Sunset Grill & Tap

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Sunset Grill & Tap Winner of numerous accolades including Boston Magazine's Best Beer Selection, Sunset Grill & Tap attracts hordes of animated students from the nearby Boston University, Berklee, and Harvard campuses, making the bar a quintessential... Boston United States 42.352861 -71.131627
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Party Earth Review Winner of numerous accolades including Boston Magazine’s Best Beer Selection, Sunset Grill & Tap attracts hordes of animated students from the nearby Boston University, Berklee, and Harvard campuses, making the bar a quintessential... ... read full review

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    Green Line (B): Harvard Avenue

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    M–Sa 11:30am–1am, Su 11am–1am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

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Winner of numerous accolades including Boston Magazine's Best Beer Selection, Sunset Grill & Tap attracts hordes of animated students from the nearby Boston University, Berklee, and Harvard campuses, making the bar a quintessential...

Winner of numerous accolades including Boston Magazine’s Best Beer Selection, Sunset Grill & Tap attracts hordes of animated students from the nearby Boston University, Berklee, and Harvard campuses, making the bar a quintessential college hangout.

Adorned with walls of beer bottles and the requisite mishmash of neon signs, mirrors, murals, and beer posters, Sunset is a low-key, after-work watering hole early in the week when drinking buddies gather downstairs to down Murphy’s Stout or Narragansett Lager, catch the Sox on TV, or slip into a booth to order the popular Fiesta Nachos from the extensive menu of southwestern fare.

The action starts to pick up on Wednesdays, when brainiacs and grad students pack in for trivia and a few selections from the sixteen-page menu of over four hundred ciders, microbrews, vintage beers, and IPAs.

Once the weekend rolls around, Sunset comes alive with frenetic energy as gaggles of rowdy music, pre-law, and liberal arts majors in college sweaters and backwards baseball caps flock in to the upstairs bar to eventually overpower the jukebox with drunken chatter and raucous chants.

Obviously an ideal hangout for college students and local young professionals, Sunset Grill & Tap is also a sure bet for any beer enthusiast looking for one of the most comprehensive beer menus in town.

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If the weather is crappy but you want a change of scene, use the strategically placed door that connects Sunset Grill to Big City – a real bonus whether you want to play foosball or avoid the stalker grenade on your tracks.

  • Crowd

    Preppy and artsy business and liberal arts students from Berklee, Harvard, and BU, young professionals, business types, and post-grads, early 20s to late 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Jukebox featuring Top 40, 80s, and 90s music. Stump! Trivia on Wednesday nights.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Expansive menu featuring southwestern dishes served until 1am. All-U-Can-Eat Taco brunch bar Su 11am¬–3pm. Taco and fajita lunch buffet M–F 11:30am–3pm. No shots or rocks drinks served.

  • Prices

    Taco brunch bar $8.50+, taco and fajita lunch buffet $7.50, appetizers $6–$11, entrées $8–$20. Beer $5–$50 for 750ml of Cantillion Saint Lamvinus, beer floats $6+, wine $6–$11, cocktails $5+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: jeans, t-shirts, relaxed dresses, work attire.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Wednesdays for trivia, and Fridays and Saturdays for a rowdy college crowd.

  • Close By

    Right next door is Big City (138 Brighton Avenue), Sunset Grill’s sister location that features fifteen championship pool tables, four foosball tables, and eighty beers on tap.

Sunset Grill & Tap User Reviews

Average rating:
Eclectic ambiance with a wide array of food/beer options that shouldn't be missed
Tiffany H. Jun 21, 2013
Sunset Grill and Tap is absolutely one of my favorite places in the Allston area. Sunset prides itself on its expansive list of beers both bottled and on drought and rightfully so. There are over 100 choices and an entire menu dedicated to all of the beer/drink choices from which to choose. Unfortunately they do lack in stocking the basic beers you find in most places (such as Blue Moon), so if that is what you prefer, this may not be the place for you. The food is very generous in proportion and it won't send you home broke, either. It is Mexican-oriented but not exclusive to south of the border fare. One of my favorite dishes is a buffalo chicken mac and cheese and trust me - it is absolutely to die for. This is also a fairly vegetarian-friendly place which I personally really appreciate. As an extra bonus they have an all-you-can-eat taco brunch on Sundays which is definitely worth the money if you are hungry. I'm a huge fan of all-you-can-eat anything when I'm hungry and I'm an even bigger fan of brunch - so we have a winner here. One notable trait is the absolute eclectic style of décor that surrounds this place. From old keg covers, to matchbook collections, to probably hundreds of old tap handles up on the wall - you will find yourself surrounded by cool, funky, eclectic art spanning bar/beer history. It is one of my favorite parts of Sunset Grill & Tap.
go for the beers...or to nurse a hangover.
Meg J. May 6, 2013
this place truly has an amazing beer list - and they also have a pretty serious tequila list. even if you don't know a ton about beer, between the helpful and unpretentious menu and the kind servers, you'll be able to find something delicious. i also love sunset for its tuna melt, which i maintain is the best hangover food in boston. when you've spent the night in allston, you definitely need this bad boy in the morning.
Going Back to Explore the Beer Menu
Alex S. Apr 30, 2013
I walked in, the bartender handed me a brochure. That's their drink menu, mostly beer. I'm not any expert in beer but the simple layout of the menu allowed me to see through different categories and choose my own very favorite drink for the night. Bartenders are nice and helpful, and thank god not pushy. First floor is spacey and very well decorated. Didn't try their food and only had a Sammy Adams Blueberry Beer. I am definitely going back soon and read into the beer menu. It could be a nice challenge to try out all the beers they have on tap or in bottles.
Great Atmosphere, Good Food
Alexandra K. Apr 28, 2013
Sunset is the kind of place you go when you have had a bad day, and are looking for somewhere that will make you feel great. The atmosphere is hip, and the food is decent. With portions that are sure to fill you up, and a beer menu so large and varied that it will get your eyes rolling into the back of your head, you will not regret the visit. If you visit a restaurant for the atmosphere as much as the food, then you're heading to the right place.
Amazing Selection
Nicole T. Apr 12, 2013
So. Many. Beers. There is an entire menu dedicated to just beers, and it encompasses every flavor and taste that you could think of. The atmosphere is welcoming and noisy, with the crowd varying from college students to sports fans to local professionals. The food is pretty good as well -- we had a West Coast themed dinner, complete with fish tacos and nachos. It's a fun and different place to drink, and you can always head over to TITS to dance after a few beers.
One Of A Kind
Catherine J. Mar 22, 2013
Get ready to read at Sunset...the beer selection is about 10 pages long, even with a tiny font! They really do have something for everyone, from gluten free ciders to mango tequila and everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) in between. Feel like a pumpkin brew? They have dozens. Chocolate beer more your thing? Sunset's got you covered. The bartender was super friendly and put up with my indecisiveness and beer ignorance like a pro. Even if you're not a beer lover, you should still come on down to Sunset. They have small selection of specialty cocktails and are the makers of what is possible my favorite drink ever: Give Me That Becky (Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka, Absolut Peach and Lemonade. Yum.) The laid back, kitschy vibe makes Sunset feel like a truly authentic place that's not trying to hard. It's all about the drinks here!
A Beer Lover's Paradise
Andrea G. Mar 11, 2013
Being a student in Boston can be challenging-between exams and sub-zero winter temperatures-it’s no surprise that many gather at Sunset Bar and Grill for a night out. Featuring a beer list with hundreds of domestic and imported drafts, and ideally located between Boston College and Boston University, Sunset is the perfect bar/restaurant to try an obscure coffee stout or just stick to the beers you know and love. Featuring kitschy bar paraphernalia, like neon beer signs and vintage alcohol ads, the atmosphere is always lively. Though it has two floors, Sunset can get especially packed on weekends and the atmosphere is rowdier-so if you're on a first date it will be even hard to pretend you're listening. Those coming right after work have a better chance of snagging a seat than those arriving after 7:30 pm. However, it is worth the wait. Though mostly filled with students, anyone can enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and delicious food, especially with a beer or five. As equally impressive and diverse as their beer menu, Sunset has a selection of food so enormous it is the perfect place to go with a group of friends who cannot agree on anything. From standard pub fare to steaks and fish, even their dessert menu is massive and the Mississippi Mud pie is to die for. Whether you’re a student or a beer snob, Sunset has managed to satisfy both groups, without having an atmosphere of pretension.
Sunset Bar and Grill
Kevin S. Dec 10, 2012
The food here is really good an reasonably priced. They also have a giant beer menu. Most of them are international brews and personally, I never know what I am ordering there. There is a pretty good, but in my opinion it is more of a restaurant then a bar.
A Good Time For All
Nick H. Nov 13, 2012
Imagine a cold winter night in Boston. The wind howls outside, strong enough to pierce your thickest wool pea coat and play your spine like Mozart's cold, dead fingers on a piano. Sounds bad, right? You want to get together with your best friends and have a good time out. What better to steel your heart against the cold than the thought of a couple of pitchers of pale ale and Southwestern-style comfort food? Everyone will brave the weather for a heaping pile of nachos at Sunset Grill and Tap. The Allston restaurant is a staple of the local college nightlife. However, college students aren't the only patrons. Sunset is a post-work haven for young professionals seeking a versatile bar that caters to sports fans, intellectuals, beer enthusiasts, and anyone who just wants to enjoy good conversation with friends. The atmosphere is warm and comfortable, allowing for guilt-free drink guzzling. Whether you are sipping a margarita or a creamy stout, you can rest assured that Sunset will satisfy your inevitable food cravings. Notable items to share with the table: South-of-the-border Fiesta Nachos (don't chicken out, get the full order) and "World Renowned" Buffalo Wings (for full flavor, order the "Atomic Wings"). For those looking to explore one of the city's most extensive beer menus, Sunset Grill and Tap is the place to be. Offerings include draft and bottled beer, local and domestic specialty brews, and beers from around the world. Tackling this impressively long menu would leave one with a superior knowledge for their own tastes in beer and with a superior beer gut to prove it. If you are more interested in warming up a cold night with a shot of tequila, head to the other location, Sunset Cantina, on Commonwealth Avenue across the street from Boston University's Agganis Arena. Known for having perhaps the best margarita in Boston, Sunset Cantina has a list of tequilas that extends far beyond the well-known names of Cuervo and Patron with some 200 blancos, anejos, reposados, and mezcales available every night, without breaking a sweat. And if you're feeling in a particularly silly mood, you can sample some celebrity tequila brands, including Justin Timberlake's 901 tequila.
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