Our History

The Reel Bar Put-in-Bay

In 2014, Andy Christensen and Ray Fogg opened Reel Bar on South Bass Island, better known as the home of the Village of Put-in-Bay, Ohio.

The bar, which is located in the historic building formerly known as Tony’s, was completely remodeled to offer a rustic setting honoring its island roots. As the name suggests, Reel Bar features décor focused on fishing, boating and Lake Erie island life. In a tongue-in-cheek play on their new name, it’s a “Reel New Bar in a Reel Old Place.”

If your looking for Put in Bay bars, Put in Bay restaurants, or Put in Bay live entertainment, We are the Reel deal and The Reel Bar has been voted the #1 live entertainment venue on the island.

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From Reel Tots to the Reel Burger, made with antibiotic-free meat, and Lake Erie fish prepared the way you like it, the Reel Bar has a little twist on our food that Put-in-Bay visitors can’t get anywhere else on the island. The menu is stocked with tasty dishes, many of which are made from locally-sourced ingredients.

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The Reel Bar features live entertainment with a line-up filling our stage such as The Ray Fogg Show, Bob Gatewood and Hey Monea. The intimacy of our stage will make performers accessible to the audience, creating a great entertainment experience.






Reel Bar, referred to as Put-in-Bay’s oldest new bar, is located next door to The Old Forge and The Brewery and across from Cameo Pizza at the edge of downtown. Our expansive drink menu has quickly become an island favorite. Stop in and check out the bar menu serving FRESH SQUEEZED cocktails and over a dozen draft beers and the largest bourbon selection on Put in Bay. We are a new island experience in an old island way.

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