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Taps: 43 / Bottles: 40
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
92 Hampshire St
phone: (617) 250-8454
(Place added by: Todd on 11-16-2009)
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vibe: 1 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 1.75 | $$$
Biggest disappointment in Boston for my time.
Atmosphere: you enter the front doors to a curtain with an unknown number of barfs and spits on it (presuming this, as it's fairly dark in there). My wife and I step in, look around and assume it's open seating since there is nobody greeting us at the door. So we start walking toward a table and are intercepted by a big dude asking for identification. So we provide it and he cordially brings us to a table. Cool, whatever. Next, my wife and I try to have a conversation - it's loud as fuck in there. When I left, my ears had that concert feel.
Quality: the draft list is a nice mix of locals and domestic craft beers. No crap on tap and some obscurities I would have probably tried if I could stand to stay in the establishment. Bottle list was garbage, just a few "special" bottles with a little note that said they had more bottles, but you needed to chat with your server to explore the list, this is bullshit. If you're going to sell the beer, sell the beer with a price attached. Reminds me of the Frog in Vegas, a list of bottles, no prices and you just have to stroke your server for a decent price.
Service: well, after being seated, we were approached by a server....20 minutes later. And the service remained at this rate for the remainder of the meal. The other servers seemed a little more attentive than our assigned gentleman, but that doesn't change our experience. He also spoke like Oliver the Orphan - couldn't hear a goddam thing he said. He wasn't bent out of shape when I shortly told him I couldn't hear any of the words coming out his mouth, and he succinctly revised his conversation.
Selection: See above on draft selection. Don't see how this is a different category.
Food: the hush puppies were about what I would expect from a place like Skippers or Popeyes, not Lord Hobo at $8 an order. The dip it came with was really tasty, just mashed up avocados and lime with maybe a bit of cream cheese. Ended up just using this for the fries and didn't eat the hush puppies. Nobody even blinked that we didn't eat the hush puppies - no "you didn't like them?" or "Was there something wrong?" The scallops were nicely cooked and those were good. The accompanying corn bread, corn mix tasted like it had table sugar added to it - this also remained on the plate. My wife's fries were really quite nice and I thought above average. The sandwich she ordered (proscuitto, tomato, basil and balsamic) tasted like the baslamic was mixed again with table sugar. I'm not a picky eater, but this seemed like a poor attempt to be a nice, local and relatively upscale joint overshadowed with low end ingredients and poor preparation.
Value: the draft beer value seemed pretty standard if not good for the area. The bottles appeared overpriced ($14 for a bottle of Fritz?, that shit is $6 retail...so $10 maybe, but a near quadrupling of the wholesale price?). Food, if good, would have been a great value, but it was not good, so I don't think it was a good value.
Bottom line is that Lord Hobo fell far from a minimally enjoyable place to drink or eat. The sound was overwhelming and the service shitty with substandard food all come together and not even the draft list could woo be back into this place.
07-19-2013 02:22:59 |
More by harrymel
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: 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: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$$
$13 for a hamburger. Really?
This is the most uncomfortable bar I have ever been in. Who thought it was a good idea for solid wood booth benches with solid wood backs? It's either that or a stool with no back. This is especially a bad idea considering the clientele who seems to favor boney butts. The decor is burnt sienna walls with burgundy curtains and pretentious, "thought provoking," artwork highlighted on the walls.
The bathrooms were really nice with marble urinal dividers...but the soap was the same Walmart soap dispenser I have in my bathroom.
The draft selection is the strength of this bar. They have 3 casks as well as a good run of beers that cover most styles and price ranges. Some of the serving choices were questionable as they served me a pale ale (Bear Republic Rebellion - Simcoe) in a 12 oz glass. WTF? I can finish the whole 16 ounces thank you. Also, they serve Mayflower Golden in a 32 oz. mason jar.
We had a large party (8 of us) and had to wait 2 hours for a table. We ordered food at the bar because we were hungry so that angered our waitress. We ordered more food at the table and that took forever to get there. The Cambridge area seems to spawn surly servers and bartenders and I don't know why.
There are only about 6 items on the entree list and what was passed around our table was mediocre at best. The lobster mac and cheese had very little lobster and the deviled eggs are much better at the Independent. Speaking from experience, a $13 hamburger tastes just like an $8 hamburger.
This is a hipsters paradise. I won't digress as I believe most bars are only as fun as the people you come with. However, if you like all things Cambridge: hipsters, mangy and unfriendly service,beer in mason jars, expensive and exotic ways of making simple food overpriced then hop on your single-gear bike and head down to Lord Hobo!
02-04-2010 16:12:13 |
More by donkeyrunner
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$$
I've been chewing over my thoughts on Lord Hobo since I visited for its opening week. I usually find myself forming judgments about bars quickly, but something was nagging at me about LH.
First off, expect to find something you like on the beer menu. This is what has most impressed me about LH since its inception, and really what has kept me from writing it off from the start. Their menu is a fine balance between stalwart favorites, hyped newcomers and interesting obscurities. Their bottle list has, at times, contained gems that made me open my wallet wide. Yes, I want a beer bar to occasionally surprise me with vintages of Pannepot; I'm old school like that.
It is the rest of the package that makes Lord Hobo a bit of a head-scratcher for me. The large, clumsy tables packed with random groups I don't mind nearly as much as I thought I originally would. Really, the atmosphere would be fine save for the fact that you can never, ever hear what anyone is saying in the place. Even on off-days, tucked in the corner, I have strained my voice just to be heard by my girlfriend. A major problem for me, and not one that I'm likely to overcome anytime soon. As someone who has spent the last decade plus listening to punk and hardcore, and has crammed into a fair share of loud, smelly basement shows, I'd never think a bar could really push me to complain about the noise. Alas, here we are.
The food has ranged from pretty good to good, with a fair share of hits and a few misses. I've never had outright poor service, but most of the time it has been slow and ridden with an attitude that I don't really care for.
And of course, everyone's gripe with the place - it is too. damn. expensive. Yes, I like the $4 pint specials, but I don't go there for $4 pints. I go there for the same upscale offerings that everyone else does, and as someone "in the trade" I am occasionally shocked by pricetags of certain items.
All in all, a place that I want to like, but have yet to. I'll be waiting for another Groupon before I drop more $$ here, though.
02-24-2011 02:15:46 |
More by speakorspasm
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Checked this place out while in town for EBF 2011 with schen9303 and GoGriz.
Visited during the early afternoon and this place definitely seemed a bit shady at first. Almost like a speakeasy, the windows were all covered and the doors had a huge black curtain behind it. Not the most inviting. Bar set-up was nice though. Rectangular and large with all the taps in the center.
Beer was good. Clean tap lines with a fridge for their bottles. Not much else to say here.
Service was average to a bit below average. Bartender just seemed like a giant douche who just rubbed me the wrong way. Wasn't too attentive either even though there weren't many people there. I order two samples and even though I had an empty glass in front of me for about 15 minutes, he never bothered to walk over to see if I wanted something else. About 10 people in the bar total in case you're wondering.
Selection is pretty good. We just happened to be there the day after Sixpoint night so all they had were Sixpoint offerings on tap. Not that I'm complaining since they had almost ALL the Sixpoint beers.
For what you're getting, this place is way overpriced. $2.75 for a 4oz pour of a standard IPA? No thanks. And the bottle list is even more outrageous. $28 for a bottle of Cantillon Classic Gueuze... that's more expensive than a bar in midtown NYC... kind of outrageous.
Overall, I'm glad to have seen this place for myself given its reputation but honestly, it was a huge letdown for me. Overpriced and underserviced. Yeah, the selection is pretty good, but in my opinion, you can't get by on that alone.
03-16-2011 00:55:41 |
More by SpeedwayJim
vibe: 1 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 1.5 | $$$$
This place is the absolute pinnacle of pretentiousness.
First, it has the vibe of a restaurant, not a brew pub. Do not go here thinking it is Publik House West. The management attempted to create false ambiance by turning the lights way down but it doesn't really work except to make it difficult to read the menu. My hipster waitress knew nothing about the beers on the menu other than what was printed in the description. I also made the mistake of getting a burger which was small, not cooked properly, and priced like a Kobe beer burger. The group of friends I went with were all equally dissatisfied with their experience here.
However, Lord Hobo does have a silver lining. The beer selection and the overall quality of that selection are phenomenal. Other than that, though, everything else about the experience is terrible. Rather than going here, you would be better off perusing their menu online, buying the beer that appeals to you, and staying home.
02-04-2011 01:03:53 |
More by jjamieson36
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I went over to Lord Hobo with some buddies a few weeks ago, after deciding we were going to do a pub crawl/drink a lot, so we started at Meadhall, went to Lord Hobo, and ultimately ended up at the Yard House in Dedham (long story). Anyways, this place was pretty cool. They have a moderately large beer list on tap, with some harder to find stuff, and some TVs for watching the ball games (they turned off the TV after the sox game was over). Unfortunately, I was not impressed with the service. It could've just been our particular waiter (because the other waiters seemed fairly good), but it was impossible to get his attention at one point, even though he was standing about 20 feet away! Asides from that, I liked this place, and I'll be back with some buddies for a late-night beer after hitting up Meadhall in Kendall or something like RedBones in Davis.
08-09-2011 00:06:09 |
More by beerman999999
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5 | $$$
Finally got to check this place out last Friday (10/15/10). Got here about 6:30 or so and it was busy. Its just about halfway between CBC and Inman square.
I found the vibe in here to be a little annoying at least from the majority of the patrons. Mostly 20-somethings that just thought they were the coolest shit because they had discovered some craft beers. The vibe from the staff on the other hand was quite friendly and down to earth. Overall, the place is a little dark and it could use some more comfortable seating but I wouldnt hold that against Lord Hobo too much.
The beer selection was absolutely fantastic with tons of hard to find craft beers on draught. They also had some nice bomber bottles in the fridge. The only problem was that most of the draughts were pretty high gravity offerings and I just wasnt up for having a few 10% abv beers. In addition most of them were priced at $9 or so for 12 oz pours. I realize these beers are expensive but given the neighborhood, I thought the prices seemed steep. I could swear the prices are much better at the Other Side and that is a higher rent district than Lord Hobo and I am almost 100 % sure its the same owner for both places.
I got mac and cheese ($10)which was average at best. The cheese sauce lacked complexity and there simply wasnt enough pasta in the cast iron skillet it was served in for the dish. My friend got some hand cut fries and the home made mayo they had for dipping them in was excellent but the fries themselves--not too special.
I liked this place pretty well and could see it as a good stop for the trek from CBC to Inman but I really wouldnt go out of my way just for Lord Hobo.
10-19-2010 16:55:31 |
More by rousee
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Contemporary atmosphere greets the visitor and for some reason, causes me to reminisce about bars back home.
Beer selection is highly adventurous as I arrived on Sixpoint night in which all taps were Sixpoint beers. Great bottle list.
I didn't order food but it sure smelled good. Prices for Sixpoint beers were reasonable, even for small portions.
Decent bottle list with plenty of belgian heavyweights. My only complaint would be that the Sixpoint selections did not come in a pint.
I'd go back again, probably closer to opening time to get a good seat. It was quite crowded and I have mild claustrophobia so I didn't stay as long as I had wanted.
03-14-2011 04:33:11 |
More by Brad007
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