Parish Cafe and Bar - South End

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Parish Cafe and Bar - South EndParish Cafe and Bar - South End

Type: Bar, Eatery

493 Massachusetts Ave
Boston, Massachusetts, 02118-1183
United States

(617) 391-0501 | map

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Added by morebeergood on 01-20-2010

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 13
Photo of Redrover
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

On the approach to the Parish, I noticed a small street side patio. As you enter the granite topped bar is against the back wall. It easily seats 20. The rest of the main room is a mix of large and small tables.

There are well worn hardwood floors and some metal pillars. I wonder what is behind those drop ceilings. A couple of TVs so you can keep up with the games.

16 taps with a nice mix of local and national Brewers. They offer your choice of 16 or 20 oz glasses. The bottle list is large and well laid out by style. Believe me, you will find something you will like.

The food is tasty (try the meatball!) and seems freshly made of good ingredients.

Pandora classic rock in the background, it must have been on some sort of repeat as I heard the same Phil Collins song three times in 60 minutes….. Crowd was decent and a mix of family's and groups.

I would go back again for the nice beer menu and the tasty food, would not go back for the music….

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Photo of smcolw
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

This is lesser known cousin of the Back Bay. It's on the edge of the South End Condos on the busy intersection of Mass Ave and Tremont St. It is always less busy than the mother ship but the beer and food are the same.

Because it's on the corner there is plenty of natural sun light (southern exposure). Because it's less busy, it never feels too hectic and I think the service is better.

The sandwiches are superb. Each is featured as a different recipe from the local celebrity chefs/restaurants. The beer selection is very good but not really odd nor unusual. So, you can get plenty of different craft brews but they'll be from the largest producers (Harpoon, Avery, Brooklyn, etc.). Still, the combination of great food and good beer is hard to beat.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

After the Sox game on Sunday, my wife and I were walking over to the Orange Line at Mass Ave when we decided to pop into Parish to check on the Patriots game. Very open feel inside, as the huge windows really make you feel like you are sitting on Mass Ave or Tremont St. Lots of tables for seating, with a long bar on the right. There were a few tvs to watch the game. Service was very good. We only ordered a round of beers, but the bartender told us that we could try a sample of anything we wanted and filled my water glass twice. Chatted a bit about beer too. Selection was good. Beers on tap ranged from a lots of local craft breweries to a few imports. There were about 15-20 on tap. The bottles under the counter in the glass coolers also looked intriguing, as I saw a nice mix of bottles and bombers from local and national craft brewers, plus Belgians and Germans. I ordered a pint of the Wormtown Octoberfest for $7 and my wife had the Southampton Pumpkin Ale for $6. Prices seems a bit high for these. We did not eat, as there was only four uninteresting sounding apps listed on the menu. But, same great selection of sandwiches noticed as the original Parish in the Back Bay. We'd definitely come back here for another beer sometime, as it's the best selection you'll find in this corner of the South End.

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Parish Cafe and Bar - South End in Boston, MA
3.97 out of 5 based on 13 ratings.
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