Bukowski Tavern

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3.93/5
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174 Ratings
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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
Reviews:
123
Ratings:
174
pDev:
12.21%
 
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Ratings: 174 |  Reviews: 123
Reviews by FirstMan:
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3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Thanks to BeerPanther for turning Knuckles and me onto this place.

When I was 23, I would have been really really into this place. Unfortunately I've grown a little older and a little more into my creature comforts.

Bukowski's is long and narrow from the front to the back . Not a ton of seating, but the bar runs from the door back into a good half of the bar. This is a bar's bar. Nothing fancy or pretentious at all and not really any theme - except maybe drinking.

Tap selection was quite good, with a number of strong imports on when I was there. Not a huge number of taps - I don't really remember seeing more than 10 or so - but almost all of them were high quality.

Bottle selection is really great, though. You name the style, they pretty much had it covered - generally with more than one.

My problem with Bukowski's was that I couldn't hear myself think. I couldn't hear the people talking across the table to me. I couldn't hear anything except the unbelievably loud music. I mean, ok, I'll admit I'm old. Maybe not one of the hip kids any more. But come on... does everyone really like bleeding eardrums? I don't understand the appeal.

Beer selection saves this place. If they'd turn the music down, I'd go more often.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of zrayburton
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.

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Photo of coachp73
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

Photo of Soloveitchik
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of Coorsy
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of JamFuel
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.

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Photo of lowteck
1/5  rDev -74.6%
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 -3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Squire
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of TBonez477
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of GarrettGus
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of jmikepool
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.

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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

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4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

Photo of jtk21351
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of elamb106
4/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of jfcaa193
3.85/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Photo of BradMacMullin
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Sweeneydawg
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of MLaVioletteJr
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of trevorpost
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25

Photo of American_Hawk
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of smoothcruz
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Photo of 31Sam13
4.56/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of rale
4.4/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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Bukowski Tavern in Boston, MA
Place rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 174 ratings