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 Cmack15:
Photo of Cmack15
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Just checked this place out for the first time last night(can't believe it took so long to try this place). My friend suggested we meet up at this bar becuase he was a fan of the music and scene there. Heard all kinds of music from Johnny Cash to Depeche Mode. The bar is close to Berklee so I think they get a lot of students and young crowd but there is a mix. Beer selection was above average, they had like 8 or 9 beers on tap and decent bottle list. Beers are served with apropriate glassware too so they bartenders seem to know their stuff there. Nice decent little bar with some good brews I would reccomend it. Did not try the food but I hear the burgers are good.

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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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