28 beers on tap, one cask, 60 bottles. Plus a few off-menu items that owner Max and staff Dave was eager to share. Great atmosphere, although slightly loud for normal conversation. Very well-chosen beer selection, with more than a handful of rare finds. Extraordinary service - Dave had great suggestions, and kept me constantly supplied with water without ice, without my asking. Clientele were also very knowledgeable, and great to talk to. Food was fantastic - home-made sausages? Where do you find that in the USA? A must for any beer trip to Boston.
I visited on a Monday afternoon so it was nice and relaxed in the bar. Some interesting stuff on tap but nothing too crazy when I was here however the Enlightenment Hoffman was the pick of the bunch. Very friendly lady working the bar who was chatty and clearly enjoyed good beer. I skipped a meal here but my neighbours sitting at the bar had some good looking plates of food delivered to them. Thereís a patio with more seating out back however the weather turned chilly so nobody was game to utilise the space. This was well worth a nice stroll from central Boston.
A stylish neighbourhood bar with a relaxed atmosphere (at least when itís not too busy - the first time I went there it was so crowed and noisy it was almost impossible to have a conversation). There are around 22 taps with lots of good beers to choose from.
(Last visited 28 October 2012).
chriso (715) London, England | October 14, 2009| Updated July 15, 2010
Can only echo what others have said. Not the biggest tap list but that is not necessarily a bad thing as it should ensure a decent rotation. An excellent mix of local beers, good stuff from elsewhere in the US and high quality imports. Prices seemed a little higher than some other places I visited in the Boston area, but not outrageously so. Good cocktails too if you are into that. Friendly, attentive and knowledgeable staff. Quite a small place with a rather Bohemian vibe. Standing room only mid evening on a Tuesday. So, although we intended to eat, we didnít as there was nowhere to sit down. My only real gripe (and a common one for me in US bars) was that the music was rather loud. So, whilst we were in quite a large group of people, many of whom I had not met before, I could only really speak to one person at a time. But the overall impression was extremely positive. Will go back. A subsequent visit late afternoon/early evening was much more enjoyable - plenty of banter with staff and customers in a significantly quieter environment.
We came for brunch on a Saturday around 2 pm and ended up eating a good comfort meal and appreciating a well-chosen draught list including many of the latest top local picks like pale ales from Trillium. Beers tried were in pristine condition and while it seems to be a very popular place, we did not have to wait very long for a table and were comfortable and well serviced as soon as we got one. Iíd definitely come back, but would worry about the crowd.
Cool area of town that reminds me of an up and coming Bucktown. Traffic was horrible, this place is a beast to get to.
Excellent draft list with superb locals, appears to have excellent cocktails as well.
The food looks great. I had some apps, but they took over 45 minutes to get so kind of ruined my quick stop in Boston.
Cool place, worth spending time at.
A wonderful bar with excellent and knowledgeable staff, great tap selection with some far out rarities, very upscale pub food. Had the Duck Confit Hash for Brunch and it was delicious. Warm atmosphere and RB (and BA) friendly.
2015-11-14. Came for a late lunch/early dinner after a Harvard football game. The decor is kind of cool, with a saloon meets semi-gutted old-timey building sort of vibe to it. Unfortunately with that came poorly sealed windows and drafty doors. We eventually moved to a table farther from the window/door. (Admittedly we were super cold already from the game, but I assume it gets even worse in colder weather.) Food was really good, we arrived just as they tranisitioned from brunch to dinner and ordered off both menus. I had the chicken two ways - an andouille sausage (which was quite smokey and spicey contrary to the waitressí advice) and a confit thigh that was glorious with the cheese grits. Collard greens were just okay. Mabel got the root beer braised pork belly which was tasty but overly rich. The pickle plate and charcuterie plate was interesting and well received by others at the table. The beer selection was very good with a nice mix of local options and imports, but not quite as impressive as one might expect from a place rated in the 90s. Nice spot. Would definitely come back, but itís a bit overrated IMHO.
Came in here before EBF once we got into Boston. Stopped in around lunch time. Didnít stay too long as the Shortís event at Sunset was calling to us. Tap list here is not huge, but it does seem well selected and featured a good range of styles. Definitely a place Iíd like to revisit when I have time for more than just a single beer.