Bukowski Tavern

Dive Bar / Restaurant
Bukowski Tavern "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." Boston United States 42.347283 -71.085452
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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

  • T Stop:

    Green Line: Hynes Convention Center

  • Phone:

    617-437-9999

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  • Hours:

    Daily noon–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Bukowski Tavern Review

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"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."

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).

Within walking distance of Fenway, the venue is fairly laid-back during the week when locals and Sox fans drop in for pre-game drinks at the bar or fill the tables to down some greasy bar food.

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.

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Tip from Jonah:

This place has a great beer list, but keep in mind as you’re sampling all those brews that this is one of the few cash-only bars in Boston. They do have an ATM inside in case you drink over your budget, but the fees are ridiculous.

  • Crowd

    Urban hipsters, Berklee students, beer enthusiasts, and blue-collar workers, early 20s to early 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    TV tuned to Boston sports. Beer wheel.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Pub grub including burgers and sandwiches. Cash only.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $7–$11, entrées $11–$15. Beer $5–$20, cocktails $8+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Very casual, mostly jeans and sneakers.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights for the biggest beer-guzzling crowds.

  • Close By

    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.

Bukowski Tavern User Reviews

Average rating:
Great service with a frown
Jayson M. Sep 5, 2012
Something about dives with curmudgeonly bartenders who look like they’d spit into your hollowed out skull as soon as serve you a beer from their surprisingly extensive beer list. Something about dives named after hard-drinking and hard-scrabble authors who penned brilliant prose and drank themselves to death. Something about throwing back hot dogs and buying a round for said stoned-faced server and watching him quickly become your best friend, chatting about literature and art and politics and pretty much anything that doesn’t involve sports. Seedy as hell, bigger than it looks from the outside, and the food is served late. If you’re anti-hipster, you might kill a few people while here. Just keep drinking. Try the Pretty Things Jack D'Or and the Oskar Blues G'knight. Don’t ask, just do it!
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