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Taps: 24 / Bottles: 32
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
247 Essex St
phone: (978) 740-8882
(Place added by: ohmesohoppy on 04-29-2008)
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Reviews by GarthDanielson:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Roaming around Salem, and we stumbled into this joint. Interesting vibe throughout, and we had a fun time while we were there. A very eclectic atmosphere, from the exterior to the decorations, the food menu, and the drinks. Lots of fun, and this place gets pretty busy on weekends. The service was great, from the hostess down to the servers. It seems like there are a lot of events going on there, especially local music. We were there on a night when a comic art project was having an opening, followed immediately by a live band. Fun stuff. The beer selection was very decent, with a ton of brews on draft, and even more available by the bottle. I was impressed with the selection. However, do not be fooled by the beer list on the wall. I walked in and was extremely excited to see Founders Breakfast Stout on the wall. When I ordered, I was informed by the waitress that they ran out of that "a long time ago," and that the wall rarely gets updated. They have a menu that they keep up to date, so if you go in and have to wait for a table for a while, do not reference the wall. It can only lead to disappointment. The food was great, and as I said, there is a good variety available, from tapas and appetizers to full blown entrees. Price was very reasonable, and we would absolutely go back when we are in Salem again.
11-13-2011 06:30:59 |
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More by Jason
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75 | $
Gulu Gulu is one of my favorite places to go in Salem. It can get quite busy at any time of day, especially during the lunch and dinner rushes but during the week they usually have bands playing and an open mic night which will make finding a table hard to find. Overall, the food here is pretty good, their breakfast is amazing. The service can be pretty slack when it gets busy but nothing too horrible.
The beer selection is outstanding. They have about 20 taps and a cooler for bottles. The tap selection always carries a very good variety of styles and tastes. Every now and then they will have a rarity on tap. I believe every Tuesday night is cask night when they will crack open a cask of a local brew. The bartenders know their beer and are great resources to ask about different tastes of the beers and for recommendations. Not all places are like that.
I will always highly recommend Gulu Gulu for beer. It's become our go to place.
05-08-2013 13:17:25 |
More by nootch23
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$
The Gulu has more than 20 taps, always caters to every craft brew palate, and you cannot beat their prices for craft beer.
If you went to Boston you could spend $2-3 more dollars on every draft beer they have. The service is wonderful for a seat yourself place, and the age demographic is larger than almost any "cool" bar around. I am continuously impressed by the Gulu.
04-15-2013 03:00:28 |
More by JordanPhraczek
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Went for lunch here with the family; fairly crowded, but they offered to put our two teenagers at one table and my wife and I at another (bonus!). The beer selection was very impressive; much more than I expected walking in. For the fall they had a variety of pumpkin beers; I started with a Southern Tier Punking, which was delicious. They also offer a sampler, so I followed that with 3 small servings.
The food was also enjoyable; my only complaint was with the speed of service. We had an appetizer of cheese and meats (including a delicious Czech spiced brie). Then for the main I had a turkey panini and my wife had a mushroom crepe (the menu was mainly sandwiches and crepes). Unfortunately as we learned from the waitress, the small kitchen only has 1-2 panini presses and a crepemaker, so we waited close to 45 minutes for our food. Not a big deal to me as I was enjoying my beers, but my pregnant wife was less than thrilled. The wait staff overall were very helpful; if not for the slow kitchen I'd give the service score a bigger bump.
Overall I was quite impressed; the prices were very reasonable and the selection was outstanding. Definitely worth returning to.
10-28-2011 22:15:20 |
More by medic25
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I tried out Gulu-Gulu recently and was glad I did. Its located right in the heart of the pedestrian square in the middle of Salem. It has a few outdoor tables and when you walk in the bar is off to the left. The beer selection was very solid and I tried an Imperial lager by Krusovice which I hadnt had before, a Session Pilsener from Notch brewing & I also tried their session pale ale. All the beers were served in appropriate glassware and tasted nice and fresh. It looks like their website is fairly up-to-date,so please refer to it if you are interested in seeing some of the other beers that are offered here.
The decor is a standard cafe/beer bar hang out type set up --fairly spartan wooden chairs and such but certainly comfortable enough.
The staff that work here are a little hipster-ish but they are the nice friendly type that don't have any of that "I'm too cool for school attitude" that is sometimes prevalent. In fact, they all have their bios on the website and I thought they were fairly amusing. Some are true and others are just a bunch of BS but who cares.They seem to be having fun with it and enjoy working there.
We tried this meat and cheese plate and ended up getting 1 meat plate and 1 cheese plate. The Chorizo we got was a nice imported Spain chorizo and the capicola and salami were fairly standard. The cheeses really stood out as the Brie had some nice veining in it and the Cheddar had a nice grassy element to it. Manchego always matches up well with beer, so that was our third cheese and it was quite good too.
In summary, this is a great place to stop off at and I could easily spend a few hours in here. Very friendly vibe, some nice food and beer and the prices were pretty reasonable too.
07-06-2011 20:35:08 |
More by rousee
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
My two brothers, their wives, my girlfriend and I all went to the Gulu Cafe for lunch prior to a family wedding. Wow did we pick the right place to go. Solid tap list, great bottle list, super friendly waitress, and great food. This place picks up the artsy witchy vibe of the town without being corny and really pays attention to the food and the beer. The bartender came around the bar and chatted us up about my girlfriend's DFH Fort tee-shirt. Cool staff. Additionally, there were tons of dogs in the town and sitting in the outside seating. Any place that combines that great beer with great food and dogs I can't say no.
05-07-2011 03:14:05 |
More by lordjeff78
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Visited an out of town friend who was staying in Salem and decided to meet here.
Hipster alert! Hipster alert! :0) Though unlike the Boston/Cambridge/Somerville hipster beer haunts, the staff here are extremely friendly and efficient.
Eclectic selection of draft and bottled beers, ranging from local/regional selections to well-known national crafts and obscure imports. I had a Czech dark lager I've never heard of and it was terrific.
As others have stated, the menu is tight and consists of healthy crepes, wraps, and simple meat plates. I had some kind of cold sausage and peperoncini plate, marinated in vinegar, and it was tasty.
As for the clientele, all sorts of types like middle aged beer geeks (me), students, artsy types, & lots of people with multiple piercings beards & tattoos. But I give them credit, it's a comfy place & welcoming no matter who you are.
I would visit this place again the next time I'm close.
02-05-2011 17:00:09 |
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