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The Squealing Pig
Taps: 15 / Bottles: 60
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
134 Smith Street
phone: (617) 566-6651
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This place is my go-to bar on Thursday nights, when they have folk guitarist Mike Barrett, who plays covers of popular songs (Irish and contemporary). He plays 10:30pm-1:00am on Thursdays and the first Saturday of every month. The bar gets very crowded when he plays, which can be a deal-breaker to some people, especially if you expect to be able to walk in and get a table or a seat at the bar. The atmosphere on these nights can be awesome if you don't mind a crowd; expect lots of people singing along and clapping along with the music.
The waitstaff is friendly and accommodating. The food menu ranges from normal pub fare to some pretty interesting pizzas and a crazy dessert called a "Mars Bar Toastie", a belgian waffle topped with a melted Mars Bar, whipped cream, strawberries and bananas.
The beer menu is one of the best in the area (perhaps the best in the immediate vicinity aside from Penguin). They have 25+ beers on tap, ranging from PBR, Sam Adams, Guiness and Blue Moon to Dogfish 60 Min IPA, Whale's Tale Pale Ale, and my personal favorite BBC Coffeehaus Porter. Their bottle menu is even more extensive (and they typically have more than what's on the menu--take a peek at the coolers behind the bar). My favorite bottle is the Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/610/3158/?ba=bros), which is served in a 22-oz bottle. They also have a few Chimay selections, and they typically have appropriate glassware to go along with your beer selection. Some could complain that they don't have enough American pilsners (Bud, Coors Light, etc) on tap, but they're available in bottles and I'd prefer they use the space for tasty craft brews.
They have a full bar if you're into harder stuff. If you're looking for a good shot, ask for a Pick Me Up, which is Baileys-based and from what I can tell, also has some tequila, vodka, and hazelnut liquor in there. The Thursday bartenders know it, but I've asked the Saturday bartender and she'd never heard of it, so if you're feeling lucky, try it out!
Overall, the Pig is a favorite of many because of its cozy atmosphere, good food, and good beer menu. It may seem unspectacular in the afternoon and if you're not a fan of crowds, you won't like Thursday nights. The bill can get up there if you're eating and/or drinking craft beer, but not especially more than your typical local bar. If you're in the Brigham Circle area, give it a try!
04-10-2012 20:49:28 |
More by mtrem225
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Great place to go! Just went there with some friends for a few pints and to just hang out. Turns out that night there was a guitarist who plays there every Thursday night. He was quite good and really just a lot of fun to have in the bar, he even played some of the Pogues (automatic win for me). The beers on tap were enough to keep me occupied as they have a pretty decent selection. Dare I say it, just as good as Bukowski's Boston tap selection. Their bottle menu is reasonably extensive too (Westmalle, just to name one), though this is where Buk's pulls ahead. Servers knew that if the beer needed a special glass to pour in that instead of a pint, didn't see one miss-pour. Friendly staff even though they were very busy who could pour the beer correctly and into the right glass. Prices were decent, atmosphere was great, people were pleasant, and the food smelled amazing (which, I hear it is). I will definitely be returning time and time again.
07-16-2010 13:10:23 |
More by kbanks13
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
You enter into a long, narrow room with a door on the right that enters into a second room. Some brick, some sheetrock painted mustard yellow. Red wood trim, wood floors. The tables are rustic wood, with wooden chairs. Nice bar with stools. I like stools with backs. Kitchen area to the left.
There are 20 draft selections, most of them nothing special. The best drafts, from my viewpoint were Berkshire Coffee House Porter, LaChouffe, and Victory Golden Monkey. 42 bottled beers (8 Belgian), again kind of middle of the road. I had the Coffee House porter and enjoyed it very much.
I had the pig burger, which was excellent. Hamburger, bacon, gorgonzola cheese, and onions. Loved it. My fellow eaters were less than enthusiastic about their meals.
Service was OK. Not that attentive, but we weren't totally ignored either.
Given the number of brew pubs and beer bars in Boston, I'd probably try another place next time.
04-14-2010 21:41:21 |
More by lordofthewiens
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
A nice little place on a side street near Harvard's School of Public Health. Good amount of seating with big quasi-booth and table seating. Noise level is fine, and they sometimes have live entertainment.
Nothing here is super high end, but you don't mind paying for what you get. Food is tasty and portions are decent, and the menu is varied enough with old favorites and new twists. You can find something for even the pickiest eater.
Nice beer selection, ranging (in style and price) from run of the mill crap to expensive Belgians (La Chouffe!). Good choices on tap and bartenders without attitude -- I had a question about a draft, and he gave me a sample. Nice.
Table service was good, and fairly average, but WTF, they were busy. No screw ups or long waits, and they were friendly and patient.
Absolutely worth a visit.
01-21-2010 13:03:46 |
More by OtherShoe2
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I have visited the pig a few times and am ready to review this one.
Atmosphere: Fun, dimmly lit place. Small, stringed lights line the trim of the ceiling making it feel like a nice college bar. Great heavy wood tables where you seat yourself, and a relatively lengthy bar. They host a variety of singers and small bands at random times. The accoustics are a little off for these kinds of performance, but it still is great to see at a pub like this.
Quality: The bar is very clean. No issues there. Good glassware, and well made food.
Selection: Unfortunately the taps on this one rotate a lot, and the few taps they have aren't always special. My most recent visit did have some positive notes like BBC Coffee Porter, Endurance Pale Ale, Dogfish 60 min IPA, and some nice Belgians. Unfortunately some of the other taps include Stella Artois, PBR, and the staple Harpoon IPA for the area (not bad beers but nothing unusual). They do provide some nice bottle choices but those can be a little too pricey.
Food: Mixed bag in the food department. My girlfriend got the Pig Burger which is worth it. $10.99 gets you a large burger cooked to order with a bun made fresh from a bakery in Cambridge. The Pig Burger includes bacon, gouda, and chipotle onions cooked to perfection. A generous amount of fries complimented the side. I ordered the Turkey Reuben, which had a decent amount of turkey with the usual Reuben fixings. I chose the wheat bread which was excellent, but unfortunately the bread was just averaged size so it was rather small of $8.99. It did have some excellent potatoe salad, which had no mayo (awesome style, with fresh mozarella cheese).
Value: Not a terrible place. Some pints are below $5 and some that are over $8. Unfortunately bottles can be as high $6 plus for an average 12 oz. brew.
Final Thoughts - Decent place. Good atmosphere with bands and singer song writers. A great place to grab a burger and a pint, but the selection isn't that nice. Worth a try to do something different. It could turn out to be your new hang out.
04-23-2009 20:41:26 |
More by bsend
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $
Can't remember what night I went, but I believe it was a weeknight. I had no knowledge of the place before I stepped in and I was pleasantly surprised. Chill house band was jamming, the place was a little less than half full. Me and three friends took one of their huge wooden tables.
I had my first try of Delirium there for 7 bux which I found to be very good. Their overall selection wasn't bad at all. Nice mix of local and belgian beers. Not as pricey, snobby, or -more importantly- as far as Publik House. for me anyways...
Wouldn't hesitate a second to go back.
04-18-2008 01:56:40 |
More by drjamyma
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped by on a Saturday afternoon, since we just happened to be in the neighborhood. Looks like a cool Irish bar when you see the outside, and it's pretty much the same inside. Lots of wood benches and what looks like an interesting pizza menu. Sat at the bar and ordered a beer with my wife. I had the Concord Honey Pale Ale, she had the Rapscallion Blessing. There was a great selection of beers on tap and even more in bottles. They use the appropriate glassware when they can too. The only employee I saw there was acting as bartender and table waitress too, so she wasn't behind the bar much, making it hard to get her attention. This place seems like a nice neighborhood bar with an above average selection. The prices, also, were very reasonable. I wish I lived closer.
08-15-2007 00:51:34 |
More by morebeergood
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I'm not sure if The Squealing Pig is a destination, but it's a very good local pub and worth a visit if you're headed towards Northeastern, the MFA, or of course the Longwood/Brigham Circle area. Has good character, warm, clean, decor is fun without getting kitschy.
The beer selection has a good mix of local, domestic micros, and imports. About 15 on tap and many more in bottles, and the appropriate glassware at least for Belgians and wheat beers. A Golden Monkey was great, in a Chimay goblet, but a Whale's Tale wasn't so great, with some slightly off flavors that might not belong (not familiar enough with the brew to say for sure).
I had some serious problems with the beer menu - several of the beers listed on draft they just don't have (no problem, server warned us), the Whale's Tale was incorrectly listed as an IPA, and the prices were out of date (everything on the bill was 50 cents higher). Can't someone please spare 20 minutes to print out new ones?
The food was really very good compared to the typical pub. The pizza was just the way I like it - a thin, crispy crust, cooked hot enough to start blistering. The toasties are well constructed and toasted really crisp, and they have an interesting selection on the menu. The fries were competent, probably should have tried the curry fries that get recommended.
08-10-2007 14:54:40 |
More by nfo
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The Squealing Pig is my favorite bar and luckily it is directly behind my building! It's a small, very neighborhood-oriented place with no tvs and a nice long bar inside with plenty of tables. The bartenders are very friendly and know their shit. The food is also phenomenal, absolutely the best bar food I've ever had, and right up there with any good restaurant. Try the roast chicken toastie! The real allure, of course, is the excellent beer. Though the Pig has only about 12-15 taps, there are quite a few gems on there (including my favorites, Endurance and Whales Tale, which I've never seen anywhere else). The Pig also has an extensive list of fine bottled beers, most of which they will pour into the proper glass without being asked. This is an excellent beer bar in a neighborhood with a few hidden gems of bars, but the Squealing Pig is far and away my favorite. The combination of a low-key, but very nice atmosphere inside, excellent food, and great beer is unbeatable. Long live the Pig!
01-16-2007 20:08:59 |
More by FrankLloydMike
The Squealing Pig in Boston, MA