Boston >Food & Dining > Wonder Bar
186 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA | Directions 0213442.350894 -71.131208
Neighborhoods: Allston-Brighton, Kelton Street, Commonwealth
Great Mix, but Meatheads Abound – I would like this place if there was a better "people" atmosphere. Like the other reviewers, the meatheads and bouncers can ruin a night. What is worse is the whole "no jerseys, no hats" thing like only people who look like Juelz Santana is going to start a fight there.
Most of the fights I have seen have been amongst the college MHs. If they want to ban the seediness, they need to make this bar upscale, cover charge guys at the door, and give some lighting for the people who want to relax and actually "see" other people.
unfriendly service – the bouncers were smoking cigs.
Great Birthday Club – Definitely a great time for any event, B-Day AGREED!! Good people, great DJ;s , beautiful lounge and dance floor. Nicely kept at cap not crazy over the top. I agree with the author of the List, a lot of fun for an event or in general.
Avoid at all costs – I was in the Wonder Bar recently with a group of friends. At the end of the night, we were aggressively approached to settle up our bill. Well, we already had it ready to go, credit card already inside. The only male in the group suggested that the "security guard" take it and relax a bit. This led to a few security guards pulling the table out and grabbing him to take him outside. (He had insisted on walking out himself, but they did not allow that to happen). Seconds later, he was being choked, directly in front ot their front window. I'm not joking, he was actually foaming-at-the-mouth. The person then disappeared. (Most likely hiding inside the bar, which was now closed).
One of the following 2 situations are true. Either:
This person IS a "security guard" there, and is allowed to treat patrons violently with no consequence. - OR -
This person was another customer, and Wonder Bar "security" completely ignored the attack.
Either way, this is clearly an unsafe place of business, and there is no need to spend your money there just to be treated poorly! I am sorry that I was forced to give this place even one star - it doesn't deserve it!
I wonder why anyone likes this place – This is another place that always has a line and doesn't deserve one. I guess it's the spot for dancing to top 40 songs with a bunch of drunk chicks and meatheads. I guess that appeals to some people.
Douchey Bouncers, Exhibit A: Thomas McDermott – Our party was downstairs, our crowd was so big that the lower level was personally opened by the manager for our group [students of a graduate school in Boston, thus our need for libations].
I showed up in a fashionably, but not unreasonably, late manner, and the bouncer (named above) refused to let us down to where our party was. For that, I really should give this bar 0 stars. It's unbelievably insulting to your customers when you refuse to admit them to their own party (especially having made them already pay the cover).
And before you start to wonder to what degree I'm biased (at least in terms of the disparity of my comments between the male and female employees of Wonderbar), let me just say that I am a straight female and not some creepy guy who irrationally loved the female employees and hated the male employees.
The above-mentioned bouncer in particular was acting like he was guarding the gates of Ibiza. Come on buddy, stop giving your bar that much credit. (I made sure to get his full name, here it is again: Thomas McDermott, tall blonde douche with a superiority complex, which is likely the result of his over-compensation for lack of girth.)
The DJ upstairs was weird, but not bad. He only played 30 seconds of every song and then mixed in a new song very quickly; it was hard to enjoy the music.
I did enjoy my drink; it was strong and delicious.
The Secret to Wonder Bar Business – Upon reading this please understand that I, writing this, have a Bachelors degree in Food Science, and understand the chemistry of Cooking and Food.
The "secret "to the pizza is that there is water added to the dough. This saves using tomato sauce and adds a slimy texture to the pizza. This is quite pleasing in taste, but when too much water is added is very mooshy and greasy. Secondly, I have gathered that business is best inside the restaurant, and that if you want delivery, you are 65% likely to get a less satisfying pizza.
Difficult Night – One goes out to the bar to relax and let loose, I was more stressed and angry when I left than I had been all week. My friends were seperated to another location so meeting people throughout the night is difficult and they do not allow males to dance in the raised area at the back of the club, and my fiance was told to get down from the area, I never support gender inequality and this was a great example of it. I would not reccommend this bar.
Great bar in Allston! – I love Wonderbar! I had the best Halloween celebration there a few years ago, and every time I have gone since has been a great time. They rarely have a cover (for girls at least; sometimes they charge guys $5). They play amazing music, and always have a really fun crowd.
To Avoid The Typical Allston Crowd – I've actually become quite fond of Wonder Bar since it has the same atmosphere and ambiance of a trendy nightclub/lounge in Downtown Boston without the Downtown prices. It certainly gets busy after 11pm but if you show up around 9:30-10:00, you can score yourself a nice, dark brown booth and get some table service instead of waiting at the bar for a drink. They have two bars: the main bar upstairs that is typically crowded and a second bar down the stairs which is small, less crowded, and much quieter than upstairs. The crowd is pretty typical every night of the week there ranging from those gangbangers looking to grind on petite little Asian women with the extremely well-dressed euro-Asian men. Music is pretty solid with mostly remixes of top 40 songs. Dance floor is small but thats a good thing I guess so people can get down and dirty. Drink prices range from $11 for cocktails and $7 for mixed drinks and they have a small food menu with practically only nachos, quesadillas, and wraps. A good beer selection (if you count good to be what you can find at any other bar. They have Sea Dog which is awesome!) Bouncers wear all black, including the bartenders and servers, and I have never had a problem with them. They have a "relaxed dress code" I'd like to call it where they claim they have one but its rarely enforced. Overall, I always have a good time there and when worse comes to worse to figure out where to go, depending on what you're wearing, def. check out Wonder Bar.
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