Taps: 26 / Bottles: 38
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by eberkman:
4.78/5 rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Because of its well-thought-out selection, relaxing atmosphere and friendly, attentive, knowledgeable service, Deep Ellum is becoming the preferred gathering site for my Wednesday night drinking crew. While not offering the same sheer number of beers as a certain more well-known and crowded beer bar a couple miles to the south, the selection is at least as good in terms of quality and style variety. A couple dozen tap offerings with a wide range of interesting choices, as well as a lengthy list of bottle selections -- many of which seem harder to find than those offered at Publick House. Clearly a lot of thought has gone into the selection. Haven't had a lot of the food, but the chili is outstanding. Of course the biggest contrast is the atmosphere and the service. Though I can't comment on what it's like on a weekend, it's very chill on weekday evenings -- no fights for tables, plenty of room to spread out, a noise level that allows conversation and a much less fratty clientele. And absolutely no snottiness, arrogance or indifference from the staff (which has become an all-too-frequent and extremely offputting occurrence at the Publick House). They seem to genuinely care that you're there, they want you to enjoy your experience and they uniformly know their beer.
This is a hidden gem that I hope people don't discover too quickly -- I almost hasten to post this review. Too many of these and it could turn into a mob scene.
01-11-2008 03:12:16 | More by eberkman
More User Reviews:
3.97/5 rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
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.
04-13-2014 14:51:41 | More by smcolw
Deep Ellum in Allston, MA
96 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.