B.O.B.'s Brewery
B.O.B.'s Brewery
3.5
4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Friday
4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
About
B.O.B.’s Brewery (est. 1997) is the first microbrewery to open in downtown Grand Rapids. For over 20 years, the brewery's philosophy has remained grounded in its core values: quality ingredients, time-honored brewing techniques, small-batch beers, and nuanced flavor profiles. A high school science teacher turned brewmaster, "Brewer John" Svoboda could be called the Walter White of the West Michigan brewing scene. John has a passion for traditional German beer styles and a talent for creating unique one-offs. The scale of B.O.B.’s Brewery allows John the opportunity to take some risks. With risk comes reward in the form of outstanding beer like Peanut Butter Porter, Tiramisu Stout, & Hoptics Gosé. Fittingly, the brewery resides in the cellar of The B.O.B.–and like a good stout–the space is eclectic, comfortable and a touch dark. The folks at B.O.B.'s Brewery don't have to worry about serving beer to the entire world. Their focus remains on serving one beer at a time… Yours.
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MidwestKathM
Detroit, MI938 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Recently in Grand Rapids for a weekend getaway, we were looking for a safe outdoor restaurant with some live music. The B.O.B.'s Beer Garden fit the bill. When we arrived, we were asked to provide our name and phone # (so they reach us in case of a COVID outbreak). Masks and social distancing required and tables set far apart. We sat at one end of a picnic table with several feet between us and the other party at the table. Menus are accessible via QR codes using your smart phone. A full compliment of BOB's craft beers available to meet any taste! Limited menu during these times, but everything we ordered hit the spot. Our waitperson was helpful. And there was music! Great atmosphere and so nice to be outside downtown on a beautiful night!
Written August 22, 2020
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Damion J
Grand Rapids, MI8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015
I have been to this place numerous times over the years, and almost every time I see something different! If you want a decent night life experience in Grand Rapids, make this a stop on your agenda.
Written December 10, 2015
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We agree, it's impossible to experience everything we have to offer in one visit. That's why you need to come back and see us again soon! Thanks!
Written March 1, 2016
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DCTraveler058
Washington DC111 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Friends
Not sure why this is an attraction rather than a restaurant, but...

We got there around 9 on a Tuesday night. Good service, good beer. My friend had the steak salad, which was fine. I had a salad and one of the specials. Salad was good, the special seemed to have been reheated from earlier in the evening. I'd give the restaurant another chance because I liked the ambiance, and the beer, but the kitchen needs some fine tuning.
Written September 26, 2014
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We pride ourselves on serving fresh hand crafted beer. Mediocre food is not our standard. Please allow us to invite you back if you would like to give us another shot. Please contact me via email: mdowdy@gilmorec.com. Thanks!
Written October 1, 2014
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CalisDad
Grand Rapids, MI25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
We were downtown for a concert and stopped for dinner without reservations. They only had space at the bar so we were reluctant but were happy we did. The service was very friendly, very quick and responsive. The food was excellent and we enjoyed ourselves with a glass of wine, a couple of craft beers (good selection) and an overall very pleasing experience.
Written June 10, 2018
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Thank you for the very kind review! We're glad you were able to get the pre-show service you were looking for, and we hope you visit us again soon!
Written June 11, 2018
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Mom1112
Vassar, MI36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Friends
Many floors including a comedy club on top, dancing on another floor and great microbrew beers to taste. Popular spot!
Written August 27, 2018
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Thanks for the kind words! We hope you join us again soon!
Written August 31, 2018
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Jane C
32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
We can here in country night and since I love country I was happy. Such a fun place with several different areas and different places to eat and drink. We had a great time.
Written July 21, 2018
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Thank you for the excellent review, Jane! We're glad you enjoyed country night. We hope you join us again soon!
Written July 23, 2018
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dadams6593
Kentwood, Michigan71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
This unique structure was a renovation of an old building that had lied dormant for years, until the Gilmore Group had a vision for a multi use building to coincide with the popularity of the Van Andel Arena and the renaissance of that area of Grand Rapids.

The name was chosen on a lark because of Bob Becker, local Grand Rapids Press sport's editor's joking comment in one of his sports editorials that they should name the building after him, so they did. The B.O.B. (Big Old Building).

4 floors of dining ranging from casual to fine dining, bars, live entertainment, DJ, sports, a comedy club. A favorite spot for before or after an event at the Van Andel Arena, New Year's Eve, Halloween, Fat Tuesday and other popular Holiday get togethers, and one of the more popular venues for the annual Art Prize Contest in late September and early October.

The evenings are best for adults only, while the days are kid friendly.

Free parking is the only challenge, but there are several parking ramps close by and they are closed on some Sundays certain parts of the year.
Written October 2, 2017
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Thank You–we couldn't have said it better ourselves :)
Written November 1, 2017
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jneedler
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
My boyfriend and I visited MI for his birthday this past weekend and we're at the B.O.B all day Saturday. We did a local brewery tour (where ids were checked) one stop at the bob, we returned later that evening and attended Dr. Gins Comedy Club ( where we were each carded two separate times). After the show we decided to head down stairs for some beer and a few games of pool. They checked my id for the pool balls and the first round, and my boyfriend got the next 2. All of a sudden he is talking to the bar tender some young kid who looked like he was 16, next thing I know a security guy in green plaid says that his id is fake and that he needed to step outside. I settle our tab and join them. They accused both of us for having fake ids and said they were going to call the cops. We insisted that the police be involved because they were not fake and because they were not going to return the id. Even if they were their "security" should have caught that hours before now since we had been there for hours. Anyway the police were never notified and he finally got ids back and all the guy really said was "who ever made your id put the hologram in the wrong spot" A. Take that up with the state of Indiana because they made the ids and B. Our whole id has a hologram on it so it's not "in the wrong spot". They also mentioned there only way to verify our id was a "book" they had and that's what did not match. Again take it up with Indiana. So if you visit this establishment be prepared to be escorted out at any time for a "fake id". We were told not to return to the BOB which sucks cause its a cool place that we would have drove up to on a long weekend to hang out in. But WE WILL NEVER RETURN TO THIS ESTABLISHMENT!!!!!
Written September 8, 2016
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So sorry to hear about you experience–we'd really like an opportunity to learn more and make things right for you. Please contact me at matt@gilmorec.com if you'd like to talk.
Written October 3, 2016
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thepanwars
Troy, MI114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
it was a long hunt to find a good club . Finally post some suggests , we landed in here .. N i must say i louvd d place d moment we stepped in . Each floor has somethng different .. Evryone has somethng good for themselves .. Its best in town of so many places .. The crowd is fun, the music is totallly eargasmic .. Live bands performing m events happening .. This place surely rocks :)
Written May 5, 2015
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Stardust travels
Grand Rapids, MI9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
was my sisters birthday so wanted a fun spot enjoyed everything about it service could have been a bit faster but we will be back
Written June 13, 2019
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Hello! We are happy that you mostly enjoyed your visit with us, we are sorry that our service speed wasn't what it usually is, although we are happy to see that you will be returning to see us. We appreciate that you spent your sisters birthday with us, and we hope that your next visit with us will be even better than your last! We do have three different restaurants you can choose from, and on the weekends we have multiple sites that have music and dancing. Our basement brewery is full of different games that you can play as well. Hope to see you again soon!
Written June 17, 2019
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