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Taps: 28 / Bottles: 40
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
55 Chester St
phone: (617) 628-2200
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
this is a really good barbeque joint right off the red line.
the beer is always fresh, as they have constantly rotating taps, with about 20 or so beers to choose from at any given time, with most of them being really good crafts.
the service is great, and the atmostphere is pretty good, the place is not fancy, the tables are plain as are the chairs, not table clothes or cloth napkins, just really good bbq.
and the prices are really good for the food, the beer is starting to get a little bit expensive. if you are ever in the area and you are looking for a new place to try this place should definitely be at the top of your list.
01-19-2011 03:20:06 |
More by rowingbrewer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Finally got to check this place out with YouBrewIDrink on our way to the NotF 2010. Thank goodness I had a GPS because I probably would never have found the place. Being on a little street did have one advantage, we scored a parking spot right in front on a Friday at lunchtime.
The place is split in three, with the bar section to the left, a more family-style eatery on the right and another downstairs which I didn't visit. There was a lineup for the restaurant side, but we got a few spots at the bar.
Seems like a nice locals' hangout, obviously with full Red Sox nation regalia everywhere. The vibe was really laid back, not divey enough to scare off someone like my wife, but worked in enough to make me feel at home.
Very interesting tap list that would have kept me occuppied for a nice long session, but it wasn't in the cards this time so I went with a pint of cask-conditionned Larry which tasted fine.
Service was exactly what you'd expect from this type of bar. Our waitress was a little swamped for Beer service, but a little friendly banter fixed that up nicely. Food service was lightning quick though. We got litterally a ton of food at very reasonable prices, and I love BBQ served with good Beer so this place had win all over it. Even though I built this place up in my mind for years, it didn't dissapoint in the least.
11-11-2010 17:43:13 |
More by Goldorak
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Redbones is a place I don't consider often enough. Cask ales, rotating local beers, really cool tap handles (upstairs at least), great service, good food, a nice atmosphere, and the option to get half pints all make it a great place to grab a beer. If I lived in Davis or Porter, I could see this becoming a regular haunt, but as it is the overcrowding and relative distance makes it more of an occasional stop for me.
I prefer the upstairs bar, though the downstairs has been growing on me, and due to how crowded it gets upstairs is where I usually end up. Still, I really love the upstairs--the feeling of walking into a small lodge-style bar, something that reminds me of the dwindling private drinking clubs of Somerville, Cambridge and Manchester. Of course, mine is a romanticized version of these clubs where there is ample good beer, no haze of smoke, and a good degree less alcoholism among the clientele. And with beautiful tap handles. The downstairs is a completely different world--dark, cool, the ultimate rib joint with a decent bar tucked into the corner. It gets crowded down here, too, but there's more room to maneuver.
I love that Redbones has a good local focus in addition to serving many great non-local beers, like the wonderful Ridgeway IPA I had recently. Lots of good Smuttynose Big Beer, Berkshire, Opa Opa, Pretty Things and Cape Ann are often among the many excellent local breweries featured. The food speaks for itself, and the availability of small bites at the bar is a big bonus.
I was torn on calling this place a bit pricey or reasonable. Like I said, I love that there's an option between multiple pour sizes, so you can try more beers or wade into a pricier one. I also love the sampler palette option. Many beers are reasonably priced, but a lot of the specialties are a bit pricier than I'd prefer or expect. Then again, the pours are generous... I recently had a Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog, which was delicious, potent and pricey at $8 (I didn't consult the printed menu for the price), but at least it was served in a full 16 oz pint, which is unusual for such a high ABV beer. So you see I'm torn on the price, but the bottom line is while it can be a bit pricey, there are plenty of reasonably priced beers to choose from as well.
11-02-2010 22:02:01 |
More by FrankLloydMike
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Located very close to the Davis square stop.
There is an upstairs and down. The down has tables and a bar, where you can wait during busy periods. This place seems to get very crowded very quickly.
The beer selection is great, with a good mix of local and foreign beers. There is a cask and plenty of option on tap, along with a bottled list.
The BBQ food is great, and they have vegetarian options as well.
The walls are well decorated, giving the place a lively feel.
Good beer and BBQ - there's something for everyone. I feel I'll be going back there at some point.
08-22-2010 02:55:35 |
More by BeerSox
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I've been here quite a few times now, but always for lunch. Other reviewers have scared me away from trying to come here later in the evening due to the apparent crowds. Lunch is a different matter and I've been able to bring the family, including a preschooler, without any trouble. Roughly 20 taps, nice mix of locals, US craft, and European brews. Cask has been available during a couple of my visits too. The BBQ is solid and the portions are ridiculous. My current favourite lunch deal is the combo - a big bowl filled with a seemingly random selection of whatever BBQ they've got in the kitchen for $9. Plus a whole plate of sides. Prices on food and drink are reasonable and I've always had good service here. Recommended.
06-12-2010 13:24:23 |
More by DrJay
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Went here for lunch the other day. Atmosphere of the place is busy yet not overly loud or annoying; has some sit-down seating but I chose to sit at the bar.
They have about 20 beer on tap, plus a cask and a decent bottle selection. Turnover on the taps seems pretty high, so everything seemed pretty fresh to me. I got to try Cisco IPA on cask which was a nice treat.
The service was good. Food came out pretty fast. The guy working the bar seemed kinda new, but he was able to answer all my questions about the beer and food.
The food, by the way, is incredible. Some of the best bbq I've had in a while. Everything is reasonably priced as well: the beer and the food. Although for lunch, the food deal are really inexpensive for the amount and quality of food you get.
06-10-2010 23:24:43 |
More by TommyW
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
I have been to Redbones three times and each time I've been underwhelmed when compared to other rib joints around Boston. Redbones is reputed to be the very best, but every time, I've received overcooked ribs that are dried out and burnt on the outside.
The beer selection is extensive, even featuring a cask-conditioned choice. There are a few macros, but the menu is geared to beer connoisseurs with a good variety of IPA's and Belgians and a smattering of others. Each time, I received a fresh beer with the proper glass.
I have found the service to be uniformly friendly and efficient.
So, in a nutshell, the beer is good to excellent, the food is over-stated and the service is good.
05-30-2010 22:08:42 |
More by smcolw
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I actually visted this place in October a couple days before Halloween on my way up to Salem,MA. Before I even walked in I noticed a red truck with some dummies set up in for Halloween... I love it. The service was decent. Nobody was overly friendly. The selection was pretty good. A nice chalkboard list of taps including a cask. I really liked that you could get a sampler which contains 5 samples. I love this especially in a bar with so many choices. I believe it was only about 8 dollars too. A good BBQ spot for food.
02-18-2010 15:12:48 |
More by DNICE555
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
A packed 2 level restaurant with 2 bars (upper/lower). Alot of seating, but fills very fast, particularly on the weekend. Loud, busy, and packed in. Downstairs has funky decor and is a bit more manageable.
Good tap and bottle selection, from some higher end brews to PBR to Bud. They are frequently out of some beers, but you can always find something you'd like. Some oddities present as well, which is fun. Food and brew were decent and nothing was really off.
Busy busy. Waitress was cool and understandably distracted, but we still got our food and beverages without too much of a wait. Refills? A little tougher, but you can elbow your way to the bar too. Bartenders aren't much for chit-chat, but neither am I.
Food is good BBQ, but far from great. Some things are better than others, but overall, a decent meal (c'mon, this is New England barbeque, not North Carolina).
Noth the cheapest place either. Drafts and bottles are on the higher end, and the food, while alot of it, isn't cheap.
Overall, a decent place. Much more fun, funny enough, when things are a bit less busy.
02-01-2010 13:57:29 |
More by OtherShoe2
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I hadn't been to RedBones in roughly 10 years, so thanks to Tigg924 for reintroducing me to this place.
Hit this place up on a Wednesday night around 6pm. It's a good thing that we got there when we did because this place got PACKED real quick! This place is two levels. On the first floor is a bar to your left and a dining area to your right. The dining area upstairs is rather cramped. Downstairs is another dining area that is nicely spread out and another bar. The walls are decorated with cool abstract art.
Service was really nice. Our waitress was on top of things and courteous. She joked around with us. The downside - after we finished our dinner and were ordering more beers, she let us know that unless we were eating more, we would have to go to the bar. Not her fault, but hey - still kinda sucked.
Nice selection of beers here - roughly 25 taps and a cask. Assortment of local, belgian and other craft brews. Between the two of us, we got our hands on 21st Golden Doom, BBC Coffehouse Porter, CBC Darkest Night, Sixpoint Brownstone, Shakespeare Stout, and Pretty Things Jack D'or.
The food here is freaking great. It's not true down south BBQ but hell if it isn't a damn good replica! Pulled chicken was tasty, mac n cheese, beans, and garlic mashed potatoes. Turn around form when we ordered to when we got the food was damn fast too!
Overall, a nice place to pop in and get some good grub, and good beer!
01-21-2010 17:23:06 |
More by Jayli
Redbones Barbeque in Somerville, MA
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