Deep Ellum

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Bar, Eatery

477 Cambridge St
Allston, Massachusetts, 02134-2019
United States

(617) 787-2337 | map

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EdwardAbbey from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

One of the premier places, for a beer aficionado, in the Allston-Brighton complex. They know their beer, foreign and domestic, and the taplist every time I've been has exemplified that. If you're anywhere near here, you must make it a stop.

Apr 03, 2017
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada

3.48/5  rDev -20.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25

This is one of the few places I have been to that was ranked among the best on BA in its city and left me shaking my head. The ambiance was nice and the staff was friendly but the tap list was horrible. I ended up settling for a session beer from Mystic only because no interesting options were present. Left after the one point. Very disappointed.

Sep 01, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

One of the best beer bars I've ever been to.

The tap list is insanely good- they tend to focus on really interesting German lagers, and German-style American lagers, so lots of Aecht Schlenkerla, Mahr's, Weihenstephaner, Kuhlmbacher, etc for the German side, and lots of killer MA area breweries doing traditional styles, including Idle Hands, Notch, Mayflower, Pretty Things, etc. One of the most nicely curated beer lists ever.

The food is awesome, upscale gastropub bar food. Amazing Kimchi hot dog.

At night time, the place does become incredibly dark- it's hard to read the menu. I guess that's the vibe they're going with, which is fine.

Jun 24, 2015
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jpw123 from Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Great food, good selection of beers. Usually has a decent mix of local, domestic craft, and euro's. Food is great -- the pickled beet salad is phenomenal. Staff has always been awesome!

Jun 07, 2015
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

Great for their imported beers and local options. Not a huge list by any means and definitely skews towards German lagers, but nice assortment. Food is crazy good here. A little expensive but worth it to check it out.

May 23, 2014
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Unless you're from the area, Deep Ellum is not easily found nor easy to get to, but it is worth a trip for some unusual beers. I was impressed that they had several German beers on tap in addition to the usual blend of domestic craft brews. All of the beers were of high quality and many were not commonly available. The range of beer styles ensures that there is something worthwhile for every palate.

The small, long and narrow bar is located on the corner of two very busy streets: North Beacon and Cambridge. You need to be alert as it does not have much of a street presence. From the door, there's a bar for about 20 feet on your left and a single row of tables on the right with the restrooms and kitchen toward the back. The decor is relatively plain and unremarkable. While I did not have any of the food offered, I would describe it as fancy bar fare. My neighbors thought their food was good for what that's worth.

The service was more or less indifferent. The bartenders would come by within five minutes of an empty glass to offer a refill. Although the bar was full, no one seemed to be harried. At each end of the bar were two unwatched TVs with no volume. The general feel was friendly and convivial.

Apr 13, 2014
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libeer4182 from New Hampshire

4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Deep Ellum is my second-favorite beer bar in the Boston area, falling behind Lord Hobo. Both have very different vibes reflecting the neighborhood they're in - Deep Ellum being in young hipster and college student heavy Allston.

The atmosphere here is very mellow. It's a long narrow space with the bar on the left side, about 25 stools, and tables on the right side. Not much space at all to stand if you can't get a seat, so it often feels very crowded. There is also a patio out back during the warmer months. Lighting is dim, TVs are always playing some random obscure old movie unless there's a big Boston sports event on.

I've always gotten good service whenever I've been here. There's usually two bartenders working the bar. Every time I've sat down I'm immediately handed beer and food menus and poured a glass of water. I've never had to wait with an empty glass, even when they're busy. I've always had a good experience with the servers whenever I've sat at a table as well.

Selection is one of the best in town. 28 drafts with a nice mix of locals, American craft and imports. I think their list is more import-heavy than anywhere else in town, with imports I've rarely or never seen anywhere else.

Food has been good every time I've eaten here. They have a gastropub-style menu and everything is very well-crafted. They also offer their brunch menu daily, not just on weekends, which I feel is a rarity.

Prices are what you would expect for the Boston area. Drafts range from $6 to $10, with the higher prices for the imports, expectedly. Food is reasonable - sandwiches range from $10 to $12, entrees from $14 to $20.

Getting here is fairly easy - the T won't drop you right outside the door but you can take the Green B Line to Allston St and make the 10 minute walk. It's usually pretty easy to get a parking spot on Cambridge St as well.

Oct 16, 2013
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LeahMarieVT from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Deep Ellum was an old haunt that I re-visited with my partner last night. We were seduced into trying the featured appetizer, which was a ricotta tempura with squash blossoms. Unique flavor, but we both agreed that the blossoms were a tad too bitter.

I was suffering from a familiar cocktail-or-beer dilemma (which is almost as distressing as the "savory or sweet" brunch dilemma), but I ordered the Stone 17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA, which was lovely, so I ordered another. The german hops were an interesting match with the squash blossoms; the bitter flavors were kind of combative. But, part of me loved in. Bring on the bitterness!

We both ordered the Vegan Bahn Mi: housemade seitan, pickled vegetables, jalapenos, and a Sriracha aioli. The submarine roll was lightly toasted, but the bread was overall not as satisfying as the contents. I would have enjoyed a heartier, whole grain bun. The fries are delicious--crisp and perfectly salted.

It is a rather disappointing trend for the only vegetarian option on a gastropub entree menu to be "Mac and Cheese", and that is the case at Deep Ellum. But, I was happy with my sandwich. And, I thoroughly enjoyed gulping down my pair of Stones (the IPA, I mean.)

Sep 15, 2013
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DRBiser from Maryland

4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

I'm an out-of-towner who made it here with friends on a Friday night. Arrived during dinner hours and left during prime drinking hours. Came highly recommended by a local. Had a table throughout the session.

Quick take: food is fantastic and beer selection is well thought-out with a nice balance of local/New England as well as some tasty imports. With 25 taps, you can't get better than this. Bottle list isn't extensive, but also some nice selections. At the time i was there, there seemed to be a slant towards German beers and food styles, which i loved. Again, everything was fantastic. Service was great even when it started to fill up. Waiter seemed to have a good handle of all their beer offerings. OH yeah, and they will sell half-pours which is a big plus for me.

Allston is an eclectic mix of hipsters/college kids/young professionals, and this bar's cliente showcases that blend. It was interesting to watch the progression from the dinner crowd into the bar crowd, as the bar crowd was more on the younger side. (Bouncer at the door, pretty loud music, etc). It's a shotgun style joint so it's kindof narrow so it felt crowded as well. Nice patio in the back which looked to be pretty sweet, but we ate inside. My only real qualm with the place is how dark they kept it once the sun went down. I'm all for atmosphere, but you couldn't even see the menu.

This place is solid. If you are in that area, it seems there is no better place for a great meal and a super beer menu.

Jun 24, 2013
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LittleDon from Texas

4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Pros: Outstanding taps, particularly locals. Very good food.
Cons: Loud, hard to find parking, small

With so much to choose from in the Greater Boston area how do the best places survive? Start with a small, but navigable tap selection, add enticing menu choices, and put this in a comfortable setting. Deep Ellum has all this. While the number of choices won't blow you away, the quality should. The Thursday night I was there, about half the selections were superb choices from Clown Shoes, Cambridge Brewing, Pretty Things, and Notch. The other half were split between US and non-US breweries. Nothing was standard (there were at least two smoked beers on the menu). Service was average to good, hard to tell as I arrived at the front end of a very busy night. Regardless, I greatly appreciate the staff's flexibility in providing me with a half pour, something not on the menu. If there's anything negative to be said about Deep Ellum, it's that it is a victim of its success. It is small and fills very fast. Like many places, the seating leads to a very loud experiences. In this case, louder than most. Yes I am old and my hearing is not what it was. But asking my drinking partner to repeat nearly everything said tells me that this place is louder than most. In a similar situation, parking can be a challenge. Fortunately, I arrived close to 6 PM, when on the street parking was still reasonably close. I can imagine what it would be like later in the evening or on a Friday or Saturday night.

How does this stack up against the other Boston establishments I've visited? Despite the parking and noise, I enjoyed my visit enough to return, assuming there is some variation in the beer selection and menu. If I do return, I'll try to make it early in the week, though, as this might ameliorate some of the parking and noise issues.

May 05, 2013
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slander from New York

4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Was here once before, oddly it was just after the last time I lost my job, 3 ½ years ago. Woke up and drove to Portsmouth, NH for a beer release on a whim and then turned around and drove home afterwards, stopping here along the way to catch Dan at the release party for ‘Saint Botolph’s Town’ (where he most generously ponied up the display bottle, and thank you). And here I am again, having just been laid off again. I guess this is the place I go when that happens...

So, sweet slander spot front row center on the strip navigated. I will venture in while Phil, yes, you guessed it, gets his smoke on. Narrow place, none too deep. Brick outer wall, the other walls done in a pale green or gray or something, in this light, hard to say. Front framed vestibule and narrow vertical windows opening in to both sides, each with a shorty wide horizontal window above. Framed ceiling with a center skylight, lightly colored trim & crown molding, pulley pairs of spinny fans, sunken spots & tracks over the adjacent seating, and drop bullet tortoise shell glass lamps along the bar. Black & white floor tilings of the itty-bitty bathroom variety. Large street scene mural piece on the back wall, and a kitchen peek-a-boo to the left of it (where kitchenings happen). A flatscreen above there and another one angled in the front corner.

‘L’ shaped wood bar with a slight slight lip, panel base, & piping foot rail, seating 18 on stools. The barback unit is a large sprawling wood piece, with a skeleton steer atop, a pillared archway over mirrored center, and narrower arches to each side. 2 rows of 11 on a solid bar end to end fronting pitchers & glassware countered on center, and a glassware rack a-dangling above. Tiered booze fronting the outer arches, countered, and slight shelving in between, with jarred Ican’ttellwhatthefuck. Bottled selections coolered below the bar. In addition to the 22 taps on the barback, there are a pair of 3 tap arms extending from different points along the bar, plus a single handpump on center making for 28 taps in all.

Adjacent seating is shared bench action the far wall from front window to the rear of the room, with nearly a dozen 2-seat tables pushed together for 4 or more as needed, and a single raised roundy hightop in the other front window. And through and out to the back yard; a dozen and a half 2-seat tables with benches running 3 sides around.

28 taps, roughly 1/3 of them from MA (Notch Polotmavy Lezak, High & Mighty Fumata Bianca & Beer of the Gods, Tap Beerstand Berlinerweiss, Brash The Bollocks Double IPA, Pretty things Jack D’or, Mystic Vinland One, Clown Shoes Clementine, Idle Hands Dubbel Dimples), and the remainder a mix of American craft, left (21st Amendment Bitter American, Stone IPA & 16th Anniversary, Green Flash West Coast IPA), right (Ommegang Rare Vos), and something in between (Goose Island Matilda), and imports, Belgian (de la Senne Taras Boulba, Rodenbach Grand Cru, Slaapmutske Dry Hopped Lager, Sainte-Helene Simcoe Lager, Dilewyns Vicaris Tripel Gueuze blend, Van Honsebrouck St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition), German (Arcobrau Zwickl Lager, Brauerei Spezial Rauchbier Lager, Ayinger Brau Weisse), and elsewhere (Omnipollo Mazarin, Ca L’Arenys Guineu Riner, O’Hara’s Irish Stout), plus the Blacksmiths winery Fatty Bumpkins hard cider.

And a bottle list of 3 dozen + entries by stylings. Okay, grouping ‘lambic, sour, & cider’ means Panil Barrique, BFM Abbaye De Saint Bon Chien, JK Scrumpy, & Original Sin all hang together, which I know for a fact they do not. And Trappists representing, yo; Orval, Westmalle, Rochefort, & Achel, but not your everyday Chimay, interesting. My pricing benchmark Orval runs the midway $10.

Beerwise, I’m drinking MA, today. Started with the Tap Beerstand Berlinerweiss (pleasantly quaffable), and then had a High & Mighty Beer of the Gods (a nice Pale Ale that calls itself a Blonde). Sampled both the Idle Hands Dubbel (oxidized, pass), and the Mystic Brewing Vinland One (a farmhouse with local yeast, seemed more like a weizenbock to me, having had lovely Aventinus just last night. You get the deep fruit. Not what I’m looking for in a farmhouse, pass), and opted instead for the Notch Polotmavy Lezak (an amber Czech Pils, very nice), and wound down with a Pretty Things Jack D’or (a solid Saison you can always count on).

They were equipped this night with drunk loud drunk barely legal drunk Steelers chicks who wouldn’t shut the fuck up (Please shut the fuck up!) Oddly enough, the tunes got louder somewhere along the way, perhaps to offset the aforementioned drunk loud drunk, well, you know. An anomaly, I’m sure; they’ve got a crowd otherwise. Would have liked some food this night but it was not to be. Servers know their game and can speak to it. Great beer thing here, solid selection, and the beer in good shape. Glad I lost my job...

Dec 06, 2012
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pomeroy41144 from Massachusetts

4.95/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

What can I say about my favorite beer bar in Boston, except, I live in Natick and it's too far to go to on a regular basis and then drive home. You'll need a DD when you go because you'll want to sample all of the tasty brews. I won't talk about the selection except to say that it changes regularly.

The crowd is eclectic, suits, tattoos, college age kids, but none of the 'MASSHOLES" that frequent the BMC bars.

The size of the place is perfect and they even have a little deck out back. Great pretzel and a really nice Rubin. Burger and Dog is also worthy.

Just go, say hi to Dave the manager, and enjoy.

Sep 29, 2012
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Brewhaha from Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Deep Ellum is the most worthy place in the Boston area to find and enjoy an interesting and perfectly served brew with a light accompanying meal. It also stands far apart from the recent trend of large, noisy pubs with outrageous tap counts.

The 20+ taps are highly curated and meticulously maintained, with a nicely rotated mix of domestic left and right-coast offerings, and beers from elsewhere. The bottle selection is equal to the taps, not overwhelming, just right.

The bartenders are extremely knowledgable and patiently supportative of palate journeys. Don't let their edgy appearance fool you, they are among the nicest hipsters in town. Table waiters will not deliver the same level of knowledge, but are pleasant and professional.

Food menu is limited, savory and highly beer-friendly. The charcuterie and cheese plates are suberb (which is mostly what I care about), and most cooked dishes and sides (the seasoned fries!) are very fine as well.

The only problem with DE is that it has been "discovered" and it get's crowded earlier on weekend nights, so you must time your visit with some care to get the best attention from those excellent bartenders.

Ambience is compact and very comfortable, but the backside outdoor seating is a relief. Public transportation access is a little limited compared to other spots in town, but street parking is not bad.

Jul 29, 2012
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BostonHops from Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Deep Ellum is easily one of my favorite local bars. where it's trumped by Sunset in terms of sheer selection, it makes up for in ambiance: much more of a chill vibe, and you cut down on some of the college demographic. and where Sunset is just prolific, Deep Ellum's offerings are thoughtfully chosen. great range of crafts on tap - a nice mix of locals, popular national breweries, and overseas imports (esp Belgians) - backed up by an extensive bottle assortment which has to number over a hundred. the taps rotate, so the beer menu never gets stale. while the menu covers a range of styles and my usual MO is variety, during my most recent visit they had tapped 2011 Blunderbuss from CBC, aged in port and sherry barrels, causing tunnel vision.

bartenders are knowledgeable and attentive, unless you catch them on a particularly busy night. it can get crowded quickly, but with the patio in back there is more room during summer months. sort of a cross between a neighborhood bar and a beer haven... interesting selection of mixed drinks too, though it's usually my wife who orders those, but we're working on that. haven't eaten here a whole lot but have never been disappointed. typical bar fare with a flare, i guess you could say...glassware was spot-on. highly recommended.

originally reviewed on: 06-13-2010

May 09, 2012
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jaymirage from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Been trying to make it out to Deep Ellum ever since it opened. Years of excuses later, we finally made it. Nice atmosphere, dimly lit with beautifully exposed brick. We got there just before six on a Saturday, and made the last table without having to wait. Waitstaff was very attentive, continually filling our glasses up with water. Sad that the cask kicked right before we came, but alternatives and selection were aplenty, beers poured in appropriate glassware, and dinner was delicious. A nice alternative to the Sunset experience.

Feb 19, 2012
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Neorebel from New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I am constantly searching for the perfect bars that achieve 'the trifecta' of good times - atmosphere, beer selection, and crowd. This place was a clear win. It strikes the right balance between dive-y charm and a touch of class. The music was great - indie rock and post punk selections, and the crowd was 20s/30s - all clearly beer connoisseurs. The service was good - proper glassware, not a long wait. The selection was decent - several local beers, imports, American microbrews. I personally appreciated Kostritzer and that they had a cask beer. Had some great conversations here with friends - I felt right at home. Really my kind of place!

Nov 15, 2011
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RedMedicine from Oregon

4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I owe Deep Ellum an update since the first several years ago. I have recently moved from Boston, and since my original review, I've visited Deep Ellum more than 40-50 times and I am confident that it is one of the best bars/beer bars in not just all of Boston, but in the Northeast.

The service is exceptional at the bar - attentive, friendly, welcoming. Sometimes slow at the tables, but always pleasant.

The quality of the pours - temperature, glassware, amount of pour is always the best. These beers are served the way beers should be served, must have the cleanest taplines around.

The selection is always thoughtful, usually one or two "regulars" that I can expect - a Green Flash West Coast IPA or Jack D'or, then a bunch of selections from around the area and beyond. A much more varied selection of German and English brews than you can expect elsewhere in the area.

Food is always great, reasonably priced, but they absolutely kill it at brunch. Great value for the quality and amount of food - I prefer the breakfast burrito, homefries inside just the right amount of spicy.

Oh and the cocktails? Forget the beer. Best in the city and it's not even close.

A caveat: I would honestly almost always avoid Deep Ellum on a Friday or Saturday night. It's a small space, and it can get packed. A weekday afternoon for lunch or brunch (brunch served EVERYDAY) or even weekday evening for dinner is what I would recommend.

--- Old review below ---
Atmosphere: A small but decent space. A long bar and ~12 tables opposite the bar food. The crowd was the most pleasurable part of the evening. Everyone was extremely friendly and it wasn't the obnoxious crowd you sometimes have to deal with at TPH on a Friday night. The music was way way way too loud. I even heard quite a few people complaining about it at the bar. It was difficult to even have a conversation with the person next to me.

Quality: I don't know if they were having dishwashing issues but found some major issues here. All four glasses were wet and still smelled of soap, but left my hands really sticky from holding them. Took away from the quality of the beer as I couldn't get a good smell out of any of the glasses.

Service: Quick and friendly service, except the bartender seemed a little confused about some of the beers. Didn't give me much information at all about the Middle Ages IPA they had on cask, and told me that Avery Collaboration was a Porter (actually a rather strong Belgian style ale).

Selection: Pretty decent selection. Major focus on American brews on tap. I had the Hop Rod Rye, Avery Collaboration and Middle Ages IPA. They were also offering the DFH 120 min IPA which was nice to see. Very pleased with a cask offering.

Sep 21, 2011
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bring from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Beers always served in excellent condition. Menu tells you exact pour size and cost, so no surprises.

A variety of local, german, belgian and other european beers are offered, with one cask usually available, but selection seems to stagnate a bit.

Nice atmosphere. Music sometimes can get loud in the evening for my taste, making conversation difficult. Patio is a good option when weather is good.

Quality food ingredients and preparation.

Service can be variable depending on how busy it is, but usually is solid.

Overall, one of the better local spots to grab a beer. Attention is paid to quality. Wish the prices were a bit better, but this is the Boston area.

May 04, 2011
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deafcat from Washington

3.73/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Went here on Saturday night with a pretty big group of friends. It was packed the point of discomfort. I thought getting there at 8:30 would have given us more breathing room, but it was quite the opposite as the dinner crowd had yet to vacate the tables. We ordered beers and stood around for awhile, consistently getting pushed around as the wait staff tried to get around us. Eventually the VERY FRIENDLY wait staff snagged us a table into which we crammed.

Decor was pleasant enough - nice, dark wood; a long bar; only the two tvs (which were weirdly playing a movie on silent. Music was a little on the loud side for a beer bar, in my opinion, especially since it was so crowded.

Selection was good - very good, actually. A number of non-belgian imports, belgians, west-coast beers, and quite a few local brews (including two from Pretty Things and two from Smuttynose). Prices were on the high side compared with bars in the area, but is probably worth it if you want the variety.

Wait staff was excellent. Bartenders were a bit overwhelmed but were still pretty quick at serving us. We drank slowly and were asked several times if we needed anything. All had water glasses which were kept full. Polite and even said goodbye when we left.

I would go back, however, on a budget this would probably be only a stop on a pub crawl; hard to compete with the relatively cheaper prices at someplace like sunset nearby. Still, not bad.

Feb 09, 2011
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IPAphilic from Minnesota

4.95/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Hands down my favorite Beer destination in Boston area. Unbelievable selection of taps, often changing, and bartender always gives great recommendations (Dave). Not many places where they have >10 beers I've never heard of on tap; and all of them happen to excellent. Beers aren't cheap, but I wouldn't expect them to be at a place like this. Only place where I let the bartender tell me what to get and trust them. Food is very good and reason enough to go there, but beer is the real attraction. Very cool/relaxed atmosphere. Moving away in 6 mo. and will seriously miss this place.

Feb 05, 2011
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matthewfox79 from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Deep Ellum has some of the best food in the city as far as casual dining goes, and pushes it over the top with a great cheese plate and Moules frites to name two favorites. They also have a good spin on the looked down upon deviled egg. The service can be hit or miss but it's usually good and always friendly. The Beer list kills it and always has something I want to try every time I go, and the cocktails are well crafted also using house made bitters and other ingredients made on site. The cost there is reasonable, some say it's pricey, I say you get what you pay for and it's worth it.

Jan 20, 2011
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sheikyerbouti from Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Great place to have a beer and they always have a decent selection of beer on tap. Their food is actually quite good and I highly recommend the 'Big Easy' sandwich! Another big bonus, is the outdoor deck, which although you are surrounded by a concrete and brick jungle, it is still extremely nice, especially when the weather is cooperating.

Only negatives is that sometimes the beer menu gets a bit stale(same beers for months on end) and the prices for any non-domestics, which run between $8-$9, mostly $9 for a 10 oz pour, which seems excessive to me.

Dec 17, 2010
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axeman9182 from New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is one place I wish I visited more often during my year of living in Boston. Very cool vibe at this place, between the almost retro decor (love those ceiling fans) and pusually retty good music played at a good volume. Deep Ellum is a great beer destination in every sense of the word. While 22 taps may seem on the low end for better beer bars in Boston (especially with Sunset only a few blocks away), they really maximize that space and manage to offer top notch selections covering a wide array of styles and you'd be hard pressed to ever find a bad beer on the tap list. Glassware is always appropriate and pours are generally solid. The service at Deep Ellum was fine for my few visits there, but they didn't really do anything to stand out. I've only had the chili and a burger from the food menu, and both were very good, but that's not a wide enough sample to make me feel good about giving it the higher score it might deserve. Overall Deep Ellum might be the most overlooked better beer bar in the Boston area, it's got a smaller (but top notch) tap list, very good food, and a nice chill atmosphere

Aug 23, 2010
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juzy from Alaska

4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Met up with some friends here while we were in Boston late July. Impressed. Great beer selection, good vibe, friendly staff, food menu impressive. Nothing bad to say about the place. I think our cabbie took us for a ride to get us there, but other than that it is definitely a place I would visit again. We sat and ordered two each of the Jolly Pumpkin weizen bam and we had the charcuterie plate, which included a pig ear terrine that I could not bring myself to eat. Had the waiter not told me what it was I'm sure I would've tried it. But pig ear just doesn't do anything for my appetite.

Aug 14, 2010
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I went here for the first time last week with two friends for the Duck Rabbit/Foothills night they had for Boston Beer week. I had the Duck Rabbit Milk stout first which I really enjoyed on tap.
The place is in a very narrow long space. You walk through the front door the bar is off to the left along that wall with tables against the other wall. Straight to the back is a door that leads out to the patio area which looked really nice. The decor is simple and the the space is loud with people dining drinking and socializing.
We sat inside and ate supper. I had a bacon cheeseburger that was really good and my table mates enjoyed their food as well. They have 25 or so taps that are all craft as well as a great bottle list.
I liked the food and the simple atmosphere and the prices seemed reasonable. Compared to most bars in my area the tap list is stellar. Compared to others in the area its decent. I would certainly go back, but I'm not sure if I would make a special trip.

Jun 22, 2010
Deep Ellum in Allston, MA
Place rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 180 ratings