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Taps: 26 / Bottles: 38
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
477 Cambridge St
phone: (617) 787-2337
(Place added by: konabrewer on 01-10-2007)
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I owe Deep Ellum an update since the first several years ago. I have recently moved from Boston, and since my original review, I've visited Deep Ellum more than 40-50 times and I am confident that it is one of the best bars/beer bars in not just all of Boston, but in the Northeast.
The service is exceptional at the bar - attentive, friendly, welcoming. Sometimes slow at the tables, but always pleasant.
The quality of the pours - temperature, glassware, amount of pour is always the best. These beers are served the way beers should be served, must have the cleanest taplines around.
The selection is always thoughtful, usually one or two "regulars" that I can expect - a Green Flash West Coast IPA or Jack D'or, then a bunch of selections from around the area and beyond. A much more varied selection of German and English brews than you can expect elsewhere in the area.
Food is always great, reasonably priced, but they absolutely kill it at brunch. Great value for the quality and amount of food - I prefer the breakfast burrito, homefries inside just the right amount of spicy.
Oh and the cocktails? Forget the beer. Best in the city and it's not even close.
A caveat: I would honestly almost always avoid Deep Ellum on a Friday or Saturday night. It's a small space, and it can get packed. A weekday afternoon for lunch or brunch (brunch served EVERYDAY) or even weekday evening for dinner is what I would recommend.
--- Old review below ---
Atmosphere: A small but decent space. A long bar and ~12 tables opposite the bar food. The crowd was the most pleasurable part of the evening. Everyone was extremely friendly and it wasn't the obnoxious crowd you sometimes have to deal with at TPH on a Friday night. The music was way way way too loud. I even heard quite a few people complaining about it at the bar. It was difficult to even have a conversation with the person next to me.
Quality: I don't know if they were having dishwashing issues but found some major issues here. All four glasses were wet and still smelled of soap, but left my hands really sticky from holding them. Took away from the quality of the beer as I couldn't get a good smell out of any of the glasses.
Service: Quick and friendly service, except the bartender seemed a little confused about some of the beers. Didn't give me much information at all about the Middle Ages IPA they had on cask, and told me that Avery Collaboration was a Porter (actually a rather strong Belgian style ale).
Selection: Pretty decent selection. Major focus on American brews on tap. I had the Hop Rod Rye, Avery Collaboration and Middle Ages IPA. They were also offering the DFH 120 min IPA which was nice to see. Very pleased with a cask offering.
09-21-2011 02:19:23 |
More by RedMedicine
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Beers always served in excellent condition. Menu tells you exact pour size and cost, so no surprises.
A variety of local, german, belgian and other european beers are offered, with one cask usually available, but selection seems to stagnate a bit.
Nice atmosphere. Music sometimes can get loud in the evening for my taste, making conversation difficult. Patio is a good option when weather is good.
Quality food ingredients and preparation.
Service can be variable depending on how busy it is, but usually is solid.
Overall, one of the better local spots to grab a beer. Attention is paid to quality. Wish the prices were a bit better, but this is the Boston area.
05-04-2011 19:02:19 |
More by bring
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
Went here on Saturday night with a pretty big group of friends. It was packed the point of discomfort. I thought getting there at 8:30 would have given us more breathing room, but it was quite the opposite as the dinner crowd had yet to vacate the tables. We ordered beers and stood around for awhile, consistently getting pushed around as the wait staff tried to get around us. Eventually the VERY FRIENDLY wait staff snagged us a table into which we crammed.
Decor was pleasant enough - nice, dark wood; a long bar; only the two tvs (which were weirdly playing a movie on silent. Music was a little on the loud side for a beer bar, in my opinion, especially since it was so crowded.
Selection was good - very good, actually. A number of non-belgian imports, belgians, west-coast beers, and quite a few local brews (including two from Pretty Things and two from Smuttynose). Prices were on the high side compared with bars in the area, but is probably worth it if you want the variety.
Wait staff was excellent. Bartenders were a bit overwhelmed but were still pretty quick at serving us. We drank slowly and were asked several times if we needed anything. All had water glasses which were kept full. Polite and even said goodbye when we left.
I would go back, however, on a budget this would probably be only a stop on a pub crawl; hard to compete with the relatively cheaper prices at someplace like sunset nearby. Still, not bad.
02-09-2011 03:35:25 |
More by deafcat
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Hands down my favorite Beer destination in Boston area. Unbelievable selection of taps, often changing, and bartender always gives great recommendations (Dave). Not many places where they have >10 beers I've never heard of on tap; and all of them happen to excellent. Beers aren't cheap, but I wouldn't expect them to be at a place like this. Only place where I let the bartender tell me what to get and trust them. Food is very good and reason enough to go there, but beer is the real attraction. Very cool/relaxed atmosphere. Moving away in 6 mo. and will seriously miss this place.
02-05-2011 03:21:27 |
More by IPAphilic
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Deep Ellum has some of the best food in the city as far as casual dining goes, and pushes it over the top with a great cheese plate and Moules frites to name two favorites. They also have a good spin on the looked down upon deviled egg. The service can be hit or miss but it's usually good and always friendly. The Beer list kills it and always has something I want to try every time I go, and the cocktails are well crafted also using house made bitters and other ingredients made on site. The cost there is reasonable, some say it's pricey, I say you get what you pay for and it's worth it.
01-20-2011 19:28:55 |
More by matthewfox79
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Great place to have a beer and they always have a decent selection of beer on tap. Their food is actually quite good and I highly recommend the 'Big Easy' sandwich! Another big bonus, is the outdoor deck, which although you are surrounded by a concrete and brick jungle, it is still extremely nice, especially when the weather is cooperating.
Only negatives is that sometimes the beer menu gets a bit stale(same beers for months on end) and the prices for any non-domestics, which run between $8-$9, mostly $9 for a 10 oz pour, which seems excessive to me.
12-17-2010 22:02:57 |
More by sheikyerbouti
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This is one place I wish I visited more often during my year of living in Boston. Very cool vibe at this place, between the almost retro decor (love those ceiling fans) and pusually retty good music played at a good volume. Deep Ellum is a great beer destination in every sense of the word. While 22 taps may seem on the low end for better beer bars in Boston (especially with Sunset only a few blocks away), they really maximize that space and manage to offer top notch selections covering a wide array of styles and you'd be hard pressed to ever find a bad beer on the tap list. Glassware is always appropriate and pours are generally solid. The service at Deep Ellum was fine for my few visits there, but they didn't really do anything to stand out. I've only had the chili and a burger from the food menu, and both were very good, but that's not a wide enough sample to make me feel good about giving it the higher score it might deserve. Overall Deep Ellum might be the most overlooked better beer bar in the Boston area, it's got a smaller (but top notch) tap list, very good food, and a nice chill atmosphere
08-23-2010 22:53:46 |
More by axeman9182
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Met up with some friends here while we were in Boston late July. Impressed. Great beer selection, good vibe, friendly staff, food menu impressive. Nothing bad to say about the place. I think our cabbie took us for a ride to get us there, but other than that it is definitely a place I would visit again. We sat and ordered two each of the Jolly Pumpkin weizen bam and we had the charcuterie plate, which included a pig ear terrine that I could not bring myself to eat. Had the waiter not told me what it was I'm sure I would've tried it. But pig ear just doesn't do anything for my appetite.
08-14-2010 17:34:14 |
More by juzy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I went here for the first time last week with two friends for the Duck Rabbit/Foothills night they had for Boston Beer week. I had the Duck Rabbit Milk stout first which I really enjoyed on tap.
The place is in a very narrow long space. You walk through the front door the bar is off to the left along that wall with tables against the other wall. Straight to the back is a door that leads out to the patio area which looked really nice. The decor is simple and the the space is loud with people dining drinking and socializing.
We sat inside and ate supper. I had a bacon cheeseburger that was really good and my table mates enjoyed their food as well. They have 25 or so taps that are all craft as well as a great bottle list.
I liked the food and the simple atmosphere and the prices seemed reasonable. Compared to most bars in my area the tap list is stellar. Compared to others in the area its decent. I would certainly go back, but I'm not sure if I would make a special trip.
06-22-2010 22:57:59 |
More by johnnnniee
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
This is a long overdue review as I had finally hit up Deep Ellum on 5/22.
A nice sunny Saturday afternoon in Boston, this is pretty easily accessible via the T (parking is a bitch). The windows at the front were open, several tables were dispersed down the right hand side, two big tables on either side of the door sitting right in the window. The bar runs almost the entire legnth of the establishment. Thet also have a back patio, two tables on the first landing and then another 5-6 tables on a second floor.
Nice offering of beers here - selections of IPA's, Pils, APA's, Porter's and a Geueze on tap. Mikkeler, Southapmton, Cambridge Brewing, Mayflower were just a few of the brewer's on tap.
Food was downright tasty. It's not your typical bar food, but it meshes with decor, ambiance, and well - what I was in the mood for that day!
Service was a touch slow at first, but our waitress was fantastic. She'd spend a bit talking to us, made recommendations, and was over all just downright cool.
I can't wait to hit this place up again!
06-21-2010 20:05:06 |
More by Jayli
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