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Jacob Wirth

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44 Ratings
Ratings: 44
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.24%
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 +5%

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.

John, Aug 12, 2003
More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

mklisz, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +5%

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!

Redrover, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of etmur007
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

etmur007, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of pisano
4/5  rDev +5%

pisano, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of smcolw
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

smcolw, May 26, 2014
Photo of Davepoolesque
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Davepoolesque, May 23, 2014
Photo of Jodi215
3.24/5  rDev -15%

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.

Jodi215, May 22, 2014
Photo of lwbyrne
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

lwbyrne, Apr 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

jwps214, Mar 03, 2014
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Jacob Wirth in Boston, MA
87 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.