Deep Ellum

Deep EllumDeep Ellum
Liked This Place
4.39 w/ 177 ratings
Deep EllumDeep Ellum

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(617) 787-2337 | map

No notes at this time.

Added by konabrewer on 01-10-2007

View: Place Reviews | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 177 |  Reviews: 117
Reviews by slander:
Photo of slander
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...

 4,912 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of jtk21351
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of jolana25
4.81/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

I love how you're hidden like a speakeasy then met with fab folks, food, feel w/best beer & cocktails w/house made mix to enjoy on the deck! Cheers.

148 characters

Photo of EdwardAbbey
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.

 242 characters

Photo of blisscent
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
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.

 352 characters

Photo of tim007007
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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

Photo of barleywin
4.86/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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

Photo of bostonbeans
4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of rjp217
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
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.

 647 characters

Photo of rocksteady726
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of jpw123
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!

 185 characters

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of RKing44
4/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Yehuda
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of slasich
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of trevorpost
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Nichols33
4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of deen
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

very enjoyable, everything i expected and more.

47 characters

Photo of WasupBeerQueen
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

114 characters

Photo of psweendogg
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of seanzig
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Deep Ellum in Allston, MA
Place rating: 97.7% out of 100 with 177 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.