The Bukowski Tavern in Back Bay has a good range of taps with mostly local-ish beers, usually including one on cask. Itís a long, dark, narrow place overlooking the Mass. Pike. It feels a bit like a shack thatís been thrown together and Iíve never found it very convivial as it can get very crowded. On the plus side, it certainly doesnít have a corporate feel and the music has usually been to my taste, if rather too loud.
(Last visited 23 October 2012).
This is a cool little grungy bar sitting just over a bridge with the Mass Pike flowing underneath. The painted red shack exterior looks out of place and pretty funny as itís crammed into the parking complex. Inside is understandably narrow so try and squeeze a seat at the bar. Taplist is not the most eccentric but I was happy to see a couple of Jackís Abby beers on. I had a chilli dog to eat which wasnít bad. Dude working the bar was friendly and gave quick service. Cash only as others have mentioned. Cool bar.
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 youíre at it.
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 Iím 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, McNeilís, 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 youíre ever out in downtown Boston. I donít get the low ratings for this one at all; just a good bar with some interesting, unexpected beers.
chriso (528) London, England | October 16, 2009| Updated October 21, 2009
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 havenít 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.
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 wouldnít 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 wasnít 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.
Intimate, seedy interior - no wifi. Servers are alert and efficient, and make you feel welcome. Food is OK, though the serving of mozzarella sticks I got seemed a tad small for the price. Hey, you come for the beer, not the chow - this ainít the Cherokee Town Club. Music is loud, but not so that conversation is impossible. A good place to stop in for a snort or two.