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Elephant & Castle

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Type: Bar, Eatery

161 Devonshire St
Boston, Massachusetts, 02110-1402
United States

(617) 350-9977 | map

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Added by Duhast500 on 02-28-2009

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by rowingbrewer:
Photo of rowingbrewer
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

I work right across the street from this place, so i find myself stopping in quite often with co workers.

the atmosphere is the best thing this place has going for it, the bar looks nice as does the interior in general, but the place is lacking in most other areas

the quality is ok, but sometimes a beer might stay on tap a little too long. the selection is like 60/40 between craft and macros, and the service is only ok . the food is decent, but again its nothing to write home about.

also just about everything from the beer to the food is overpriced by like 2-3 dollars, but it is downtown boston

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More User Reviews:
Photo of TBonez477
3.24/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of costanzo_mike
3.84/5  rDev +15.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of BierBliss
2.88/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of wylietv
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of smcolw
3.59/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

This a faux English bar in the heart of Boston's financial district. I was here on a Sunday, so I am certain it was not indicative of the normal crowd. The menu features such British favorites as Bangers & Mash and Yorkshire Pudding. The large wooden bar is the centerpiece of this pub. There are about 20 taps with about a third being from Britain, featuring the usual suspects: Boddington's, Bass and Fuller's. Guinness is also well represented with the stout, Smithwick's and Harp.

Given the minimal crowd, the service was quite attentive but not fawning. In all, a very mellow place on a Sunday.

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Photo of jpcamp
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of stonermouse
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Working in the area, I stop in this place once every month or two for lunch, dinner, or an after-work beverage.

It's a pretty standard, english-inspired pub inside. The bar is quite cramped, especially in the after-work hours. The dining area, on the contrary, is roomy and comfortable

Service is usually good, with the bartenders working the tight bar as efficiently as humanly possible.

The brew selection is so close to being good. There's a lot of variety, but of mediocre brews. It's cool to get Boddingtons on tap; it pours with a frappy, Guiness-on-tap kind of head. If they could bring in a handful of rarer brews, we'd really have something here.

Food is a tick up from standard pub fare, and overall, the place gives decent value for a meal.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.73/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I randomly dropped by here last night with a group of friends. Specific to this area (aside from The Kinsale) I think this is one of the better bars that I've been to.

The atmosphere has a strong British & Irish theme. I was there on a Saturday night, I'd imagine a much different and busy scene during the week. I found this place to have a chill, pub feel with draft beers that included Fuller's Pride & Porter, Guinness, Harp, Boddington's, Newcastle, Heineken, Sam Adams, Magic Hat #9, Harpoon IPA and Stella Artois.

Bottle highlights were Leffe Blond, Blue Point Hoptical Illusion & Toasted Lager, Pilsner Urquell, Chimay Grande & Reserve.

Seating and tables in the back, nice bar area to the left and exposed brick. Awesome picture of John Lennon too.

I had Fuller's Porter (served in 20 oz glasses, which is key) for most of the night. Super fresh and so drinkable.

All in all, I had a good time here and I'm glad I checked it out. A solid bar in this area of Boston.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.16/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5

Been here many times in the past, and stopped by again tonight. Pretty straight forward looking bar inside, but kinda dull even for a British pub. No real charm to it. Very plain atmosphere in comparison to other Americanized Brit pubs. Service was good, greeted when I walked in and served quickly. A very after-work kinda crowd, considering its location near so many offices. Beer selection was on the weak side. They had the requisite Guinness etc beers, Sam Adams, Harpoon, all those typical beers. Two Fullers on tap, and Widmer on tap. In bottles, Leffe was cheap at $5 but Chimay was a ripoff at like $12+. Imperial pints go for $6 here. No vibe whatsoever, and not a great beer selection. I'd head over to Cornwall's any day over coming back here.

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Photo of rousee
2.94/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5

I've been coming in here for years. I definitely liked it better when there was some novelty to it.

This is a british formula bar in a town full of irish bars, they have a few things on the menu that are reasonably well done, Id say try rarebit breakfast its aways good but else the food is pretty avg here

Elephant and Castle or cock and balls as it is known is bound to be loaded with a bunch of idiots after work on a M-F. Keep this in mind !!

As a side note--the majority of the staff are pretty nice as long as you're not a cheapskate.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Oh, what's to be said of the Elephant and Castle? With a bit of a lilting English accent the "castle" become "ass-hell", and there's some charm to that, but otherwise it's just a basic English-style pub/restaurant.

Nice bar, to be sure. Fairly good tap selection - OK. Service is tidy and neat. And the beer and food are properly served up. So what's not to like? Well, nothing really. Unless you find an "off" server you're pretty much set, except that the E & C offers certain limitations on the beers that they serve - but OK, I'm game.

It's a good stop-in spot for a quick pint, and I certainly won't rule out dinner while traveling, but that's pretty much all it is. It's a chain, and there's no special quality to it. The food is good, the service is adequate, and the beer selection is pretty good (but far from great).

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Photo of Duhast500
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

In the heart of the financial district in Boston, the Elephant and Castle is a bit different than the other bars in the area. The atmosphere is of an english pub and reminds me a lot of the Winchester, the pub in the mocie Shaun of the Dead. A selection of some good english beers are on heand, Bass, Tetley's, Samuel Smith's as well as many others. The food is a bit pricey but decent while the beer is average for a pub in the city. The service was okay, I was just hanging out but the waiter did disappear alittle too long from time to time. The only major problem I has with this establishment was the early close, I was hoping to relax here a bit longer and the chairs and bar stools were getting turned over as I drank. other than that, not a bad experince.

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Elephant & Castle in Boston, MA
Place rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 13 ratings
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