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Taps: 21 / Bottles: 100
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1281 Cambridge St
phone: (617) 497-7077
(Place added by: Todd)
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vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$$
I keep going back to Bukowski's, and I almost always leave wondering why. This place could be so great--the open garage doors along the front in the summer, the collection of booths, high-tops and the bar, the very solid beer list and pretty good menu. But it messes almost everything up, and it almost always has to do with unreasonably high prices and rude staff.
The room is great--dimly lit with booths in the center of the space and high-tops in the front. But the music is always blasting in a room that would be loud already from conversation. I like music and human voices in a bar, but when I have to shout for the person next to me to hear, there's really not much point in going out to a bar. On quiet evenings in the summer, when you can seat by the windows, it's great. Otherwise, the noise level ruins any chance at having a conversation over your beers.
Some (maybe even most) of the servers are friendly, but some are incredibly rude, unknowledgeable about beer and simply full of themselves. Last night, our server stood waiting for me to finish my beer, so he wouldn't have to come back to pick up another empty glass the next time he passed by. Well, tough shit. I just paid $7.50 (plus tax) for a 12 oz glass (full to maybe 10 ounces) of beer that elsewhere would be $6 for a pint; I'm not rushing so you can save five seconds.
The beer list here is often very good, but rarely astounding. I take that back, the prices are always astounding. Last night, not a single beer (Harpoon IPA and PBR excepted) was under $7. And most of those came in 12 oz glasses (or smaller), with the at least honest qualifier that that is the glass, not the pour size. Add to that that when the bill came, I remembered that unlike most bars, the price at Bukowski's doesn't include tax. So the bill for five beers last night came to over $40. That's insane! An otherwise good tap list with nothing reasonably priced can't be described as above-average.
And it's a similar story with the food. $10 for onion rings? Are you kidding me? The food is fairly (and in some cases very) good, but for the prices, like the beer, it's unreasonable. And I don't mind when local businesses are cash only--I don't want my and their hard-earned money going to Visa--but when Bukowski's is charging upwards of $7.50 for a 10 oz pour, they can eat the credit card fees.
I want so badly to like this place, and I understand that Boston is an expensive area--I pay rent here, too. But when I can consistently get the same beer--sometimes in a larger serving--for $1-2 at other, nicer bars where I can have a conversation, there's really no excuse for Bukowski's absurd prices.
10-14-2012 23:46:10 |
More by FrankLloydMike
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 5
I finally had to try Bukowski's in Inman Square. Walked in and the first thing that hit me was the LOUD techno music. I mean LOUD. So much for talking with friends. The waitstaff basically ignore my wife and I, probably because we weren't "hip". The decor is contemporary Goth. Dark and cold. We sat ourselves as far from the speakers as possible. After maybe 20 minutes, we were served. What can I say? Great beer selection, but I'll never go here again. I looked at the menu and thought "Pass".
05-25-2004 15:20:50 |
More by bewareOFpenguin
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$$
Hadn't visited here in nearly 9 years since a miserable visit, but a friend visiting town wanted to meet there so...
Visited around 7 on a weeknight. About half full, met my drinking partner at the bar.
Admittedly I had low expectations given my prior experiences at Buk's/Lower Depths. The hipster/tatooed barkeep met us pretty quickly and cordially to take our orders. Ordered a Harpoon 100BBL Rye IPA, my friend ordered a Brooklyn Lager. My beer arrived in a 11/12 oz glass, my friend got a foamy pint. Both beers tasted OK, but were small for the price.
During our visit the music escalated in volume immensely. Crappy techno punk from the barkeeps ipod....ick.
Bartender was checking back often...kudos. Was surprised at the service level given Buk's reputation & my prior disappointing visits.
The thing that really derails this place is the pricing....1 to 2 dollars more than the rest of Boston for drafts. Looked at the bottle list and most of them were out and out ripoffs.
Cash only here. Bullshit.
Not a place I'm anxious to return to, but better than I'd previously thought.
06-12-2011 03:32:14 |
More by SunDevilBeer
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2 | $$$
So I went here for dinner tonight, and I left pretty disappointed. I had somewhat high expectations for their beer list, which was underwhelming. I understand focusing on domestic brews, but nothing from Brewery Ommegang? Only a couple Avery brews? Nothing from Lost Abbey, and only the bare basics from Stone? (Ruination on tap and Arrogant Bastard Ale, if my memory serves me.) The beer bottle list is pretty well-organized into styles of beer, but this points out some glaring deficiencies. The most egregious deficiency was the complete disrespect to saisons - only Saison Dupont, the saison that every bar has just to seem cool. To make a long story short, whoever organizes their beer menu saw fit to take very few chances on bringing in interesting and unique beers, and it really shows.
The food was pretty unremarkable, to be very kind. I got a cuban sandwich that was literally some cheap store-bought ham, some dry, tasteless pork, a few pickle slices, and some grainy mustard on two pre-sliced pieces of white bread. I could have spent $10 and made four Cubans that tasted and looked twice as good as these. My girlfriend got a burger that looked like a pre-formed burger, and tasted like one, too. Oh, and it was overcooked.
I'm glad I came here just to see what all the fuss was about - turns out that it's mostly hype.
05-11-2009 00:35:22 |
More by vrazionale
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$$
Shouting to be heard across the table over the din of students and hipsters isn't my favored way to spend an evening, but I figured it would be a fair trade for promising taps and excellent bottle list. The first round was Southern Tier's IPA, and it tasted wrong. I asked the server if I had the right beer, which he indulgently confirmed, but the beer was definitely wrong. That flavor, which I still couldn't place, was in the second round, Stone's Arrogant Bastard. It tasted like someone had cut the beer with Cel-Ray. I figured there was a problem with the taps, so I drank an IPA from the cask, and there it was again. Tea Tree Oil! It has to be whatever they're using to clean the glasses.
While we drank, we ate these sad-looking burgers that reminded me of itinerant burger slingers in parking lots and county fairs, and the fries at the bottom of the pile on the late were ice-cold. I shan't return.
One of my companions drank a delicious cocktail, made with lavender lemonade vodka, though. Sipping that was probably the highlight, as the drinks went.
12-11-2008 16:50:22 |
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