Party Earth Review After much heralding, Lord Hobo and his motley crew of daily-changing ales and microbrews have set up court in Cambridge. Just beyond the heavy red curtains, patrons will find a single dark chamber filled on weeknights... ... read full review
92 Hampshire Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
Red Line: Central Square
M–W 5pm–1am, Th–F 5pm–2am, Sa 10am–2am, Su 10am–1am
Cambridge / Somerville, Boston –
After much heralding, Lord Hobo and his motley crew of daily-changing ales and microbrews have set up court in Cambridge.
Just beyond the heavy red curtains, patrons will find a single dark chamber filled on weeknights with young professionals in full post-work chill-out mode, and on weekends with a more energetic hipster crowd sporting skinny jeans and facial hair.
A throbbing backbeat of 90s alt rock albums, played in their entirety, provides a constant soundtrack for the head-bobbing clientele, while the simple yet sleek décor of burnt-red walls and polished mahogany bar, banquette, and tables creates a warm, low-key atmosphere perfect for indulging in the bar’s main attraction – the beer.
An extensive menu featuring eighty brews from near and far – from Cambridge’s own Pretty Things to German pilsners, Russian stouts, and the $45 Cantillon Saint Lamvinus from Belgium – should be enough to satisfy any beer enthusiast, while those who prefer grapes and spirits will find a substantial offering of forty wines and twenty specialty cocktails.
The menu can be overwhelming, but the friendly bartenders and servers are more than happy to answer questions, make recommendations, and dole out free samples to the uninitiated.
Popular as a weekday chill-out spot where beer and conversation are king, Lord Hobo nonetheless gets packed to the rafters on the weekends when a slightly rowdier crowd pours in looking for good music and even better beer.
Beer fanatics can brush up on Lord Hobo’s offerings by checking out the website, where the owner posts the available beers along with a description of each. It’s also a good idea to get a seat at the bar so you can ask the bartenders questions – because the answers might just come with free samples.
Beer aficionados and affluent Cambridge hipsters, mid-20s to late 30s.
iPod playlists consisting of classic rock and alternative music. Occasional special events including tastings from various breweries from New England to the West Coast. Participates in Boston Beer Week in June. See website for schedule of special events.
Gastropub menu available Mondays through Sundays. Brunch Saturdays and Sundays. Happy Hour M–F 5–7pm with cheap oysters and appetizers.
Cover charge usually $10 for special events. Appetizers $7–$14, salads $6–$10, entrées $9–$19. Beer $4–$45, wine $8–$12/glass or $30–$275/bottle, cocktails $7–$10.
Casual jeans and t-shirts to work attire.
Big after-work crowd every night, but the line goes out the door on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.
Atwood’s Tavern (877 Cambridge Street) features live music.