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Bukowski Tavern

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Bukowski TavernBukowski Tavern
very good

65 Ratings
Ratings: 65
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
Taps: 21
Bottles: 100
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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(Place added by: Todd)
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Reviews by SunDevilBeer:
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3.01/5  rDev -23%

Hadn't visited here in nearly 9 years since a miserable visit, but a friend visiting town wanted to meet there so...

Visited around 7 on a weeknight. About half full, met my drinking partner at the bar.

Admittedly I had low expectations given my prior experiences at Buk's/Lower Depths. The hipster/tatooed barkeep met us pretty quickly and cordially to take our orders. Ordered a Harpoon 100BBL Rye IPA, my friend ordered a Brooklyn Lager. My beer arrived in a 11/12 oz glass, my friend got a foamy pint. Both beers tasted OK, but were small for the price.

During our visit the music escalated in volume immensely. Crappy techno punk from the barkeeps ipod....ick.

Bartender was checking back often...kudos. Was surprised at the service level given Buk's reputation & my prior disappointing visits.

The thing that really derails this place is the pricing....1 to 2 dollars more than the rest of Boston for drafts. Looked at the bottle list and most of them were out and out ripoffs.

Cash only here. Bullshit.

Not a place I'm anxious to return to, but better than I'd previously thought.

06-12-2011 03:32:14 | More by SunDevilBeer
More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

07-29-2014 02:53:31 | More by chrisharris
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

07-14-2014 11:05:45 | More by ivyman
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

06-26-2014 00:17:19 | More by SweetChicken
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

06-24-2014 03:05:41 | More by bpfrush
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4.12/5  rDev +5.4%

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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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

05-29-2014 02:45:40 | More by doremite
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

03-03-2014 16:11:05 | More by Steve-Atlantic
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-02-2014 00:33:50 | More by BostonPhilly
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

01-29-2014 06:15:21 | More by tegelaar
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Bukowski Tavern in Cambridge, MA
88 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.