Atwood's Tavern

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BA SCORE
92
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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
www.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: 23 | Ratings: 42
Reviews by womencantsail:
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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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

Photo of bostonbeans
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%

Photo of Boston71
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Westyn
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 huuvola
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I've been coming to Atwood's ever since it opened (2006) and have always enjoyed it, but this year (2011), they've really upped their game. They've improved their menu offerings, added a beautiful beer-garden type patio, and strengthened their already solid selection of beers.

They have around 24 taps, with a great range of beers and styles. On my most recent visit, they had tap offerings from New England craft brewers including: Baxter Brewing (ME), Cambridge Brewing Company, White Birch Brewing (NH), Pretty Things (Boston), Mayflower Brewing (MA), and Notch (MA/ME). Other brews included: Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, La Chouffe, Allagash White, BBC Steel Rail, Brooklyn Lager, Gritty McDuff's Black Fly Stout, Belhaven Scottish Ale, Boulevard Brewing Nommo, Bruery Orchard White, and more.

Through the years, their tap selection has been fairly solid, but this year they've greatly improved their bottle selection. For example, to my surprise, they now carry the Saison from the brand new Mystic Brewing (Boston/Chelsea, MA). Other seasonal bottles included: Sixpoint Autumnation, Fullers 1845, Avery 18th Anniversary, and Hannsens Oude Kriek. The bottle menu is separated out into a good range of Ales, Porters/Stouts, Belgians, Large Format, etc.

The servers aren't always completely knowledgeable about the beers, but they can generally give you a decent recommendation if you tell them what you're looking for.

In short, Atwood's is a great little pub, with a very solid selection of beers. With this year's improvements, it's moved a few notches higher in my list of beer bar destinations. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the Cambridge/Somerville area --- or on an extended beer tour of the Boston area.

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Atwood's Tavern in Cambridge, MA
92 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.
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