Lord Hobo: Nouveau Chic meets Neighborhood Bar

Back in the summer of 2008, it came to my attention that the B-Side Lounge, an Inman- and Kendall-Square institution, would be closing. Rumors flew that the cause of the high-end-yet-hipster-hangout-comfort-food-craft-cocktail location’s demise had something to do with a bitter divorce between the spot’s owners. I never investigated thoroughly. Instead, I spent the requisite time morning the loss of the neighborhood staple; I’d miss the french toast covered in a mound of fruit salad, the baked Gouda in a cast-iron skillet, and the pecan pie. Gone were the days of Sunday brunch complemented with Pavement’s Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain and spicy Bloody Marys to soothe the hangover, and the late nights sharing chocolate and port fondue while squinting into the distance to make out the Red Sox score on the minuscule (okay, 20 some-odd inches) TV behind the bar. Epic sigh. The People’s Republic of Cambridge waited for nearly two years with baited breath for the opening of the new location. Little was known, much was speculated. Then, on November 18, 2009, Lord Hobo arose from the B-Side’s ashes.

Tall benches and high-end community tables have replaced diner booths. Cambridge’s own Pretty Things beer has assumed a permanent spot in the on-tap rotation. The charcuterie is impeccable, and buzzwords on the menu include challah rolloxtail, and $1 oysters. Evidently, we’re still hip at Lord Hobo. Think Trina’s Starlite Lounge, but a little more grown-up. Hobo’s name doesn’t suggest it, but his taste is a little more refined, highbrow, and wearing an Armani suit. Still loud and packed full on weekend nights, I must admit Hobo’s doing his predecessor proud.

We’re still a bit off the beaten path at this location on Hampshire Street; you’ll find yourself a conveniently close distance from the Kendall/MIT T stop, and walking distance from Cambridge Street, Inman Square as well. Metered street parking can be achieved with diligence, but the drinks are stiff enough that you may just want to con a buddy or date into being the designated driver. As for the price? We’re looking at $15-30ish dollars per person, depending on how extravagant you get. Today’s CoupMe deal offers you $40 worth of gastropub eats, craft beers, and signature cocktails for a mere $20…so snag one for you and everyone in your dining party and use one per person upon your next visit.

Oh, and when you’re there, check out the bathroom, and see if it reminds you of this place.



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