Taps: 31 / Bottles: 15
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 47 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by BeerSox:
4.33/5 rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $
Located along Mass Ave near a couple colleges (what part of Boston isn't located near a couple colleges?), near some other restaurants. There is street parking and free parking behind the restaurant, but spaces are limited and probably fills up quickly when busy. Public transportation is available, with Porter to the north, and Havard to the south. It's a bit of a walk, but the area is definitely designed for walkers.
There is a street-side entrance and a back entrance, but either way you need to make your way to the front to be seated. There are several outdoor benches along the street, which is great for a nice day. The inside had some tables and booths, but also a rather large bar with lots of seating. There are also flat panel TVs above the bar. The bar area gets pretty packed during peak times.
The beer list was great, and includes a cask option. The main food menu has a list of beer options, but there is a paper one that lists the actual beers. There are plenty of the standard American Lager style beers available, as well as around 30 craft beers, of just about every style, as well as some rare beers. There is certainly something for everyone. The prices for the beers are also very cheap, many under $4, for a full pint glass.
The food varied, and comes with the standard pub food, but also very good. I ordered the English Burger (served on a large English muffin) and was one of the best burgers I've ever had. I also ordered curly-fries.
The service wasn't fast but it wasn't slow either. The waitress was very nice and had no problem splitting the check for us. I'm not sure if it's harder to get to people outside as quickly as inside.
The bottom of the menu mentions that you should ask questions since they are beer geeks. I guess that can make you feel more confident that you will have a good beer experience. I never heard of this place until my sister took me to it, and I'm glad she did. This is definitely a great establishment and should be a beer destination for you at one point or time.
08-08-2009 17:56:11 | More by BeerSox
More User Reviews:
4.33/5 rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is a regular lunch spot for me when I am in Cambridge. The burgers are awesome and quite reasonably priced. Try the sweet potato fries. The salads are very good as well - fresh, imaginative and tasty.
Beer selection has many standby options, a good mix of locals, regionals, and national craft selections, with a few standby imports (how can a good Boston bar not have Guinness?) There are about 30 taps and one beer one cask.
Service is friendly and efficient. The atmosphere is nothing terribly distinctive - just comfortable, clean and inviting.
02-04-2012 23:20:03 | More by CliffBrake
3.78/5 rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in here for a late night drink or two during a recent visit.
Atmosphere is OK. It's a pretty run-of-the-mill place, somewhat similar to a sports bar but not quite with the wings-and-BMC crowd. A large horseshoe bar sits in the center of the place with tables all around. TVs are pretty easy to find.
Quality is also OK. the beer was served at the proper temperature but some of the pours didn't have quite as much head as they should have and the glassware was pretty standard.
Service was good. We didn't have to wait long with empty glasses and the bartender knew the styles fairly well.
Selection was also good. There wasn't anything ridiculous on-tap but there were quite a few local options.
Value is good and par for the course in the Boston area.
Overall I wouldn't go out of my way to come back to this place but if I'm in the area I certainly wouldn't object.
08-16-2011 00:31:43 | More by glid02
3.8/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Worth the walk from Harvard Square on a hot summer afternoon, your best bet is a seat at the bar where it seems the air conditioning is strongest and the view of the entire restaurant is best. Not only that, you might stand a chance of avoiding one of the three zillion televisions that adorn the walls. CC always has a wide variety of taps and, although they seem to lean slightly in favor of hoppy beer, study the list closely and you'll always find something to like. A big plus is that they seem to make an effort to have one or two lagers on tap at all times-- that always adds points. The staff know the beer, they serve it in the proper glasses and you can even get a 12oz glass for most draft selections. The bottle list is not anything special, plus it's overpriced. Stick to the taps. The food is decent but not stunning and is not the main reason to visit.
06-07-2010 21:55:00 | More by gfreed
3.63/5 rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Lunch and brews on a Wednesday afternoon. Located in Porter square, this place was a struggle to find at first since the giant letters were missing from the exterior. After breathing a sigh of relief to find out that they hadn't moved and that they were open for business, our spirits lifted.
The establishment unfolds into an open layout past the entrance; booths and tables to the left and right divided by the horshoe bar directly in front. On a mid-Wednesday afternoon, tables/booths were barely occupied.
Selection was reminiscent of an Eli Cannon's (Middletown, CT) or Strange Brew (Manchester, NH) in terms of 'decent' quality brews with about 20 taps, 30 bottles, and 1 firkin. The tap menu is interesting as they have a rotating daily (?) IPA, and they offer specials on samplers. I enjoyed a Rogue Yellow Snow (tap) in addition to a bartender's choice sampler (4, 5 oz samples) that included: Flower Power (cask), Double Bag, Troegs Sunshine Pils, and a Farmer Brown. An enjoyable selection, but nothing too exciting in terms of quality.
Our server was scattered, but prompt with drinks and food. Points off for clearly not knowing much about beer when he had to go back twice to the bar to remember which brews were in the sampler that he had just delivered.
Food was pretty average pub fare. The cajun chicken sandwich had some flavor, but it looked as if it had just been defrosted with little effort put forth to craft the meal.
Overall, prices are reasonable as long as you steer clear of the bottled selection. I understand the need to mark up bottles in restaurants, but one look at the bottled menu will make you want to study the taps a little more closely.
04-24-2010 00:52:57 | More by NEhophead
4.45/5 rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went here for the post EBF brunch. It was PACKED when we got there. We had some friends that live in town that went with us and they said how going to Cambrige for brunch has become a trendy thing to do in the Boston area. How quaint. Nice set up with a decent sized bar and a seperate dining area. I had the corned beef hash and I was happy with my meal. In fact everyone in our group was happy. The tap list was excellent but the bottle list this day was even better. Got a black tuesday and a le blue. The service was a little bit slow but as I said it was packed so they were doing the best they could. I would stop by again perhaps even for brunch.
03-10-2010 23:23:38 | More by aerozeppl
Cambridge Common in Cambridge, MA
88 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.