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Lord Hobo

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Lord HoboLord Hobo
BA SCORE
97
world-class

167 Ratings
Ratings: 167
Reviews: 84
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

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Place added by: Todd on 11-16-2009

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Reviews by LittleDon:
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4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Pros: Great draft selection. Decent food. Easy parking.
Cons: So loud my ears hurt. Not many bottles (but really, who cares with the draft list).

Stopped in at about 6 on a Thursday and the crowd that was to be had not arrived. Great location, no need to hunt for parking. Neighborhood bar meets gastropub. The small bottle list was not an issue as what was on draft was more than enough, including eight to ten brews from Short's due to the snow attenuated Extreme Beer Fest. Good service: attentive without being clingy, knowledgeable. Fair offering of smaller plates (more room for beer) with slightly better than average preparation. Gnocchi with beef hearts had a nice flavor, though a bit heavy and cooked slightly too long. Truffle fries could have been a bit hotter, but tasty nonetheless. Prices seemed in line with other similar places in town. Deafening loudness by the time I left around 8.

More User Reviews:
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

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.08/5  rDev -7.5%

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Lord Hobo in Cambridge, MA
97 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.