Taps: 38 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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2.25/5 rDev -38.5%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 1 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3
Question: What is worse than a place not having good beer at all?
Answer: Having good beer and serving it so badly that it disgraces the whole idea.
What is the point of having almost 50 taps and a bunch more bottles if you are going to make them all taste dead with haphazard serving? The beers all seem almost soapy to me, all stadium pours, all in the same glasses.
The service was mediocre when I went, the food was acceptable, but the atmosphere sucked. One of the good parts about the other Sunset is that it has a relaxed atmosphere. This place certainly does not.
A mediocre restaurant, yes. A good beer bar, no. I doubt if I will give this place another chance.
10-14-2003 16:12:57 | More by waughbrew
3.3/5 rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5
SC sort of has the look of the typical chain restaurant. But that's OK in this case since much of the décor is made up of breweriana. Ive visited this place four times, each sitting at the bar. Each time the service was friendly and adequate though product knwoledge is lacking. The beer selection is good with the focus on draughts about 36(?) taps. Many of these unfortunately are uninspired choices but there has always been at least two or three that were interesting. Last time it was the Magic Hat HiPA (which I was unimpressed with). I have been told (at least twice) that my beer selection was unavailable. The food was good each visit with good sized portions. The menu leans toward Tex - Mex (obviously) with some typical American selections. Worth a try.
09-08-2003 17:41:44 | More by John
2.98/5 rDev -18.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
Located right along Commonwealth Ave in the heart of BU land, Sunset Cantina is basically the younger sibling of the Sunset Bar and Grill. A McDonalds express version of Sunset if you will.
The atmosphere is almost unchanged since this place used to be a 99. A very small bar and lots of booth style tables. Beer propoganda adorns the walls. The revolving staff are mostly college age and although some seem to know a little about what they're serving for the most part they are clueless.
The sign outside boasts 38 beers on tap and over twice as many tequilas. Bottles are rather limited. Although the selection is pretty decent for beer. Standards and some obscure ones. They usually always have arrogant bastard on tap, and prices remain steady at about $4 a pint. But, much like the other Sunset, they serve all their beers in the same soda type glass and their cleanliness of beer taps could use some improvment.
I will say though that the tequila selection is actually pretty impressive. Expensive, but... actually one of the better places in boston for quality hard to find tequilas.
The food is almost unchanged from the other Sunset. Standard pub, bar and grill, type fare. Burgers, Sandwiches, appetizers, etc. Although this location seems to have a bit more focus on tex mex. Decent quality, good bar grub.
Overall, A great place to hit up on a pub crawl to or from Allston, but...if you're looking to experience the Sunset walk 15 minutes up the street to the exact same restaurant with 400 more beers to choose from.
08-24-2003 10:09:14 | More by taez555
3.98/5 rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Enjoyed a day out with Alewife today....second time here, but first chance to do a review.... Here about 200pm, on a rainy Sunday afternoon...
I love the decor....bier memorabilia everywhere! Coasters, bier-trays, posters, tap-handles....everywhere. Great decor, very suited to bier-drinking! They had about 25-30 taps, with Arrogant Bastard and Rogue Dead Guy being a couple of the highlights (for me, anyhow). They were out of a few....a constant problem it seems. And $4.50 for a pint of Bastard is quite reasonable. A fine array of bottles supplemented the tap list. The Bastard tasted great, as did a few sips of Alewifes Dead Guy. I won't detract from the rating for quality, though, based on my Stella. I guess it's supposed to taste so-so. Our beertender was right there for us. In fact, she comped Alewife her first bier when her first 2 requests (Brooklyn Brown and Belhaven Scotch Ale) were gone after having kicked the previous night. Each of our burgers were sizable and plenty tasty, with an abundant side of curly-fries. Add to all this the fact that Boston is now smoke-free...Hot Dog!!!
atmosphere: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
06-01-2003 16:48:02 | More by Bierman9
3.58/5 rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5
Met a bunch of BAs here for the pre-AOBF meeting. Easy to get to if you're driving - on Comm Ave near BU. On street parking.
The atmosphere is sorta like a beer-oriented Bennigan's - take the sleds and lacrosse sticks off the wall and replace them with beer paraphernalia. Comfortable place to hang out. Are they always out of 25% of their taps? I went with the Ipswitch Ale, which was served in a US pint glass and tasted properly fresh. Service was a little slow, but overall wasn't bad. Would have been better had the servers known more about the beers. They brought pitchers of water to the table, which was appreciated. The munchies were pretty good - fresh veggies & hummus.
Regardless, this place will go down in history as the start of the BA Chocolate Stout & Framboise revolution...
05-15-2003 07:48:35 | More by sponberg
3.33/5 rDev -9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5
i'd like to believe this was an odd occurance. i'd like to believe this never happens. they had a chalk board out front that said 38 beers on tap. they didn't have at least 10 of em. i'm told they were from different distributors so it wasn't like some distributor's truck fell into some big dig hole and they ran out of a few beers. and sunset cantina knew BeerAdvocate.com was coming. did they think we were going to drink soda?
service was okay. probably not the waiter's fault there weren't so many beers on tap.
beers were tasty.
free food was nice.
atmosphere was nice. trays and fonts all over the place.
05-11-2003 18:11:30 | More by bennybrew
4.5/5 rDev +23%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Located in the few blocks of Comm Ave that run through the northern edge of Brookline so it's smokefree! Cheers to that! Solid beer selection, but nothing like it's big brother in Allston. I'm excited about the tequila selection aswell, but my wallet can not afford to go do that in this economy. The food menu is basically the same as the location in Allston and the food is just as good. A great place to go on a weekend when the other Sunset gets crowded with the college kids who havn't yet found this joint located inside BU campus.
03-29-2003 07:19:14 | More by scottum
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Sunset Cantina in Boston, MA
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