What About Bob

This week, we take a look at another of our small bars, those tiny watering holes that reflect our philosophy in which people meet and talk and share ideas and laughs and drinks and songs within very small confines. Bob would approve….

Beer has no snob appeal. It doesn’t claim noble heritage by year or geographical origin. It doesn’t furnish a wide spectrum of colors, nor does it claim to be the drink of kings or queens.

Beer is plebian, down to earth, has its own ancient heritage and is the working man’s friend. There is no bad beer; some just taste better than others.

Beer is so good that it comes by the six-pack or case rather than by the bottle or can. No intelligent, free-willed person fuels a convivial relationship with a single beer.

–Bob McMenamin

Bob’s Bar, the character-rich basement bar at the Grand Lodge, is named in honor of the McMenamin brothers’ dad. Reminiscent of a tiny European bistro, the bar is a cozy spot to meet up with friends, while enjoying a good beer and listening to live music at the Garage Door or folk music on vinyl. That’s Bob shown at left, painted on a foundation pillar of the building, pint in hand, toasting those who have come together within the welcoming atmosphere of this special gathering place.

At Bob’s Bar, take a moment to ponder his quotes painted on the walls, such as, “people who drink beer are intelligent, caring conversationalists and enjoy good company.” Bob penned odes advocating for the respectability of beer in an era when winemaking was an art form and brewing was an underappreciated craft. Thought provoking, these clever and impassioned pleas were not dissimilar from a long line of arguments penned by the Portland attorney throughout his career. However, they bore little resemblance to the amateur detective novel he authored or the Louis L’Amour novels he so enjoyed.

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