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Meadhall

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MeadhallMeadhall
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

96 Ratings
Ratings: 96
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: n/a
Taps: 112
Bottles: 14
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

4 Cambridge Ctr
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02142-1406
United States
phone: (617) 714-4372

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @meadhall

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Ratings: 96 | Reviews: 40
Reviews by LittleDon:
Photo of LittleDon
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Summary: The idea is good, but the execution may be spotty. Might be worth it to wait for the problems to be ironed out.

I am so fortunate when I visit my colleagues in Boston. They are always looking for places that will be gastronomically interesting. I was excited when, a few days before my trip, I was told that they found a new gastropub in the Boston area. The idea sounded great. Good food, lots of under appreciated micros, and Cambridge location. Unfortunately, the distance between concept and reality was a bit wider than I would have liked.

Meadhall has a vibe fitting for the Cambridge area, light, open, industrial, very new, and a bit on the 30 something meeting place loud side. The selection of taps would be outstanding if everything on the menu was available. Thirteen of the 95 beers were gone with no backup. This might be a small gripe, but many of the top notch beer bars I've been to always have something on deck. Despite this, there were plenty remaining to choose from, all of which (save a few) were worth trying.

Service was also something that needs to be smoothed out. The wait for a beer was a bit long and the server had very little information about what was available. The food was very well prepared but, like the beer, was a bit on the pricey side. Pours ranged from a pint to 12 oz, depending on the ABV and prices were typically 6 or 7 per pour. Despite all this, the place is worth a return due to its decent selection and well prepared food. It will have to be in the budget, however.

More User Reviews:
Photo of jt2488
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

This place is hip. Lots of plaid shirts and undercuts, however, this is Cambridge 2015. Meadhall cannot be beat, great service and arguably the best craft beer selection that side of the river with lots of local brews on rotating taps. Very tasty bar food including a surprisingly delicious bratwurst and spaetzle.

Photo of JohnMaudlin
5/5  rDev +20.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The BEST place in Boston for beer lovers.

Photo of WoostaBia
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Great Selection. Does not provide beer flights.

Photo of richcinct
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

One of the better craft beer bars in Cambridge. Over 100+ beers on tap I am always pleased that they continue to serve fresh beer. They sometimes offer discounted beers...which is how I suspect they move the slow movers in a category and keep the beer fresh.

The food is good with a lite fair menu before 5 PM and a full menu from 5-9 PM. They make a great burger, and the beef tartar (raw ground beef served with bread and onions) is not something you find at most bars..!

There is an upstairs that is good for private parties.

Photo of Mothergoose03
4.2/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I stopped here with family to have beers and dinner. Until our table reservation was ready we sat at the bar. Impressive! Over 100 taps with very good brewery selections for American craft beers as well as good imports. The bartenders had good knowledge about every beer that we asked about, and with this many taps that is very appreciated. I Don't typically like the vibe in a place with high ceilings like they have here, but I discovered when walking upstairs that there is a different vibe in the mezzanine area that would be more cozy.

The beers that we had were all fresh tasting, so regardless of the number of taps and what could have the potential to be some slow movers among the group to cause some old beers, that does not seem to be the situation here.

Our food selections were very tasty, so kudos to the kitchen folks too. When we're back in town to visit family again we'll definitely stop to enjoy the outstanding selection of beers here.

Photo of ErinSully
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

The selection at Meadhall is impressive, and their draft list is well ordered and usually up to date. Over my many visits I've determined that the service is mixed (on a Tuesday evening you're fine--Thursday and Friday is a totally different story, assuming you can even find a place to stand). Some of the food is great, especially the buffalo shrimp. I've found that their specials are often pretty spot on.

The biggest complaints I have with this place is the noise--the high ceilings seem to amplify the chatter--and their laziness. Specially in regards to their website, which is nonexistent. They should have a draft list updated at least weekly, and it's ridiculous they don't put in the effort.

Photo of SebD
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Atmosphere: This place is very inviting. It has an open concept with a second level overlooking the bar. There was great music playing while I was there . All the beers are listed on a black board on the side wall of the bar and are also included in the menu.

Service: The waitress we had was knowledgeable and provided us with good service all afternoon

Selection: This bar offers a very great selection of American brews of tap with several great Belgian beer available in bottles. The tap selection included 100+ beers including some one-offs and seasonal's. Solid line-up.

Food and value: The Sandwich I had was very good and the prices were very reasonable. As for the beer, the prices were very average. This is definitely a good place to visit if you're in Boston and looking to grab something to eat and have a few good beers.

Photo of cjgiant
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Stopped here walking around Boston pre-Extreme Beerfest. Overall, had an enjoyable afternoon trying a variety of beer.

The place had a large number of taps, including imported items (mainly Belgians as I recall). The offerings were of good quality, not all flagships, necessarily. That said, there wasn't as much new to me as I might expect. Although I am partially to blame for having tried a fair amount of different beer, another reason is that they seemed to have more major producers than smaller (even local) brewers. So they get quality at cost of selection, in my mind.

Another downer on selection is no "taster pours"; note, you can get a taste of anything for free, as should be, but if you wanted to widen your breadth of pours at a place with a huge selection, there wasn't an option without $$ and BAC coming into play.

We aren't hard to please, the service wasn't right on top of it all, but it was far from slow. We got more attention as the lunch crowd left and we started talking with the bartender about options.

I spent a lot if time in this review almost contradicting my ratings. We did thoroughly enjoy our trip to this bar. I mainly tried to point out how it didn't exceed (vs meet) expectations.

Photo of crc1935
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

A - large beer hall. decor is to the point and a propos of why you go there. large central bar with enormous tap line. sit down areas fill the remaining space.

Q - brews were all above average to excellent.

S - wait staff was very knowledgeable of beer selection and food.

S - selection was outstanding. offered unusual beers from craft brewers that are not typically seen in beer stores or other restaurants/bars (ie - Ommegang's Sickle and Scythe).

F - in context of bar food, the food was excellent. in the context of a traditional restaurant the food was above average.

V - good value - two people eating lunch and three beers came to $40. Would come back multiple times.

Photo of mynie
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Fun Fact: I don't recall there being any mead.

Fun Fact #2: Beers in Boston are a lot more expensive than I'm used to.

Fun Fact #3: They had a giant selection that was posted on a descriptive, obsessively updated list. The beers were all pricey but that's really my only complaint. There were 2-3 beers for every mood along with a healthy selection of rare and one-off taps.

Fun Fact #4: The service was nice and the atmosphere was nice like an expensive loft apartment-high ceilings, big open widows, well-dressed professionals on their way to and from nice-paying jobs.

Photo of ipahophead
4.2/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

Excellent selection of brews; very impressive that each one we ordered was served in appropriate type (and logo-branded) glassware. Food was reasonable but nothing amazing; a bit pricy.

We went on a Friday night; it was beyond amazingly loud -- almost like a dance club. Huge lines; no ability to get a beer at the bar as the bartenders were all too busy. Once we got a table after a short wait things were much better. Attentive service, especially given the crush of people.

I would not return during an expected busy period; just too loud. I'd like to go back when it would be quieter.

Photo of thlayli87
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

Excellent selection with over 100 beers on tap. The atmosphere is pleasant and very open, with high ceilings and lots of windows. There are not many TV's for watching sports. The bartenders and the wait staff are friendly and do a good job. Unfortunately, the food is very lacking. The menu is pretty small and most of the food isn't good. I hear the burger is decent, but everything else is mediocre to poor. I had the wings which were pretty average, and the hummus plate, which was ok but didn't seem that fresh. The pork sliders were lousy, very dried out and the meat was hard around the edges. All things considered, go for the beer, but eat before you go. If you must get something, stick with the appetizers.

Photo of risa83
4.81/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

I love and adore this place. I tend to go there for lunch at least one day a week. My company just moved into the same building where this spot is located so now I go there all the time for after work drinks. The service has always been amazing and the selection offers something for everyone. I feel very lucky to work so close to this gem.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.75

I really thought I was going to like this place when I did a little research online before visiting Boston but I have to say I was somewhat disappointed by the atmosphere - it honestly felt like I was in an Ikea catalogue with the minimalist light wood theme. The place was busy when we visited and there was a pleasant dim of noise from the other patrons, though that almost made it difficult to hear. Probably a little more hipster crowd than I would prefer.

The beers were fresh and really well poured.

I'm sure not all of the bartenders that work here are kind of snobby/douchey but the one we had certainly was... First off it took him forever to wait on us even though we had four people with seats at the bar - in fact, we was down the other end chatting with another bartender. Once he finally came to take our order he was a little condescending and tried to explain some very basic beer things to us - like "do you understand that a stout is a dark beer?" ... I mean, do they really get that many beer neophytes coming into the place???

There was a really large selection of beers on draft and several that I had not come across even with the other places in Boston that we visited on the trip but overall it was not an amazing selection (lots of stuff on draft was stuff that is easy to find all over Boston).

Did not try any food while we were at Meadhall - actually did not see anyone else eating while we were there but that might have been related to timing since it was late afternoon but just shy of when folks might start getting dinner.

Prices were OK though a touch higher than some of the other places we went - I think the average was like $7 a beer.

Photo of BeRanger
4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

First time, I had heard good things and it was right next to our hotel. It looks like I hit the jackpot with some leftovers from EBF. Our server, Matthew (on the receipt) was awesome. I was with some co-workers and explaining to them some good choices of beer and Matthew (as expected at a great beer bar) shared the beer enthusiam and helped guide everyone down the right direction.

Overall I was impressed, it was a more upscale beer bar but the prices were good. If only I could steal the keg of Vietnamese Coffee Stout from Left Hand from the backroom, it'd be straight 5's across the board.

Photo of JebediahScooter
2.19/5  rDev -47.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2

Cool looking place, great looking tap list when we sat down. We then proceeded to order 5 beers in a row that they did not have. Their menu hadn't been updated in week. What the hell? If a beer bar pays that little attention to their menu, my first thought is, "How do they treat their lines?" Got up and left instead of being disappointed a 6th attempt to order a beer.

Photo of beer4colin
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

After business meeting in area, so my 3:30 p.m. Experience may or may not be typical....

Nice room! BIG and roomy bar with a ton of taps. I can't figure out why, after being open for a long time now, they do not have an active website showing their offerings. bIG MINUS for this! I was in area but without an online presence I am not making this a destination. IN THE SHADOW OF MIT, NO LESS....c'mon folks, slip,a freshman a few bucks and and few beers and you're solid.

Always looking out for something new and exciting, I found little. Honestly, I find a better overall selection for surprises at UNION BREWHOUSE in Weymouth.

I did appreciate finding Pretty Things East India Porter tapped. A bit surprised that I had to explain the backstory of EIP to the bartender given that Pretty Things is a Cambridge brewer...(OK,OK...I know the bottle says it but it's not real).

The Portico Sett Seven was a surprise! Never had it before!

Kudos to MH for being a sponsoring bar for BA Extreme Beer Fest last weekend. Many, many taps were taken up by by extreme offerings. Too many for this boy to try befor driving.

Service at the bar was lacking. Maybe it was towards end of shift but I had to flag down a bartender, at an empty bar 2 times!

End of the story: Personally prefer Lord Hobo up the street, buttMead Hall is convenient. If I am in the area, I am there.

Get website running!!!

Photo of LeeMarvin
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A necessary destination for any serious beer drinker. This is the place I go to when I want a full range beer geek experience. I've been coveting craft beers and the bars that serve them since the early 90's, and Meadhall has provided some of my favorite moments of beer geekery.

The room is huge and non-claustrophobic. Even at 5:30 on a Thursday you can find a place to stand. The bar is a work of art, with deliberately short lines from barrel to tap and enough seating around it's serving area so that you can almost always find a seat. Correct glassware is strictly enforced. The waitstaff are friendly, actually know what they're talking about, and if you go there even a few times, they'll treat you like they know you. If you go there a lot they'll let you know what the must try stuff is once you're settled in. The food has become consistent and reasonably priced considering the location.

But the beer is what you go there for, and they usually have at least three or four things on the menu worth making the trip for. Just make sure you get at least two in your head before ordering, because the really good stuff always move fast at Meadhall, and they're still grappling with the list maintenance issues typical of popular beer bars.

Of course this tasty beer and excellent experience comes with a price. If you're looking for white whales, this place will set you back (make sure you read the pour amounts!). However, a careful survey of the beer list will always reveal the best-bang-for-the-buck beers of the moment. Start with something exotic and finish with some sessions.

The only other caveat to the place is that it's absolutely slammed after the work day ends. If you want the best experience, the best time is Saturday or Sunday afternoons, when the bar is easier to navigate and the bartenders have time to talk beer with you.

Photo of Czechxpress
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Great bar with over 100 craft beers on tap. Its right by the MIT campus in Cambridge so the place was full of good looking college girls who were hot and smart! Good woodsy atmosphere, clean with central oval bar on first level. Its close to the metro stop as well.

A definite do not miss if your looking for a great selection of craft beer in Boston.

I tried:

Fall Summit- Peak Organic- C

Wolaver's Brown-Wolaver's Organic- D

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel-Lexington Brewing and Distillary- A+

Mayflower Imperial Stout- Mayflower Brewing Co.- B+

Bourbon Black- Allagash Brewing- A++++

Jack D'or- Pretty things and Ale project- A

Photo of maltyhops
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Since it is so close to Canbridge Brewing Co ( my favorite) I never saw the need to try it out - I'm glad I did. The bar area is oversized so you don't feel crowded. Neat layout for the taps (over 100 by my count). Sitting at the bar you can see all the taps - very cool. Menu was better than I thought it would be. Love the location - was able to find metered parking within 20 steps of the door and there were more spaces available. Not ready to put it ahead of CBC (CBC Hefe and pulled pork mac & cheese is hard to beat) but it will make friday lunch decisions more difficult. I gave it a reasonable on Value - it was a little pricey but totally worth it

Photo of johnnnniee
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I stopped in here today on a Sunday afternoon for the Mystic Brewing 1st anniversary party. Coming from out of town the first challenge is parking. There's a garage around the corner and while convenient it is pricy. The bar itself is on the ground floor of what looks like a large office building not far from Cambridge brewing company. A large circular bar greats you in middle of the space surrounded by chairs and on the outskirts tables and high tops. Tall ceilings and a loft the restrooms, a couple of couches a satellite bar and some TV's. The large chalkboard on the wall to the far right holds the info to the 100+ taps available for pour. There are also paper menus with the beer selection which outline style, price and size of pour. Our waitstaff was attentive and handy for our visit, we didn't have any food, but what we saw looked tasty. Two oddities about this place: They will only serve the beer in its brewery logo'd glass which poses a problem when everyone is there for a brewery event and they are out of glasses. The beer menu is arranged by style which is hard to get used to. All in all we enjoyed our stay and will end up back here again, probably to eat as well.

Photo of Larrydoherty
4.2/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Meadhall, located in Cambridge's Kendall Square, is yet another great location in the Boston neighborhood for people looking for a great beer selection.

The giant bar area offers plenty of room for large groups. Expert bartenders offer great suggestions for anyone overwhelmed by the large beer selection.

The food is good, but the real star of Meadhall is the beer menu. The selection is easily read from the giant chalkboard that hangs in the main bar area.

Lots of unique beers, not offered in the greater Boston area. Meadhall.

Photo of smcolw
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Meadhall is located on the Boston side of Kendall Square. The selection of beers on tap is remarkable. The selection spans the spectrum of local, national and international (with an emphasis on Belgian's) choices. I was able to find three beers I had never had previously--I'm sure there were more I was impressed with how they seemed to have a glass that matched the brewery (or the beer style) for each beer ordered.

The place is large and open, occupying the first two floors of an office building. The main bar takes up most of the center of the room. There are large windows along the sidewalk. Otherwise, there isn't much decor. It's obvious that this place is all about the beer.

The food selection was limited. My daughter loved her burger. My wife had a salmon salad, which she liked. My Buffalo wings were dry and not very spicy. Service was fine, particularly since the bar wasn't very busy on a Sunday afternoon. I know this place is hopping during the work week with all of the office buildings nearby, but it was nice to see the place at a slower time.

Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Located close to the T's Kendall / MIT stop which was nice for those of us staying in Boston. This place has a big modern warehouse feeling to it when you walk in as there is plenty of glass, raised ceilings, and leaves you feeling small in such a large space. The bar area is huge and can seat upwards of 50 people. The taps are located in the middle of the oblong bar. There is a smaller area upstairs that has TVs and comfortable seats.

The beer list is nicely displayed on a huge chalkboard broken down by style. There is also a beer menu located on the bar. There were upwards of 70 beers here, and the list had numerous quality beers from the local Boston area and from around the globe. As with other places with large draft offerings, I was concerned about the freshness of the beer. The few pints I had were all fresh.

The service was very good despite the large number of people sitting at the bar. I had some appetizers, including the wings which were quite good.

This was a very enjoyable stop and a nice place to spend a few hours enjoying some pints.

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Meadhall in Cambridge, MA
93 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.