Taps: 21 / Bottles: 100
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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2.65/5 rDev -31.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$$
Shouting to be heard across the table over the din of students and hipsters isn't my favored way to spend an evening, but I figured it would be a fair trade for promising taps and excellent bottle list. The first round was Southern Tier's IPA, and it tasted wrong. I asked the server if I had the right beer, which he indulgently confirmed, but the beer was definitely wrong. That flavor, which I still couldn't place, was in the second round, Stone's Arrogant Bastard. It tasted like someone had cut the beer with Cel-Ray. I figured there was a problem with the taps, so I drank an IPA from the cask, and there it was again. Tea Tree Oil! It has to be whatever they're using to clean the glasses.
While we drank, we ate these sad-looking burgers that reminded me of itinerant burger slingers in parking lots and county fairs, and the fries at the bottom of the pile on the late were ice-cold. I shan't return.
One of my companions drank a delicious cocktail, made with lavender lemonade vodka, though. Sipping that was probably the highlight, as the drinks went.
12-11-2008 16:50:22 | More by niall
2.98/5 rDev -23.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2 | $$$
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
3.01/5 rDev -22.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$$
Hadn't visited here in nearly 9 years since a miserable visit, but a friend visiting town wanted to meet there so...
Visited around 7 on a weeknight. About half full, met my drinking partner at the bar.
Admittedly I had low expectations given my prior experiences at Buk's/Lower Depths. The hipster/tatooed barkeep met us pretty quickly and cordially to take our orders. Ordered a Harpoon 100BBL Rye IPA, my friend ordered a Brooklyn Lager. My beer arrived in a 11/12 oz glass, my friend got a foamy pint. Both beers tasted OK, but were small for the price.
During our visit the music escalated in volume immensely. Crappy techno punk from the barkeeps ipod....ick.
Bartender was checking back often...kudos. Was surprised at the service level given Buk's reputation & my prior disappointing visits.
The thing that really derails this place is the pricing....1 to 2 dollars more than the rest of Boston for drafts. Looked at the bottle list and most of them were out and out ripoffs.
Cash only here. Bullshit.
Not a place I'm anxious to return to, but better than I'd previously thought.
06-12-2011 03:32:14 | More by SunDevilBeer
3.08/5 rDev -20.6%
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 5
I finally had to try Bukowski's in Inman Square. Walked in and the first thing that hit me was the LOUD techno music. I mean LOUD. So much for talking with friends. The waitstaff basically ignore my wife and I, probably because we weren't "hip". The decor is contemporary Goth. Dark and cold. We sat ourselves as far from the speakers as possible. After maybe 20 minutes, we were served. What can I say? Great beer selection, but I'll never go here again. I looked at the menu and thought "Pass".
05-25-2004 15:20:50 | More by bewareOFpenguin
3.13/5 rDev -19.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$$
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
3.16/5 rDev -18.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
Tried the new Buk's on Friday night before the AOBF and it seems like the old Buk's but with a larger seating area and a different location - though the service is a tad friendlier. They actually allowed me to get my own beer at the bar even though I was hanging out at a table which was nice because the waitress only seemed to come around every half hour. But hold on to your wallet in this joint. Draft pints are decently priced but you get a short pour and you will like it. 16 oz. pint glasses were poured with a two finger head and when I requested a top off, I was rudely told "that is the standard pour". Also the way they were pouring their expensive Belgian bottles was just atrocious. They were swirling the yeast up from the bottle and dumping the whole thing in the glass without even asking if you wanted the yeast pour. Not just the wait staff, but the manager from the old location also. They need to take a trip to Belgium to see how it should be done.
05-27-2003 11:28:50 | More by Longstaff
3.34/5 rDev -13.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I stopped here a bit late two Fridays ago for the EBF pre-party. honestly I was dissapointed. Located in a nice enough neighberhood in Cambridge the outside decor is nice, but waiting in the freezing cold wasnt too fun at 9pm. Upon going inside I saw that most of my BA buds had left, but I spotted a few familiar faces and had some nice chats with many old friends, new friends, and brewer friends. Anyways, the atmosphere here was way too "collegey" (in a bad way not like the brewpubs in Madison, WI which are collegey in a good way!). Loud and obnoxious patrons and music alike. The quality of the beers served were great, and the selection on my visit was damn good with the cask Harpoon keller, oak aged triticus, and berkshire coffee porter real highlights. This place has a decent food menu, but I did not eat on my visit. 24 or-so taps, and 1 cask going on my visit, gravity pours sometimes too I think. Overall the beer selection is good, and the service is decent, but this place has a bad atmosphere and it is expensive as hell ($6 a pint on most beers!). I prefer the Boston one on Dalston street *MUCH* more than this!
02-23-2006 23:41:59 | More by francisweizen
3.35/5 rDev -13.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$
I had been hearing about Bukowski's Tavern for a long time and was anxious to give it a try. The beer list at the Cambridge location is impressive with 30 beers on tap, plus the house beer and a cask ale. They also have a very small - and overpriced - bottle list (four selections when I was there).
Sat down towards the back of the tavern in a booth with a friend. There was a rather unpleasant draft coming from somewhere, and considering it was cold and rainy outside, this really wasn't very welcome. However, once some food and drink was inside of us, we didn't really notice this minor annoyance anymore.
There were four TVs, all broadcasting a different sporting event. There was music playing in the background. Unfortunately, about halfway through our meal, the music tripled in volume and it became very difficult to have a conversation.
The service was good. The waitress came immediately and was always quick to check on us. I cannot comment on her knowledge of the beers on tap as I didn't ask her any questions.
I ordered the Imperial Stout Trooper, and while the tap lines seemed to be well maintained, I was a little disappointed when my beer arrived in a juice glass. Looking around the bar, they appeared to have four different glasses: the juice glass for heavy stouts, a Hefeweisen glass (though I didn't see any Hefs on the menu, so I'm curious what was in poured into this glass), a La Chouffe-style glass for the Belgians (my second beer, the Urthel Hop It was served in this glass), and a Brooklyn Lager pint glass for everything else.
The food was a huge disappointment. I ordered the Godzilla Burger: a housemade yellowfin tuna burger with mirin-chili-soy glaze, kalamsi mayo, sweet potato tempura, and avocado on a toasted brioche roll. They claim the burger would be cooked "rare," but was really anything but. This was overdone and dry. The bun was stale, not toasted, and the sweet potato was raw and crunchy with a small amount of fried tempura breading around it.
It did come with a side of fried plantains that were very good, however.
If you're going to a show at the Lily Pad and need a drink before or after the show, this is a good, nearby option. If you're wanting a good meal, you're better off going elsewhere. And with so many high quality beer bars in the Boston/Cambridge area, Bukowski's Tavern is best left alone.
03-11-2011 15:06:11 | More by rinhaak
3.38/5 rDev -12.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2 | $$$$
Located in Inman Square in Cambridge, the new Bukowski's is alomst identical in service and selection to the original in the Back Bay.
A dozen or so taps, around 100 bottled beers. Focusing on a wide array of beers from the mundane and nostaligic, to the harder to find and obscure. Everything from Schlitz to Duvel. Basically they serve good beer, by knowledgable staff, always in the correct glass.
On top of that they actually have a full liquor licence here unlike the other Bukowski's. So it's not just wine and beer.
The food menu is also unchanged. Buck a burgers, sandwiches, chili fries and all the other goodies. Food is quaffable but I've never had anything here that didn't taste like reheated pub-grup.
The atmosphere is where the new Bukowski's misses the boat from the old one. Located in a room reminisant of a 50's style diner with high ceilings. A large window to the left of the smaller bar looks out over Cambridge street. Red leather booths and metal tables are around the walls and in the center of the room. On top of that, the blarring music during the night makes conversations almost impossible. It's deffinantly not the same dive atmosphere as the original. I actually saw a few familys with small children come in off the street.
Overall it's really hard to give a fully negative review of this place as the beer selection is in the top 3 IMO for the Boston area. But.... Cash only in a world that lives off credit cards now, sub-par food, an annoying atmosphere and prices that way too high even for Boston don't make me want to come back. And I live a ten minute walk away. I'm sorry Bukowski's, maybe if I was 18 again with a fake ID, but I'd rather drive to the other side of town to The Public House to avoid the annoying crowd and gouging prices.
08-03-2003 17:06:05 | More by taez555
3.5/5 rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
Went last night for my friends birthday. Not to crowded; enough room to get the 15 of us tables. The selection while not that large (for taps) certaintly had enough quality beers to choose from (ie. Racer 5, Hercules DIPA, Grail Ale, Pranqster, etc...). They also had a pretty big bottled list (99 I think), but when I go to the bars I go for the taps. Prices were average, didn't get any food but my friend did and the portions were kind of small (Chicken Quesadilla). Overall pretty nice beer bar, but IMO it is no Sunset or Publick House.
06-07-2007 00:16:18 | More by dkeramaty
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Bukowski Tavern in Cambridge, MA
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