The Independent

30s / After Work / Artsy / Bar / Bar Food / Beer Lovers / Board Games / Brunch / Burgers / Couples / Creative / DJ / Dancing / Dinner / Flirty / Friendly / Garage Rock / Groups / Hot Dogs / Irish Pub / Lively / Locals / Lunch / Mid 20s / Punk / Raw Bar / Restaurant / Sandwiches / Seafood / Small Plates / Soul / Steak / Students / TVs / Tourists / Young Professionals / iPod Playlist
The Independent A lively neighborhood watering hole with a loyal clientele, The Independent is a casual bar and restaurant where locals and young professionals gather for some good food and mellow after-work drinks, or even a bit of late night... Boston United States 42.379698 -71.094879
3.36 5
The Independent - Bar | Irish Pub | Restaurant in Boston.
Collapse map / See photo gallery
+
Add to list
Ratings:
Lucas
Adriana
Jonah
Emma

Party Earth Review A lively neighborhood watering hole with a loyal clientele, The Independent is a casual bar and restaurant where locals and young professionals gather for some good food and mellow after-work drinks, or even a bit of late... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–Th, Su 11am–1am, F–Sa 11am–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Independent Review

The Scene

A lively neighborhood watering hole with a loyal clientele, The Independent is a casual bar and restaurant where locals and young professionals gather for some good food and mellow after-work drinks, or even a bit of late night...

A lively neighborhood watering hole with a loyal clientele, The Independent is a casual bar and restaurant where locals and young professionals gather for some good food and mellow after-work drinks, or even a bit of late night dancing.

A warm décor of dark wood paneling, intricate wood carvings, and black booths – punctuated by shelves filled with books, photo albums, and other mementos from the owner’s apartment in Ireland – creates a welcoming vibe for the groups of drinking buddies and college students who fill the high-top tables in the early evening, as regulars sidle up to the central timber bar.

An impressive selection of local brews, organic wines, and thirty tap beers – including obscure choices like the Delirium Nocturnum and Ommegang Witte Ale – keeps beer lovers at the bar, while flirty couples and girlfriend posses crowd into booths in the dining room to share fresh oysters and well-crafted pub fare.

Around 10pm, patrons fold up the Trivial Pursuit and chess boards, and the mellow vibe melts away as the DJ heats the place up with everything from soul mixes to garage punk that gets the artsy crowd on its feet.

A mix of laid-back days and wild party nights, The Independent is a sure bet for outgoing patrons looking for a chill hangout and a rowdy dance club all in one place.

read less
read more

Tip from Emma:

Definitely try one of the mojitos. They’re made with mint from the bar’s garden, so they’re a fresh and delicious cocktail to enjoy while you beat your friends at old-school board games.

  • Crowd

    Diverse and friendly mix of grad students, creative young professionals, groups, and tourists, mid-20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    iPod playlists in the early evening. DJs nightly from 10pm spin a mix of soul, hip-hop, and garage punk. Board games including Connect Four, Trivial Pursuit, and chess. Plasma TVs tuned to sports.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Rotating menu featuring seasonal and local vegetables and meats, including gnocchi with braised oxtail and pan-roasted cod. Brunch served weekends.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $3–$11, salads and sandwiches $5–$13, entrées $10–$24. Beer $3.25–$20, wine $8+, cocktails $7+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: jeans, hats, and vintage t-shirts.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights for the large weekend crowd, and Saturdays and Sundays for brunch.

  • Close By

    Precinct Bar (70 Union Square), housed in the former Somerville PD building, has an equally solid beer list and is just steps away from the Independent.

The Independent User Reviews

Average rating:
low-key and delicious
Meg J. May 6, 2013
the independent is one of my favorite spots for a relaxed, low-key evening with a date or friends. the food is consistently good, drinks come quickly and in abundance, and they always have a local game or good music on. i've always had great service, even on crowded nights, and everyone i've brought here - from local buddies to out-of-town guests to parents - has loved it. don't miss the deviled eggs with cucumber, the grass-fed burger, or the huge draft list.
Load more comments

Book Now and Save at Hotels.com

Are we missing a venue or event?
Find your scene