Five Horses Tavern

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BA SCORE
89
very good

18 Ratings
Ratings: 18
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: n/a
Taps: 36
Bottles: 80
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

400 Highland Ave
Somerville, Massachusetts, 02144-2511
United States
phone: (617) 764-1655

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(Place added by: morebeergood on 11-02-2011)
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Reviews by SunDevilBeer:
Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.31/5  rDev -15.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25

Stopped in for the 2nd time yesterday, after visiting a few years ago just after they opened.

Decent space, hardwood floors and black tables / booths. Lots of hipsters & self-important types fill the place, though not packed on an early Friday evening. Servers all dressed in plaid shirts (hipster charicature) .

Promptly greeted by a knowledgeable friendly server at the bar. Comfortable.

Nice balanced selection of varying styles & breweries, both local & afar.

The real turn -off to this place, however, is the pricing. All beers are at least $2 higher than other places. $8 (+ tax) for a pint of Ballast Point IPA? $7.75 for 12 oz of Flower Power? $11 for a Bruery Saison? Pricing is highway robbery.

Had a few tasty beers then left. Had initially planned on eating, but due to the exorbitant pricing here, that's all I could afford.

More User Reviews:
Photo of brm300
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ChurchofPayton
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of fitzy84
4/5  rDev +2%

Went here for my birthday. The restaurant has some outdoor seating on the sidewalk, but we ate inside. The space had most of its dining tables on the first level and on the second level was the bar area. We were a party of 12+ so we ate at the bar area, Wait staff wore flannel as their uniform and everyone was incredibly nice and attentive to our needs. The restaurant space had a black interior (though it was not too dark inside at all). The place eventually filled up for supper and for Saturday night fun so it got crowded and loud. But, the place still felt cozy and relaxing even when we were surrounded by people.

The beer selection was pretty good. The tap menu was diverse and the bottle menu seemed large judging by the menu. I had an Otter Creek Overgrown Ale and the Peak Organic Fresh Cut, both were on tap. For my meal, I had the mac and cheese with duck confit. The meal was very heavy and delicious with decent portions of duck. The rest of my party all seemed to have good meals except for one friend who did not like her tuna tartare.

Overall, I had a great birthday here and I would want to try the place again.

Photo of LennyBound
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of ErinSully
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Boston71
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Jtully
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Std73
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Plissken
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of dubdrop
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of thesarahfuller
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Sudcutter
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

The food menu is rather small, but everything on it is done well.
The atmosphere is a pleasant loudness that a good restaurant/bar should have.
The service is pretty consistently good, and occasionally you will be able to get some professional advice for drink selection.
The beer selection is not only tremendous, it is beautifully organized on the menu so you can quickly find what you are looking for.
The prices are average.
Overall pretty high quality.

Photo of Andrew041180
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I stopped in here with 7 friends on a busy Saturday night, so keep that in mind with the ratings. Part of the mixed blessing were the number of expired drafts on the menu. There were several that had kicked and either not been replaced, or been replaced by something that bore no description. I would go here again, but it's a bit of a trek for me and I did feel that the prices were a bit high.

Photo of neophilus
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

IMO best craft beer selection in Davis Sq. Their beer menus is laid out very nicely by style. Very good selection of bottles as well. Really great variety of local beers is the star attraction - the big beers and specialty brews that you don't typically see at most bars. They have a large but manageable number of taps but they are used very effectively and rotate quite often. Very, very nice Whiskey selection as well.

Wait staff has been very friendly every time I've been there. Food is okay, not the best or worst in the Square but there are some interesting offerings like a variety of gourmet taco appetizers and some good poultry dishes for dinner.

The place is brand new so it looks very nice, it has huge windows and a lower bar so there is a lot of different areas to hang out it. Comfortable but cool.

The only negative I have to mention is price for beer, which unfortunately is a problem at almost every bar in this area and seems to be getting worse. I am tired of seeing 12oz beers priced at $8+. Most of these are from the East Coast, we're not talking rare imports. At least give me a full "pint" pour if you're going to charge outrageous prices per drink.

Like I said this is a complaint i have about a great many establishments in the area and really keeps me from going out more often. At least at Five Horses you can find the occasional good deal like a pint of Long Trail Imperial Porter for $6 or a bottle of Hercules DIPA for $7.

Photo of ridedammit
3.45/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

A and I have gone to 5 Horses twice, once with a large group at a table and another time just the two of us at the bar. In both cases our reaction was the same. This place has an odd vibe, not uncomfortable, just strange, not what I would want for my "local", but does not drive you away either.

Beer selection is average, they had a well-rounded set of styles on offering. Food, well lets just say we won't be having dinner here, drinks only. Maybe it was still too new (opened in 2011), but the finger food we got was not very tasty and the papas fritas were nearly inedible.

Staff was the high point, the waitress we had at our large table and the barkeep when we went for beers were friendly, attentive, and seemed to actually want to be there.

So if you like decent beer, enjoy an attentive bartender (who doesn't?) and don't need food then this place is a decent alternative.

Five Horses Tavern in Somerville, MA
89 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.