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Lord Hobo

Not Rated.
Lord HoboLord Hobo
BA SCORE
98
world-class

146 Ratings
Ratings: 146
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.71%
Taps: 43
Bottles: 40
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

92 Hampshire St
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02139-1504
United States
phone: (617) 250-8454

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @lordhobo

Notes:
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(Place added by: Todd on 11-16-2009)
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Photo of orangesol
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%

I have heard some great things about this place, figured I would make the quick walk up from CBC to check it out. I was instantly greeted by a giant curtain...ok whatever. Once I got through the magic trick entrance I was greeted by a large U shaped bar with booths along the wall adjacent to it. Decent amount of people but not packed at all, got more packed as I left. Two TV's, only one on, offers a distraction from the overly loud people scattered around the bar. Service was pretty solid. My bartender really knew her stuff and answered every question I had easily and I got most of my drinks quickly. She went a little scattered as the bar filled up, spending quite a bit of time talking to the locals and not taking others orders as quickly as she should have. Quality is high across the board. They don't appear to skimp on anything here. Proper glasses and top shelf ingredients are the norm here apparently. Selection is as expected, diverse. Beers from all over the world with a wide range of styles. Nothing overly rare but the variety makes up for it. I went with the bartenders choice, a german weisse, and it was pretty good. I got some polenta fries to go and they were really good. I am definitely going to try some of the other menu items next time as they smelled excellent. Prices are a little high, especially on food, but it is a major bar in a major city so I was expecting that. Overall an awesome beer bar. I will definitely return in the future.

orangesol, May 29, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
4.54/5  rDev +2.5%

When we first entered this place, I had an immediate impression that I was not going to be a huge fan of the vibe at this bar but I was totally wrong. It was dark inside, perhaps a little darker than I would like as I wanted to review the beers that I was getting there but I found a seat at the bar close to a light so I guess I was OK... It looked like it was going to be hipster snobby but it was not - everyone seemed friendly, even some folks around us at the bar offering suggestions to brews we should try if we had not before (it was really chill).

Beers were great - took a little longer than a couple of the other places but the pours were worth it... Perfect amount of head, served at the correct temperature, in the proper glassware, and without any spillage on the outside of the glass (I think the bartender wiped it clean before serving it).

Bartender was attentive, friendly, knowledgeable, and someone I would probably be happy to sit down and enjoy a couple of beers with... Our party all thought he did a great job of giving proper pours across all of the different styles we ordered.

Not a huge selection but a really good selection - I even came across a couple of offerings I have never seen on tap which was cool. Several limited (brewed once, not a huge amount available) beers were there.

Did not get any food when we visited.

I thought the prices were a touch high but considering the quality of beers that I was able to find, I did not mind paying.

dbrauneis, May 08, 2013
Photo of asabreed
4.78/5  rDev +7.9%

Apparently this place used to be the B-Side Lounge, which my friend told me to go to when my wife and I were in Cambridge last weekend. Now, it's Lord Hobo, and I'm glad it is.

I was really impressed with this place all around. It reminded me of The Federal in Durham, North Carolina, which is another favorite of mine.

The bar is toward the back of the place, which I like, leaving the front open for a lot of tables, booths, and places to sit. The taps surround the rectangular bar, with about 20 on each side, all able to be seen from most of the bar stools rather easily.

The bartender immediately asked us if we wanted to see menus, and upon our answer, handed us the beer menus, which weren't your typical every-week paper menu. They were like nice wine menus you see in upscale restaurants, which was a nice touch.

Though there are many "local" brews, as far as the many Massachusetts breweries around, there are some good hard-to-find local brews too, in addition to some very awesome surprising Belgians. The website's nice, so check it before you go, and they usually have an up-to-date list.

All-in-all, a great atmosphere, pleasant folks, a good environment, good music. Loved this place. If we were there for a longer spell in Cambridge, I would've wanted to stay longer, but my wife and I wanted to see more places and hit up more bars. But I'll definitely be coming back here undoubtedly.

Oh, and I also have to say that for most pubs in the Boston / Cambridge are charging $5 for just a Miller Lite, getting a great craft pint for $6 or $7 seems beyond entirely reasonable for me.

asabreed, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.03/5  rDev -31.6%

Ah, the hipster mecca of the Boston beer bars.

Upon entering through a heavy curtain (to help keep out the the Boston chill), all you can think of is "red" - the blood red walls with funky local art contrasted to black furniture. Music is a little loud for my taste. One thing I notice....nobody is smiling. C'mon folks, beer is supposed to be fun.

Took a seat at the horseshoe shaped bar and it took over 10 minutes before a menu was unceremoniously plopped in front of me - no greeting, no welcome. Then it took another 10 minutes to grab the barkeep's attention.

Selection's vast and well thought-out - lots of rare "ticker" beers that are priced high, but I'm begrudgingly becoming used to the astronomical price points for craft beer in Boston. Would love to see more of a focus on Mass/New England beers, though. Beers I sampled were poured correctly and tasted on target.

What really drags down the LH is the food menu, in both value and execution. The chips are tasty, but certainly not worth the ~ $9 price tag. My DC and I split an order of the lobster mac n cheese (a mediocre representation of what has become a ubiquitous choice around here) and very pedestrian half chicken.

Tab with 2 beers apiece was a mind-boggling $90.

I'd probably hit LH again for a few beers but skip eating. There are far superior dining options in the Cambridge area for the money.

***12/19/11 re-review***

visited LH for the 1st time in a while with a few other long-time BA's. 3 of us sat at the bar and were summarily ignored for 10+ minutes by 2 barkeeps behind the bar. Keep in mind, it was a Monday and not crowded. After we were able to get the hipster 'keeps attention to plop some menus in front of us, it was another 15 minutes before we could bother this self-important fool to order a beer.

Even better - all our beers were short-poured and arrived with at least 2-finger heads. Us old-time BA coots just looked at each other and shook our heads. Thus is the state of modern-day douchey beer palaces.

The artwork on the wall is hipster garbage too. Price tags attached indicate somebody would actually buy that crap????

Beers tasted good at least! :0)

SunDevilBeer, Mar 23, 2010
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Lord Hobo in Cambridge, MA
98 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.