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Bukowski Tavern

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Bukowski TavernBukowski Tavern
BA SCORE
88
very good

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 deanhead:
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3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

My buddy and I headed over to Bukowski's for some post Fenway libation. It has been a few years since my last visit. Nice to see nothing has really changed about the place, except....the part where it it now a non-smoking bar YEEHAW!
The place is dark, loud, and the bathrooms in need of a good cleaning. Then again, I was just there for the beer.
The bartenders were very helpful, and eager to offer up a sample of anything on tap before you make your decision. I enjoyed a racer 5 on tap which was delicious,as well as a BBC river Ale to augment my buzz.
The beer selection was not overhwelming, but pretty darn good, which helps keep the choices in check. Some of the bottles are a bit pricey, but then again it is the big city. I would recommend staying with the draft beer choices when drinking here.

This place is consistent, predictable, and reliable which I would consider great traits in a big city like Boston.

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

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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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4.43/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

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4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

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4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

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1/5  rDev -74.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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