The Mission Bar & Grill

very good

20 Ratings
The Mission Bar & GrillThe Mission Bar & Grill

Type: Bar, Eatery

724 Huntington Ave
Boston, Massachusetts, 02115-6313
United States

(617) 566-1244 | map

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2005

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of smcolw
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Approximately two dozen taps and 40+ bottles, none of which are macros, this is a pretty easy place to like. Although I didn't try any of the food, it looked well-prepared as a small twist to the usual Brunch fare.

The look features a high ceiling, large open-to-the-street windows and an impressively large, mirrored bar. Located near the Longwood Medical area, this place has a mellow, easy going vibe.

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Photo of Dicers
4/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of WoostaBia
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Jagaguar
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of StrayteEDGE
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of cshafer7
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of bsend
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The Mission has recently opened in the area, and been serving the Mission Hill community with good beer selection.

The atmosphere is excellent. Definitely cave like, but the amount of TVs make it decent for sports without making it feel like a sports bar. Decent music played through the bar tender's Ipod keeps the flavor interesting. During the summer, large windows are opened to get a wonderful breeze and providing a more open feeling environment.

The quality of the Mission is decent, but far from spectacular. Clean bar and bathrooms are a plus and adequate seating helps this place out.

The service is nothing to write home about, but efficient. You get waiter/waitress visits at a decent pace, as well as prompt service at the bar.

Consistently update beer menu, lets you choose from roughly 20 beers on tap, and at least 20 in bottles though probably much more. They consistently rotate their beer. You have the usual suspects such as Guinness, Sam Adams Boston Lager, Harpoon IPA, Harpoon UFO, and Coors Light as well as unusual offerings such as Brooklyn Chocolate Stout, Harpoon Leviathan Imperial IPA, Heavy Seas Loose Cannon IPA, Titan IPA, Troegs Double Bock, Weihnenstephaner, and more. The menu lists price and ABV in plain writing (a huge plus).

The value is decent. For a craft beer expect to pay anywhere from $5 to $6.50 (Belgiums might be a 10 oz. pour).

Final Thoughts - Good place to check out beer. The best part about the area is each bar provides different options. This place always has some different taps. Awesome. Be warned however, this is the only gig open till 2 am in the area. Expect crowds late at night, and the possibly of not getting in.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Just across the street from Penguin Pizza, and a few doors down from Daria's (take out) is the Mission Bar and Grill.

It's a nice looking place with a brick and stone facade on the outside, and wood floors and earth tones inside. The walls are olive, and the bar is black. The banquet seating is dark brown, and there are some black iron decorative hangings and beautiful lamps of back-lit amber and cast-iron that give it some flavor. Also, being 'Boston', two big screen TV's are required! It's a very contemporary, sharp looking place; and it's open and comfortable feeling even when full. You should get the idea, but if not, check out their website as they've got a few nicely done pics that show it all.

The bar offers 20 beers on tap, flowing from 2 very nice looking stainless steel towers. The selection is, however, fairly basic these days: Sam Adams (of course), Harpoon (of course), Stella, Hoegaarden, Guinness, Bass, Smithwick's (all, of course), Weihenstephaner... the two that really stood out for me were Cambridge Amber and Wachusett's Green Monsta. Everything else was mainstream. BUT, you can hardly complain about that unless you want to get into how distributors are pushing beers in groups (Stella/Hoegaarden, Guinness/Bass/Smithwick's), and that's a discussion for another time. One more thing though, they also offer a selection of 50 or so bottles that's pretty good... nothing spectacular, but all worthy.

They do a very good lunch business here, and offer some very nice specials; and they've also started doing brunch (11:00 to 3:30). Prices are as might be expected. Soups and salads around $6, sandwiches around $9, and entrees $9 to 12 depending.

Prices go up slightly for dinner, as might also be expected, and appetizers (which I don't even bother with for lunch) are in the $7 to 10 range. Try the skillet roasted mussels! Entrees run $14 to $18.

The service is good, and overall it's probably worth trying, at least for a decent meal with a good brew.

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Photo of ohmesohoppy
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped here the other night for the first time. They have a good amount of taps, but nothing really all that interesting except maybe the cbc offering. Luckily though they have a pretty good bottle list. The waitress was very friendly, but really wasnt that attentive seeing that there werent that many people in the place. I had the burger, which was decent but nothing special really. Most of the prices were reasonable but some were a bit erratic. Would go here again if I lived closer, but there really wasnt anything that impressed me to make the drive down unless I was lookin for a change of scenery. Overall a nice little bar with an above average bottle selection.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The Mission Bar sits right across the street from Penguin Pizza, another BeerFly destination. I came in around 3pm and was happy to see many diners drinking beer, albeit the BMC types. The place has big windows which you can view any action going on outside during the daytime, contributing to the atmosphere. Very clean and upbeat inside, and the bathrooms were equally spotless.

Fortunately, the beer selection is different than that of Penguin Pizza. No mug club here, but they do offer Weihenstephaner, Blanche de Bruxelles, and Celebration Ale on draft with nicer surroundings. Good bottle selection too, highlighted by 4 different trappist breweries. Another good resto bar in the area.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

After we left the Squealing Pig on Saturday afternoon, we ventured over to the Mission. Pretty quiet day in there. The brick exterior leads you into a very upscale interior. I really like the dark wood and the beautiful bar. The bartender was friendly enough. They had a large selection of beers on tap, plus a variety of bottles. Most beers come in appropriate glassware too. The only issue I had with this place was the pricing. In my opinion, the prices were erratic. I ordered a 0.5L of Tucher hefe for $5.00 (great deal) but my wife ordered a 10oz tiny glass of Blanche de Bruxelles for $6.00 (kinda expensive, I've had it much cheaper). I wish I was given a beer list with prices when I sat down at the bar. Otherwise, very cool atmosphere and great selection. I'd like to come at night instead to see what the crowd is like there.

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Photo of bjohnson
4/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Hit up the Mission before going out on a Wednesday night around 6ish. Place was packed when we arrived. Huge wood mirrored bar on the left hand side as you enter the joint. Windows line the entire length of the right side of the bar with high bar tables and chairs. Very high ceilings give the place an illusion it's larger than it really is. White walls with iron sculptures show an artsy side to the joint. Probably could seat close to 100 people. We sat at the bar as there weren't any tables available. Our waitress came right over, greeted us, and quickly gave us a drink menu and placed a leather place mat in front of us.

Beer selection is quite decent with a lot of good offerings. Twelve taps included lots of beers from others places and only a few locals--wachusett, cisco, harpoon (3), sam, and berkshire. Others were Stone, tucher, blanche de brussels, etc. Bottle selection is where they kind of shine, although there aren't really any brews that scream, "you need to drink me." Bombers of stone 7.7.7, entire lineup of berkshire, chimay, victory, brooklyn, ommegang, lagunitas, bear republic, delirium, anchor. Nice selection of English ales some of which included orkney and bell haven. Tap lines seemed clean as the Stone IPA I had was crisp and how I remember it.

On to the food. A nice selection of upscale entrees in the $13-$16 range--steak tips, fish and chips, etc. Sandwiches were more in the $7-$9 range with burgers, chicken, mushroom, reuben, etc. A nice selection of pub food. Burger was cooked as it should have been--nothing extraordinary here. Chicken fingers were breaded with corn flakes, which added a nice crunch. Side salad had freshly grated Parmesan cheese and walnuts--nice touch.

Atmosphere was quite lively as the place was packed. Music could be heard in the background, but wasn't overpowering like some beer bars in the city. A laid back place with a good beer selection and decent to good food. Definitely a good spot to hit if you're on a pub crawl through Brigham Circle or live in the area.

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Photo of eheff
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I went to see Spoon at the MFA on Saturday with some friends, and bjohnson recommended The Mission for dinner before the show.

We got there early at 5:00ish, and the bar was pretty quiet. The atmosphere is good--the walls are painted a nice, soothing greenish/tannish color, and there are some metal/ironwork gate things hanging on the wall. I think we had 8 people, and were seated at a comfy table in the corner. Our waitress was nice, friendly and patient as we all decided what beers and food we wanted.

I thought the beer selection was great--a good range, and lots from local breweries. I had a Stone Pale Ale (it was a little sweet for my taste) and then two Golden Monkeys. Maybe two was overdoing it a bit... but anyway. I also had the steak and bleu salad--delicious! The steak was cooked perfectly (not all overdone like it usually is at restaurants). Everyone else's food looked good too--I tasted a friend's sweet potato skins, and they were amazing. I'd definitely go back there.

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Photo of FrankLloydMike
3.05/5  rDev -21%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Ugh! Not again! So I have been back three times since the time I went to the Mission and had such a good experience that I felt the need to change my review, and sadly I found things much in the same condition as I had before that magical evening when it seemed Brigham Circle's third beer bar had gained my respect. To be fair, one time I went was the night before July 4 so it was a bit busy. Still, the place was a little too crowded, but mostly just too loud. And while the waitstaff has always been great, the two bartenders I've had have been unattentive, forgetful, rude and just take themselves too goddamn seriously. It has never taken me less than five minutes of standing at the bar to get a drink, even when it was not that busy. Twice I ordered a Victory Hop Devil and twice I was initially charged more than the correct price. The bartender also spilled beer everywhere when pouring my girlfriend's beer and didn't even wipe the glass. He never apologized for the improper charge, his slowness, serving people who got there later than me, spilling beer, or being generally rude. And the atmosphere still blows unless the windows are completely open, the crowd is good (which I've found to be rare), and the music is not crappy or needlessly loud (also rare). The place is entirely too sterile and the bartenderes entirely too full of themselves. I want so badly to like this place, but I'm not sure it will ever happen.

Old review from late June 2007:

Upon a recent friday night visit to the Mission, I promptly found my foot in my mouth. Things seemed quite a bit better here than in the past. A group of about eight of us got there around 9pm and we got a table on the far wall. We also got the nachos. The guacamole was very good, and the chips were a bit chewy (not bad, just not totally fresh), but overall it was a very nice snack. The beer selection was solid, as before and as with the neighboring bars the Squealing Pig and Penguin Pizza, but the service seemed better this night with out server being incredibly nice (no change from before), but also very knowledgable and prompt. I had a Stone IPA and Whales Tale on tap as well as Hop Devil in a bottle (with a glass provided without asking, a nice new touch). Most of all, the vibe was nicer. Less frat-like than before and the music was better and at a more agreeable volume. The Mission seems to have made the few minor changes necessary (in my mind) to transform it radically from a place I avoid to a place I'll add to my rotation in the neighborhood. I'm so very happy and I'll bump the ratings up even more if these changes prove to be permanent.

Old review (March 27, 2007):

Of the three ostensible beer bars in Brigham Circle, the Mission is by far the worst. Not only are the Squealing Pig and and Penguin Pizza much better, but so is Flann's, which is not quite a beer bar, but a nice place. The Mission basically has the same beers as the Pig and Penguin, so there's really no difference there, and as far as I can tell, like both of those places, they usually do serve beer in the proper glassware. The food is not bad, but not exactly my taste, and slightly pricier than the Pig for something of much lesser quality. Though the service is poor when it's packed at night, the servers tend to be friendly, but also wear a sort of uniform and there's a whole crew of obnoxious bouncers, both of which lead to a less relaxed atmosphere than the Pig or Penguin. What really pulls the Mission down is the horrible atmosphere inside. It's dark and sparse inside, almost like it's trying to be a nightclub, and noisy as hell with horrible music and an obnoxious, hoity toity crowd. At night, the bar area is too crowded to easily approach the bar, let alone ask for a beer list, and the bartenders often seem too rushed to take the time for a proper pour. The floor is just as crowded, leading to spilled beer (which unlike milk is reason enough to cry), and there's never any seating. The place is just horrible at night, and couldn't be less condusive to good conversation and the enjoyment of beer. I will say that during the evening, especially in the summer when the windows are all swung open, this place can be quite nice and subdued. I still get the idea that most of the servers know almost nothing about beer, which isn't helpful, and further convinces me that this is just a bar for dolled-girls and gelled-hair jocks who want to get liquor and Bud Light that happens to also have a good beer list.

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Photo of rousee
3.86/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I decided to head out to Brigham Circle recently to check out these beers bars I had heard about here on BA--The Mission and Penguin Pizza.

Nice bright open room with lots of dark wood and small tables. The selection on the beers was good but I was a little disappointed with it as the ones that I was especially interested in were in the bottle and not on tap. In fact, the draught selection was mostly your standard Boston stuff like Bass, Guinness, Harpoon IPA, etc. I went with Lagunitas pils in the bottle. Their bottle selection was much better than draught though and there were probably a good 25-35 different ones. Everything in here seemed nice and clean. The bartender was friendly enough and the prices were average. A good beer bar-- I like it much better than Penguin pizza.

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Photo of hermesch
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I used to work up the street and the Mission was our Friday afternoon watering hole. I was impressed with the beer selection: a good number of Belgiums, as well as many New England brews that are sometimes harder to find. The service is informed and cordial, not to mention there are more than a few cuties.

This is an ideal place for friends to gather for dinner--the fried calamari or chicken strips are perfect company with a Ruination IPA, or Whale's Tale Pale Ale...and the meatloaf is particularly rewarding!

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Photo of commie
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

With Denise at the bar, the service is the best in town. The beer selection isn't the best, but it is better than most places in town. Unlike most bars in Boston, they do keep their tap lines clean, and the beer has always tasted fresh to me. I had a salad there for lunch recently, and it tasted good. I like the steak tips too. It and the Penguin, which is across the street, are the only places in Brigham Circle/Mission Hill area worth drinking at. It is newly decorated, and I think it was done tastefully. It can be a bit crowded on Thursday and Friday nights.

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Photo of moderndrunkard
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

After catching a movie at the MFA, I headed to this place with a couple friends to watch the Red Sox miserably drop Game 2 to the White Sox. After reading all the reviews on this site, I was looking forward to visiting The Mission.

Perusing the menu, I was initially happy with their beer selection. Harpoon and Sam Seasonals as well as some nice micro offerings like Stone Smoked on tap. The bottle list was adequate with Chimays and other Stones as well as Endurance Pale. I started out with a Smoked Porter while we decided on food.

We finished our first round as we waited for our food and this is where we ran into some trouble. They were out of one of their taps and a couple of bottles and it took our server a long time to find this out. Although carefully selected, their beer menu is by no means extensive, so i expect the servers to be aware of what they're out of. Also one of us ordered a Stone 9th Anny bottle and our server returned with a # 9 instead.

The food was reasonably good. I went for the veggie melt which would have been much better if it had fresh spinach as opposed to wilted. But the fries were excellent. My friends ordered a salad and steak frites and both looked very good.

I'll cut The Mission some slack on the service since they're just starting out. If they get some help that can keep track of their beer, they'll be much better off. If you're looking for something nice for dinner this place is just fine. But I know the next time I'm in Mission Hill looking for some good beer, I'm going to head across the street to Penguin.

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The Mission Bar & Grill in Boston, MA
3.86 out of 5 based on 20 ratings.
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