In my top 3 favorite beer bars to visit in Boston (Deep Ellum and Row 34 being the other two) and itís an enjoyable atmosphere, laid back and has good food and always a wonderfully well-thought-out draught list. Of the three, however, Iíve had the most problems here, most recently being served two 12 ounce beers that were listed as 16 oz on the menu (by a bartender whoíd been there a long time). The second beer, a light German Zwickel (Urban chestnut) was dominated by coffee flavor. If I want uncleaned lines, Iíll head to Sunset Grill, thank you very much. As well, the bottle prices are absurd ($65 for A Deal with the Devil?? $8 for a Jabby Brau?!?). But selection rules, so Iíll always keep coming back.
Walked here from Harvard Square on a fine spring day. Arrived at 4:30. Just me and two attractive barmaids, one of whom was heavily tatooed and spent most of the time taliking to young female patrons, and the cook with some interesting alt music playing. Nice beer list -- nothing rare but plenty of obscure local beers. Although not shown on the beer menu, they do sell half pours for half price, and are pretty liberal on the free tastes, which is nice. Had an exceleent steak salad. Definitely worth the 30 min walk!
Insanely busy and I managed to grab the last available corner spot at the bar otherwise it was standing room only. I actually prefer to stand but in America itís not the done thing in bars and pubs. Anyway, Iím not sure if itís always this crazy on a Saturday afternoon but it turned out that they were launching their Lord Hobo Pale Ale or something along those lines. I struggled to hear myself think it was so loud in here. The tap selection was nice and I found two beers to try on the menu. Credit to the bar staff who were quick on service during a busy period. I didnít hang around for too long though. Mixed crowd but mostly younger (than me) type folk. Everyone appeared to be enjoying themselves so good on Lord Hobo. I didnít eat but food looked plentiful.
Visited on a Friday evening, EBF weekend. The place was full but not packed, however it was very loud, loud music and people trying to shout over the music. Service was very efficient despite this, which was impressive. I didnít have any food but the draught list was pretty impressive, lots of choices and a careful selection of various styles. Prices are somewhat high, hard to get a pint for less than 8 bucks. I would definitely go back though if in Boston again.
This is interesting place with certain hipster/student vibe. Selection (41 taps) is so good that this is must place to visit in Boston. Food was tasty enough and canít remember anything bad about service either.
Deserves all the praise itís getting. Nice atmosphere, friendly staff, great food, greater beer. Plenty of taps with some proper variety and a good bottle selection to boot. Thereís no reason to miss this if you come to Boston.
Visited late on a Tuesday night and found the place surprisingly busy. The clientele was pretty young. Lots of Narragansett was being consumed. The beer list was solid. I counted about 40 beers. Probably a third of the list came from New England. I settled on pours from Lost Nation and Trillium. Prices for the beer wasnít exactly cheap, though Boston seems to be an expensive place in general. One Trillium beer on the menu was priced at $12 for a 12oz pour. The food was more reasonable, but I canít say I was impressed by it. My burger was the definition of mediocre. Service was friendly, prompt. Overall, Iíd return again, but this visit didnít leave me blown away by the experience.
After salivating at the menu online, I stopped by here for lunch to find its one of those places that does brunch on Sunday, I hate that crap. If I want brunch, Iíll go to a brunch place. Having said that, my food was pretty good as were the others I was with. That sadly was the highlight of my visit. The host was super friendly, but the server was slightly rude, slow and put off by our orders. The draft list was pretty pathetic, I was expecting some major heavy hitters for such a lofty RB ranking. The focus was more on national beers, albeit decent, that you can get anywhere, vs having more locals of Night shift, Trillium, Jackís Abby and the rest. This place can be skipped.
Saw mention of this as being a perfect vampire hang out. That is a great discription for me. Starting with the velvet curtain and the dog at the front that you walk through. The tap list is no debate, it was long and solid. But I personally wasnt a fan of the ambiance. Everyone wasnt really dress up but it felt lke you should be. It just had a strange feel. Maybe it was too hipster or something but it just wasnt really my type of place. As a beer geek it was worth looking for the tap list.