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Taps: 20 / Bottles: 20
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
350 Massachusetts Ave
phone: (617) 577-9100
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Located conveniently on Mass Ave in Central Square. The vibe is typical for a Cambridge pub: casual, slightly sports-centric, but not quite 'Irish'-authentic. The atmosphere is clean and open with lots of hightop tables in addition to a wrap-around bar.
With approximately 20 selections on tap including: Thomas Hooker Liberator, Southern Tier Chokolate, CBC Big Man Ale, Harpoon Leviathon Double IPA, etc., this 'Irish' pub certainly surprises.
Service was prompt, but it was evident that our server was out of her element when it came to beer recommendations or anything beer-related for that matter. At least proper glassware was used in every instance.
One positive for friends of the craft beer drinker is that this place also serves a wide variety of cocktails, so if a brewpub that serves only beer is out of the question for an office gathering, the Asgard is a popular alternative.
01-17-2011 01:30:54 |
More by NEhophead
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
Went here on the Boston Beer Week Pub crawl. I only had a couple beers here. The place was very crowded (lots of soccer on tv) and at one point it was one out one in. The service was a little slow wait staff ( our waitress walked by when i had an empty glass and didnt even bother to ask if i wanted another beer). The beer selection wasn't huge, but they did have some great craft beers on tap. The atmosphere seemed to be a little odd, but i wasn't there to look at the walls either. The menu looked good thought i didn't get to try any food.
06-16-2010 03:55:29 |
More by rebelthrower
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Came here by chance, we were just looking for a place to eat and found it along our walk near the Central stop.
Place is definitely fake-ish in theme, but can fun to look at nevertheless, not very laid back for an "Irish" themed restaurant/bar though, which its sister restaurant the Kinsale excels at being (even when packed).
The selection of beers was nice and found several that were not available in Maine, if I had more time I would have ordered another round or two, as such I went with Oskar Blue's Gordon and found it to be very good.
The food was fairly typical for a pub/Irish themed restaurant and adequate, of the meals my friends and myself had partaken in, none of them really stood out.
A place I wouldn't mind going back to if I'm looking for a place to eat along the red line, but I prefer the Kinsale over the Asgard.
03-21-2010 18:54:03 |
More by deltatauhobbit
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Although this is one of the seemingly endless number of ubiquitous faux-Irish pubs in the Boston area, I can handle the Asgard due to their beer selection and somewhat upscale atmosphere.
The beer list isn't going to wow the ticker crowd, but has several solid local/regional selections that are in good shape and are reasonaly priced (example: 20 oz Ommegang Hennepin for $5.75). Harpoon 100 Barrel and Leviathan series beers are always on.
Service was a bit spotty - our server announced she was new and things were slow....but I wasn't in a hurry so I didn't mind.
I went with the fish and chips which were pretty mediocre, but my standards for the dish in the Boston area are high. Most of my other DC's had similar opinions of their food.
All in all a decent place to go if you're in the neighborhood, but not a destination per se.
03-14-2010 18:11:32 |
More by SunDevilBeer
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Hit this place on a Saturday afternoon and was pleasantly surprised by the beer selection. ST Choklat, NC Rasputin, Flower Power, DFH. Bartender knew what she was talking about and was very attentive, the music was great (deep cut classic rock) and the chicken tenders were great -- BBQ Honey, probably frozen, but very good. One of the best beer experiences I've had in Cambridge in a while. Not sure about the night life, but for a nice Saturday afternoon inebriated stroll, it's a necessary destination for me from now on.
02-13-2010 21:58:18 |
More by LeeMarvin
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Right off the bat, one thing I'd like to say about the Asgard is that, although they do not present the absolute largest selection of beer--what they do carry is excellent and varied.
This is an enjoyable place to relax with a group of people...perhaps a tad too loud, but at least there are sections and rooms that are quieter if that's you're going for. You'll feel like a King in a throne. Great interior.
The service is excellent. The waitstaff seemed to me to be like an omni-present force that stayed out of your way but was there whenever you needed them. And the staff, the bardtenders in particular, are extremeley knowledgeable about the brews that they are carrying.
Like I mentioned earlier, this establishment doesn't flaunt the largest selection, but what they do have is continuouslly changing, seasonal, some local, some imported, some Belgians. Something for everyone, but not the standard spread that you'll find everywhere. For example, you could structure the night with a popular Young's Double Chocolate Stout on-tap, follow through with an Ommegang Saison Seasonal, and even try the rotating line of Cambridge Brewing Company--conceived literally right down the road in Cambridge, MA.
Give this place a try if you're in the area.
09-11-2009 00:01:39 |
More by JTWILDOATS
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Went here last Wed afternoon as part of my 40th birthday celebration.
Very nice and clean interior, nice dark woods with a Celtic/Nordic feel. Sat at the bar, which was very comfortable and inviting. The bartender was GREAT! Huge knowledge of all the beers on tap and in bottles. Made some great reccomendations and even let us have some free taste before we decided what to have. This is the kind of atmosphere and service you expect from a good beer bar. Good local selections from CBC and Peak Organic to nice imports, Duvel etc.
I will definately be back!
06-22-2009 22:19:06 |
More by Liverpool08
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
An atypical & mighty unusual Tuesday afternoon led way to Asgard in Central Square...
The vibe is comfortable & cozy with an interior that reminds me of The Kinsale in Government Center. A classic sister-bar appeal awaits inside. Expect the food & beer selection to be solid. Service was efficient and focused. Atmosphere is clean with an over-sterile accent, but could be worse. Tuesday nights happen to be Trivia night for those who care.
A handy beer listing reveals about 20 drafts beers. I concentrated on Allagash White's that were presented in appropriate glassware. Beers were served fresh. I'd like to re-visit in the Fall/Winter. The patio adds to the potential of this place, yet something is lacking overall.
A solid option in the proximity of central sq. I'll be back soon to support and honestly... this visit was better than expected.
08-01-2007 19:35:22 |
More by Hibernator
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
This was the second stop on a Friday afternoon pub crawl. This place is quite large, and has a fun Irish pub feeling to it. Sat at the bar and ordered a Allagash White, which was served in an Allagash glass. The bartender was quite attentive as he brought my beer quickly and changed the TV to accommodate the guys at the bar. The beer selection here is a bit more extensive than what you will find in the immediate area, with about 20 taps and 10 bottles. The food here is pretty good, with your typical pub food and also a few Irish favorites sprinkled in. When it comes to an Irish bar that is good to have a few beers at in the Kendall Sq area, this is the place.
02-16-2007 23:17:34 |
More by morebeergood
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
I'll always remember the Asgard because there was one occasion where I recommended a Smithwicks to a Southern woman who wanted something "not as dark as Guinness and not as light as Bud". Suprisingly she liked it. Also this is the only place that I've seen a older (65+) have Brooklyn Brown Ale as his beer of choice rather than some macro.
The Asgard is also part of the "Classic Irish" chain that include's Government Center Boston's Kinsale and Rt. 9 Framingham's Desmond O'Malleys.
12-02-2005 18:50:29 |
More by jvdineen
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The Asgard in Cambridge, MA