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Grounds For Thought

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174 S Main St, Bowling Green, OH 43402
(419) 354-3266
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6:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Fri 6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Sat 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Seating, Takeout

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  • 33
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  • 9
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
best coffee in the area.

being a busy college student I basically run on coffee. Grounds is by far the best coffee in Bowling Green and one of the best coffee houses in Ohio. Right when you walk in the smell of fresh grounds greets you with a warm hug. They have a huge selection of roasts and specialty drinks with new... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Madison E
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

being a busy college student I basically run on coffee. Grounds is by far the best coffee in Bowling Green and one of the best coffee houses in Ohio. Right when you walk in the smell of fresh grounds greets you with a warm hug. They have a huge selection of roasts and specialty drinks with new seasonal drinks every... More 

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Thank Madison E
Bowling Green, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I don't drink coffee but I love their flavored hot chocolate! My coworkers and dad love their coffee and fresh beans. The atmosphere inside is very homey and I would often go there in college when I needed someplace to work on papers. They also offer delicious sandwiches and sweet treats.

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Thank cmds2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If I have free time, I love visiting Grounds! Best lattes I've ever had. Marilyn Monroe Latte is the best!! Super friendly staff, chill atmosphere, great for studying or hanging with friends. I've also bought some books at a great price. When I'm done with school I will be making trips to BG just for this place!

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Thank Casey U
Adrian, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a good place to get a coffee in downtown Bowling Green. The shop is in a bookstore with the two making a nice combination. The storefront was easy to spot but finding the entry took a bit of trial and error as there was more than one door and the main entry was not well marked. The interior... More 

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Thank Debbie K
Englewood, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Only had the coffee. Black Swamp Blend. Full bodied dark roast flavor. Could not resist purchasing some vinyl as well. If I lived in BG, it would probably be one of my hangouts.

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Thank CrownContraDad75
Bowling Green, Ohio
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

This is more of a place for browsing books, doing homework or playing board games. It's not somewhere I would go for food. I found the coffee to be lacking. I really enjoy coming here with friends to play board games or to look for unique books, but next time I will bring my own coffee.

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Thank KaPlavic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Show their well-known/seasonal books, in the main sitting area, which can be fun to look through, but I love the vintage book section on the other side of the shop. The books targeted for people of all generations, hobbies, etc. But yeah I've spent too much time theer trying to the craziest book I could find, which I then purchase!... More 

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Thank Stephen M
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

Long lines they can't handle, abrupt staff. I tried to buy a book and had to wait in a long coffee line, really? They need a new system.

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Thank hjensen90
Bowling Green, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015 via mobile

Love the local quaintness of this coffee shop. Besides having the best coffee in town, Grounds is a bookstore, music venue, and meeting place where you can have a quiet conversation or a game of chess. It's atmosphere is delightfully unpretentious in DIY sort of way. The owners are friendly and have created an iconic business with a 25 year... More 

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Thank RAJA5252
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

a great place for a coffee and pastry ... a local coffee shop which excels at good coffee and wide variety of donuts and pastries ... a nice venue for spending time visiting or working ... sometimes people forget you can someplace other that Starbucks

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 174 S Main St, Bowling Green, OH 43402
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Bowling Green
  • Phone Number: (419) 354-3266
Open Hours
Monday
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday
8:30 am - 12:00 pm

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