Boston >Food & Dining > The Harp
85 Causeway St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211442.364698 -71.062519
Monday To Saturday From 11:00 AM To 02:00 AM Sunday From 12:00 PM To 02:00 AM
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Central
What an awful place – The staff are obnoxious and rude to customers. They yell at you for standing around in the bar, and want you to be either on the dance floor or constantly moving. They also build up huge lines outside when the place isn't even full, and then charge a $10 cover which is much more than most other bars in the area. Don't waste your time.
Get what you pay for – Went there for a quick bite before a show and the prices and menu items were attractive, but it stopped there.
The server was slow and lazy. I ordered a dinner that came with a salad, but was not offered any dressing. When I asked for dressing, he said they didn't have that many options.."a couple of vinaigrettes" he said. That's real helpful.
The food was mediocre, commensurate with the price.
After our plates were cleared, we waited 20 minutes for someone to come back and offer anything else..We asked for the check.
I would not recommend this to anyone.
Do not go here after game nights at the Garden! – Bartenders and Bouncers are full of themselves after game nights. Actually this is probably the case on the weekend as well.
There is a "no shot" rule after game nights.
After game night they are pretty strict when ordering beer.
Also, I'm not writing this review because I got kicked out, I actually left on my own and went to the Grand Canal after. I spent most of the night there and had a great time having a few drinks and listening to the live band. The bouncers and bartenders didn't give us any trouble.
It's too bad that the Harp has such a good location because there are so many other bars that put this place to shame.
The Harp creates a line to make it look like the place is packed but then you get in, it's wide open. I understand its a good practice to get business but don't do it when its 30 degrees outside.
If you want to have fun check out the Greatest Bar, Grand Canal, Beerworks, or Sully's Tap.
Relaxed North Station watering hole by day, rowdy dance spot by night, all with an Irish brogue. – In Short
Area workers and suburban youngsters head across the street from the Fleet Center to enjoy any one of the Harp's many scenes: quiet lunch spot, popular pre-game watering hole, and raucous late-night dancing destination, just to name a few. Weekend nights usually incorporate a live cover band, while DJs take over the basement dance floor. Lunchtime and early evening crowds sip pints of Guinness and typical pub fare like fish-and-chips.
Nice to see somethings don't change – My first trip to the Harp was about 10 years ago to see NYC Irish rockers Black47 and have gone back several times over the years to see them there.
Over the years I've seen quite a few pubs with live music upstart in a blaze of glory,
go into identity crisis mode (when you find the spot it's a rock club, the next time you go it's a Euro bar, etc...) only to then fizzle out with a whimper a couple of years later.
I can't say enough about how great it is for this sporadic user to find that what I loved about the place years ago, it's still exactlly the same.
Comfortable place, friendly bar service, easy going crowd.
Although I'd love to see more Black47 there, it's close enough to home that I may even stop by more often without them.
User review by slip – the Harp definately gets hopping, esp. after a game. i thought the band was good and the atmosphere was right. nice male/female balance, good music lots of classic songs you can sing along with. my kind of place. get there early to avoid the lines and cover. met alot of ppl.
catchy title – Went there before a Bruins game at the New Garden. It looked great when we walked in but when we said we were there to eat, they ushered us downstairs to a bland, dark and very cold room in the basement. It had only a bit more ambiance than the average school cafeteria. The food was okay, in the TGI Friday's tradition, but the beer came in plastic cups (my god why?!?). The service started out fine but it took a while to flag down someone for the check then forever for someone else to ring us out. I hope it's better as a bar.
splotchy – Recently had dinner at this establishment. Waitress was very slow in service and never even asked us for dessert. She just handed us our check. No water either was even offered.
Bouncer Brain Trust – The bouncers are beyond stupid, and the place smells, beyond that I am not sure what else to say. The best part of the trip to the Harp was ridiculing the bouncers about their jack$ss $5 hr jobs while they debated whether when I was worth assaulting, like their lives are worth anything.
Try anything at least once – Spent last Saturday night at the Harp and it was quite interesting. The $10 cover was a bit painful but the live band was great and the drinks were reasonably priced for the area. The downstairs was for the bump and grind scene, and there was certainly a lot of that! It got very crowded around 12 but everyone was pretty well behaved. The one problem was the floor, it was so sticky that my shoes kept getting stuck and it was hard to dance. And the DJ started played too many 80s songs. A few are good mixed in through out the night but not whole sets! Upstairs was also fun, the live band was great and did pretty good John Mayer covers. My reccomendation is to go with friends and park at Haymarket.
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