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
477 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA 02135
Green Line (B): Warren Street
M–F 11am–1am, Sa–Su 10am–1am
Allston / Brighton, Boston –
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.
BU and BC grad students, fashionable and creative young professionals, beer lovers, and some undergrads, mid-20s to 30s.
Playlist of rock, indie, and alternative music. TVs playing sci-fi movies on mute.
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.
Appetizers $5–$14, entrées $8–$18, brunch $4–$12. Beer $5–$12, wine $8+, cocktails $8–$12.
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.
Friday and Saturday nights for a packed scene, especially in warm weather, and Saturdays and Sundays for brunch on the patio.
Common Ground (85 Harvard Avenue) is another neighborhood bar and restaurant with a similar, albeit more low-key, vibe.