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Wonder Bar - 22 Reviews - 186 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA - Bars, Pubs & Clubs Reviews - Phone (617) 351-2665

Wonder Bar

186 Harvard Ave
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 351-2665
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Wonder Bar - Allston, MA
Wonder Bar - Allston, MA
Wonder Bar - Allston, MA
Wonder Bar - Allston, MA
Wonder Bar - Allston, MA
Wonder Bar - Allston, MA
Wonder Bar - Allston, MA
Wonder Bar - Allston, MA
Wonder Bar - Allston, MA
Wonder Bar - Allston, MA
Wonder Bar - Allston, MA


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I was visited my friend who lives nearby and we told me we had to get there by 11p. It was a little slow but I'm so glad we did! Shortly after, there was this huge line and I gu...


I would like this place if there was a better "people" atmosphere. Like the other reviewers, the meatheads and bouncers can ruin a night. What is worse is the whole "no jerseys, n...

Great Mix, but Meatheads Abound 8/15/2010

I would like this place if there was a better "people" atmosphere. Like the other reviewers, the meatheads and bouncers can ruin a night. What is worse is the whole "no jerseys, no hats" thing like only people who look like Juelz Santana is going to start a fight there. Most of the fights I have seen have been amongst the college MHs. If they want to ban the seediness, they need to make this bar upscale, cover charge guys at the door, and give some lighting for the people who want to relax and actually "see" other people. more

unfriendly service 4/11/2010

the bouncers were smoking cigs. Pros: ok bartenders Cons: crappy music more

Great Birthday Club 3/29/2010

Definitely a great time for any event, B-Day AGREED!! Good people, great DJ;s , beautiful lounge and dance floor. Nicely kept at cap not crazy over the top. I agree with the author of the List, a lot of fun for an event or in general. more

Avoid at all costs 3/27/2010

I was in the Wonder Bar recently with a group of friends. At the end of the night, we were aggressively approached to settle up our bill. Well, we already had it ready to go, credit card already inside. The only male in the group suggested that the "security guard" take it and relax a bit. This led to a few security guards pulling the table out and grabbing him to take him outside. (He had insisted on walking out himself, but they did not allow that to happen). Seconds later, he was being choked, directly in front ot their front window. I'm not joking, he was actually foaming-at-the-mouth. The person then disappeared. (Most likely hiding inside the bar, which was now closed). One of the following 2 situations are true. Either: This person IS a "security guard" there, and is allowed to treat patrons violently with no consequence. - OR - This person was another customer, and Wonder Bar "security" completely ignored the attack. Either way, this is clearly an unsafe place of business, and there is no need to spend your money there just to be treated poorly! I am sorry that I was forced to give this place even one star - it doesn't deserve it! Cons: Unsafe, hostile environment more

I wonder why anyone likes this place 2/10/2010

This is another place that always has a line and doesn't deserve one. I guess it's the spot for dancing to top 40 songs with a bunch of drunk chicks and meatheads. I guess that appeals to some people. Pros: chicks Cons: everything else more

Douchey Bouncers, Exhibit A: Thomas McDermott 9/19/2009

Our party was downstairs, our crowd was so big that the lower level was personally opened by the manager for our group [students of a graduate school in Boston, thus our need for libations]. I showed up in a fashionably, but not unreasonably, late manner, and the bouncer (named above) refused to let us down to where our party was. For that, I really should give this bar 0 stars. It's unbelievably insulting to your customers when you refuse to admit them to their own party (especially having made them already pay the cover). And before you start to wonder to what degree I'm biased (at least in terms of the disparity of my comments between the male and female employees of Wonderbar), let me just say that I am a straight female and not some creepy guy who irrationally loved the female employees and hated the male employees. The above-mentioned bouncer in particular was acting like he was guarding the gates of Ibiza. Come on buddy, stop giving your bar that much credit. (I made sure to get his full name, here it is again: Thomas McDermott, tall blonde douche with a superiority complex, which is likely the result of his over-compensation for lack of girth.) The DJ upstairs was weird, but not bad. He only played 30 seconds of every song and then mixed in a new song very quickly; it was hard to enjoy the music. I did enjoy my drink; it was strong and delicious. Pros: good drinks, hot & friendly female employees Cons: douchey bouncers, truncated songs, elitist mentality more

The Secret to Wonder Bar Business 9/18/2008

Upon reading this please understand that I, writing this, have a Bachelors degree in Food Science, and understand the chemistry of Cooking and Food. The "secret "to the pizza is that there is water added to the dough. This saves using tomato sauce and adds a slimy texture to the pizza. This is quite pleasing in taste, but when too much water is added is very mooshy and greasy. Secondly, I have gathered that business is best inside the restaurant, and that if you want delivery, you are 65% likely to get a less satisfying pizza. Pros: the food eat-in food is great Cons: The Pizza is poor when it is pick-up more

Difficult Night 6/22/2008

One goes out to the bar to relax and let loose, I was more stressed and angry when I left than I had been all week. My friends were seperated to another location so meeting people throughout the night is difficult and they do not allow males to dance in the raised area at the back of the club, and my fiance was told to get down from the area, I never support gender inequality and this was a great example of it. I would not reccommend this bar. Pros: Drinks were good Cons: Gender Inequality, Serperation of Bar Areas makes meeting-up w/ friends difficult more

Great bar in Allston! 3/15/2008

I love Wonderbar! I had the best Halloween celebration there a few years ago, and every time I have gone since has been a great time. They rarely have a cover (for girls at least; sometimes they charge guys $5). They play amazing music, and always have a really fun crowd. Pros: Great music Cons: Hard to get a bartenders attention more

To Avoid The Typical Allston Crowd 3/1/2008

I've actually become quite fond of Wonder Bar since it has the same atmosphere and ambiance of a trendy nightclub/lounge in Downtown Boston without the Downtown prices. It certainly gets busy after 11pm but if you show up around 9:30-10:00, you can score yourself a nice, dark brown booth and get some table service instead of waiting at the bar for a drink. They have two bars: the main bar upstairs that is typically crowded and a second bar down the stairs which is small, less crowded, and much quieter than upstairs. The crowd is pretty typical every night of the week there ranging from those gangbangers looking to grind on petite little Asian women with the extremely well-dressed euro-Asian men. Music is pretty solid with mostly remixes of top 40 songs. Dance floor is small but thats a good thing I guess so people can get down and dirty. Drink prices range from $11 for cocktails and $7 for mixed drinks and they have a small food menu with practically only nachos, quesadillas, and wraps. A good beer selection (if you count good to be what you can find at any other bar. They have Sea Dog which is awesome!) Bouncers wear all black, including the bartenders and servers, and I have never had a problem with them. They have a "relaxed dress code" I'd like to call it where they claim they have one but its rarely enforced. Overall, I always have a good time there and when worse comes to worse to figure out where to go, depending on what you're wearing, def. check out Wonder Bar. Pros: Good cocktail list for cheap prices, solid atmosphere Cons: Same crowd every night of the week, "relaxed dress code" more

Great Scene - No Wait Before 11p 8/13/2007

I was visited my friend who lives nearby and we told me we had to get there by 11p. It was a little slow but I'm so glad we did! Shortly after, there was this huge line and I guess sometimes they charge a cover after 11p. I has so much fun! The dancefloor was a good size so you were bumping into people left and right, and the DJ was fantastic. He even played the songs we requested. When we got downstairs, it was a cool place catch our breath and chat with friends without screaming to each other. Pros: The bartender guy who puts on a show for you when you order something. Cons: Downstairs bathroom. more

CUBAN RAINBOW!!!! Best drinks! 2/15/2007

So , I walked in and had a look at the menu, then asked the bartender what his specialty is. He (Driven) mentioned something called a "Cuban Rainbow". It is a wonderful concocshun of fruit flavored vodkas and a tad of juice. It was incredible. My friend ordered a White Russian and said that it was the best one ever!!! We also ordered some food. The BBQ chicked pizza was delish!! Both the bartender and cook were amazingly friendly and talented at what they do. Big up to the Wonder bar and phenomenal staff!! more

Great place 6/6/2006

This is a great hang out but please get a new bartender. The chick with the black hair that is upstairs needs an attitude adjustment. The music is better some nights more than others. Pros: Music, Ambiance, Location Cons: Bartender more

User review by dq613 4/2/2006

I went there last Friday with some girlfriends, we're all from the NYC area, and had a great time! Good music, good drinks, and good atmosphere! Pros: good music, good dancing more

A Welcome Surprise 10/16/2005

Having just moved back to Allston I am happy to rediscover the Wonder Bar. I have been a couple of times. During the week they seem to feature live music. On the weekend, Both floors were open and the crowd was great with an amazing vibe. They had different DJ's with the basement being a really cool scene. The food was great and we were able to eat late. Pros: Ambiance, crowd, music Cons: can be crowded more

Great service, Nice bar 11/17/2003

While parking was a nightmare, things only got better as my friend and I entered Wonderbar. The bouncers were nice, there was no cover (!) and we found a seat at the bar. It wasn't smoky and the ambience was great. A lot of the guys were wearing really tight pants, but we managed to meet some guys to talk to that were friendly and intelligent (and not wearing the tight pants.) The music upstairs almost put me to sleep, but it was better downstairs, although the low ceiling down there will bring out the claustrophobic in you. Bartenders were super-nice and the manager even thanked us for coming as we left! Who knew such service existed in this town? Pros: Service, No cover, Atmosphere Cons: Parking, Music, Guys in Tight Pants more

wonder...ful! 12/20/2002

I heard good things about this place so I decided to check it out one night with some friends. When you walk in, the bar is on the left, and the rest is quite restaurant-like. Tables, music, dim lighting, high ceilings, kinda cool. It was a saturday night and the bar was pretty crowded. We were lucky that there happened to be a table available on this raised level in the bar, which happened to be right next to a table full of recent college grads who started up conversation with us gals right after we sat down. There's also a downstairs area that we never got to check out. Sure to be a good time if you run into cool people, otherwise you may get kinda bored. But all in all, a very nice bar. Pros: big bar, affordable more

great 11/12/2002

great staff. fun place, good food. The music downstairs is much better then upstairs, but it's still a grat place all around. more

trendy jazz bar 10/13/2002

Considering I don't smoke, I love this bar! The high ceilings give it great ventilation. The music is great also, and the crowd is not always the same. Sometimes it's euro, sometimes it's not. If your out for a good time, and good martini's, this is the place! and it's NO cover! Pros: good music, good atmosphere, good drinks more

Thanks John! 10/13/2002

We literally stumbled upon this place while visiting Boston this past weekend and what a find it was. It MADE our weekend. Service was excellent and John one of the managers actually got us a cab back to the hotel. The food was awesome, and the atmosphere was great. Thank you Wonder Bar! Pros: great location, live music, people watching Cons: NOTHING!, Get there early more
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  • In Short
    Popular with area students and young professionals looking to take a break from Allston-Brighton's beery sports bars, Wonder Bar provides a classy alternative. With its dark colors and designer martinis, the large upstairs room sports a New York lounge feel. DJs and live bands play throughout the week, and TVs show all the big games. A menu of upscale finger foods (roasted pear salads, baked brie with crostini, roasted vegetable pizza) keeps everyone satiated.

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  • Neighborhoods:

    Kelton Street, Allston-Brighton, Commonwealth