Bukowski Tavern

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Bar, Eatery

50 Dalton St
Boston, Massachusetts, 02115-3129
United States

(617) 437-9999 | map

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Rated: 4 by slasich from Pennsylvania

May 16, 2020
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75
definitely has a "dive bar" vibe - cash only, punk music playing, hipster bartender. The place is small, about 10 feet wide - fixed stools at the bar and just a few other tables. good tap list, and bottle list as well. bartender made some recommendations and was friendly. I had the peanut butter burger - it was decent.
Aug 03, 2019
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Reviewed by zrayburton from Massachusetts

4.79/5  rDev +21.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
They may be cash only... They may not have 80 taps... but if we're talking beer bars in Boston, this is my home away from home. I am a proud mug clubber (not subjective AT ALL) because I have been enamored with this place for over 10 years between the draft/bottle/can variety, the staff, the vibe and the proximity to "cool stuff" in town. The vibe doesn't get a 5, not because of the place itself but because of the central location of the bar, which sometimes attracts less sophisticated Beer Drinkers/super-clueless tourists (NOT BUK's fault). This is the first place I try and bring people if they're in Boston to visit and have enough time to check out a handful of beer bars vs. breweries/taprooms.
Sep 07, 2018
Rated: 3.51 by coachp73 from Rhode Island

Dec 16, 2017
Rated: 4.16 by Soloveitchik from New York

Nov 24, 2017
Rated: 4.28 by Coorsy from Massachusetts

May 02, 2017
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Reviewed by JamFuel from Sweden

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4
Came here on Sunday afternoon, very nice and quiet.

Well, this is a dive bar, pretty small, cash only and one of the stranger bathrroms i've seen. One room, with a lockable door, but both a toilet and a urinal? Hmm...

Taplist wall good and varied, also a great selection of cans and bottles. Prices were very reasonable. I only had a hot dog, as I would be fed on the plane home, but the dog was very good.

The bartender was very friendly, I think her name was Joanna or something like that. Talkative and really funny. Knew a lot about the beer and breweries she was serving, which is nice. Sure, not alot of variation in glassware, but hell, its a dive bar.

This was my last bar on my Boston trip, and I'm very glad I tried it. Kind of the polar opposite in the place i was in earlier that day. Row 34, but really cool, and I will return for sure.
Mar 15, 2017
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Reviewed by lowteck from Massachusetts

1/5  rDev -74.6%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | food: 1
Bartender chastised me for not saying please.??? After attempting to order 3rd round, I made the mistake of ordering something NOT on the menu and she walked away without explaining or offering an alternative.
Jesus Christ, I have bar tended for over 8 years, and could never imagine treating patrons like this.
God help us all.
Avoid this shit hole like the plague.
Mar 05, 2017
Rated: 3.81 by flek from Massachusetts

Sep 04, 2016
Rated: 3.74 by Squire from Mississippi

Jun 27, 2016
Rated: 3.87 by TBonez477 from Vermont

Jun 08, 2016
Rated: 3.69 by GarrettGus from Massachusetts

Feb 26, 2016
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Rated by jmikepool from Texas

5/5  rDev +27.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
Yoanna is very knowledgeable about her beers. Great little bar. Very large selection. Ask for beers not in the menu.
Feb 04, 2016
Rated: 3.95 by costanzo_mike from Massachusetts

Jan 03, 2016
Rated: 4.03 by Stengelfoot from California

Oct 23, 2015
Rated: 3.9 by jtk21351 from California

Sep 20, 2015
Rated: 4 by elamb106 from New York

Sep 08, 2015
Rated: 3.85 by jfcaa193 from Canada (QC)

May 10, 2015
Rated: 4.34 by BradMacMullin from Massachusetts

May 08, 2015
Rated: 4.1 by Sweeneydawg from Massachusetts

Apr 09, 2015
Rated: 4.17 by MLaVioletteJr from Massachusetts

Apr 05, 2015
Rated: 3.2 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania

Mar 25, 2015
Rated: 4.02 by American_Hawk from Massachusetts

Mar 20, 2015
Rated: 4.38 by smoothcruz from Colorado

Mar 20, 2015
Rated: 4.56 by 31Sam13 from New Hampshire

Mar 12, 2015
Rated: 4.4 by rale from France

Mar 05, 2015
Rated: 4.05 by benzalman from California

Feb 23, 2015
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Reviewed by mynie from Maryland

4/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
My thing is, I fucking hate Bukowski as a writer. He makes the rest of us wordy alcoholics appear even worse than we actually are--as, as if this world already wasn't prejudiced enough against my active, booze-forward lifestyle.

There's navelgazing, and then there's a fat violent hack writing novels about himself where he's still a violent hack only somehow everyone love him because he's misunderstood. And then there's legions of morons (at least before Chuck Palahniuk and Brett Easton-Ellis started stealing his readership) who just worship the guy, because what self-pitying feeb doesn't love reading about his own, lionized avatar.

Ok. That out of the way, I was prejudiced going in. I stopped by about a year ago and didn't think twice about it.

But then, New Years Eve, Bukowski's was on our walking route. And they featured prominent signs announcing that there wasn't going to be any NYE celebratory bullshit. Nor would there be covers. Or, fuck it, actually, they paid everyone who came in a dollar, in protest of NYE covers. I'm dead serious, and that's awesome.

The tap list is isn't very broad, it's but good. Nearly all of it was from MA. The food is fried crap, but solid. The bar itself is physically narrow and woody, and it can quickly get busy and uncomfortable. But the crowd is friendly and unpretentious, they don't blast shitty music, and it's inexpensive. It's also the best beer bar in its immediate vicinity.
Feb 06, 2015
Rated: 3.39 by SABERG from Massachusetts

Jan 25, 2015
Rated: 4.43 by chefdave37 from Massachusetts

Dec 30, 2014
Rated: 4.06 by Dicers from California

Dec 28, 2014
Rated: 4.04 by rjp217 from Massachusetts

Dec 21, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Doomcifer from Rhode Island

Dec 13, 2014
Rated: 4 by TheBungyo from Washington

Dec 13, 2014
Rated: 3.92 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Dec 04, 2014
Rated: 4 by tikk from Canada (YT)

Oct 22, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by harsley from Massachusetts

Sep 30, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by BKotch from Texas

Sep 18, 2014
Rated: 4 by cshafer7 from Massachusetts

Sep 16, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by mklisz from New Hampshire

Sep 08, 2014
Bukowski Tavern in Boston, MA
Place rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 176 ratings