Boston >Food & Dining > White Horse Tavern
116 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA | Directions 0213442.352714 -71.130746
Sun 12pm-10pm; Mon 10:30am-10pm; Tue 10:30am-10pm; Wed 10:30am-10pm; Thu 10:30am-10pm; Fri 10:30am-11pm; Sat 1pm-11pm
Neighborhoods: Allston-Brighton, Commonwealth, Kelton Street
bar tender – aisian waitress is terrible, we feel like its a burden to her to be here.
My Local Stomping Grounds – Well I have seen some negative reviews around here and most of them seem to concern the door guys or inattentive bar staff. These are usually first time visitors that had a weird experience (probably due to their drunkenness) and I don't think they are giving this place a fair shake. The door guys DO have a quick turn around so you always have someone new (kinda a pain) but I have not had any of these problems and I have been coming here for 5+ years (maybe that is the reason?). During baseball season I grace this tavern usually 3-5 times a week for games.
Sure you can get a cheaper draft down at the Avenue, but the food deals here can't be beat. They run $3 burger and fries (meal size) all the time and $6 1-pound of steak tips and fries a couple times a week. Not to mention their cobb salad special and London Broil special. They will usually have a draft or bottle special on rotation from month to month and the High Life's are always cheap.
As for TV's it is a great place to watch a game. The main bar has so many LCD's that you can usually watch multiple games easily from one seat. Make sure you pick your seat wisely during football because they have the games listed for the TVs and will not change them.
I don't like going here on Fri/Sat nights though as this is the college meathead time. I like to sit with a pint and watch a game, not get a beer spilled on me while standing next to some barely legal drunk moron. If you are in to the 'cub' scene, this isn't a plcae for you but if you like to sit down, listen to some tunes, watch some sports and strike up a convo with the person sitting next to you, I am sure you will enjoy it.
If you like trivia, this is the only bar in Boston that has trivia 3 nights a week. Why do I know this? Because Will the host mentions it every damn time ;)
All-in-all it is my favorite bar in the area and I have been to them all. If you take this seriously and go, you'll probably run into me and not even know it.
WORST BAR IN HISTORY! – The owner/bouncers are hateful and mean. They did not let my friend and I (he is from Pakistan and I am Jewish) into the bar even though we are a few years past 21...I will NEVER go back here again. This is most definitely a place to avoid.
White Horse Tavern = Pick and Choose – The White Horse has its typical negative reviews and most of them are pretty accurate. Before you even get in you'll have a miserable time because the bouncers are completely rude and act like they're the manager. Its infamous for it's ID policy where minors are usually caught at the door, but it doesn't stop there. The bartenders? They're just as bad. It's practically impossible to get a drink since you're rarely acknowledged and when you are, it's as if you're interrupting them (when they're just counting their tips half the time anyway.) They're just as rude as the bouncers. But in any case, a Tanqueray and Tonic for $4.50 is a deal and their $2 beer special (typically Miller High-Life) is always a bargain. With two bars and a pretty amazing amount of space (I never feel cramped there when I do go), it's a college bar all the way (heavily populated with BU students) with a bunch of recently turned 21 year old looking to get some action from the girls who are heavily intoxicated. Overall, it's a bar I try and avoid but if you're looking to play some pool (only two pool tables though) or catch a Red Sox game without Red Sox prices... its the place to be I guess. Honestly, avoid when you can unless you're broke and have some cash to spend on alcohol.
Neighborhood pub provides a classy alternative to the area's plethora of student hangouts. – In Short
Despite its location, between BU and BC, the horseshoe-shaped bar often holds as many neighborhood types and professionals as students. Most come in to chill with a friend over a pint or a game of stick (the two pool tables fill up quick). Beer selection is comprehensive if uninspiring (Harpoon, Newcastle, Magic Hat No. 9). Many patrons come in for upscale, yet affordable, bar fare like cobb salads and steak tips.
STAY AWAY!!! – disgusting place with rodents everywhere and lowclass bouncers and people. this place is def the worst place a college student can go to and it is crawling with underage freshman boys with fakeIDs
terrible – WHITE HORSE TAVERN...epitome of boredom on a weekend night. it could not get any worse with white horse. there are rude bouncers, unattractive guests who believe that they are the most important people alive. TRUST me you do not want to go to white horse. this place is absolutely horrendous in every sense of the word.
Great place – I go there EVERY Friday early evening for a good burger (White Horse and Mushroom are my favorites) or Cobb salad, and for a good draft beer. Need I say more? Yes, I also like to watch the games and there are lots of big screens there. The service is great and fast. The caviot: I'm talking about early evening, later on (after 8-9pm) it becomes packed and loud, not the kind of place I like.
Crappy service - tons of tools - cheap food specials. – Ok - seriouslly, this place is PACKED with tools. And the service is HORRIBLE. I have never had good service here, be it on a late night or middle of the day when there are only 5 tables. The waitstaff always disapears for long periods of time, never check on you, take forever to get a beer, etc. etc. I have been living around that bar for 4 years, never changed. The food specials ($4 burger [used to be $3] and the steak tips and Cobb salad are good. But the $7 Harpoon and total crud service make up for it.
Yes, btw, the bouncers are idiots here, always have gotten attitude from the bouncers. Just sets the tone wrong for walking in... and seriouslly packed with tools with red sox hats on, most everyone is about 5 feet tall , so you'll stand out if your a taller guy.
DRUGGED DRINKS – Warning: obnoxious bouncers, drugged drinks, poorly mixed drinks, awful service.
My friend was drugged here last Thursday night - girls be very careful.
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