Deep Ellum

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

115 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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PLACE STATS
Score:
96
Reviews:
115
Ratings:
174
Avg:
4.35
pDev:
5.52%
 
 
Taps:
26
Bottles/Cans:
38
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 115 | Ratings: 174
Reviews by eberkman:
Photo of eberkman
4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Because of its well-thought-out selection, relaxing atmosphere and friendly, attentive, knowledgeable service, Deep Ellum is becoming the preferred gathering site for my Wednesday night drinking crew. While not offering the same sheer number of beers as a certain more well-known and crowded beer bar a couple miles to the south, the selection is at least as good in terms of quality and style variety. A couple dozen tap offerings with a wide range of interesting choices, as well as a lengthy list of bottle selections -- many of which seem harder to find than those offered at Publick House. Clearly a lot of thought has gone into the selection. Haven't had a lot of the food, but the chili is outstanding. Of course the biggest contrast is the atmosphere and the service. Though I can't comment on what it's like on a weekend, it's very chill on weekday evenings -- no fights for tables, plenty of room to spread out, a noise level that allows conversation and a much less fratty clientele. And absolutely no snottiness, arrogance or indifference from the staff (which has become an all-too-frequent and extremely offputting occurrence at the Publick House). They seem to genuinely care that you're there, they want you to enjoy your experience and they uniformly know their beer.

This is a hidden gem that I hope people don't discover too quickly -- I almost hasten to post this review. Too many of these and it could turn into a mob scene.

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More User Reviews:
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 blisscent
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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 swalsh666
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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