Bukowski Tavern

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BA SCORE
88
very good

120 Reviews
Bukowski TavernBukowski Tavern
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
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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Reviews by drewbage:
Photo of drewbage
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Stop number two on the great Boston 4th of July SoCal excursion..

After a full night of hanging with several Boston/Cambridge BA's at the CBC (Hola everyone.. thanks again), I took advantage of the lovely summer weather and walked the 2 miles back to my hotel, right down the street from the venerable Bukowski's. Wandering in around 1am, the bar was half empty and the music was nice and loud.

Looking around this thing is a basic A train type of bar with a long row of black leatherette stools, a line of ice bins filled with bottles and a line of taps filled with the usual assortment of stella, boddington's and a line of things like the Mojo IPA, Harpoon IPA and Harpoon Summer, etc.

Service was actually cheerful given this place's reputation as a gruffy place.

Kitchen was closed by the time I got there, but several folks around me looked happy. Definately a little bit of a dive, but one with decent brew. That's always a good combination.

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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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