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Lord Hobo

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Lord HoboLord Hobo
BA SCORE
97
world-class

175 Ratings
Ratings: 175
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: n/a
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

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Place added by: Todd on 11-16-2009

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Ratings: 175 | Reviews: 85
Reviews by BeTheBall:
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4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Showed up for my 1st time sort of early on a Saturday evening, so it was not yet busy. We sat at the bar, which is my favorite spot. The place is nothing great to look at, plain tables on the right, with a nice U shaped bar on the left, featuring many, many taps, and a full displayof liquors as well. The table area reminded me of pool hall, but most of the tables were empty when we got there, contributing to this look. The woman working at the bar was very friendly, attentive, good spirited, and very helpful. Food selection was a little weak, withsome sandwiches and some entrees; I guess something for everyone, but just barely?
Beer selection on the other hand was great. Maybe 40 taps, and if you're a hop head, perhaps a dozen IPA's? I had Moylan Hopsickle, Racer 5, Hop Rod Rye, Green Flash Imperial! Also sampled a few others. My wife had the Schneider Aventiuns, yummy!
I had the veggie burger, which was sort of mushy, and herbal tasting. Not terrible, but wouldn't get it again. My wife had a "special of the day" prime rib sandwich which she liked. Actually, we started with fried calamari, which was excellent; cooked just right in a light batter.
The beer selection and service at the bar will draw me back. I just wish parking was a little easier.

More User Reviews:
Photo of snowmageddon
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of brother_rebus
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Photo of trevorpost
4.41/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of HopsHopenstein
4.16/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of sdaly3
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of JohnofUpton
4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of slasich
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of ChaseBoat77
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

After my dozenth visit, realized I'd never rated them before. Obviously that needed to change. I suggest jumping on a bar stool or waiting for one when you get there. The high tops are also fun, but sometimes the tables can feel a little too secluded if that's not what you're looking for. The beer selection is always excellent, and the descriptions are spot on if you're unfamiliar with a specific brew. They always seem to have something rare, balancing that out with beers from all over, expanding over the full range of styles. One of the best beer bars on my list. Highly recommend stopping in here for a casual beer (or 6).

Photo of benzalman
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of TWStandley
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of swalsh666
4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of mynie
4.41/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

World class joint. Obviously. You don't need me to tell you that.

But I like Hobo especially, in a way that I don't like a lot of other super highly regarded, world class beer bars: Hobo is more accessible. The ethos is still aggressive and superficially alternative, yeah. But they don't blast music so loud you can't speak, they're rarely ever so packed you can't sit, and the staff never acts shitty or snooty. This isn't what you'd call a family establishment--people swear sometimes--but that's nice, frankly: if I wanted to drink at an Applebee's I would go to a fucking Applebee's.

The draft list is varied, featuring mostly NE beers but a good number of European imports and west coast brews. The style selection leads toward whatever is trendy at the time--so lots of sours and double IPAs--but there's still plenty of beers to suit any mood. Rares and one offs abound. They also have an *excellent* liquor selection, for those of you who like getting drunk enough to literally die.

The atmosphere is, like I said, relaxed. The light is dim and the decor is dark. There's a handful of TVs and not-mainstream-but-also-not-exactly-hip music plays at an overcomeable volume. I once heard someone complain that the place was a little dingy but, hello, that's why the lights are dim. No one is forcing you to lick the table.

So that's about it. Really wonderful place. Worth traveling for.

Photo of AirBob
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of American_Hawk
4.5/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of verpq
4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of NateF90
3.34/5  rDev -24.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 1 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Good food, excellent beer and cocktail selection. Horrible service on this visit which I was assured by the Boston brewer accompanying accompanying us for brunch was uncharacteristic of the establishment. Unfortunately it was bad enough that we will not be returning.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.01/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Dicers
4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of DavidSomers
4.81/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of TheBungyo
3.75/5  rDev -15%

Photo of abagofit
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Soloveitchik
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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Lord Hobo in Cambridge, MA
97 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.