Lord Hobo

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Lord HoboLord Hobo
Bar, Eatery

92 Hampshire St
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02139-1504
United States

(617) 250-8454 | map

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Photo of egrandfield
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Love this place....only reason service is a 4 is because a waitress messed up a beer order for a friend of mine once (other waitresses here were better)

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Photo of JamFuel
4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped at Lord Hobo twice, on consecutive days. First day was after Night Shift, so I was pretty worn out. The vibe is a weird mix of dive and gastro pub, but I liked it. On day 1, our waitress/bartender was called Michelle (I think), a short chick with a cool haircut. Very friendly and funny. Had a burger, which was very good, and a couple of beers. The taplist is insane, with every kind of beer you could ever want. Had Grimm's Lumen (amazing) and Lambda Lambda Lambda by Melvin's, my first Wyoming beer. After that shock to the palate I was done, but said I might return for brunch on Saturday, the next day.

Saturday comes around, and I'm back. The bartender (Scottie or Scotty) gives me a high five and a "Welcome back". A bit weird, since I don't remember him from the day before. But he knows where I sat and what I had, so kudos, that's how you make someone feel special and welcome. Scottie overall was just a great dude, funny and quirky. Ended up chatting to his girlfriend at the bar, and damn, those two are people I could hang out with any day. Had biscuits and gravy, which was good, and a few more beers. Big thanks to Scottie for making Lord Hobo one of the highlights f my Boston trip.

I really enjoyed Lord Hobo, beer was fantastic, loved the vibe and the staff, and food was good. Whenever I get back to Boston, I will stop in here.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

This was the last spot on my bar crawl for my birthday. I initially had to wait in line with my party, but it was only for a few minutes on a busy Saturday night. From what I understand, this establishment is from the guy who brought us the Moan and Dove in Amherst. Being a frequent patron to that bar in college, I definitely noticed some similarities to this bar. The bar was dark with red and black painted walls and lots of art also on display.

The bar was packed but the bartenders did their best to help service my party during the evening. I actually enjoyed how intimate and loud this space was thanks to the ambiance. Still, it might not be for everyone so fair warning on how crowded this small bar can be. Although I only had Lord Hobo Consolation Prize, the bar menu seemed really good quality and selection. Unfortunately I had a train to catch that evening but I really wish I could have stayed longer at this bar.

Overall, if I had more time in my evening and lived near Cambridge, I would definitely frequent this spot often. Certain nights, however, can/might be quite crowded.

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Photo of INWarner413
3.73/5  rDev -15.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

Really liked the small space. Was there for a launch of a company from Connecticut, had a decent sour on tap. My only issues with the place were the service and the food. Service wise, a few times where my empty glass was picked up, but was not asked if I wanted another beer. Rudest of all was the gentleman who seemingly couldn't wait for me to sign my tab while never acknowledging me. Food was incredibly disappointing; $17 for a "steak salad"? More like a 3 ounce cut of (cooked properly, good job there) steak with a sprinkling of greens and a poorly "charred" roma tomato. Won't return next time I'm in Boston.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.79/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Nice little corner spot with a cozy yet stylish bar and some private-ish nooks here and there. I understand this place can get really busy, but if you show up fairly late it can be pretty mellow, and luckily they are open quite late if you have nothing else to do in this part of town.

Their tap list is very impressive, seemingly always offering their own staples. They also offer numerous other highly regarded or obscure brews of varying styles and regions on draft, as well as a very large list of highly in demand bottles. Some of those bottles may seem scarily overpriced, or maybe not, depending on what part of the country you're from and what you're used to having access to.

Service was inattentive, even at the relatively empty bar, which I rarely ever experience. The food looked and sounded really cool, at a fair price (for Boston), but unfortunately I had already eaten and didn't have a chance to go back during my short stay in Cambridge.

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Photo of SpoiledInVT
4.59/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Awesome beer bar. Selection of drafts is outstanding, with 40+ taps of beer from around the world. It was somewhat puzzling seeing some of the very small, lesser-known Vermont breweries on draft - Kind of awesome! Bottle selection is amazing, staff is wildly friendly and knowledgeable, and the tunes are great. I went here both during the day, and at night, and enjoyed both atmospheres (definitely different vibes) very much. This is a place that is a must-visit for anyone traveling in the area.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Stopped in here one night after EBF with a couple friends. The place was pretty full and we had to wait outside to get in. The service was pretty good for as busy as it was. The selection was pretty good along with the food. I'd like to go back when it's less crowded.

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Photo of AllanMorrison
4.89/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

They have applied for and gotten a brew on premises license for 2 Canal Park, Cambridge. This was granted before they had signed a lease with the landlord. I don't know about the lease, but I just spotted tools in the empty space today. Not enough to say they are about to lay out a brew house but nobody has so much as swept the floor in there since they gutted the place. I work next door.

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Photo of Jcorn
4.65/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

GREAT beer bar. Excellent selection. Good vibe, not at all snobby. Even the host, bartender, & waiter were all great. The only knock is the food. While the dish I had was insanely good, it was insanely small. Like criminally small. But you can always order more food so it's a minor knock for me.

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Photo of CHickman
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Great place, excellent background music and an outstanding beer selection. Very hip and chill place, the bartender was knowledgeable, the selection was very well procured with a wide variety and a ton of beers I can't get in NY. Excellent selection on tap and a pretty nice bottle list. Vibe was relaxed and craft beer centric, the bartender was equally willing to pour a stiff drink as he was a tap handle - he was also pouring everyone water at the end of the night, a real pro. Food looked and smelled great, but I didn't have any hence the 3.75 rating. Very cool place, I'll definitely come back.

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Photo of ChaseBoat77
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

After my dozenth visit, realized I'd never rated them before. Obviously that needed to change. I suggest jumping on a bar stool or waiting for one when you get there. The high tops are also fun, but sometimes the tables can feel a little too secluded if that's not what you're looking for. The beer selection is always excellent, and the descriptions are spot on if you're unfamiliar with a specific brew. They always seem to have something rare, balancing that out with beers from all over, expanding over the full range of styles. One of the best beer bars on my list. Highly recommend stopping in here for a casual beer (or 6).

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Photo of mynie
4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

World class joint. Obviously. You don't need me to tell you that.

But I like Hobo especially, in a way that I don't like a lot of other super highly regarded, world class beer bars: Hobo is more accessible. The ethos is still aggressive and superficially alternative, yeah. But they don't blast music so loud you can't speak, they're rarely ever so packed you can't sit, and the staff never acts shitty or snooty. This isn't what you'd call a family establishment--people swear sometimes--but that's nice, frankly: if I wanted to drink at an Applebee's I would go to a fucking Applebee's.

The draft list is varied, featuring mostly NE beers but a good number of European imports and west coast brews. The style selection leads toward whatever is trendy at the time--so lots of sours and double IPAs--but there's still plenty of beers to suit any mood. Rares and one offs abound. They also have an *excellent* liquor selection, for those of you who like getting drunk enough to literally die.

The atmosphere is, like I said, relaxed. The light is dim and the decor is dark. There's a handful of TVs and not-mainstream-but-also-not-exactly-hip music plays at an overcomeable volume. I once heard someone complain that the place was a little dingy but, hello, that's why the lights are dim. No one is forcing you to lick the table.

So that's about it. Really wonderful place. Worth traveling for.

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Photo of NateF90
3.34/5  rDev -24.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 1 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Good food, excellent beer and cocktail selection. Horrible service on this visit which I was assured by the Boston brewer accompanying accompanying us for brunch was uncharacteristic of the establishment. Unfortunately it was bad enough that we will not be returning.

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Photo of BigStein88
5/5  rDev +12.9%

I have been to some of the other beer bars on Boston and, while impressed with the tap lists, have generally had poor and very slow service. This place tops them all in terms of tap list and had outstanding service to boot. More of a neighborhood bar than a place to be seen. All members of our party loved it and we will be going back.

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Photo of pieface22
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Don't waste time with the other pretenders (bars) around Boston. This is the best one I've been to. Great list of many beers from world class breweries. This is a place to experience beer, not to be seen at "a craft beer scene". Avoid the other "posers" and get to Lord Hobo ASAP.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Awesome selection of beers, but a bit pricey. Food is pretty good too. Nice sized bar with some tables and booths. It's kind of out of the way in Cambridge but worth checking out once.

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Photo of SebD
4.73/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Stopped here after a Bostonian said I absolutely had to hit this place up if I was in Boston. Late morning beers after Extreme Beer Fest, hands down the best hangover remedy I've yet to try.

Atmosphere: This place is very inviting. It has a very mellow pub-style environment. Great tunes continuously playing (Definitely my kind of place) All the beers are listed in a Beer Menu that seems to be updated fairly often.

Service: The waiter we had was very knowledgeable about beer styles and provided us with great service all afternoon. We came from Canada and wanted to sample as many beers as possible so he served us smaller glasses (witch they don't normally do).

Selection: This bar offers a very great selection of American brews with a few great Belgian and Canadian beers. The selection on Tap was phenomenal. They tapped 4 or 5 beers in the few hours I was there. Best part was when the waiter came up to me and said we just tapped Grey Monday. Damn!

Food and value: I had Pork Belly and it was by far the best I've ever had. It just fell apart and was so tender. As for the beer, the prices were very average. This is definitely a great place to visit if you're in Boston and looking to grab something to eat, have a few beers and enjoy some good music.

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Photo of brochamb
4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Stopped in here the other night to grab a bite and a few drinks. The peninsula bar has approx. 40 beers on tap with a nice rotating selection. They were out of a couple of the beers listed. I noticed a few cask handles as well. The beer is kept at the appropriate temperature and served in the proper glass for the type of beer. They have a great selection and a knowledgeable and friendly staff.

The food selection was pretty good. I ordered the steak. It was not as good as I had hoped, but did the job.

Overall, I highly recommend this place even though it is a bit pricey.

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Photo of libeer4182
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

In my opinion, Lord Hobo is the best beer bar in greater Boston even as the market has become flooded lately.

From the outside, it looks like your standard neighborhood dive. When you walk in, though, you find an upscale atmosphere. Horseshoe shaped bar with maybe 30 seats as well as several tables and booths near the front windows. Dim lighting. It can get loud when it gets crowded on busy nights - what bar doesn't - but it's got a nice laid-back vibe most of the time.

I've never had a problem with service here - the bartenders are always attentive, talkative, and willing to give suggestions or pour samples. I'm surprised about some of the complaints about service on here - I don't know what people are expecting but this is a bar, it's not a five-star restaurant.

I think Lord Hobo has the best selection in the Boston area. Some places have more, but here you'll find 40 taps loaded with a nice mix of locals, imports and hard-to-find stuff from other American craft breweries. They regularly have taps from new local Trillium and they're the only place I've seen Tree House in Boston. Hill Farmstead has been known to make rare appearances.

I really like the food here. Some things on the menu are great and some aren't worth trying. I usually stick to the sandwiches. I've stopped in for lunch or dinner on many occasions and the weekend brunch is great.

Prices are about on par with the Boston area. I actually think their draft prices are more reasonable now than when they first opened, but still expect a range of $6 up to $9-$10 for the really hard-to-find stuff. The food prices are mixed - I think the prices for the appetizers and the entrees are much too high but the sandwiches are a good deal.

If there is one huge drawback to Lord Hobo, it's getting there. It's equidistant from the Central and Kendall T stations - about a 15 minute walk from each. It is possible to catch a nearby bus to get to the T. Parking is extremely difficult - you might luck out with the two metered spaces right on the corner but the rest of the parking in the area is resident only all day every day except Sunday.

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Photo of enulcwww
4.59/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The beer selection is fantastic. Amazing collection of Boston area beers and a decent amount of outside beers. Not the cheapest craft beer you can get but worth it for selection. Went for the trillium event and had some of the best food and brunch I had had in Boston. The brunch food was a lot less expensive then the beer but worth a lot more then what you're paying. A little difficult to find and outside is deceiving but well worth the trip there.

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Photo of bullywee
4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Stopped in on a Sunday evening, not too busy with seats at the bar open. We were immediately welcomed, poured waters and handed menus. Tap selection was pretty good with a mix of locals, US craft and Belgians. I opted for a sour red which I could not finish due to the overwhelming diacetyl taste. The bar tender noticed that I wasn't drinking it and asked if it was ok and quickly offered to replaced it, not requred ...but excellent!
I enjoyed a Night Shift Berlinerwisse and a Cambridge Brewing Brett Porter, both were excellent. Service was great, Proper glass ware and nice pours! prices were inline with the area.

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Photo of Mini4x
4.26/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Their brunch is awesome, excellent beer selection, always something new being poured. The usually have a suggestion board up as well that are beers picked by the staff, great place to start for the undecided. They frequently do special events, I have been for a few, one that was a all Stone night, 20+ taps of nothing but Stone.

Occasionally the crowd is a but douchey, I suggest going during the summer so you don't get the college kids.

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Photo of BostonHops
4.12/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

widely considered one of the crown jewels in terms of Boston-area craft locales, it was to my great shame that for years, even after getting into good beer, I could not seem to make my way over here. part of the problem is the location: not what you'd call convenient if you don't live in the immediate vicinity... as far as public trans, the closest T stop (Kendall/red line) is about a 15-20 minute walk. living on the green line and within striking distance of usual haunts Public House, Deep Ellum, and Sunset, Lord Hobo was forever on my radar but the project of getting here would always make one of the aforementioned three seem more appealing. finally made it this past weekend in a concerted effort to break the streak.

inside the space is dimly lit with an assortment of tables and booths and then 20ish stools around the bar. unsurprisingly crowded (Saturday night) but we were lucky to be able to find seats at the bar (4 of us). bartender was friendly and helpful, offering samples to the women in our party who were undecided about what they wanted, and again when I mentioned being pleasantly surprised at the Trillium beers on tap. prices were a bit on the high side, but then again where aren't they in Greater Boston.

the beer menu received mixed reviews from our group. healthy number of taps - at least 40 - with some well known beers (e.g.: Sculpin) along with some offerings you don't see too often (e.g.: Habanero Sculpin)... locals well-represented with stuff from Pretty Things (Meadow Lark was drinking great), Jack's Abby, and Trillium (Fort Point kicked, unfortunately, but I enjoyed the Dry Stack #2). overall the selection trends seasonally, with quite a few saisons and hefeweizens, and more than a few IPAs. being a hop fan there were easily a couple dozen options which appealed to me. however my brother, who is more into sturdy, malty beers, didn't find as much that was to his liking. there is also a (less impressive) bottle list of about 12-15 or so. undoubtedly when the cooler weather moves in you'll see the wheat beers and saisons replaced by stouts and barleywines, but at least for now if you're not into hops or summer styles you may not find a wealth of tempting options.

overall, I'm glad to have finally gotten the chance to check Lord Hobo out and I'd be more than happy to return, but it would have to be sometime when I was in the area anyway.

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Photo of outoffocus
4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I've gone to Lord Hobo both of my last two visits to Boston. The first visit was a much better overall experience than the second, but it is still my favorite bar in the city. (Disclaimer: I'm not local so I haven't tried too many) Both times we got a table almost immediately. The service the first time was probably damn near a 5. The waitress was extremely attentive and made some great suggestions, including of beers that weren't on the menu (sort of, the menu says there are other beers that aren't listed available). The second time the service was incredibly slow and unenthusiastic.

The draft and bottle lists are pretty extensive, but again the first time I was there I felt overwhelmed by how much stuff I really wanted to try, and the second time I could barely find 2-3 selections.

The first time I went right after having dinner, and my girlfriend and I thought the food menu looked much better than where we had eaten. So the next time we had dinner there. I was pretty disappointed in the quality of the food.

I'll go back here whenever I have the chance just for the interesting beer list, but on a good night like my first visit this is one of the best bars I've ever been to.

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Photo of Mantooth
4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Popped in last night on vacation from Charlotte, NC. Found a cool atmosphere, velvet drapes included (which you enter the bar through after walking in the door). There was a nice selection of drafts, local and other, waiting for us. We had the bacon mac and cheese, which bordered on orgasmic. Our server was attentive despite a packed bar, as was the chap who found a long sleeved XL shirt for me to purchase. They were very cool about serving samples, too. Damn cool bar, wish I'd had more time there. Hey, Andrew, if you're reading... brew some beer.

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Lord Hobo in Cambridge, MA
Place rating: 4.43 out of 5 with 225 ratings