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Taps: 24 / Bottles: 40
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
877 Cambridge St
phone: (617) 864-2792
(Place added by: noob on 05-27-2006)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 21 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This is straight up a good bar. There is nothing crazy going on here, just a place creating a nice neighborhood feel. Lots of wood and darkness. Attentive and personable staff. Very good beer selection. Tasty food. Easy walking distance to my brother's apartment. What more could you ask for? Had plenty of good local beers during the night, as well as a Chouffe (whoops). The food was quite good, especially the cheese board. Our server was a cool dude. Knew plenty about beer and was there whenever we needed another round. I have been seeking out more places like this. No pretense. No amazing interior design or complicated philosophy (although both those things have their time and place and I like them as well). This was just simplicity. Something to strive for in these days.
03-18-2009 21:37:37 |
More by GreatPondBrewer
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is one of my favorite finds in Boston, but a bit out-of-the-way. I went here one night last winter with some friends after our first time in Inman Square. After checking out Bukowski's, we walked ten minutes down the road to this place. All of us agreed that the extremely dimly lit, narrow space was great. The beer selection was more limited than Bukowski's, but much more agreeably priced and just as well-considered. All the beers available were of good quality, and the bartender was helpful in explaining them and offering samples of the changing lineup. We just had a snack, but it was delicious and the other food all looked great. To top it off, there was a band playing Appalachian music in the back of the bar, that really lent the place a nice ambiance. This is one of my favorite places to head back to, and one of the things that makes me want to consider moving across the river.
12-30-2008 04:44:03 |
More by FrankLloydMike
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
After yet another job interview, I stopped here for lunch. Right on the street, this place seemed like a friendly neighborhood tavern, but it was much more than that. Heavy on the wood and classical New England feel, I felt very cozy and comfortable in this place. A stage in the back for live music, many, many wooden tables and an inviting fireplace lined the area. Long, long bar with many, many taps. Pretty expansive beer and liquor menu that was quite appetizing. As for food, I felt the lunch menu was wicked small though good in quality (my burger was excellent). Service was good but the bartender was handling everyone in the tavern for lunch (luckily it was not too busy). I would love to try that place on a weekend or an evening. Definitely a nice place in Cambridge to go for a bite and a pint.
09-27-2008 17:33:48 |
More by fitzy84
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I had been wanting to give Atwood's a try for a couple of months and finally got around to it. Stopped in on a Saturday night for dinner and drinks with some friends. Immediately upon entering the place grows on you. Low lighting, low ceilings and a real "pub" vibe made me feel right at home and comfortable. The long wood bar is situated on the left hand side as you walk in with two different multi-faucet draft towers.
Some high bar tables and chairs are located at the front of the place, but most of the seating in located in the back or at the bar. The seating in the back is right near the stage so if you plan on getting a quiet meal during a show, that's not going to happen. Lucky for you the bands that shuffle through Atwood's are pretty damn good. We were seated relatively close to the stage, but could still converse.
A very decent tap selection with lots of local selections and some from other parts of the country. I would have liked to see more offerings from abroad, but what they had on tap was very solid (nothing that would wow the beer geek though). The menu is small with apps, sandwiches, and entrees, which I like, but the food is stellar. The chef's special pulled pork sandwich melted in the mouth--utterly delicious. The quality of the food and the beer was very good.
Relatively inexpensive for both food and drink. There was only one waitress working the night we were there so it was a bit slow, but she was friendly, knowledgeable, and engaging. Check out their online tap list as it's pretty up to date. Wednesday nights are trivia nights--best of Boston supposedly. Very nice neighborhood pub--only knock is that it's not really in a T accessible location--you can get there by bus, but not by train.
04-28-2008 20:43:21 |
More by bjohnson
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
After seeing that they hold an annual bacon eating contest, I persuaded my Sunday brunch group to give it a shot. And I'm very glad we did - the biscuits & gravy were phenomenal, BBQ hash a revelation and the cranberry-raspberry jam a delight. And the menu had a comment almost worthy of a star in its own right: "We encourage you to make substitutions."
The atmosphere was just right for a Sunday afternoon at a tavern. Bright tables near the front windows, darker ones further back, with a long bar between and hardwood everywhere. One couple even brought their toddler along, which I felt was an excellent sign for the place - harkening back to a time when the neighborhood bar was a hub of the community. (It helped that the child wasn't very fussy, and in fact issued a few noises of delight which echoed within me rather nicely - after all, I had beer and bacon.)
The beer selection was surprisingly varied, with seasonal and rotating selections as well as regulars. They carried a few CBC selections, which was nice given that the CBC is only 7 minutes' walk away. There were few nice Belgians (my Grimbergen came in an authentic brewery .33l goblet) and some assorted choice brews from all over. And there were a few mainstream options for the less beerventurous. (The Champagne of Beers has a certain nostalgia value, I suppose.)
My only real complaint was with the service. While the staff was exceedingly personable and helpful, they were understaffed. With only two to cover the bar and all of the tables, things didn't happen quite as quickly as I would've liked.
Still, there are worse things than to sit in a pleasant tavern nursing a beer with friends. And did I mention I had bacon? Really good bacon?
All in all, a worthy establishment and one I will gladly visit again given the opportunity. Even if they can't sell jars of their cranberry-raspberry jam.
04-08-2008 03:00:03 |
More by csniezek
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Cool bar. Lots of wood and dark walls and tables.Night I was there it was very dimly lit (which I like) and there was a band playing. Sound wasn't the best and it was a bit loud at times but it was nice to have live music in a good beer bar. Beer selection was decent. Lots of good brews at pretty decent prices for the area (I think $4.50 for most brews, which included a nice big pour of DFH 90). They had La Chouffe on tap and a few other Belgians in bottles, not a lot but some...couple Lambics. Food was good but not outstanding. Sweet potato fries were the best; mac & cheese was good but have had better. Everything was good just not superb. Wait staff was very good and came by very often. Fairly small place when crowded but seems to squeeze quite a few people in when busy. Definitely worth going to if you live nearby or are visiting. I surprised when the check came, seemed lower than I expected.
03-19-2007 16:54:10 |
More by harsley
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Nice Irish pub feel. Dark wood bar and moldings. Wooden furniture. Low lighting. Long bar. Back area had space for live music.
Decent tap selection. DFH, Ipswich, Magic Hat, BBC, etc. Good glassware for various beers. A friend received his DFH 90 minute in a DFH snifter.
Service was decent with the heavy volume. As quick as they could be with a packed house.
Did not try the food, but when I go back I will, and I will edit this review, because from what I saw it looked good.
Atwood's is a awesome chill spot. To relax and converse with friends.
03-18-2007 18:35:03 |
More by Freshie
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $
This place opened up not a mile from my house, but I have been slow to actually go out east & try it out. I'm very glad I did.
The restaurant is very casual, and more of a bar than I was imagining. Nicely lit, but not too dark...lots of wood and deep earth colours. Nice looking bar too, lots of stools & hightop table space everywhere. It was friday night and while it filled up, it was never too crowded. We noticed a few BA people there next to us at the bar.
The beer selection was equally impressive & unexpected. I was very content - and I wish now that I showed up earlier, instead of being ready to go home after only 3 beers. The beers were all priced extremely competitvely, especially for the boston beerbar scene (and the priced for all the different drafts are listed right on the menu, which is nice).
The food was excellent pub stuff...we have the mac & cheese & a burger -they were both great. The fries (both traditional and sweet potato) are solid.
I am definitely going back to this place soon....I can see it becoming more of a regular spot for me.
Oh yea, there was a really cool band playing some sort of jazzy gypsie stuff that I loved....
03-12-2007 17:46:54 |
More by lawrence76
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I was really glad I decided to check this place out recently. Its located on Cambridge street kind of halfway between the galleria mall area and Inman square. It used to be the Overdraught I believe and it definitely looks a lot nicer from the street when walking or driving by.
We went at night so it was fairly dark when we went in and they definitely keep it dimly lit inside. The bar is off to the left as you walk in and it just looks like a lot of work went into fixing the place up. Lots of finished wood and a very clean feel to it. The owners seem to always be around to ensure that everything runs smoothly.
Beer selection wasnt mindblowing but it certainly was far better than the average choices around town, They had a CBC one on which always earns points in my book. They also had Anderson Valley, Tuckermans, Smuttynose, Berkshire brewing, Allagash, DFH, so actually quite a good selection of craft beer. Reasonable prices on the beers too at 4.25 for most. The beers tasted plenty fresh and clean.
The food is quite good here too at very reasonable prices. We just had some munchies but they were definitely better than average and you have to like how they encourage you to make substitutions to your order so you enjoy it as much as possible. Just a nice attitude towards the patrons.
They also had a nice jazz band playing at just the right volume level with no cover charge either. The place was pretty busy and its easy to see why.I'm looking forward to my next visit to the Atwood. The Inman square area just keeps getting better and better.
01-20-2007 15:39:38 |
More by rousee
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Atwoods is located on the long strip of Cambridge Street in Cambridge, between Lechmere and Inman Square.
The Interior is a neat mix of old school Irish bar but without that faux broken-in irish bar feel which actually makes it even more inviting. An L shaped room with a bar on the left that stretches to the back where there are tables to sit down and eat or watch the entertainment. Clean bright un-aged tan woods and a fireplace up front make it all very warm and inviting.
Beer selection is interesting. Two dozen taps with a bit smaller bottle selection. For the most part its Boston Basic but up a notch. Sam, Harpoon, Sierra Nevada, Guinness, Ipswich, BBC, CBC, etc. I was really impressed that they had DFH 90 minute IPA on tap and that it was served in the correct DFH snifter. All beers were served in the correct glassware and were very fresh and tasty with no off flavors.
Food selection was standard pub grub: Appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, some larger entrees, Irish breakfast for the brunch crowd, etc. Good stuff and very hearty but I honestly wasnt overly impressed by anything we ordered.
They have live music 4 days a week which I really need to come out for that one of these days. As I live in the area I could see this becoming a decent local watering hole, I cant stop thinking about the fresh snifters of 90 minute IPA. Although, I wish their website would tell theyre operating hours, the menu includes brunch, but doesnt say when. Overall pretty cool, Id come back.
12-20-2006 20:51:06 |
More by taez555
Atwood's Tavern in Cambridge, MA
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