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Taps: 22 / Bottles: 150
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
50 Dalton St
phone: (617) 437-9999
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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Reviews by Boilermaker88:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
After making an excellent foray over to Bauer's and picking up a half dozen goodies, I started walking back under sunny skies. In no time, I'm thirsty and, lo, across the street was Bukowski's Tavern. How I almost walked past that garishly painted red entrance, I don't know.
Once inside, I noted the layout was like an inverted L-shape with the long bar taking up the left side, the restrooms right up front on the right, and small tables further back on the right. The place, even at two o'clock in the afternoon was dark and felt small. I bet this place gets packed by nightfall.
I took a seat at the bar, noting the dozens of glass mugs hanging above the bar. A real nice variety of glassware was arrayed behind the bar. A small number of taps offered Murphy's Irish Stout, Stella, PBR, Bass, and Boddington's *pass*, Sam Adams Boston Lager and Hoegaarden wit *pass again*, and Harpoon's summer ale and IPA, Brooklyn Brown, DFH 60 Min IPA, Magic Hat's Fat Angel, and Boulder Beer's Mojo IPA *now we're getting somewhere*. I opted for the Harpoon IPA. Arrived in a 12oz Harpoon glass, nice touch, and set me back $5.27, not including tip. Hmm, a bit pricey for a 12oz pour of the local IPA, if you ask me.
Lots of bottled beers lined the back of the bar, some on ice, some at room temp under the iced stuff. The selection rates a 'good' based more on the bottled beer vice the brews on-tap. Wine was also available but no spirits were sold on the premises. The gal behind the bar took my cash and I didn't see her again. No "can I get you anything else" or something to that effect. Just never came back. I finished up my beer, looked around once more and left. Maybe I didn't look "local" enough.
Oh well. All in all, Bukowski's isn't a bad joint. But I'd just as soon catch the "T" out to the Sunset or Public House.
06-28-2005 21:20:14 |
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12-06-2013 01:39:41 |
More by Gatch
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25 | $
Great neighborhood spot! Love the bartenders and wonderful beer selection. I love the menu, as well. It gets hard to breath in there during sporting events, but any other night of the week you can get a delicious burger with tater tots and a stellar local beer for not too much money.
11-04-2013 23:00:29 |
More by Jlawlaw
10-31-2013 03:52:48 |
More by ScotNH
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$
This is my favorite bar in Boston. With an excellent rotating tap like and and supreme bottle list I can't really say anything bad about the place. Sometimes difficult to find a spot at busy times and the Red Sox crowd drinking Twisted Tea makes for an interesting day. Any bar that plays Relationship of command all the way through though and I can get Great Divide on tap is okay in my book.
09-25-2013 01:03:17 |
More by enulcwww
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 2.75 | $$$
Located in Back Bay near the Sheraton and the Hilton. It is something of a hole in a wall located at the base of a large parking garage. When one first walks in, there isn't much to look at. It is long, narrow and dark. The bar is to the left and there are a couple of tables lined up on the right. There's a tiny kitchen in the back. Overall, I'd describe it as dingy.
But one doesn't come here for the atmosphere. This is a beer bar and doesn't pretend to be anything but that. There is food available (as is required in every bar in Massachusetts), but it is strictly the bar variety of vittles.
The beer selection is varied and interesting. The tapped beer is always rotating with many unusual and difficult-to-find beers popping up all of the time. The bottled offerings are more steady.
The service is friendly and knowledgeable, but nearly everyone behaves rather indifferently. But when one's glass is near empty, they offer you a new one. There are many regulars who are friendly and willing to strike up a conversation.
05-13-2013 01:11:12 |
More by smcolw
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $$
This place is pretty tiny inside and really not that nice - the bathroom is fairly interesting in that the entire inside is diamond plate (like the bed of a pickup truck).
Beers were well poured but only used a couple of different glasses - based on the size of the pour rather than the style.
The waitstaff seemed a little overwhelmed when we visited, maybe it was close to the change of shift but it took a long time to flag down someone to take our order at each round. The waitstaff were friendly but did not seem overly knowledgeable about the beers or the food.
Though they did not have an extensive tap list, they had a very good tap list featuring lots of interesting and good local brews. A number of styles were represented and they even had a couple of more sessionable beers - I like the fact that for most beers they offered a snack size and a full pint.
Only had the chance to try food from the specials, it was called the pregnant dog - hot dog wrapped in bacon, deep fried, covered in peanut butter sauce and pickles. Amazing! Not sure how good the normal everyday food is but this special was delicious.
Prices are reasonable and on par with most of the other places I visited while in Boston.
One additional important piece of information is that this place is cash only!
05-08-2013 03:15:34 |
More by dbrauneis
British Columbia (Canada)
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Feels like one of the good dive bars in San Francisco. Long, narrow, loud, dimly lit. Cash only. Best craft beer selection I could find in the downtown area. Kind of a "hipster" feel -- and has the obligatory Pabst Blue Ribbon to prove it. Not the friendliest service but that's fine. Well worth seeking out.
04-20-2013 21:43:20 |
More by EspressoGuy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited on a late afternoon/early evening on a Friday before a Red Sox-Yankees game for about 2 hours or so. As described below, this is a great little whole in the wall kind of place...which is right up my alley. When we arrived the place only had a few other patrons, but when we left, maybe an hour before game time, the place was hopping. The place had a good vibe to it, not so loud that you had to shout, but sometimes so loud that you couldn't hear the music playing...and it was good music, they were playing the Screaming Trees' "Sweet Oblivion" and then followed it up with the Rolling Stones.
The place had a good tap list, a lot of the taps appeared to be local or at least from New England. I glanced over the bottle menu and noted that it was extensive and had a wide variety of styles and breweries. We didn't try the food, but the service that we did receive was good and was very knowledgeable about the beers that they had. Having lived on and traveled the east coast, it was not surprising or off-putting that the place was cash only and I didn't find that the prices were unreasonable. Overall, this is a great bar and one that I would frequent often if I lived in Boston.
07-10-2012 16:52:57 |
More by PhillyStyle
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
cool little bar named after the writer and poet charles bukowski, and probably a tavern he'd have appreciated. sort of a no frills, low-key atmosphere with its dive bar-like vibe - which to me is one its appeals - with a solid beer menu (won't blow you away necessarily but probably the best that i frequent in this area of the city).
bukowski's strength is clearly it's bottle menu, which is plentiful and features a good range of locals, out-of-state brews, seasonals, and belgians. there is a rotating draft lineup that can be hit or miss. last time i was in i had a pesto burger that was pretty tasty, esp for pub fare. one downside is that bukowski's is cash only - who has cash these days? the other is that it's relatively small so it can fill up quickly and get a bit noisy. regardless, definitely worth the trip if you're in the area.
original review on: 07-21-2010
05-16-2012 16:53:48 |
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