Big City

Big CityBig City
Big CityBig City
Bar, Eatery

138 Brighton Ave
Allston, Massachusetts, 02134
United States

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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Literally Hours after finishing drinking all day at both sessions of the excellent Belgium Beer Festival at the Cyclorama, I decided that I needed yet more beer before I headed for an Afternoon Flight back to the West Coast, so I ended up traveling across Boston by Bus with BA’s Carmen, 36PoundLoveChild and JayT to attend the BA BBF “Hair of the Dog Brunch” at Big City.

We were some of the first to arrive and ended up sitting on the stools at the ground floor which is to your right as you enter. However, it seemed a while before we even got any attention let alone Service, confused looking Staff and a general lack of interest seemed to rule for the first 5 or so minutes as we sat at the Bar and perused the home printed folded single paper page booklet which was a guide to the advertised “80 big beers on draft”. I checked out the Taps whilst waiting for some attention, hey what else was there to do?! I noted that whilst there are indeed around 80 Taps, only about 50-60% of them actually seemed to be dispensing anything. The Taps were all of the standard chrome body with a small black plastic handled flip-type kind and were all lined on the back wall behind the Spartan looking Bar, only small tags hanging from Tap gave any indication of what was on sale. So I perused the list further only to note that many of the “Big Beers” are pretty run of the mill offerings with lots of commonly available beers and macros. I decided that a real BA Breakfast was in order and ordered a Victory Storm King Stout for my first beer of the morning. This proved to be a decent enough offering from the Bottle. At that point it was time to hand in our Tickets for the BA Brunch and head up the stairs that are close to the entrance.

The décor upstairs is a little more modern with a retro feel. Some 20+ Pool Tables litter the upstairs. The Main Bar greets you as you rise up the stair case, with an impressive array of some 40 to 50 or so Taps, this time they are of the more traditional kind and have the Brewers own Tap Handles making recognition and the 'What's My Next Beer Perusal Process' a little easier on the eye. As you get to the top of the stairs a large area behind the Bar forms the dedicated Pool Hall and is obviously a big part of the attraction here. To the right a small wood paneled room with lots of old leather chair recliners and the odd comfy Sofa embrace a lone Pool Table, it is somewhat reminiscent of a more traditional Pool Room seen in many an Old English Mansion. Behind the top of the Stairs a large open area with wall seating and several tall round high tables complete with stools with the odd Pool Table taking up the open area complete the upper floor. This last room is where the Brunch was served and to be fair the food offering here was very good, the home made Waffles, drenched in thick luscious chocolate sauce and covered with fresh Strawberries and home made Ice-Cream really hit the spot for me.

Sadly though, for all the attraction of the 50 or so beers on Tap, the nice modern cum retro surroundings, the Free Pool (just hand in your I.D for the Pool Balls) and even the company of some great BA’s; none of this could make up for the quality of the Beer here which can only politely be described as “very hit-and-miss”. A screwed up face from cfahooligan after a sip of her first drink and an immediate request to “taste this” meant that I had the unique chance to try the Delirium Tremens on draft which reminded me of Pineapple Juice mixed with Malt Vinegar, uuurgh!! This was not a one-off either, a few other samples from several other BA’s revealed brews that ranged from “tired old crap” to just "flat and down right off soy sauce”. It seems to me that the number of taps here is way too many, which in turn affects beer rotation and does not really maintain a justifiable quality for some of the brews. The Staff seemed unsympathetic at times when beer was returned, I suspect the BA gathering allowed a little more flexibility than is normally offered.

The Brunch food was great, and I enjoyed the off game of Pool, but I decided to stick with the 5 or 6 beers that were on the “Freshly Tapped” chalkboard above the Bar.

Pool Hall, Pizza Kitchen and Beer Bar, with “80 big beers on draft” so says the advertising blurb……Well the Pool Hall is cool, the Pizza is OK, but Beer Bar??....Hmmmm, whilst the beer list is “Big”, the Beers most certainly are not, many seemed just aged, tired or just old, only a handful seemed genuinely fresh to be honest. If you come here, Tread Carefully and hit the advertised ‘Freshly Tapped’ beers would be my advice, or just be downright cheeky like I was and ask for a small taster to be absolutely sure.

Great selection for a Pool Hall but sadly 'Quantity rather than Quality' seems to rule here.

Last Visit: Sunday 7th November, 2004

Nov 25, 2004
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BostonHops from Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

to echo a common sentiment of Big City, it's a decent plan B option when Sunset is at capacity - which was exactly the case last night. considering sunset was 3 deep at the bar we were surprised to find seats upstairs at big city. beer selection is decent - nothing compared to sunset, but then, what is? while you lack the prolific menu sunset boasts, many major styles are represented so there is probably something that will suffice. had a harpoon leviathan DIPA and triticus and a sculpin. service is decent, and there are also pool tables if one is so inclined. all in all a decent place but not one i'd trip over myself trying to get back to.

Sep 15, 2012
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zerofear13 from New York

4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Big City is the alternative to the overcrowdedness at Sunset, downstairs.

Although it's quite similar, I'm growing quite sick of Big City. The area is huge, but in actuality, the capacity is probably half that of Sunset when accounting for the pool tables. You can't reasonably expect patrons to stand and drink between pool tables. There's usually only about a dozen or so tables, and the side room often has one or more birthday parties.

The beer list...well, after you've been to Sunset or if you were expecting the Sunset menu, you won't find it here. Unfortunately, although the menu is extensive for your run-of-the-mill bar, it doesn't hold a candle to Sunset. Only a fraction of the beers are even on tap!

Big City is a nice place with good beer, but it happens to suffer from a relativity complex. It is right upstairs from probably the most extensive beer bar in all of Boston, so it will always pale in comparison. Unfortunate, but true.

Feb 28, 2010
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Kinsman from California

3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Having left the Boston area before I was 21, I really knew nothing about this place until this past weekend.

While I was visiting some friends in Brighton, the plan was to go to a couple bars for the evening and after a 20 minute walk we showed up here. The name sounded familiar to me, probably from this site, but I was skeptical going in whether or not it really was a beer bar like the sign in the window claims.

Well one look around when we got upstairs rejected any skepticism I had. I was truly surprised to see the tap selection, and the fact that this group of friends would be going here. Unfortunately they only wanted to stay for one drink there, but the Allagash White I had was truly exceptional, and at a reasonable price.

The biggest downside was the number of empty taps at the bar. Clearly there was room for much more, but for whatever reason, they were not full. Obviously they will never all be full because it would be impossible to keep everything fresh, but I think there could be more.

Nov 25, 2009
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admiralcrunch from New York

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Big City is a good alternative if Sunset is too busy. I have been there a number of times, including for brunch today. Never felt compelled to complain about the service; it's just a little bit slow. No biggie. Lots of fun if you like pool. Although there is one table that is pretty unbalanced, all of the others I've used have been fine.

I do wish their beer selection was a little bigger. Why have 80 taps if you're only going to use 40-50 of them?

The current Hop Head flight is pretty good: Harpoon IPA, Bear Republic Racer 5, Dogfish Head 90 Min., and Southern Tier Oak-Aged Unearthly.

Mar 29, 2009
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drnknmnky from Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2

Pool hall first beer bar second. Big City and Sunset have horrible hours,meaning they need to be open one more hour until 2. However, beer selection is good much smaller than sunset. Only got food once and I was not impressed. crowd is a mix of yuppie to college crowd depends on whether or not colleges are back in session or not.

Service was fine not the fastest or most beer knowledgeable staff however all orders were correct with a group of 7.

good for pool beers okay better beer bars around.

Jan 13, 2009
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caser23 from New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +18%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Tried this place as we waited for a table at the Sunset Grill. Lots of pool tables and foosball tables. Good beer selection, had a Brooklyn Lager on tap, didn't stare at the rest of the menu, but it seemed very good.

It was cool, the a/c was working well which I like.

Long story short, I wished we had stayed here and not gone to the Sunset grill. where we had a not so good meal and was CROWDED. Plus there is really no place to sit and have a beer at the sunset grill without eating. The beer menu is too big.

We liked Big City.

Aug 04, 2008
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ohmesohoppy from Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Youre much better off just going to sunset, the only thing that saves this place really is the pool and a few good beers. Quality is definetly not as good as sunset; most of the beers are poured right to the brim of the glass with no head. Also sometimes they'll give you a beer in a plastic cup, which is fine for the bud and stuff, but not great divide hercules ipa. Service isnt bad waitresses come aroudn while youre playin pool and ask if you want another drink. Selection doesnt compare to sunset. I think this place would definetly be better if they cut down some of the taps and just concentrated on a few really good session beers. They are often out of what you want too. Not a bad place to play some pool and have some beers, but really could be much better than it is.

Feb 07, 2008
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Skuzzbucket from Massachusetts

2.33/5  rDev -33.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3

I know a bar that won't see me again. There are just too many ~good~ bars (downstairs is Sunset, same owner, different vibe, too bad).
I was struck at the weird layout of the place at first, then just shrugged off the multi-room, pool hall thing they had going on and decided to sit at the bar.
Overly perfumed ladies and macho "ya doods" were my company and I just didn't have a good time. It took about 10 minutes to get my beer and, although the beer was delicious, I didn't have another. I went downstairs to Sunset.

Aug 12, 2007
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FrankLloydMike from Massachusetts

2.23/5  rDev -36.3%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 1.5

This is the shittiest bar I've ever been to expecting something good. They claim to have 80 beers (fine print: 40-80 beers) and these include lots of American light lagers (Coors Lite et al) and other crappy macros. The place was like a frat house inside--puke all over the bathroom and I was honestly concerned about the cleanliness of the sofa we were sitting on (and I'm usually quite comfortable with things like that). Ther service was okay and the waitress was nice. She didn't come by frequently, but the place was crowded (also a drawback) and I don't think it was her fault. Still, not only did our waitress not know anything about beer--neither did the bartender! The food was completely bland at best and plain bad at worst, and it was overpriced. As were the beers. As I've found is typical of shitty frat bars, the prices were outrageous. Had we not been there for a friend's birthday, I would have left immediately upon walking in. By far the worst bar I've ever had the displeasure of being in. I wouldn't wish a night in this place on my worst enemy.

Jul 03, 2007
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bignick from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

This bar is a nice change of place from the larger Sunset Grille, which I frequent. I actually like the bar itself more than the bar at the Grille, and the oppunrunity to drink high-quality beer and play pool at the same time is rather rare in Boston.

The selection is not nearly as vast as downstairs, but there are enough good beers to keep me content. Last time I was there, I had a Hercules and a 90 minute, and both were fresh. This is a good bar, although be forewarned that the wait for a pool table can be long on the weekends, and the bar can be quite crowded with people waiting for a table.

Jan 05, 2007
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morebeergood from Massachusetts

3.66/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Big City is a junior version of Sunset, right down stairs. There is a nice selection of beers here, and there is much more room to move around here than in Sunset. When I feel like playing pool, I come here because I know the prices are OK and there is always a great selection of beers. But if I am in the mood for a beer (more often than in the mood for pool), then I would much rather just head straight into Sunset. But as many people have noticed, Sunset can get crowded on certain nights, so Big City makes for a nice alternative spot for a few beers. Since they serve a lot of the same beers as Sunset, I can't complain if I end up here.

Dec 28, 2006
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Franchise from Oregon

3.78/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Located above the well renowned Sunset grill and tap. There is on street parking located all around the premises but can be hard to find on any given night. As you walk up the stairs you look apon a full bar with seating and about 40 taps to the left is a small bar seating area and to the right there are pool tables more seating and straight back is a lounge area with couches, pool tables, and high bar tables but we headed to the more comfortable seating for a long night at Big City.

The crowd is typical for the area, mostly college kids, nice atmosphere. Although this place pales in comparison to Sunset it is still a great place to stop have a beer, or set up and prepare for the long haul. I thought the apps we ordered were good and food choices are ample what I had on tap was very fresh and they have a great selection in bottle and on tap. Overall this is well worth the trip into Allston to have some craft beer and hang out with friends.

Sep 12, 2006
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bkett01 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +14.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

A nice 2nd floor bar/pool hall located next to Sunset in Allston. I was very impressed with their beer selection (looked to be 30? tap lines). Seasonal special on Paulaner Oktoberfest ($3.99 for a 23 oz pour), and plenty of other seasonals available from some of New England's better breweries (Shipyard Smuttynose to name a couple).
Bonus points for all the pool tables here, by no means huge, but off hand I'd say there were about 15-20. Waited for about 15 minutes late on a Sat night before getting on the table, but with the beer selection keeping me occupied I have no complaints. And while Sunset has more beers on tap, I commend Big City for keeping the cusotmer better informed of what is CURRENTLY still available (big chalkboard above the bar).
Worth a stop if you're in the area. Nice atmosphere, good beer selction, and decent pool hall.

Sep 05, 2006
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BlueHammer from Connecticut

4.14/5  rDev +18.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I stopped in here while waiting for a table at Sunset, next door. (I believe this happens a lot!) It has a cool "city" feel while still being comfortable. I sat at the bar, and I did not order any food. However, it smelled delicious from those sitting around me and I didn't hear any complaints from any one! They had quite a few beers on tap, including my pumpkin seasonals and Jinx from Magic Hat (currently still somewhat hard to find). Bartenders were friendly - it was hard to determine their knowledgeability since I went in knowing what I wanted. Still, I was impressed with the variety of choices on tap. When you sit at the bar you can see all the taps, too, which I like! The bar runs some good deals, such as Pizza, Pool, and Pitchers, a $20 charge for all three on Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays. If I'm ever in town on one of those nights, I would certainly consider it!

Sep 05, 2006
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

3.71/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

80 taps? well 20 were installed. This sports bar cum beer bar has an interesting layout, a small downstairs and a huge upstairs thats 5 storefronts wide. The place is full of American breweriana, sports momentos and comedy signs. The clientele is pretty much exclusively college students.

The service was quick and the waitress was friendly and attentive (even though the place was packed). A few beers on the menu were unavailable. Prices were good, 4.50 for a pint of Aprihop. The beers tasted fine but the bar didnt look that clean (e.g. dusty old tap heads, dirty surfaces).

Still it was a good place, if you can handle the freshmen and loud annoyingly across the map and music (Iron Maiden, then Carpenters, then MC Hammer).

Apr 05, 2006
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Hibernator from Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

I decided to check out Big City this weekend. Things have changed a little bit with the downstairs area now part of Sunset Grill. As you head up the stairs you’ll find a large area engulfed with pool and foosball tables, a dining area with tables and a good sized bar in center. The atmosphere is modern and a tad industrial feeling.

They have 80 taps available, but as the menu states, the actual amount of beer on tap will vary. You can expect some really good beers from all over. Some tap highlights included Brooklyn Lager & Brown Ale, Dogfish Head Shelter Pale Ale, 60 & 90 IPA and Berkshire Brewing Company Raspberry Strong Ale. You will also have the opportunity to order a nice bottle of Duvel or Tripel Karmeliet.

The selection here is definitely good. There is also a board above the bar that lets you know what is "freshly tapped". This could be helpful. In the past I've had some shady issues with the quality of their beers.

Big City is probably one of the best places to go in Boston if you’re looking to play a few games of pool and want a good beer selection. It’s just difficult to rationalize going here when the incredible Sunset Grill & Tap is right below.

Feb 26, 2006
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bjohnson from Massachusetts

3.34/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

Great place if you want to shoot some pool or play Golden Tee. They have a ton of beers on tap, but almost as many as Sunset. Service at the bar is pretty good, but have never had food there. I have gotten a couple of brews that tasted off or bad. These were quickly exchnaged for a replacement but it seems to happen often. Go on a week night during the school year because it gets packed with college kids on weekends. I have never tried the food, but I'm sure the appetizers are the same as those from the Sunset downstairs. They share the same owners.

Sep 28, 2005
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Sycodrummer from Massachusetts

2.73/5  rDev -22%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4

Went on a Tuesday night at about 11:30pm. Pretty empty as you might expect. The place has many of the same beers as Sunset but a smaller selection. When I was there many of their beers were not pouring because according to the bartender, they just had their lines cleaned and the pressure was way off. Pretty typical pool hall type atmosphere with plenty of open space on a Tuesday. Our waitress was horrbile. It took almost fifteen minutes to get our beers and she was much more content with flirting with the next pool table over than actually doing any waitressing. Overall an okay place to go for pool and their pool and beer deals are not too bad. About average in pricing, but the quality and selection can sometimes be decieving.

Aug 25, 2005
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LPorter33 from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

Big City is linked to the Sunset Bar/Grill. I imagine they share a common owner. This place is more of a pool hall/bar than a restaurant. The food isn't nearly as diverse or good as Sunset and I was not impressed with the bar appetizers we ordered. Beer selection is way above average for a typical Boston bar. They have some great brews on draft. Service is totally average. Atmosphere is very casual, chill and inviting. Great place to go with some buddies to play pool and drink great beer or even just to sit at the bar and listen to music in silent contemplation. They have a nice juke box so you can pump out music that suits your ears.

Jul 23, 2005
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rousee from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

It might be right next door to the Sunset and it may be owned by the same people, but what a difference in both selection and quality. Way way inferior to Sunset in both categories.

The atmosphere is good with the pool tables and plenty of room to move around. The staff is friendly and very attentive. While they have lots of beers, there are not a lot that are real unusual. Pricing is pretty reasonable and I did have this cheesburger pizza there once that was certainly good and an interesting novelty. This place is good if the Sunset is too crowded and thats about it.

Jul 14, 2005
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Truh from New Hampshire

3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4

“Fuck that, you’re spinning again, that goal doesn’t count!”

Jim was holding both hands in the air with fists clenched, humming the “we are the champions” lines from the Queen song. I was supposed to play the winner, but I wasn’t about to try and take on Jim’s total football spinning onslaught. We had gotten off the 57 bus and gone to the Sunset initially. Before we had even ordered our first pints, a group of close to forty elderly people dressed in leis, floral print shirts, and sunglasses blobbed in and we knew it was going to be painful. Without a word, we got up and went upstairs to Big City.

“I’m getting another beer,” Kumar said and skulked off to the bar behind us. I joined him while Jim went off to the bathrooms. After we had fled the Sunset and made it past the faux gas lamps and iron grille work of Big City’s entrance, I had noticed a restaurant area on the first floor, but the place was deserted and we wanted to play some foosball, so the second floor was where we headed. At the top of the stairway, my eyes were melted by kitsch of every imaginable persuasion: neon beer signs in the windows that fronted Brighton Ave. and Harvard St., clocks with times from all over the world (the Allston clock was off by an hour), televisions including two flat screens above the bar with CNN and a BC game on, signs and mirrors, an internet jukebox, and even some old parking meters. “Like I need a fucking reminder about my parking tickets,” Jim thundered as he made himself at home at the half occupied bar.

The jagged bar top was made of some kind of industrial plate mail steel, very cold, and the printed draught list boasted 80 draught lines, although I counted about 61 total with a smattering of bottled offerings as well. I plunked myself down on one of the 20 or so stools at the bar and noted immediately that the rather comely bartender was otherwise preoccupied with a game of pool with an off-the-clock employee in the “East Side” pool room (the “West Side” was behind us with the bar separating the denizens of the two areas from engaging in any potential urban warfare). Not good. Jim had emptied his pockets of change, loose bills, mostly ones, gum wrappers, and lint on the bar top while Kumar was careening over the bar top and had grabbed a towel that seemed clean enough, wringing his hands with it. The taps were located a safe distance away from our groping hands in a veritable draught island that included Avery’s The Reverend, Allagash Grand Cru, N’Ice Chouffe, Tripel Karmeliet, Val Dieu Triple, and many more. My gaze was drawn to the amphorae of Corsendonk, Duvel, and Arrogant Bastard 5th above the taps, and I hoped beyond reason that Jim didn’t insist that we pop one of those open. There were also yards and beer towers or, as Big City bequeathed them, “table taps,” available. The bartender finally noticed us, never mind the rest of her customers, and sauntered over. We ordered our pints and Kumar took up Jim’s challenge to a game of foos, a fool’s errand.

As the two engaged in their delicate ballet of the grass, I walked around the joint and counted 21 pool tables, one of which was in its own private room with surrounding leather couches, as well as 3 foosball tables, a Golden Tee that Jim had yet to discover, and a Buckhunter II game that was broken. I grabbed a menu off of a vacant table and saw that the food was largely pizza-based with some sandwiches and other standards tossed in the mix. Sunday through Wednesday were the three Ps – one topping pizza, one pitcher of regular priced beer, and one hour of pool for a special price, while Tuesday was ladies’ night with free pool and nachos for the women. With the fairly good beers they had on tap, pretty much every night could be a night for me, no need for a promotional. I made my way over to the foos game and knew that things were devolving with Jim pumping his arm back and forth to the side of the table and Kumar scowling and slamming his pint up to his mouth, counting out dollars on the table. All too quickly he was yelling about Jim’s spinning and Kumar and I were back at the bar.

“You know, Jim told me something interesting while we were playing,” Kumar said, having slipped in to a more congenial and contemplative mood. “His sister is coming to town next weekend,” he said and turned to me. “Have you ever met her?” I didn’t even know he had a sister. “He wants us all to go out, and, man, I don’t know,” Kumar said, his glass frozen mid-swing. “I may need to be extra fortified for something like that.” Just then I could see in a mirror on one of the bar’s columns that Jim had exited the restrooms and was reading a notice on the proper use of public pools near the jukebox, yet another piece of inanity. Jim turned and strode over to us, grabbed his jacket, and said, “Holy hell, it was like a damned sauna in there! Time to go to the White Horse and tee some up!” Jim was right, it was time to go, but I could think of a million better places than the White Horse.

Feb 23, 2005
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francisweizen from Alaska

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Big City was the establishment where the "hair of the dog brunch" after the BBF was held. The atmosphere was similar to that of the sunset grille, except for the fact that this place had a few nice nooks and crannies, and pool tables as well. The quality of the brews was pretty good, but the selection was just a dwarfed version of what the Sunset (next door) carries, with some macros tossed in the mix as well. The service was not the best as the bartenders were slow with refills. The food was good as it was a self-serve buffet set up. Some good cheeses, pizzas, and other morsels were on offer. Overall: It was a nice day out with some BA buddies, but I doubt i'd ever go there by myself (unless I wanted to play pool with a few good pints)

Nov 15, 2004
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +14.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

On a random night out in Allston, a couple of friends and I were looking for a place to grab a few beers without having to pay a cover charge. So we stumbled upon Big City to grab a few pitchers and play a couple rounds of pool. Upon passing the bouncer and heading up the flight of stairs, i was delighted to see so many beers on tap! A terrific selection of craft beers. I didn't stop to count, but I would approximate about 30-40 different beers. We quickly purchased a pitcher of Paulaner Oktoberfest and headed over to the tables. The quality of the beer was great, and the service was great as well. Waitresses came over several times to ask if we needed a refill. A great place to grab some of those hard-to-find brews, and a great selection of them without sacrificing qualitty which I feel the nearby Sunset Grill does. Cheers!

Nov 10, 2004
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The nearly 50 beers on tap runs the gamut from macro to import to craft. A good selection but it pales in comparison to Sunset Grill, seems they have to cater to the billiards crowd with the macros on tap. Regardless they always seem to have the new seasonals and some oddites to keep things interesting. This particular visit they had several Oktoberfest beers and a few pumpkin ales ... all were very fresh. A noticeable up grade in glassware not much in variety but more in just cleanliness. Decent pub grub to give you a good enough reason to order an other beer to wash it down. Easily the best selection for a pool hall in the area.

Sep 03, 2004
Big City in Allston, MA
Place rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 31 ratings