United States > Massachusetts > Boston
Boudicca (745) London, England | January 13, 2013
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 11/20
The Bukowski Tavern in Back Bay has a good range of taps with mostly local-ish beers, usually including one on cask. It’s a long, dark, narrow place overlooking the Mass. Pike. It feels a bit like a shack that’s been thrown together and I’ve never found it very convivial as it can get very crowded. On the plus side, it certainly doesn’t have a corporate feel and the music has usually been to my taste, if rather too loud.
(Last visited 23 October 2012).
NachlamSie (615) Denver, Colorado | July 31, 2013
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
I recommend checking out this place for a real Boston experience. This is a dark, dirty dive bar with good, spunky serve staff and cool music on the speakers. Bukowski is definitely not a beer-first kind of bar, but the tap selection, while not extensive, is not short of good things to drink. There are locals, regionals and solid micros available. The menu looks pretty solid but I did not eat on my visit here. Come here to get a healthy dose of Boston and drink a good beer while you’re at it.
rosenbergh (496) Tampere, Finland | July 24, 2011
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Looks very small from the street. And it’s not big. 14 taps. 1 cask. Some bottles. Friendly service. Not cheap. Prices excl. taxes. Loud music. Half full on Sunday evening. Draft list on bar.
chriso (436) London, England | October 16, 2009| Updated October 21, 2009
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Narrow dive-y sort of place. Handy location (for me) means I have popped in a few times during my visit to Boston. Not the biggest tap list but a fair smattering of new stuff for me and a reasonably quick rotation. Quite extensive bottle list but I haven’t had to resort to that yet. Food is OK but not spectacular. Sitting at the bar I have found service to be attentive and reasonably friendly. Plus I have usually got chatting with other beer enthusiasts. Prices seem a little high for the sort of place it is. Also, the music can be too loud, with the impression that it is more for the benefit of the bar staff than the customers. That said I quite like the general vibe of the place.
phaleslu (427) Cincinnati, Ohio | March 3, 2010
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 15/20
Stopped in here in late February 2010 on a walking and drinking tour of Boston with 4 friends. We had lunch and drinks. The place is cool; hole-in-the-wall in downtown next to some train tracks and I-90; Bukowski-themed photos and paintings on the wall; great music playing and a crowd who knew their beer. The 2-person staff was attentive, if not friendly in the Midwestern way I’m used to. Our food was decent, pretty average pub grub. The beer menu had some big surprises; Bruery Black Orchard, Goose Island BCS, some Founders and other Midwestern stuff. I stuck mostly to the Northeast, though, getting some Southampton, McNeil’s, and Otter Creek brews. Good amount of German and Belgian beers. The prices were a bit on the high side; most normal things were $6, and heading north for anything more unique or not regional. Be sure to drop in here if you’re ever out in downtown Boston. I don’t get the low ratings for this one at all; just a good bar with some interesting, unexpected beers.
notalush (340) Denver, Colorado | June 3, 2007
48 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 8/20
It sucks but it doesn’t blow.
j12601 (285) Poughkeepsie, New York | November 23, 2009
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Went here for some beers and snacks after the Night of the Funk. Perfect dive bar feel with everything all crammed into a long narrow hall. Dim lighting, and decor that wouldn’t have me surprised to see Genny Cream Ale on tap, or PBR cans and a crowd of ironic hipsters in trucker hats. Somewhat packed and on a late Friday night so I wasn’t overly surprised by the slightly slow service, but it was still fairly good. Vegetarian chili cheese fries were good and far more food than even two hungry drunks could get through. No crazy rare beers, but a nice selection of craft and a nice bottle selection that looks like it rotates fairly quickly.
SrSilliGose (252) pouring bus, New Brunswick | July 21, 2012| Updated July 22, 2012
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
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Quevillon (232) Boisbriand, Quebec | July 15, 2009
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Visité pour la première fois le 8 juillet, 2009, durant mon voyage à Boston. J’avais déjà une idée que c’était petit, mais wow, surtout que s’il y a une partie des Red Sox ce soir là, ça va-t-être remplie vite avant la partie! C’est une vrai taverne, sombre, décor local, etc... Le service était bien, assé vite. La nouriture c’est style pub, mon burgur était bouré de sauce BBQ (une serviette humide aurait été bon). Mais en général c’était bien!
OldGrowth (182) the Containment Area, North Carolina | September 2, 2005| Updated April 29, 2006
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Smaller place. Long dark wood bar on left as you walk in. Some tables on right and in back. Little run down. Bartender was ok. 13 taps when I was there. Murphy’s Irish stout, Ipswich ale, Brooklyn brown, Sierra Nevada pale ale, Hoegarden, Cambridge brewing scotch ale. DFH60, Great Divide hercules, Harpoon ipa, Stella Artios, Pabst, Sam Adams lager and Woodchuck cider. I didn’t look at the bottle list. Would be convenient if you were staying in the Copley area. Little on the pricy side. Think it was 5.25 for my glass. Didn’t have any food. Cask wasn’t on, they only use it during winter months. Good place to visit. One of Boston’s older beer bars. Near MBTA’s Hynes Convention Center/ICA Station stop. Any "B" "C" or "D" train will get you there.
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