Party Earth Review A neighborhood institution for over forty years, Charlie’s Kitchen is a laid-back hangout that’s hard to miss and always happening. An extensive beer list, burgers and fries, and a cheerful atmosphere draw a loyal clientele... ... read full review
10 Eliot Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Red Line: Harvard
M–W, Su 11am–1am, Th–Sa 11am–2am
Cambridge / Somerville, Boston –
A neighborhood institution for over forty years, Charlie’s Kitchen is a laid-back hangout that’s hard to miss and always happening.
An extensive beer list, burgers and fries, and a cheerful atmosphere draw a loyal clientele of locals, blue-collar workers, and funky young professionals, who all pack into the bright and bustling diner on the ground floor to people-watch from the window tables or relax over a brew and a BLT in one of the red and black booths.
Chatty students gather at the bar for a few imperial stouts and some pub grub, while regulars head to the divey second-floor bar, where edgy artists and low-key hipsters huddle in black leather booths or pump pocket change into the jukebox to select punk, indie, hip-hop, or 80s favorites.
Though darker and mellower than the first floor, the upstairs bar still brings the party with karaoke, trivia, and occasional live music. In nice weather, patrons pile into the adjacent outdoor beer garden to indulge in the plethora of drafts on tap.
Relaxed and casual, Charlie’s Kitchen is the perfect spot to hang with friends over cheap eats and soak up classic tunes on the jukebox.
Mix of casual young professionals, students, professors, blue-collar types, and artists, early 20s to late 30s+.
Weekly events include live music upstairs on Mondays starting around 9pm, karaoke on Tuesdays around 10pm, and quiz night on Sundays 8–10pm. Year-round (weather permitting) outdoor beer garden. Jukebox with selections from the Beatles to Wu-Tang. Flat-screen TVs tuned to local sports and news. Occasional Maker’s Mark tastings.
Pub menu featuring Charlie’s famous double cheeseburger, lobster rolls, and BLTs.
Appetizers $5–$9, burgers and sandwiches $5.25–$12, entrées $8–$12. Beer $4–$10, cocktails $5–$10.
Casual: hoodies, t-shirts, jeans.
Any day for a good crowd at lunch and dinner, and Friday and Saturday nights for a packed scene.
Casablanca (40 Brattle Street), also known for its jukebox, plays old jazz and rock albums nightly.