Wednesday, June 06, 2007

New Home Away From Home

Boston is a baseball town. We are Revolution fans. The two are generally not in opposition of each other… until we’re trying to find a nice place to grab a pint or two and watch the Revs away games when the Sox are on. This is when being a soccer fan makes you (at best) a second class citizen.

As of this season though, we revolutionaries have found a place where we can go to watch the Revs with like minded comrades. This place is The Swan in Kendal Square, Cambridge. The Swan sits very inconspicuously across from the parking garage of the Kendal Sq. Cinema. Those familiar with the area perhaps might remember it as the spot Kendall Café used to occupy.

After selling the Kendall Café in 2004, having owned the property for 10 years, Michael Tallon watched his former property close. He then decided to buy it back and renovate the space into the more upscale Swan. It seems fair to say that when he was going through the renovation process a soccer pub was not the final goal, but that being said, given the chance, I really would not change a thing about it. Michael also seems not to mind his establishment becoming the adopted home of die hard Revs fans, as he bought a round at the bar for all in attendance at the first game of the season.

Firstly (and most importantly) The Swan has an excellent beer selection with around 20 beers on tap and features a full bar. Drinks are very reasonably priced with the average pint being 4 dollars, but be sure to account for leaving a large tip as you are certain to be impressed by the very attentive, friendly, (and cute) staff. For the discerning beer drinker The Swan serves Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA, Rogue Dead Guy Ale, Hoegaarden, and the Boston staple Sam Adams (seasonal brew), amongst others. And for the more frugal beer drinker there are two dollar pints of Pabst Blue Ribbon and bottles of Narragansett, which brings me to my next point…The Swan is conveniently located within walking distance of public transportation. (Kendal Sq. stop on the red line)

For those who build up a hunger while cheering on the Revs, The Swan also has a late night kitchen. The food is definitely a step or two above typical bar food. My personal routine during a game is the basket of onion rings and a pint of Sam Adams to start the game off. There are even patrons who come to The Swan solely for the food, a claim which I doubt many other soccer pubs could make. It often makes for an interesting interaction when a dinner is forced to wade through the sea of blue and beer to make it to the much more subdued dinning area in the back.

The Swan has been so gracious and accommodating over the course of this season that many of the game day regulars, myself included, have started grabbing a pint and some food there even on non game days. This Thursday (6/7) there is a group of us who are planning on watching the US v Guatemala game there, which will mark my and most others first non-Revolution soccer game at The Swan and hopefully another step in the development of a long lasting relationship between Revolution fans and The Swan. See ya there. Viva la Swan!

The Swan
233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave
Cambridge, MA

Revs supporters at The Swan for an afternoon away game last month