Beat Brew Hall

3.8
34 reviews
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Created by the team behind Boston favorite The Beehive, Beat Brew Hall brings a modern twist to a traditional beer hall experience in Harvard Square. It is a tradition that Europeans have enjoyed for centuries - communal tables where friends and strangers mingle and eat in a lively, friendly atmosphere, energized by live music, billiards, and more.

Stay tuned for over 50 tier beers, unique cocktails made with in-house prepared syrups and shrubs, artisanal wines on tap, and our own spin on gastro pub fare that is friendly to meat eaters and vegetarians alike.
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What 34 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner

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VN
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Should have advertised it was “not a valentines party” on open table.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Great music, overall vibe and good drinks. The service was not spectacular and I wouldn’t go out of my way to eat here again. Good place to go out for drinks after dinner.

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Very ok experience. Wait staff has way too many tables to manage. Waited almost 30 min for the check

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Service was terrible, it took 45 minutes to get a drink...

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Pretty cool place. Band was excellent. Food was alright. Bill for 5 people was $300 with tip. Not bad.

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DP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This spot had a great vibe, with a band playing during brunch. Overall, the food was good and we even got a free beer flight to test some of the restaurants new beer selections.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Good and service we're great but the live music was much too loud for a Sunday brunch.

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SA
New England
14 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience! Food was eclectically scrumptious and the beer selection above average; although I had a Bloody Mary too! We especially enjoyed the live music - COPILOT - energetic, fun and a band to keep and eye out for. Thank you.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

The service was great but the food was underwhelming. Also no live music even though it was heavily advertised on their website and social media.

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BB
New England
13 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was better than average bar food, but nothing exceptional. Lots of beers on menu. Beer prices above average.

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JW
New England
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great selection of unique beers plus cocktails, wine, food and live music. Something for everyone here! Casual environment with good service. Definitely worth checking out or making one of your go to spots

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S
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Several white wines were not available; waiter was sloppy and distracted and had to be reminded several times; menu has become very limited; Sazerac cocktail was definitely not a Sazerac.

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New England
45 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

I loved this place back when it was the Beat Brasserie, and this was my first time visiting since the rebranding/redesign, so maybe my impression is a little unfair based on high expectations, but I'm really not loving the new format. The food is fine, but honestly, for what it is (slightly above average bar snacks), the price doesn't make sense. It seems like they're investing a lot into their beer selection, which is great, but I remember the Beat Brasserie's kitchen as being creative and talented, and I felt like Brew Hall's kitchen isn't living up to its former self.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cool place, waitstaff was attentive, i got the cheeseburger. It was delicious

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MR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Went for Thanksgiving day but was very disappointed. Good came out cold and not all together. Was nothing special and service was slow and underwhelming.

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KB
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Went for Thanksgiving dinner and was underwhelmed. The server must have been knew, he was fairly clueless about the offerings. No bread at Thanksgiving! Don't like the new vibe, that's much more bar like with TV's etc... the curry soup was good.

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LS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We had a great time at the beat Brew Hall 2 years ago for Thanksgiving so we thought we go back this year. This year's experience was less than wonderful. First thing was that the hostess sat us at the farthest table in the back away from the music so we asked to be reseated. Then she sat us in the very front row on the far side but at least we could see and hear the music quite well. Food was fine, not at all outstanding. service was very good but at least four different waiters, hostesses and hosts came to our table at various times which I thought was serious overkill. one hostess came to our table soon after we head received our drinks and ask this how our meal was which seem to be very odd. It's a cute place but I don't need to go back.

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BJ
New England
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We an excellent all around experience! The food, drinks and beer were all done quite well.

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RT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very Cool spot!! This place was soo much fun. I tried several beers that our waitress recommended and they were all fantastic. I had the burger and my girlfriend had the ribs, both delicious. The band was amazing too, kind of Indie Rock style. Everyone was dancing. Highly suggest this place for a fun night out!

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S
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great beer and food pairings. Our server, Laura, was awesome and made sure we enjoyed our night!

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Was way better before, too bad they changed

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DB
New England
74 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As the beat will always be a good restaurant in my mind, nice to see it still has that charm of a beer hall. Good change of food beverages like the beer flights are a must to try and take one. Nice place to grab some beverage sand small snack food.

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p
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great night out with a group of eight
excellent beer selection - knowledgeable server
tasty food all around
good blues band
probably not a place to go to to have a quiet private conversation, but perfect for groups

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CH
New England
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was awful. We had a meal that was wrong, 2 meals delivered 20 min after everybody else was served, one served 15 min before anybody else. We waited 20min to see our server again to communicate the issues and get the remaining meals. We attempted to order a 2nd round of drinks but waited 30 min for them to arrive. In the interim we had requested our check and the drinks arrived after the bill. Upon reviewing the bill we noticed we were charged for 2 drinks we never ordered but we just ate the charge so we could leave. Also, 3 of the beers we attempted to order weren't available. We were out celebrating a birthday and all the issues totally distracted from our experience and celebration.

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J
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Visited Saturday night. Service was extremely slow. Food took 25 minutes (2 appetizers) and when we ordered drink refills we had to remind the waitress to bring them. Food was ok, presentation was less than desirable. They were also out of many menu options (both food and drinks).

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F
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My husband and I wound up here on a busy Friday — the eve of the Head of the Charles race. The restaurant is big enough to accommodate many different needs. The dinner was delicious - I had an entree salad with salmon and he had a hamburger. The salmon was perfectly cooked with crispy spice-rubbed skin. All the food was fresh and delicious. Great beer and cocktail selection. Best of all was kindness and efficiency of the servers.

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T
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Did not like this place one bit since they rebranded. The cocktails were watered down with too much ice and not balanced. They had gotten one order wrong and was incredibly late to serve our last friends meal. Service was slow.

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G
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Beat Brew Hall was much, much better when it was Beat Hotel. The space is still cool, but many of the tables have been replaced with picnic-tables which are pretty uncomfortable. You also will share a table with another party if you are a party of 2 or 3, which I suppose is fine.

The food and cocktails were DELICIOUS at Beat Hotel, now they are just ok. The cocktail list is much smaller and less appealing though my boyfriend liked the beer list. The menu has less options. Do not get the pub salad with added Salmon/chicken etc. I got it with Salmon and it was a nice piece of Salmon but it was on the plainest most uninspired salad I have ever had a restaurant. Iceberg, red onions, cucumbers, and barely any dressing (and I like my dressing light).

Our service was horrible. Our waitress forgot about us for long periods and it was hard for us to even wave her down.

I loved the Beat Hotel, but I will not be back to the Beat Brew Hall.

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AO
New England
20 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Beat was good - large tables and a bar area. Our server was attentive. The food was average. The apps and flatbreads were good, the ribs were a little dry. Drinks were good.

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AM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Food was good. But service was inconsistent. I think mainly because the kitchen was unorganized. Food came out at different times. Some apps come out with the main course. Good place if you want to hang at bar

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M
New England
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Went in expecting Beat Brassier Jazz Brunch and discovered they have reinvented the restaurant. It's now an Oktoberfest brew pub and the whole ambiance has been changed- the stage area is no more and all blocked off. More beer, less wine, food similar but not the exactly the same. Hoping they bring in live music for this new theme. Will have to see what this new place is like in the Harvard Square scene.

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

They just re-opened and it feels like they are having growing pains with their menu (food and cocktails were very hit or miss) and friendliness of their waiters.

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New England
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good except the brown rice bowl. I was expecting a grain bowl like Beat used to have on their menu, but this was a bowl of brown rice with steamed vegetables. Pretty pathetic. Would love to see some heartier grains like farro and kamut and roasted vegetables and a seared tofu.

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The reviews below were submitted before September 19th 2018, when this restaurant changed its chef.
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New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Food was adequate, but over-priced for what you got. "Appetizers/shared plates" were small for sharing.

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DB
New England
74 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place has a great vibe, super unique feel, and then there’s my server the most unique human there is, love you Olivia Casella!! You killed it I’ll want to go back for you cause your the best!

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Really disappointed by our experience here. Drove from NJ to Boston specifically for restaurant week. We had heard great things, so we were really excited. When we arrived and we were handed normal menus, but we immediately explained how we had made a reservation through restaurant week for the $38 pre-fixe dinner menu. We were informed that they were actually not participating in restaurant week, but we “should be able to find something on the menu” that we like. They completely disregarded the fact that they did not contact us to tell us that what we signed up for was not what we would be getting. The manager did not seem at all apologetic and kind of had an “oh well” attitude despite us expressing how disappointed we were considering the distances traveled. They could have at least comped a small appetizer or drink for us, but we felt due to our age, they completely took advantage and brushed us aside. This isn’t the customer service we expected at such a highly rated restaurant.

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DT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing atmosphere and exceptional menu offerings. The wine is on tap and the selection is excellent.

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ML
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for brunch. The music was great and quiet enough so that we could still talk. Our server Beryl was wonderful, the food was delicious and the whole experience was excellent. Highly recommended!

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F
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good music with no cover charge. I had a vegetarian main course that was delicious.

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