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Common Ground Bar and Grill
Taps: 20 / Bottles: 17
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
85 Harvard Ave
phone: (617) 783-2071
(Place added by: taez555)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 17
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in here this past Sunday to catch some NFL action. There are literally 3 plasma tvs on every wall, and two large screens for projection at the back and above the bar. No matter where you look, there's a tv. A bit of over-kill. There were only about 10 people in the whole joint while we were there, so it seemed a bit empty. Snagged some seats at the bar, and both bartenders were attentive and helpful. There were about 20 beers on tap and about 50 in bottles. Many good selections. But it seemed to me that there were no standout beers that screamed "try me". It was just a large collection of stuff you can find other places, except all in one location here. Prices were ok, in the $5-7 range per pint. They did serve each beer in the appropriate glass (like Chimay), so that's a bonus. It's been a while since my last visit, and the beer selection has increased. But with Deep Ellum, Sunset, and Big City in the area, it may be hard to shine. But the amount of tvs could be something to remember on a game day.
01-15-2008 00:04:25 |
More by morebeergood
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I remember this place from way back when it was called the Allston Ale House. It really hasnt changed a whole lot over the years other than some face lifts to the interior and a new name and such. I do believe that when I lived out in Allston about 12 years ago, it didnt have nearly as good a selection of beer as it does now.
I recently hit this place on the 4th of July and the A/C was working well and it was quite quiet. They had some DFH, Bear Republic, Smuttynose, Victory as well. I had Bear Republic racer 5 and it was decent but could have been fresher. Prices were reasonable and the staff was friendly and attentive enough. I could swear the same bartender was working that used to be here about 12 years ago.
Overall, a decent place to go and it usually isnt too crowded in here so if the Sunset was a mob scene for example, this might be a good alternative. I didnt have any food on my recent visit but remembner it as being pretty standard from the past. A nice neighborhood bar with a better than average beer selection and pretty good prices.
07-28-2007 13:58:11 |
More by rousee
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Went here for a BA Gathering. It was a Saturday night, so the place was pretty hopping. Hah, no beer joke intended.
Low lighting, nice bar area, with adjacent seating area.
Selection is great, but is still outshadowed by Sunset Grill, which sits a stone's throw away from Common Ground. Some Stone, DFH, Youngs, Sam Adams, I think I saw some Belgians, etc.
Staff seemed nice and pretty level headed for the area. heh.
Nice and relaxing atmosphere. When a DJ started setting up, I thought, "O god here we go, and emo noise fest", but I was pleasantly surprised to hear some mellow tunes, that blended well into the mood of the patrons.
A good time was had by all.
04-30-2007 02:26:43 |
More by Freshie
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
Common Ground has a pretty good beer selection for a place that isn't really a beer bar. The vibe is cool and laid-back. The tap selection is pretty typical, but there are some interesting bottle choices, such as La Fin Du Monde and a couple Victorys. The draught beers are around 4 bucks, if I remember. There is a long bar against one of the walls with a large area of tables. The staff always seems pretty cool. This is the best place for beer in the Allston area other than Sunset, but nothing special.
12-31-2005 17:50:46 |
More by bignick
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Although the food menu is a little limited, this is a good choice to go for a bite to eat and enjoy a good beer. It's sort of like a fusion of beer bar, eatery, and sports bar. It's cozy inside, with sports being projected at the bar from a projecter. The place holds daily specials for both draft and bottles, one which I grabbed (Cisco Libation Ale) to eat with my pork chop entrée, which by the way was good and served in geneous portions. The restaurant sits near the Sunset Grill, so if you're intiminated by the offerings that place has, this would be a good alternative to mellow out at.
12-27-2007 17:15:04 |
More by DoubleJ
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
The Common Ground is a great bar in Allston Village which really can appeal to a number of different crowds. If you are looking to go out for a few beers and watch the game, they have a good number of LCD/plasma TVs, as well as a big projector screen. Looking for some decently priced food too? Check. The Common Ground menu has a decent variety, from sandwiches ($7 to $10) to some other entrees ($10-$15) like meatloaf, steak, fish and chips, etc.
While the TVs and nice menu help, a real highpoint for me is the fact that you can order a $15 pitcher of almost any beer on tap. Pitcher of Stone IPA for $15??? Hell yea. Although the selection isn't like Sunset and the quality/exclusivity doesn't match Deep Ellum, the value that Common Ground brings can't be beat. Plus, this place has an overall cool atmosphere. The Irish bartender is sure to give a few laughs.
01-31-2009 15:15:14 |
More by gdkersey
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$
Common Ground is a great place to get a reasonably priced, relatively tasty bite and (with around 20 taps and a few dozen bottle options) a solid selection from which you are more than likely to find some tasty craft beers to hit the spot, from the local brewing beer scene to many of the popular national brands. located in the heart of Boston's Allston neighborhood, it sort of has the feel of an erstwhile dive bar that ownership has endeavored to revamp - an atmosphere I find neither especially compelling nor off-putting. numerous flat screen TVs make it an attractive locale to catch a game. although I don't live far, my main reasons for not dropping by this place more often are 2: Deep Ellum and Sunset. with the former being a sub-5 minute walk down brighton ave and the latter being even closer, it's usually one of those craft gems I'm heading to. that said, you could do a lot worse than Common Ground.
06-30-2013 14:05:33 |
More by BostonHops
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I stopped by this place on my way to Sunset Grill and Tap from Deep Ellum, I did not have the highest expectations from reading reviews, but I was pleasantly suprised. The biggest plus for this place was it had Founders Breakfast Stout on tap! WOW, first time I ever saw it on tap and I had to partake in 3-4 of them :) We ordered Appetizers for dinner and we were pleased with them. The bartender that helped us was very attentive and very friendly. I also had a Stone IPA on tap there as well, in my opinion they had a lot of throwaways on tap, but they did certainly have some winners. A nice place and I will definately stop by my next time in Boston. A very young crowd and not the.... prettiest place inside, but not bad by any means.
10-20-2008 20:42:44 |
More by Biggness
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Located on Harvard Ave in Allston, right around the corner from the Sunset and the Kells, The Common Ground is an Irish Bar that doesn't quite fit the irish bar mold.
Dark classic woody Irish bar atmosphere in a decent sized room sepperated into two sections. A bar section with some bar tables, then a sepperate slightly larger dining area with a very small stage off to one side. The bartenders all speak with an irish accent and they usually keep the many TV's around the place tuned to sports. (Soccer during the world cup)
The beer selection is actually pretty good. With about a dozen taps ranging from your standard micros and macros, they tend to lean a little more towards Irish and English nitro beers. The 20 or so bottled beers start off looking pretty standard as well, but upon further investigation they actually have Belgians (served in the proper glassware) and some more obscure micro brews. They tend to have a nice rotating seasonal selection in as well. Overall nothing to go crazy about, but still, why stick with a Guiness or Bud Light when you can have a Duvel.
The food is deffinatly above average for bar grub. Nice appetizer menu, unique burgers and chicken sandwiches, pizza, etc. The Allston burger, a burger with horseradish and cream cheese, is excellent. Also try the Irish pizza, a deep dish pizza made with mashed potatos.
The have live music and DJ's often, check their schedule which is always posted outside. Cover charges are not uncommon depending on the acts. They have other weekly events including a Simpsons trivia night.
The crowd can be varied depending on the day. College pick up bar later on the weekends, regulars and townies earlier and on weekdays.
Overall a nice little Allston hang out. Not quite your average Irish Bar but deffinatly not an Allston College dive.
08-08-2003 09:10:24 |
More by taez555
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
This is what I consider a good example of the "modern" sports bar. Many tv screens with multiple games on with no sound, just background music. In this place the, the music is contemporary.
The food is the usual pub, with a couple of house specialties, like baked salmon. The bber selection when I was there was good, but not quite daring. 15 taps with among them the standards like Guinness and New Castle and a host of microbrews. 30 different bottles with seasonals like Brooklyn Octoberfest mingled in with Fin Du Monde. All in all a great place to get together with friends to enjoy a game.
10-27-2003 14:12:54 |
More by bewareOFpenguin
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Common Ground Bar and Grill in Allston, MA
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