Party Earth Review Named after America’s literary “laureate of the lowlife,” Bukowski Tavern is a great combination of sloshy dive bar and beer aficionado’s paradise that attracts students, hipsters, and blue-collar types alike. Dimly lit... ... read full review
50 Dalton Street
Boston, MA 02115
Green Line: Hynes Convention Center
Back Bay, Boston –
Named after America’s literary “laureate of the lowlife,” Bukowski Tavern is a great combination of sloshy dive bar and beer aficionado’s paradise that attracts students, hipsters, and blue-collar types alike.
Dimly lit and featuring the requisite details of any good dive – namely, walls lined in beer bottles, blaring rock music, and a cluster of regulars hunched on stools – the venue also offers an impressive brew menu with everything from basic ales and lambics to exotic Japanese sake/ale hybrids and bacon-flavored German rauchbier (smoked beer).
The place gets plenty rowdy on weekends, though, when hordes of trendy Berklee music students and hip twenty-somethings turn the narrow space into a drunken mess as they throw back more than a few unusual brews and scream over the music, while patrons overwhelmed by the selection of suds usually just spin the brightly-colored “beer wheel” and let chance decide their poison.
A grungy take on the gastropub, Bukowski Tavern is a great option for both weekday beer samplers and weekend partiers into elbow-to-elbow action.
Urban hipsters, Berklee students, beer enthusiasts, and blue-collar workers, early 20s to early 30s.
TV tuned to Boston sports. Beer wheel.
Pub grub including burgers and sandwiches. Cash only.
Appetizers $7–$11, entrées $11–$15. Beer $5–$20, cocktails $8+.
Very casual, mostly jeans and sneakers.
Friday and Saturday nights for the biggest beer-guzzling crowds.
Summer Shack (149 Alewife Brook Parkway) offers an alternative to pub food, with a menu featuring lobster and all-you-can-eat crab and shrimp nights.