The Field is another tightly packed and dimly lit bar in Central Square. The outdoor patio is nice, but a garbage stench permeates the air on warmer evenings as the patio is adjacent to an alley with a dumpster. The bar itself gets very cramped. There is a pool table, but it's difficult to play especially when people are sitting on the nearby benches.
One thing you have to do at the Field is look at the weird assortment of ceiling fixtures. For instance there is a projector that is inexplicably turned toward the street as well as a row of lights that is placed above a ceiling fan. The latter creates a weird horror film vibe as the blades obscure the light making a slow strobe effect.
Regardless, the beer selection is good and the $6 price is typical for the area. Same thing goes for the other drinks. The staff are friendly and attentive. Not a great bar, but not at all bad.
Several pints into an evening, I decided to briefly slow down with a soda water. When the bartender returned, he informed me it'd be $2. Seriously? Â Again, I'd already had multiple pints, so it wasn't like I was a dead-weight patron. Nevertheless, a $2 charge for 12 oz of soda water.
Add on a tip, a glass of soda water cost me $3. It cost The Field a star on this yelp review.
This used to be one of my favorite bars in cambridge and it still is. That being said I miss the days when it was just a little less popular. In off hours it's still pretty great. The foods pretty good and it's not on the menu but you can order curry sauce for your fries. Quick tip: It's cash only!Review Source:
The Field is a great dive bar. The chicken and chips was delicious, but the bacon cheeseburger took the cake. They have great beers for great prices, but I can't quite give it 5 stars because sometimes it smells like someone couldn't find the bathroom on time... kind of puts a damper on your meal.
But, if you're in an odor free area it's a great place to spend a laid back evening!
Met my lady friend here at 6 on a Wednesday.
Chill pub - pool table, billiards, cool atmosphere, not too busy. Waiter was nice.
I've also been here on weekend nights when it was hopping. Had fun then too.
-chili cheese nachos: we were surprised by how good these were. Not huge, but quite tasty.
-bacon cheeseburger: solid burger. Fries were thick-cut and crispy, which I was quite happy about.
Good music too - made it fun.
My go to low key hang out spot in Cambridge for a beer. Â It'd get five stars if they had a couple more IPAs available (what can I say: I'm a hop head). Â Very eclectic mix of patrons, but what I'd call a 'good bar crowd'. Â Staff is excellent. Â IF you go to ImprovBoston you're sure to run into performers there before and after showsReview Source:
Really disappointing food. I thought there would be more Irish themed food. I liked the decor and the set up but the menu was poor and the food was even worse. The water was warm (not to whine too much but yuck). I ordered fish and chips and it just wasn't very good. The fish didn't taste right and the chips were so bland. The coleslaw was pretty nasty too. My friend ordered steak tips and his plate was a bit better but not nearly as good as one would expect. I definitely wouldn't go back.Review Source:
I really like this place, if I lived closer I probably be there all the time. They have friendly nice bartenders, and just an overall great vibe. Â Decent beer and wine selection, extremely affordable at 6 or 7 dollars. I haven't had cocktails here yet. There are darts, pool table which I never used, and even though I been here three times in the summer/early fall until I came to yelp I didn't have clue that there was such a nice patio out back.
I wish some other bars/pubs Â would take notice of what The Field does with their food menu. Instead of having a large selection of mediocre crappy food, they kept it simple with a one page menu. This allows them have a small selection of food that they do pretty well.
They have basic appetizers like Â nachos, fries, and a selection of wings, a selection of sandwiches, a selection of basic burgers, and a couple of entrees like fish and chips, chicken finger plate, chili.
I had their veggie burger this time which my other friend had last time and liked, which turned out to be really good. Their burgers also are quite good, well they aren't spectacular, I think especially considering the prices it's a great value. I'm not fan of their steak fries which might come from a bag but whatever. All of the food is in the 7-10 dollar range. Â I plan on being in the neighborhood for some dance classes this summer so I will be back for sure. Â
ps: They have great bartenders and the service has always been on par every time I been..
This was described to me as "the most hipster bar in Cambridge." Â I don't know if that's the case, but the interior is nice and the drinks are good.
Also their backyard area is fantastic -- certainly worth trying to get a table there if you can. Burger wasn't particularly memorable, but this is a great place to spend a summer evening if you can.
The food is affordable and good. Same goes for the beer. Throw in a couple pool tables and outdoor patio seating in the warm weather and you have a great spot to chill out in Central and get away from the crowds.
It's cash only and they do have an ATM there, but of course it's one of those generic ones so there could be a high fee for using it.
It's also only about 3 doors away when you exit the Outbound train.
What else is there to say? It beats anywhere else you can grab a beer in Central.
I usually don't remember even being at The Field, but since I started my Â new job I've been hitting the place up for lunch a lot.
Things I like:
The music- whoever is manning this ipod is a goddamned genius.
The food- it's actually decent pub food and I believe everything is under $10
Pool table- nuff said
Booze- nuff said again
Things I don't like:
Cash only- come on Central Square. Stop smelling your own damn farts all the time and get a credit card processing vendor.
Not-quite divey fun.
Convinced to coworkers to make the trek to Cambridge to see how the hipsters do bar night. Â Success! Â A return to old-time fun, the Field boasts a real-life dartboard (perhaps too close to an active door to be safe), and a healthy outdoor patio that puts that of the Rattlesnake to shame.
Beers (~$6) and cocktails were reasonably priced, with a hilarious but tasty drink of the day: Â the John Daly (lemonade, iced tea, and vodka). Â Arnold Palmer would be proud.
Clientele was friendly, with the bar's makeup being only about 1/3 hipster. Â Food was just okay - potato skins were a bit heavy, and the hot dog (soft-skinned, soft-bellied) was merely average in the pantheon of Boston Hot Dogs.
Never had the food here. Just the drinks. Great tap selection and the service tried as best they could on busy nights. Always friendly and entertaining. There's a pool table, but it gets freaking crowded so that's kind of a crappy idea.
Ok, ok, I'll be honest. I only went here for the cute Irish male bartenders. Oh, God, what woman can resist those accents!?!? Swoon.
I swung by right after work to have a much-needed drank and some fatty snacklets to soak up the whiskey. Full disclosure: all I had at the Field was a Jameson, a bit of my boyfriend's black and tan, and some of the much-hyped curry fries. Jameson never disappoints and the black and tan was delicious, but I am sorry to report that the curry fries were just alright.
There was nothing actively WRONG with the curry fries, but they were so much less exciting than I thought they would be. They are steak fries that someone poured uninspired curry sauce all over. That's it. It is entirely possible that I was expecting too much of the curry fries, but I couldn't help feeling super disappointed. Honestly, I want to give the Field just two stars, given the sheer mediocrity of those fries, but I don't feel right doing that without trying more of their food. Problem is, because I was so underwhelmed by those fries, I have zero interest in having more to eat at the Field.
Ok, so some positives to justify the third star: like I said earlier, the black and tan WAS damn tasty, and the service was really good. The girl helping us was super friendly and attentive, which is pretty rare at a place like the Field. If you're just going for drinks, I enthusiastically recommend this bar. When you start to get a bit peckish though, I suggest heading someplace else.
A friendly neighborhood bar with great potential.
Pros: Seasonal outdoor patio seating; rarely crowded; easy access to T
Cons: Limited craft beer selection; limited food menu; very slow kitchen
The Field is a decent place to grab a beer and hang out with friends, but so far has not lived up to its full potential. They offer the standard selection of macrobrew beers but have very few craft beer selections and could benefit from rounding out their menu with some Belgians and more IPAs.
Strangely, their best feature, a large comfortable back patio, is not even listed on their website and most people I have talked to were not aware of it and became excited upon hearing about it. (Why keep it such a secret?) The patio could benefit from a few more greenery and and inexpensive decorations to mask the trash storage and other unattractive features, but is by far one of the best outdoor drinking spaces, surpassed only by Charlie's Garden in Harvard Square.
The food menu is limited but offers solid pub fare, although the kitchen appears to have some problems with efficiency and order fulfillment. The waitstaff seems resigned to this limitation and while apologetic, the experience leaves a less than professional impression. Some of my meals have come out in a reasonable amount of time, but more than once a simple cheeseburger with fries took longer than 1 hour to arrive.
The bartenders have always been very friendly at The Field, and despite the unfortunate configuration of the bar (small, cramped, and one sided) they are very efficient. The Field could definitely benefit from removing their center wall (structure allowing) and creating an island bar to unify their two rooms, providing better flow and taking full advantage of their space.
Overall, The Field can be a fun place to drink beer, especially on warmer days, but until things improve, skip the food and stick to the brews. With a few improvements, this could be a truly unique venue and could contend for the top spot in Cambridge.
This place is decent. Went on a Friday night afterwork, Due to train issues I ended up getting there about 45mins before my friend so I grabbed a table, beer and some buffalo fingers to keep me occupied while I waited.
It is kind of dark, and pretty loud, dont go there on a first date or something where you want to talk in normal volume.
The menu is limited, and the food is okay. The buffalo fingers were just frozen chicken fingers dressed with Franks Red Hot.
I also got the grilled cheese with tomato sandwich, which apparently is server open faced. Why?? I dont know, but it was. The cheese was american, and the bread was dry. Maybe if it was served normally it would be different.
Overall, I'd come back, but I wouldnt come back for food, probably just for beer.
Facts. Let's talk about them:
+ Beers prices range from slightly under the going rate to average for the area.
+ There is a pool table in the back room, but it is so close to the corner walls and other tables that you will literally piss everyone off when you try to play. Seriously. I probably poked 5 different people in the face/butt/throat last time I played here. This should probably be a negative point, but it always turns into lulz, so yay!
- Tap selection is humble.
- Off the beaten path of Mass Ave, but still gets crowded. I'm pretty sure fire codes are being broken every weekend.
Solid local pub. Cash-only as far as I can tell but no warning about that, which sucks. Food is boring, just OK, but traditional Irish/pub grub if you're into that sort of stuff. I am, and it was...serviceable and overpriced.
I've only ever gone earlier in the day, or once late-late-late on a Thursday night where it was completely dead even though the rest of the bars in the area were all closing at that point. Not sure whether it has enough charm for me to ever want to brave the crowds during more popular times (the way I will, grudgingly, for brunch at the Druid or a night at River Gods.)
Something about it just feels weirdly ominous to me, and I'm pretty sure that if I ever try to use the women's bathroom in there I might be stabbed by a murderer or transported to Narnia. I don't know where the women's bathroom is and I've been here three or four times. It appears to be off some creepy hallway. I know extremely well where the men's bathroom is; the regulars have a charming habit of leaving the door wide-open so that I get an undesired glimpse of stranger penis all the way across the room. There's also a room with a pool table(?) and a patio, neither of which I've ventured into at all because of my aforementioned terrors.
It's fine. It's...it's just fine. Except for unsolicited stranger penis, that is rarely fine.
It is almost 20 degrees Celsius outside, and you somehow ended up in Central Square in Cambridge in the somewhat decent state of Massachusetts. Are you looking for a bar with a good patio at a great location and with some decent food on a Saturday afternoon? Do you have plenty of $10 and $20 banknotes in your pocket? If you said yes, then this place should have your answer.
I actually decided to come here to actually meet some more strangers that now become people that I know, improve my faith and confidence, and to potentially expand my somewhat mediocre social network based on my interests even though I felt out of place at times.
The beer selection is not the best beer selection, but they have a decent variety. I decided to get an Irish beer, so I got a Murphy's Irish stout. This is a beer with a very black color, and supposedly has a coffee taste. Stout beer is usually the type of beer I enjoy the least, but surprisingly, I actually enjoyed drinking my pint (about 473 mL), mainly because it was surprisingly refreshing when it was chilled. However, it left a bitter aftertaste like a lot of stout beers I drank and I felt a little heavier. I actually like Murphy's more than Guinness mainly because it was more refreshing.
As for food, they surprisingly can make a really good Cheeseburger. I had it cooked medium with Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion. The bun was surprisingly soft and chewy. The burger itself was freshly cooked and tender. Another great choice is the Curry Fries. This is French fries with curry sauce. Fried potatoes and curry sauce can make an almost addictive but tasty combination to eat. It's actually better than eating French fries with ketchup. The sauce does not have any spice at all. You can get curry sauce added on your fries with your Cheeseburger for an additional $1.
The service was actually good here. The food came in quicker than expected. The server was really nice, and she was very eager to answer any questions. One major disadvantage this place has is that you need to have plenty of cash ready to pay for your beers and food. Â The atmosphere is actually decently good, the patio is really nice, and the interior looks very... Irish-American.
Overall, this is actually a great place to hang out on a Saturday afternoon if you want burgers and beer on a patio, but I can imagine this place being a somewhat decent bar during a Friday or a Saturday evening. I cannot believe I am actually giving this place a really good rating, but I actually liked this place. I would be glad to come back if I get a chance to sit at the patio on a Saturday afternoon and when the the weather is almost 20 degrees Celsius or greater and with clear skies.
This a dive for "studying" or "looking pensive" rather than for "carousing" or "looking vomity." Actually it's not a dive at all. REPEAT: THIS IS NOT A DIVE. It's just kind of a non-descript bar that is not fancy or nice in any way.
Buuut I like it. Lots of Irish accents make me feel almost like I'm in Quincy. They apparently have a patio but I somehow have never been out there and I don't even care; they get a nice breeze when they open the front door. Nobody bothers you, which, I guess, is another pretty good sign that you are not at a dive. They have some food that is not very good but I still order with puzzling regularity.
I am failing at this review. I make it sound so horrible. I don't know what to do anymore!
"Neighborhoody"? In a world where that was a real world, I feel like it would accurately describe The Field. It's kind of homey in a way that is difficult to maintain when you are 15 steps from Mass Ave right by a major T stop.
Bull feathers, I've never written a review of the Field.
The Field is a classic, simple, no frills, very likely no thrills, pub. There are no gimmicks. There are no fancy-tini lists. There are no knitting nights (at least I hope not). There are no open mic nights. There are no extensive lists of obscure beer.
What the Field does have, makes up for what it is lacking. There are lot's of fun people at the Field (read that as freaks, geeks and people with all make and model of foreign sounding accents). There are cheap, quick, pub food items (burger, chicken sandwich, hot dogs, etc.). There are all your old time favorite beers and liquors. And, yes, people - yes, there are bathrooms.
But, why am I a fan of the Field? Well. It's the least stressful bar to go to in Central. I don't feel bad that I look like a regular Joe when I walk in. I feel like nobody gives a shit that I am not wearing skinny jeans and a $75 dollar flannel shirt. And, well yeah....they have my favorite shit beer in a can.
3 stars I feel is fair for my only one visit there tonight. Tried a couple of other people's beers...Sam Adams light...something...and New Wish? New something. Anyway they tasted good! Dartboard in the back corner and a large pool table in the same room. Not enough space for the number of people in there for sure. But maybe I say that cuz we "loitered" in the back corner and were in the servers' way most of the time.
Maybe I'm not the type to hang out at bars, it wasn't really my kind of fun. But a good experience nonetheless. The "bar type" would probably enjoy this place?
Are you looking for an Irish bar that has a patio? Â Are you willing to come to Cambridge for a bar like that? Â If so, this is your place.
A bar is a place that serves beer, and often also serves wine and spirits, and sometimes sells food too. Â Spirits is another word for liquor. Â An Irish bar is a bar that is run by people from Ireland or of Irish descent.
All different types of people like to come to this bar, from plebeian locals to intellectual students. Â Just the last time I went here alone, I met the following people:
-- A boisterous young lady who lives in the neighborhood. Â She is always talking about her wacky friends and her cat.
-- A sagacious young woman who sometimes has straight hair and sometimes has curly hair. Â She likes trivia night a little too much.
-- A funny guy who might or might not be older than me and is in a local band. Â He enjoys drinking beer more than most people.
-- A quieter but somewhat friendly gentlemen who is older than me, but seems really young and can hang out as late as people much younger.
-- An ok Chinese woman.
People that come to this bar will sometimes get Guinness. Â Two units of Guinness should cost around $12 and fill your belly. Â But if your stomach is still feeling empty, you can also look at their food menu and order from a waitress or from the bartender. Â I got a cheeseburger here, which is a beef patty with cheese on it and bread, that cost $8 and it was about 12 cm long and my stomach wasn't hungry after I ate it.
Overall, this is a somewhat decent Irish bar in the somewhat decent city of Cambridge in the somewhat decent state of Massachusetts in the somewhat decent country of the United States on the somewhat decent planet we call Earth.
The Field and I have a love/hate relationship. Â I love beer, and sometimes, they hate drunk broads effing up the zen of their fine establishment. Â I'll apologize if they'll forget my 21st birthday.
Granted, I've never done anything here that would warrant being kicked out forever. Â However, the bartender did want to check my ID after visibly stumbling up to the bar to order another round, and was amicable after I giggled wildly while handing it over. Â I made it back home before any true embarrassment occurred.
They have pool tables in the back, which makes them a great place to start a night of drinking. Â They don't do pitchers, and can get crowded, but its a great mix of locals, students, and wicked townies.
What happens when three Americans, three Mexicans and one English guy are together in an irish pub? Yes an Irish pub.
Well, Instead of playing darts or pool in the side room, they just go and seat in a corner by a window, good spot.
Tom (English) decides to sing a bit of some T.A.T.U. song, he is so WEIRD.
Damon (American) thinks is a good idea to drink some sort of hot whiskey (?).
Juan (Mexican) doesn't drink.
Malena (Mexican) DOES drink, but wants to pay with Mexican money because The Field doesn't take credit cards so make sure to bring lots of cash.
Damien (American) decides to take a nap and wakes up occasionally to rock out some songs with Nadya (Mexican) who is sipping some vodka-cran (as usual).
Liz (American) dials google's 411 to find out if picante is still open @ 1:30 am, because she needs her sour cream and guaca, apparently her drink and the Mexican next to her aren't enough anymore.
Anyways, The Field seems like a good option to hang out and drink with good company, lights are dim, the music doesn't get in the way of the conversation, which is always good for us who are going deaf.
Lets do it again now.
What's great about this place is that you can turn on the puke faucet outside, they'll reprimand you a bit, ask you a whole bunch of "are you sure you're all right?"s and "are you okay?"s but STILL let you in and serve you.
Every time I smoke outside, I feel like I'm thisclose to getting into a tussle with one of my friends and we'll be carrying on and they'll playfully push me and I'm tumble backwards with my arms at my sides doing little circles, trying to maintain balance and I'll get bumped onto oncoming traffic, and I'll be constantly rolled back and forth after car upon car comes rolling on top of me.
I almost always get a Black Velvet here which is usually more velvet than black, but I guess they see my face and know I'm one of the two non-Irish people in the bar and I probably don't even notice. And the customers are nice, but I feel like there are a bunch of eager and earnest people there waiting to talk to you and THEY WILL if you look at them once.
I'm beginning to think that this bar was started before they let dames into the place, because the men's room door is right inside the bar. The woman's room, you have to go past a few buckets and mops to this strange hut-type place that you have to walk sideways to. THAT'S CLASS.
Although the Field is one of many, many, many Irishy-type bars in the Boston/Cambridge area it's still worth a stop-in every once in awhile.. Â Lots o' liquor. Â Food. Â Pool table. Â Darts. Â And, for reals, real-life people from the British Isles and their empire. Â There are whole groups of fancy pants people from Australia, England, Ireland, and Wales. Â
The last time I went I was with a large group of friends. Â We were getting our drink on and annoying the table of old people next to us. Â Listen, old people, if you go to a bar in central square then get annoyed by people actually drinking and having a good time you need to stay at home and head back to Woburn. Â
Downsides: 1) no credit card taking! Â This can put a damper on things, but luckily there are numerous atms in the area. Â 2) Old people seem to like this place (this was not the first time I've encountered a group of aging hippies/yuppies at The Field); 3) it can get wicked crowded later in the evening making it hard to talk and drink; and 4) the bathrooms aren't heated so it's like peeing outside during the winter months. Â
Upsides: 1) Cheap; 2) Darts and pool; 3) Amazingly free of annoying harvard students.
In general all pubs in America suck - I'll get to that. This is an exception as it's very much an Irish pub and is quite authentic when I compare it to those I've been to in County Munster. Like those it's got everything you need to spend your day there (i.e. a host of bar games), it's got a dirty wooden floor, it's open late and it's dark and full of interesting artifacts (that description holds for many of the customers).
As Irish pubs go, it's one of the best mock-ups I've seen in Boston. Better than the Phoenix Landing nearby but lacking a bit behind places like the Toucan in London. I'm yet to try the famous Irish pubs south of the Charles.
The Field is fun at night with a lively 20-something scene (possible pick-up joint?). Â But as with pretty much all pubs in America, it's somewhere you'd only really want to go after dark. Why? Because it's sooo dark inside. And this is my general issue with almost all pubs in America - especially Boston.... Â The Lincolnshire religious dudes who came over on THAT ship to found New England didn't drink and so didn't set-up any pubs. That was left to the immigrant Irish centuries later and they introduced their pub style (dark, dirty) and were forced to do it discreetly (small pubs with not many windows). This became 'pub style' in America and now even pubs in California have this depressing small windows Irish style. History lesson over.
What's really missing here for me are English pubs - just one or two would be nice. A good typical English pub should be a big detached building with lots of windows, surrounded by a pretty beer garden. Failing that it should at least dominate a street corner and have several floors of big open windows looking in different directions. The beer and food selection don't have to be legendary, the interior can just be typical wooden shelves with random junk on them. All that's needed is natural light. Is that too much to ask for? NATURAL LIGHT? WINDOWS? Somewhere where I'd feel happy to grab a beer and pub lunch at 1pm and not feel like I'm a dirty booze-hound? Is there anywhere like this here? HELP.
Rant over. Sorry...
"Where do you want to meet up first?" "The Field."
---blah blah blah--- night goes on... go downtown go local go to a wedding go to Ireland and back... crazy this fun that lame this....
"(Slurring) Okay everything's almost closing where should we go?" "The Field."
We have a love/hate relationship with this place like no other. Too much can make you feel like a degenerate. Always treated like a true regular.. hit or a miss crowd. Darts and Pool table... two girl bathrooms. Magners and Newcastle on tap.The burgers, fish and chips are pretty good for after work. Music is simple. Lot of U2, Chili Peppers, Kasabian, Coldplay.. etc.. You'll bump into all kinds of past times here. Morris, Doc, Brandon and crew.. they are the sweetest got your back kind of people. So stepping inside and spending hours in there.. just easy.