The Lower Depths
Taps: 16 / Bottles: 150
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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4.14/5 rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Dropped in here after a night at the nearby Eastern Standard. I was expecting a huge college crowd and luckily didn't find it. Although it was filling up as we were leaving. They had about 20 or so taps and many bottles. My beer was great. I had Brooklyn Black Chocolate from the tap followed by a Old Rasputin, also on tap (nitro?). The two bartenders were great. They have a drink-all-our-beers-get-a-mug-with-your-name-on-it deal going. We signed up. I did not try the food, but will go back another time. I enjoyed the Lower Depths and am glad it is near by.
11-26-2007 00:12:07 | More by citrusjim
4.06/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Noticed this place on my travels through Kenmore Square a few times. Finally went in on Friday (10/5/07), to watch the end of what came out to be an amazing Red Sox play-off game (Manny's walk off HR).
Nestled in the basement of a Kenmore Square brownstone, this establishment has an out door patio section street-side. Inside has a long bar down the ride side, and rows of seating along the left. The atmosphere is very contemporary, with club-esque lighting, and furnishings. Very young and vibrant crowd, which is expected for this area, especially during a red Sox play-off.
Beer selection is varied. DFH, Stone, BBC, Sam, Fuller's, Cambridge Brewing, Chimay, Laguinitas, Smuttynose, Harpoon, Dale's Pale ale, Old Chub, and some more cheaper selections, like PBR and Schlitz. Some more there, but my memory is fuzzy. Prices are reasonable, especially the macros, but craft was at about 5 bucks a drink. ::CASH ONLY!::
Service was quick and pleasant, which was nice considering the large crowd.
A very chill spot, that shall see my return.
10-07-2007 19:21:39 | More by Freshie
4.03/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
Have this spot a few times when i venture out of JP in search of good beers and don't want to deal with the lack of seating/atmosphere at Penguin Pizza.
Last time we went was two weeks ago. It was the first stop on my birthday pub crawl, which ran along the green line (more on this in another post).
Is it pricey? Yes, but we can assume for all the reasons covered in other posts.
Is the beer good? In fact the beer on tap was (once again) great.
Was the atmosphere too "cool" for me? A touch, but it is still pretty comfortable in there.
As far as the food goes, it is pricey as well. Do not get a salad. Get the burger or the cheap hot dogs, both have been great. The fries are pretty darn good also.
Finally, I love the service at this place. If you sit at the bar, they are too happy to have you try something unusual. They also know what it is they are selling which is nice, 'cause we all love to have some background on our beers. Glassware was appropriate for the stronger brews.
What was great is that we stopped by on this last trip like an hour before the Sox game and got seated instantly. Let's hope this place doesn't go the way of the Linwood anytime soon. It is a nice change for the Kenmore/Fenway area, especially when the Beer Works is overrun before a game.
06-20-2007 03:35:55 | More by mtnbiknma
4.14/5 rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is fairly new place, an upscale Bukowski's which I imagine is trying to play off the Fenway phenomena. Very similar selection to Bukowski's (believe it's the same owner) with a more 'chik' atmosphere. I liked it, although I went early on a Saturday night and it was practically empty. I'm not sure how many people know about it yet and it's kind of hidden, as it's a basement bar. Didn't try the food but the beer quality and selection was all good. Waitress was extremely attentive given there were so few customers there. I would go back again anytime. Enjoy the atmosphere a bit more than the Dalton St. Bukowski's
06-18-2007 04:59:00 | More by LPorter33
4.33/5 rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Always been a fan of both Bukowski Taverns so figured this was worth a shot for some pre-movie food and drink when I was in neighborhood (6/8/07).
First things first, the beer selection is nearly as deep as one would expect. The single sheet double-sided beer menu is good because you dont have to keep flipping and flipping and flipping to find a beer, but all those names densely staring you in the face is a bit overwhelming. [For the drinking record I had the Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale (good but very bitter), my girl had the BBC Coffee House Porter (very tasty), and my friend had a big bottle Magners cider.]
Like most reviewers here I found the beer prices higher than they should be by about $1 or 2 on average. My theory on this is twofold. Keeping pint prices close to $6 and not having $2 Bud limits Red Sox riff-raff on game days and the college crawl crowd which are smart ideas given the place is tiny and not geared to that cliental. Secondly, Kenmore Square has become so gentrified (the addition of Popeyes Chicken aside) thanks to redevelopment that bumped up beer prices are probably needed just to help to pay the rent.
Our waitress was knowledgeable and attentive which is the up side of the bi-polar tendencies of Bukowski staff no matter the location. They can be really helpful and efficient or they just cant be bothered to serve you much and no matter what beer you want to drink theyll tell you that you should be drinking something else. Always a crapshoot, but so is any other place.
The food menu is pretty extensive and the fare is just as good and right around the normal price range of $10-16 entrees. We had the nachos and the roast beef sandwich both of which were top notch. Basically its pub grub/comfort food with a bit of pizzazz and a tongue in cheek nod to white trash.
Atmosphere is a bit mod and yes kind of sterile, but I liked it because its unexpected and slightly different. How many more authentic Irish pub knock-offs or faux dive bars do we need in this town? The Lower Depths is doing its own thing; feeling kind of uptown and yet there were the ubiquitous bike messengers staked out on the front patio smoking and tattooed twenty-something staff just like either of its sister pubs.
Overall, Im glad theres now a place like this in Kenmore. Its no Deli Haus, but there will never be another Deli Haus again in this area. I will definitely come back here and recommend it to anybody who finds themselves hungry and in the neighborhood.
06-13-2007 14:31:00 | More by 3leggeddub
4.15/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$$
With the recent demise of The Linwood, it looks like we have a new valid beer bar in Kenmore Square.
Take a few steps down and enter The Lower Depths. Clean, nicely set up, cool staff and a great beer line up. Ample seating with a nice atmosphere.
Expect 16 draft beers with highlights such as Victory Prima Pils, Smuttynose Shoal's Pale Ale, Leatherlips IPA, Brooklyn Lager, Berkshire Maibock Lager, Magic Hat Circus Boy, Dick's Pale Ale and local fave Harpoon including the Refsvinginge Private Stock, Brown Session Ale, UFO & IPA. PBR on tap as well. The bottle selection is deep with at least 100 bottles. You'll find something in minimal time. Positive marks on glassware too.
Just watch out for the prices. Some beers have a heavy mark-up, but it's great to have diverse options. Beers are fresh and the location next to Fenway Park is ideal.
Tip : The $1 Fenway Franks are recommended
Check this place out.
05-13-2007 13:26:23 | More by Hibernator
4.08/5 rDev +1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in here on a Tuesday night last week while in Boston on business. The atmosphere is very contemporary with lots of sleek and metal design, while the painted wall murals throw in a touch of hipsterdom. The place was pretty empty (it was Tuesday night after all) but the crowd was college-aged and hip. Service was friendly and attention was paid to glassware and proper pouring techniques. Selection was good and similar to Bukowski's with the large amount of American craft and regional brews. I was particulary happy to see Gritty's Black Fly Stout on tap. There was also some popular imports like Hoegaarden and Guinness on tap as well. Large bottle selection with many European imports to choose from. We didn't eat but I heard the food is good here. I really liked this place and it has a different feel than other beer bars in the area, check this one out.
04-09-2007 00:46:11 | More by lehows
3.9/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
This place is pretty new so the atmosphere could improve over time with some weathering but it is fairly sterile and generic feeling with the exception of the little outdoor patio. Unfortunately, it wasnt quite warm enough to sit there when I visited on a recent Saturday afternoon. It is nice and clean inside though which is a plus. Cash only is a bit of a negative but what can you do. I wish it meant that the beer prices were cheaper than most other places but that isnt the case.
The selections on draft were okay --they had about 5 that were somewhat interesting and the rest were kind of typical like Harpoon Ipa and Guinness. They did have Leatherlips Ipa from the Tap which was much better than the last time I had tried it at the brewpub last summer. In fact, it was great --as fresh as can be with plenty of carbonation. Their bottle selection here is better than the draft with some good German ones like Aventinus and other Schneider ones, Chimays, Duvel, Smuttynose,Lagunitas,etc. I got a North Coast Red Seal Ale which was decent and I had a hotdog for a buck and the hot dog itself was great but the kraut on it was ice cold almost making it not worth having on it. I will try next time with just mustard.
The bartender was very pleasant and easy to talk to. A nice addition to the neighborhood. I will definitely go back. I also like how its on the eastern edge of Kenmore square so its a little closer to downtown than the ballpark.
04-05-2007 22:27:16 | More by rousee
4.13/5 rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
I had dinner here the first week it was open and again tonight. I was turned off by the beer prices after my first visit, so I wasnt sure Id return. However, I figured it was worth a second chance since its walking distance to home. Great location next to the T, too, for those not in the area.
Atmosphere: More comfortable than the first time I was here. Overall, a laid-back vibe. It might be different later at night.
Quality: All of our beers tasted spot-on fresh and delicious. Today we had BBC Coffeehouse Porter (draft), Lagunitas Brown Shugga (bottle), Julius-Echter Dunkle (bottle), Tap Leatherlips IPA (draft). Food was great, toobetter than our first visit.
Service: Also improved. Our waiter tonight was knowledgeable about the beer, had personality, and was attentive. We never had to wait for anything.
Selection: Yes, they have a pretty good selection, but you can get most everything at several other beer bars in Boston for much better prices. Its still very nice to have another place to go for good beer.
Food: The chicken melt and roast beef sandwich were both good. Its not an extensive menu, and there arent really any lighter choices. However, if the food hadnt been so good my first visit, I probably wouldnt have bothered giving this place another chance.
Its a good place for dinner. I probably wouldnt hang out here all night. Im much more likely to do what I did tonight: have a couple beers and some food, and then stop at Wine GalleryKenmore for some more awesome beer to enjoy at home.
EDIT: My original statement that I probably wouldn't stay here all night has turned out to be false. I love hanging out here. The staff and other patrons are a lot of fun.
03-10-2007 02:03:51 | More by jbart
4.13/5 rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Decided to check this place on the recommendation of Steve from the Tap. As it's new, it's fairly dead at the moment, so even for a Friday night it was pretty empty. Historically, I love the area and I loved Delihaus, so I was looking to be enchanted.
It's a small space, very chill, cute modern decor, and still manages to be bright. This is not the darkness that one sees at Bukowski's. The taplist isn't long, but it's good, a great selection that is fair, ranging from $5.25 on up. The bottle list is quite impressive, and I could overhear the staff doing a great job of recommending good beers to other customers.
The menu is heavy on the meat, so don't go in expecting much as vegan options. My burger was cooked to perfection, so I was super happy.
Beer was fresh and delicious.
I highly recommend checking the place out if you're in the area. I think it's a great Kenmore addition.
As Jason mentioned, note the cash only.
02-24-2007 16:08:07 | More by eveninghawk
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The Lower Depths in Boston, MA
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