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The Independent

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Taps: 32 / Bottles: 41
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
very good

17 Ratings
Ratings: 17
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.78%
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]

75 Union Sq
Somerville, Massachusetts, 02143-3032
United States
phone: (617) 440-6022

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @theindo

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(Place added by: jesseluu on 02-26-2008)
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$

A and I usually end up here during bad weather events, mainly because its on my way home from work in Boston and hhers from Cambridge.

There are 2 sides to Indy, there is the pub side (on the left as you enter) and the restaurant (on the right). We usually hang out in the pub, simply cause we like pubs better, the restaurant side is nice and comfortable as well, just a bit more high-end look.

Beer selection is very good, they have a nice selection of taps and bottles, most of the staff are knowledgeable about the beers (some not so much). they are never heavily invested in one type or style of beer.

Food is hit or miss, on some nights its very good, other times it seems something is amiss in the kitchen.

On the whole I like Indy, its a good beer bar that most of the time has good food.

12-09-2011 18:55:43 | More by ridedammit
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4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$$

A - perfectly setup with a restaurant and more laid back bar on one side. the other side (just a bar) cozy brick interior usually more crowded (when it is open). good diversity of people to be found in here.

Q - great quality beers (especially harder to find beers on tap). plenty of good cocktail choices as well. giving it a 3.5 instead of 4.5 because the beers here are very pricey.

Ser - service is very good and they will do anything to help with allergies or food restrictions. they are good with beers but obviously given the turnover on kegs you arent going to get expert advice on beer choices.

Sel - In my opinion the best beer selection in the Somerville/Cambridge area. Definitely carry a wide variety of styles and breweries and often you are going to find stuff on tap here that you won't in other places.

F - excellent food with a good array of foods given the menu isn't super big. food is pricer than most bars but given the quality the prices are matched correctly.

V - listed this is as very expensive but only really in relation to the beer prices. not at all uncommon to see 10 dollar drafts.

11-30-2011 03:16:24 | More by celticfutblclub
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3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$

First date – Lunch, December:
New Slang is playing in the background, but for some reason I’m not annoyed – it fits. Through the huge front windows, I can see packs of bearded twenty somethings pedaling fixed gear bikes through Union Square, but I’m not annoyed by them, either. There’s a homey feel to his bar, a neighborhood quality with which I’m quickly smitten. I’m far more attracted to the beer list: it’s not like Black Albert shows up at every bar in Boston. I order a fried chicken sandwich with pickles, something of an organic/local/sustainable/hormone-free homage to Chick-fil-A. Service is a little slow, but I don’t really have anywhere to be today. Besides, the sandwich itself makes up for it: with a dash of hot sauce, it’s infinitely more than the sum of its parts. I order a Schneider Aventinus and contemplate moving to Somerville, but ultimately decide that I’m fine with a long distance relationship.

Third date – Dinner, January:
There’s been a chef change at The Indo: Mark Cina, formerly of Stoddard’s (a bar to which I’ll never return), has taken over the kitchen. He’s also taken away the fried chicken sandwich. Food prices are uniformly higher, and service seems to have gotten even slower. I start to wonder why I walked from Central Square in the dead of winter to spend two hours not eating a fried chicken sandwich. The tap list is still impressive, but Black Albert has left the building. And yet, I chalk these foibles up to The Indo’s quirky charm. I’m not in a hurry to return, but I have a feeling I will.

Fourth date – Lunch, March:
After attempting to order my first beer, I’m told that half of the tap lines are being cleaned and are thus out of commission. I wonder why a restaurant would choose to do this on a weekend during service, but at the very least I’m glad that the lines are being cleaned at all. Unfortunately, the highlight of the remaining taps is Czechvar – I settle for a Gansett. Twenty minutes later, my warm pint arrives. I remember this taste: three years ago, summertime, sitting on a college green sipping just-purchased beer and feeling a little rebellious. The thrill is gone now, and the beer tasted better out of a tallboy. The fried chicken sandwich is still missing. Perhaps the charm is, too. I have a feeling this isn’t going to get better.

05-13-2011 02:09:15 | More by amphion1065
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3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$

I've been to the bar side, I've been to the dining side. Sometimes on the same night. I like that I can switch my atmosphere by going to either side. The bar side tends to be livlier and has board games to play.

Service is average, which is to say good for the Cambridge area. I've seen bartenders clean the bar before asking me if I mighnt perchance want something to drink which annoys me. At least they are freindly when they get around to me. The servers seem to be more prompt than the bartenders.

I've had a few bad pours but other than that beers come in appropriate glassware and taste fresh and clean.

The tap list is written on a chalk board outside which I like--it's like window shopping for beer. A fine mix of locals, American craft and imports but I especially notice a trend toward California beers i.e. Bear Republic, Stone, Lagunitas, etc.. Often they have one-offs and hard to find beers such as Racer X and Harpoon Oyster Stout.

The food is average but doesn't live up to the price.

03-08-2010 03:50:40 | More by donkeyrunner
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4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$

Met up with some friends last week who live in Somerville for some good eats and good beers. I had checked out the website prior to going, but it appears their beer list is not updated often.
The Independent has two sides to it, a dining area and a pub area. Pub area is rather small, slightly rustic, dimly lit. Dining side has a bar, tv's as well, plus plenty of tables and booths. It has a older pub feel to it. This place has roughly 15 beers on tap, which seems to change relatively often and a healthy number of bottle offerings (including some decent Belgian offerings): consumed that evening was Bear Republic Racer X on tap, Delerium Tremens on tap, Stome Smoked Porter, Pork Slap, and Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shut Down Ale.
The food was rather tasty, had a thai steak salad which was damn tasty, though a smaller portion. Counters parts were also very happy with their orders (I don't recall what they got).
The service was good, beer served in the appropriate glassware, prices are a bit pricey - I'd actually say on the higher side of reasonable. It's a nice place to go, and would certainly go again!

06-19-2009 19:11:22 | More by Jayli
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2.3/5  rDev -41.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 1.5 | $$$$

****Re-review 07/09/11. Original review was A- ****

Only the 2nd re-review on BA, but it needed to be done. I loved this place at one point, but they have new owners now (assholes from the defunct Ivy in Boston and current proprietors of the Foundry on Main & Stoddard's) & now the place sucks. Summary of FAILS in my last 2 recent visits:

1) Biscuits & gravy for Sunday brunch was an absolute embarrassment. There were like 5 tiny sausage bits in the gravy and the biscuits were stale and cold in the middle (pre-frozen). How a kitchen could let this go is beyond me.

2. Beer prices used to be reasonable, now they are in the stratosphere. $7.75 for a short poured foamy Jack D'or? DFH Festina Peche, preciously poured for $8 and tasting worse than Magic Hat #9???

3. Snotty hipster service at its worst. Sorry I'm such an inconvenience to order food and drinks here and interrupting their chit chatting with other staff and friends.

4. Different crowd hanging here than there used to be. Lots of craft beer newbies, ultra hipsters, poseurs. Ick.

5. Board games are all but gone. A few sad games remain with pieces missing/broken.

I'm done with the Indo.


I started coming to the Indo 6 mos ago at the

recommendation of a co-worker, and it has become one of my favorite bars in the Boston area.

Definitely has a chill vibe, it's relaxed. A few flat screens for catching some sports, and funky music played via Ipod (at a decent level) for conversation. Board games such as Connect Four and Scrabble are available too (big plus).

Nice selection of 15 rotating taps, ranging from local offerings (Fishermans Doppelback) and other locales (Stone Smoked Arrogant Bastard, a few Belgian selections), plus a tight bottle list. Beers are in good shape, reasonably priced, and with the proper amount of head.

Entree selections are a tad overpriced and a little reaching, but as long as you stay with the pub grub and apps they're OK.

This a great place to kill a few hours, have a few brews and hang with friends. Service is always prompt and friendly.

02-27-2009 17:47:59 | More by SunDevilBeer
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The Independent in Somerville, MA
89 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.