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Taps: 28 / Bottles: 40
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
55 Chester St
phone: (617) 628-2200
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 112 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Parking in Union Square sucks. A lot.
The crowd is a primarily young but fairly diverse mix of hipsters, punkers, and college students. Downstairs has some impressive, colorful artwork of gremlins, pirates, and babies with fire coming out of their asses that some one obviously spent a lot of time on. Your party gets it's own table if you sit down there. Upstairs are long lines of tables in which people you don't know sit next to you. Sometimes that's a fun idea. Other times (true story) you may be sitting next to the guy with whom you got in a fight with over a parking spot outside minutes before and that makes for a really awkward dinner.
The food is good for the area (I like it better than Roadhouse even when Roadhouse still had the smoker) but it's not like anyone from Texas or Tennessee will be impressed. For $8.99 you can get a pulled whatever sandwich with 2 sides and a slice of cornbread--that's not too shabby. For what it's worth the jerk pork is extremely inconsistent and sometimes will fine while other times it will set your mouth on fire.
They have a fairly large taplist (15ish?) and one cask. Despite often having obscure and sometimes rare beers, the drafts aren't very focused and can be unbalanced in favor of certain styles. They do have a good bottle list to make up for any discrepancies however.
While servers aren't uniquely personable or friendly they are very attentive and empty plates are immediately carried away and I've never had an issue with getting what I ordered.
I've been here a few times and the biggest compliment I can give it is the fact that I keep coming back.
01-18-2010 00:01:38 |
More by donkeyrunner
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Redbones is one of my favorite places in Boston to grab a beer and food. The food is good barbeque for the Boston area. It does not compare with southern barbeque, but if you like the style, it is fairly easy to find something tasty. There are some values on the menu. The restaurant has three different areas: a standard restaurant area upstairs, a tight bar area--complete with the select a beer wheel, and a relaxed darkened bar with seating downstairs. The downstairs is my favorite as they have pictures of colorful dog bones on the ceiling. Redbones is usually packed around dinner time, so often there is a wait. The draft beer list is on the slightly expensive side, but often has harder to find drafts. They do a good job in mixing domestic and foreign, as well as highlighting local beers. The prices are slightly more expensive than other places, but the atmosphere is worth it. Redbones remains one of my favorite Boston haunts. Go hungry for some good food and to try a few good brews.
01-11-2010 19:49:05 |
More by tigg924
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went to get some beer and lunch before the NotF. Has a really cool vibe, old school looking like it hasn't been renovated or fixed up for a couple decades. Because they don't care and people come there for the food and beer, the kind of place I like. The beer menu was pretty solid, they tapped a fresh cask of Mayflower IPA when we asked for it. The $9 rib special for lunch we got could feed a small family, pretty wicked value for the price. I sure as shit could't finish it all. Beer was a little pricy relative to other Boston spots. Service was excellent, very quick and attentive. All in all, awesome BBQ and a great beer list. Need I say more?
10-20-2009 20:41:34 |
More by Viggo
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Great service right at the opening hour (which is a good 30 min. earlier than most beer bars in Boston area). Twenty something taps to choose from featured a lot of regional craft, in addition to a cask ale that was quite tasty. The spinning wheel on the wall can help for those indecisive folks who cannot choose a beer in a timely manner.
I did not order from the BBQ focused menu but the corn fritters and/or hush puppies looked like good accompaniments for beer. Founders Breakfast was on tap while here, as well as many imperial stouts and IPA's. Prices were not bad.
Good location off the red line in Davis Square and close to a great coffee shop across the street - Diesel cafe.
10-07-2009 16:23:09 |
More by yemenmocha
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$$
Redbones is a haunt. That's the best way you can describe the joint. It's an easy walk fron the T station at Davis. There is an amazing beer selection for such a tiny place. And they have a wheel if you don't know what to have. The staff isn't professional in any sense, they just do what they have to. But they are usually very friendly so they get extra points The beer is expensive, however, as the pours seem to be short., so don't plan on spending the evening just there. The bar also is very small, so you may not even have a chance to sit down some nights. It's one of the few BBQ joints around, so it makes dining better than a lot of beer bars. However, I but a 3 for food because people should know that the BBQ is considered sub par by anyone that knows their BBQ. That's not just my opinion. But its BBQ. It would be considered the quality of national chain pizza up against something from the North End of Boston. it won't hold a candle to the good stuff, but it'll satisfy a craving for BBQ. I just want to make that clear because I've sent people there for the beer and they've been ticked at me because of the BBQ.
Anyway a fun place.
I like to add, been there multiple times, so it isn't a one experience review.
09-16-2009 00:07:48 |
More by HT75
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
A southern style bbq joint that is often crowded and knows their beer and ribs. Not a fancy spot...don't come if you want to spend 3 hours romantically chatting with a date over a clean, easy to eat meal. If, however, you know what you're getting into, then you'll really enjoy this place.
It was crowded. But isnt that the sign of something good? If people are willing to wait for small tables and a crowded bar, the product must be worth it.
Upwards of 20 beers on tap, which rotates frequently. I have gone to just the bar three times and each time the tap selection was new, except for the non-exciting standard beers (Guinness, PBR, macros etc). IPA heavy list, much of which is local. If you like porters/ interesting stouts this is not the place for you. 4-5 Belgians on tap and always at least 1 cask.
Food was tasty. Order the ribs and get all the sauces if you are new to southern food. delicious sides, esp. the mac n cheese, hushpuppies and slaw.
Bartender knows the beers well. Waitress had prepared a speech for first time diners regarding the menu. Enjoyed the ribs and my friend's catfish sandwich was good too. You will leave FULL.
Good value. Fun, active and loud atmostphere. Would go again!
08-17-2009 13:57:12 |
More by Darkhorse09
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
CRAZY crowded and no we cannot seat your party unless EVERYONE is here. Well, shit...oh, Sixpoint stuff on draft ok....now if I could only get the pint to my mouth without being jossled from every angle. They should not allow this many people in one area.
Seated...finally! Service, quick, efficient and friendly....despite the crazed atmosphere.
Food....solid Que but nothing outstanding. Sides on the other hand, outstanding for sure! Heck, next time I will eat nothing but sides! Oh, proportions are HUGE! If you dont get full here your name must be Joey Chestnut!
A good place that I would go back to again, but not on a Friday night!
07-18-2009 12:52:45 |
More by Deuane
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I had a good time. My wife and I went on a Sunday afternoon around 2pm for a late lunch. I liked the atmosphere and vibe of the place, but I'll be perfectly honest in that it was not a busy time and we had no wait and weren't crowded. If it were the other way around it would have been miserable. To put it politely it would be considered "cozy" with zero elbow room. The place wasn't very big and all the tables were pretty close together. It looked very homey, like "we are who we are" type place. You could see into the kitchen and see the food being prepared. The place didn't look dirty but at the same time it wasn't a fine dining type place either, had a laid back pub feel at the same time. The service was good, we had a hostess sit us down, a waitress take our order, a server bring us our beer, and a separate server bring us our food, so I'm guessing they split tips. Like alot of BBQ places the portions were generous and we found the prices to be very, very reasonable. The beer list was excellent. There were I think 28 different brews on tap and according the waitress they rotate a lot of them. I found the beer to be pretty fresh overall but my wife got a Ipswich Summer Ale that wasn't very cold. I had a tough time deciding what I wanted so I got a sampler. That was another thing that was pretty cool. You could get a sampler of either 3 or 4 beers whichever you wanted and put any of the beers with the exception of the Belgium beers for $7 and if you wanted to sample the Belgium beers it was $9. I was glad they did that because I was in a kind of picky mood at the time. I plan on going back again sometime soon, hopefully it won't be busy again.
One thing I found kind of funny, there was a group of people at the bar screaming watching a soccer game on one end, while the sox were playing on the other end on TV and nobody was paying attention, just thought it was kind of funny.
06-29-2009 00:05:08 |
More by AndyAvalanche
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Our first stop of the evening (Friday night) and it was freaking packed. Stood in the super crowded bar while waiting for our table with barely enough elbow room to raise my beer to my mouth. Luckily, there was a Sixpoint draft event a day or so prior to our visit and many of their beers were still on. I ordered the super tasty Bengali IPA while we waited and before I was halfway thru my glass, we were seated. I ordered the pulled pork sandwich platter. Maybe I'm used to Q in the south, but this (the pork) was sort of a let down. Although it was tender and plentiful, it was rather bland. Do they even have a smoker here? I detected zero smokiness in the meat. The sides were a different story and sort of a redeemer. Some of the best potato salad I've ever had. The cornbread was fresh and the beans were delicious. I'll give 'em this though, the sandwich was huge. I was attacking it for quite a while and it didn't seem like I was getting anywhere. Service was very fast, friendly and attentive considering how crowded the place was. We also noticed the chalkboard with the tap list being updated each time a keg would kick and were also informed of the changes by our server. Glad I was able to check this place out.
03-16-2009 04:38:47 |
More by ClockworkOrange
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Ahh...Redbones. Years of living in Boston will see you within the confines of this Somerville landmark from time to time. I miss it now that I left the city and get back whenever I can.
Redbones is what it is. Its a crowded, packed, loud bbq join with some awesome beers. The bar area is almost always standing room and plan on at least a short wait if you want to sit down in the dining room. At night Underbones, downstairs, is worth checking out as well.
Great, reasonably priced BBQ. Its sloppy, its authentic and its great.
Beer selection is always pretty good. Today they had CBC Milk Stout, Racer 5, Bear Republic Apex, BBC Coffee House Porter to name a few. They also do a Northwest night that is pretty popular and a few weeks ago they had 18 kegs of Sixpoint on tap at the same time. Holy crap!
I love Redbones. The pint of Racer 5 I had today was one of the freshest West Coast IPA's I've ever had!
HINT: Sit up where the kitchen/smoker/pit is and they'll give you a free appetizer most times while they sling meat around.
02-28-2009 21:35:14 |
More by indiapaleale
Redbones Barbeque in Somerville, MA
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