Beer + moderately priced grub next to the redline T?
I'm a visitor in Cambridge for the summer and might be going into town tonight with a couple of friends. We're looking for a place that has craft beer on tap and good square meals, or pub grub beyond sandwiches and pizza for less than $20/plate. We're priced out of the ABF so it doesn't really matter where we go as long as its convenient to the red line T. Silvertone and Goodlife look OK, Kingston Station a little spendy - any other suggestions?
Priced out or just different priority? $40 is just a little higher than other fests that put more focus on flagship microbrews/imports/macrobrews that can just be found on any good store shelf. I can understand if you would rather spend your $40 on food, beer, tax, and tip at local bar/restaurant because you feel there is more value in that, but I don't understand how you are being "priced out" of this one.
I quit going when the entrance fee kept going up but they were still charging for extra beer tickets and then just assumed that when the door fees *really* went up that it was still the same situation, recently learned that I was incorrect on that. Plus, I forget which Alstrom it was, but he was always super snotty when I'd ask on a different message board how many tickets your door fee came with and what the cost was for extras (this was in the first few BA festivals), kinda annoyed me.
The one that I've still always wanted to go to though, despite my pseudo-boycott, was the Extreme Beer as that was always my favorite in the first few years, but it keeps just not managing to happen due to schedule.
Their selections are top notch compared to other things in the area although I don't always like some of the snobbery that comes along with BA.
A couple more suggestions I haven't seen yet:
Christopher's in Porter Square -- good beers, typical pub grub food
Cambridge Common on Mass Ave between Harvard and Porter -- similar to Christopher's, but a bit more of a focus on beer. Beers are surprisingly cheap, too (about $4 for a craft pint)
I would agree that Cambridge common has stepped up their beer program lately and are now offerring just as interesting and many times, more interesting selections than Redbones (who seemed to have stepped down their beer program lately), but they serve cheater pints that hold not much more than 12 ozs. of beer with a little head, so that $4 "pint" (not all selections there are priced that low ) would actually cost closer to $5 for 16 oz. pint glass. Still a little better than what Redbones is charging these days though.
Surprisingly, The Publick House is probably the best place for deals on real pints of top quality US craft beer (non-belgian styles) at Boston beer bars lately.
Shay's in Harvard Square had good food, I like John Harvard's in HS less but they make their own beers.
Charlies Kitchen in HS has good beers and you could get the Twin Lobster rolls w/fries for $10.
Miracles of Science is a few blocks down Mass Ave from Central Square, has vgood burgers and satays, and a "science" atmosphere that I like.
Jacob Wirth's by Chinatown is over 100 years old and has great German beers, the food gets mixed reviews.
The Burren in Davis Square has good Irish beers and good food.
Further from the Red line I'd also recommend the Publick House in Brookline, Bukowski's (either at Inman Square or in Back Bay), and the Other Side in Back Bay. Sunset Grill in Alston has a great beer selection but I'm less fond of the food there.
Don't know why you would limit yourself to the red line but most beer bars including The Publik House will be less than $20 a plate. If your including beer that would be tough as it seem the typical craft brew is in the $5+ range now.
Redbones in Davis Sq,Somerville for BBQ
The Kinsales in downtown boston
Cambridge Brewing Company
As I said Red Line is quite limited, a change at Park to the green line would open a good deal more of possibilities
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Google Beer Map of Boston
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Silvertone's is great, but often mobbed on a Friday night. You might enjoy CF Donovans in Savin Hill. It's on the redline and literally across the street, when you leave the station. Large menu ranging from burgers to seafood, steaks and pizza. They have a website although not a very good one cfdonovansrestaurant.com The bar is generally lively and it's a good place to hang out and have a few. Kingston Station is very popular with the young after work crowd. The food is good and if you don't mind it noisy, you may have fun.