Bukowski Tavern

BA SCORE
88
very good

171 Ratings
Bukowski TavernBukowski Tavern
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(617) 437-9999 | map
bukowskitavern.net

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PLACE STATS
Score:
88
Ratings:
171
Reviews:
122
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
11.28%
 
 
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Ratings: 171 |  Reviews: 122
Reviews by Boilermaker88:
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

After making an excellent foray over to Bauer's and picking up a half dozen goodies, I started walking back under sunny skies. In no time, I'm thirsty and, lo, across the street was Bukowski's Tavern. How I almost walked past that garishly painted red entrance, I don't know.
Once inside, I noted the layout was like an inverted L-shape with the long bar taking up the left side, the restrooms right up front on the right, and small tables further back on the right. The place, even at two o'clock in the afternoon was dark and felt small. I bet this place gets packed by nightfall.
I took a seat at the bar, noting the dozens of glass mugs hanging above the bar. A real nice variety of glassware was arrayed behind the bar. A small number of taps offered Murphy's Irish Stout, Stella, PBR, Bass, and Boddington's *pass*, Sam Adams Boston Lager and Hoegaarden wit *pass again*, and Harpoon's summer ale and IPA, Brooklyn Brown, DFH 60 Min IPA, Magic Hat's Fat Angel, and Boulder Beer's Mojo IPA *now we're getting somewhere*. I opted for the Harpoon IPA. Arrived in a 12oz Harpoon glass, nice touch, and set me back $5.27, not including tip. Hmm, a bit pricey for a 12oz pour of the local IPA, if you ask me.
Lots of bottled beers lined the back of the bar, some on ice, some at room temp under the iced stuff. The selection rates a 'good' based more on the bottled beer vice the brews on-tap. Wine was also available but no spirits were sold on the premises. The gal behind the bar took my cash and I didn't see her again. No "can I get you anything else" or something to that effect. Just never came back. I finished up my beer, looked around once more and left. Maybe I didn't look "local" enough.
Oh well. All in all, Bukowski's isn't a bad joint. But I'd just as soon catch the "T" out to the Sunset or Public House.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Coorsy
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of JamFuel
4.25/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of lowteck
1/5  rDev -74.4%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | food: 1

AVOID!
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.

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Photo of flek
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

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

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Bukowski Tavern in Boston, MA
3.9 out of 5 based on 171 ratings.
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