Coolidge Corner Clubhouse
When I think of a sports bar, a few things come to mind. First, TVs that only play sports or, God forbid a game isn’t on, every variation of ESPN imaginable. Second, I think beer: lots and lots of beer. Finally, I think hamburgers. Coolidge Corner Clubhouse goes above and beyond on all three.
Located just north of the Coolidge Corner T stop on Harvard St., Coolidge Corner Clubhouse is a popular Brookline restaurant and bar for college kids and locals alike. The restaurant is big enough to comfortably sit a fair amount of people but it isn’t so big that it is overbearing. The walls are covered with at least seven TVs and murals of famous sports players, including Bobby Orr’s famous flying goal from the 1970 Stanley Cup.
When I walked in on a cold and dreary Wednesday afternoon, a burger sounded exactly like what the doctor ordered. I figured that this will be like most all other sports bars I’ve been to, but I had no idea of how huge their choice of burgers, wings, etc. would be. The menu has appetizers, slightly bigger appetizers, salads, a section just for Caesar Salads, roll-ups, sandwiches, grilled cheeses, Mexican food, main entrees, vegetarian food, BBQ, more sandwiches, desert, and of course, burgers; lots of burgers!
The menu is essentially a who’s who list of every famous Boston athlete you can think of and even random non-Bostonians. Seriously, throughout the ten page menu you’ll find Josh Beckett, Larry Bird, Michael Phelps, and of course, Big Papi. At some point you have to wonder if they just Googled, “famous athletes.” Each burger is pretty similar though, usually with just a variant of a topping or two so it’s pretty easy to find something you’ll like.
Being the baseball fan I am, I ordered my hero’s burger, The Ted Williams. Teddy comes with a title of “Simply the Best!” and is a ten-ounce burger with bacon (because bacon makes everything better), mushrooms, and melted cheddar cheese. I ordered the standard curly Q French fries on the side, because anything else with a burger just seems wrong to me.
A short wait later, my burger comes out and this thing is a big ten-ounces, well what little of the burger I can see that is, because they pile so many fries on your plate you wonder, “Who went to the trouble of peeling all of those potatoes?” I ordered my burger medium rare and it did not disappoint: my burger was juicy, messy, and delicious. By the time I got half way through the burger I was already starting to feel the impending food coma, let alone all the fries I still had mocking me on my plate, which, might I add, were also delicious.
The bar was well stocked with almost three-dozen different beers on tap, not to mention the bottled beers and then an impressively extensive drinks menu with an equally wide selection of drinks as there were sandwiches and burgers. The three massive TVs above the bar, the jukebox, and Golden Tee 2011 bring the bar scene together nicely and make it a laid back, fun atmosphere that is really easy to enjoy.
I paid $14 for my Ted Williams burger, and I’d say it was worth it because I couldn’t even finish my meal and I’m no small eater. The lunch menu is a great alternative as well if you’re looking to save money and still enjoy the food and atmosphere.
If you’re looking for a good local sports bar that really means it when they say both “Sports” and “Bar” then Coolidge Corner Clubhouse is for you. The expansive menu for food and drinks, the friendly staff, and the absurd amount of food served makes this a great location to check out anytime.
307A Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446
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