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Taps: 31 / Bottles: 15
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1667 Massachusetts Ave
phone: (617) 547-1228
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 47 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
My first of two BA experiences in a very short trip to Boston and north. I passed it on my way over to my old roommate's place. As a drove by the "24 beers on tap" caught my eye and I was pleasantly surprised when my buddy said, "There's a good beer bar close by and the food ain't half bad."
The selection was top notch with Victory, SmuttyNose, Brooklyn, and some local selections as well. The special was the Dogfish 60-minute IPA, which I recommended for my buddy, while I tried the SmuttyNose IPA for the first time. What's not to like. The service provided by Amy and Ashley was impeccable. I didn't even realize the Lizard was downstairs until we were leaving. The burgers were decent. It seemed like the kind of place where you would run into a long lost friend. The clientele was mixed. Little did I know that I could have crossed paths with the Alstrom boys.
Definitely worth another stop, next time up Cambridge way.
12-15-2004 19:43:53 |
More by farHillsBrewer
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Came here for the premiere of Smutty IPA last night. It's a dark place, with a big island bar in the middle as you enter. There are plenty of tables to the left, and more straight ahead beyond the bar. There wasn't any music playing, but it was quite crowded on a Wednesday eve, and the brick walls made for poor acoustics, requiring you being on top of someone (not that bad a thought, in some cases) to hear them. Crowd seemed to be a bit "older' - i.e. not a college crowd. Selection was nice, with the lovely Smutty IPA, Dogfish, Sammy, Magic Hat and other respected micros on tap. The ladies behind the bar were a bit slow, but it seemed to be just 2 of them taking care of a very large crowd. Can't imagine what this place was like when smoking was allowed. Quite loud, but decent.
atmosphere: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: n/a | $$
03-25-2004 16:30:08 |
More by Bierman9
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Since my move to Harvard Square, CC has become one of my locals. 24 beers on tap, and a selection of bottles, the majority of which are craft brews with many of them being local (they have some typical swill beers, too, but you have to pay the bills, I guess). Drafts might include: Cambridge Brewing, Brooklyn, Magic Hat, Watch City, Smutty, Anderson Valley, Victory, Stone, etc ... plus rotating specials. The selection is always moving, and all are on the menu and with highlights of the specials. Prices are very reasonable, and the beer is fresh. My one beef is that they always serve the beer in chilled American pint glasses. So you either have to ask for a non-chilled glass or wait for your beer to warm up. Sometimes you'll get stadium pours, too ... but I'm sure only beer enthusiasts are going to complain about this. ;-)
Atmosphere is a bit dark, which I like. Crowd is a bit older, which I like, too. Food is a step above most pubs. I dig their sweet potato chips, burgers and signature meat loaf. Service is always attentive and friendly.
Cambridge Common is located smack between the Harvard and Porter T-stops, so either way you'll have about a 10 min walk, but it's worth it. Just remember to ask ahead of time for non-chilled pint glasses and you'll easily enjoy this place. Good brews. Good food. Good people ...and they support local beer, which is good, too. With a bit more care for the beer ... this place could graduate past good and become great. In the meantime, A+ for their effort.
03-22-2004 16:23:41 |
More by Todd
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Not an easy place to to get to unless you live next to it. A good walk from Porter or Harvard Square and parking is always terrible on Mass Ave. Why do I go here? Because they serve Cambridge Brewing beers and parking is even worse at the brewery.
CC is a good size bar/restaurant with dim lighting and plenty of tunes in the background. The bar sits in the middle of the place and has 24 beers on tap. You can regularly find a Cambridge, a Dogfish, a McNeills plus all of the usualls like SNPA, Sam A's, Harpoon, and the like. They have started to serve all the Cambridge beers in room temp glasses which is nice to see. Be sure to ask and they won't give you a chilled glass.
Sevice has always been spot on for me. Food is good, they have amazing curly fries here. Worth a stop if you are in the area.
03-13-2004 10:52:03 |
More by CharlesRiver
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2
24 taps, with an unimpressive selection among them and nowhere near enough rotation. Smoky as hell. Uninspired food. Put it this way: I live next door to this place (literally) and I never go there. I don't recommend it.
09-08-2002 12:17:42 |
More by doerickson
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3
Not waht I was hoping, but now I have that lasting, precious, first impression. I dug the structure and space: square bar, woody, dark in the back, light in the front (early evening), over-looking swanky businesses across Mass Ave. Although there were 24 brews on tap, there was not too much that grabbed me. A few Brooklyn and Smutty options were the top of the line. We had good waitservice, although the place was pretty empty. There were a few interesting food options, but mine was a mild let-down.
Worth the effort if you are way between Harvard and Porter Sqs. A decent option if you are driving, but no drink and drive, please. Cheers
07-18-2002 07:45:47 |
More by BillyBrew
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5
Thought the tapped beer selection was decent with more ales than lagers. Their tap system is good for lagers but much too cold for the ales. Also bartenders that were there when I went didn't seem to know how to pour a beer. They would set the glass down on the grate and open the tap letting it splash. Then they would dump the foam and top it off.
The atmosophere is pretty cool since it is a big square bar in the middle of the room and has a wall of windows that lets in plenty of light in the afternoon.
06-26-2002 09:25:13 |
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