Lord Hobo

BA SCORE
96
world-class

92 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:
92
Ratings:
221
Avg:
4.35
pDev:
5.75%
 
 
Taps:
43
Bottles/Cans:
40
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 92 | Ratings: 221
Reviews by glid02:
Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped in here while walking back to Back Bay from Somerville on a recent visit.

Atmosphere is substantially different from what the outside facade would have you believe. I almost thought they were closed and went on my way, but after walking in I was pleasantly surprised. A good-sized horseshoe bar sits immediately to the left with tables in a large area to the right. Everything looks well worn but without looking run-down. Overall it was a very laid-back vibe that just was without having to try.

Quality was good. Everything was served in proper glassware, at the appropriate temperature and with a good amount of head.

Service was very good, my glass was bordering on empty a few times and it was hastily refilled. I didn't have any specific questions regarding beer but I overheard the bartender and he knew what he was saying.

Selection is also very good. Probably the most "exotic" list of any place I visited while in the Boston area, if only because of the rarer imports and somewhat abnormal style selections.

Food was good, I just had a bowl of the corn chowder and while on the expensive side it was filling and well thought out.

Value is OK - as I mentioned above the food was expensive and the beer seemed a bit more than other places around town, but not by a substantial margin.

Overall this is the place I would be most likely to frequent in the area - a very well thought out and eclectic draught menu and a great food menu that has some off-the-wall selections. Well worth a stop if you're in the area.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
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 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

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Lord Hobo in Cambridge, MA
4.35 out of 5 based on 221 ratings.
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