Beat Hotel

Located below street level on Harvard Square’s Brattle Street, the newly opened Beat Hotel  is a true treat for all of the senses.

Beat Hotel

Please excuse the fuzzy photo. I got lost, and it was raining! The owner of Beat Hotel mentioned that they had  a sign for the sidewalk on the way, which will much easier for people to find this currently hidden gem. Inside, I first noticed how vast the space is. It just keeps going and going, and there are two nice long bars in addition to the dining areas, making it a comfortable space for crowds to stretch out.


The decor is 60′s-chic, with lots of colors and funky lights, making the environment cool and bohemian without being tacky and overdone.

Beat Hotel


Like its sister property, The Beehive, Beat Hotel is definitely centered around music and features nightly jazz or blues, creating a laid back vibe that is easy to be in.


That same artistry is carried through to the food and beverage at Beat Hotel. My American Breed cocktail (Makers, St. Elder Elderflower liqueur, apple cider) was a kicking taste of fall. Bar staff was a delight, and even though I was first at the event, I was made to feel incredibly welcome.

  Beat Hotel cocktails

Beat Hotel cocktails

Even more exciting are the wines on tap, which allows Beat Hotel to offer a variety of wines by the glass, always fresh and delicious.

wine on tapThe wine list is comprised of mostly (maybe all?) California wines, but I loved that it offered far more than your typical Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Grapes like Gruener Veltliner, Roussanne, Marsanne, and Cabernet Franc help to make up this list, and it’s exciting for wine lovers.

wines on tap


tuna spring rolls

{Tuna Spring Rolls}

The food at Beat Hotel is as fun, funky, and innovative as the decor and drinks. I loved everything I tried. The fun part about dining with a big group, especially of food bloggers, is the opportunity to share lots of dishes. These are just a few photos of what we sampled. Everything was outstanding, except for my photos, clearly.

butcher's platter{Butcher Platter}

smoky chipotle spareribs{Smoky Chipotle BBQ Spareribs}

duck salad{Duck Salad}

raw bar platter{Raw Bar Platter}

vegan bowl{Vegan Earth Bowl}

It was the Vegan Earth Bowl that blew me away, even after some more intricate dishes before it. I have a little marathon coming up this weekend so decided on a healthier option for my entree at Beat Hotel. The Vegan Earth Bowl was the best choice, and I have been craving it since. Veggies, edamame, pilaf, roasted pumpkin, and pumpkin tahini made this dish burst with flavor. It’s portion was large enough that I had leftovers, and it was so fresh and yummy that it was positively addictive.

I had an amazing experience at Beat Hotel and look forward to going back again soon to sample the rest of the menu. Apologies for the weirdly sized and blurry photos in this post, blog issues abound, as always!

Dinner was complimentary, however all opinions are my own.

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Tags: Boston, cambridge, cocktails, Dining out, Restaurants, wine

  1. Michelle Lahey’s avatar

    It was so good seeing you at this event! I’ll have to try the Earth Bowl next time I visit.


  2. Megan’s avatar

    That atmosphere looks really cool and I so want that cocktail!


  3. Sues’s avatar

    I love the interior photos! And I feel like I need to recreate that cocktail at home! Sad I missed this one!!


  4. Daisy’s avatar

    this place looks so fun!


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