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Bukowski Tavern

Not Rated.
Bukowski TavernBukowski Tavern

Taps: 21 / Bottles: 100
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
88
very good

63 Ratings
Ratings: 63
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1281 Cambridge St
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02139-1338
United States
phone: (617) 497-7077

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @bukscambridge

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(Place added by: Todd)
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SweetChicken

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

06-26-2014 00:17:19 | More by SweetChicken
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

06-24-2014 03:05:41 | More by bpfrush
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I frequent the Bukowski in Back Bay frequently, but I must say I prefer this one. First off it's probably three times larger and not nearly as divey. Second, I find the tap selection to be more varied featuring more unusual brews. Third, this one opens up to the street.

The single room is 30 x 40 feet with a 20 foot bar to the side. The tap list is about 25 - 30 different offerings. And with the exception of Pabst Blue Ribbon, all of the beers are craft. On this Saturday afternoon (May 31, 2014), it was active but not not too busy. There were a couple of bar stools and several booths available, although all of the tables near the open garage doors were taken.

Although I didn't try the food, the menu could be described as creative bar grub. It is also a sparse choice of eight items and one dessert. Still, everyone seems to enjoy what they ordered, but then again, one doesn't come here for the dining options.

The service borders on indifferent and friendly. Not bad, but also not that attentive--my glass was always empty for about five minutes before I was asked if I wanted another. Not that I would come here strictly for the service.

So, if you are near Inman Square in Cambridge, this would be the place to go. But if you are willing to walk a half mile down Hampshire, you could go to Lord Hobo's, one of the finest beer joints in the area.

05-31-2014 21:24:18 | More by smcolw
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

05-29-2014 02:45:40 | More by doremite
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Steve-Atlantic

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +27.9%

03-03-2014 16:11:05 | More by Steve-Atlantic
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BostonPhilly

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-02-2014 00:33:50 | More by BostonPhilly
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tegelaar

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

01-29-2014 06:15:21 | More by tegelaar
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

I had read about Bukowskis and finally had a chance to have a drink there when I visiting friends in Cambridge.

It's a very unpretentious place and low-key hipster. No attitudes here.

I was impressed with the server's knowledge of beer, and she poured possibly one of the best wheat beers I have seen in a bar.

The beer menu is varied. Some excellent beers and some macro fare. I drank a Berkshire Brewing scotch ale which was quite good. My friend had a Port Brewing Board meeting which was far superior to a bottled beer I had bought a few months earlier and full flavored.
Our friends had German beers.

The appetizers are very good. The sweet potato fries were better than in most restaurants, and the pita and hummus was fresh.

Overall, an excellent Cambridge bar. Perhaps too hipster-grungy for some folks, but craft beer drinkers should check it out.

10-27-2013 22:22:36 | More by brureview
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TheAnk

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

10-12-2013 21:59:49 | More by TheAnk
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$

as far as Boston-area bars which are filed under the craft-centric heading go, Bukowski's to me is somewhat middle of the road. (measured against your everyday bar it impresses considerably more, obviously.)

atmosphere is good; dimly lit, with booths lining the center of the room and the bar stationed off to the right. a collection of high tables is arranged at the front, opposing floor-to-ceiling windows which are removed during warm weather.

service is very hit or miss. I've had bartenders/waitstaff be friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive, and I've had servers such as the one we had last night; while not overtly rude, definitely caught a strong impatient/unfriendly vibe from her - not the level of affability you kind of expect from someone in the service industry (expecting to be tipped).

selection is solid, covering a broad range of styles and breweries. that said, have never really found anything rare or off the beaten path. again, if you're looking for some good craft brews in general? you won't be disappointed. if you want to be blow away? you'll probably be disappointed. if you're in the area it's absolutely worth a stop but not the kind of place you need to go out of your way for.

08-19-2013 06:00:35 | More by BostonHops
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Bukowski Tavern in Cambridge, MA
88 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.