1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Deep Ellum

Not Rated.
Deep EllumDeep Ellum
BA SCORE
96
world-class

150 Ratings
Ratings: 150
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.28%
Taps: 26
Bottles: 38
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

477 Cambridge St
Allston, Massachusetts, 02134-2019
United States
phone: (617) 787-2337

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @ellumbarboston

Notes:
None, yet.

(Place added by: konabrewer on 01-10-2007)
Place: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 150 | Reviews: 118 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by LittleDon:
Photo of LittleDon
4.48/5  rDev +3%

Pros: Outstanding taps, particularly locals. Very good food.
Cons: Loud, hard to find parking, small

With so much to choose from in the Greater Boston area how do the best places survive? Start with a small, but navigable tap selection, add enticing menu choices, and put this in a comfortable setting. Deep Ellum has all this. While the number of choices won't blow you away, the quality should. The Thursday night I was there, about half the selections were superb choices from Clown Shoes, Cambridge Brewing, Pretty Things, and Notch. The other half were split between US and non-US breweries. Nothing was standard (there were at least two smoked beers on the menu). Service was average to good, hard to tell as I arrived at the front end of a very busy night. Regardless, I greatly appreciate the staff's flexibility in providing me with a half pour, something not on the menu. If there's anything negative to be said about Deep Ellum, it's that it is a victim of its success. It is small and fills very fast. Like many places, the seating leads to a very loud experiences. In this case, louder than most. Yes I am old and my hearing is not what it was. But asking my drinking partner to repeat nearly everything said tells me that this place is louder than most. In a similar situation, parking can be a challenge. Fortunately, I arrived close to 6 PM, when on the street parking was still reasonably close. I can imagine what it would be like later in the evening or on a Friday or Saturday night.

How does this stack up against the other Boston establishments I've visited? Despite the parking and noise, I enjoyed my visit enough to return, assuming there is some variation in the beer selection and menu. If I do return, I'll try to make it early in the week, though, as this might ameliorate some of the parking and noise issues.

LittleDon, May 05, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of parris
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

parris, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of BKotch
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

BKotch, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of TheAnk
4/5  rDev -8%

TheAnk, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of cshafer7
4/5  rDev -8%

cshafer7, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of ThatPerson
5/5  rDev +14.9%

ThatPerson, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of Boston71
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Boston71, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of mklisz
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

mklisz, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of cfrobrew
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

cfrobrew, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of ZDSmith87
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

ZDSmith87, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of jt2488
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

jt2488, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of harrington_ptj
5/5  rDev +14.9%

harrington_ptj, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of insearchofhops
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

insearchofhops, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of Tschnab
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Tschnab, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of ivyman
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

ivyman, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of doremite
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

doremite, May 29, 2014
Photo of Hoggo
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Hoggo, May 24, 2014
Photo of Davepoolesque
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Davepoolesque, May 23, 2014
Photo of Beeahluvah
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Beeahluvah, May 23, 2014
Photo of smcolw
3.97/5  rDev -8.7%

Unless you're from the area, Deep Ellum is not easily found nor easy to get to, but it is worth a trip for some unusual beers. I was impressed that they had several German beers on tap in addition to the usual blend of domestic craft brews. All of the beers were of high quality and many were not commonly available. The range of beer styles ensures that there is something worthwhile for every palate.

The small, long and narrow bar is located on the corner of two very busy streets: North Beacon and Cambridge. You need to be alert as it does not have much of a street presence. From the door, there's a bar for about 20 on your left and a single row of tables on the right with the restrooms and kitchen toward the back. The decor is relatively plain and unremarkable. While I did not have any of the food offered, I would describe it as fancy bar fare. My neighbors thought their food was good for what that's worth.

The service was more or less indifferent. The bartenders would come by within five minutes of an empty glass to offer a refill. Although the bar was full, no one seemed to be harried. At each end of the bar were two unwatched TVs with no volume. The general feel was friendly and convivial.

smcolw, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of SveNss0N
4/5  rDev -8%

SveNss0N, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of thesarahfuller
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

thesarahfuller, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of mchengcit
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

mchengcit, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of jwps214
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

jwps214, Mar 03, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Deep Ellum in Allston, MA
96 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.