For a cold beer right off the boat, stop in at the Biergarten at the Boathouse. The very first pub visitors chance across as they’re disembarking from the Jet Express ferry, this newer establishment to the Put-in-Bay Ohio scene is one worth detouring for. Located in the heart of downtown Put-in-Bay, this inviting setting, cold beers, and delicious German-style food selection make for a wonderful island experience.

What to Expect at Biergarten at the Boathouse

The Biergarten at the Boathouse Bar is modeled largely after a Bavarian beer garden — where “Every day is Oktoberfest” — and offers a relaxing patio area where friends and family can gather over cold steins of Warsteiner Dunkle or Konig Heffe. Get the group together for fun yard games, such as corn hole or Jenga. Try not to drool at the mouthwatering smell of brats on the grill.

For the hungry voyager to Put-in-Bay, German-style brats, as well as traditional Laugenbrezeln (pretzel bun) and potato cakes will satiate. All dishes are accompanied by homemade sauerkraut and house German potato salad.

If German beers aren’t quite appetizing, the Biergarten at the Boathouse offers other international drinks. These include Italian Negronis and fresh-squeezed radlers. But a nice stein of refreshing German beer right from the tap is the favorite option.

ADDRESS: 198 Hartford Ave, Put-In-Bay, OH 43456

Highlights of the Biergarten at the Boathouse

  • German-themed beer garden perfect for relaxing with friends
  • German-inspired food and appetizers 
  • Impressive international drink menu
  • Indoor and outdoor seating 
  • Fun yard games for kids of all ages
  • Conveniently located right off the Jet Express ferry
  • Live Entertainment


Taylor K: “The environment of the Biergarten is the place to be. Everyone is enjoying the amazing German beer and even better brats! The back patio is even better as they have a relaxing environment with lights and picnic tables. They even have giant Jenga which is always a good time!”

Richard S: “We were pleasantly surprised by the authenticity of this stylish joint. The beer is imported from Warstein Germany and the food was incredibly German. It is a great place to go and get a German bier, Numberger, and kraut. Their pretzels and beer cheese are amazing too.”

Stephanie O: “This place is awesome! Jami is fantastic! I had the mozzarella sticks and tried fried green tomatoes for the first time – both were amazing! I also had the Cajun jambalaya – amazing flavor and spicy! Almost too spicy for me but I couldn’t stop eating it! The Pool Party is such a delicious drink – not too sweet and I love that I get to take the cup home!”

Jeremy J: “I have been coming to this island paradise getaway for many years. The Boathouse is the primary stop for us! Kathleen behind the bar as well as the staff are always top-notch, and right on time to get y’all what you need. The music lineup is always fantastic to sit and have a good time day or night whichever tickles your fancy! Come to see Acoustic Mayhem play on the side stage for afternoon mayhem and good music. Mike behind the bar is spot on and makes the best drinks and keeps the bar spotless no matter how many people party spill. The food is wonderfully flavorful and prepared awesomely! Jami is a gem that is also so upbeat and happy. Always expect a smile from her. Defiantly make this one of your stops on your island Paradise adventures!”

The newest addition to the Boathouse family of restaurants is a fun, can’t miss option while visiting the island of Put-in-Bay. Pop in for a quick stein before heading out to take advantage of the rest of the great attractions at Put-in-Bay. It’s a great way to kick off your trip to South Bass Island!

Other Put-in-Bay Bars, Restaurants, and Attractions

Biergarten is located across the street from Derivera Park, which is the epicenter of all the attractions downtown. From there you will an amazing view of the sun setting on Lake Erie and the Lake Erie Islands. Park your golf cart anywhere around the park and walk to 20+ bars and restaurants from there. 

There are so many must try Put-in-Bay restaurants while you are on the island. Take a stroll down Boardwalk to Upperdeck and try their famous lobster bisque or stop by the The Goat and try their amazing Goat soup. A short taxi ride away you will find another great food option Joe’s Bar. This is one of the islanders favorite spots!

Looking for a margarita from a Caribbean themed bar? Than the Keys is the place for you. If you are looking for a tiki themed bar look no further that the tiki bar Mojito Bay on. Right next door you will find the islands best Irish pub, Hooligans. Also right there on Catawba Avenue you have the always busy Reel Bar, Mossbacks, and Fishbowl. If live music is what you are looking for take a stroll down Delaware Ave. There you will find the islands most popular bars. This includes Frosty’s, Mr. Ed’s Bar & Grille, and the Roundhouse Bar. All of these bars with a unique taste of the island bar nightlife.


194 Hartford Ave, Put-in-Bay, OH, USA

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