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Bukowskis Tavern
Bukowskis Tavern

Bukowskis Tavern

9.312 reviews
££££
American, Bar
Ranked #18 in Boston restaurants
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  • 6.9
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50 Dalton St, Ste 4, Boston, MA 02115
(617) 437-9999
http://bukowski.thelowerdepths.com/
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Great beer selection

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Los Angeles

A dive, a dive of dives. Bukowski is located on the bottom floor of a massive parking garage. You can easily miss it since the door is tiny, but keep an eye out for neon signs and you'll spot it. This is probably the closest legit eatery to the convention center, and by legit I mean SOUL. While I was here I overheard a dude picking up a chick, saying that he lived right upstairs. Kinda confused me since isn't this a parking garage...well anyways...

Bar is more long lengthwise than anything. Most will likely be sitting at the bar, but that's how it is in a place like this. Walkway up and down is kinda cramp so be prepared for people to bump into your seat. Everyone's pretty cool here, especially the bar guys, so really don't take anything personal here.

-=-California Burger-=- Man, I'm just realizing I'm a Californian ordering a California Burger in Boston. It's not the largest burger in the world, but you'll be satisfied. I really wished that the patty would be a bit more flavorful or unique, but I guess it's playing it safe with simple seasoning. I got this coupled with mashed potato and fries. I particularly liked that the ranch was of the spicy variety.

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Local from Boston

Firstly its cash only. They have a great beer selection. Cheap fun food. Always a nice vib in the place. They don't have s hard liquor license so no cocktails. Just a heads up.

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Santa Monica

Mug #445, and singlehandedly my greatest accomplishment since graduating college. Make sure to try the tater tot poutine. So good that it was a special and when it came off the menu the regulars revolted. It's now a permanent fixture.

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Portland

This is, without question, a Boston landmark, and it's an incredible bar. The beer selection is outrageously huge (there's an entire *book* of beers on tap and in bottles), and it has a much more intellectual, bohemian feel than the typical Boston pub. The only problem is that it's often crowded, but that shouldn't stop you from checking this place out.

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Fenton

It's hard to follow in the footsteps of the previous reviewer, there is nothing I can do but add five more stars.

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Put it down to an undeniable infatuation I have with the country and the fact I feel so at ease there, but I'm even romanced by the names Americans attribute to otherwise unremarkable geographical features. Free or Highways, for example, turn motorways from roads you simply drive along into ones that take you where you want to go. Crossroads become Intersections at which an uncertain decision about direction becomes a choice over which way to turn. And junctions become Exits which get you off.

Anywhere else but here, then, the outlook from Bukowski Tavern would be pretty unpleasant. Since we are here though - which we still are, incidentally, by virtue of faulty plane engine parts replaceable only via Manila - I'd go as far to say Bukowski actually enjoys its views north across the Massachusetts Turnpike. Propping up what I'm consenting, in context, to call a parking lot, it's still one ugly son-of-a-bitch. The neon notice in the window says "Dead Author's Club", the walls are blood-red burgundy and its signage a mustard yellow. Inside, a flyer-filled foyer gives way to a narrow, low-lit, raised-end room. Fixed, leather-covered stools line the long bar and the floor is beaten but buffed brown wood. There's country music playing , 12 beers on draft, and a whole world by the bottle. Inside, it's bloody beautiful.

In terms of substance the food menu doesn't mess around. Nor, having said that, does it take itself too seriously. Quite the opposite. Specials are marketed succinctly as 'Today's Fucking Specials', among them a Hot Dog of the week called 'The Pregnant Lady' (with peanut butter and pickles, $5.95) and a Fried Cheesecake Burrito ($2.95). Soups ($3.95) come courtesy of the 'Soup Bitch'. Despite barely having swallowed a plate of pig and pancakes so large the jokers at Mike's saw fit to call it the 'Emergency Room', we of course failed to resist the temptation to get amongst it here as well. Nothing too crazy, just a basket of Sweet Potato Fries with Dijon/Horseradish ($7.95) and a White Trash Cheese Dip ($8.95), and just, you know, to ensure anything else either of us consumed in the next 48 hours would be purely down to greed. I drank Mayflower Spring Hop, McNeill's ESB and, following two uninspiring spins on the Wheel of Indecision, Mayflower Spring Hop again.

The real feature of Bukowski is its aforementioned Mug or Dead Author's Club. Hanging above the bar are row upon row of what, it turns out, are individually numbered, glass tankards. Having made the enquiry as to whether they all had an owner, the story unfolded. You get a card. On it is a list of every beer that they stock by the bottle, as well as a dozen boxes to tick for every time you account for one of an evolving draft range. You have 6 months to cane the lot, after which, and once your achievement has been verified, you're presented with your own 25oz jug, also individually numbered and, presumably in the spirit of the pub's eponymous late lush, engraved with the name of a Dead Author of your choosing. No duplications are allowed, although the fact Guiseppe Verdi had been sanctioned as the selection of the charitable guy who gave us a sip of his Maibock, there's evidence to suggest there's a degree of licence as to what constitutes an author, and if your first choice has already gone. The point of all this, besides the obvious, is to procure the entitlement then to drink from your 2 pint mug for the price of a pint, each and every time you return. That, my friends, I'm sure you'll agree, is a concept.

It retains a perfectly pitched sense of self, this pub. It specialises without presuming it's special, its big heart, as you'll gather from its menu presentation, is worn right on its sleeve, and Nicole, a mine of information not just in regard to beer but to music, was as honest and charming a host as you could wish for. It isn't inexpensive to drink here, but we let Virgin's layover budget worry about that....

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Great beer selection

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