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Jacob Wirth

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53 Ratings
Ratings: 53
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: n/a
Taps: 32
Bottles: 27
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

31 Stuart St
Boston, Massachusetts, 02116-4723
United States
phone: (617) 338-8586

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Reviews by John:
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4/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Jacob Wirth Co. is an interesting place located in the Theater District/Chinatown and is named for its immigrant founder, Jacob Wirth, who came from Germany (Prussia). He opened the restaurant in 1868. In 1878, he moved across the street, to where the restaurant exists today (a bit of trivia from the JW website). It’s billed as the second oldest restaurant in Boston (the oldest being the Union Oyster House, circa 1820s).

The front of the building looks very much like it may have looked originally. There are a few sidewalk tables outside. Inside, the dark mahogany bar greets you almost immediately on the left. It looks like original equipment, as do many of the fixtures and much of the woodwork. There’s also been a fair amount of building settling over the years, making things a bit uneven, but adding to the charm and authenticity. The walls are decorated with everything from family history photos to photos of local baseball heroes. The pub menu is served at the bar and bar area tables. The dining area is large, open and configured in sort of a (upscale) bierhalle manner. A more extensive menu is served in the dining area. Most menu items are moderate-high priced. Beer selections are draft only with 30 taps. Selections are heavy on imports with an emphasis on German brews. Highlights during my visit last night were; Aventinus, Frankenheim Alt, Tucher and Paulaner Hefe and Bitburger Pils. Other noteworthy choices were; Dogfish Head 60 min IPA, Belhaven Scottish Ale and Spaten. Harpoon, Otter Creek, Bass, Guinness and a few other macros rounded out the balance. They also have two house brews, a light and a dark, made by Harpoon. Service was very good at the bar. The Jake sampler (grilled sausages) was great. Chowder was excellent too. Solid fours across the board...a cool place and definitely “Wirth” a visit.

More User Reviews:
Photo of trevorpost
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Dicers
4/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of hornblower19
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of AdamTebbs
4.59/5  rDev +20.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Great food, great beers. Went to this place after a B's game for a Brat and a couple of beers and ended up staying for five hours. I love this bar. It has become kind of a tradition for a buddy of mine and I to hit it up whenever we are town together.

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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +4.7%

There is a fantastic old and ornate back bar and well-worn floors kind of sets the mood for this friendly beer hall.

The bar is in front as you enter. There are about 8 seats then a service area. Personally I would like to see more bar seating. It has nice windows overlooking Stuart Street that add some light.

There is a mix if high tops and lower tables in the expansive raised dining area. There is also a small outside seating area in front.

I like the banners and beer taps they use for decoration. They have some really nice old wood clad bottle coolers as well.

The large tap menu changes weekly. The bottle menu is also pretty large. Lots of domestic and import choices. Nothing super rare but the selection is solid.

The food was tasty. I thought the chowder was nice and my sausage platter was good.

The service is professional and knew the beer menu.

Seems to be lots of history here. Glad to see there some good beers to go with it!

Photo of etmur007
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of smcolw
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

I came one late afternoon on Memorial Day. While the place is quite large, there were very few patrons (maybe six!) here. In fact, the staff out numbered us. I was struck by the streamers across the ceiling with placards advertising a Paulaner Oktoberfest. The bar features lots of dark, elaborately carved wood. It's like stepping back to an era no longer available.

The smells from the kitchen are attractive. First, I experienced Bratwurst, and then grilled marinated steak. Although I didn't try any food, the aroma "therapy" was superb.

The service was fine, but the server at the bar did not really understand the selections. Still, with 44 beers on tap, many of true nuggets, it's hard to go wrong. I did not note too many really hard-to-find beers, but the selection offered many high-quality beers. In most cities, this would be a top-notch beer bar, but not Boston.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Jodi215
3.24/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

We had lunch here while touring Boston. The atmosphere is German beer bar with lots of flags and beer decor. Quality was below my rating of average. Service was friendly and helpful. Beer selection was very good and that's about the best thing I can say about this place. I had a pastrami sandwich and it was horrible. The meat was dry and while the roll was tasty there wasn't anything on it. One tiny slice of pickle came with. Others in our party had the chicken BLT which was good and a sausage sampler plate which looked really dry and bland but they said it was good. Every table did get a bucket of corn bread which somehow seemed out of place for a German eatery. I can't eat corn bread and no one else ate it at our table so it all went to waste. Maybe a mixed bucket of bread like rye or sour dough would be a better choice. Value was reasonable.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of blkdth1313
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

In town at the Courtyard Tremont for a few days for work after coming back from the great beer desert that is Canada. This joint is right around the corner from it.

Got in late the first night and walked over for a quick bite on a tip from the hotel desk girls.

Fresh Flower Power on tap. Thank you sweet Jesus and God bless the USA!

Live piano and singing, great fresh beer, friendly and prompt service, and reasonable food. Some mates joined me and we shut the place down.

We went back the next evening for a few beers and apps before heading out to dinner. Ended up staying the whole night and again shutting the place down!! Way too much fun and you gottta love waking up with a sore throat from singing too hard!!


Photo of Reagan1984
2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I was surprised it took me so long to make a visit here. Due to the horrendous service it will be longer until I am back. Sometimes a location's beer selection can overcome some spotty service (see Sunset Grill) but this place can't. Decent beer list with the standard German/Belgium and American craft selection. Nothing overly special.

A German Beer Hall feel that is worn and slightly charming... A menu that was a mix of standard pub fare and German basics.

The Service... OMG the waiter should be fired. Now, important to note.. sometimes you read reviews that reference poor/slow service on the busiest of nights. NOT the case here. The place was 60% full when we had dinner. Knowledge, attitude and attentiveness were all missing. And there was no charm to overcome these deficiencies. My wife commented that he (waiter) must have just finished his Masters and felt this job was beneath him. I say that is a great description. Plenty of other places in Boston to hit before ever considering this location.

Photo of andylipp
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

I went with my wife on a beautiful Saturday afternoon for a late lunch. We had a Groupon for a complete meal, and I was psyched to finally get to take advantage of A Groupon offered by a restaurant that had a reputation for serving good beer.

The beer selection was pretty good with 40 in all. There was apparently a Clown Shoes thing going on so there were 5 of their beers on, plus many of the usual European suspects (Radeberger, Schneider Aventinus, Hofbrau). Several US and local craft selections from the likes of 21st Amendment, Uinta, Boston Beer Company, Mystic, Jack’s Abby, etc. were also on hand. A few Belgian taps, too. Among them were Chimay and Duval, IIRC. Several more made sure that there was something for everyone beer-wise.

But while I have no quibbles with the selection, the pours were all over the place. When I ordered a 9% DIPA it came in a 14 oz. “cheater pint” while my wife’s sub-5% APA came in a standard 16 oz. shaker. The menu did not specify pour sizes, only prices (which were on the high side, as this is Boston after all). When I asked how the sizes of the glasses/pours were determined, I was told that it was based on the ABV and the cost. OK, that makes sense I thought…

I then ordered the same beer my wife previously ordered, but this time it came in the smaller 14 oz. glass. I asked again what the deal was, and the bartender/wait staff honestly didn’t seem to know that there was a difference in the glass size. I reminded them that while 2 ounces was not a big deal to me, the lack of a consistent pour size would not reflect well on their reputation amongst beer geeks in Boston. It is especially irritating considering that “pints” were going from $6 to $7.50 or more. I noticed that Aventinus was listed as $11.50, but I’m unsure of the size of THAT pour. So, beer buyer beware.

The food was flat out great. Appetizers: the sauerkraut and sausage balls and the potato pancake app were both excellent. The pretzel crusted salmon was tasty and served with tasty mashed potatoes and fresh steamed veggies. The mac and cheese was unbelievably rich and tasty-the best pub mac my wife and I have ever tasted! The German chocolate whoopee pie dessert was good, too. Entrees were $11-23, with burgers and such in the $12 range. If not for the Groupon our dinner with 4 beers, 2 apps and 1 dessert would have easily been $75 including tip.

Service was attentive and very friendly. The ambiance was tough to gage since it was not busy, but there are a bunch of TVs tuned to sports. That said, it seemed to have a manageable noise level and a pretty good vibe. The bar only had a few stools but several high top tables and there is a fairly large dining area.

I’ll return to Jacob Wirth, but I will do so with a close eye on the pour size.

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