The polar opposite of it’s sibling bar across the river, at least in appearance anyhow. The Cambridge location has had its interior redesigned earlier in the year and transformed into a more modern and ’hip’ bar. I never visited the old Bukowski so can’t compare but it kind of feels a little too sports bar for me. Whatever. The tap list was interesting and there’s beers from Jack’s Abbey, Aeronaut, Brewmaster Jack, Idle Hands to name but a few local breweries. I had the ’Game Dog’ hot dogs which weren’t too shabby but pricey. Bartender gave good service but it wasn’t overly busy during the later afternoon on a Saturday. It’s worth adding this place to a Cambridge crawl.
One of the best beer bars in the Boston area that I’ve found so far. They have nearly 150 different beers in bottles/cans and a couple dozen more on draft. Whatever style of beer you’re looking for, Bukowski’s probably has it. The food is typical bar food; not gourmet, but they do make some pretty good burgers. The staff is wonderful and knows how to properly pour a beer (including in its native glassware).
"Bukowski has some good beers but don’t eat there!" I’ve heard this advice on more than one occasion so naturally I never have eaten there but I can testify that they do have some good beers. Apart from the impressive leather seat backs in some of the booths it’s a fairly basic place with huge glass windows at the front which open up onto the street. The bar is along one wall and there’s a mural depicting Charles Bukowski and a typewriter with a non-QWERTY keyboard along the other. The heavily tattooed barmaid with a partially shaved head was very friendly and seemed to fit with the general mood of the place. The menu makes copious and gratuitous use of the words "fuck" and "shit" and small beers are called "bitch beers". This rankled a little - call me an old fuddy-duddy but it’s not clever or even mildly amusing. It just seemed to me that whoever wrote the menu was trying a bit too hard to be radical but somehow missed the mark.
(Last visited 27 October 2012).
This place can be a bit hit or miss with the crowd. But dropping by on an early weekday afternoon for lunch before a long flight, it was empty. Very nice food, more upscale than a normal bar but not ’gastro’ focused. Beer selection was impressive and widely varied from across the US. Would be hard to enjoy both things on a crowded evening but It would also be a nice local place to hang out. Looking forward to coming back next time I’m in town.
Cool bar, sort of a dive feel to it. Nice tap list. Sort of a "punk" feel to it, at least based on the staff I interacted with, so I felt at home. Prices are fine for the area. They do offer a special of a 40 and a hot dog for like $5 which is sort of a novelty, I guess (and an obvious ode to Bukowski himself). Wouldn’t go out of my way to come here, but nice if you’re in the area.
Dropped in here for a pint after a job interview a few weeks ago. The list definitely did not excite me. The atmosphere is cute and the bartenders were nice enough, but it’s a really watered down list of mostly readily available national and regional micros. There are so many other places nearby with better-curated lists that I’d rather go to.
A great bar....not too many of those in Boston. Kinda dirty in a good way and not pretentious at all. A large tap selection and bottle list is not going to awe a serious nerd but it will please and last I looked there were cellared offerings that while expensive give it depth. Great staff...though it helps to be a long time local.