After Hours: All quiet at The Tram Depot
By SEAN KIMMONS | STARS AND STRIPES Published: November 29, 2006
CAMBRIDGE — Hidden away from the traffic on East Road sits The Tram Depot, a quiet English pub that usually has plenty of available seating.
The spacious pub is on Dover Street, a few blocks south of the Grafton Center, one of Cambridge’s shopping venues. Pubgoers can plop down on one of the leather sofas inside or, when weather permits, mingle outside at the patio tables.
By the looks of it, the pub appears to be a good meeting place for groups of people who just want to relax and talk. It doesn’t seem like the ideal place to hit on the ladies or to be eyed by the fellas. But who am I kidding? I’m sure plenty of couples have met at worse places.
Perhaps the best thing about this pub is there are never long lines at the bar. I rarely waited more than five minutes to be served.
Nothing can be more stressful, when you’re out on the town, than having to stand 20 minutes at an overcrowded bar trying to get the bartender’s attention.
This pub has the usual suspects in the drinking arena. There are English ales and lagers on tap and international beer such as Corona, Peroni and San Miguel in bottles. There is a regular selection of spirits and 10 types of wines as well.
Pints of beer will cost about 3 pounds; so will a Jack and Coke.
For those wanting more than a taste of that sweet alcohol nectar, the menu includes hamburgers, Indian curry dishes, and fish and chips. Entrees cost less than 7 pounds.
See previous After Hours reviews here.
The Tram Depot
Location: The Tram Depot is on Dover Street, a few blocks south of the Grafton Center, one of Cambridge’s shopping venues.
Drinks: The usual suspects, from English ales, continental lagers, bottled international beer and a regular selection of spirits and 10 types of wines.
Food: Hamburgers, Indian curry dishes, and fish and chips, among other dishes. Entrees run less than 7 pounds.
Hours: The pub closes at midnight Monday to Wednesday, at 12:30 a.m. Thursday to Saturday and 11 p.m. Sunday.
Clientele: A cross-section of people including locals and shoppers from the Grafton Center.
Entertainment: There is no live music at the pub. It’s more of a meeting place than an entertainment venue.
Dress code: None.