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Bukowski Tavern

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BA SCORE
88
very good

120 Reviews
Reviews: 120
Visits: 164
Avg: 3.9
pDev: n/a
Taps: 22
Bottles: 150
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

50 Dalton St
Boston, Massachusetts, 02115-3129
United States
phone: (617) 437-9999 | map
www.bukowskitavern.net

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Reviews: 120 | Visits: 164
Reviews by Cmack15:
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3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Just checked this place out for the first time last night(can't believe it took so long to try this place). My friend suggested we meet up at this bar becuase he was a fan of the music and scene there. Heard all kinds of music from Johnny Cash to Depeche Mode. The bar is close to Berklee so I think they get a lot of students and young crowd but there is a mix. Beer selection was above average, they had like 8 or 9 beers on tap and decent bottle list. Beers are served with apropriate glassware too so they bartenders seem to know their stuff there. Nice decent little bar with some good brews I would reccomend it. Did not try the food but I hear the burgers are good.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jmikepool
5/5  rDev +28.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Yoanna is very knowledgeable about her beers. Great little bar. Very large selection. Ask for beers not in the menu.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of Stengelfoot
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

Photo of jtk21351
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of elamb106
4/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of jfcaa193
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Photo of BradMacMullin
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Sweeneydawg
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of MLaVioletteJr
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of trevorpost
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25

Photo of American_Hawk
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of smoothcruz
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Photo of 31Sam13
4.56/5  rDev +16.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of rale
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of benzalman
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Photo of SABERG
3.39/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

Photo of chefdave37
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Dicers
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of rjp217
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Doomcifer
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Nichols33
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of tikk
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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Bukowski Tavern in Boston, MA
88 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.