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The Lower Depths
Taps: 16 / Bottles: 150
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
476 Commonwealth Ave
phone: (617) 266-6662
(Place added by: swhitt on 12-13-2006)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Sticking to its name, The Lower Depths sits just below street level, so it can be missed. The interior is nice and attractive, looks rather new. I counted 16 drafts and close to 100 bottles at the place, with a wide array of styles. They had Leatherlips IPA, Victory Lager, and High Life on draft, and bottled/canned offerings from Smuttynose and Oskar, to Schlitz and forties of malt liquor. I came here twice during my visit in Boston, once on my own, and the second time I brought along a couple Swedes from my hostel. From my second visit, I remember getting a kick out of a table of college students who just finished their semester and celebrated with Arrogant Bastard and Mickeys.
Posted near the door is "In God We Trust", which is code for 'bring cash cuz we don't accept credit cards'. Remember that.
12-26-2007 18:55:55 |
More by DoubleJ
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
On my last trip to Boston, I grabbed a quick beer at The Lower Depths while my incredibly sexy, pale-skinned and red-headed girlfriend shopped on Newbury Street. Unfortunately, I got a call from her before I even finished my first beer :(( I'd have liked to stay much longer.
The Lower Depths is a cool (both literally and figuratively) bar a few steps down from the street on Commonwealth in the Fenway area. 1" tiles of blue cover the walls, and the bar top is stainless steel, leading me to believe that this is kind of a college bar. There's a mural of some older, grundy patrons though; and there's also a small patio out back.
Apparently, this is close to Fenway park (?), and they do $1 hot dogs that are great. ? And even sell 40's. I didn't have anything to eat, but supposedly there's a buttered pretzel or something that's really good as well.
The beer selection is great, and that alone is worth a stop.
06-23-2009 09:07:52 |
More by NeroFiddled
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
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: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Stopped in today for a Friday afternoon pint. Very cozy atmosphere when you walk in, low celings, and a cool mural on the back wall. Decent sized bar and plenty of table seating. The waitstaff was very friendly, maybe that was because there was only a few people in there. The beer selection was pretty good, they had about 10 beers on tap, and a 2 page list of bottled beers. I like how they present the bottles, one page were European beers separated by country, and the other side was US beers separated by state. Pretty good selection of beers to choose from. The prices did seem somewhat high for the imported beers, some were $7-$9. The menu looked average, though I didn't try anything myself. I'd have to come back on a Friday or Saturday night to really get a feel for this place, but it seems to be a nice addition to the Kenmore area. R.I.P. Deli Haus.
12-29-2006 21:51:44 |
More by morebeergood
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$$
With the recent demise of The Linwood, it looks like we have a new valid beer bar in Kenmore Square.
Take a few steps down and enter The Lower Depths. Clean, nicely set up, cool staff and a great beer line up. Ample seating with a nice atmosphere.
Expect 16 draft beers with highlights such as Victory Prima Pils, Smuttynose Shoal's Pale Ale, Leatherlips IPA, Brooklyn Lager, Berkshire Maibock Lager, Magic Hat Circus Boy, Dick's Pale Ale and local fave Harpoon including the Refsvinginge Private Stock, Brown Session Ale, UFO & IPA. PBR on tap as well. The bottle selection is deep with at least 100 bottles. You'll find something in minimal time. Positive marks on glassware too.
Just watch out for the prices. Some beers have a heavy mark-up, but it's great to have diverse options. Beers are fresh and the location next to Fenway Park is ideal.
Tip : The $1 Fenway Franks are recommended
Check this place out.
05-13-2007 13:26:23 |
More by Hibernator
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I really think the rating I am giving this place is going to be WAY higher than it should be for various reasons.
1) This place is the most overpriced beer bar I have ever been to in the state of Massachusetts. $7 a pint? Come on. Also, I recently bought a bottle of Pretty Things St. Botolph's Town for $5.75, at The Lower Depths the very same bottle of beer is being sold for $18!!!! Absolutely ludicrous.
2) Cash only + way overpriced = not cool
3) Service in the sitting area was beyond bad.
4) Vibe in this place when I was there last night was nothing like i expected. There was a table of frat boys drinking tall boy PBRs and another table full of girls out for for a bachelorette party drinking cocktails. Maybe they have the right idea since those drinks might be more cost affective.
Three things make this place ok.
1) Fenway Franks for $1. Eat three of them since you're not going to have money for food after you have a couple beers here.
2) Beer selection is decent. They had both Leviathan beers on tap and the Cape Ann Navigator.
3) Close proximity to Fenway I guess. But, I'd personally choose Boston Beer Works. Its closer and cheaper.
Whomever owns this place should be ashamed (But I am sure they are laughing all the way to the bank). If you want a good beer drinking clientele don't rip them off! I am never going here again.
03-01-2009 20:42:16 |
More by indiapaleale
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25 | $$
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
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 |
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