The Merchant Kitchen & Drinks
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Taps: 36 / Bottles: 30
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 2 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
3.73/5 rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
I've been to Merchant a few times now- twice on a weekend afternoon when it was really quiet and once during the workweek for lunch. Its a brand new spot that seemed to open very quickly. All of a sudden it was just there. Its really close to downtown crossing about a block from the giant construction project of what was once Filene's.
You walk up 2 or 3 steps and the giant bar is off to your left. Its high ceilings are noticeable right away and its very new and clean looking in here. I sat down and tried a few beers that I don't see around Boston very often. I tried a Saison by Trillium and one from Idle hands. They were both quite tasty although a little higher in ABV than I care for. The next time I returned they had the Spencer Trappist on tap and I hadn't seen that before either. Very nice and proper branded glassware is used for it seems everything they have if available.
The staff here has been a little hit or miss as far as the bartenders go. The first couple times I went the bartender just seemed kind of awkward and that was two different people but when I went yesterday (05/03/14), the bartender was great. I think they've only been open 6 weeks so some beginning kinks in service is somewhat excusable.
The food here has been quite impressive all 3 times I've been. Seems like you cant go wrong trying anything on their menu even if it doesn't sound like something you'd be immediately drawn to. I just hope they can maintain the quality and consistency on their food because that is very important to me.
The prices at Merchant are certainly not cheap. You can tell just by looking at it from the outside that its not gonna be a bargain. Some of the specialty beers can be like 10 dollars a pop. Food prices are a bit more reasonable but the serving sizes on the food are pretty small. The one other item of note is that because of the high ceilings and giant size of this place it can get very loud when it becomes extra busy. I still like it quite a bit though and its a nice addition to the neighborhood.
05-04-2014 12:48:08 | More by rousee
3.74/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25 | $$$
This is a solid addition to the downtown Boston scene. It's not explicitly a craft beer bar, but they have a good selection of crafts on tap, with three rotating lines devoted to special offerings from local brewers Trillium, Idle Hands, and Harpoon. The majority of draft lines are devoted to craft, except for a few devoted to macros like Miller Lite, Yuengling, Sam Adams, Heineken, and Stella Artois.
It can get loud and crowded on a weeknight, but it was dead quiet when we visited on a Sunday early afternoon. Great chance to explore the tap menu and talk with the bartender (who had a decent knowledge of local brewers and said his most frequent beer recommendation is Hoponius Union from Jack's Abby -- a solid choice in my book). Our food experience was limited to one item (grilled flatbread), but it was very good. Bodes well for the rest of the menu.
Overall, this isn't a destination beer bar, but it's a great place to get a pint downtown, in an area once bereft of craft beer options.
04-28-2014 14:22:00 | More by huuvola
The Merchant Kitchen & Drinks in Boston, MA
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