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Boston's Bistro & Pub
Taps: 16 / Bottles: 108
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
7500 N Main St
phone: (937) 461-1002
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 26
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Boston's is located a couple miles off I-75 and has plenty of parking. It looks like a house from the outside, and in the lower rear is the Boston Wine Cellar and another completely different bar.
The decor inside is very interesting - it looks kind of like a cheap hotel or bowling alley lounge with pool tables, cheap-looking booths and lots of bar stool tables. The bar itself is pretty small and there is also a bier garten in the back.
Nice selection of draught beers here, about 10 total including Flying Dog Wild Dog, Old Rasputin, Oberon and other goodies. Loads of bottled choices too from GLBC, Bell's, Thirsty Dog, Sam Smith's etc. They also feature a cask beer periodically. Plus they have a beer club and organize pub crawls to Indy, Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton - interesting idea!
The service here is really good - while they did not appear to have service in the seating area, the bartender went out of his way to bring popcorn over and ask how the beers were after I ordered our drinks and sat back down.
No food is available aside from the popcorn.
I am really glad to have visited this spot - it wasn't too crowded or loud (aside from someone monopolizing the jukebox with Dave Matthews) and they obviously care about the beer they offer - their menu board lists both staff and customer picks for beers every week. A great stop for anyone visiting the area.
07-03-2005 19:43:19 |
More by Dogbrick
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Well this a great place for beer. The young woman at the bar said they had a lot to offer and they sure did. I'm not used to finding a combination of GLBC, Rogue, Stone's, and Bell's on tap in this area, but they have it. Plus a whole lot more like monthly cask-conditioned openings and tasting nights. Growler refills and a whole slew of foreign and domestic craft bottled beer. This place has selection in spades and a willingness to let you sample the tap choices. Comes at a price in pint charges, but I think most serious beer tasters would likely bear the freight. Knowledgeable staff, a bit smokey when it gets a crowd, but a nice place for a serious brewskie or two.
04-12-2003 19:22:36 |
More by AtLagerHeads
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $
Pros: A great local place with good beer and good people. A great value
Cons: You're in Western Ohio
Should reviews be relative or absolute? Should I expect a 5 out of 5 to mean the same in New York or LA as Cedar Rapids or Ogden? If so, relatively few places outside of large metropolitan areas or beer meccas, will every rate better than mediocre. But is this fair to places which may never be as good as a Publick House or O’Briens or Beachwood BBQ but are better than what could be expected for the town size or location? This is the dilemma I have with Boston Bistro and Pub. Compared to what could be found in Boston, San Diego, or LA, it’s probably only slightly better than average. Given that it is in West Central Ohio, a place not known for craft beer, what it offers is far more than can be expected.
I flew into Dayton on a recent business trip and decided to stay close to the airport since it was convenient and close Boston’s, one of the few places with a 4+ rating and more than a few reviews. I was a bit apprehensive since there were only 2 reviews over the last three years, one of them being less than glowing. It was a Monday night. I was warmly greeted by not only the bartender, but some of the patrons at the bar. A good start. While the tap list was not extensive, it was good enough to have more than a few beers worth trying. The atmosphere is what I’d expect from a suburban neighborhood beer bar in middle-America. Bar immediately as you walked in, a number of TVs, pool tables, etc. The bartender, while professing to be relatively new to craft beer, had a good understanding of what she liked. The patrons were welcoming; I even had a great conversation with someone who brought me a basket of popcorn from the popcorn machine (“Best popcorn in the area … “).
The food, like the beer selection, was limited but good. Many Hungarian flavored dishes. I opted for a Zwack infused chicken Panini. Good, but a bit on the dry side. But why would I complain? Prices were very inexpensive and it was half price pint night (a pint of Flying Dog Gonzo for under $4). All in all, a very pleasurable evening.
In the end, if you find yourself in Dayton and need a place to drink and eat, Boston’s is an exceptional choice. Thanks to the locals who made it an extraordinary experience for me. I will most certainly stop in the next time I'm in town.
03-31-2013 00:01:15 |
More by LittleDon
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
I find this to be the best beer bar in the Miami Valley. Near 100 beers in the cooler, while there are usually 7 or 8 rotating taps. Currently there is always a beer by Great Lakes, Victory or Stone. Now featuring monthly cask tappings, the most recent being Bell's 2 Hearted. Service is very good, and the servers have good beer knowledge. Owner is very friendly, and often cruises around to chat with patrons. Can get smoky when crowded, but when the weather is nice, all of the windows open.
Not only is this a great beer bar, but they host great events for St. Patrick's Day, Octoberfest, etc... Best of all they organize pub crawls several times a year to Cincinnati, Columbus, or Indianapolis.
All around, a great place to have a few beers.
New location above Boston WIne Cellar. Lacks some of the downtown atmosphere, but still has the nice feeling of a friendly neighborhood place. Currently 5 beers on tap, with plans of expansion. Smaller selection of bottles than before, but also plans for expansion. No food, but can get carry-out delivered from a local place. Pub Crawls, festivals, etc. still planned to be held. Not a bad change, and in reality only 10 miles or so from the previous location.
05-15-2003 19:53:52 |
More by Bierguy5
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$$
This is the best bar in the Dayton area for specialty brews. Unfortunately they must think they are in New York City with the prices they charge. Yet I still love going. Drinking some wonderful brews and going home feeling good. They've recently added pizza and soft pretzels to the repitoire. The soft pretzels may be the best I've ever had, and the pizzas look very intriguing although I try to stay away from the fatty foods. All my calories are consumed in alcohol :) Definitley worth a visit or two.
03-09-2006 23:29:09 |
More by mcallister
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
Vibe: This place is located at the corner of North a Main Street and Dog Leg Road. It is on the top floor of a two story structure that somewhat resembles an European mountain chalet. The main entrance is in the back of the building by the parking lot, which leads to a room with a bar, some high tables with stools with backs on them and booths by the windows. Further to the back is a pool table, dart boards, and more booth and tables to sit down at. The décor seems like it is from the 1970s.
Quality: Beers were served at the proper temperatures using a variety of glassware (i.e., pint glasses for most beers and snifter glasses for beers with high alcohol contents such as Russian Imperial Stouts).
Service: I went on a Tuesday afternoon so there were only a few people sitting at the bar. The bartender was very friendly and knew a lot about the beers, offering advice about which ones to choose. I also got to meet the owner, who explained how he has been providing craft beers to the Dayton area for a number of years.
Selection: The place had 16 beers on-tap, which were listed on a board on the wall. A sheet of paper also listed the draught beers and gave details such as the alcohol content and BA score. The bottle/can list was equally impressive, with offerings from breweries such as Finche's, North Peak and Jackie O's.
Food: The place has a lot of Hungarian dishes. I tried a Hungarian-themed pizza that was topped with pork kraut. It was cut into small diamond-shaped slices that were perfect for sharing and munching on while drinking beers. Panninis were served in a basket with a choice of ?homemade slaw or a choice of four different types of potato chips.
Value: Prices seemed reasonable compared to other places in the area. I pwould definitely go back again to this place because it had a nice family feel and the staff were very friendly.
10-29-2013 22:03:53 |
More by metter98
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I went to this place after doing a little shopping downstairs at the Boston Wine Market. It was a midday Saturday and there was litterally only one other person in the bar. I know they just moved and it wasn't night but I was still surprised.
This place had potential though. A few pool tables, some other bar games, and lots of open area. Service was nice and friendly.
Selection really stood out. Trois Pistoles, Hobglobin, Lindemans, Arrogant Bastard, and about 5 other high quality taps. Bottle selection was high quality as well. I think the food menu is out now but it wasn't when I went there.
Definitely a place worth checking out, esp because of the selection but also if you want a more chill atmosphere.
12-02-2005 13:56:36 |
More by granger10
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
THIS is the kind of place I wish we had in Cincinnati. It's mix between beer bar, sports bar, biker bar, dive and Hungarian eatery. Pool tables and dart board(fuck yeah!), big blackboard with taps/bottles/events. Decent sized bar with a gathering room type sitting area and more dining booths around the corner. Sounds much weirder than it is. A good number of taps that get rotated often. One main stay is Lindemans Framboise. They also had, to name a short few, ST Hopsun, Lagunitas Gnarleywine, Stone AB/IPA, a Two Brothers, and more. The waitress seemed a bit preoccupied by tip hunting from regulars but it didn't take too long to get my beer. Both tenders knew what they had and had at least a general knowledge about each one. It didn't get a good look at the bottles but saw some goodies. As for the food, I can't remember what all they had except for the pizzas.... which is 100% completely fine. The menu has a Hungarian twist as I hear the owner is Hungarian. I had a pizza with some kind of Hungarian sausage and bbq sauce with other tasty toppings. The pizzas are cut into tiny biased pieces for easy sharing and eating. I've definitely had my fair share of quality pizzas from throughout the midwest and east and it's definitely one of the best I've had. I really love this place and might have to start making trips up north to 'visit friends' :)
10-09-2008 02:12:18 |
More by pwoods
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$$
Finally got the chance to get up to Dayton and hit a few places.
Boston's is a bit out of the way and on it's own. Fairly big place with plenty of space inside and a outdoor patio as well. Plenty of taps at the bar, but I must have visited at a bad time. Of all the taps they have, there was nothing inspire me to pull up a stool and stay awhile. They are supposed to have really good pizza, but I didn't have a chance to order. Perhaps on my next visit.
Friendly and knowledgeable help. I'll have to revisit and hope that the taplist has improved vastly. To be honest, a bit of a disappointment.
09-06-2009 16:56:48 |
More by FtownThrowDown
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in here after spending the afternoon dodging thunderstorms at the Dayton Alefest. I'll get the only negative out of the way: the atmosphere sucked (IMO) - a cross between a bad 70's golf clubhouse bar, and a good old fashioned dive. Too smoky to really enjoy the beer, but the place also has a lot going for it.
A very good tap selection (in craft beer-starved Dayton), and my friends and I started out with some pints of Beamish. I was shocked to see it there, knowing that it hasn't been shipped to the U.S. in months, but these guys must have been sitting on a keg or two. And, it was delicious. Next, I had a pint of Two Brothers Cain and Abel (very hoppy red ale) that was great, and I finished up with some Harpoon UFO. They had pretty much the full line of Harpoon beers on tap, and a handful of others that I didn't try.
The Hungarian pizzas looked interesting, but we had dinner plans elsewhere - I'd like to try some on a return visit though. The service was very good; the bartenders knew how to properly pour the beer, and we even got a story about the shot of unicum (sp?) that we passed around (it's a Hungarian liquor). All in all, a good stop.
08-27-2006 11:20:58 |
More by olacub
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