JCB (294) Durham, North Carolina | November 21, 2017
Thank God for this slice of unpretentious reality in the middle of convention-land. Spare, dark, wooden, no frills dive joint. Service is to the point but good. Nice range of brews. Expensive, but it's Boston. Food is adequate pub fare. Cash only, FYI.
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 ain’t 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 it’s 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 Jack’s Abby beers on. I had a chilli dog to eat which wasn’t bad. Dude working the bar was friendly and gave quick service. Cash only as others have mentioned. Cool bar.
Nice location if you’re 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 selection’s decent too. Nice staff and awesome californian BLT. No complaints. Cash only but there’s 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 wasn’t 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 you’re at it.
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).