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Bukowski Tavern

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Bukowski TavernBukowski Tavern
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157 Ratings
Ratings: 157
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: n/a
Taps: 22
Bottles: 150
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

50 Dalton St
Boston, Massachusetts, 02115-3129
United States
phone: (617) 437-9999

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @bukowskiboston

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Ratings: 157 | Reviews: 120
Reviews by Boilermaker88:
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

After making an excellent foray over to Bauer's and picking up a half dozen goodies, I started walking back under sunny skies. In no time, I'm thirsty and, lo, across the street was Bukowski's Tavern. How I almost walked past that garishly painted red entrance, I don't know.
Once inside, I noted the layout was like an inverted L-shape with the long bar taking up the left side, the restrooms right up front on the right, and small tables further back on the right. The place, even at two o'clock in the afternoon was dark and felt small. I bet this place gets packed by nightfall.
I took a seat at the bar, noting the dozens of glass mugs hanging above the bar. A real nice variety of glassware was arrayed behind the bar. A small number of taps offered Murphy's Irish Stout, Stella, PBR, Bass, and Boddington's *pass*, Sam Adams Boston Lager and Hoegaarden wit *pass again*, and Harpoon's summer ale and IPA, Brooklyn Brown, DFH 60 Min IPA, Magic Hat's Fat Angel, and Boulder Beer's Mojo IPA *now we're getting somewhere*. I opted for the Harpoon IPA. Arrived in a 12oz Harpoon glass, nice touch, and set me back $5.27, not including tip. Hmm, a bit pricey for a 12oz pour of the local IPA, if you ask me.
Lots of bottled beers lined the back of the bar, some on ice, some at room temp under the iced stuff. The selection rates a 'good' based more on the bottled beer vice the brews on-tap. Wine was also available but no spirits were sold on the premises. The gal behind the bar took my cash and I didn't see her again. No "can I get you anything else" or something to that effect. Just never came back. I finished up my beer, looked around once more and left. Maybe I didn't look "local" enough.
Oh well. All in all, Bukowski's isn't a bad joint. But I'd just as soon catch the "T" out to the Sunset or Public House.

More User Reviews:
Photo of trevorpost
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25

Photo of American_Hawk
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of smoothcruz
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Photo of 31Sam13
4.56/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of rale
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of benzalman
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My thing is, I fucking hate Bukowski as a writer. He makes the rest of us wordy alcoholics appear even worse than we actually are--as, as if this world already wasn't prejudiced enough against my active, booze-forward lifestyle.

There's navelgazing, and then there's a fat violent hack writing novels about himself where he's still a violent hack only somehow everyone love him because he's misunderstood. And then there's legions of morons (at least before Chuck Palahniuk and Brett Easton-Ellis started stealing his readership) who just worship the guy, because what self-pitying feeb doesn't love reading about his own, lionized avatar.

Ok. That out of the way, I was prejudiced going in. I stopped by about a year ago and didn't think twice about it.

But then, New Years Eve, Bukowski's was on our walking route. And they featured prominent signs announcing that there wasn't going to be any NYE celebratory bullshit. Nor would there be covers. Or, fuck it, actually, they paid everyone who came in a dollar, in protest of NYE covers. I'm dead serious, and that's awesome.

The tap list is isn't very broad, it's but good. Nearly all of it was from MA. The food is fried crap, but solid. The bar itself is physically narrow and woody, and it can quickly get busy and uncomfortable. But the crowd is friendly and unpretentious, they don't blast shitty music, and it's inexpensive. It's also the best beer bar in its immediate vicinity.

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3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

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Bukowski Tavern in Boston, MA
88 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.