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Taps: 21 / Bottles: 100
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1281 Cambridge St
phone: (617) 497-7077
(Place added by: Todd)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
When to Bukowski's on a Monday after work from about 5 to 9:30pm. When i go there it was quiet with music (a little louder than i would have liked). Had a seat at the bar. It was the Southern Tier tap take over so tap selection was a little different than the norm. For a monday the place got pretty busy. The beer on tap was great at a reasonable price. The bottle beer list was extensive. They have a great menu organized by style. Over a great place to grab a drink.
Also if people were wondering how to get a mug with you name on it you need to drink all the bottled beers they have in 6 months or less. The bartender said it was 136 of them.
06-16-2010 03:43:44 |
More by rebelthrower
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$$
Shouting to be heard across the table over the din of students and hipsters isn't my favored way to spend an evening, but I figured it would be a fair trade for promising taps and excellent bottle list. The first round was Southern Tier's IPA, and it tasted wrong. I asked the server if I had the right beer, which he indulgently confirmed, but the beer was definitely wrong. That flavor, which I still couldn't place, was in the second round, Stone's Arrogant Bastard. It tasted like someone had cut the beer with Cel-Ray. I figured there was a problem with the taps, so I drank an IPA from the cask, and there it was again. Tea Tree Oil! It has to be whatever they're using to clean the glasses.
While we drank, we ate these sad-looking burgers that reminded me of itinerant burger slingers in parking lots and county fairs, and the fries at the bottom of the pile on the late were ice-cold. I shan't return.
One of my companions drank a delicious cocktail, made with lavender lemonade vodka, though. Sipping that was probably the highlight, as the drinks went.
12-11-2008 16:50:22 |
More by niall
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
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: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
Went last night for my friends birthday. Not to crowded; enough room to get the 15 of us tables. The selection while not that large (for taps) certaintly had enough quality beers to choose from (ie. Racer 5, Hercules DIPA, Grail Ale, Pranqster, etc...). They also had a pretty big bottled list (99 I think), but when I go to the bars I go for the taps. Prices were average, didn't get any food but my friend did and the portions were kind of small (Chicken Quesadilla). Overall pretty nice beer bar, but IMO it is no Sunset or Publick House.
06-07-2007 00:16:18 |
More by dkeramaty
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is my go-to tavern, my first choice, a great neighborhood establishment. The beer selection, quality, and diversity should get you in the door. What will keep you coming back, besides the beer, is the staff, the atmosphere, and the food.
Bukowski's is probably best known for its Dead Authors Club - drink 1 each of 133 different bottled beers on a predetermined list that covers the gamut of beer types within 6 months, and you are rewarded with immortality in the form of a numbered mug engraved with the name of the author of your choice, well, dead author of your choice. From then on you can fill your mug with whatever beer they have on tap at the time (about 16 different ones at any given time) at a significant discount. Joining the club is a bit daunting at first, but a couple of beers a day a few times a week will get you there. Plus, you can learn a lot in the process, about both beer and yourself. I didn't realize how much I liked Scottish Ales and Belgian Strong Pale Ales, my current fave, until I had started my mug quest.
Pursuing (and attaining) membership in the Club will keep you coming back, but if it weren't for the other positives of Bukowski's, it would not be nearly as enjoyable. The staff are great, very friendly and knowledgeable. The food is underrated! The menu is creative, and new items are added often. Finally, the environment is wonderful because it's versatile and neither too big nor too small. When the weather is nice, they open up the front floor-to-ceiling windows for a near-outside dining/drinking experience. You can of course sit at the bar by yourself or with a friend or two, and if you want to have a big group party, there's space for that, too.
Note that they are a cash-only establishment, but if you forget to cash up before you arrive, the ATM in the back will conveniently solve that problem for you.
The location (Inman Square) is not the most accessible if you're not local because it's a bit of a hike from the nearest T stops. Honestly, though, I like it that way. It's got a healthy level of activity as it is, and we really don't need any more student watering holes or conveniently located magnets for pub-crawling posers who are looking to pound 4 or 5 PBRs with their new best friends, now do we. Bukowski's is not for them. However, if you enjoy great beer and great food, it might just be the place for you.
06-26-2010 22:34:57 |
More by RBWoodward
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