The Lower Depths
Taps: 16 / Bottles: 150
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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3.95/5 rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Just popped in for lunch today (2-21-07). I like the vibe of this place, more contemporary and upbeat than brother Bukowski.
Interesting food menu, which I was told there will be some changes. More on the meat side which is fine by me. First go at this place so I opted for the Steakhouse Burger medium rare, one of the best burgers I have had for a good while. I'll have to go for the Pork Lion Burrito or Meatloaf Dinner next time.
Solid bottle list of XX with a handful of choice macros. Victory, Rogue, North Coast, Anchor, DFG, Stone Cat, Smutty, Brooklyn, Magic Hat ... then the imports; Chimay, Sam Smith, Julius, Paulaner, Schneider, Fullers, Unibroue, etc. On tap, Lagunitas Censored, BBC Coffee House Porter, Boddingtons, Brooklyn Brown, Harpoon Old Ale, Harpoon IPA, Harpoon Winter, UFO, Hoegaarden, Hofbrau Haus, PBR, Hop Devil, Sierra Celebration, Dales Pale Ale, Leather Lips IPA. So, not a "KIller Beer Geek" tap list but a good session beer tap list.
Pints are $5.25 - $6 and bottles range from $3.50 Tall boys of Shlitz to $5-12 craft beers. Note to all ... cash only.
I'll be back for more that is for sure ... nice to see another beer bar in Boston.
02-21-2007 22:46:35 | More by Jason
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4.03/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$$
They have several amazing flavors of TOTs. But said tots are $11, but mostly worth it. Beer selection is great, except they have very few draft beers, I am a big draft fan and most of their draft selections were unimpressive.. Service was great, check the Red Sox schedule, and don't go if the Sox are playing!
12-01-2013 21:07:05 | More by Mini4x
4.13/5 rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Should have more options of food. The beer selection is good, but could have more belgian ones. Even some local beers are missing too.
The service is very nice, the people now what they are selling and don't have any problems too help you.
Is a nice place, good to be visit.
06-29-2013 20:04:51 | More by Tainha
4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Cash only. Cash only. Cash only. I never seem to remember that, though, so always have to use their on-site ATM (damn fees).
Beers on tap are quite variable - that is, sometimes you go in and it's hard to choose, and sometimes you go in and you go straight to the bottles, which for me is a bummer, because if I'm going to buy a bottle, I'd rather drink it on my dock looking over the water. A limited draft selection also tends to get me to try ones I typically wouldn't, so I guess that's a good thing. Luckily the waitstaff here are quite knowledgeable, and willing to make suggestions - and offer you a taste to be sure it's what you want.
The food used to be unique and of high quality, then it went bad for a while, and now it is back to being delicious. Guess they had chef problems for a while, but they definitely have it sorted out. Sandwiches are once again worth the $10-$12 bucks, especially when they come with perfectly done tater tots.
I think the people that frequent this place are the best. They are not sport crazy, but will watch and celebrate games on the tv. They are all over the place in terms of age and outlook, but all seem friendly. If I am in there by myself, I always find someone interesting to speak with - and I know I would typically not be speaking with them had I not been sitting next to them at the bar.
06-04-2013 18:15:16 | More by KXS
4/5 rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
The atmosphere was pretty good. It's a lively spot with a decent size bar, and both out door and in door seating. The music selection was alright. It has a laid back feel. The service was ok. There was only one employee working, who wasn't the friendliest person but was knowledgeable and knew how to pour a proper Hefe. The beer selection was great. There were some real good beers on tap (Old Raspy, Nugget Nectar, Sculpin). The bottle collection was great as well. Around ten different styles were represented with any where from four to ten beers to chose from for each style. I did find it a little pricey. There were some widely distributed brews with high price tags. Overall, a pretty decent spot to enjoy good beer in Boston.
05-28-2013 14:56:02 | More by JuliusCaesar
4.37/5 rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
I finally got a chance to hit this place up since I was in the area for a business meeting. Easy to find, you step down to a lower level and enter a decent sized room. The bar is to the right with about 20 stools, most of them filled. A few small tables are in the back, and a few more stools along the wall. The place is a bit dark with a bunch of funky murals on the wall. There is also a few tables outside.
There were about 15 beers on draft during my visit. A nice variety of beers such as BBC Coffee Porter, Lost Abbey Red Barn, Smutty and Harpoon IPAs, Full Sail Imperial Stout, Lagunitas Fusion, and Brooklyn Lager were some of the choices. There is a nice sized bottle list in an easy to read menu.
Service was very prompt and friendly, despite the fact I was the only non-local in the place as everyone seemed to know each other. The beers were fresh and tasty. I did not try any food.
Defintely a worthy stop while in Boston.
05-24-2013 11:51:32 | More by Gavage
4.09/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25 | $$
I liked the vibe at this place, mostly laid back with a nice little patio to sit out in front of the place. Interesting art work on the walls though it is a little on the small side.
Beers were properly poured with a reasonable amount of head in pint glasses.
Bartenders were both friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable.
Not a huge selection but they had a good selection of different styles, mostly of local beers - including at least one nitro-tap. The bottle/can selection is small and nothing special to right home about.
The food was pretty decent for bar food, heck they have an entire section of their menus dedicated to different preparations of tater tots. Only tried a couple of the different tater tot dishes but they were really good.
Prices were very reasonable, almost on the cheaper side.
One additional important piece of information is that this place is cash only!
05-08-2013 03:15:25 | More by dbrauneis
4.59/5 rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75 | $$
This became my regular watering hole when I moved to Boston a few years ago. Cool staff, great selection of beers (including a handful of taps in constant rotation), and good grub. Gotta get some tater tots and a Fenway Dog when you're here.
As others have stated, a great place to go to before a Red Sox game during baseball season. In the off season, these guys have hosted a number of beer socials, featuring brewers from the Commonwealth as well as brewers across the country.
04-07-2013 23:46:15 | More by bruindre
4.33/5 rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
If you are heading to Fenway to check out a sox game, The Lower Depths is a great alternative to the overcrowded bars in the fenway area.
A slightly longer walk to Fenway is worth it for their great beer selection, and the ability to actually get a seat at the bar.
The atmosphere at Lower Depths is of a relaxed, basement bar in Kenmore Square.
So if you are heading to Fenway for a game, skip the long lines, the cramped bars, and check out the bar that true Bostonians know has one of the best beer menus in the whole city.
08-16-2012 17:06:28 | More by Larrydoherty
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The Lower Depths in Boston, MA
90 out of 100 based on 44 user ratings.