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Redbones Barbeque

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Type: Bar, Eatery

55 Chester St
Somerville, Massachusetts, 02144-3001
United States

(617) 628-2200 | map
redbones.com

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154
pDev:
9.83%
 
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Photo of mschofield
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Nothing self-assuming about this place, it looks just like a BBQ place should. Bonus points - these guys banned AB products during the 04 World Series.
Wide variety of BBQ and all of it good, Texas, South Carolina, St. Louis etc... and some of the worlds most tender brisket.
Quick, friendly and knowledable service, and the food comes out within minutes. As for the other patrons - everyone at the bar was drinking Smutty IPA.
24 local, national and international drafts, and if you can't decide they'll dial-a-draft for you. The kind of beer menu where you could be happy drinking one beer all night, trying different beers all night, or just randomly picking them.

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Photo of msolar
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Ahh, Red Bones.

I love Red Bones; Lots of beers, lots of good food, and an unorganized mess of people. Perfect.

Anyone should try Red Bones at least once, it’s certainly an experience. The “waiting area” (aka bar) is usually packed with good natured folks all waiting in anticipation for eating way too much meat than the Surgeon General would probably find suitable. The wait can be long, but usually worth it. Thirty to 45 minutes is far from uncommon. However, I usually go with a larger group (8-10 people) so we obviously take more time to sit than just a couple.

The food is great. My recent staple has been the “Pulled Pork Plate” with hot sauce (is there any other?), lemonade, and a miscellaneous beer that one of my friends usually selects.

My only complaint (I can deal with the wait – just more time to drink and socialize) is that the prices in the last year or two have increased a lot. Maybe I’m just getting old, but I remember when the BBQ belt was $7.95… (Kidding). PS – My friend, “Bookie”, once finished the BBQ Belt… so he got a 2nd one on the house. There’s nothing wrong with that.

Pros: Awesome food, good for a small group, parking is OK (excluding prime time)
Cons: Price is increasing, Cash only

Oh yeah, any rookie MUST order the “Barbeque Belt”. No questions asked.

I love Red Bones. I might just have to go there this evening.

Enjoy.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.13/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Red Bones is conveniently located in Davis Square, Somerville MA.
Just a few blocks from the Davis Red Line T Station.
If you are looking for a cool place to take the family for a meal, or just want a great selection of fresh beers on tap, look no further.
The staff are friendly, but this place gets hopping so don't expect a lot of chit-chat.
They always have a current list of beers at the bar and in the restaurant area...along w/ it's ABV %. They aren't afraid to serve up a nice selection of double ales, like Victory's Hop Wallup or Rogue I2PA....you can even have the bartender spin the wheel to determine your brew. Legend has it this option was lighter on the wallet, but this was not the case.
If you do not like the different foods touching each other, you may want to stick to just one item....they serve it up messy, but it is damn tasty. One of my favorites is the pulled pork and if you REALLY WANT TO KICK IT UP A NOTCH, go for the Jamaican Jerk sandwich...it is oh so tasty.
My least favorite is their sides of pickles and I find their slaw to be downright bad.
If you like BBQ and great brew, head on over to RedBones....you'll be back again and again.

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Photo of edchicma
4.13/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

My first visit to Redbones...stumbled upon it by accident, an dglad I did. Atmosphere is nice for a beer bar...it is old and a tad rustic...but well suited to liquid libation accompanied by good "comfort" food. Quality of fare and staff attention was very good....only problem was that we ate at the bar and there was only one bartende/waitress and the place was packed at luch tunch time. She apologized for making us wait a bit...but she was zipping along pretty well, so it certainly wasn't her fault....actually we got to eat and quaff a few in about an hour...not overly ridiculous. Prices were extremely good. Three of us each had a brew and one of their famous sandwiches and teh bill was still around $30 with tip...a bargain in the city. Selection of brews was excellent with over 20 offerings on tap including brews from Bear Republic and Avery...nice touch. Very good bottle selction too. I had a Casco Bay Winter Ale that complemented my pulled pork sandwich very nicely. Food was tasting and sandwich could be considered a meal for the amount of pulled pork on a fresh roll. A definite stop for any BA whop likes the combination of good beer and good food.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I visited RedBones on a Saturday afternoon. This was my second visit here, but my first time being upstairs.

A very unpretentious, laid back atmosphere provides a comfortable vibe at this place. There is a beer listing board in clear view that shows 24 or so different draft beers. Next to the beer board is a gameshow esqe "Dial A Pint" that will help you decide what beer to pick. Beer menus are also offered at different seats throughout the bar.

Great draft selection that highlighted some interesting Northwest breweries. Dogfish Head Punkin Ale and Sierra Nevada Pale were on tap as well . Also included in the draft selection were local favorites such at Berkshire Brewing Company Coffeehouse Porter, Harpoon IPA, and Sam Adams Chocolate Bock.

All prices are reasonable ranging from $4.25/$4.50 or so and up. Most pints are served in regular, tumbler bar pint glasses. Some beers are served in 10.5 oz tulips. Solid bottle selection as well.

While there I had a Rogue Shakespeare Stout, Rogue Santa's Private Reserve and Weihenstephaner Korbinian. All beers tasted fresh. It's evident that Redbones is good about rotating their draft selections consistently.

Food was really good. Down home style BBQ. "comfort food". Authentic home-style southern cooking. Service was responsive and attentive. Music selection is usually very good too.

Overall, a great BBQ restaurant that serves an excellent range of beers. Check this place out if you are in the area.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Redbones is quite an awesome little restaurant and beer bar near Davis Square in Somerville (Boston). The atmosphere is quite cool with a nice big bar upstairs and a nice seated area as well. However after this years BBF Darren, Erica, and I made our way downstairs to "Underbones" the downstairs part of Redbones (to meet up with rokotgirl, djgonzalez, and royal t). The service down there was excellent. Our party was served quickly and everyone seemed to enjoy their BBQ very much. I, myself, got a very good veggie burger that was big and nicely priced. The draught selection here is good, and focuses on local favorites. I had a Berkshire coffee porter with my meal. A great combo, if you ask me. A great place that I will be sure to get to again the next time I am in Boston

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Photo of carln26
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

This has become my Sunday lunch spot, so I need to give them props. Red Bones is the bomb. I love the atmosphere, Somerville is a great place, and this only adds to it. It’s a relaxed environment with good BBQ, fantastic beer, and a knowledgeable staff. I love going in, because I never know what to expect in the way of beer. Since I ride my bike, I appreciate the ability to bring the bike in, or have it valet parked.The beer selection while limitedto 20 beers on tap, is the highest qaulity, and is always fresh. There is something new and different every week I go in. What more can you ask of a beer bar?

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Photo of Truh
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Spent many a long evening drinking at Underbones with Quanya's crazy art splicing my eyeballs, and watching idiots ask for the dial-a-draft at the upstairs bar. Time was, Redbones had one of the most kick-ass tap lists in the greater Boston area. That's changed over the past few months to the point where I am much more inclined to stop in at either Christopher's or the Cambridge Common if I find myself in the area. Nevertheless, the barbecued hash and mac and cheese are a heart attack on a plate, and the chili is most excellent. Plus, they put on some of the best beer dinners in the area, particularly the "Stouts and Porters" one.

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Photo of ADR
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

An unassuming place for a big time beer joint. Food up top, food and great beers below in the legendary "Underbones". Location of the 2004 AOBF "Hair of the Dog" party. Low ceilings, lots of tables, a bar with character, and of course good barbeque selection. I like steps IN the Men's Room. One quibble, probably just for this single visit, but the impressive tap selection didn't have a single Stout or Porter except Guinness, but that's just me. On the other hand, the bartender has no problem giving a beer nut a full pint of a Belgian Tripel! Atmosphere just leaks out of this place, like a basement full of your best buds. Haven't been to Somerville since the late 1970s, forgot how I liked it.

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Photo of yankeeheel
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Redbones. A pretty darn good BBQ/beer place for a yuppie/student hangout in the shadow of Boston.

The atmosphere is quite eclectic, with lots of post-modern, colorful, oversized paintings and murals. Quite artsy. The quality and selection of the beer is just outstanding. 24 lines with a cask offering. Very fresh with generous pours. They are on their game. Service again, was quite good. Attentive wait staff, willing to accomadate. Food wise it's good for pseudo-southern BBQ. It's kind of a cross between western NC and Memphis style. I'm an eastern NC kind of BBQ guy, so it just isn't quite my thing. It's not bad, but it's not Allen and Sons. The place was packed on a thursday night. More bar time!!!!

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I've been to Redbones several times over the past few years and never had a bad meal or service. The food selection and quality is great and prices are quite reasonable. I paid about $6 for a pulled pork sandwich, which has to be my favorite item on the menu. Other items they offer include ribs, brisket, chicken and just about anything else you can throw on a grill and then cook to perfection.

Their beer selection is legendary. There are usually about 20 beers on tap and an equal number or more in bottles. They typically carry everything from Bud to Belgians and pale ales to stouts. Prices are about average as compared to other bars around Boston.

The service is good and all the servers have a friendly laid back attitude. Of the times I've been there the servers are usually dressed in t-shirts and shorts, so it's sometimes hard to tell who works there and who is a customers.

Redbones is a big supporter of quality beers in the Boston area. They can be found serving their sandwiches at many of the area beer fests with the same quality that you will find in the restaurant.

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Photo of joshlara
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This was the first must stop for good beer and food on the three day excursion into Boston. We got there around nine on a Friday night. There was a half hour wait for a table but that was okay, I like to get a chance to have a beer or two before eating. RedBones has an upper level and a lower level. The upper level consists of a smaller room where the bar is located and another room set up for dining. There isn't much room to stand and hang out at the bar. The other room is much larger and extremely bright. There are booths on the right and left walls with the kitchen in full view in the back. The middle is set up with tables adjoining each other. Seating is rather compact so if you like more privacy while eating this might not be the place for you. The downstairs is set up more for the college students. It is low key and much more relaxing than upstairs. It is dark with crazy fluorescent paintings on the wall. There are tables to eat and hang out at. There is another smallish bar with room for about eight. I must say if you are claustrophobic you might want to stay upstairs as the ceiling is low. There are full length CD's played continuously creating a friendly atmosphere.

The service was mixed. It was good when we were at the bar downstairs. We didn't have to wait for our drinks. When we sat down to eat upstairs it was quick and when we needed something it was brought out immdiately. The only problem I had was the server was not personable, he was almost cold. It felt like he did not want to be there and it was a burden to help us.

The selection of beers was, for me, the best part of the bar. There are about twenty beers on tap with a bunch of bottles offered as well. Both micro and domestic beers were available. I was able to try Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic for the first time and I must say it may be the best beer I have ever had on draft. This alone garners huge praise. I won't mention that I also had Victory Storm King Stout and Stone IPA on draft as well. You can't get much better than that. If it was located in my hometown I would be a regular for sure.

Not all people come here for their huge beer selection. I saw a couple of people drinking Corona and Bud Light. So what brings them here? They come for the great food. I am not into food as much as most people, I'm happy with my favorite beverage, but I must say their food is great. Southern barbeque at its finest. Their ribs are huge and outstanding. Their pulled pork sandwich can't be beat. The pricing is relatively cheap for the quality they offer.

This is a somewhat different place than you might expect. It almost has some local dive bar qualities to it and the dining arrangements aren't the best, but if you are looking for great beer and food, this is the place. Very accessible from downtown Boston as the T will bring you two minutes from their doors.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I've spent a good deal of time working and traveling throughout the south, and the one constant positive aspect of working there is the food. Slow-smoked baby back ribs, Texas ribs, dirty rice, BBQ, fried okra, pulled pork, home-made baked beans, collard greens, coleslaw and catfish are all wonderful comfort foods. The one short coming of good southern cooking down south, is the difficulty in finding quality beer to match the food.
Redbones, on the other hand, has both authentic-style southern cuisine, plus world-class beer. Redbones has a great variety of slow-cooked, smoked, grilled and BBQ meats. Their side orders are a meal in themselves.
The big problem with Redbones is that their food and beer selections are too varied. There's no possible way I can eat and drink my fill without looking at the order being delivered to the customers at the next table and thinking to myself; Oh, I should have ordered that! Oh, well...next time!

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.38/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Alright, no joke but I used to live about 100 yards from this place. Best apartment ever.

There is an upstairs and a downstairs with a bar on both levels.

Upstairs is almost communal style sitting with a separate bar. The service in the restuarant is great. In the bar they usually have over 30 (give or take) various brews from all over on tap. Sometimes service was easier if you were a female so we would send my roomates girlfriend to the bar for us. After the bartender's started to recognize us life became much easier.

Downstairs is UnderBones. Very eclectic decorations with cool paintings done on the walls. You can spend hours just looking at the walls. There is another bar down here with full menu service. All the beer tasting and beer events are held down there. This is usually where I would try to sit.

Warning: During meal hours it may be quite a wait for a table, so be patient, because the food is worth it.

Oh yeah, the FOOD!!! I won't torture you by waxing poetic but it is the best BBQ I've ever had. All styles of ribs, sauces, chicken, sausages. It is damn near impossible not to gorge yourself. Also, unlike other BBQ joints, they respect vegetarians and they have a veggie option or two on the menu which they cook on separate grills/stoves away from the meat.

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Photo of fdrich29
4.38/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Taking the turn down Chester Street and walking into Redbones hits you in with feeling that you've somehow left Davis Square, that you've left Massachusetts completely.

The smell of roasted flesh and BBQ sauce grabs you once you've passed through the doors and are waiting in the line to get in (if you're there on Friday or Saturday nights expect there to be one, sometimes in excess of an hour). The tables are really packed into the floorspace, like you'd expect to see "down south" although the vibe of Davis is still prevelant. Great selection of beer, no worries there, I usually go with a Harpoon IPA, you're gonna want something light because the food is going to fill you up nicely. They serve Guinness last I was there but even the most die hard fan of the stout is going to want to pass on it here.

When I do treat myself to Redbones I go all out and get the sampler plate with a selection of ribs, chicken and brisket. There is no shortage of selection at Redbones for meals or side orders, which include sweet potato fries and collared greens, and many others you typically don't find this far north of Mason/Dixon.

As you look around you'll see the waitstaff busy attending to everyone as the place is always packed. Don't expect 1:1 attention from your server here. On occasion I've ordered two beers at once, knowing I might not see my server again for some time.

As far as New England goes there are only two places I think of for really good BBQ. The Yankee Smokehouse near Ossippee and Redbones in Somervile. If you're a fan of BBQ and beer Redbones will not disappoint.

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Photo of pmowen
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

My first trip to Redbones. Went to Underbones while waiting for a table upstairs and ended up taking our meal there cause the wait for a table was so long. Beer selection was quite good I thought. I had a couple Hop Rod Rye, an Arrogant Bastard and a McNeill's bucksnort all on tap and fresh. The food is intense. Best barbeque I've had in Boston along with Blue Ribbon Barbeque on Mass Ave. Service was bad. They were quite busy while we were there and as a result the service was bad. Waitress and bartender were both nice but slow and not attentive at all. I'll definately be back, but during the week when it's slower.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I've been coming here for years. If you want good beer and good BBQ together, this is the place to go.

Perhaps familiarity has bred contempt, for I now regard it as good but not great. While it's still a congenial gathering place, I'm afraid the bloom is off the rose for me. It's no longer the best place for BBQ in Boston (that would be Blue Ribbon, but they don't serve beer so they don't count.) I'm starting to find the non-Q dishes more interesting, like the grilled chicken salad, or the beef skewers.

Too often the cask is either off, or seems to be on its last legs. But it still has a great selection on the taps. I've have some interesting beers here. My one beef is they are so devoted to the full pour, there's never a head on the beer.

Stil it retains a fond place in my heart. This is my local where I come with my friends every week to have a great time together.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Redbones..Aaaaahh Redbones..What can be said?
So many great memories there,and some I don't remember-I'm sure.
The people are great,the food is great, and the beers are awesome.
Not the biggest beer selection,but always choice.
They keep a good mix of regionals,imports and beers from away.
If theres a great new beer available in Mass,they will have it on tap.
You can check the website which stays somewhat current for the draft selection,but, word for the wise,many have been burned by checking the site for that one beer the've waiting for and driven for hours,and bammo,big dissapointment when you get there.
Call first!
Redbones is usually quite busy and very popular.
Be prepared to wait on the weekend for a table,sometimes for quite a while,and don't be standing too close to the large hostess when she lets loose calling out the next partys name!Your ears will bleed.
Spin the dial on the wheel of beer,don't be afraid,if you don't like the taste,they won't make you order a full one.
They keep a couple of dozen on tap and usually a cask as well.
Beer is always served in very good condition in various glass ware and offer samplers and 10oz servings as well.
As for the BBQ,it's a meat eaters dream come true.
For the true carnivore,order the "around the belt"3 different types of ribs and topped off with the best brisket anywhere.
There's enough there for almost 3 meals.
The side are great too-dirty rice,potato salad,hush puppies,cole slaw.The buffalo shrimp and catfish fingers are worth the trip alone.Yum.
They have expanded thier menu in recent years and there are daily specials which are always good.
All this and now they are smoke free!
I was pleasantly surprised on my last trip down,when I braced myself,opened the door to the bar area,waiting for that familiar sting in the eyes, and found no smoke!Yea baby,yea!
Redbones does a lot in the name of good beer,several beer dinners throughout the year,with different themes and featured speakers.Prizes also,and unlimited beer and BBQ.Thats what I'm talkin' about!

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Photo of bewley
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Went there once on a Sunday evening and ate upstairs. The service was great, if hectic. The food was quite good. They make their own homemade sausage and change the flavor daily. I was lucky enough (according to my waitress) to have the Hot Italian sausage as it is not served often. It was good and served with a very nice dirty rice and beans, lots of garlic and flavor.

I had a Magic Hat Heart of Darkness stout on tap which was pleasant and braced me for being surrounded by a multitude of happy kids who ranged in age to six months to 8 years old. Toddlers appear to love the place and so do their parents who can drink beer and eat ribs whilst their offspring drink lemonade out of pickling jars. The gist of all this is that if you happen to be there on the weekend, (especially on a Sunday) you may want to consider partaking downstairs, called "Underbones," which has a very interesting atmosphere--a sort of Mexican, fluorescent Day of the Dead feel about it.

Redbones is a great place.

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Photo of goz
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Been here a bunch of times, both upstairs and down. The atmosphere is definately unique, but extremely fun and comfortable for me. The beer selection is always outstanding - I usually try to get whatever McNeil's they have on tap, and then try whatever else piques my interest after that. Service is always quick and helpful, and the bartenders offer tastes w/o a problem. Food is also outstanding. I've never had a bad experience in this place.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I like the downstairs area a lot more than the upstairs, but both are pretty good. Service is usually very friendly and low-key, ordering mistakes always end up in your favor. Selection is a great variety, always changing. A good focus on beers from around the U.S. especially the West Coast. The beer quality is inconsistent. Sometimes the beers don't taste as fresh as expected, and sometimes you can taste the beer that was previously poured from that line. The food is very good and very messy, but what do you expect with BBQ? Not many vegetarian options, but you might be able to guess that from the name of the place. Overall one of the best beer places to go to around Boston to have a good time.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Not was I lucky enough to get here once during my recent trip to the AoBF2 Stammtisch Festival, but I got here twice.

The first visit was an impromptu break from the all-day Stammtisch. BeerFinancier, BierMansGirl and a few other BA’s fancied something more than Pretzels and Wurst, to soak up the excellent flowing alcohol, as well as getting some fresh air. So we left the Stammtisch with a mission for some wholesome food, & after flagging down a Taxi-Cab - ended up at the infamous RedBones.

The traditional looking wooden bar runs down the left-hand side, as you enter. A full wall runs parallel to, and about 6 feet in front of, the bars counter. To your right immediately as you enter is the entrance to the upstairs dining are that lies behind the wall in front of the bar. We were here for the food and after collecting a drink at the bar we took our seats in the dining area and enjoyed a hearty, well-priced meal. The Jerk Beef Sandwich I had was excellent and spicy as I had hoped. But better than that, I had the chance to drink a Cantillon Kriek served on tap, which was stupendously marvelous. The McNeill’s ESB was also very good. In addition to about the 20-25 beers on draft, it also sells a Cask beer via Beer Engine, although the one I had was flat, lacked vitality & carbonation – this is so often a case of using hard & soft spiles incorrectly, or not using hard spiles at all to control the release of dissolved carbon dioxide in the cask. Still, it is true to say that this is a widespread problem I find in the US as a whole when I come across cask beer, so it’s not just peculiar to just Redbones, a minor ‘beef’ really.

There is also a bar downstairs but we only visited this for a brief look when I attended Redbones the second time on the Sunday after the Post-Stammtisch Party at the Boston Beer Works – North Station when PatandDavid showed myself, xlperro & BochTech the brightly decorated underground bar – recognizable from so many of bennybrew’s photo’s from a previous BA Social.

After having heard so much about this place, I can honestly say that I was not disappointed. Drawbacks are its popularity, which can make it busy at times, and I could not get used to going behind the end of bar to get to the Gents upstairs Toilet – weird.

Overall, a great selection of Beer in a ‘down to earth’ environment, that has the added bonus of selling some wholesome Barbeque food, which all makes for a superb establishment.

Last Visit: 9/13 & 9/14

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Photo of PZuke
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Had to check this place out after reading about it on BA. It is a small place with seating on the first floor and the basement. When I went during the weeknight the first floor was very family orientated. The basement was were the bar was and they had a few tables about in a very dark room. Have read and heard about the beer and I was not disappointed at the selection. Ever changing taps of hard to find imports and exports beers. The bartender will be happy to give you a sample if you ask. The beer was fresh and of high quality. The only downfall of the beer is the fact that you get all your beers in the same types of glasses. The beer selection is good but I felt the best thing about Red Bones was the food. They have an excellent southern menu with all the tradition foods that you will not find around Boston. Was very excited to see Corn Fritter and Hush Puppies on the menu. Reminded me of trips to Florida as a kid. I had the ribs that were very good with a couple of nice helpings of sides. This place is cash only and while I would go here to eat any time it would not be my first choice for beer.

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Photo of John
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Redbones is very similar to a place called Dinosaur BBQ that Rochester and Syracuse BAs know well. In terms of beer section, the edge goes to Redbones. An interesting and rotating selection of 24 draughts keeps the BA’s interest peaked. Very good selection of bottled micros and Belgians as well as cans of some "classics" like Schlitz and Genesee. Last visit I especially enjoyed the Concord IPA, Rapscallion Blessing and the Stoudt’s Abbey Triple. The food is outstanding. The bar staff is very friendly and accommodating providing samples of beers and food! I was curious about how the jerk pork tenderloin was last Thursday and the reply was: “want to try it”. Very cool. One of my favorite places in the Boston area. I’ll be back here again and again. Highly recommended. Cash and personal checks only. No credit cards!

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Photo of taez555
4/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

True southern BBQ and great beer, what more could you want.

The atmosphere, on the lower level, is dark and almost a little spooky. Dark walls painted in white and florecents are complimented by the low lighting. A very small L shaped bar on one side of the room, with a few spots to stand along the walls and a few higher tables around the bar. The rest of the small room is your standard seating area 4 person tables. Very laid back and simple. Nothing fancy.

The food here is probably some of the best, true to style, BBQ you're going to find in the Boston Area. Hush Puppies, Corn Fritters, Fried Catfish (fried with a true cornmeal batter), pulled pork, ribs, chicken and more.

The 2 dozen or so tap beers and equal numbered bottles are pretty evenly split between your good ol' micro/macro standards and much more obscure belgians, germans and craft brews. What really makes redbones stand out though is that they have a constantly revolving selection of beers you're simply not going to find at any other bar. The newest Dogfish Head you havn't heard of yet on tap, or that bottle of Westvletern abt 12 you've been looking for. Basically you're almost always guaranteed to find a beer you've never had before here.

Really the only issues with Redbones are that they serve all their beers in the same small assortment of glasses, they are cash only and the seating is very limited at the bar.
But beyond that, If you're in or around Davis Square and are looking for some good food and good beer, Redbones can't be missed.

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Redbones Barbeque in Somerville, MA
Place rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 154 ratings
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