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Flat Top Johnny's - 15 Reviews - 1 Kendall Sq, Cambridge, MA - Bars, Pubs & Clubs Reviews - Phone (617) 494-9605

Flat Top Johnny's

1 Kendall Sq
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 494-9605
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Flat Top Johnny's - Cambridge, MA


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I love hitting up Flat Top's on the off nights, where it's nice and quiet. The bar's really good, and the food isn't bad (just normal pub food, nothing gourmet here!). The pool ta...


Flat top Johnny's is one of a few places in Boston that require identification on entry - 'carding' seems to be a problem in the student areas that travellers to the Boston area n...

Chill place on the off nights 3/19/2010

I love hitting up Flat Top's on the off nights, where it's nice and quiet. The bar's really good, and the food isn't bad (just normal pub food, nothing gourmet here!). The pool tables are nice, and they have some sweet pinball machines that come through. It's a really relaxing way to spend a Sunday. Pros: pool, cool staff Cons: can get crowded, bathroom is a bit of a walk more

adding the other four stars 11/12/2007

Where to begin, "bostonmaine" has essentially accused a Flat Top's employee of stealing.I would expect that a business that has been around for almost 15 years doesn't steal it's customers money very often if ever.This seems like a curious venue to accuse a place of theft. If he suspects an employee of it, why not contact the establishment? . Second of all, if the person at the pool desk wanted to beat him for some cash, he isn't getting very far on 2 bucks. I would guess that bostonmaine checked his credit card statement when he got home...was probably not an actual charge, just an authorization. Finally last i checked, an $8 pool tab, doesn't really fall in the "i play a lot of pool category" more

Good Pool / Lousy Employees 11/8/2007

First off, the pool here is great -- good tables, good cues. It's a good place. I'm giving it one star because the a**hole pool cashier attendant guy tacked on a two dollar tip for himself after we left -- bill was $8 and they charged my card for $10. So the lesson here is, if you're going to go to Johnny's, pay in cash. Or, like me, you could spend your dollars someplace that won't rip you off -- that $2 cost them my business, and I play a lot of pool. more

A great time as usual 9/17/2006

Here you find the right mix of people, casual atmosphere, drinks, food, and pool. And, the music is always just off center, and usually very entertaining. I highly recommend this place, for a night out of playing pool, or darts or even golden-t (yes!). it's also just a good hang...recommended indeed. Pros: Pool, music, friendly environment Cons: Long wait for tables on friday night more

Mixed recommendations 7/25/2006

First off, Flat Top Johnny's is the only decent game of pool I've found in town. Their tables and sticks are in good shape and the ambiance and lighting lend to a good game. Aside from this, I have trouble recommending Johnny's. Their food is so-so, the beer menu, while admirably local, is limited and as stated elsewhere, their service is pretty much awful. If you're just going to shoot a few rounds, the slow service may be easy to miss, but if you're hungry, thirsty or in a rush, you may be in trouble. Pros: Pool equipment and experience Cons: Service, food quality, drink options more

We had fun 5/1/2006

We went with a group. The pool tables were in great shape, good selection of beers, and the food was good pub grub! Busy and fun with an eclectic music mix. I can see why the win best of' every year Pros: music, Pool, beer selection Cons: long wait for tables more

Average for a Pool Hall, disappointing overall 4/22/2006

Flat top Johnny's is one of a few places in Boston that require identification on entry - 'carding' seems to be a problem in the student areas that travellers to the Boston area need to be aware of - whilst not a problem in itself, they do not accept European driving licenses, only passports. This is not properly advertised, and the inability of staff to adequately inform (and handle disgruntled patrons) does not help an evening's pool play off to a good start. Once in, the atmosphere isn't bad, friendly (apart from the aforementioned bar staff) and an average selection of beers and beverages. Very crowded on Friday late-afternoons. Pros: plenty of pool tables Cons: unhelpful bar staff more

it's a good place to play 1/24/2006

The food is surprisingly good for a pool hall, excellent selection of beers on tap and in tables on either side of the river, good laid back service, it's a cambridge vibe for sure! Try this place, you will like it too. more

Staff not so nice... 1/5/2006

Honestly I've never been treated so rudely in my life as when I went to Flat Top Johnny's. I expected the management to be professional, but I've never seen a manager act so rudely. Unless my friends and I did something horribly offensive, which we didn't and certainly wouldn't intend to, and the treatment we received from the staff was startling in its vindictiveness. The staff actually went out of their way to be rude to my friends, and when one of them posted a review here, it was removed and now there are several reviewers here demeaning people who had a different experience and posted unflattering reviews. The nastiness is really strange and unexpected. I hope that whatever staff that works there has changed, because honestly the ones I experienced seemed really angry and unhappy. It's a great place otherwise. Pros: nice pool tables, nicely decorated Cons: rude service more

The best pool in Boston/Cambridge. 4/30/2005

Best pool in Boston! The tables are in great condition (although I'd kill for some Sonomis cloth) and the vibe is very Cambridge. Music is always good, and the waitresses are pleasant and efficient. The bartenders are inventive and engaging. The past couple of years I've become a regular there, and I find to newcomers and regulars alike the same quality service and enjoyable experience. They have popular beers such as PBR and Schlitz and Hoegaarden, but they also stock a few of nearby Cambridge Brewing Company's beers for variety. The food menu has been revamped recently with a Chicken Tender Sandwich as well as more offerings for vegetarians and carnivores alike. The Flattop's Favorite or the Cubano are good choices. They serve alcohol and wine in conjunction with the beer and if you're very lucky you might get to try one of the bartender's signature shots. Pros: Great music., Great staff., Great tables. more

Simply the best... 6/9/2004

Simply the best place to go for pool. The tables are well kept, the food is excellent, and the staff are awesome. Note that the post complaining about the staff is two years old at this point and it's just not accurate. I go every week and I don't even have to ask for a drink anymore. The waitress knows exactly what I want, and keeps the drinks coming until I say "no more!" Just be respectful, and the staff will treat you well. All told, this place is perfect for a night of pool, a few drinks, and some good food. If you want to go to a meatmarket, go to the Rack. If you want to overpay and get lousy food, go to Gillians. If you want to relax, have a dirnk, and shoot a few games of pool, go to Flat Top Johnny's. Pros: relaxed atmosphere, great food more

Great 1/23/2003

Friendly atmosphere and excellent service, by far best in Boston. more

good good 12/2/2002

good drinks, well kept pool tables, the service is casual, but friendly..cambridge vibe Pros: tables, music, people Cons: hard to find more

If only they cared.... 11/26/2002

The food is great, the location is great for the after-work Kendall crowd, but the SERVICE STINKS. You might get your food and like it, but after that - it's all over. If you've been playing pool for 3 hours, and decide that it's shot time, too bad- you won't get a shot if you've been there too long. If you want a beer and actually want someone to get it for you more than once an hour? Well, too bad too! You shouldn't be drinking that much (according to the staff). They are downright rude (and this wasn't a one-time deal either - been there multiple times in a group, and they are RUDE - maybe not so rude if you are by yourself or with 1 other person - just slow then). I'd stay away and go to the much-friendlier (and with MUCH better food) Cambridge Brewing Company. Pros: Great Wings, Decent food Cons: Terrible bartender, Terrible Service, Don't care attitude more

gotta go to fez 10/6/2002

Free pool after 11pm on wednesdays...they have local rock gods/goddesses spinning the sound track..PBR, High Life, and Schlitz...all 2 bucks a bottle..i like it more
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  • The Scene
    Hidden across the street from the popular Kendall Square Cinema, Flat Top's attracts a steady mix of area professionals and local residents. A laid-back vibe permeates both the bar area and the billiards room. Seating on the outdoor patio offers a quiet respite from the noisy bar and its hip soundtrack.

    The Draw
    The 12 tournament-size pool tables are the main attraction, but many come here just to hang out in the bar, sipping something from the lengthy beer list--there's a dozen varieties on tap--or noshing on above-average finger food (the roasted garlic hummus platter makes for a perfect snack). Those waiting for a table can pass the time throwing darts or playing pinball. Free pool after 11pm on Wednesday nights draws a crowd. Relaxed waitresses deliver drinks from the bar to the pool tables without interfering in anyone's shot.

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  • Neighborhoods:

    Area IV