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Taps: 10 / Bottles: 40
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1657 BEACON ST
phone: (617) 730-8040
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
The Abbey is in Washington Square in Brookline. It's not your typical beer bar. Firstly, there are no televisions showing endless clips of yesterday's sports on ESPN. Secondly, the place is small which means a limited menu and beer selection. The good news is they take advantage of this.
The food menu is limited but interesting. It's typical pub fare but with their own personal twist. The place is busy on a quiet Labor Day--half full with approximately 25 patrons. There are nearly 25 seats outside for al fresco dining and about same inside with another ten stools at the bar.
My server added to the experience--he was a gregarious and charming Irishman who was efficient and yet seemed to carry on conversations with everyone.
There are twelve taps and another dozen bottles. The only macro offering is Heineken (and Newcastle Brown and Guinness, if you think so). The rest are an adroit selection of locals and high quality American, Belgian and British beers.
This would be a very easy place to become my local watering hole if I lived just two miles closer.
09-03-2012 17:11:47 |
More by smcolw
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
My wife and I ate here about two weeks ago on a Saturday night for dinner. It's located in Washington Sq, basically right across the street from The Publick House. It was crowded on a Sat night with a 30 min wait, so we went to TPH first for a beer. Got a nice window seat when we showed back up about a half hour later. The restaurant itself is on the small side. A few window tables when you walk in, a bar to the left, then some tables along the right side wall. Dimly lit, dark wood, skylights. A fairly nice looking establishment. Our server was very good, as the food came quickly and she took good care of our table. Food was also very tasty. We started with dumplings, then my wife had a burger, which she liked, and I had the house specialty: bison bolognese, which was more meat than pasta - no problem there. Beer selection was above average for a bistro. Tap selection was decent but could be improved: Wachusett, DFH, CBC, and Tucher stood out. Bottle selection was a bit more expansive. Lots of local stuff, like Ipswich and Blue Hills. In total, about 10 taps and a good 40 in bottles. One down side about the night -- no dessert. Server said the kitchen is not big enough. A cool place to check out with a nice beer selection to have while at the smallish bar or while enjoying some well-cooked food.
04-02-2011 22:03:05 |
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The Abbey in Brookline, MA