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Taps: 43 / Bottles: 40
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
92 Hampshire St
phone: (617) 250-8454
(Place added by: Todd on 11-16-2009)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
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: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Finally had the time to stop in during my trip to Boston. Just short walk from Cambridge Brewing Company and very easy to find. The place is not very large, but the bar can seat about 20, and there were a few booths and tables for dining. The place was clearly for Cambridge locals, not a tourist to be found. There was only one TV on showing cartoon network, and there are plenty of interesting paintings on the wall. Overall a very comforatble and relaxed atmosphere here.
The beer list was impressive as there were so many different styles. Beers from Pretty Things, Victory, Troegs, Stone, Haverhill, DFH, Port Brewing, Firestone Walker, Bear Republic, and High and Mighty were some of the offerings.
The food was also good and reasonably priced. Service was very good, and the beer knowledge of the bartender was top notch.
This is a must stop if you are in the Boston area - jump on the T and make this must stop of any pub crawl in Cambridge.
07-06-2012 14:33:52 |
More by Gavage
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Stopped by here on 1/01 to celebrate New Years Day. Location is very nondescript. No signage out front, and we drove past it the first time by. Parking is also a bit tough, as it seems to be "permit only" in the immediate area. We got there about 6pm, so we beat the Friday night crowd. Walking in, you go through the wind drape, and enter a very cool looking space. I like the fact we were greeted right at the door and instantly shown to a table. Lots of funky art work on the walls. A few tvs for sports, but not overpowering. Cool music playing, and at an acceptable volume too. Very open and airy floor plan. Nice flow to the whole place. Our waitress was very good, served us quickly and stopped by often to check on us. Beer selection was top notch. All craft and imports on the draught and bottle lists. There were many beers on tap that started at $5.50 and up. I went with the Stone Cali-Belgique IPA and the Dieu Du Ciel Aphrodisiaque. Bottles, on the other hand, seemed a bit pricey to me. There were no affordable options. Same deal with the food menu. There were only two entree options under $15, and then it ranged up to almost $30 steaks. I would love to see more of a selection of affordable dining options. Also, add a few more appetizers too. We both had burgers: I called my juicy, she called hers greasy. I'd return to Lord Hobo to drink, but now that I know that food is so expensive, I'd hesitate to return to eat. And since I usually go out to both eat and drink, this limits my chances of coming back here again soon. As a watering hole, Lord Hobo seems to be the best new addition since Deep Ellum hit the scene. As a restaurant, I'd like to see Lord Hobo try to keep the average joe in mind.
01-04-2010 15:02:37 |
More by morebeergood
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5 | $$$
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: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Stopped in here while walking back to Back Bay from Somerville on a recent visit.
Atmosphere is substantially different from what the outside facade would have you believe. I almost thought they were closed and went on my way, but after walking in I was pleasantly surprised. A good-sized horseshoe bar sits immediately to the left with tables in a large area to the right. Everything looks well worn but without looking run-down. Overall it was a very laid-back vibe that just was without having to try.
Quality was good. Everything was served in proper glassware, at the appropriate temperature and with a good amount of head.
Service was very good, my glass was bordering on empty a few times and it was hastily refilled. I didn't have any specific questions regarding beer but I overheard the bartender and he knew what he was saying.
Selection is also very good. Probably the most "exotic" list of any place I visited while in the Boston area, if only because of the rarer imports and somewhat abnormal style selections.
Food was good, I just had a bowl of the corn chowder and while on the expensive side it was filling and well thought out.
Value is OK - as I mentioned above the food was expensive and the beer seemed a bit more than other places around town, but not by a substantial margin.
Overall this is the place I would be most likely to frequent in the area - a very well thought out and eclectic draught menu and a great food menu that has some off-the-wall selections. Well worth a stop if you're in the area.
08-18-2011 03:28:29 |
More by glid02
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Stopped in here on a late Saturday afternoon after walking all around Boston/Cambridge.
Small dark little corner bar, plenty of seating for how small this place is, one TV playing the Sox game, and some 80s music playing.
Quality was very good, saw lots of great Belgians, quite a few California beers, Founders, and some local craft as well.
Service was fine. Our server was quiet, but she smiled, and was speedy.
Selection was great, about 30+ taps with lots of variety, tons of bottles too.
Food was really good, my wife and I both commented about how tasty our meals were.
Prices were a bit spendy, but overall this is an excellent beer bar, I'd come here often if I was a local.
09-23-2012 00:55:33 |
More by flexabull
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Pros: Great draft selection. Decent food. Easy parking.
Cons: So loud my ears hurt. Not many bottles (but really, who cares with the draft list).
Stopped in at about 6 on a Thursday and the crowd that was to be had not arrived. Great location, no need to hunt for parking. Neighborhood bar meets gastropub. The small bottle list was not an issue as what was on draft was more than enough, including eight to ten brews from Short's due to the snow attenuated Extreme Beer Fest. Good service: attentive without being clingy, knowledgeable. Fair offering of smaller plates (more room for beer) with slightly better than average preparation. Gnocchi with beef hearts had a nice flavor, though a bit heavy and cooked slightly too long. Truffle fries could have been a bit hotter, but tasty nonetheless. Prices seemed in line with other similar places in town. Deafening loudness by the time I left around 8.
02-16-2013 16:12:30 |
More by LittleDon
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$$
Dark ambiance and semi-loud music ... I feel like I am at a neighborhood bar. Well, it pretty much is still with a share of gastro-pub and a heavy side of beer bar.
Good glassware selection meets an epic line-up of beers ... Not once have I looked at the list and asked myself "where else can we go tonight?" I find stool or table and hunker down at this place for the night. Service is excellent and the place is clean throughout. The food had a few hiccups in the beginning but that is expected from every place when they open ... they have really worked over the menu with tweaks here and there and seemed to have listened to the regulars. UPDATE: They got rid of the deviled eggs ... very sad. I am getting fed up with the four crustinis on the cheese plate, cheese portions have been very small as well for the price.
My suggestion for out-of-towners ... hit Cambridge Brewing Co. 1st for a pint or two then head over here for the rest of the night.
Edit: Prices are high ... perhaps not the highest in the Boston area but expect to pay a premium.
02-06-2011 03:39:58 |
More by Jason
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went up to this place after NotF with my wife and a few brewers. Place was PACKED, unfortunately. We were lucky to get a couple of seats at the bar rather quickly.
Beer menu was impressive. It would be an understatement to say that this place had no crap on tap, Black Albert, St. Lamvinous, Cuvee St. G, any place that has Cantillon and Struise on draft is OK as far as quality is concerned to me. The funny thing is was the 5 or so odd Stone beers that were still on tap from their total tap take over almost a month ago.
Even though the place was busy our beers came out quick, the food took a little bit of time but we were not in a hurry and calmly ate our food and drank our adult beverages and then worked out way home. Its probably a little expensive in general but reasonable for what it was. The chicken lollipops were good and if you can show me another bar that has 4 Cantillons on draft and 4 De Struise beers on draft, please do.
11-08-2010 13:48:47 |
More by drabmuh
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