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Taps: 112 / Bottles: 14
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
4 Cambridge Ctr
phone: (617) 714-4372
(Place added by: Jason on 04-27-2011)
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | $$$
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: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2 | $$$
I work in Kendall and have been to Meadhall at least five times. i will use this review to highlight all of those trips. i can summarize it all in one word: underwhelmed.
Meadhall claims to "have 100 beers" on tap. Each of the beers on the beer menu is something fairly common that you can find at many other places in Boston. Every time I go here, the first 3 or 4 I try to order are not available. So, my guess is that they only *really* have 40-50 beers on tap at any given time. Also - they don't replace the kicked beers with anything - at least not with any urgency (many have been out for weeks, but are still on that paper list). This is why I have a hard time seeing anybody give this place an "A" or an "A-". Meadhall is just simply not even close to any really good beer bar. They don't seem like they take their beer seriously or that they have any passion about trying to be somewhere special.
The food is decent, but overpriced - which is ok considering people probably go here for the beer "selection".
The staff usually seems to be attentive and happy, but they really don't have the beer knowledge that some of the familiar faces at some other beer destinations in Boston have. Asking a question here gets the same response you get at Best Buy when you ask the difference between two laptops and the guy reads the features off the little cue cards on the rack. This is also a bummer.
They do serve the beers in the appropriate glassware, which is good - but doesn't earn them bonus points in my book - this should be expected at any beer bar that wants to seem like they know what they are doing.
Sure, this place is better than some hole in the wall that only has macros on tap, but it is pretty expensive, over-hyped, and disappointing in general. Not enough bang for the buck. There are better options with a better selection and that are less expensive within a few minutes drive in three different directions. Disappointing.
09-13-2011 21:19:34 |
More by bevdaddy
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$$
Was in the area on a weekday afternoon and decided to check it out. I'd heard of the myriad problems with this place when they openened (high prices, sketchy service, inavailability of beers) and was curious to check it out.
I like the space - very open. Seems like a comfortable place to hang out for a while. Was greeted quickly by a friendly bartender.
Took a peek at the beer list - decent selection of US crafts and beers from abroad. But WOW is this place pricey, even by Lord Hobo and other Camberville standards. $8 for .5L of Weinhenstephaner Hefe? $7 Pretty Things Jack D'or? $7 Mayflower? Eesh. At least I think they were only out of about 6 tap offerings.
Was a warm day and in the mood for a hefe, so I made the $8 splurge. Beer tasted OK, but the cost of it distracted me too much.
Chalked up my losses and moved on to Cambridge Brewing Company. Probably won't return here unless somebody else insists on it (& buys the overpriced beer too).
08-08-2011 16:40:44 |
More by SunDevilBeer
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
This place sounds like it should be a really good place, but i was not that impressed with it overall. The atmosphere would be nice if it were not so overcrowded so it felt like every other sports bar in boston. the quality was good for the beers that they manged to serve us, In our group of 3 we each had 2 beers and had to order no less than 10 in order to find the 6 that we wanted that they had (none of the 4 we ordered that they were out of were marked on the board) the selecction would get a higher score but they dont have the beers they say they have and their selection does not have any rare beers. the food could be nice, but i was not going to pay their prices to find out. also the beers were way to pricey and they skimp on all the pours
08-18-2011 03:19:40 |
More by rowingbrewer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
The buzz about this new establishment definitely drew me to Kendall Square to check this place out for lunch.
First, the set-up is very appealing with the bar front and center, displaying the 100+ taps as you walk in. The bar takes up the majority of the downstairs; however, there is room for hightops and tables around the sides and in the back. An upstairs section serves as a lounge area which seems to be more suited for a relaxed corporate gathering.
As for the beer, Meadhall boasts approximately 100+ taps. Nothing terribly bad on tap here; however, nothing special enough to go out of your way for. The highest quality offerings IMO included: Ommegang's Gnommegang, Allagash's Curieux and Confluence, Pretty Things' Quad, St. Bernardus Abt 12, etc.
Service was really inexperienced: our waiter informed us that this was his first job as a server and first day on the job; rather polite, but not surprised that I had to send back my lunch order.
Speaking of food, this is the real issue with Meadhall that needs to be rectified. Clearly the menu is aiming for 'upscale'. Unfortunately, the only thing remotely 'upscale' is the $13 price tag for a cold deli roast beef sandwich on garlic bread. If a good beer bar wants to achieve the 'upscale' label, take some notes from the Armsby Abbey.
All in all, a pretty good option for a couple of non-CBC brews in the Kendall Square area, although Sunset still comes out on top in terms of quality, selection, food, and price. As for the food, you're better off taking a pass.
04-30-2011 01:51:22 |
More by NEhophead
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2 | $$
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 | quality: 4.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.75 | $$$
I really thought I was going to like this place when I did a little research online before visiting Boston but I have to say I was somewhat disappointed by the atmosphere - it honestly felt like I was in an Ikea catalogue with the minimalist light wood theme. The place was busy when we visited and there was a pleasant dim of noise from the other patrons, though that almost made it difficult to hear. Probably a little more hipster crowd than I would prefer.
The beers were fresh and really well poured.
I'm sure not all of the bartenders that work here are kind of snobby/douchey but the one we had certainly was... First off it took him forever to wait on us even though we had four people with seats at the bar - in fact, we was down the other end chatting with another bartender. Once he finally came to take our order he was a little condescending and tried to explain some very basic beer things to us - like "do you understand that a stout is a dark beer?" ... I mean, do they really get that many beer neophytes coming into the place???
There was a really large selection of beers on draft and several that I had not come across even with the other places in Boston that we visited on the trip but overall it was not an amazing selection (lots of stuff on draft was stuff that is easy to find all over Boston).
Did not try any food while we were at Meadhall - actually did not see anyone else eating while we were there but that might have been related to timing since it was late afternoon but just shy of when folks might start getting dinner.
Prices were OK though a touch higher than some of the other places we went - I think the average was like $7 a beer.
05-08-2013 13:46:36 |
More by dbrauneis
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
first off, i do like this place. mainly for what it is trying to be
it prides itself on having 100 different beers on tap, the only problem was that they had 100 beers on the menu, but far less were available on tap. it's not my fault you ran out of beer and didnt erase it from the blackboard.
solve this problem and it would get straight A's from me.
they also serve the related glass to go along with every beer they have...and wont serve you unless they have the glass!
good place, but could be better
06-08-2011 20:22:38 |
More by funkel81
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
My wife and I stopped into Meadhall on Saturday night before dinner. It's an interesting place inside. Very dim lighting, lots of brick, stone, wood and metal. It's two floors, with a huge bar when you walk in, then a lounge area upstairs near the bathroom. It sort of looks like they just put a bar smack in the middle of a lobby of an office building and just built around it. Tap markers impressively circle the whole bar. Big brewery flags hanging down, and a gigantic chalkboard with their their beers listed by style. Service was friendly and fairly quick. All the beers were served in branded glasses, which I enjoy. They have a great selection of beers. Not as many brewers, but all their style, like 7 different Ommegangs and 5 different Pretty Things. I had a Brooklyn Brewery The Companion and Unibroue's Raftman, and both were good. We ordered a bar snack (mixed nuts) and that was a generous amount. There were a few beers in the $5-6 range, but most were more. It may not be the most authentic atmosphere for a beer bar in the world, but they have the best selection in the general area.
12-04-2011 21:58:56 |
More by morebeergood
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
I stopped in here today on a Sunday afternoon for the Mystic Brewing 1st anniversary party. Coming from out of town the first challenge is parking. There's a garage around the corner and while convenient it is pricy. The bar itself is on the ground floor of what looks like a large office building not far from Cambridge brewing company. A large circular bar greats you in middle of the space surrounded by chairs and on the outskirts tables and high tops. Tall ceilings and a loft the restrooms, a couple of couches a satellite bar and some TV's. The large chalkboard on the wall to the far right holds the info to the 100+ taps available for pour. There are also paper menus with the beer selection which outline style, price and size of pour. Our waitstaff was attentive and handy for our visit, we didn't have any food, but what we saw looked tasty. Two oddities about this place: They will only serve the beer in its brewery logo'd glass which poses a problem when everyone is there for a brewery event and they are out of glasses. The beer menu is arranged by style which is hard to get used to. All in all we enjoyed our stay and will end up back here again, probably to eat as well.
09-09-2012 22:04:01 |
More by johnnnniee
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