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.
Even though I lived in Boston for 4 years and passed by this place many times, I never thought to venture in. Well, I am certainly glad that I did on my recent visit. This is a dive-like place literally perched over a highway. Themed after Bukowski (surprise). Dark. Played 80s new wave and David Bowie. Food was sweet potato tater tots. They were good. Beer selection was pretty nice. Very local, but with a well curated selection of out-of-state sours. Service was very nice. The waitress made suggestions and actually discussed the beer (not sure how much she actually knew, but she had real opinions). Basically, I came and left with no complaints. Cash only, but oh well.
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.
Nice location if youíre staying at the Sheraton for some reason, but not too far from Copley either. Small and cozy with a good atmosphere. The tap selection is great for out-of-towners and the bottle selectionís decent too. Nice staff and awesome californian BLT. No complaints. Cash only but thereís an atm in the hall.
A- Bukowskis is a small bar close to the Berkeley school of music (and the strange music playing throught your stay attests to this). Even though it was pretty dead when I went (granted it was a wednesday night near 1 am) I loved the small, dimly lit atmosphere.
Q- The beer I had on tap (choklat) was excellent, poured just right, in the right glassware, etc etc.
S- The waitress seemed pretty unenthusiastic but that was probably because no one was in there. She was quick and friendly.
S- Had about 10 taps give or take, there was 1 ale on cask however it wasnít ready when we got there and a good bottled selection.
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.
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 divey place with a great selection of local beers. When I was there they had 21 beers on tap and 17 were local. If youíre a tourist (like me) looking for some beer brewed in MA and surrounding states, I would stop here first. I think this place is under-rated on Ratebeer. Definitely worth a visit.