Watch City Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 77
Beer Ratings: 444
Beer Avg: 3.68
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 89 | Reviews: 84 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by msolar:
3.63/5 rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4
Watch City is always a fun place to go. They have a good selection of tasty beers, and the food has always been good (granted, I usually just get a burger and sample the other foods on my table). The interior is nice and open, and well lit (which seems to be the opposite of John Harvards in Cambridge).
Its pretty easy to find and the wait has never been too bad. One con would be the parking though its such a nightmare along all of Moody street. The few public parking areas are usually full, so plan on arriving 15 minutes early to find parking, especially on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday nights.
We went there last St. Pattys day, where they had an Irish-styled food buffet setup.
01-13-2005 16:47:13 | More by msolar
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3.23/5 rDev -15.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Very disappointed in the beer selection available. Didn't even have their flagship beers??? Website not updated with offerings. Service was a little better than average but it was pretty dead in there. I had the steak and cheese and my wife had a cheeseburger, both were very good. We went for the beer, not the food, and were surprised by both.
07-28-2013 18:45:01 | More by ExtraStout
3.88/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Visited here on the way home from Portsmouth New Hampshire last month.
Atmosphere: Place looks like an old movie theater on the outside. Corner location where I can just visualize matinee signage adorning it's facade. Inside the ceilings are fairly high, lots of table seating, a fairly good sized bar, and a couple of small tv's off to the side. Not the most intimate set up but very conducive to a fun Fri/Sat night crowd I'm sure.
Quality: Beers were good but not great. The IPA which the server raved about was a far cry from rave worthy. Had a nice cask conditioned DIPA though.
Service: Obnoxiously commanding but friendly at the same time. Highly opinionated server kept trying to tell me what to order and what order to drink my flight samples in. I'm glad that she was making recommendations but she was barking them like orders and picking the wrong patron to do so to. Still she was attentive and friendly so I'll give her a 4.0
Selection: Not too many choices on the beer menu or on the brunch menu.
Food: I enjoyed my monte cristo on the Sunday Beer Brunch menu. Not world class by any means but mighty tasty.
Value: Prices were reasonable.
09-23-2012 21:48:34 | More by koopa
3.75/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stumbled upon this place after a weekend south of Boston. We were heading north, punched up some options into a Beer-finding app on the phone, and this popped up on our route home. The place is in a neat little downtown area; very old school feel in the neighborhood. As you walk in, you walk past some brewing equipment that is likely for display only...didn't look attached to anything significant. You also walk past some of the recent medals the brewery has received in different competitions. You enter right up to the end of the center bar, which loops around in two different sides, opening up to two different open seating areas. Plenty of swag for sale as you walk in, as well asbombers, grolwers (64 oz), and growlettes (32 oz) for beer to go. Once seated, there is a decent menu of pub fare, with a ton of lunch and happy hour specials offered throughout the week. The food was tasty and very well portioned, allowing for a good balance to go with all the tasty brews. The beer list was decent, with 8 brews on tap. They rotate fairly often, depending on when the kegs run dry, and they have posted what is currently brewing so that people who frequent the establishment can plan accordingly. Sampler paddles come with 4 brews, so by ordering 2 you can try everything the brewery is currently pouring. The staff was very nice and very helpful, and our waitress was actually pretty knowledgable about the beer Watch City had available, as well as the beer scene in Boston, in general. We were pretty impressed on our visit. Overall, the prices were pretty reasonable, and we left with meals, a growler, and bomber, and a couple of very full, satiated bellies. We will definitely swing by this place again when in the area.
09-16-2012 21:33:17 | More by GarthDanielson
2.78/5 rDev -27.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
beer and food were good. some interesting belgians and a very good "northwest style" brown ale. the space was nice, two high-ceilinged rooms divided by a double-sided bar.
I made the mistake of sitting at that bar. the bartender was terrible. He focused on doing everything but serving the people sitting right in front of him. He never smiled, barely looked at his customers and only spoke to them if you asked him something. I had to get his attention to request my samplers, food order, and pint. He left my empty pint glass sitting on the bar for 10 minutes, then cleared it away without asking if I wanted another. It's like he didn't want to sell beer!
The other people sitting at the bar got the same passive-agressive treatment so no one stuck around too long. Just bizzare... If I happened to be out in Waltham again (a pretty scruffy place) I would go back, but make sure to sit at a table. It's unfortunate since with a decent bartender the atmosphere could have been great.
went back a second time. different 'tender, same indifferent service at the bar. This is a brewpub! you sell beer! people who drink beer tend to sit at bars! please don't be so indifferent toward them!
All I can think is that the people who own this place are making $ and don't care. I would imagine there's a steady flow of visitors from people going to Brandeis so they don't have to work to hard.
I was less impressed the second time around with the beer itself. Summer Ale - blech, like most. Saison is passable but a bit heavy, not much floral character. I did not try Green Tea IPA because my well-honed intuition told me it was not going to be a happy pint... oh yeah, and because the bartender was too busy trying to find something besides the Olympics to watch.
By the way, i would be shocked if the first review in this thread was not from the place itself ("Be sure to try the pumpikin ale in the fall!" is not a thing that most paying customers would write).
08-04-2012 00:05:30 | More by rinypa
Watch City Brewing Co. in Waltham, MA
87 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.