Yard House

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Yard HouseYard House

Type: Bar, Eatery

126 Brookline Ave
Boston, Massachusetts, 02215-3920
United States

(617) 236-4083 | map

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Added by morebeergood on 03-11-2012

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Photo of ShannRae
2.61/5  rDev -35.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 2.5

Though the selection was good, I found the atmosphere very loud with college crowd. Not a place to come and relax with a good beer. Food was fair, a service this night was not very attentive.

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Photo of JratBones
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Go here almost everytime I go to fenway. I try to get here early to beat the big crowds and to actually get a seat. The foods always super good,but for as many beers that they have on draft not greatest selection. (for how many they have) It always seems to me that it must be so hard to keep draft lines clean with that many beers on draft. Seems like the same old selection everytime I go. Yet still the best place around fenway to get a good beer for reasonable $$$.

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Photo of jslot38
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Reviewing any bar on St. Patrick's day only a week after opening may be a little unfair, but with no reviews I thought some information would be helpful, so here goes.

Went with my girlfriend on Saturday at around 10pm. We wanted to grab a couple drinks a little food and watch some hoops.

IDs were checked at the door, which according to our server isn't standard policy it was just because of the Holiday. You can either go to the hostess to get a table or head to the massive bar. We were seated right away and given menus by a very nice hostess.

The bar itself is massive, the whole place is huge. It was fairly packed but we still go seated and there was room to move around as long as you managed to avoid the clusters of folks trying to dance Irish jigs. There is a group of tabled seating in the front, and around the edges of the bar. In the back there is an outdoor patio.

We had to wait 10+ minutes before I asked if we could get someone to take our drink order. After that service was great. We each had a couple beers. Unfortunately two of our beers tasted oxidized / skunked. Something I'd be on the look out again for when I return.

For food we had a couple tacos which were really good. The menu is massive, you can find something no matter what your tastes. Prices went from $10 sandwiches and burgers to $30 steaks. Being right next to Fenway Park this will help them cater to people who want to grab a burger before the game, and those who want to entertain corporate guests before sitting in a luxury box at the game.

The music was a few decibles too loud but it was mostly classic rock (heard Led Zeppelin and the Beatles among many others) so I could tolerate it. The atmosphere was that of an upscale sports bar.

Oh yeah... the beer. Something like 150 taps, 5 rotating bottles, and 5 rotating taps. The taps are for the most part your standard flagship beers from breweries all across the county. There was a good selection of internationals too, your standard German and Belgian fare. You won't find too many rarities. The rotating taps included a rotating Sam Adams and Harpoon, plus Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye and Troegs Nugget Nectar. There is a good handful of locals tossed in, but the new small breweries that are popping up in and around Boston were missing. We didn't receive a breakdown but for 5 beers and the appetizer it was $47 + tip, not bad especially for the area.

If you want beer geeky stuff in the area you are better served by the Otherside, Bukowski's, and maybe even Boston Beer Works. But if you want a good pint, good food, and a sports bar atmosphere this is definitely your best bet.

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Photo of Jason
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of kinopio
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped by on a friday after work. The place was slammed with 30 minute waits for tables inside, so I headed back to the patio and grabbed a small table immediately.

The patio and back bar area are really cool and way better than the dark and crowded main bar area. They had heat lamps and a fire encased in glass out on the patio, as well as big weatherproof tvs. The patio is way in back on a more quiet street so there aren't a lot of cars which I appreciate.

First problem I encountered were the lack of prices or ABV of the beers on the menu. Yes they have a ton of beers on tap but only 5 of the taps are rotating, and they aren't listed on the menu either. And our waitress, while nice and efficient, was only 20 years old so don't expect the staff here to know much about the beer.

Luckily they had a couple interesting stuff on the rotating draft lines. I had a Nugget Nectar and a Southern Tier Jahva. The regular beer menu wasn't as interesting. If you read this site then chances are you've had almost all the beers on their menu. Wormtown Be Hoppy was the only thing that really stood out as something good, local and a bit more unusual to find.

Is Yard House one of the premier beer bars in Boston? Definitely not. But its proximity to Fenway Park and its sweet patio are enough to entice me to return.

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Photo of Kruja5
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of AirBob
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of jtk21351
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of trevorpost
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of smcolw
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

As far as chains go, this is one of the better ones. The Fenway location certainly has an ample selection of many of the finest beers offered in the US. For me, though, this is a fairly generic, come with your colleagues at work sort of place. All of the common, but excellent American beers are available, but this is not a place to find the unusual hard-to-find gems.

Service wise do not come to expect a dissertation on the particular malts or hops in any particular beer. Instead, realize that the server knows which one is popular and whether it is "more malty or more hoppy" in terms of taste.

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Photo of scxcrunner
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of enulcwww
3.94/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

This is an interesting bar. The beer selection is pretty good for Boston with lots of larger beers and a variety of styles and taps. The bar had mislabeled menus though and the bar tenders knew nothing about the beer they were serving. That being said employees were very kind. Bar was full of first dates and bros with guido girl friends which hindered experience. Over all I would be back though.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of coachp73
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Best beer selection near Fenway

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of RKing44
4/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of morebeergood
4/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped into the new Yard House with a friend before the Bacon and Beer Fest on Saturday. Not too crowded on a non-Sox game day. Huge place. Lengthy bar with plenty of tables on both side. Really nice patio area in the the back which will be a popular spot on sunny days. Greeted by the hostess on the way in and out. Our bartender was friendly and got us our beers quickly. Huge tap menu is the signature of the Yard House. Plenty of choices from all the major brands, but nothing rare or obscure. Just as with YH Dedham, the menu here could get boring for a BA with a discriminating choice in beers. Prices were high but not too outrageous for a new bar in the Fenway area. Our pints were $6.50 each. I had a K├Ânig Ludwig Weiss, which tasted great but had very little head. My pal liked his Great Divide Hoss. The huge craft menu size combined with the outdoor area will really help set this place apart in the Fenway area. It will be stiff competition for Jerry Remy's and Boston Beer Works.

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Photo of Dicers
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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