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Bukowski Tavern

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Bukowski TavernBukowski Tavern

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

64 Ratings
Ratings: 64
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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4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$$

The second Bukowski's ... same format, same attitude, same prices, same dedication to beer, same food menu and pretty much the same beer menu, but with more on-tap; roughly 16 and cask when they have it (call ahead), and well-over a hundred in the bottle, ranging from rare to imports to local to swill. Prices can run high; $5.25 for a premium craft beer to $6-$9 for a Belgian in the bottle and even higher for rarities or large bottles ... but where else are you going to find these beers in such good condition in town, if at all? Suck it up and enjoy! If you're tight for cash, go for a 16oz bottle of Brubaker or Schaeffer for $3 or something local on-tap. Nearly everything is served in its proper glassware and poured to spec, especially Belgian and German beers.

Much bigger than the Boston location, with open floor to ceiling windows in the front and art deco booth-style seating adding even more to the feeling of spaciousness. Painted Charles Bukowski murals cover the walls and load punk, hip hop and alternative music soaks the air. It can get very loud, and it does get very smokey at night (until Cambridge goes smoke-free in Oct. 2003) ... but whatever, if you're into it, like me, you can hang in this place for hours!

Food is always great; basic to eclectic. Try their Mac and Cheese, Buck Burger with Mashed, Peanut Butter Burger, White Trash Cheese Dip, Sweet Potato Fries or my favourite ... Tunn Brod Rulle, a Swedish sandwich with a maple hot dog, mashed potatoes, thousand island dressing and a secret kick hugged in a lavish wrap.

Staff is kick-ass, interested in beer and trained in beer. Service is always great, and served with the renown Buks attitude ... embrace it with some patience and your visit will always be a great one. But, walk in as a beer nerd with a chip on your shoulder and you will get stomped.

Bottom-line: Buks in Cambridge is always a great time, and always has a great selection for the quaffin'. If you're in the area ... do not hesitate in dropping by for some beer and food. It's a must. Oh, and bring cash ... or use their ATM that's located in the back. Like the other Buks, this place is "In cash we trust."

07-05-2003 12:45:23 | More by Todd
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3.95/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$

Same as the first but different from its self, whatever that means. It's the second installment of the original but everything is the same other than the full bar.

The food is the same as well as the service. As long as you act like you belong there you are all set. The prices are the same as well, this is Cambridge (Boston area) and this is the way it is. You could be worse off and go to a trendy club to drop $6 on a short pint of Guinness. This is a no holds barred beer bar so just sit back and enjoy the ride.

06-25-2003 22:11:01 | More by Jason
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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%
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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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
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