Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Thirsty Scholar Pub + Giveaway Winner!

Last Friday evening, my cousin, Carolan, and I went to The Thirsty Scholar in Somerville for dinner and drinks. If you've ever seen "The Social Network," then you might recognize The Thirsty Scholar from the background of one of the opening scenes...

With a few dishes named after the mega-popular movie, The Thirsty Scholar is a hometown pub that offers some traditional Irish pub-style dishes - all for a reasonable price.

On this particular Friday evening, the place was packed, so no photos were taken - but please trust my written word that the food (and, many...drinks) was familiar (in a positive way) and satisfying, with plenty of menu options for vegetarians and omnivores alike. The beer menu at The Thirsty Scholar is fairly diverse, but definitely not impressive (although many of the options are incredibly affordable). For dinner, I ordered the Garden Burger ($9), which is normally grilled with lettuce and tomato, and served on a Kaiser roll. For my burger, however, I asked for guacamole and salsa to use as extra toppings, which made the burger a little more expensive, but also a heck of a lot tastier. As a side, I went with the spicy fries (which cost $2 more). The fries weren't spicy by any means, but they were definitely well seasoned and perfectly crispy.

Menu items at The Thirsty Scholar range from Bangers and Mash ($10) - which is what Carolan ordered, and thoroughly enjoyed - all the way to Lobster Macaroni and Cheese ($16) and Pulled Pork Sandwiches ($9).

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And without further ado, we have a Spring Wine Fest ticket giveaway winner! The winner is....


"I love wine! I would love to go to the Wine Fest! Especially since I learned about it independently of here and started to lust after it!"

Congratulations, Kathy! Please shoot me an email at, and I will send you the details. 


  1. I'm going to the Spring Wine Fest too! Maybe I'll see you there at the first session?

  2. I've only ever walked by the Thirsty Scholar! I imagine it's always packed!!

  3. For two years I lived directly across the street from the Thirsty Scholar! We had to wait almost 2 weeks to get our cable set up, so we watched TV at their bar every night. Fond memories, though I agree, the food & drink is nothing to write home about. On the plus side, they play all the World Cup soccer games!

  4. The Thirsty Scholar is right down the street from me! I love going there. My favorite beer is the hazelnut porter. :-)

  5. I used to live right across the street from there!

  6. Glad you enjoyed your trip to the thirsty scholar Michelle our head chef Ken Carswell does a great job rachel ray loved us too and featured us a few years back we love being a great neighbor hood pub with great pub food great beer and a cool atmosphere! owner Patrick Cross

  7. Thanks for the comment, Patrick! I'm looking forward to returning soon!