Deep Ellum

BA SCORE
96
world-class

116 Reviews
Deep EllumDeep Ellum
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(617) 787-2337 | map
deepellum-boston.com

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Added by konabrewer on 01-10-2007

PLACE STATS
Score:
96
Reviews:
116
Ratings:
174
Avg:
4.35
pDev:
5.52%
 
 
Taps:
26
Bottles/Cans:
38
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 116 | Ratings: 174
Reviews by LittleDon:
Photo of LittleDon
4.48/5  rDev +3%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of blisscent
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.48/5  rDev -20%
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.

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Photo of tim007007
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of barleywin
4.86/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of dailyminefield
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of bostonbeans
4.66/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of rjp217
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of rocksteady726
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of jpw123
4.69/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

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Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of RKing44
4/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Yehuda
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of slasich
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of trevorpost
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Nichols33
4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of deen
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

very enjoyable, everything i expected and more.

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Photo of WasupBeerQueen
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Loved this place, excellent vibe, excellent beer selection, small menu but amazing quality. Can't wait to go back.

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Photo of psweendogg
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of seanzig
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of benzalman
4.69/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Dicers
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

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Deep Ellum in Allston, MA
4.35 out of 5 based on 174 ratings.
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