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Deep Ellum

Not Rated.
Deep EllumDeep Ellum

Taps: 26 / Bottles: 38
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
96
world-class

141 Ratings
Ratings: 141
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.28%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @ellumbarboston

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(Place added by: konabrewer on 01-10-2007)
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LittleDon

Texas

4.48/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $$

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.

05-05-2013 22:40:17 | More by LittleDon
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Deep Ellum in Allston, MA
96 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.