the Beer Barrel Saloon is just a short walk away across the park. You can grab a quick bite to eat at several great Put-in-Bay Restaurants in the area before enjoying the great live entertainment at the Beer Barrel Saloon.

Pasquale Cafe has a pleasing menu with something for everyone and serves beer & wine. Hooligans Irish Pub pleases the masses with authentic Irish Food & a large selection of Irish Whiskey choices. The Put-in-Bay Pizza Co with delivery island-wide and their pizza is simply amazing, the sandwiches set the bar!

Lesters Taco Shop offers authentic Latn American Cusine served late into the night, (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.

The summertime fun at Put-in-Bay never ends and the memories will last a lifetime. The Beer Barrel Saloon is certainly a must-visit to enjoy the summertime fun and excitement on the island.

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  • Beer Barrel Saloon

  • Address: 324 Delaware Ave, Put-In-Bay, OH 43456

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Great service and food! I had the wings and pizza inside before the show and it was great!

Mike WIlliams

Stopped for a few beers and appetizers. The cocktails at the outside bar were unique and very satisfying. The pizza was hot and pretty good!

Bob Riddle

The restaurant was recommended by our B&B as a quality dining experience. We were impressed with the atmosphere, service, and food. The dining on the patio was so pleased with the cool clear weather. And what great food! I chose two appetizers and half a House Salad, and my companion had the rib eye steak served with seasonal vegetables. Fresh bread and dipping oil with balsamic was served as we waited for our meals – very tasty.

My half-salad was a generous serving of beautiful colorful mixed greens. The oysters Rockefeller were served piping hot and absolutely delicious; the stuffed mushroom caps (Italian sausage) baked with cheese and flavorful marinara were also hot out of the oven and tasty. The steak was perfectly cooked, and the freshly cooked vegetable mix still had a body and not overcooked. We’re already talking about another island visit and plan to make this place a part of the experience.

Shanna Williams

We were in Put-in-Bay for several nights. We were there during the week. It wasn’t a very busy time. The first night when we stopped by they had Kenny Kid on the patio singing so we stopped in and enjoyed a few beers. The second night they seemed to be the only place around with entertainment. We stopped in again. The band “7th Heaven” was playing.

They were really good. This bar is HUGE! I can only imagine how many people would pack the place in busier times. Teddy and Nate were two of the bartenders that night. They were very friendly and nice. We would go up to the bar to get our drinks to cause our waitress for the tables was usually not around, but we didn’t really mind. We had a good time both nights and will return if we’re in the area again.

Jeff Cotton

We just returned from a visit to Put-in-Bay and we were pleasantly surprised to see the Mustang Sally at the Beer Barrel Saloon. They apparantly have a strong following as the place was packed. Had some bar munchies and they were really good.

Tim Long

We came here on one of our stops during a bachelorette party. We tried the jello shots and strawberry shots, they were delicious!! This is famous for the longest bar in the world. Must see place!

Leslie O’Reilly

This is a huge place and there are lots of bar stools at the bar. So, if you like bar-sitting as opposed to sitting at tables (like we do!), this is a good place to go. They have pretty good entertainment. The atmosphere is pretty generic but that’s not necessarily a bad thing….

Shannon Schlotter