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Lord Hobo

Lord HoboLord Hobo

Taps: 43 / Bottles: 40
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
96
world-class

110 Ratings
Ratings: 110
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 11.06%
$$$ - a bit pricey


[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @lordhobo

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(Place added by: Todd on 11-16-2009)
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.73/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$

Stopped here after a Bostonian said I absolutely had to hit this place up if I was in Boston. Late morning beers after Extreme Beer Fest, hands down the best hangover remedy I've yet to try.

Atmosphere: This place is very inviting. It has a very mellow pub-style environment. Great tunes continuously playing (Definitely my kind of place) All the beers are listed in a Beer Menu that seems to be updated fairly often.

Service: The waiter we had was very knowledgeable about beer styles and provided us with great service all afternoon. We came from Canada and wanted to sample as many beers as possible so he served us smaller glasses (witch they don't normally do).

Selection: This bar offers a very great selection of American brews with a few great Belgian and Canadian beers. The selection on Tap was phenomenal. They tapped 4 or 5 beers in the few hours I was there. Best part was when the waiter came up to me and said we just tapped Grey Monday. Damn!

Food and value: I had Pork Belly and it was by far the best I've ever had. It just fell apart and was so tender. As for the beer, the prices were very average. This is definitely a great place to visit if you're in Boston and looking to grab something to eat, have a few beers and enjoy some good music.

04-12-2014 22:32:47 | More by SebD
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brochamb

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75 | $$$

Stopped in here the other night to grab a bite and a few drinks. The peninsula bar has approx. 40 beers on tap with a nice rotating selection. They were out of a couple of the beers listed. I noticed a few cask handles as well. The beer is kept at the appropriate temperature and served in the proper glass for the type of beer. They have a great selection and a knowledgeable and friendly staff.

The food selection was pretty good. I ordered the steak. It was not as good as I had hoped, but did the job.

Overall, I highly recommend this place even though it is a bit pricey.

12-03-2013 00:35:48 | More by brochamb
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MThiele360

New Hampshire

4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$$

In my opinion, Lord Hobo is the best beer bar in greater Boston even as the market has become flooded lately.

The atmosphere is that of an upscale bar. From the outside, it looks like your standard neighborhood bar. You walk through a curtain - undoubtedly there to keep in the warm air in winter - and into a very nice space. Horseshoe shaped bar with maybe 30 seats as well as several tables and booths near the front windows. Dim lighting. It can get loud when it gets crowded on busy nights - what bar doesn't - but it's got a nice laid-back vibe most of the time.

I've never had a problem with service here - the bartenders are always attentive, talkative, and willing to give suggestions or pour samples. I'm surprised about some of the complaints about service on here - I don't know what people are expecting but this is a bar, it's not a five-star restaurant.

I think Lord Hobo has the best selection in the Boston area. Some places have more, but here you'll find 40 taps loaded with locals and hard-to-find stuff. Nice mix of locals, imports and hard-to-find stuff from other American craft breweries. They regularly have taps from new local Trillium and they're the only place I've seen Tree House in Boston. Hill Farmstead has been known to make rare appearances.

I really like the food here. Some things on the menu are great and some aren't worth trying. I usually stick to the sandwiches. I've stopped in for lunch or dinner on many occasions and the weekend brunch is great.

Prices are about on par with the Boston area. I actually think their draft prices are more reasonable now than when they first opened, but still expect a range of $6 up to $9-$10 for the really hard-to-find stuff. The food prices are mixed - I think the prices for the appetizers and the entrees are much too high but the sandwiches are a good deal.

If there is one huge drawback to Lord Hobo, it's getting there. It's equidistant from the Central and Kendall T stations - about a 15 minute walk from each. It is possible to catch a nearby bus to get to the T. Parking is extremely difficult - you might luck out with the two metered spaces right on the corner but the rest of the parking in the area is resident only all day every day except Sunday.

10-16-2013 15:44:14 | More by MThiele360
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enulcwww

Massachusetts

4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$

The beer selection is fantastic. Amazing collection of Boston area beers and a decent amount of outside beers. Not the cheapest craft beer you can get but worth it for selection. Went for the trillium event and had some of the best food and brunch I had had in Boston. The brunch food was a lot less expensive then the beer but worth a lot more then what you're paying. A little difficult to find and outside is deceiving but well worth the trip there.

09-25-2013 02:38:47 | More by enulcwww
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bullywee

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | $$$

Stopped in on a Sunday evening, not too busy with seats at the bar open. We were immediately welcomed, poured waters and handed menus. Tap selection was pretty good with a mix of locals, US craft and Belgians. I opted for a sour red which I could not finish due to the overwhelming diacetyl taste. The bar tender noticed that I wasn't drinking it and asked if it was ok and quickly offered to replaced it, not requred ...but excellent!
I enjoyed a Night Shift Berlinerwisse and a Cambridge Brewing Brett Porter, both were excellent. Service was great, Proper glass ware and nice pours! prices were inline with the area.

09-23-2013 23:25:42 | More by bullywee
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Mini4x

Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Their brunch is awesome, excellent beer selection, always something new being poured. The usually have a suggestion board up as well that are beers picked by the staff, great place to start for the undecided. They frequently do special events, I have been for a few, one that was a all Stone night, 20+ taps of nothing but Stone.

Occasionally the crowd is a but douchey, I suggest going during the summer so you don't get the college kids.

09-22-2013 19:30:55 | More by Mini4x
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$$

widely considered one of the crown jewels in terms of Boston-area craft locales, it was to my great shame that for years, even after getting into good beer, I could not seem to make my way over here. part of the problem is the location: not what you'd call convenient if you don't live in the immediate vicinity... as far as public trans, the closest T stop (Kendall/red line) is about a 15-20 minute walk. living on the green line and within striking distance of usual haunts Public House, Deep Ellum, and Sunset, Lord Hobo was forever on my radar but the project of getting here would always make one of the aforementioned three seem more appealing. finally made it this past weekend in a concerted effort to break the streak.

inside the space is dimly lit with an assortment of tables and booths and then 20ish stools around the bar. unsurprisingly crowded (Saturday night) but we were lucky to be able to find seats at the bar (4 of us). bartender was friendly and helpful, offering samples to the women in our party who were undecided about what they wanted, and again when I mentioned being pleasantly surprised at the Trillium beers on tap. prices were a bit on the high side, but then again where aren't they in Greater Boston.

the beer menu received mixed reviews from our group. healthy number of taps - at least 40 - with some well known beers (e.g.: Sculpin) along with some offerings you don't see too often (e.g.: Habanero Sculpin)... locals well-represented with stuff from Pretty Things (Meadow Lark was drinking great), Jack's Abby, and Trillium (Fort Point kicked, unfortunately, but I enjoyed the Dry Stack #2). overall the selection trends seasonally, with quite a few saisons and hefeweizens, and more than a few IPAs. being a hop fan there were easily a couple dozen options which appealed to me. however my brother, who is more into sturdy, malty beers, didn't find as much that was to his liking. there is also a (less impressive) bottle list of about 12-15 or so. undoubtedly when the cooler weather moves in you'll see the wheat beers and saisons replaced by stouts and barleywines, but at least for now if you're not into hops or summer styles you may not find a wealth of tempting options.

overall, I'm glad to have finally gotten the chance to check Lord Hobo out and I'd be more than happy to return, but it would have to be sometime when I was in the area anyway.

08-20-2013 22:56:19 | More by BostonHops
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$

I've gone to Lord Hobo both of my last two visits to Boston. The first visit was a much better overall experience than the second, but it is still my favorite bar in the city. (Disclaimer: I'm not local so I haven't tried too many) Both times we got a table almost immediately. The service the first time was probably damn near a 5. The waitress was extremely attentive and made some great suggestions, including of beers that weren't on the menu (sort of, the menu says there are other beers that aren't listed available). The second time the service was incredibly slow and unenthusiastic.

The draft and bottle lists are pretty extensive, but again the first time I was there I felt overwhelmed by how much stuff I really wanted to try, and the second time I could barely find 2-3 selections.

The first time I went right after having dinner, and my girlfriend and I thought the food menu looked much better than where we had eaten. So the next time we had dinner there. I was pretty disappointed in the quality of the food.

I'll go back here whenever I have the chance just for the interesting beer list, but on a good night like my first visit this is one of the best bars I've ever been to.

08-04-2013 14:48:23 | More by outoffocus
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Mantooth

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$$

Popped in last night on vacation from Charlotte, NC. Found a cool atmosphere, velvet drapes included (which you enter the bar through after walking in the door). There was a nice selection of drafts, local and other, waiting for us. We had the bacon mac and cheese, which bordered on orgasmic. Our server was attentive despite a packed bar, as was the chap who found a long sleeved XL shirt for me to purchase. They were very cool about serving samples, too. Damn cool bar, wish I'd had more time there. Hey, Andrew, if you're reading... brew some beer.

07-21-2013 07:59:11 | More by Mantooth
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harrymel

Washington

2.38/5  rDev -45.2%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 1.75 | $$$

Biggest disappointment in Boston for my time.

Atmosphere: you enter the front doors to a curtain with an unknown number of barfs and spits on it (presuming this, as it's fairly dark in there). My wife and I step in, look around and assume it's open seating since there is nobody greeting us at the door. So we start walking toward a table and are intercepted by a big dude asking for identification. So we provide it and he cordially brings us to a table. Cool, whatever. Next, my wife and I try to have a conversation - it's loud as fuck in there. When I left, my ears had that concert feel.

Quality: the draft list is a nice mix of locals and domestic craft beers. No crap on tap and some obscurities I would have probably tried if I could stand to stay in the establishment. Bottle list was garbage, just a few "special" bottles with a little note that said they had more bottles, but you needed to chat with your server to explore the list, this is bullshit. If you're going to sell the beer, sell the beer with a price attached. Reminds me of the Frog in Vegas, a list of bottles, no prices and you just have to stroke your server for a decent price.

Service: well, after being seated, we were approached by a server....20 minutes later. And the service remained at this rate for the remainder of the meal. The other servers seemed a little more attentive than our assigned gentleman, but that doesn't change our experience. He also spoke like Oliver the Orphan - couldn't hear a goddam thing he said. He wasn't bent out of shape when I shortly told him I couldn't hear any of the words coming out his mouth, and he succinctly revised his conversation.

Selection: See above on draft selection. Don't see how this is a different category.

Food: the hush puppies were about what I would expect from a place like Skippers or Popeyes, not Lord Hobo at $8 an order. The dip it came with was really tasty, just mashed up avocados and lime with maybe a bit of cream cheese. Ended up just using this for the fries and didn't eat the hush puppies. Nobody even blinked that we didn't eat the hush puppies - no "you didn't like them?" or "Was there something wrong?" The scallops were nicely cooked and those were good. The accompanying corn bread, corn mix tasted like it had table sugar added to it - this also remained on the plate. My wife's fries were really quite nice and I thought above average. The sandwich she ordered (proscuitto, tomato, basil and balsamic) tasted like the baslamic was mixed again with table sugar. I'm not a picky eater, but this seemed like a poor attempt to be a nice, local and relatively upscale joint overshadowed with low end ingredients and poor preparation.

Value: the draft beer value seemed pretty standard if not good for the area. The bottles appeared overpriced ($14 for a bottle of Fritz?, that shit is $6 retail...so $10 maybe, but a near quadrupling of the wholesale price?). Food, if good, would have been a great value, but it was not good, so I don't think it was a good value.

Bottom line is that Lord Hobo fell far from a minimally enjoyable place to drink or eat. The sound was overwhelming and the service shitty with substandard food all come together and not even the draft list could woo be back into this place.

07-19-2013 02:22:59 | More by harrymel
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Lord Hobo in Cambridge, MA
96 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.