Bukowski Tavern

Bukowski TavernBukowski Tavern
Bukowski TavernBukowski Tavern
Bar, Eatery

1281 Cambridge St
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02139-1338
United States

(617) 497-7077 | map
bukowskitavern.net

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
3.91
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
78
pDev:
9.72%
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Reviews by vrazionale:
Photo of vrazionale
2.98/5  rDev -23.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2

So I went here for dinner tonight, and I left pretty disappointed. I had somewhat high expectations for their beer list, which was underwhelming. I understand focusing on domestic brews, but nothing from Brewery Ommegang? Only a couple Avery brews? Nothing from Lost Abbey, and only the bare basics from Stone? (Ruination on tap and Arrogant Bastard Ale, if my memory serves me.) The beer bottle list is pretty well-organized into styles of beer, but this points out some glaring deficiencies. The most egregious deficiency was the complete disrespect to saisons - only Saison Dupont, the saison that every bar has just to seem cool. To make a long story short, whoever organizes their beer menu saw fit to take very few chances on bringing in interesting and unique beers, and it really shows.

The food was pretty unremarkable, to be very kind. I got a cuban sandwich that was literally some cheap store-bought ham, some dry, tasteless pork, a few pickle slices, and some grainy mustard on two pre-sliced pieces of white bread. I could have spent $10 and made four Cubans that tasted and looked twice as good as these. My girlfriend got a burger that looked like a pre-formed burger, and tasted like one, too. Oh, and it was overcooked.

I'm glad I came here just to see what all the fuss was about - turns out that it's mostly hype.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Glider
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Big tap list with a lot of good choices, solid burger and tots with a range of sauces on the table, and garage doors that open in the summer make this place a good choice if you're in the area. The knock was always that the beer was a couple bucks more than most other places, but I feel that is less the case now.

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Photo of tigg924
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Popped in here last Saturday about 5:00 and the place was just starting to fill up. Has a modern open feel, slightly industrial but open. I did notice that they had descriptions of beer styles on the walls as part of the decor. Taplist was very good. About 30 different offerings with locals and imports being well represented. Prices are above what I pay locally, but not unreasonable. Did not stay for food, but my wife did have a mixed drink and she really liked it. Not a place i would search out for, but we have several restaurants we like in the area. This seems to be a perfect place to hit before our reservations.

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Photo of flek
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A solid spot if you are in the Cambridge area. A nice tap list that featured various styles and nice selection of interesting beer. Definitely has a college bar feel and was packed with students and hard to find a seat. If you are in the area, it is wotrh checking out just to see what they might be pouring.

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Photo of jtk21351
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Ajlvt
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of SharkNado
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of slasich
4/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Dicers
3.95/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of rjp217
3.91/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Boston71
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of mklisz
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of smcolw
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

I frequent the Bukowski in Back Bay, but I must say I prefer this one. First off it's probably three times larger and not nearly as divey. Second, I find the tap selection to be more varied featuring more unusual brews. Third, this one opens up to the street.

The single room is 30 x 40 feet with a 20 foot bar to the side. The tap list is about 25 - 30 different offerings. And with the exception of Pabst Blue Ribbon, all of the beers are craft. On this Saturday afternoon (May 31, 2014), it was active but not not too busy. There were a couple of bar stools and several booths available, although all of the tables near the open garage doors were taken.

Although I didn't try the food, the menu could be described as creative bar grub. It is also a sparse choice of eight items and one dessert. Still, everyone seems to enjoy what they ordered, but then again, one doesn't come here for the dining options.

The service borders on indifferent and friendly. Not bad, but also not that attentive--my glass was always empty for about five minutes before I was asked if I wanted another. Not that I would come here strictly for the service.

So, if you are near Inman Square in Cambridge, this would be the place to go. But if you are willing to walk a half mile down Hampshire, you could go to Lord Hobo's, one of the finest beer joints in the area.

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Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of BostonPhilly
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of tegelaar
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of brureview
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I had read about Bukowskis and finally had a chance to have a drink there when I visiting friends in Cambridge.

It's a very unpretentious place and low-key hipster. No attitudes here.

I was impressed with the server's knowledge of beer, and she poured possibly one of the best wheat beers I have seen in a bar.

The beer menu is varied. Some excellent beers and some macro fare. I drank a Berkshire Brewing scotch ale which was quite good. My friend had a Port Brewing Board meeting which was far superior to a bottled beer I had bought a few months earlier and full flavored.
Our friends had German beers.

The appetizers are very good. The sweet potato fries were better than in most restaurants, and the pita and hummus was fresh.

Overall, an excellent Cambridge bar. Perhaps too hipster-grungy for some folks, but craft beer drinkers should check it out.

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Photo of TheAnk
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Bukowski Tavern in Cambridge, MA
Place rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 78 ratings