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Taps: 22 / Bottles: 40
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by SunDevilBeer:
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Saw a few decent reviews of this place and have checked it out a few times now, first by myself and once with a fellow BA.
I dig the atmosphere of this place. Long, narrow area with dark walls but well-lit. A few couches by the front and hi-tops near the bar. Music is played at a reasonable decible level - apparently they have bands some nights. I found myself very comfortable here.
Selection of 20 taps, consisting of regional and national beers. Around ~ 7 are junk, but the rest are respectable (ie Avery Winter, DFH 90 minute, Pretty Things St Boltophs, Clown Shoes). Prices are reasonable in comparison with other Boston area bars. Fresh popcorn is served at the bar - nice touch.
On both visits, the service was prompt and friendly, without the attitude you get at other places around Boston. The owner was behind the bar my first visit and seemed well-versed in craft beer.
They were also talking about having a DFH tap takeover in the near future and seem to be looking to increase their craft beer focus even more.
Restroom was spotless, though a bit tight. Didn't eat, but the menu consisting of mostly sandwiches and burgers looked promising.
I will definitely return.
02-03-2011 18:02:19 | More by SunDevilBeer
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3.98/5 rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Small pub-style atmosphere. Long and narrow layout with minimal light coming inside, making it kind of dark inside. Since it is a relatively small place, there is not a large amount of seating. We had to wait several minutes for seats, though the bartender was very attentive getting us a drink right away while we stood and pointed out seats that were about to become free. For the size of the place, several taps plus some bottled beer. Also has a full bar. The beer selection was well thought out with a nice variety of good choices. You can purchase small pours of 4 different beers for $10; that option was greatly appreciated allowing my buddy and I to sample several beers over the course of the evening. The service was very, very good. The food selection is limited to a small pub menu, but what we had to eat was very good. Try the Rueben fritters - they were delicious. We were there was 3+ hours drinking quality beer and eating and the bill was $92 excluding tip (2 people). Very nice option for decent beer in that immediate area. I would definitely good back again.
06-21-2014 01:59:32 | More by sprat1960
5/5 rDev +20.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
This has to be my favorite neighborhood bar, there literally is something for everyone and they keep it new and exciting with an awesome rotating draft selection. A few favorites I tried at my last visit were the Troegs Perpetual IPA and the Down East Cider on draft which I've noticed is hard to come by on draft elsewhere...and also soooo tasty! On top of an awesome beer selection the staff are not only attentive but also super friendly and inviting. The food is fantastic as well even offering some gluten free/vegetarian options. All in all I gotta say The Gaff is a total gem worth checking out and a place worth going back to over and over again!
06-13-2014 09:39:07 | More by jab0131
4.9/5 rDev +17.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I stopped into this place after looking around on the interwebs for a place to drink in my new hood. Loads of great reviews for this place on all user generated websites. I would't consider this place to be super beer geeky however the beer program is clearly well thought out. Service is outstanding and for pub grub (considering how small the kitchen is), I was impressed. Seems like they rotate and go through a good bit of beer so it's definitely worth checking out.
06-11-2014 03:40:30 | More by MC76
4.03/5 rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Came here for dinner on a Saturday night (@ around 6:30pm). The place was pretty empty - the bar was about half full but only 1 table had people at them, so we grabbed a table.
To drink I had Dogfish Head 120 Min IPA, which surprisingly came in a big glass (like 16 ounces). That one lasted me a little while. I finished with a bottle of Maine Beer Co Peeper Ale. They had like 20 taps plus a whole bunch of bottles - everything from very local to Belgian and Germany.
For food, we started with some the "Reuben fritters" which were very interesting battered, fried slightly-larger-than-bite-size, pieces with a corned beef/cheese combo inside, served with a tasty 1000 island sauce. We also had the frickles which were fried pickles (one of my favorites!) they were good.
I had the burger with fries as a main course - it was pretty good. I would order it again.
Overall, an enjoyable experience - I would go back.
06-05-2013 14:35:43 | More by Resuin
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Just gave this place a try last week, after driving by it for months. Kicking myself for not trying it earlier! They have a great craft beer selection, with a CASK tap as well! You can also get flights of all the draft beers (mix & match). Good beer slection and also good food. The menu isnt too extensive, and it's mostly pub far, fried pickles, sandwiches, and build your own burgers (which are awesome btw).
This is a smaller Waltham bar, so it's very long and narrow space. Only 1 row of small tables aside from bar seats. So you may feel abit crowded, but just get friendly with your neighbors.
09-29-2011 20:56:44 | More by HillcrestBeer
The Gaff in Waltham, MA
92 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.