Joe’s Bar & Restaurant

Welcome, Joe’s Bar, the self-proclaimed “Best Dive Bar on Planet,” This eclectic old red building is a favorite watering hole for locals looking to get away from it all lightly.

Joe’s Bar serves up classic style bar food, popular outdoor games like Jenga, and one of the friendliest vibes on South Bass Island, Joe’s Bar & Restaurant attracts both island locals and summertime visitors for some old school bar fun!.

Photo of Joe's Bar One of the Put-in-Bay Restaurants

Joe’s Bar & Restaurant Details

The simple and functional restaurant is hidden off the beaten path and somewhat tucked away from downtown Put-in-Bay. When leaving the downtown area, head up Catawba Avenue keeping Hooligans and then Reel Bar on your right side. When you come to the stop sign, Joe’s Bar will be on your left! You can’t miss the Red Barn style building!

Conveniently located for those camping at South Bass Island State Park, Joe’s Bar offers up a respite from the craziness of downtown in a peaceful, wooded setting.

.The picnic tables in their large outdoor patio are a perfect place to enjoy one of their famous Sloppy Joe sandwiches or an Artichoke Asiago Dip. The fun yard games make this a place to waste away the hours. Challenge your friends to a supersized game of Jenga or Corn Hole, an island favorite pastime.

Joe’s Bar Menu Highlights

• Put In Bay Cuban
• Sloppy Joe’s Dip
• Smoked Bologna Sandwich
• The Signature Sloppy Scotty (split dog covered in onions, mozzarella, and a signature sauce)
• Chicken Little (Grilled chicken, Red buttercrunch lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion, Avocado, White Cheddar Cheese, Spicy Aioli on top of a Multigrain Artisan pressed and grilled.
• Put In Bay Sin Burger – natural beef topped with spicy aioli and giardiniera, pepper jack cheese

Be sure to check the Put-in-Bay Entertainment schedule as Joe’s Bar also has a full calendar of events all summer long. Enjoy live music by bands such as Nick Brownwell, Angel Tipping, and Caveman & Ryan.

Joe’s Bar enjoys a location that makes it a great stop after a day on the boat or exploring Put-in-Bay. With a dedicated group of regulars, there is always a familiar face in the crowd. Become one of them on your next trip to Put-in-Bay!

Joe’s Nearby Neighbors

South Bass Island State Park offers camping and has a lovely park right on Lake Erie. A pebble stone beach can be found for swimming in the lake as well as a public use boat launch. Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals rents Jet Skis, small boats, and other water-related toys. 

A shelter house and picnic areas are available for rent, as well as cabins and a spacious campground. Cottages provide an extra bit of comfort and are full of rustic charm. They are available with a three-night minimum stay from Memorial Day until mid-September. Sleeping up to six people includes a living room with a DVD player and a full kitchen with a cookstove (no oven), sink, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, dishes, pots & pans, & utensils. If you are looking for something a bit more modern, the Put-in-Bay Home Rentals downtown is your best bet.

Saunders Golf Course is right across the street. This nine-hole par 3 (with one par 4) s challenging and really fun to play. The course is one of the few places golf carts aren’t allowed! You can play a competitive game of golf before heading to Joe’s Bar!

Visit These Nearby Attractions!

The Lake Erie Wildlife Museum is a short walk up Catawba. A recent addition to the sprawling complex makes it unique to Put-in-Bay, Perry’s Cave is one of the popular Put-in-Bay Attractions and features a limestone cave with an underground lake. You can take the cave tour then head over for a game of mini-golf, gemstone mining, or a stint in the Butterfly House. And of course, a drink at Joe’s Bar to end the day just seems perfect.

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  • Joe’s Bar

  • Address: 1400 Catawba Ave, Put-In-Bay, OH 43456

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Joe’s Bar Best bar on the island in my opinion! Celebrated my 40th birthday here and had a great time. Love this bar.

Jim Logan

Great little dive bar! The drinks were priced well and the bartender was so friendly. The restrooms were also the cleanest we had seen on the entire island. They have a cornhole and a comfortable outside area to enjoy. Joe’s Bar is a must-visit on our Put-in-Bay Vacation!

Deanna Briggle
This place is a Hoot! The staff is VERY friendly and engaging at Joe’s Bar. Go with an appetite! I thought how big could a hot dog be… don’t let them fool you! I couldn’t get my mouth around it… everything they have is wonderfully made. They have outside seating and cornhole for those who want.
Jim Lutrell

So glad we found this restaurant for breakfast. We ended up going here twice during our trip because it was that good. Rachael was our server both times and she was great. It gets very busy on the weekends, but it’s well worth the wait. The Burrito and Hot Mess were amazing! Would definitely return.

Janet Beber
Great outdoor space Stopped in Joe’s Bar for an adult beverage. Outdoor seating is huge, under tall trees for shade, a small covered deck, and plentiful seating inside. Only bummer….no drafts, all cans, and bottles, but they did have a large variety of brews. We didn’t eat, although we did see many folks ordering food.
Tim Dunn

Piratefest Friday, We took the Miller Ferry to the island, got a golf cart, headed right to Joe’s Bar for a Bloody Mary to kick off our day with one of their cigars. Great mix (they said it’s an amped up creation) pickle spear, smokie, and 2 olives make a smart cocktail. Almost everyone who was there had one. Good. Fun place, relaxed atmosphere, clean restroom. Just wish they open earlier than 11 am.

Daniel Rayshick
Joe’s Bar is our favorite place on the Island We make it here at least 2-3 during our yearly weekend trip to the Island. The breakfast is fast and good! They have all the bases covered, and are very reasonably priced compared to other restaurants there. Lunch and dinner mean pizza for us.
There are more pizza shops than anything, but none touch’s theirs. The wait staff is attentive and pleasant. It is obvious that training in customer service is a bit of a priority! See you next year
Chery Dollar

This is a fun place to hang out and surprisingly enough served the BEST sloppy Joe sandwich I have ever eaten. My friend got a free meal after the server spilled a glass of water in her lap. Very friendly atmosphere.

Kurt Backer
Don’t let the look fool you!!! The best Bloody Mary I’ve ever had!! The guys behind the bar are very courteous and helpful and the drinks were great! Haven’t had any of the food yet, but the people sitting outside at the tables all seemed to be enjoying themselves, relaxing in the quiet since it is down the road from downtown. I’ll definitely be back
Brian Rogers