United States > Massachusetts > Boston
Boudicca (617) London, England | January 13, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
A friendly, down to earth neighbourhood bar close to the Harvard Medical School complex at Brigham Circle. There’s a wide range of beer on tap and an impressive choice of bottles. Regulars can have their own mugs and “passports”, which are filed in a large box near the entrance.
I didn’t eat when I last went there but I seem to remember from a previous occasion that the pizzas were pretty good.
(Last visited 23 October 2012).
kwoeltje (86) Manchester, Missouri | January 28, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Small with unexciting decor. Waitress was friendly if a bit inattentive (they weren’t that busy - if she’d look up from her phone she’d see I was empty and looking at her...). Pizza was good. Nice variety of taps and bottles.
mkgrenwel (110) Cambridge, Massachusetts | November 15, 2011
48 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 1/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 12/20
I have a bit of a love hate relationship here. On the one hand, they do have some pretty good beer on tap and in bottles. On the other, they don’t really seem to have a clue what they’re doing. The menu is full of nonsensical categorization, typos and errors. The server or bartender probably won’t know what you’re talking about if you order a bottle, and they probably won’t have it anyway. Or maybe they’re just too lazy to look for it, I can’t tell.
I have had terrible service every time I go. They are completely uninformed not just about what the beers are, but what they have. On two separate visits my gluten free friend has asked for any of the multiple gluten free beers on the menu, only to be told they don’t have any. He then orders a Magners and they bring him a Magners Pear and walk away (they do have both). They also don’t seem to have much of an idea of the proper rhythm to serve tables. They are rarely around when you need them and will often come take one drink order and leave without asking if anyone else needs anything.
On the plus side, the pizza is awesome, and if you stick to one of the solid beers on tap, you can end up relatively happy.
EHouse (20) Boston, Massachusetts | April 29, 2011
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Having drunk all their beers and receiving a personalized mug that hangs on the wall I can say that I’ve frequented the Penguin more than any other beer bar or restaurant in Boston, possibly even the world. The beer selection is top notch with lots of great drafts and unique bottles that won’t overwhelm the mind of even the most novice quaffer. The pizza is fantastic and reasonably priced. The 3 tomato and seasonal are my favorites and a few slices are sure to fill you up and soak up a few pints before the walk home. Honestly, how can you beat good pizza and good beer? There should be a Penguin in every city!
chriso (356) London, England | October 8, 2009
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
I liked this place. The general vibe is student oriented but a fair few locals in evidence too. Quite small and packed at 9pm on a Wednesday night but we managed to get a table after a few minutes. Music was too loud for my taste. Some decent stuff on tap but nothing new for me. Extensive bottle list - I didn’t count how many beers were on it but it was way more than the 30 stated here. More like 250 I’d say, although nothing particularly obscure from the US. Bottles from Mikkeller, Nogne O, Haandbryggeriet, Norrebro and a couple of Italian micros were more surprising (but not new ones for me). Mug club membership requirement reduced - I think someone at the bar said it is now 150. Service good, pizzas good, prices reasonable. I’d go back.
JeremyScott (11) Taunton, Massachusetts | April 4, 2009
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
I really enjoyed my stop into Penguin Pizza for lunch. The tap list is quality over quantity, but there extensive bottle list really rounds out the selection. The food was well above average, and the bartender was very nice and helpful. I would recommend this place when visiting the MFA.
stev31h (2) , Massachusetts | October 28, 2008
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 20/20
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry. The Penguin delivers, flat out. The have a mug club, where you have to drink nearly 300 different beers on a list, and once you do, you get a mug. The actual place itself has a great feel to it, a mix of college students, locals, and 9-5’ers. The menu is fantastic, pizza, pasta, salads, and sandwiches. The thing with the Penguin is, they do the small things right. There are board games and cards if you’d like to relax and drink, and theres an HDTV with sports on.
ecwooten (4) Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts | August 8, 2008
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Basically no crap on tap. Generally several very good choices, some of which are less commonly seen around Boston (like Stone and other west coasters). Good representation of locally brewed beers, though hardly as exhaustive as you’d like to see. Beers always fresh and clean.
Food is pizza oriented, and quite tasty. Not the best you are ever going to encounter, but well above average, especially considering the co-location of good beers.
Staff friendly, attentive and efficient. Neighborhood bar vibe abounds.
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