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Atwood's Tavern

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

23 Reviews
Atwood's TavernAtwood's Tavern
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

877 Cambridge St
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02141-1430
United States

(617) 864-2792 | map
atwoodstavern.com

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Added by noob on 05-27-2006

PLACE STATS
Score:
92
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
42
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
4.6%
 
 
Taps:
24
Bottles/Cans:
40
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews by taez555:
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3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Atwoods is located on the long strip of Cambridge Street in Cambridge, between Lechmere and Inman Square.

The Interior is a neat mix of old school Irish bar but without that faux broken-in irish bar feel which actually makes it even more inviting. An L shaped room with a bar on the left that stretches to the back where there are tables to sit down and eat or watch the entertainment. Clean bright un-aged tan woods and a fireplace up front make it all very warm and inviting.

Beer selection is interesting. Two dozen taps with a bit smaller bottle selection. For the most part it’s Boston Basic but up a notch. Sam, Harpoon, Sierra Nevada, Guinness, Ipswich, BBC, CBC, etc. I was really impressed that they had DFH 90 minute IPA on tap and that it was served in the correct DFH snifter. All beers were served in the correct glassware and were very fresh and tasty with no off flavors.

Food selection was standard pub grub: Appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, some larger entrees, Irish breakfast for the brunch crowd, etc. Good stuff and very hearty but I honestly wasn’t overly impressed by anything we ordered.

They have live music 4 days a week which I really need to come out for that one of these days. As I live in the area I could see this becoming a decent local watering hole, I can’t stop thinking about the fresh snifters of 90 minute IPA. Although, I wish their website would tell they’re operating hours, the menu includes brunch, but doesn’t say when. Overall pretty cool, I’d come back.

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Photo of b11
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I always visit Atwood's when I'm in Cambridge. The food is fine, the staff do know their beer, very friendly, and the selection of beers is really good. I first learned about Prairie Artisanal Ales here and have had a selection of intense, dark beers from Unibroue as well. If you like beers I think you'd like this place. Some of older reviews here talk about a "decent" selection, it's much better than that, it must be that they've really focused on their beers in the last 5 years or so. Couple of the staff I talked to were serious beer nerds.

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Photo of AJNIDEK
4.81/5  rDev +16.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Only issue is no TV. As a solo business traveler I like that.

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Photo of judkinst
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of barleywin
5/5  rDev +21.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of mattycasey
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Dicers
4/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of TWStandley
4/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

My first impression is of the large all wood bar. It takes up two thirds of the place and it wraps around to where the hard liquor is kept. There's even mirrors like in the Wild West movies. There are five two-top tables near the window and perhaps twice that many in the back. The furthest wall from the street features perhaps the smallest stage known to entertainment--a drum set takes up 75% of the space.

Now for the beers, there are 25-30 of them on tap with another 75? in bottles. I found five on tap which I've never had (just shy of 3,000 rated). This is a pretty good ratio in my book. The service was quite good, there when I needed but not overly obtrusive.

I did not try the food, but from what I witnessed, everyone was enjoying their typical bar-grub fare.

This a bit between a dive bar and a sophisticated beer bar--a great combination in my book.

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Photo of doremite
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of AliJ
4.91/5  rDev +18.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Great atmosphere, excellent live music, good food for a very fair price. The staff at Atwoods is always friendly and helpful and will find you a table no matter how crowded. Most importantly for summer, Atwoods has the best patio in Cambridge. Always a great choice!

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Photo of morebeergood
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

My wife and I went to the Smoke This Rib 2011 bbq street fest on Sunday. Afterwards, we went over to Atwood's to relax for a bit. When we walked in, the place was completely empty. There is seating near the front windows, a long bar to the left, and a small stage in the back. Nice looking inside, with lots of wood. Had that Irish pub feel to it. Service was above average. The female bartender greeted us, and when a keg kicked, she went downstairs to check if they had more. Selection was pretty stellar. They had a bunch of great New England beers on tap - CBC, Smuttynose, Mayflower, Wormtown, White Birch, Gritty, Pretty Things, and even Jack's Abby. They also had some nice other taps too, like The Bruery and Boulevard. I went with the Boulevard Tank 7 Saison, served in a Belgian goblet ($7). Prices were $6 or more for draft, so not a cheap place. My wife then recommended we head around back. Very cool...an outdoor enclosed patio. I had no idea. An private space with community tables and a little garden. A great spot to enjoy a beer in the unseasonable warmth. The waitress outside was also very smiley and cheery. We really liked Atwood's, and I can't believe it's taken me so many years to finally visit this place.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Thanks to Barry for suggesting this place.

A sort of unassuming place, for me, anyway. A nice, long, L-shaped wood bar with a pretty extensive tap list (seem to remember 25-30 beers).

Very friendly service and quite knowledgeable as well (always a plus). A nice selection of northeast/New England brewed beers, though I was disappointed that the one White Birch beer listed on the tap list was not available.

They also offer beers served in pints in 12 oz glasses for $4.50, which I thought was sort of cool.

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Atwood's Tavern in Cambridge, MA
4.13 out of 5 based on 42 ratings.
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