The Merchant Kitchen & Drinks

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The Merchant Kitchen & DrinksThe Merchant Kitchen & Drinks
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The Merchant Kitchen & DrinksThe Merchant Kitchen & Drinks

Type: Bar, Eatery

60 Franklin St
Boston, Massachusetts, 02110-1302
United States

(617) 482-6060 | map

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Added by rousee on 04-18-2014

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of Bames
5/5  rDev +21.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Wonderful and oft-rotating draft list. Normal go-to's like Whirlpool and Sip of Sunshine as well as hard to find stuff from Cascade, Finback, Grimm and other small brewers. Plenty of space at the large bar and very knowledgeable bartenders!

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Photo of Rutter
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Great selection of quality beers on tap. Didn't try the food and just stayed on the counter and didn't get that much of a look around, but has a nice classical old school vibe to it.

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Photo of Coorsy
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of ShanePB
3.74/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Attempted to visit this place 3 times while on business in Boston to grab a bar seat. Shame on me for trying the first two times between 5-6:30. And this was during the week, the place was a madhouse. The third time I went around 4:00 and it was almost completely empty (this was a Saturday). Bartender was extremely friendly and attentive. The mussels were really good, the calamari was acceptable. Beer prices were pretty outrageous, even in comparison to other spots I visited in the same area. $10,5 USD for a pint of Ballast Point Wahoo Wheat (w/ chili and lime). Yikes. Granted, there were 'cheaper' beer options on the menu but it seemed like an average was $8-8,5 for a 12 oz pour of a majority of the menu.

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Photo of HopsHopenstein
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Went here after an EBF event and it was a madhouse. We were lucky to even get in the door after taking a cab over there. The vibe was really nice though, vintage lighting and kind of prohibition-like styling going on here. The service was doing the best they could with the situation at hand that night. The selection of beer was awesome. We wanted to try some food but didn't end up happening that night. It's a place I definitely hope to go back to.

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Photo of papat444
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of kinopio
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Downtown Boston has a shortage of good bars for craft beer but The Merchant has come along to help solve that. With 36 or so taps I believe it has the largest draft selection in the neighborhood. They usually have something from Trillium on tap which is a big plus

Its nearby Stoddards and JM Curley and while those places are great, the hours they open can be tricky and usually they are so busy that its hard to get a seat. The Merchant is open 11AM-2AM 7 days a week, serving food all the while. And its a huge place so you'll always find a seat.

If I was downtown and wanted some good beer with a large group or wanted a place downtown to watch a game The Merchant would probably be my #1 pick. Its a block from Downtown Crossing so its super easy to get to by subway. They occasionally have $1 oysters on certain days which is all the enticement I need to stop by after work.

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Photo of rousee
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been to Merchant a few times now- twice on a weekend afternoon when it was really quiet and once during the workweek for lunch. Its a brand new spot that seemed to open very quickly. All of a sudden it was just there. Its really close to downtown crossing about a block from the giant construction project of what was once Filene's.

You walk up 2 or 3 steps and the giant bar is off to your left. Its high ceilings are noticeable right away and its very new and clean looking in here. I sat down and tried a few beers that I don't see around Boston very often. I tried a Saison by Trillium and one from Idle hands. They were both quite tasty although a little higher in ABV than I care for. The next time I returned they had the Spencer Trappist on tap and I hadn't seen that before either. Very nice and proper branded glassware is used for it seems everything they have if available.

The staff here has been a little hit or miss as far as the bartenders go. The first couple times I went the bartender just seemed kind of awkward and that was two different people but when I went yesterday (05/03/14), the bartender was great. I think they've only been open 6 weeks so some beginning kinks in service is somewhat excusable.

The food here has been quite impressive all 3 times I've been. Seems like you cant go wrong trying anything on their menu even if it doesn't sound like something you'd be immediately drawn to. I just hope they can maintain the quality and consistency on their food because that is very important to me.

The prices at Merchant are certainly not cheap. You can tell just by looking at it from the outside that its not gonna be a bargain. Some of the specialty beers can be like 10 dollars a pop. Food prices are a bit more reasonable but the serving sizes on the food are pretty small. The one other item of note is that because of the high ceilings and giant size of this place it can get very loud when it becomes extra busy. I still like it quite a bit though and its a nice addition to the neighborhood.

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Photo of huuvola
3.74/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

This is a solid addition to the downtown Boston scene. It's not explicitly a craft beer bar, but they have a good selection of crafts on tap, with three rotating lines devoted to special offerings from local brewers Trillium, Idle Hands, and Harpoon. The majority of draft lines are devoted to craft, except for a few devoted to macros like Miller Lite, Yuengling, Sam Adams, Heineken, and Stella Artois.

It can get loud and crowded on a weeknight, but it was dead quiet when we visited on a Sunday early afternoon. Great chance to explore the tap menu and talk with the bartender (who had a decent knowledge of local brewers and said his most frequent beer recommendation is Hoponius Union from Jack's Abby -- a solid choice in my book). Our food experience was limited to one item (grilled flatbread), but it was very good. Bodes well for the rest of the menu.

Overall, this isn't a destination beer bar, but it's a great place to get a pint downtown, in an area once bereft of craft beer options.

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The Merchant Kitchen & Drinks in Boston, MA
Place rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 10 ratings