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Taps: 43 / Bottles: 40
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
92 Hampshire St
phone: (617) 250-8454
(Place added by: Todd on 11-16-2009)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Between Harvard and MIT, a shot stroll from Cambridge Brewing, we stopped in for a visit after the Friday session of ACBF. Mid sized place, looks like a dive from the outside, but nicely put together and quite nice on the inside. Dark and sleek. The excitement here, of course , is the beer. The taps are plentiful and quality laden. I was intrigued by the three draft offerings from Port Brewing, which we do see in the NY area. Multiple quality offerings both on tap and in bottles. I tried the fish and chips entree which was better then average. Very enjoyable and highly recommended place. I'll definitely do my best to revisit, and I'd be here all the time if it was local.
06-23-2010 02:08:57 |
More by Billolick
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped with a few friends from Sweden to check out this new-ish pub near MIT. The sounds of eighties music greeted us and kept going for the 2 or so hours we were there. I personally liked it, and it seemed the crowd was predominantly 30's-40's, with some outliers on either side.
There was seating for maybe 150 (just a guess), lots of tables and plenty of seating along the bar too. The tap list was VERY VERY good. I'm tempted to list what I saw while there, but their website has the tap list so you can check it before going.
The food was good, a little upscale but still bar food, no complaints. Relatively inexpensive, about equivalent with Cambridge Brewing Company in terms of quality and price. Of course, CBC wins in the brews-their-own category, but Lord Hobo takes it for sheer number of quality taps. I'd stop by again any time I'm in the area.
06-20-2010 18:33:05 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Went here on the last stop of the Boston Beer Week pub crawl. When I first walked in the front doors propped open I look straight ahead and i see all the taps. I knew this place was going to be a great place to drink a few beers. The place was a little quiet for a late Saturday afternoon, but started to pick up when i was on my way out. I sat at one of the tall long table. I got great service and and the waiter was very knowledgeable. The beer menu was great. The location seemed to be out of the way a little bit. With park tough to find. (a lot of resident only parking along the streets).
06-16-2010 22:38:01 |
More by rebelthrower
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5 | $$$
A and I walked here one Sunday afternoon and were excited to try a new beer bar in the area. The decor was OK, a bit dark but not really comfortable. We sat at the bar and were probably only 2 of maybe 12 patrons in the whole place with about 4-5 staff hanging out ignoring us. When the bartender finally noticed us we ordered some beers and food.
The beer selection is very good with a mix of brews, not too heavy on the IPA's and Belgians which is where a lot of beer bars seem to focus. They served the beer in proper glassware which is always a plus. Probably one of the top selections in the Boston area.
The food however was not so great. The deviled eggs were an experiment gone wrong. I think the chef may have tried too hard to make the eggs into something more than they shoulda been, which is a simple comfort food. Please keep aioli away from my deviled eggs. Aioli is Ok when done well, but I think someone burned the garlic so it tasted not so good. My cuban sandwich was way too salty, dry and again had the burnt aioli, and cost me $13, why its even over $10 is beyond me.
In the future I think we might eat somewhere else and just drink from their extensive beer selection. So if you like a quality beer selection, are not hungry, and don't really care so much about service then Lord Hobo is a good choice.
I noticed other reviewers have a different take on service, so maybe I will give it another try since it might have been an off night. Also some like the food more than I, but I can't get over the pricetag so might still skip it unless they have a more reasonably priced special
Second and third Trips: More of the same, service was so-so, food, maybe a bit better, but still "nothing to see here" , selection of beer still good to excellent. Again, a good place to get a beer, otherwise I prefer going to other places in the area that are more comfortable.
05-12-2010 14:22:38 |
More by ridedammit
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Went to Lord Hobo last night (Thursday April 29th) with my wife for dinner and some good brews.
We were greeted by a friendly doorman who checked our IDs and sorted out a table for us immediately. It was pretty busy, ours was the only free table. The service was exceptionally friendly and attentive. The beer list is outstanding. Great selection of (mostly) domestic draught and some nice bottles too - particularly good selection of cantillon.
We shared deviled eggs to start - thoroughly enjoyed them, white truffle was excellent. Our main course was very good too, I had the special, wellington burger and my wife had oxtail gnocchi. Everything was beautifully cooked, the oxtail wasn't too fatty which can often happen and the burger was nice and pink.
I drank Clown Shoes Hoppy feet, Stone Vertical Epic 09, Victory Hop Wallop, Green Flash Imp. IPA and a Port Hop 15. All the beers were fresh, well poured and arrived at the table quickly.
I really find it very difficult to fault Lord Hobo. It was quite dark inside but I like that. The music was good and not too loud to drown out conversation. Service was great. It is a little pricey but you have to pay for good quality. I've just moved to Boston so I'm stoked that this place is within walking distance!
04-30-2010 14:55:15 |
More by chickenwingking
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
one of the greatest beer lists ive come across in new england. I was expecting a to see a few hard to get beers on the menu but was incredibly shocked to see the beer menu was 2 pages long with everything from belgian whites to dark ipas to saison to smoked beer...the prices are extremely reasonable as is the amount you get for the money. Although the dogfishhead world wide stout only comes in a 6 oz glass its just the right amount of beer at 18 percent. Great environment, relatively knowledgeable wait staff. I would absolutey love to go back to this place. They seem to put a lot of care and effort to supply the customer with a different kind of beer experience.
04-08-2010 11:52:42 |
More by alkchrios
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2 | $$$$
Ah, the hipster mecca of the Boston beer bars.
Upon entering through a heavy curtain (to help keep out the the Boston chill), all you can think of is "red" - the blood red walls with funky local art contrasted to black furniture. Music is a little loud for my taste. One thing I notice....nobody is smiling. C'mon folks, beer is supposed to be fun.
Took a seat at the horseshoe shaped bar and it took over 10 minutes before a menu was unceremoniously plopped in front of me - no greeting, no welcome. Then it took another 10 minutes to grab the barkeep's attention.
Selection's vast and well thought-out - lots of rare "ticker" beers that are priced high, but I'm begrudgingly becoming used to the astronomical price points for craft beer in Boston. Would love to see more of a focus on Mass/New England beers, though. Beers I sampled were poured correctly and tasted on target.
What really drags down the LH is the food menu, in both value and execution. The chips are tasty, but certainly not worth the ~ $9 price tag. My DC and I split an order of the lobster mac n cheese (a mediocre representation of what has become a ubiquitous choice around here) and very pedestrian half chicken.
Tab with 2 beers apiece was a mind-boggling $90.
I'd probably hit LH again for a few beers but skip eating. There are far superior dining options in the Cambridge area for the money.
visited LH for the 1st time in a while with a few other long-time BA's. 3 of us sat at the bar and were summarily ignored for 10+ minutes by 2 barkeeps behind the bar. Keep in mind, it was a Monday and not crowded. After we were able to get the hipster 'keeps attention to plop some menus in front of us, it was another 15 minutes before we could bother this self-important fool to order a beer.
Even better - all our beers were short-poured and arrived with at least 2-finger heads. Us old-time BA coots just looked at each other and shook our heads. Thus is the state of modern-day douchey beer palaces.
The artwork on the wall is hipster garbage too. Price tags attached indicate somebody would actually buy that crap????
Beers tasted good at least! :0)
03-23-2010 00:46:30 |
More by SunDevilBeer
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Stopped by when the BeerAdvocate beer crawl was going through this St. Paddy's Day, and ended up staying for a couple hours.
Light was pretty dim (it was 5 in the afternoon mind you), and as mentioned below the one flat screen tv was off. Busier than normal for a wednesday I'm sure, but still not ridiculous, got a spot at the bar and hung out as people moved in and out. High tables in the back, but I'm sure on a crowded night it would mostly be standing. I like the vibe,
can't complain about the quality - everything seemed perfect. Good selection of glassware for the beers and well poured, they obviously care about their beers and treat them well.
Bartenders were nice, knowledgeable, and accessible, though I haven't been there on a crowded night, so tough to judge there.
Extensive tap list, a bit too crowded with hard-hitting beers and not enough nice lagers or pale ales for my taste, but definitely lots of interesting things to try and absolutely something for everyone. Tried an Avery's brown ale, Port Shark Attack, and an Oaked Arrogant Bastard. All good.
food seemed a bit pricey, but didn't eat any. beer prices seemed about what i expected, no incredible deals but not too horrible either.
overall great place, hope to get back soon.
03-18-2010 12:50:14 |
More by batty
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
I love this place as I live around the corner so it's convenient for me and a little out of the way for everyone else.
Beer selection is tremendous, food isn't anything special. I usually go to Tupelo in Inman for food before or after Lord Hobo.
They keep the lights so low, it's almost impossible to read the menus without using the light of your cell phone.
I love the fact that they have huge TVs but keep them off most of the time. Bring the music down a notch or two and this would be my perfect meeting place for my beer enthusiast buddies.
03-01-2010 03:23:13 |
More by croaky
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Lord Hobo is still host to a quintessential Cantabrigian mix of hipsters, geeks and just about everyone else, and despite the lousy acoustics it's a great place to imbibe. A lot changed in this place between my first and second visits, and all of it for the better. The beer list now features a much improved local selection in addition to the staggering wider selection, and the beer and food prices have come down considerably thanks to the addition of lower priced options in both areas. This includes an astonishingly reasonable $4 house tap of Haverhill Brewery, which was a kolsch when I was in. The pizza I had was fantastic, and though it was at first smaller than I had expected, I was comfortably full with plenty of room for more beer afterward--hard to ask for more than that. The revamped beer list and menu has been kinder to my wallet and personal sensibilities, and I enjoy going here much more than I thought I would upon my first visit. My foot may be in my mouth--but so too is great beer and food when I'm at the corner of Windsor and Hampshire.
original post 02-12-2010:
I've only been to Lord Hobo once so far, in late November shortly after it opened, and while this may be a backhanded compliment, I've been meaning to go back but haven't yet.
Lord Hobo is a nice place inside, but a bit too forced in some ways. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed the atmosphere, but there's something nice about the Dirty Truth that seems less contrived.
I didn't have the food, but it looked quite good. It also is quite expensive--so much so that I'll be surprised if I ever do try it. I believe the lowest priced menu item was fries with some sauces, and that was upwards of $7. I like it when a bar can have some nice dishes and appetizers that might be costly, but a few sandwiches and plate of fries at more reasonable prices for when you decide to eat but hadn't shown up with that intention.
Similarly, the beer prices were a bit pushy, especially considering that many of the beers can be found elsewhere nearby for less. Speaking of beer, I gave the place an artificially low selection score because it seems to be plagued with the same problem as Deep Ellum. Both are great bars, and I enjoy them both, and both have great beer, and often beer that you won't find at many (if any) other places. However, both also seem to focus almost exclusively on hoppy, if not extreme beers. I like these beers, but I also like a mellow pale ale. With so many taps, why can't they accommodate more of a range of styles?
I like this place, and I plan on going back, but with the CBC so close by and with the aforementioned qualms, I'm not sure when I'll make it.
02-12-2010 21:27:11 |
More by FrankLloydMike
Lord Hobo in Cambridge, MA
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