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The Lower Depths
Taps: 16 / Bottles: 150
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
476 Commonwealth Ave
phone: (617) 266-6662
(Place added by: swhitt on 12-13-2006)
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Probably one of my favorite beer bars while in Boston.
Daytime visit was great on a rainy day with the entire bar to myself. The garrulous bartender was helpful with samples, though it wasn't hard to opt for the Founders Breakfast Stout.
Draft selection had mostly regional craft beers with a few quality imports. Bottle selection was very good but not excellent.
Location is convenient right off the green line and is a cool underground spot near the India Quality restaurant. Great for daytime drinking but I would reconsider for evening and/or game nights, given the proximity to Fenway.
10-07-2009 16:18:41 |
More by yemenmocha
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75 | $$
This became my regular watering hole when I moved to Boston a few years ago. Cool staff, great selection of beers (including a handful of taps in constant rotation), and good grub. Gotta get some tater tots and a Fenway Dog when you're here.
As others have stated, a great place to go to before a Red Sox game during baseball season. In the off season, these guys have hosted a number of beer socials, featuring brewers from the Commonwealth as well as brewers across the country.
04-07-2013 23:46:15 |
More by bruindre
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Stumbled across this place while in town for a conference. Google maps lead us here. Nice tap selection. Nice bottle selection. I can't get Magic Hat anything where I live, so it was fun to try their HIPA (in bottles). Steak tip salad was top notch. Beef was done to my liking. Nice assortment of greens in the salad and some tasty bits of blue cheese.
Bill arrived. I learned that this place does not take plastic. Geez. Drained a bunch of my cash for this trip :-( I would really like to visit this place again, but I CAN'T!
11-16-2010 01:43:32 |
More by RECiPE
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
I finally got a chance to hit this place up since I was in the area for a business meeting. Easy to find, you step down to a lower level and enter a decent sized room. The bar is to the right with about 20 stools, most of them filled. A few small tables are in the back, and a few more stools along the wall. The place is a bit dark with a bunch of funky murals on the wall. There is also a few tables outside.
There were about 15 beers on draft during my visit. A nice variety of beers such as BBC Coffee Porter, Lost Abbey Red Barn, Smutty and Harpoon IPAs, Full Sail Imperial Stout, Lagunitas Fusion, and Brooklyn Lager were some of the choices. There is a nice sized bottle list in an easy to read menu.
Service was very prompt and friendly, despite the fact I was the only non-local in the place as everyone seemed to know each other. The beers were fresh and tasty. I did not try any food.
Defintely a worthy stop while in Boston.
05-24-2013 11:51:32 |
More by Gavage
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
One of my favorite beer bars in the city. Gets very busy about an hour before and for a couple hours after Sox games, but otherwise I've never had a problem getting a table. Big plus for my wife and me is the dog-friendly patio out front, which is a rarity in this area.
Excellent tap and bottle selection, though the prices are quite high. And, as noted by many other reviewers, be aware that LD is CASH ONLY, so don't come with a slim wallet. There's an ATM by the door if you need it.
The staff is awesome. Very friendly, eager to help you select the right beer for you, and quick to offer samples. Very laid-back atmosphere, which is a refreshing alternative to the feel of a lot of other Boston bars.
Food menu is quite good, and the kitchen will adjust things to your requests. The fish wrap is excellent, but I often have a hard time resisting the urge to simply pig out on the ridiculously awesome tater tots and fresh soft pretzels. Also worthy of note is the weekend brunch menu, which is served from 11am until about 3pm or so.
Only major complaint is the music volume, which can sometimes make it challenging to converse with the person across the table from you. The staff has always been responsive to turning it down a notch when I've asked, though.
01-08-2011 15:18:49 |
More by paulds
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
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
Caveat - your experience could vary depending on whether the Sox are in town.
This place has an uber casual vibe, where you're equally likely to rub elbows with hipsters as you are with dudes in jerseys. The music is good, the wait staff efficient and the food comforting and cheap. I'm partial to the $1 franks with habanero mayo.
The beer selection is fairly small but carefully chosen. The prices are excellent. I've had old raspy for a fraction of what it costs at higher end beer bars. Definitely worth stopping by, and a deal for pre-game eating.
10-19-2011 00:02:40 |
More by Fclfcs
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Went here on a very cold Sunday night in January with a friend from BU. The place was reasonably quiet and we had no problem getting a table. I imagine this is not typically the case, and I can see this place being very crowded before, during, and after Sox games.
The place looks pretty high end - shiny bar, accent lighting, etc. Very hip, and maybe a bit too hip for me. This is a personal thing, as I prefer the ambiance at Publick House and other such extablishments - a bit more in the direction of a classic British or Belgian pub. I also wasn't too into the techno pop soundtrack.
Service was quite good. Our waiter, who was also the bartender, was attentive and knowledgable. He also took the time to talk beer with us which, again, is probably a result of the place being virtually empty.
Selection is decent as small beer bars go. The focus is mainly on New England and North East beers plenty of Harpoon, Smuttynose, Brooklyn, and Southern Tier on tap. Notably absent was Sam Adams. I guess they figure Sam beers can be had at just about any bar in Boston. The bottles menu is large, but didn't feature any huge surprises.
The food was decent. My companion ordered the signature $1 Fenway Frank, which was apparently as good as could be expected. As she added, "It's hard to f*** up a hot dog." I had the roast beef sandwich, which was very tasty. Nice and rare, reminding me of one that I had at a pub in London.
The value is, in my opinion, questionable. I found the beers and the food to be a bit pricey - $5-$6 for most beers, and $8-$9 for the imported bottles. This is not outrageous, I guess, but better deals can be found in Boston.
01-21-2008 02:58:57 |
More by trumpetego
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
For Boston, the Lower Depths is a reasonably priced venue. Located in Kenmore Square near Fenway Park and BU (Boston University), this is a below street level row-house style bar. CASH only.
I'm impressed with the speed of the bartender who is handling 20+ patrons. When I asked for a high alcohol beer, he offered for me to try it first. There are 16 on-tap selections, including one nitro-stout. There are also dozens of bottled/canned offerings. With the exception of Miller High Life, all of the beers are from craft breweries. The emphasis is on New Englad beers, followed by American ones. Yet, there are a couple of Belgians here as well.
The food menu is traditional (and therefore, boring) bar fare. One nice feature is the $2 foot long hot dogs with a large variety of typical and unusual toppings.
I recommend this place for beer fans visiting Boston (if you can find it) and for locals heading to a Red Sox game.
08-03-2012 19:55:40 |
More by smcolw
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