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Taps: 21 / Bottles: 100
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1281 Cambridge St
phone: (617) 497-7077
(Place added by: Todd)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$$$
This place is totally overrated. The food is not all that great, the music is way too loud (even though the music selection is quite good), and the place is way too dark (I had to use a flashlight to read the beer munu). Worst of all, the beers are totally overpriced. ($8 for a La Fin Du Monde. Come on! I thought you guys were supposed to be "punk rock.") I'd much rather travel to the Sunset Grill & Tap in Allston and deal with some drunk college kids so that I could have a much better beer selection (and pay much less).
06-25-2006 07:34:16 |
More by Damian
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Bukowski's is a great little hole-in-the-wall bar with a fantastic beer menu (both taps and bottles). I've been a couple of times and each time the staff is very knowledgible and the beers are served in appropriate glassware.
The food menu is a little limited but you don't go to Bukowski's for fine dining. I always get the boneless wings that are damn tasty.
The atmosphere is kind of tough to describe... kind of bohemian coffee house meets biker-bar. It looks rough from the outside (looks rough from the inside too) but the people/vibe/staff are all great if you're looking to relax, listen to some decent music and have some great, great beers.... (and maybe have some wings!)
Whenever I'm downtown, I try to swing through for at least one or two at Bukowski's and pre-Sox games there are a must although, get there early!
11-18-2008 19:18:39 |
More by hossthepatsfan
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I was a little uneasy about going in after reading some of the reviews here. While I like a place that is laid back and not pretentious, I don't like to get a lot of attitude. My fears were unfounded as the staff was very friendly. I loved the atmosphere of the place. This is an old service garage turned into a bar, complete with the roll up garage door still there. The bar itself reminded me of an old diner or the lunch counter at Woolworths, old metal framed stools bolted to the ground.
Nice selection of beers including cask beer. Not sure what you want? Spin the wheel. There's a carnival style wheel with the name of each beer offered. The only catch is whatever the wheel lands on is what you're paying for. And did I mention you're paying cash? No plastic taken here, cash only. Truth be told, I probably would have stayed for a few more beers if I could have used my credit card as I was running low on cash and didn't want to pay fees for an ATM.
High on my revisit list for Boston. I may have to check out their other location as well.
12-31-2010 16:25:06 |
More by Keith238
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I had read about Bukowskis and finally had a chance to have a drink there when I visiting friends in Cambridge.
It's a very unpretentious place and low-key hipster. No attitudes here.
I was impressed with the server's knowledge of beer, and she poured possibly one of the best wheat beers I have seen in a bar.
The beer menu is varied. Some excellent beers and some macro fare. I drank a Berkshire Brewing scotch ale which was quite good. My friend had a Port Brewing Board meeting which was far superior to a bottled beer I had bought a few months earlier and full flavored.
Our friends had German beers.
The appetizers are very good. The sweet potato fries were better than in most restaurants, and the pita and hummus was fresh.
Overall, an excellent Cambridge bar. Perhaps too hipster-grungy for some folks, but craft beer drinkers should check it out.
10-27-2013 22:22:36 |
More by brureview
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Large, open room with a medium sized bar and many tables. Dirty rock and roll music blares over the stereo and reverberates around the high ceiling. So much punk rock attitude that it actually has pretentiousness in its lack of pretentiousness (if you know what I mean). Beer selection is pretty good, and now seems to be rotating a good amount so that every time I go there are a few new and interesting choices. The draft selection is about 16 quality beers and they have a ton of bottles. The quality of the beer is very solid, and there is great glassware. Major downpoint is that there are no prices listed on the beer chalkboard. Some people might be unpleasantly surprised that most beers, even locals, are close to six bills each. A little steep, especially if you get the dreaded Bukowski-short-pour! The food is a handful of eclectic choices that always suck me in and rarely disappoint. (Peanut butter burger! I thought I invented that you bastards!) This place has become my second favorite place to drink in the Boston area.
08-11-2004 22:16:39 |
More by waughbrew
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in for a few drinks while in the area after having visited the Boston location for lunch earlier in the day.
Atmosphere is nice, it's certainly more open than the location in Boston, especially in the summer. 4-5 tables sit near the open-air windows and a bar sits on the right upon entering. Certainly more relaxed than the Boston location.
Quality is good. The beer arrived at the proper temperature with a good amount of head.
Service is also good. Our waiter knew about the beers down to the style as well as their attributes, which was nice to see. We had to wait a few times to get our glasses refilled but nothing over the line.
Selection was very good, as I found it at the Boston location. 30-40% of the beers on-tap were locals and the rest were solid selections covering a good range of styles. The number of 5% beers was striking and well-received by me. As with the Boston location, the bottle list was far from extensive but was well thought out.
Value was good, a bit expensive to a Georgia boy but par for the course in the area.
Overall this location didn't have quite the amount of character I found in the Boston location, but the openness and more relaxed vibe made up for it. Worth a stop if you're in the area.
08-15-2011 23:58:16 |
More by glid02
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I only seem to be there on Thursday nights after the Comedy Show at the Improv Boston. By that point it is really noise and somewhat crowded, but there is always a positive vibe.
The beer selection is amazing. I usually go with the Dogfish Head 60 or 90 minute IPA's on tap. So very good. They have very good selections from across the world.
I have only had a few appetizers there myself. they make a great Sweet Potato French Fry with a tangy dipping sauce. My friend who had a burger said it was good.
If not for any other reson go there for the beer!
12-29-2005 00:22:47 |
More by Freshie
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Went for the EBF Pre-party
Atmosphere: Loud, crowded, and did I mention loud? That said, the place is alive and forces you to be a live, because you have to scream to talk to people. Ok, maybe not scream but did I mention the place was loud? Oh, and watch out for the waitress's elbows, they tend to throw them to get through the thick crowds.
Quality: Top quality brews, served in close, if not THE appropriate glassware. Well taken care of. Definite haven for beer.
Service: Service at the bar, questionable at best. They should have had more bartenders for that crowd. Service at table with a waitress, very good. One of the most redeeming qualities.
Selection: Great, all kinds of draft and bottles to choose from.
Food: No idea, at over $6 per pint, there was no way I was order food.
Value: Way overpriced. I appreciate the cost of craft beer, but your cheapest pint can't be $6. Buying for my wife and I at the bar the cheapest round was $12 with most being $14. Funny thing was when we sat at a table up front talking with other BA's and ordered two rounds our tap was $14. Not sure how that happened, since I know she knew we ordered two rounds.
I'd go back but not for more than 1-2 rounds per trip.
02-15-2006 02:38:33 |
More by Loki
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Much better than the other Bukowski location, and certainly more quiet on my daytime visit.
This location has a more traditional, roomy bar with plenty of light and a neighborhood feel. Same or better tap selections than what is available on Dalton St.
Service was more polite, prompt, and actually had some knowledge of the beers on tap. Prices weren't bad for the area and quality of beer.
Good location near two other beer bars, the Druid & Atwood's. Easily accessible by the red line and very short bus trip.
10-07-2009 16:14:40 |
More by yemenmocha
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Went to Bukowski's on Saturday afternoon. The weather was really nice outside and we decided to drop by for some late afternoon drinks. We sat by the open front area where you can enjoy the weather and people watch the foot traffic of Cambridge Street.
Our waitress was pretty cool and provided good service. Drink orders were received quickly and she was attentive overall. Reggae music played in the background, which was also well recieved. I've heard other reviewers complain about the music being too loud, but that was not the case during my visit.
Anyways, on to the beer selection...expect about 18 or so drafts. All worthy selections with some pretty interesting brews.
During my visit here is what was available: Smuttynose Imperial Stout, Smuttynose Maibock, Sixpoint Gorilla Warfare, Rogue John John Juniper Ale, Bear Republic Racer 5, Lefthand Chainsaw Strong Ale, Mayflower IPA, Southern Tier Hoppe, Southampton Double Ale, Harpoon IPA, 21st Amendment Watermelon, Harpoon UFO, PBR, Moylan's Pale Ale, O'Hara's Irish Stout, DeKoninck Brune, Jolly Pumpkin Bam Bier and Emilesse Double IPA. One cask conditioned beer too, the Haverill Maibock Lager.
The bottle selection is extensive and offered an "extra special" bottle special that included Porterhouse Oyster Stout, 2009 Founders Nemesis and Goose Island Nightstalker.
I found all of the beers to be a bit on the pricey side, but that's typically not an issue for me as I appreciate the good quality of what I'm getting. If you plan on staying for multiple rounds, be prepared to shell out some cash though. Draft prices ranged from $5.50 to $10 for the Emilesse Double IPA.
All in all, I had a pleasant visit and enjoyed some tasty craft beers.
05-17-2010 13:15:30 |
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Bukowski Tavern in Cambridge, MA
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