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The Reel Bar Story
Put-in-Bay’s Newest Old Bar

In 2014, Andy Christensen and Ray Fogg opened Reel Bar on South Bass Island, better known as 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.”

When you step into Reel Bar, you notice great care has been taken to keep a comfortable “lived-in” feel, utilizing natural materials such as reclaimed barn wood, real stone, recycled antique lighting and lots of cool old décor.

Tribute is paid to the building’s past as Tony’s with old signs, photos, as well as the beautiful original back bar, which has remained.

Andy says, “We have a friendly staff and an exciting food and drink menu featuring great burgers, unique sandwiches, Lake Erie fish, fresh salads, 16 draft beers and fresh squeezed cocktails. And, I’m enthusiastic about the line-up that fills our stage including island favorites like Bob Gatewood and The Ray Fogg Show. The intimacy of our stage will make performers accessible to the audience, creating a great entertainment experience.”