Party Earth Review A wayward bro walking the streets in hipster-heavy Allston can rejoice thanks to the sports and pitcher-pounding paradise that is Joshua Tree. When the game’s on, college kids covered in athletic gear down pints and keep... ... read full review
1316 Commonwealth Avenue
Allston, MA 02134
Green Line: Griggs Street/Long Avenue
M–W 4pm–1am, Th–F 4pm–2am, Sa 10:30am–2am, Su 10:30am–1am
Allston / Brighton, Boston –
A wayward bro walking the streets in hipster-heavy Allston can rejoice thanks to the sports and pitcher-pounding paradise that is Joshua Tree.
When the game’s on, college kids covered in athletic gear down pints and keep their eyes fixed on the flat-screens running above the island bar, while larger groups venture over to long leather banquettes or into the dining area, where additional TVs and projector screens dot the white tiled walls.
The Southwestern-inspired menu keeps the armchair quarterbacks satisfied when the nearly two dozen taps can’t, though anyone not in the mood for Grande Burritos or half-pound classic burgers will also find less gut-busting fare like goat cheese salads and veggie wraps.
The pair of pop-a-shot games down past the fireplace get solid use during the week, while chill groups of friends drop in for regular quiz nights on Wednesdays. Things heat up Thursdays through Saturdays, however, when heavily gelled frat boys and sorority sisters in glittery dresses crash the downstairs dance floor and DJs spin Top 40 hits till closing.
The same crowd shuffles in Sunday mornings to assuage aching heads with an all-you-can-eat buffet brunch, and stays until the afternoon’s televised game starts the cycle all over again.
Appealing to all the different moods of a sports fanatic, Joshua Tree is a fun, habit-forming hangout.
Sports fans, college kids looking to let loose, fraternity posses, and flirty sorority girls, early 20s to early 30s.
Several TVs and projection screens show all major sports. Soundtrack of rock classics on weeknights upstairs. Trivia on Wednesdays. DJ spins Top 40 downstairs Thursday through Saturday nights from around 10pm. Pair of Hoop Fever pop-a-shot basketball games. Free Wi-Fi.
Southwestern fare including quesadillas and burritos in super-sized portions, as well as large burgers, nachos, ahi tuna tostadas, and chili-rubbed tuna. À la carte breakfast on Saturdays. All-you-can-eat brunch on Sundays.
All-you-can-eat-brunch buffet $14, breakfast $6–$8, appetizers $8–$11, salads $7–$13, sandwiches/burgers $10–$14, entrées $11–$16. Beer $3.50–$6+, wine $6–$9/glass or $22–35/bottle, cocktails $5–$9.
Casual: baggy jeans, baseball hats, college/sports apparel, tank tops, t-shirts. Dressier/sexier attire for the Friday and Saturday dance crowd.
Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night to party it up on the downstairs dance floor, or Sunday mornings to ease the hangover with mountains of brunch food.
Tavern in the Square Allston (161 Brighton Avenue) is another local sports hub and serves a rival all-you-can-eat brunch on Sundays.