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Penguin Pizza

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Penguin PizzaPenguin Pizza
BA SCORE
89
very good

38 Ratings
Ratings: 38
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Taps: 10
Bottles: 55
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

735 Huntington Ave
Boston, Massachusetts, 02115-6304
United States
phone: (617) 277-9200

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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-19-2005)
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Reviews by BlueHammer:
Photo of BlueHammer
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%

I went here for pizza and a few beers the other night. I wasn't completely impressed, but not totally unimpressed either. The atmosphere is that of a typical pizza joint. It has an open kitchen (which was not so fabulous when one irate customer went to complain to the cook). There were a lot of neon lights! The beer selection was large but not exhaustive. In many cases only the *company* and not the *actual* specific brew was listed. That somewhat perplexed me! I ended up going with something I had before since that was just easier than asking. The waitress seemed to be having a bad day but she was friendly and courteous and attentive, pretty much until right before we left. The pizza was good, thin crust and pretty tasty - $12.50 for a large cheese so not outrageously priced either. Of course, being an original New Yorker, I compare all pizza to NY pizza, but this was pretty good! I'd be curious to try some of their specialty pizzas. All the beers were about $4-$6. I'd head back if I'm in the area again.

BlueHammer, Sep 05, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of mklisz
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

mklisz, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of smcolw
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%

First, let me state that the pizza is superb. The beer selection is extensive (particularly in bottles). There's also 30+/- beers on tap, although no nitro nor cask draws.

The location is about a mile west of the Northeastern campus on Huntington Avenue in the Longwood medical section of Boston. It's not near any touristy areas, so beer lovers will need to make this a go-to place. I'd place this in the top five beer bars of Boston.

For food, this is mainly a pizza place. There are also wings, salads, panini and wraps, but the pizza is so good, there's no need to go further. We're talking North End quality here.

Service was very good and attentive.

The beers are wide ranging. Unlike most Boston beer bars they don't try to hide their Buds, Coors Lite or Yuengling. They also don't venture too far into the weird: Sam, Sierra, Harpoon and Stone have multiple offerings. Yet there are plenty of samples from lesser known breweries.

This is a small (30-ish seats at tables and 10 bar stools) place. The walls are a drab yellow painted brick. On the Saturday afternoon of Memorial Day weekend, it was pretty empty, but I was pleased to see a couple of families enjoying the food. Since we are in the middle of several hospitals and colleges, I would imagine this was unusual.

smcolw, May 24, 2014
Photo of TOH
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

TOH, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of dental
4/5  rDev +2%

dental, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of jwps214
4/5  rDev +2%

jwps214, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of mcintire78
4/5  rDev +2%

mcintire78, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of Dicers
4.61/5  rDev +17.6%

Where to begin? Penguin is far and away my favorite bar in the city of Boston. I've been going there since I turned 21 and was a student at neighboring Northeastern. With their 20 cent wings on Monday and trivia on Saturday plus their frequent tap take overs by craft breweries it's always a fun place to go.

atmosphere: My favorite part of the establishment. When you walk into this relatively small bar you see the walls lined with 22oz mugs that have been engraved. In order to receive one of these mugs you must "endure" their penguin passport, a list of 335 beers that they carry on a regular basis. This list does unfortunately include some bad macro breweries like bud or coors, but with special rotating micro brews they're always willing to substitute for a good craft beer. I got through my passport in about a year and now am a mug clubber. They have about 35 taps all of which are clean and delicious. About 20 of them are always rotating with new and exciting brews.
If you come on any sort of regular basis you will see other mug clubbers icing (surprising someone with a smirnoff ice) other people close to receiving their mug. Also the staff and regulars are always willing to give beer recommendations to newbies who are intimidated by the large beer list.

quality/service: I may be biased because I am a regular but whenever I'm there even when the place is packed the staff is always attentive and although you may have to wait an extra minute or two it's well worth it. Everyone is friendly, the beer is served in correct glassware, and the food is delicious.

selection: With a list of 335 beers you're bound to find something you love and something you hate. A few beers are hit or miss and they don't always have in stock, but they always are adding and subtracting beers based on what people enjoy. If you can't find a beer here you'll be hard pressed to find one anywhere.

Food: The pizza is amazing! try the duck confit! all of it is good though and they've been rated best thin crust in Boston.

This place located in the mission hill section of boston is a hidden gem and a must for beer lovers

Dicers, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%

I finally went to Penguin for the first time last night- I was very excited considering how many beers they are famed to have, but came away slightly disappointed. While they do have a large selection many of them were not beers I consider worth drinking (aka coors, other adjunct lagers) and many seemed quite overpriced to me. There was a pretty sharp divide between the prices of large scale American micro-brews (Sam Adams, Magic Hat, DFH 60) and better microbrews (Green Flash and others from out west) and imports. Also I think that some of their drafts were not kept properly- the Founders Centennial that I had was pretty flat as was a Flemish wild ale that my friend had (which shouldn't be anywhere NEAR flat).

That being said, their pizza is excellent and reasonably priced (3.95 for a VERY large slice), they serve most of their beers in the appropriate glassware, and its a fun place to go with friends. I probably won't ever try to go there again but if I happen to end up there it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.

Hopdaemon39, Feb 18, 2012
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Penguin Pizza in Boston, MA
89 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.