Lord Hobo

BA SCORE
96
world-class

90 Reviews
Lord HoboLord Hobo
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(617) 250-8454 | map
lordhobo.com

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Added by Todd on 11-16-2009

PLACE STATS
Score:
96
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
220
Avg:
4.35
pDev:
5.75%
 
 
Taps:
43
Bottles/Cans:
40
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 90 | Ratings: 220
Reviews by BarrelAgedBrian:
Photo of BarrelAgedBrian
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I went to Lord Hobo on recommendation of a college friend of mine, who stops here whenever he is in Boston for a beer festival or event. Another friend who is a craft beer fan and I went for brunch the week after Extreme Beer Fest.

Lord Hobo is unassuming on the outside, but what's inside is what counts. We sat at a spacious table during the quieter hours of the day. The first thing to note is their beer list. It has a good amount of selection and everything on the list is quality. My friend and I were particularly interested in the Half Acre Big Hugs which they only had on tap because the brewery had been in town for the beer fest. The only food we had was the Duck Two Ways (baked duck egg with duck confit hash), which was very tasty, and their truffle fries. The truffle fries were fantastic: french fries cooked in truffle oil to a crisp with shaved parmesan on top. So simple, but such amazing flavor and I would definitely come back just for the fries!

The one downside I experienced was the service. Considering how quiet it was in Lord Hobo when we went, I felt like our waiter wasn't all that attentive to us. We requested samples of a couple other Half Acre beers they had on tap and didn't receive them until 10 minutes later. When we asked about what other bottles they have that weren't on their bottled beer list, he didn't appear too knowledgeable.

The service may have been a little blip; I would go back to try new beers on their ever-rotating list and dive in to more of their food options.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of fitzy84
4.35/5  rDev 0%
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 2ellas
3.89/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of flek
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of Prost76
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of brbrocc
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Dope
4.9/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of INWarner413
3.73/5  rDev -14.3%
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 -12.9%
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 LeeeMare
4.09/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Rizzy17
4/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of SpoiledInVT
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
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 whitenads
4.66/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of jtk21351
4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Knapp85
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of DanSails
4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of AllanMorrison
4.89/5  rDev +12.4%
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 Bruce5
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Possibly the best beer selection anywhere! Great service, good food and an awesome selection of beer. One of the best anywhere in the US!!!

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Photo of Jcorn
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
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 Dave_Treat
5/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of kdivers
3.65/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of UcDru
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

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