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Atwood's Tavern

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Atwood's TavernAtwood's Tavern
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

34 Ratings
Ratings: 34
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 6.27%
Taps: 24
Bottles: 40
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

877 Cambridge St
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02141-1430
United States
phone: (617) 864-2792

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @atwoodstvrn

Notes:
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(Place added by: noob on 05-27-2006)
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Reviews by taez555:
Photo of taez555
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%

Atwoods is located on the long strip of Cambridge Street in Cambridge, between Lechmere and Inman Square.

The Interior is a neat mix of old school Irish bar but without that faux broken-in irish bar feel which actually makes it even more inviting. An L shaped room with a bar on the left that stretches to the back where there are tables to sit down and eat or watch the entertainment. Clean bright un-aged tan woods and a fireplace up front make it all very warm and inviting.

Beer selection is interesting. Two dozen taps with a bit smaller bottle selection. For the most part it’s Boston Basic but up a notch. Sam, Harpoon, Sierra Nevada, Guinness, Ipswich, BBC, CBC, etc. I was really impressed that they had DFH 90 minute IPA on tap and that it was served in the correct DFH snifter. All beers were served in the correct glassware and were very fresh and tasty with no off flavors.

Food selection was standard pub grub: Appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, some larger entrees, Irish breakfast for the brunch crowd, etc. Good stuff and very hearty but I honestly wasn’t overly impressed by anything we ordered.

They have live music 4 days a week which I really need to come out for that one of these days. As I live in the area I could see this becoming a decent local watering hole, I can’t stop thinking about the fresh snifters of 90 minute IPA. Although, I wish their website would tell they’re operating hours, the menu includes brunch, but doesn’t say when. Overall pretty cool, I’d come back.

taez555, Dec 20, 2006
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EdV21, Jun 17, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

My first impression is of the large all wood bar. It takes up two thirds of the place and it wraps around to where the hard liquor is kept. There's even mirrors like in the Wild West movies. There are five two-top tables near the window and perhaps twice that many in the back. The furthest wall from the street features perhaps the smallest stage known to entertainment--a drum set takes up 75% of the space.

Now for the beers, there are 25-30 of them on tap with another 75? in bottles. I found five on tap which I've never had (just shy of 3,000 rated). This is a pretty good ratio in my book. The service was quite good, there when I needed but not overly obtrusive.

I did not try the food, but from what I witnessed, everyone was enjoying their typical bar-grub fare.

This a bit between a dive bar and a sophisticated beer bar--a great combination in my book.

smcolw, Jun 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

mcintire78, Oct 08, 2013
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4.91/5  rDev +18.3%

Great atmosphere, excellent live music, good food for a very fair price. The staff at Atwoods is always friendly and helpful and will find you a table no matter how crowded. Most importantly for summer, Atwoods has the best patio in Cambridge. Always a great choice!

AliJ, May 29, 2013
Photo of morebeergood
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%

My wife and I went to the Smoke This Rib 2011 bbq street fest on Sunday. Afterwards, we went over to Atwood's to relax for a bit. When we walked in, the place was completely empty. There is seating near the front windows, a long bar to the left, and a small stage in the back. Nice looking inside, with lots of wood. Had that Irish pub feel to it. Service was above average. The female bartender greeted us, and when a keg kicked, she went downstairs to check if they had more. Selection was pretty stellar. They had a bunch of great New England beers on tap - CBC, Smuttynose, Mayflower, Wormtown, White Birch, Gritty, Pretty Things, and even Jack's Abby. They also had some nice other taps too, like The Bruery and Boulevard. I went with the Boulevard Tank 7 Saison, served in a Belgian goblet ($7). Prices were $6 or more for draft, so not a cheap place. My wife then recommended we head around back. Very cool...an outdoor enclosed patio. I had no idea. An private space with community tables and a little garden. A great spot to enjoy a beer in the unseasonable warmth. The waitress outside was also very smiley and cheery. We really liked Atwood's, and I can't believe it's taken me so many years to finally visit this place.

morebeergood, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Thanks to Barry for suggesting this place.

A sort of unassuming place, for me, anyway. A nice, long, L-shaped wood bar with a pretty extensive tap list (seem to remember 25-30 beers).

Very friendly service and quite knowledgeable as well (always a plus). A nice selection of northeast/New England brewed beers, though I was disappointed that the one White Birch beer listed on the tap list was not available.

They also offer beers served in pints in 12 oz glasses for $4.50, which I thought was sort of cool.

womencantsail, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of huuvola
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

I've been coming to Atwood's ever since it opened (2006) and have always enjoyed it, but this year (2011), they've really upped their game. They've improved their menu offerings, added a beautiful beer-garden type patio, and strengthened their already solid selection of beers.

They have around 24 taps, with a great range of beers and styles. On my most recent visit, they had tap offerings from New England craft brewers including: Baxter Brewing (ME), Cambridge Brewing Company, White Birch Brewing (NH), Pretty Things (Boston), Mayflower Brewing (MA), and Notch (MA/ME). Other brews included: Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, La Chouffe, Allagash White, BBC Steel Rail, Brooklyn Lager, Gritty McDuff's Black Fly Stout, Belhaven Scottish Ale, Boulevard Brewing Nommo, Bruery Orchard White, and more.

Through the years, their tap selection has been fairly solid, but this year they've greatly improved their bottle selection. For example, to my surprise, they now carry the Saison from the brand new Mystic Brewing (Boston/Chelsea, MA). Other seasonal bottles included: Sixpoint Autumnation, Fullers 1845, Avery 18th Anniversary, and Hannsens Oude Kriek. The bottle menu is separated out into a good range of Ales, Porters/Stouts, Belgians, Large Format, etc.

The servers aren't always completely knowledgeable about the beers, but they can generally give you a decent recommendation if you tell them what you're looking for.

In short, Atwood's is a great little pub, with a very solid selection of beers. With this year's improvements, it's moved a few notches higher in my list of beer bar destinations. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the Cambridge/Somerville area --- or on an extended beer tour of the Boston area.

huuvola, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.15/5  rDev 0%

Came here mainly to check out some remaining members of a local Boston band.

Great dark atmosphere and relatively quiet even for weekend nights. Quite does not mean barren however. I came here just for music and good beer and that is exactly what I got.

The beer selection suited mine and my friends needs perfectly. I felt like starting with a good IPA and slowly transitioning to a deep stout. The selection they had made it difficult only because of my own indecision.

Food selection has had a lot of time and effort put in. Don't come here expecting typical bar food(well besides some burgers but where can you choose beef, veggie or turkey) Cider Steamed Local Oysters go down like candy and the Flat iron steak sauteed in mushrooms and butter is very enticing.

Quick service for beer and food and the bartenders were friendly however I have not interacted with them too frequently.

Great music is also a major focal point for this bar.

DrinkingDrake, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of Keith238
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

Wandered in here during a recent trip to Boston, mid-day. Clean, friendly bar with a decent selection, not the biggest selection I've seen but representing both local and national breweries.

The wife and I had a couple of burgers and washed those down with a few beers then we spied the flourless chocolate cake ordered by another patron. You wouldn't expect that to be a good follow up for burgers but we split a piece and it was bangin'!

Nice atmosphere and a short bus ride from Harvard. Looking forward to a return trip to Atwoods.

Keith238, Dec 31, 2010
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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

This is like the underdog beer bar that is doing it right IMO.

They garner that real bar vibe, why? Because they are a real bar. Dark wood, full liquor license and a good looking food menu that I won't rate now until I have hit it up a few times.

Beer selection is very well chosen from light to dark, hoppy to malty, strong to moderate sized brews. A good portion of the beers are $5 a pint ... A shaker pint but a pint none the less. All of which is becoming a quick rarity in the Boston area. Atwood's is soon to become a mainstay in my rotation of places to hit.

Jason, Sep 28, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

My favorite bar in the Boston metro area. It's my favorite because...

Some one spent a lot of time creating a focused draft selection. All styles are covered with a focus on American crafts, though there are Belgian and German offerings as well. In addition to their regular drafts, Atwood's has a 6 rotating lines: West coast, the Atwood's line (open), Cambridge Brewing Co., Sixpoint, stout and seasonal.

The atmosphere is casual and homey. If I were to open a bar it would be like this. The lighting is also high enough that one can actually see.

The food is excellent and reasonably priced. The bartenders and servers are friendly and will engage in conversation rather than just being vessels of food and drink.

I've always believed one can judge a bar by it's chili--Atwood's chili is $6 for a meal sized bowl, and is made with buffalo and is the 2nd best I've had in Boston (Deep Ellum has better chili, sorry Atwood,s).

On Halloween they had a Saucey Pirate Party. I LOVE pirates.

It's close to where I work and live. I also live near Bukowski's, Tavern at the end of the World, Lord Hobo, and Cambridge Brewing Co., but I go here instead. I can't give a higher compliment than that.

donkeyrunner, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of joedon
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

Located in a mostly blue-collar neighborhood in Cambridge. Not a single Harvard professor or student in sight. The interior decoration was sort of plain and didn't work for me. However all the staff and customers were friendly and the overall feel was quite comfortable.

Well-chosen selection of tap beers and no macros in sight. A lot of New England choices but also Guinness, La Chouffe and Dogfish. I had the Smuttynose IPA and a Dogfish 90 which were both excellent.

The food menu was what you might expect but still well prepared and presented. I had a very good cheeseburger.

Prices were quite reasonable. $5.00 domestic pints.

joedon, Aug 16, 2009
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4.14/5  rDev -0.2%

This is the kind of beer bar that I wish was more common. Low-key, with a beer list that is extensive and interesting but focused - Domestics and IPAs seemed to be the main attractions. It's a relatively small bar, and it seems like they probably have all of the drafts that they can.

Service was attentive and friendly, without any hint of the snobbery that can plague good beer bars. I didn't try the food this time around, but people seemed happy with what they were eating!

There was live music - a bluegrass band that was just the right tempo and energy level for the bar's atmosphere. I would say that they were a bit too loud, making conversation a bit more difficult, but loud good music is not the end of the world!

All in all, Atwood's is a great beer bar in Cambridge. I like it much better than the much-ballyhooed Bukowski's down the street - more focused beer menu, better service, better atmosphere and music.

vrazionale, May 31, 2009
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

This is straight up a good bar. There is nothing crazy going on here, just a place creating a nice neighborhood feel. Lots of wood and darkness. Attentive and personable staff. Very good beer selection. Tasty food. Easy walking distance to my brother's apartment. What more could you ask for? Had plenty of good local beers during the night, as well as a Chouffe (whoops). The food was quite good, especially the cheese board. Our server was a cool dude. Knew plenty about beer and was there whenever we needed another round. I have been seeking out more places like this. No pretense. No amazing interior design or complicated philosophy (although both those things have their time and place and I like them as well). This was just simplicity. Something to strive for in these days.

GreatPondBrewer, Mar 18, 2009
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Atwood's Tavern in Cambridge, MA
93 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.