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Bukowski Tavern

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BA SCORE
88
very good

120 Reviews
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PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(617) 437-9999 | map
www.bukowskitavern.net

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PLACE STATS
Place Score:
88
Reviews:
120
Ratings:
167
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
9.74%
 
 
Taps:
22
Bottles/Cans:
150
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Located in downtown Boston near the Fenway area, this makes it an ideal place to go before a game. It's not too crowded, and it's within a 20 minute walk to the park. Avoiding the subway around gametime is a good idea. It's right next to a bridge, crammed into a parking garage, near a hotel, and has a bright red face that's easy to spot.

The inside is very narrow as would be expected. There is a long bar on the left, maybe 20 stools, and tables on the right (booth along the wall, chairs along the aisle). They are all two-person tables that can be pushed together to make room for more people. There is also a seating area toward the back.

The place had a decent tap list, as well as a cask, which was actually just finished a bit before I arrived. There are maybe 20 taps, some of which are beers like PBR, which is good to help out the people who don't like double coffee chocolate mocha stouts. They have a nice bottle list as well. The beer prices seem to be reasonable, with the cheap beers being cheaper, and the craft beers being $6-7, which seems to be on par for most places around the country, or at least on the east coast where things tend to be more expensive around the cities.

The food was mostly bar food, with maybe some British influence. There are vegetarian options available. The food is good though with a decent variety.

The service was good from my waitress. The beers didn't come too fast but then again she was busy. When I didn't get my salad dressing and saw that she forgot to bring it, she made a reaction as if she spilled a beer on my lap, which I thought was adorable.

Overall a good place to go. If you don't care about fancy dining and just want a few beers while in the area, this place is a must go. Recommended.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Squire123
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of TBonez477
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of GarrettGus
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of jmikepool
5/5  rDev +28.2%
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.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of Stengelfoot
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

Photo of jtk21351
3.9/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of elamb106
4/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of jfcaa193
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Photo of BradMacMullin
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Sweeneydawg
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of MLaVioletteJr
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of trevorpost
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25

Photo of American_Hawk
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of smoothcruz
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Photo of 31Sam13
4.56/5  rDev +16.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of rale
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of benzalman
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of SABERG
3.39/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

Photo of chefdave37
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Dicers
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of rjp217
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Doomcifer
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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Bukowski Tavern in Boston, MA
88 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.
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