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Washington Square Tavern
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
714 Washington Street
phone: (617) 232-8989
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
This is a cozy place for a beer in a just livelier than subdued environment. It's good for a stop-over before or after the Publick House, but I've never been here for more than two beers. There seems to be a pretty good collection of regulars, who give them place a homey feel.
The space is dark, but warm and filled with flickering candles (or reasonable facsimiles thereof), and the bar greets you immediately upon entering.
The tap selection is a decent, with maybe a dozen beers from which to choose. Nothing stands out as amazing, but none will disappoint. There's also a mid-length beer list, of which roughly the same can be said.
The bartenders are friendly and attentive, and will offer you a sample if you ask about a beer. It's rarely hard to find a way up to or a spot at the bar, which makes it nice.
The food is quite good, but also quite pricey. I'd stick to the Publick House for food, but pop in here at some point for a brief change of pace.
09-24-2009 21:37:45 |
More by FrankLloydMike
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Stopped in here this past Saturday evening. We were at an afternoon movie, so we knew if we got here for early dinner, we'd be ok. I knew that this place gets packed from 7pm til closing. We just beat the crowd and got seated upon entering. Nice looking place, kinda dimly lit with that upscale pub atmosphere. Lots of dark wood, and book shelves accent the walls. Service was pretty good, our waiter was busy but he made it by our table at good intervals. My burger was very tasty but not the best in the world, while the two people I was with had proper entree dishes and they both loved their meals. I have always heard that this restaurant was known for its food. Beer selection was above average for a high(er) end pub. On draft, they had all the usual selections, with a few decent choices: Hoegaarden/Stella/Leffe, Allagash White, CBC Seasonal, Paulaner & Erdinger, and Endurance Pale Ale among others. For bottles, they also have a good selection, with I believe the entire range of Sam Smith beers available. I went with the CBC Big Man Ale draft $5 and the Sam Smith Imperial Stout bottle $6. Prices were a bit on the high side for food, but decent prices for beer, with many $5-6 choices. But that's what's expected, it's Brookline. Overall, this is a good place to suggest to eat if you are with a non-beer crowd and want to satisfy them and your beer-drinking self also.
01-06-2009 00:01:22 |
More by morebeergood
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$$
Hearing about this place on beer advocate, i decided to give it a try after the Publick House one night. Nice atmosphere, but the clientele were not my kinda people. We were there between 10-12 on a thursday night so i suppose the hipster crowd is to be expected. Beer selection is better than your average bar, but as many others have said about this place, don't come looking to be wowwed. Not a cheap place either, $22 for 4 pints of fullers seemed a little steep. If the Publick house gets a little too crowed than I would undoubtedly go grab another refreshment here.
04-14-2006 14:48:54 |
More by fourohstudent
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$
One of my favorite places to go to in Brookline; and yes, the proximity to TPH is great! (it also helps when you know the owner and frequent the establishment with about 10-15 other industry pros regularly) Not always a huge selection of beer, but always quality beer available. They usually rotate some of the taps so that they are pouring the latest "new thang" but could use some more upper end regulars and a few more upper end regular brews available in bottles, too. Chimay would be a good place to start. The food is outstanding; that is if you can get a table. This (and TPH) is a great "local" and "neighborhood" place to see and be seen, which makes it hard to get a table sometimes but well worth the wait. By "local", I mean that it is very populated by those that live in the immediate area...a place where evybody knows your name.
12-01-2005 23:17:09 |
More by MattBrooks
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
I have been to this bar several times over the years, usually after The Publick House, around the corner, closed at 1 AM, as the Washington Square Tavern has a 2 AM license. I can't comment on the place as a restaurant, because at 1 AM there is no food served. As for the beer, they usually have a few regional or local beers to choose from, and Duvel in bottles, which is our usual fallback beer at this bar.
The room is basically a large square with some wooden booths and a bar along the right hand wall as you enter, with a mirror behind. There are large glass windows along the street front. It has a comfortable feel.
It can be crowded and the bar can be hectic during the last hour or two, but the bartenders usually provide good service. The Duvel is good, and they make some good margaritas, if you are in the mood for non-beer. For a last-call kind of stop with at least some craft beer, it is a good bar.
11-06-2005 00:33:40 |
More by UncleJimbo
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I wouldn't necessarily consider this a beer bar. It's more of restaurant with an mid 30's age group of patrons. The atmosphere is nice with a long bar, huge mirror, some tables, and high bar tables. At dinner, the lighting gets turned down which brings out the darkness of the wood tables, bar, moldings, making it a very nice atmosphere to take someone special. The waitress I had, was very talkative and recommended the dinner I had, which was fantastic (the catfish). They have your usual beers including Stella, Amstel light, Sam, Guiness, Heinken, Harpoon, etc. Not much of a "beer bar", more of a nicer restaurant that portrays itself as upscale. Have frequented this establishment after work for drinks when I lived in the area, and have heard they have pretty good brunch.
11-06-2005 00:11:20 |
More by bjohnson
Washington Square Tavern in Brookline, MA