Perhaps if I'd eaten the food, I might have a different opinion of this place. Parking in Somerville sucks but luckily there's a parking lot a couple of blocks away. Vibe is Dive Bar but not in a good way. They had 22 or so taps but mostly filled with easy to find imports, like Delirious Tremens and Weihenstephaner Hefe, and locals from mediocre breweries. Not really feeling this place.
Southern BBQ and beer what isn’t there to like? A bit older and rundown, feels like one of those places that hasn’t changed in 20 years, but that’s exactly why people like it, and the locals love it.
Our server was a bit aloof. Attentive but quiet, knowledgeable but not going to share unless you pull it out of him. Igor ish.
The draft list was big, but not local focused. Only about 20% were locals. A couple solid beers, but nothing crazy.
Some of the food was really great, especially the okra, and a pulled chicken. The corn bread was a little dry and not as sweet as I like. The hush puppies needed to be sweeter as well.
Pretty decent food, but rated as a beer joint, nothing special.
The beer list here is mostly what I would call ’intro craft beer’. Lots of quality, some standard imports, but nothing crazy. Average pricing. Funky vibe. I gather the food is good here but I didn’t eat during my visit - I guess I really should have. A decent neighbourhood spot, I would say, but not a destination bar for beer - perhaps for the bbq.
Stopped in for the first time in about 9 years on 28 December 2013. I forgot how much I enjoy this place. The food really is about the best BBQ you will find anywhere in the city. Draft list is solid just like I always remembered it to be. I almost never make it to Somerville anymore but if you like BBQ and good local drafts hit this place during non-peak hours for the better experience.
cratez (256) Toronto, Ontario | December 16, 2013| Updated December 17, 2013
When I visited: Mid-September 2013.
What I had: Ballast Point Sculpin IPA on tap, BBQ Beef Plate with beans and coleslaw, Corn Bread to split, Pulled Pork Sandwich and soda for my better half.
What I liked: Unpretentious, casual atmosphere, awesome decor, fast and friendly service, delicious smokehouse fare, robust draught list, parking nearby.
What I disliked: Beer prices are a tad high as the more interesting stuff is $7/pint and Belgian draughts are twice that amount. But you’re paying for quality in a well-to-do area.
Would I go back? For sure. Redbones nails the beer and barbecue theme with its authentic Southern food, redneck ambiance, and impressive tap lineup. Worth a visit.
Overall Rating: 84
Great place to have a few pints and some great food. The upstairs and downstairs bars each have their own character, and it’s always a great time. The selection of beer is great, and they have weekly cask tappings.
I’d go for the barbeque alone, but they have wonderful, moderately priced beers on tap. Walls are alive with creative cartoonish illustrations. They always have something going on. Great crowd, great place.