Deep Ellum

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Deep Ellum Patrons looking for a bit of classy southern charm amid Allston's sloshy frat bars can head to Deep Ellum, a Texas-themed venue with an impressive selection of exotic microbrews and bar food. Boston United States 42.3538911 -71.1369397
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Party Earth Review Patrons looking for a bit of classy southern charm amid Allston’s sloshy frat bars can head to Deep Ellum, a Texas-themed venue with an impressive selection of exotic microbrews and bar food. Named for an influential Texan... ... read full review

  • T Stop:

    Green Line (B): Warren Street

  • Phone:

    617-787-BEER (2337)

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–F 11am–1am, Sa–Su 10am–1am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Deep Ellum Review

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Patrons looking for a bit of classy southern charm amid Allston's sloshy frat bars can head to Deep Ellum, a Texas-themed venue with an impressive selection of exotic microbrews and bar food.

Patrons looking for a bit of classy southern charm amid Allston’s sloshy frat bars can head to Deep Ellum, a Texas-themed venue with an impressive selection of exotic microbrews and bar food.

Named for an influential Texan arts district, the bar handles the southwestern theme with a light touch, giving a cowboy hat nod to its origins with just a few longhorn skulls and some Tex-Mex dishes.

Narrow and a bit cramped, the space has just room enough for a long bar on one side and a few tables on the other, where the clientele of slightly upscale grad students and young professionals pack in to savor plates of duck confit mac and cheese and fried gorgonzola salad, or to sample a few craft beers and drink Brandy Flips by the flickering light of the muted sci-fi films playing on TVs behind the bar.

Weekends see the place packed to the rafters with a well-dressed, flirty crowd, though patrons who need a little more elbow room and a break from the exuberant conversation and blaring soundtrack of garage rock can make their way to the back patio – a perfect summer brunch spot – where the vibe is a bit lower key.

Slightly elevated prices keep the rowdy coed set at bay, making Deep Ellum a refuge for a more mature crowd looking for a nightspot of their own.

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Tip from Emma:

You can try out some of the classy comfort food for a fraction of the normal price by stopping in for brunch. Nothing better than a sunny afternoon, a cold pint of Mayflower Pale Ale, and some country fried steak out on the patio!

  • Crowd

    BU and BC grad students, fashionable and creative young professionals, beer lovers, and some undergrads, mid-20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Playlist of rock, indie, and alternative music. TVs playing sci-fi movies on mute.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Menu of contemporary American dishes with a Tex-Mex flair including sausages, fries with chili and pepper jack, and meatloaf sandwiches. Brunch served M–F 11am–4pm and Sa–Su 10am–4pm.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $5–$14, entrées $8–$18, brunch $4–$12. Beer $5–$12, wine $8+, cocktails $8–$12.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Nice casual to dressy: men in everything from jeans and sneakers to dress pants and button-downs, women in everything from jeans to skirts and dresses.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights for a packed scene, especially in warm weather, and Saturdays and Sundays for brunch on the patio.

  • Close By

    Common Ground (85 Harvard Avenue) is another neighborhood bar and restaurant with a similar, albeit more low-key, vibe.

Deep Ellum User Reviews

Average rating:
Good vibe. Great food.
Kate D. Sep 9, 2013
I was initially drawn to Deep Ellum because I was looking for a hip more interesting crowd than I had been finding at the sports bars my friends kept dragging me to. When I got there the staff completely lived up to my expectations, but I noticed the crowd was way more diverse than I was expecting. I came to reliaze this was the type of place that could transcend its hipster stereotype because it had the both the food and the drink list to back it up. As a beer enthusiast, I was elated to see that the drink menu, which was twice as long as the food menu. Despite it being clearly aimed towards beer drinkers they maintain a very impressive cocktail list and have hands down the best Pimm's Cup I've ever had. They seem to favor German beers which are both delicious and impossible to pronounce so don't be embarrassed if you find yourself simplly pointing to your beer of choice. Deep Ellum takes traditional bar food and puts a unique twist on them. Their take on cheese fries means drenching their house cut fries in truffled gorgonzola and they serve their homemade pretzels with a delicious beer cheese. They also have an affordable brunch selection that includes duck confit hash and a salmon sandwich thats freshness rivals any specialty seafood restaurant. The bar itself is small, but the deep dark wood used throughout the restauraunt is warm and inviting. They have an awesome back deck area that is perfect on a summer or fall day and also helps with crowd management at night during the warmer months. If you're looking for a laid back bar environment with fine-dining inspired bar eats than you're about to become very familiar with Deep Ellum.
A comfortable change of pace in Allston
Alex S. Jul 1, 2013
Deep Ellum, named after the Deep Elm area of Dallas, TX, is a cool little bar near Union Square in Allston. In a neighborhood rife with high quality dives, Deep Ellum's owners were wise to take a different course with their establishment. The bar serves an eclectic mix of beers and cocktails and quality comfort food. While these drinks are pricier than the PBR down the street, they are worth an extra few bucks, especially the Vanilla Flip, a cocktail made with vodka and eggs, or the wide variety of rye based Manhattans and Old Fashioneds. The bar also makes the best of its limited space by extending it back to small deck in the rear that makes for a pleasantly intimate setting for a group of friends on a summer night. There is no dance floor, but this isn't a place one comes to dance either. It is a place one comes to enjoy a meal and drinks to start their night. Just because it is pricier than many of the other bars in the area, that shouldn't be confused with pretentious, as Deep Ellum has done a good job of understanding its neighborhood and thriving with a classier setting that welcomes everyone, something other local experiments have failed at. My friends and I have used Deep Ellum as a base to begin an evening that starts with Chimay and Mac and Cheese, but ends with darts and popcorn at the Silhouette Lounge. Missing out on this place would be an oversight for anyone who frequents Allston.
Best Spot in Allston
Rory N. Feb 25, 2013
Deep Ellum is one of my favorite bars in the neighborhood. Tucked away in Allston's Union Square, Deep Ellum boasts a great selection of rotating craft beers as well as the best whiskey cocktails around; you can go there and never get the same drink twice. The food that comes out of the kitchen is always top-notch. From the stellar truffled Gorgonzola fries and the delectable meatloaf sandwich for dinner to the chimichanga or felafel roll-up for brunch, I've never left unsatisfied. The low lights, dark wood paneling and small size of Deep Ellum give it an intimate feel--the perfect place to impress a date or meet up with friends. The staff is as courteous as they are knowledgeable. From the owners to the wait staff, everyone at Deep Ellum will take time to explain any item on the menu to you. Word to the wise: Get there early; Deep Ellum fills up fast. Luckily, if the wait is too long at Deep Ellum, you can always head next door to Lone Star Taco Bar. It's run by the same owners and presents an equally impressive beer/cocktail list and dinner menu.
Worth it.
Larry O. Nov 28, 2012
When I lived in the Allston area, Deep Ellum was the place that I'd always turn to.This dark, secretive bar is by all means the finest, most exclusive drink spot in Allston. Being tucked away from the overly crowded sports bars that run up and down Harvard Ave, I always thought of it as an escape spot, where I could transcend the usual loud festivites of a Friday night, and make my way into a calmer, more professional atmosphere. I encourage you to dress-up a bit and check it out with someone special. -lo
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