Boston >Food & Dining > Brighton Beer Garden
386 Market St, Brighton, MA | Directions 0213542.350231 -71.152700
Mon-Sat 11am-1am; Sun 10:30am-1am
Neighborhoods: Brighton, Allston-Brighton, Oak Square
Fun place and great food! – Great upscale bar/eatery with upscale decor and sporty atmosphere. Food was good with oversized portions and attentive waitress. The hostess was helpful, friendly, very classy and answered all of our questions. We were there on a weekend, and wasn't so noisy that we couldn't have a good conversation. I will go back to watch games!
Great sports bar vibe – For Brighton - great spot. Not sure how many friends I will make saying this - but it's much better than Roggie's especially if you are a post-grad. Great sports atmosphere - and stellar menu. Beer menu is solid and the burgers are great.
I recommend the Cowboy burger - it has onion rings inside - AND RANCH DRESSING. Solid sports bar meal and beer stop to watch the games or pregame before a night out.
great place to bve ignored by staff – After being carded at the door by a bouncer, with no greeting by the doorman or hostess, we sat ourselves next to a table full of dining customers. After 20 minutes, after talking to a waitress and hostess asking them if we could order, they told us to hold on again. We left and found a great Irish place next door. The atmosphere is atrociously full of beerpong playing db's and noise pollution from the trivia host over the intercom.
We should have written the waitress a note on the table with ketchup, if only I could have found a bottle.
A beer garden with no Sam Adams on tap? – I've been to this place a few times just for drinks and appetizers and was generally unimpressed but had not expected anything because I already was aware that "Beer Garden" was a misnomer. My most recent experience really put the icing on the cake. A group of my friends had planned a surprise get together for another friends birthday and we decided to hold the simple party at the Brighton Beer Garden. The staff was generally nice but somewhat inattentive to a group of 15 or so people. There was only one waitress serving us and getting our drinks seemed to take quite a long time. When we ordered our first round of drinks I was surprised to find that an establishment calling themselves a "Beer Garden" in Boston did not have Sam Adams on tap. Our waitress also asked the birthday boy if he wanted his gin and tonic "on the rocks". Thats simply a stupid question, or maybe she was Mormon, I didn't ask. Aside from the beer being slightly warm the drinks were fine so I ordered the mussels with white wine and garlic for an appetizer. Apparently I wasn't specific enough when I placed the order because when our food was delivered I had a plate of mussels fra diavolo in front of me. Not a big deal, I like fra diavolo- when its prepared well. Unfortunately this was the worst dish I have ever eaten that I paid someone to cook for me. The garlic bread was burnt to a crisp and inedible, there was very little pasta and tons of sauce (picture spaghetti soup). The sauce was terrible. They spiced the dish with what tasted like Frank's Red Hot so I felt as though I was eating spaghetti with buffalo sauce. The mussels were old and half were not cooked long enough for the shells to open. This was my personal experience, some of my friends were fine with their meals but overall the whole group was unimpressed. Shy away from the Beer Garden unless you solely want to sit at the bar, there are too many better choices in the area. I wish Soho was back.
I don't get it. Another Sports Depot – I don't get it. One previous review said that there was over 100 beers to choose from. I saw about 10 or so drafts, and about 30 or so bottles. Most importantly, the beer selection was rather small considering the name "Brighton Beer Garden." I also consider the beer selection small considering some of the local competition. "The Sunset Grill Tap" on Commonwealth has over 112 taps and a total of over 300 beer choices including meads. The food selection at the Beer Garden is far smaller than the sunset as well.
Our appetizers were overcooked. The fajitas came with a side of rice pilaf, which is not really a good side for a southwestern/mexican dish. However, the pilaf was just how my mom used to make it. Right out of the box. The chicken was stuck to the platter it was served on, and I wasn't given a plate to eat off of.
They have like 20 flat screens, but I couldn't hear any of them because the trendy music drowned it all out. Keep in mind this was on a night where the red sox were playing a playoff game.
A manhatten costs $10. You won't see prices that high at a tourist trap.
Ok. so its "pub food." Fine. But it should at least be good pub food if it costs $80 for three people to share an appetizer, and each have an entree with one drink. -I couldn't help but notice that every single waitress was blonde, and didn't appear to be any older than 20. How can they have good beer knowledge when they aren't old enough to drink legally?
At the start, the host tried sitting us at a table near an open window, with at least four other booths available. She didn't event think of asking if we'd prefer a booth instead of cramming us in the corner by the window.
So to sum it all up the beer selection is slightly bigger than your average sports bar, but smaller than any place that boasts "Beer" in the name. The food just stinks. The atmosphere made me feel dumb for showing up. They need to call it what it is; another "Sports Depot." If you like beer stand clear.
The Allston-Brighton scene has a formidable, all-purpose hangout for watching the Sox and Pats. – Post-collegiate Brighton residents pack this beer garden, located in the building that formerly housed Soho. Mounted TVs visible from every angle draw crowds at gametime for beers and bar food (sliders, chicken tenders, burgers and paninis). Sports fans ar encouraged to wear jerseys, while the see-and-be seen crowd dresses it up a notch. The bar offers a selection of micro-brews and bottled imports as well as inventive mixed drinks. Appetizers are available at the bar and a full menu, served by a uniformly attractive waitstaff, is available throughout the main dining area.
* "No matter where you sit you have a perfect view of the games." (Celts, Citysearch user)
* "Great place for a Sox game during the week, got really packed on the weekend though..." (janam1213, Citysearch user)
* "Bad music from jukebox. No sound from 3 local games." (griff060, Citysearch user)
Exactly whay Brighton needed!! Great sports bar!!! – I went to brighton beer garden to watch the sox yankees game and the bruins playoff game the other week. You cant even tell that this place used to be soho, they even closed off the first floor. There are so many hd plasma tv's in this bar its ridiculous. No matter where you sit you have a perfect view of the games. I went with a few friends and the place was packed!! myself and one of my friends had the steak tips, they were awesome. My other friend had the chicken parm which was also good and big enough for about three meals. This is the new hot spot in brighton so you have to check it out. Oh and the women that are working there are absolutely gorgeous. I cant wait to see what they are going to do with the downstairs!
Awesome new sports bar – This place is new but already has a great buzz. Good food, great beer list, like a 100 different beers. They have a ton of HD TV's showing all the games, great place for a Sox game during the week, got really packed on the weekend though, had to wait in line for 20 mins.
Not a Sports Bar, Yet – Good food, decent service, one problem. This is not a sports bar. Bad music from juke box. No sound from 3 local games, BC Final Four Hockey, Bruins playoff, Red Sox. It['s still basically SoHo with sports stuff on the walls. They have to change the culture if they want to get away with calling it the new home of Red Sox Nation. The place has potential, it's only been open for a week or so.
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