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Bukowski Tavern
American Restaurant$$
Today 11:30 am – 2:00 am
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1281 Cambridge St Cambridge, MA 02139, United States
1281 Cambridge StreetUSMassachusettsCambridge02139
(617) 497-7077bukowskitavern.net
$$American Restaurant, Brewpub
American Restaurant
Brewpub
Hamburger Restaurant
Today 11:30 am – 2:00 am
Monday 5:00 pm – 1:00 amTuesday 5:00 pm – 1:00 amWednesday 5:00 pm – 1:00 amThursday 5:00 pm – 1:00 amFriday 11:30 am – 2:00 amSaturday 11:30 am – 2:00 amSunday 12:00 pm – 1:00 am
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A rotating array of beer & creative fare stars at this modern pub named for the Beat writer.- Google
"Beer selection was great and the whole atmosphere of the place was perfect."
"Loved the sweet potato fries with horseradish!"
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Jonas Kloepper
4 weeks ago
Great selection of beers and very good service. Lights and music could be a little more cozy. Food was absolutely terrible! Had 'white trash' (something like nachos with a white sauce on top). It was utterly unfit for human consumption. Comment from the kitchen: always done it this way people still order it.
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Mark L
a year ago
Decent-enough bar in Inman square, with a solid selection of 30+ beers. Has a low capacity relative to the size of the place, which means that it never feels overly-crowded, even on the weekend. However - the beer pricing and bar's approach on head does feel somewhat audacious. The bar's menu does very clearly state that the serving size is the glass size and includes the drink's head. But to order a 12oz Belgain beer, have it served in a glass with a pour line at 25cl (=8.4 oz) and have it called 12oz because there's 3.6oz of head just doesn't quite sit well with me. Yes, it is the brewery's guideline to serve it with that much head. But in Europe they never include the volume of head in the drink's measurement, and certainly wouldn't have the audacity to call what I drank anything other than an 8oz drink. The bar may be upfront about it and think they're covering their ass by stipulating their policy on the menu, but you still end up feeling cheated, and I'm rarely in a rush to go back.
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Casey Terp
2 years ago
buks is an awesome bar. the food is pretty interesting, it's like typical bar food but with a twist. their specials are great - I had a caramel Apple burger the other night that was awesome. the staff is usually very friendly, just talk to them and they talk back! the beer list is obviously very extensive, and they always seem to have new beers on draft. definitely come here!
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russ sweetser
2 years ago
When you don't want something fancy, but you also don't want to stay in all night, why not try Bukowski Travern in Inman square? Cash only, dudes, but they got a giant wheel you can spin if you can't make up your mind. They also have a lot of space, the music is pretty sweet most of the time, and I've tried a fair amount of awesome beers here. The foods all like whatever, but the beer makes up for it. If you're in Union, I'd say hit up Olecito and *then* go to Bukowski to imbibe.
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Joey Melnick
5 months ago
So I want to love Bukowskis, it's close to my house, has a great beer selection and seems like it should be really great. But evertime I go I am reminded of its pure OKness. The beer selection is pretty solid, a wide variety of drafts and bottles that you might not find elsewhere. The services can be really great, when I was there last the bartender was eager to make suggestions and give out samples of beers. Theres also big garage door windows that they open in the summer, beautiful. Unfortunately Bukowskis falls short. First off, like I said the service CAN be really great. I've had some visits that have been pretty shoddy, just slow, rude, you name it. Overall its great but sometimes you get a bad apple. The beer prices are high, I get that its nice beer but as many people say its about $1-$2 overpriced. The food is meh. Thats all I can say, its just not that exciting. And the real killer, its super loud on weekends or busy nights. Like I have to scream to talk to people if they are across the table from me. Its a sit down bar with lots of tables, just turn the music down a tad and I think it would be fine. So take it or leave it. There are better bars in the area.
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Andy Silva
a year ago
This place has really come a long way from the wannabe dive bar with obnoxious louder-than-a-show music and over-the-top fake Dick's Last Resort style "attitude," when the Cambridge spot first opened. The menu is pure drunk food paradise, the craft beer selection is excellent, the toss-em-back cheap beer selection is excellent, and the cocktails are functional but unremarkable. They even have, not just one brand, but a well-curated selection of 40s of malt liquor for five bucks! The changes have not been entirely under-the-hood though—they no longer require the music to be at ear drum rupturing volumes, and there's no more forced fake attitude; they've started hiring quality people who actually have personality, and they let them be themselves... anybody who has worked in the bar industry as long as I have can tell you, it's the only way to maintain any number of regulars that are worthwhile. I never expected any place that was essentially the Rainforest Cafe of Boston dive bars to un-crappify itself. Bravo.
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Nick Lander
2 years ago
Went there at a non-peak time, so the service was good. Didn't get food, and only had beer. Beer selection was great and the whole atmosphere of the place was perfect. Definitely plan on coming back and trying the food.
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Shannon Sweetser
2 years ago
I genuinely like Bukowski's — though I might have a slight partiality toward the Bukowski's in Back Bay, this (much larger) Cambridge location also holds a warm place in my craft beer heart. Located in the heart of Inman Square, I find myself here often having a drink while on the wait list at Tupelo. Lately, my sketch writing group has been using the comfortable bar as a place to discuss sketch ideas, but it's also a casual spot to grab a Pulled Pork Sandwich on Texas Toast while drinking a hoppy craft brew. The daily specials are tempting, so be sure to pursue those as well as the daily beer bottle specials. For those of you who are unsure of what beer to enjoy next, you can spin the Wheel of Beer and pray that the odds are ever in your favor.
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