The Other Side Café
Taps: 14 / Bottles: 40
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 33 | Reviews: 33 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by IBUnit63:
4.08/5 rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I've heard about this place and finally ended up here after Opening Day.
Cool, open area with lots of chalkboards for beer lists and menus. A little on the earthy-funky side, creating a more grungy juxtaposition to the other side of Newbury Street. Pretty cool, actually.
There are lots of decent local craft brews available - two we had were CBC Sgt. Pepper and Pretty Things Jack D'Or. Much more regional and national craft stuff, too. Nice breadth and depth.
Service was friendly and relaxed while still being prompt and efficient. No airs or snobbiness; they just made it a cool experience.
Didn't get the food this time around. Maybe next time.
(edit) Went there for dinner last night - food selections are limited and roll towards the vegan side but their hummus plate and lettuce wraps were tasty.
Prices seem to be reasonable for the area.
Overall a solid place and a fun experience. I'll try to get back there again soon.
04-08-2009 15:33:56 | More by IBUnit63
More User Reviews:
4.08/5 rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $
Great beer bar in the back bay area- unfortunately they are closing on April 28th so go before then! I've been a few times in the past couple weeks- had Haverhill IDK IPA from a cask, jacks Abby Baltic porter, Stillwater mikkeller saison, CBC spring training, Avery/Russian River collab strong ale and wormtown/CBC imperial rye PA. Excellent brews at a reasonable price in a nice atmosphere. Bartenders are generally pretty knowledgeable and they change beers all the time. I'll be going back a few tones before the 28th. Cheers!
04-14-2012 21:25:37 | More by Hopdaemon39
4.2/5 rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Perhaps the best beer bar in Back Bay and definitely the most hipster-friendly beer bar in Boston.
Always something interesting on tap. Usually the best place other than CBC itself to get something from Cambridge Brewing Company, and not just one of their 4 house beers. Pretty Things is well represented. They had their one-off pale ale Magnifico on tap last time I was there. A good place for out of towners to come and get good New England brews on tap that they can't get back home. Usually one or two imports, most recently the delicious Duchess de Bourgogne on draft.
Young crowd. Nice open feel with high ceilings downstairs. Wu Tang or Indie rock playing. Mostly vegetarian food. Laid back service. Decent sized patio on a loud, busy intersection.
There aren't a ton of good beer destinations in downtown and Back Bay, but this one is definitely worth a stop.
08-25-2011 19:50:38 | More by kinopio
3.8/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Great little veggie/vegan bar around the corner from the Hynes stop on the green line. Tried for dinner on a Friday night because it was close to our hotel, veggie and good beer friendly. Odd, we waited outside for a bit since they said they had reached their occupant capacity, but it seemed quite empty inside when we were seated. Too bad, but others had left because of the short wait and the full patio. Too bad they are losing business for a seemingly confusing rule.
Great atmosphere--for us--alternative, punk, dive-not sure what you call it. A relief since we were staying at the Sheraton down the street. Friendly and open atmosphere, though the service was a bit slow. They seem to have a wide range of clientele with the draft list ranging from PBR to Stone Ruination. Food was good, and, as always, it's refreshing to have choice between more than two items on a meat-centric menu. Reminds me a lot of Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis, another favorite of ours.
So, skip the touristy bars and restaurants on Boylston St, and give your business to a nice local bar.
07-09-2011 19:34:17 | More by FightingEntropy
4.45/5 rDev +17.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
The day I stopped in was a cold February night. There was a nice sized crowd for Saturday and I was surprised and happy to be able to walk right in and find two stools at the bar. It was great to not have to search through a beer list filled with macro beers to find the beers that I'd like. There a dozen or so beers that looked good and I wanted to try. Some really great Cambridge brewing beers were on tap that I enjoyed and there were also some great bottled beers available. The service was one of a kind. Friendly and pretty unique, the wait staff looked like members of a heavy metal band that added to the college rock club feel. The food was really good and everything was priced quite well. This is a place that I will be visiting again the near future.
02-08-2010 19:24:46 | More by Duhast500
4.28/5 rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $
I'm reviewing this too my own taste perhaps, but I'm really freaking impressed with this place.
I've stopped by in before I was 21 about a year ago and found the food good but the service slow. I wasn't even aware they served a lot of beer.
I went here for a pre NYEs party dinner because I'm vegan and well the menu is pretty vegan/veggie friendly. But the beer and the prices are what really got me off.
Taps included Allagash, PBR, Cambridge Brewing Company, Pretty Things, Racer 5 Guinesses and few other crafts. Bottle list was pretty impressive too Chimay, Duvel, Unibroue, and others. Prices are ridiculously cheap compared to what I'm used too. Since when have you seen Duvel for $3, my beers averaged to be $3.50, Pretty Things and Cambridge Big Man.
The food, well I'm a vegan and since are there good beer bars with much in the way of vegan foods. Where else is the brunch menu on at 2pm, for some scrambled tofu, vegan sausage links and hash browns?
The atmosphere is kind of a more upscale dive. Rundown tables graffitti in the bathroom, but relaxed. The service is made up of very hipster looking youth, but the attitudes weren't there and they were helpful, serving the beer in the proper glasses and actually knowing a bit about it. Cyclist friendly too as theres a large bike rack right out front.
Love this place, went there twice over the weekend. Will be back again anytime I'm in boston. If you're vegan/veg and love beer go there. If your not and are interested in healthier foods and good beer, hit it up.
01-03-2010 04:20:57 | More by MaxBrews
3.2/5 rDev -15.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Convenient location if heading to Fenway or doing shopping in the Newberry area. Inside layout is interesting with the stairway and upper seating.
Small but good selection of regional craft beer, including a cask offering from Allagash (the Curieux). A few import craft beers were available also.
Menu is vegan/vegetarian focused, which is fine with me, but the food taste wasn't anything spectacular.
I'm not sure if "the other side" has a double meaning, but I started to think I had accidentally found myself inside the Blue Oyster Bar (not that there's anything wrong with that). Very granola-vegan-hippie feel.
10-07-2009 16:29:11 | More by yemenmocha
4.03/5 rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is one of my favorite bars in Boston. The atmosphere is super laid back and I never feel like I'm in the way (that tends to happen and other places). Maybe my only negative comment is that there aren't any tvs... so when I go there alone it can be a little weird... maybe read a paper or look out the window... or talk to random people depending on my level of drunkenness.
Aside from that, it's pretty much awesome. Good music, friendly staff (although sometimes it takes a few minutes to get served because they have to deal with food prep at the same time), and cool ambiance. There is a nice patio, table seating on the first floor, and more tables upstairs. Usually not too busy right after work, so that's cool.
Beer is always great. They have about 10 things on draft that get rotated... but they always seem to have things from Stone, Allagash White, PBR, and Old Rasputin. I opt of the Rasputin because it's tasty, strong, and cheap considering that it's an imperial stout (I think it's usually around $5.50 for a pint). They tend to serve their beer at better temps than most bars (it's not ice cold off of the tap) which I really appreciate. Less time waiting for it to warm up so I can get all the smells and flavors from it.
Haven't tried the food, but it looks healthy, home made-ish, and tasty. I've noticed that they also have a display case with desserts or something. I think you can get take out from there.
07-28-2009 13:30:15 | More by jwheeler85
4.24/5 rDev +12.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
not your typical beer bar, this is hipster doofus heaven. I think my buddy and I were the only two without our arms fully tatted. That would be fine if we also weren't the only two taking advantage of the killer beer list. Lots of PBR and High Life were being drunk by kids who were discussing their newest band.
Worth going to. great location and a really solid list. The guys behind the bar were very attentive and friendly. Not my place to go for a meal nescessarily, but plenty of great west coast ipa's and belgian's on tap when i was there.
05-18-2009 13:58:04 | More by NolanGTI
4.15/5 rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This place has really turned around, not that it was ever bad though it did lose its way in a beer sense. The bottle list is varied and extensive, tap list is always great with something dark or hoppy or Belgian. I can always count on either a Stone, Green Flash or Bear Rep. to quench my hop addiction.
Food has changed a little bit but the focus is still on "healthy" which is fine, different is good. Service is a lot better than it used to be in previous year, less "hipster" attitude and more being "real".
Not only is it worth a visit but it is on my top five list of hangouts that serve great beer.
Review from 09-17-2002:
This place is for wannabe cruncies and pseudo-punks. To hell with the 90 tattoos and piercings up the wazoo. Other than that it is a good dive to get some crunchy health food wraps, solid sandwiches and soup ... oh yeah, and beer.
As for the beer they always have some oddities that the usual places around town don't carry. McNeil's, Unibroue and what not. The service can be slow and but they are all good people ... if they have Paulaner Hefeweizen on tap it is the best. About 12 beers on tap and a score in the bottle.
05-08-2009 13:59:51 | More by Jason
The Other Side Café in Boston, MA
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