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Taps: 112 / Bottles: 14
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
4 Cambridge Ctr
phone: (617) 714-4372
(Place added by: Jason on 04-27-2011)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 32 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
A - large beer hall. decor is to the point and a propos of why you go there. large central bar with enormous tap line. sit down areas fill the remaining space.
Q - brews were all above average to excellent.
S - wait staff was very knowledgeable of beer selection and food.
S - selection was outstanding. offered unusual beers from craft brewers that are not typically seen in beer stores or other restaurants/bars (ie - Ommegang's Sickle and Scythe).
F - in context of bar food, the food was excellent. in the context of a traditional restaurant the food was above average.
V - good value - two people eating lunch and three beers came to $40. Would come back multiple times.
11-05-2013 16:32:55 |
More by crc1935
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Fun Fact: I don't recall there being any mead.
Fun Fact #2: Beers in Boston are a lot more expensive than I'm used to.
Fun Fact #3: They had a giant selection that was posted on a descriptive, obsessively updated list. The beers were all pricey but that's really my only complaint. There were 2-3 beers for every mood along with a healthy selection of rare and one-off taps.
Fun Fact #4: The service was nice and the atmosphere was nice like an expensive loft apartment-high ceilings, big open widows, well-dressed professionals on their way to and from nice-paying jobs.
10-24-2013 16:30:12 |
More by mynie
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3 | $$
Excellent selection of brews; very impressive that each one we ordered was served in appropriate type (and logo-branded) glassware. Food was reasonable but nothing amazing; a bit pricy.
We went on a Friday night; it was beyond amazingly loud -- almost like a dance club. Huge lines; no ability to get a beer at the bar as the bartenders were all too busy. Once we got a table after a short wait things were much better. Attentive service, especially given the crush of people.
I would not return during an expected busy period; just too loud. I'd like to go back when it would be quieter.
09-21-2013 20:07:04 |
More by ipahophead
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2 | $$
Excellent selection with over 100 beers on tap. The atmosphere is pleasant and very open, with high ceilings and lots of windows. There are not many TV's for watching sports. The bartenders and the wait staff are friendly and do a good job. Unfortunately, the food is very lacking. The menu is pretty small and most of the food isn't good. I hear the burger is decent, but everything else is mediocre to poor. I had the wings which were pretty average, and the hummus plate, which was ok but didn't seem that fresh. The pork sliders were lousy, very dried out and the meat was hard around the edges. All things considered, go for the beer, but eat before you go. If you must get something, stick with the appetizers.
09-11-2013 16:44:47 |
More by thlayli87
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $
I love and adore this place. I tend to go there for lunch at least one day a week. My company just moved into the same building where this spot is located so now I go there all the time for after work drinks. The service has always been amazing and the selection offers something for everyone. I feel very lucky to work so close to this gem.
07-16-2013 12:10:03 |
More by risa83
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.75 | $$$
I really thought I was going to like this place when I did a little research online before visiting Boston but I have to say I was somewhat disappointed by the atmosphere - it honestly felt like I was in an Ikea catalogue with the minimalist light wood theme. The place was busy when we visited and there was a pleasant dim of noise from the other patrons, though that almost made it difficult to hear. Probably a little more hipster crowd than I would prefer.
The beers were fresh and really well poured.
I'm sure not all of the bartenders that work here are kind of snobby/douchey but the one we had certainly was... First off it took him forever to wait on us even though we had four people with seats at the bar - in fact, we was down the other end chatting with another bartender. Once he finally came to take our order he was a little condescending and tried to explain some very basic beer things to us - like "do you understand that a stout is a dark beer?" ... I mean, do they really get that many beer neophytes coming into the place???
There was a really large selection of beers on draft and several that I had not come across even with the other places in Boston that we visited on the trip but overall it was not an amazing selection (lots of stuff on draft was stuff that is easy to find all over Boston).
Did not try any food while we were at Meadhall - actually did not see anyone else eating while we were there but that might have been related to timing since it was late afternoon but just shy of when folks might start getting dinner.
Prices were OK though a touch higher than some of the other places we went - I think the average was like $7 a beer.
05-08-2013 13:46:36 |
More by dbrauneis
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25 | $$
First time, I had heard good things and it was right next to our hotel. It looks like I hit the jackpot with some leftovers from EBF. Our server, Matthew (on the receipt) was awesome. I was with some co-workers and explaining to them some good choices of beer and Matthew (as expected at a great beer bar) shared the beer enthusiam and helped guide everyone down the right direction.
Overall I was impressed, it was a more upscale beer bar but the prices were good. If only I could steal the keg of Vietnamese Coffee Stout from Left Hand from the backroom, it'd be straight 5's across the board.
02-25-2013 00:38:59 |
More by BeRanger
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | $$$
Cool looking place, great looking tap list when we sat down. We then proceeded to order 5 beers in a row that they did not have. Their menu hadn't been updated in week. What the hell? If a beer bar pays that little attention to their menu, my first thought is, "How do they treat their lines?" Got up and left instead of being disappointed a 6th attempt to order a beer.
02-17-2013 21:27:32 |
More by JebediahScooter
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
After business meeting in area, so my 3:30 p.m. Experience may or may not be typical....
Nice room! BIG and roomy bar with a ton of taps. I can't figure out why, after being open for a long time now, they do not have an active website showing their offerings. bIG MINUS for this! I was in area but without an online presence I am not making this a destination. IN THE SHADOW OF MIT, NO LESS....c'mon folks, slip,a freshman a few bucks and and few beers and you're solid.
Always looking out for something new and exciting, I found little. Honestly, I find a better overall selection for surprises at UNION BREWHOUSE in Weymouth.
I did appreciate finding Pretty Things East India Porter tapped. A bit surprised that I had to explain the backstory of EIP to the bartender given that Pretty Things is a Cambridge brewer...(OK,OK...I know the bottle says it but it's not real).
The Portico Sett Seven was a surprise! Never had it before!
Kudos to MH for being a sponsoring bar for BA Extreme Beer Fest last weekend. Many, many taps were taken up by by extreme offerings. Too many for this boy to try befor driving.
Service at the bar was lacking. Maybe it was towards end of shift but I had to flag down a bartender, at an empty bar 2 times!
End of the story: Personally prefer Lord Hobo up the street, buttMead Hall is convenient. If I am in the area, I am there.
Get website running!!!
02-13-2013 23:02:16 |
More by beer4colin
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
A necessary destination for any serious beer drinker. This is the place I go to when I want a full range beer geek experience. I've been coveting craft beers and the bars that serve them since the early 90's, and Meadhall has provided some of my favorite moments of beer geekery.
The room is huge and non-claustrophobic. Even at 5:30 on a Thursday you can find a place to stand. The bar is a work of art, with deliberately short lines from barrel to tap and enough seating around it's serving area so that you can almost always find a seat. Correct glassware is strictly enforced. The waitstaff are friendly, actually know what they're talking about, and if you go there even a few times, they'll treat you like they know you. If you go there a lot they'll let you know what the must try stuff is once you're settled in. The food has become consistent and reasonably priced considering the location.
But the beer is what you go there for, and they usually have at least three or four things on the menu worth making the trip for. Just make sure you get at least two in your head before ordering, because the really good stuff always move fast at Meadhall, and they're still grappling with the list maintenance issues typical of popular beer bars.
Of course this tasty beer and excellent experience comes with a price. If you're looking for white whales, this place will set you back (make sure you read the pour amounts!). However, a careful survey of the beer list will always reveal the best-bang-for-the-buck beers of the moment. Start with something exotic and finish with some sessions.
The only other caveat to the place is that it's absolutely slammed after the work day ends. If you want the best experience, the best time is Saturday or Sunday afternoons, when the bar is easier to navigate and the bartenders have time to talk beer with you.
11-28-2012 16:22:04 |
More by LeeMarvin
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