Taps: 24 / Bottles: 40
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 21 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by taez555:
3.73/5 rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
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 its 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 wasnt 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 cant stop thinking about the fresh snifters of 90 minute IPA. Although, I wish their website would tell theyre operating hours, the menu includes brunch, but doesnt say when. Overall pretty cool, Id come back.
12-20-2006 20:51:06 | More by taez555
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4.91/5 rDev +18.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $
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!
05-29-2013 05:18:13 | More by AliJ
4.14/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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.
10-10-2011 23:23:08 | More by morebeergood
4/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Thanks to Barry for suggesting this place.
A sort of unassuming place, for me, anyway. A nice, long, L-shaped wood bar with a pretty extensive tap list (seem to remember 25-30 beers).
Very friendly service and quite knowledgeable as well (always a plus). A nice selection of northeast/New England brewed beers, though I was disappointed that the one White Birch beer listed on the tap list was not available.
They also offer beers served in pints in 12 oz glasses for $4.50, which I thought was sort of cool.
10-04-2011 22:16:29 | More by womencantsail
4.33/5 rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
10-03-2011 13:52:52 | More by huuvola
4.15/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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.
01-08-2011 16:25:27 | More by DrinkingDrake
Atwood's Tavern in Cambridge, MA
92 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.