The Lower Depths
Taps: 16 / Bottles: 150
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 43 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by IBUnit63:
3.96/5 rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$$
This is a place that's good for postgame beers down Comm Ave from the pahhhk...it's got more of a professional crowd to it...not quite poser but definitely a little on the yuppyish side. Music isn't bad, furniture and fixtures look good. Doesn't really give off a warm, welcoming feeling though - can't put my finger on it...
Taps...around 10-15 or so. Pretty good stuff, too. Nice style and brewery variety - something for everyone!
The service isn't bad - nothing outwardly outstanding; not merely going through the motions but just makin' the donuts.
Speaking of donuts, didn't sample the food just yet.
Major beef: As with another beer bar in Boston owned by the same group, this place is WICKED expensive. 2 javahs and a Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen...24 bucks? I can see javah running pretty expensive but that's a little steep. Still, it's a decent pit stop on the way to the Other Side or something like that...
The individual elements as noted look very good, but one thing this place needs is a little synergy. Good selection? Yup. Quality stuff? Sure. Those two items should make this place much more enjoyable than it is - the "technical merits" are very good but the "artistic impression" needs a bit of work. Even besides the heavy price tag. Don't get me wrong; I don't dislike the place, but I simply don't like it as much as I should.
04-08-2009 15:25:06 | More by IBUnit63
More User Reviews:
4.03/5 rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$$
They have several amazing flavors of TOTs. But said tots are $11, but mostly worth it. Beer selection is great, except they have very few draft beers, I am a big draft fan and most of their draft selections were unimpressive.. Service was great, check the Red Sox schedule, and don't go if the Sox are playing!
12-01-2013 21:07:05 | More by Mini4x
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Should have more options of food. The beer selection is good, but could have more belgian ones. Even some local beers are missing too.
The service is very nice, the people now what they are selling and don't have any problems too help you.
Is a nice place, good to be visit.
06-29-2013 20:04:51 | More by Tainha
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Cash only. Cash only. Cash only. I never seem to remember that, though, so always have to use their on-site ATM (damn fees).
Beers on tap are quite variable - that is, sometimes you go in and it's hard to choose, and sometimes you go in and you go straight to the bottles, which for me is a bummer, because if I'm going to buy a bottle, I'd rather drink it on my dock looking over the water. A limited draft selection also tends to get me to try ones I typically wouldn't, so I guess that's a good thing. Luckily the waitstaff here are quite knowledgeable, and willing to make suggestions - and offer you a taste to be sure it's what you want.
The food used to be unique and of high quality, then it went bad for a while, and now it is back to being delicious. Guess they had chef problems for a while, but they definitely have it sorted out. Sandwiches are once again worth the $10-$12 bucks, especially when they come with perfectly done tater tots.
I think the people that frequent this place are the best. They are not sport crazy, but will watch and celebrate games on the tv. They are all over the place in terms of age and outlook, but all seem friendly. If I am in there by myself, I always find someone interesting to speak with - and I know I would typically not be speaking with them had I not been sitting next to them at the bar.
06-04-2013 18:15:16 | More by KXS
4/5 rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
The atmosphere was pretty good. It's a lively spot with a decent size bar, and both out door and in door seating. The music selection was alright. It has a laid back feel. The service was ok. There was only one employee working, who wasn't the friendliest person but was knowledgeable and knew how to pour a proper Hefe. The beer selection was great. There were some real good beers on tap (Old Raspy, Nugget Nectar, Sculpin). The bottle collection was great as well. Around ten different styles were represented with any where from four to ten beers to chose from for each style. I did find it a little pricey. There were some widely distributed brews with high price tags. Overall, a pretty decent spot to enjoy good beer in Boston.
05-28-2013 14:56:02 | More by JuliusCaesar
4.37/5 rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
I finally got a chance to hit this place up since I was in the area for a business meeting. Easy to find, you step down to a lower level and enter a decent sized room. The bar is to the right with about 20 stools, most of them filled. A few small tables are in the back, and a few more stools along the wall. The place is a bit dark with a bunch of funky murals on the wall. There is also a few tables outside.
There were about 15 beers on draft during my visit. A nice variety of beers such as BBC Coffee Porter, Lost Abbey Red Barn, Smutty and Harpoon IPAs, Full Sail Imperial Stout, Lagunitas Fusion, and Brooklyn Lager were some of the choices. There is a nice sized bottle list in an easy to read menu.
Service was very prompt and friendly, despite the fact I was the only non-local in the place as everyone seemed to know each other. The beers were fresh and tasty. I did not try any food.
Defintely a worthy stop while in Boston.
05-24-2013 11:51:32 | More by Gavage
The Lower Depths in Boston, MA
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