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Taps: 21 / Bottles: 100
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1281 Cambridge St
phone: (617) 497-7077
(Place added by: Todd)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Came here with bring and a couple friends for a couple beers.
The place seems to fit its name fairly well, other than the fact that they serve expensive beer. Though the Hobo Special (hot dog and a 40) works.
Took a seat at a bar table and had a few adult beverages. The tap list was pretty eclectic and featured a nice range of beers that I had not tried/can't get back in California.
The service was pretty decent, especially for what I had expected (hoped?) from Hank's namesake. The thing I liked was that they offered half pours of everything on the menu.
10-04-2011 22:12:43 |
More by womencantsail
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Stopped in for a beer late into the pre-party for the EBF. Upon arriving, it was apparent that this was going to be a very loud place. We had to stand outside for about 25 minutes before getting in due to the crowd, and we could hear the music bumping through the front windows. Inside was an extremely dark and crowded bar with a few high tables in the front, booths down the middle and back and a little bar seating. It took a little longer to get a beer than I would have liked, but the staff really were running their asses off, plust later on there was staff walking through the bar taking orders and cash where you stood, so they were doing everything they could to make it work. Not sure how many brews they had going, maybe 15 or so taps, most if not all micros or imports of the highest quality. I had an excellent stout off cask, served just above room temp...fantastic. My biggest complaint was that I could not have a decent conversation with more than one person. I had to be right in someone's ear for them to hear me at all. This is not somewhere I could go to enjoy a nice quality beer or even to have a night out with friends, as the atmosphere would just detract from the experience.
02-14-2006 23:41:17 |
More by kmpitz2
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Same as the first but different from its self, whatever that means. It's the second installment of the original but everything is the same other than the full bar.
The food is the same as well as the service. As long as you act like you belong there you are all set. The prices are the same as well, this is Cambridge (Boston area) and this is the way it is. You could be worse off and go to a trendy club to drop $6 on a short pint of Guinness. This is a no holds barred beer bar so just sit back and enjoy the ride.
06-25-2003 22:11:01 |
More by Jason
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
Ok, the other location, been here a few times as well.
Definitely bigger, brighter, more happening than the other location. Maybe it's just the size of this joint, but it seems to get full of folks dining, than just be a beer bar.
Staff is a bit more eager to please than the other location. Again, good beer on tap, although I have been here when they were out of everything I wanted. It was either the end of the month, or they wanted to steer me to the bottled beers...
I think Bukowskis wants to be a bottled beer bar, rather than wow you with what they have on tap. They have tons of bottled beers, plus all the glasses to go with them. With that said, I think their bottled beers are over-priced. Having 'the right glass' doesn't make me want to drink the bottled beers any more, sorry. Also, I think that they should train the wait staff to ask if you would like to pour, or would you like them to...
I will always come here from time to time, but it's not my #1 beer bar in the Boston area. pat
08-03-2003 22:51:14 |
More by PatandDavid
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
First thing was to drop our bags at Brookline's "The Richman Inn". Sorting out the whole, "park the car in the street, can't park the car in the street, go to the cop shop for a permit, park the car in the lot with a permit, have to get the car out of the lot permitted or not by such and such a time the next morning", then proved wonderfully fun, so we were well poised to begin bickering about where to now go. In the end, we settled for starting at Bukowski's and working our way out for cheap Cantillions...
Place was jammin' by the time we got there, just shy of when they started playing the "one man in, one man out" game. In a very short amount of time, we were able to see the late comers standing out front on line through the wall of paned windows on large roll up garage doors looking out on the street. We congregated amongst the group of raised bar tables standing two deep along these front windows. Looking out over the room, nearly a dozen tables along the rear wall beneath a sprawling Charles Bukowski mural. Forward the tables sits an 8 seat bar counter separating the seating area from the bar. A long "C" shaped bar runs the near wall, with a half dozen adjacent booths, and another 5 to the rear of the room. The bar back holds booze on shelves, with the contents of the "99 bottles of beer on the wall" list (their bottled beer selections) displayed above the back of the bar, running from one end to the other. TV's in both corners, a large long iron rack above holding glass steins, drop bulb lamps and track spots, shelved glassware, and a cold bottle bin behind the bar. Taps are listed on a hanging blackboard overhead to the rear. A pair of casks (Harpoon Helles & BBC Impy Stout) and 15 taps (BBC Coffee House Porter, Avery Reverend & Old Jubilation, Founders Red's Rye, DogFishHead Raison D'Extra & 60 Minute IPA, Cambridge EZ Ryeder, Harpoon IPA & Triticus, B.B. Burgerbrau, Tap Shoefly Stout, Lagunitas Maximus, Anderson Valley Boont Amber, Brooklyn Monster and PBR). I could drink that Founders Red's Rye all damn night. A real nice selection and the beer was well kept. The bottled collection of nearly a hundred is a mix of roughly 1/4 American micros, another 1/4 and then some Belgian/German/English, another 1/4 various imports, and the last 1/4 macros and more. Some decent choices there.
Beyond the bar rests the "Spin it, you own it" wheel. A giant mounted wheel nicely done up with with beer and brewery art. Spin the wheel, you get what you get.
What? Wait, no. I'm sorry, whaaat?!?! Wait, I can't... I can't hear you!!!! And that would be because of the obnoxiously loud crappy club music they're piping through the place. It's a real deterrent from wanting to remain here, turn that shit down. Phil said, "I must be too old", but he's always playing that old man card. Very good beer but unnecessary bad clubbiness.
03-18-2006 15:08:25 |
More by slander
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
A friend of mine who is a Boston transplant turned me on to this place.
The bar itself, looks slightly rundown on the inside - c'mon it's a BAR!
The service was great, our waitress was attentive and great with providing feedback on beers on th emenu. What is even better, if nothing on the "menu" suits your needs and you can't decide, there is the wheel of beer. They spin the wheel and a beer is selected for you. There were plenty of "want to try" on the menu for me to make my decision, but some night to just go in and let the wheel decide would be fun.
The food was typical bar food and went nicely with our beers.
I loved this place and look forward to going back!
07-01-2008 14:18:39 |
More by Jayli
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I took a nice icy cold walk over here from Cambridge Brewing Co. for the official EBF pre-party last weekend. Upon arriving there was quite the line out the door and it took us a few minutes to get in as Todd grimaced at us from the inside :-). Once we got in, we were greeted by some loud techno music. The interior of Bukowski's was very dark with only dim lighting. A long bar on the right hand side featuring a boat load of taps, including DFH Raison D'extra and BBC Imperial Stout on cask.
The rest of the taven was made up of tall tables with chairs along with some booths as well. I'm guessing they serve food here but I never really looked at the menu. Prices and service were both good considering how many people were jammed into the place at the time. It was great meeting a bunch of new BA's and just having an overall good time before the fest.
I'd like to check this place out again sometime when it wasn't so crowded. Thankfully there's no smoking in the bar, which makes things so much nicer. I can't imagine what this place would've been like if it was filled with cigarette smoke. All in all, Bukowski's was a nice place with a wide array of craft brews both on tap and in the bottle. Well worth checking out if you're in the area and somewhere I'd like to stop in again if my travels take me to the Boston area!
02-18-2006 02:35:18 |
More by orbitalr0x
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
This is a pretty good place in my experience. I definitely like it more than the other location. In a way it's opposite because it's wide open with a huge front window, whereas the Back Bay location is dark with few windows. From what I have heard the food is pretty good, but I have never tried it myself at this location. On my last trip I had an Ipswich Oatmeal on cask, which was beatiful and delicious. I think it was about $5, which is a decent deal for such a high quality product. On the whole, the prices were on par with the other location, with slightly better taps.
03-09-2006 05:52:32 |
More by bignick
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
First visit. Friday, late March, 3pm. Totally empty. There are 7 other people in the bar. 15 beers on tap - nice selection. I'm trying three IPAs - Stone Ruination, Great Divide Hercules DIPA, and Founders Centennial IPA. All three beers are fresh. Bartender is attentive (how couldn't she be I'm one of three people at the bar).
I was hoping for a few more interesing craft brews in bottles. There's a long list but I didn't find it too inspiring. I'd say its biased toward imports.
I know its a scene here in the evening but I'm happy now. The big question for me is how often the rotate there draft selection. I'm pleased to try the three I've mentioned but I'm hoping for a good rotation.
03-28-2008 21:07:45 |
More by Southernwayfarer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
I only thought there was one of these, but I was wrong. We passed the one in Boston on a trolley tour, which literally hangs over the edge of the interstate in a parking garage, which equals pure awesomeness. Definitely will make a point to get there next time for sure.
I do like the one in Cambridge, though. We were luck enough to get a spot next to the windows, only they're not windows but open shades, or whatever you want to call them. So we not only got to people watch, which my wife loves to do, but it was a nice fall-like day in August, which made the experience better.
I wasn't too keen on the prices, which have a lot to do with the selection. At a place fairly close, Lord Hobo, the selection's better and the prices are better. Now I say this because if the selection's better, and you have certain stuff you can't get elsewhere, then you don't mind paying a bit more. But when a pint of Southern Tier Hop Sun is $6.50 -- a brew that's maybe $10 a six-pack if that, and only 5% ABV -- that seems a little ridiculous to me. Higher alcohol brews that are that much in 12 oz. glasses -- that's fine. Alas, that's just me, and many of the brews they had I'd had before, and with a place that has the reputation Bukowski's had, I consider their selection and quality good, but I was just hoping for more.
It wasn't too busy, but it seems like it could be on weekends when all the college kids are back. Lots of room to sit, with booths on the opposite side of the long bar, and tables closer to the front open windows.
Overall, a good experience, and certainly a place I'd return to, but I hope next time visit the other one in Boston and see what that brings.
08-18-2010 21:43:14 |
More by asabreed
Bukowski Tavern in Cambridge, MA
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