Lord Hobo

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Bar, Eatery

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

(617) 250-8454 | map

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Ratings by bostonbeans:
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Rated by bostonbeans from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Aug 15, 2015
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Reviewed by cratez from Canada (ON)

4.9/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
What I had: Jack’s Abby Pro-Am Pilsner, Port Brewing Wipeout IPA, Pretty Things Field Mouse’s Farewell, Smuttynose Rhye IPA, and Lost Abbey Witch’s Wit on tap, truffle fries, pan roasted salmon, mac and cheese, and several glasses of Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc for my better half.

What I liked: Dark no frills ambience, good college crowd, comfy and approachable bar, insane draft list, quick and welcoming servers, delicious food, had a great chat with the bartender and one of the patrons.

What I disliked: Nothing. We had a near-flawless experience and would come here very often if we lived in the neighbourhood.

Would I go back? Absolutely.

Overall Rating: 98
Jan 29, 2020
Rated: 4.26 by wc94wc from California

Jun 23, 2019
Rated: 4.35 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

Nov 14, 2018
Rated: 4.38 by crobinso from Colorado

Nov 09, 2018
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Reviewed by egrandfield from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +7%
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)
Jun 01, 2018
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Rated by Jpingy from Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25
Nice spot, decent selection of brews, late nite menu a bit lacking...
Feb 08, 2018
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Reviewed by JamFuel from Sweden

4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
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.
Mar 15, 2017
Rated: 4.1 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas

Nov 30, 2016
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Reviewed by fitzy84 from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev -2%
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.
Nov 07, 2016
Rated: 3.89 by 2ellas from New Hampshire

Sep 26, 2016
Rated: 4.29 by flek from Massachusetts

Sep 04, 2016
Rated: 4.3 by Prost76 from New Hampshire

Aug 21, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by brbrocc from New York

Aug 19, 2016
Rated: 4.21 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Aug 04, 2016
Rated: 4.33 by TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

Jul 20, 2016
Rated: 4.9 by Dope from Massachusetts

Jul 10, 2016
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Reviewed by INWarner413 from Texas

3.73/5  rDev -16%
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.
Jun 18, 2016
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.79/5  rDev -14.6%
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.
Jun 15, 2016
Rated: 4.09 by LeeeMare from Massachusetts

Mar 31, 2016
Rated: 4 by Rizzy17 from Pennsylvania

Mar 30, 2016
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Reviewed by SpoiledInVT from Vermont

4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
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.
Mar 27, 2016
Rated: 4.66 by whitenads from Michigan

Mar 04, 2016
Rated: 4.19 by jtk21351 from California

Feb 26, 2016
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Reviewed by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
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.
Feb 06, 2016
Rated: 4.79 by DanSails from Massachusetts

Feb 03, 2016
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Reviewed by AllanMorrison from Massachusetts

4.89/5  rDev +10.1%
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.
Jan 25, 2016
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Rated by Bruce5 from Pennsylvania

4.73/5  rDev +6.5%
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!!!
Jan 06, 2016
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Reviewed by Jcorn from Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
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.
Nov 17, 2015
Rated: 5 by Dave_Treat from Virginia

Nov 17, 2015
Rated: 3.65 by kdivers from New Hampshire

Nov 14, 2015
Rated: 4.31 by UcDru from Ohio

Nov 13, 2015
Rated: 4.56 by costanzo_mike from Massachusetts

Nov 09, 2015
Rated: 4.85 by Stengelfoot from California

Oct 23, 2015
Rated: 4.54 by scxcrunner from Massachusetts

Oct 19, 2015
Rated: 4.65 by barleywin from Missouri

Oct 10, 2015
Rated: 4.19 by JaredSammy from New York

Sep 17, 2015
Rated: 4.88 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Jul 30, 2015
Rated: 4.68 by jebrew from Maine

Jul 27, 2015
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Reviewed by CHickman from New York

4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
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.
Jul 18, 2015
Lord Hobo in Cambridge, MA
Place rating: 4.44 out of 5 with 226 ratings