Have you ever been to the “Best Dive Bar on the Planet”? If this is your first visit to Put-in-Bay, then we would like to introduce you to Joe’s Bar & Restaurant, best known for their self-proclaimed title of “Best Dive Bar on the Planet.” Joe’s Bar & Restaurant is awesome!

Joe’s Bar & Restaurant Location and Atmosphere

You won’t be able to find this popular establishment on the main downtown Put-in-Bay, Ohio strip, however. Like most of the best dive bars, you have to go on a bit of an adventure to find them. Grab a moped, bicycle, golf cart or take a nice stroll down to Catawba Avenue to find this hopping local hangout. They are located in the historic Doller press house, best known for once pressing grapes and making wine back in the good ole’ days of Put-in-Bay past. Joe’s has kept the charm and history of the old building while also improving the atmosphere with good food, great drinks, and fun weekly entertainment.

Joe’s offers a fresh take on traditional bar food fare that will be sure to make the hungry happy. Enjoy your meal with an ice-cold beer or choose from a variety of delicious cocktails. Do you like cigars? So does Joe’s Bar! Here, you will find a fully stocked humidor ready for cigar choosing. This is the perfect addition to your visit, so sit back and relax while the weekly musical line up keeps you entertained.

ADDRESS: 1400 Catawba Ave, Put-In-Bay, OH 43456

Joe’s Bar & Restaurant Menu Highlights

  • Sloppy Joe’s Dip: Try this delicious Joe’s signature dish with their housemade Sloppy Scotty Sauce, topped with melted cheese. Served with Grilled Pita Bread.
  • Sloppy Scotty Hot Dog: Sink your hungry teeth into this butterflied all-beef hot dog slathered with the signature Sloppy Scotty Sauce. Top it off with mozzarella and onions and bring it all together with a New England bun.
  • PIB “Sin” Burger: You’re going to need to head over to confession after this meal. Enjoy this sinful 1/2 pound patty of Angus all-natural beef. Top it off with Spicy Giardiniera, Pepper Jack Cheese, Spicy Aioli. On top of a Brioche Bun.
  • Put-in-Bay Cuban: Slow Roasted Pork, Ham, Salami, Thinly sliced pickles, swiss cheese, with the Joe’s Bar SIGNATURE Cuban Sauce. All on top of a Ciabatta Bun. Pressed until crispy, golden brown!
  • And much more!

So write it down, Joe’s Bar & Restaurant, and add it to your Put-in-Bay travel plans…. this is one place you don’t want to miss during your Put-in-Bay getaway! You won’t regret it.


Greg R: “Went in this place every day to charge our phones when we were camping at South Bass Island State Park and the bartenders were cool and made you feel like a local. Great selection of bottled beer and strong mixed drinks. The first day we went in on Monday at 4 pm and they had the best live music. Just one guy singing and playing guitar but he was awesome. If you are on the island you should definitely check it out.”

Marie D: “Great burgers! Cost a little bit more than some places, but we went for lunch and when we saw that their burgers are half a pound we realized why. You get a lot. My boyfriend and I split a burger and fries and still had some leftover. Oh, and you gotta ask for mermaid water!”

Kaitlin K: “Great place! We had Cory as a bartender for the first half of our visit and he was awesome!!! Logan came in the second half of our visit and was just as cool! They went above and beyond and even got a ride back to town. I have always thought and still believe this is the best bar on the island.”

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

Put-in-Bay offers many fantastic restaurants. One of the mor popular fine dining options on the island is Upperdeck found on the Boardwalk. There you have to try their famous lobster bisque while enjoying the view of the Lake Erie Islands. Looking for some Lake Erie Walleye? Than the Boathouse Bar is the place for you. They also have many other great food options and live entertainment to enjoy. You can’t talk about the islands best restaurants without bringing up The Goat. Their Goat soup is a must try before you leave the island. 

Looking for the best Put-in-Bay bars? Start at the islands favorite Irish pub Hooligans, located in the heart of downtown Put-in-Bay. Looking for a real island experience? Head right next door to the island’s favorite tiki bar Mojito Bay. This island bar is the perfect place to get a margarita and enjoy the outdoor seating. Looking the most popular nightlife area on the island? Take a short stroll over to Delaware Ave. There you will find some of the busiest bars on the island. This includes Mr. Ed’s Bar & Grille, Frosty’s, and the Round House Bar. Some other great bar options within walking distance are the Fishbowl, Reel Bar, and Mossbacks.

Need a late night snack after the bars? Order an appetizer from Cameo Pizza. Not feeling pizza? Try one of Taco Bay’s delicious burritos. Both places deliver all over the island late into the night. This includes the Island Club, Put-in-Bay Resort, and Bay Lodging. Order now!!



1400 Catawba Avenue, Put-in-Bay, OH, USA

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