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Bukowski Tavern
American Restaurant$$
Today 5:00 pm – 1:00 am
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1281 Cambridge St Cambridge, MA 02139
1281 Cambridge StreetUSMassachusettsCambridge02139
(617) 497-7077bukowskitavern.net
$$American Restaurant, Brewpub
American Restaurant
Brewpub
Hamburger Restaurant
Today 5:00 pm – 1:00 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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Scott Monagle
in the last week
I met my girlfriend there last year before they remodeled. I'm not gonna lie we loved how it was before. We went there yesterday for our anniversary. I was disappointed that we couldn't get beers and breakfast we also missed the wheel you could spin. The calamari is awesome though and I did appreciate the long beer list, the mug club is a cool idea which we did sign up for but overall I wish it wasn't remodeled
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gabe donnini
2 months ago
Bukowskis is a fantastic tavern. Two locations, central was recently refurbished - it's looking good, they definitely stepped it up a notch. Menu has a new focus and is simplified, which may or may not be what you're looking for.
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Joey Melnick
8 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
2 years 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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Jonas Kloepper
3 months 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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Shawn Dooley
a month ago
Wtf happened? This place used to have personality. It feels like it has all been stripped away and made generic and sterile.
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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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Nick Lander
3 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.