Taps: 32 / Bottles: 27
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 41 | Reviews: 34 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by John:
4/5 rDev +5.3%
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). Its 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. Theres 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.
08-12-2003 15:15:47 | More by John
More User Reviews:
3.5/5 rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I came one late afternoon on Memorial Day. While the place is quite large, there were very few patrons (maybe six!) here. In fact, the staff out numbered us. I was struck by the streamers across the ceiling with placards advertising a Paulaner Oktoberfest. The bar features lots of dark, elaborately carved wood. It's like stepping back to an era no longer available.
The smells from the kitchen are attractive. First, I experienced Bratwurst, and then grilled marinated steak. Although I didn't try any food, the aroma "therapy" was superb.
The service was fine, but the server at the bar did not really understand the selections. Still, with 44 beers on tap, many of true nuggets, it's hard to go wrong. I did not note too many really hard-to-find beers, but the selection offered many high-quality beers. In most cities, this would be a top-notch beer bar, but not Boston.
05-26-2014 21:04:16 | More by smcolw
3.24/5 rDev -14.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$
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.
05-22-2014 12:15:27 | More by Jodi215
Jacob Wirth in Boston, MA
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