Party Earth Review There’s no shortage of classy martini bars and high-end restaurants in this neck of Boston, but those hungry and low on cash – or just high on alcohol tolerance – head straight for The Pour House. Plastered with antique... ... read full review
907 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02115
Green Line: Hynes Convention Center
Kitchen open until 1:30am nightly
Back Bay, Boston –
There’s no shortage of classy martini bars and high-end restaurants in this neck of Boston, but those hungry and low on cash – or just high on alcohol tolerance – head straight for The Pour House.
Plastered with antique beer and gas station signs, bumper stickers, hanging mannequins, and a chaotic mélange of random stuff, the joint is constantly busy thanks to oversized entrées like triple-patty burgers and 22-ounce drafts that set patrons back a whopping $5 each.
College students and budget-minded young professionals alike share space at the long bar that runs down one side of the room, tucking in beneath hanging fringed lamps to catch the game on one of several TVs, play a round of Keno, or just warble off-key to the playlist of classic rock.
The lack of a cover charge ensures the place is standing-room-only come Fridays, when it’s packed to the brim with jolly frat brothers and laid-back groups of friends, and on even busier Saturdays when half-priced burgers prime the party and boozy frappes flow like water.
The space often sees its biggest crunch at 1am when most area bars shut down, while weekend brunch brings in tourists from nearby hotels and hungover city denizens looking to treat their ails with massive mimosas, Bloody Marys, and pumpkin pie pancakes.
Day or night, The Pour House’s no-frills approach to cheap food and drink makes even the most downtrodden feel rich – at least until the next morning.
Hungry college kids, easygoing young professionals, budget-minded post grads, tourists from nearby hotels, and sports fans catching a game and staying till long after it’s over, mostly early to late 20s.
Playlist of classic rock hits and old-school favorites. Several flat-screens tuned to sports. An old arcade game.
Mostly fried diner fare served in large portions, including burritos, wings, and burgers, with some lighter salads and soups.
Second bar downstairs available for private functions. Half-off all chicken sandwiches on Wednesdays, Mexican fare on Thursdays, and burgers on Saturdays 6–10pm.
No cover charge. Breakfast $4.50–$8, brunch $5–$10, appetizers $5–$10, soups/salads $4–$8, wings $6–$9.50, sandwiches/entrées $5–$8.50.
Beer $3.50–$6, wine $6, cocktails $6.50–$8.50.
Casual: broken-in jeans, t-shirts, jerseys, hoodies, sneakers, flannel, baseball hats, skirts, blouses, sweats.
Saturdays nights to cash in on half-priced burgers and booze till late, and weekend mornings for a boozy brunch to keep the party going.
Flash’s Cocktails (310 Stuart Street) has a similar unpretentious vibe and a retro cocktail list that rivals some of the more expensive establishments of the Back Bay.